Monday, August 25, 2014

Garden Stone Mosaics

For my birthday I decided we should have a fun day of school. Read some books, do some art projects...and that is just what we did. The kids made mosaic paving stones for our garden. Dominic made a cat and Isabella made a flower. They turned out really cute. 8.25.14

Monday, August 18, 2014

1st day of School 2014

 Dominic the first day of 3rd grade
 Don't they look cute?
 Isabella's first day of 6th grade

Dominic wanted to introduce Stella to his new school notebook

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Colorado Vacation: Mannitou Springs

We happened to find this little ice cream shop in Mannitou Springs. It was made by some locals. It was the most amazing ice cream ever. 8.6.14

Colorado Vacation: Pike's Peak

The weather was not very cooperative when we first tried to go to the top of Pikes Peak. So much fog they wouldn't let us drive up. The next day we were able to go up but as soon as we got to the top more fog rolled in and they told us to start driving down so we wouldn't get stuck in it.  Luckily we had a few clear spots where we could hike around when we were on the way down.
 The top of foggy Pike's Peak.
 Hiking with James on Pike's Peak
 On the boulders on Pikes Peak
 Isabella made signs for the van "Pike's Peak or Bust"
 We thought the land looked a lot like Ireland
Since we got sent home one time and almost failed we figured we should take a picture at "Bust" Colorado too. So now we have been to Pikes Peak & Bust!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Top of Mt. Evans

 Summit Lake, CO
 Top of Mt. Evans

Summit lake, CO

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Colorado Vacation: Mother Cabrini Shrine, Golden CO

 In the early 1900's Mother Cabrini moved to Colorado, at the time the only water was in a small pond next to the spring house. All of the water needed for drinking and cooking had to be brought up to the summer camp from the stream at the bottom of Mt. Vernon Canyon. In September 1912, the sisters complained to Mother Cabrini that they were dying of thirst and there was no water to be had. She answered, “Lift that rock over there and start to dig. You will find water fresh enough to drink and clean enough to wash.” The spring, which is housed in an 8,000 gallon tank, has never stopped running.

 In 1912 Mother Cabrini discovered The Spring of water and to this day, water still flows from it. Many pilgrims, through their faith, believe the water has brought healing and peace to their lives. Here are some pictures of the kids drinking water from the spring.
 The heart of stones, located at the top of the 373 steps, is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this labor of love and devotion was built by the Sisters and the orphan children being cared for at the Queen of Heaven Orphanage. There is glass covering the original stones, people throw coins on the glass, which makes it difficult to see the heart shape in this picture.
The stairway of prayer leading to the 22-foot Statue of the Sacred Heart consists of 373 steps that are adorned by the Stations of the Cross, the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Ten Commandments.

We were able to attend Mass at the shrine and visit all the beautiful sites & the grotto.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Colorado Vacation:Red Rocks

 At Red Rocks Amphitheater
 My dear friend Gina


Friday, August 1, 2014

Colorado Vacation: Day at the Beach

 Why yes, we are sitting on a couch made of sand.  Gina has the greatest ideas.

 Yes, it comes with drink holders, compliments of Dominic