2/52: Epiphany, Snow Day, and Christmas Baking

Monday, January 13, 2020



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Epiphany has come and gone (well, aside from the "sundays after Epiphany" and doesn't that sound so much better than "ordinary time"?), and the two biggest hits were: Edith's little peg doll church box, which I bought from a local friend at a craft fair but she has an etsy shop and wouldn't that be PERFECT for a family Easter gift? And Peter's wooden Mass kit from another friend's shop. He said Mass three or four times that first day! Right now I'm trying to figure out where to find kid-friendly Mass cards because he doesn't actually know how to read, but wants to know exactly what to do, exactly in the right order! (we do our family gifts on Epiphany, so each kid gets 3 gifts from us that day, because that's how many Jesus got - it's great for helping prolong the Christmas season and also making things a little easier for parents!)

The day after Epiphany we were supposed to have a bake-off in our homeschooling group, but it ended up snowing and all the schools closed, so the church was closed as well. We still got cookies baked, though! John Paul insisted on molasses spice cookies and made them 100% on his own (although he let the girls help him shape them) and they were good!! Cecilia chose chocolate chip biscotti, and also did a terrific job - this cookbook has never steered us wrong. Then the other kids worked together to make pretzel-Rolo-M&M treats and everything is hanging out in the freezer right now so that we can take it to the homeschool group for the rescheduled party tomorrow... Otherwise we probably would have eaten most of it! I love that they're big enough to bake all on their own AND clean up/wash the dishes afterwards. Major milestone!!

The snow lasted about... 2.5 days? It was only a couple of inches, but the kids definitely got a lot of fun out of it! I really need to get sleds before the next real snow, if we even have one this year... But they had a great time building snow forts, throwing snowballs, eating a ton of snow (a TON, they ate SO MUCH SNOW), and doing... I don't know what else, but they were outside for hours all three days before it melted, and we did a pretty good job streamlining the debacle that is getting into/out of snow gear. We even took Lucy out in it! She was not a fan. Maybe next year?

9 comments:

  1. Lucy was a fan of looking at the white stuff out the windows, though. So interesting!!!

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    1. I think if she had been willing to sit in the snow it might have been better, but she wanted to crawl and kept getting stuck!

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  2. We have this puzzle but I'm not sure if you're looking for something smaller/more informative/for EF (for knowing the order of things). Not an affiliate link, I just searched online for it :) https://www.loyolapress.com/products/books/childrens/the-order-of-the-mass-floor-puzzle

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    1. Thank you!! He does to EF and NO Masses so I would be fine with him learning both ways and he does love puzzles!

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  3. And one more thing. I like the lions and giraffe in the crèche.

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  4. Oh man, I really really love that church box ... wondering if my kids would actually use it appropriately, haha!

    We had a little snow around Epiphany too but then yesterday I was eating ice cream outside barefoot ... so weird.

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    1. It is so so sweet! And this weather has been ridiculous, we have overnight lows in the teens this weekend after the kids were out barefoot yesterday...

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