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As many people know…I love Apple. Steve Jobs, such an original! Mountain Lion is the newest OS (Operating System) that has been released by Apple. I am one of those people that MUST have the newest, latest, and greatest that Apple has to offer. I had to leave early in the morning that Mountain Lion came out, so I did not get to start to download it until about mid afternoon. It took all day to download it for me. Of course it did not help that all the other Apple nuts were out there downloading it too. Plus, I was updating the Mac’s of everyone else in the house.

Since I have been so busy I have not been able to really explore what all Mt. Lion has to offer, but I must say that I love that messages is integrated into this OS. I downloaded it when it was in Beta too, and I really liked it. Being able to message people without facebook holding onto my conversations is GREAT. Being able to share other messages with someone, notes, and photos. Super Cool! Then of course being able to face time on the fly too right there in messages. Having messages go to text for people with iPhones, and iPads. How great is that?

Updates I also am really enjoying this feature too. Email that is new is just to upper right. Goes away in a few seconds. I can click in the upper right and even tweet if I want without going to twitter.

The only hiccup I have found so far is when I was downloading several new songs and Mt. Lion at the same time some of my songs did not come across. I am working this out, and have contacted Apple about my problem. I hope it is unique to me, and not more people have had the same problem. Have you downloaded Mt. Lion? What do you like?

Hye Seong Yoon

I believe I own 5 pieces from Hye. I am sure this is my favorite painting I own of San Francisco. The painting screams “San Francisco”. There really is no other place in the world that looks likes this.Image

I love the colors she uses. The blending of the colors to create such a warm mood. This painting ought to be a post card for S.F. The painting lures you into the painting with such a strong pull. The street car is full, as they usually are every day. There are people full of desire to ride the attraction that only S. F. can fulfill.
The rails tell their own story too. They may look bright and shiny in the sunset, but they are old. The rails have been there for more than 100 years. Transportation that was created to carry people up the steep hills. The horses could not take the repetition of the hills. The hills are way to steep, and the mud…the horses would slide back down the hill. Many horses lost their lives before the cable cars. The cable is what pulls the car up the hill.

It is beautiful, and has so much heart and soul. What do you think about it?

Lesson Plan for Sunday School 1

Greeting:  Welcome each child as they come in the door. Make sure they have name tags, and the parent has signed them in on the sheet.

Opening:   Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Sing song “I am Special”

Art: The art is more about what the children see. There are no wrong answers. Everyone see’s art differently.

Scripture:  I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. (Jn 14:6)

Saint: We call Jesus “The Sacred Heart” because of his great love for us. The woman who did more than anyone else to make the Sacred Heart known was Margaret Mary. She was born in France in 1647.

Margaret Mary was a religious sister who loved God with all her heart. Because she was sorry that everyone did not love Jesus, she often knelt for hours in a chapel before the tabernacle. The tabernacle contained the consecrated host, which we call the Blessed Sacrament.

One day as she was praying, Jesus appeared and showed her his Sacred Heart. “Behold the Heart that has loved humans so much. Tell others about my love for them.”

Sister Margaret Mary spent the rest of life doing as she was ask by Christ himself. 

Story: The Blind Man (Mark 10:46-52)

Activity:  What you need…

2 paper plates per child

Hole punch

Ribbon

markers

glue

(depending on how clean you want to keep the craft…glitter, glue, markers,

punch hole for both paper plates, The plates go front to front, so the children are going to make hearts on the backs of each of the plates. Do as much or as little. The older children that have better developed fine motor skills are going to do better.

After they are done decorating their plates, and they are lightly glued together add the ribbon. Place all in an area to dry.

Song: Whole world in his hands (sign language optional)

 

Exercise:  If you are happy and you know it. (foreign languages optional) 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (we sang it in Italian)

 

Testa, spalle, ginocchi, piedi.
Ginocchi, piedi.
Testa, spalle, ginocchi, piedi.
Ginocchi piedi.
Occhi, orecchia, bocca, nasino.
Testa, spalle, ginocchi, piedi.
Ginocchi. piedi.

Hokey Pokey  (In Italian)

Metti il piede destro indentro

Metti il piede destro in fuori
Metti il piede destro indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il piede sinistro indentro
Metti il piede sinistro in fuori
Metti il piede sinistro indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti la mano destra indentro
Metti la mano destra in fuori
Metti la mano destra indentro
E la agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti la mano sinistra indentro
Metti la mano sinistra in fuori
Metti la mano sinistra indentro
E la agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il tuo fianco destro indentro
Metti il tuo fianco destro in fuori
Metti il tuo fianco destro indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il tuo fianco sinistro indentro
Metti il tuo fianco sinistro in fuori
Metti il tuo fianco sinistro indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il naso indentro
Metti il naso in fuori
Metti il naso indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il sedere indentro
Metti il sedere in fuori
Metti il sedere indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti la testa indentro
Metti la testa in fuori
Metti la testa indentro
E la agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Ti metti tutto indentro
Ti metti tutto in fuori
Ti metti tutto indentro
E ti agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Prayer:     Rise and Shine and give God your glory, glory. Rise and shine and give God your glory, glory. Rise and shine and give God your glory, glory children of the lord.

Bible Verse: You are the light of the light of the world.

Blessing:May the Lord bless you and your family each and everyday. May you seek time in your day to pray, and may the love of the Lord be in your thoughts as you play.

Margie’s Diner

We just love to explore our new area in San Luis Obispo. One way to get to know another area is eating the food of the area. All around the SLO area we saw signs for “Margie’s Diner” My husband is the more daring one to try something new, and we followed him. We have visited the Margie’s Diner in Paso Robles, and we have been there twice. Both of our visits to Margie’s we had the same waitress. Honestly, if there were such a thing as   a Hall of Fame for waitresses she would be in the Hall of Fame. Let me tell you why…

She came to our table at just the right time, and wasn’t one of those waitresses that come over too often or completely ignore their customer. The first time we visited I had a turkey sad which with so many fries that I could not finish. Our waitress was honest, and told me that if I did not really like almonds then I may not like the tunafish sandwich. Everyone else had burgers. Can you tell that I am usually the odd one? LOL!

This last time we went I had a Ham and Cheese, and instead of fries I went for the mashed potatoes. I was praying in my head that I could get my mashed potatoes on the side. I really don’t like for my food to touch each other. (This will have to be another post alone.) Anyway, I actually told our waitress that she should be in the hall of fame of waitresses. She politely giggled. I never told her that I would like my mashed potatoes separate, but that is how she brought them to me. Not only were the potatoes on the side, but the gravy was in a little bowl  too. I could not believe it. I told our waitress that I was silently praying for my potatoes to be on the side, she told me that she could tell. You see…telepathy works!

There is so much food for each person, and real food. They don’t serve the frozen stuff, this is REAL food. Homemade food that is delivered to your table. Everything is priced well too. We really enjoy eating at Margie’s Diner. You will too! I will have to find out the name of our waitress. She really makes the place extra special too!

Phoebe Bethien Grant Smith Tribble

This is my Great Great Grandma Phoebe Bethien Grant Smith Tribble. She was a pretty remarkable woman. She is from the same Grant family as Ulysses S. Grant. They were cousins.
Phoebe had 14 children. Her first husband Christopher Monroe Smith died, and Phoebe seem to move on rather quickly.
The story goes…Phoebe loaded up the chuck wagon with all the children and all her belonging and married another man. Hill C. Tribble was her next choice. He had 10 children himself. The 2 were married, but the marriage did not last long at all.
The children were of various ages…all 24 of them. The children just could not get along. Fights would break out everyday. Hill C. Tribble was the preacher of the local church, and he help to found a school. He taught at the school and is mention is many documents of the area in West Virginia.
Phoebe got pregnant during her time that was married to Hill, but she could not take all the children fighting. She gathered her items once again, and loaded her chuck wagon and took off. It had been raining, and there were many mudslides in the area. Giant rocks were blocking many of the roadways. Phoebe would get out of the chuck wagon with all the mud. Her boots were heavy with mud, and she was pregnant. She would have to give the horses some extra nudges to get them to do something. She also had to put all the kids to work, and have them help get around each situation that they would stumble upon.
One of the wagon wheels rubbed against the side of a mountain and broke the wheel off the wagon. The family set up camp. They finally found a place to stay, but Phoebe did not marry again. She would have Alda (my great grandmother) pretend that her last name was Smith. All of the census records have her listed as a Smith. Later Alda would learn that she was a Tribble and not a Smith. Alda has on her marriage certificate Alda E. Tribble.
Since Alda was born in 1888, Smith died in 1887, and Phoebe married soon after Smith died it is not clear which one is the father. Once we find more concrete proof we just don’t know for certain.
I do have a copy of the marriage certificate, so that part if true. Sometimes Alda is said to be born in 1886, which would make her a Smith. Sometimes Alda is listed as being born in 1888 which would make her a Tribble. The mystery continues.
Could you handle 24 kids?

Baby Time

 

Since my children are teenagers I thought I would dole out a little advice to those with babies. When my children were young we used cloth diapers, wearing baby, and breastfeeding. Several books were read about parenting, but the one thing that really was the best advice…doing what you feels best. What fits you and your baby. We are unique, and are all individuals. Reading to the baby while in utero was something that was special to me, and felt as though it was special to each one of my children. My husband and I often consulted our “instruction book”, it was a book of symptoms, and signs to look for while baby is very young. Our doctors gave it to us as we left the hospital. It was a great resource for us. Especially with our first baby.

Breastfeeding was something we wanted to do for our children too. We consulted a lactation consultant to help us. She came to our home and showed us great positions for the baby, and how to get the baby started. My eldest son was very alert, and wanted to know everything that was going on around him. There were times I was so exhausted because it felt as though I was feeding him all day.

Neither of my children really wanted to take naps, and I just could not do the Ferber method. I just felt as though it was too cruel. I understand that some parents like it, and that is a choice that every parent has to make for themselves. I carried my children in a pouch…they were with me from the time they were up in the morning until it was bedtime. We also had a little jumpy contraption that allowed them to jump up and down, and a little saucer that allowed them to play with some stimulating toys.

When it was bedtime my husband would warm up a special microwave heating pad and place it in the bed for each child. He would warm the bed to the perfect temperature turn on the womb bear (bear that made sounds like the womb with a heartbeat) and the baby would be put into their bed. We had a monitor so we could listen to make sure that each child could touch their womb bear because that sound made them sleep so well.

As much as people want to give advice there is nothing better than your own instincts. Learning to listen to your baby cry, reading them stories, and giving them gentle encouragement are the foundations to getting them on the path to coming into their own personality. Enjoy every moment that you have while they are young because the time goes by very, very quickly.

Fresh Flowers

Going to the grocery store should not be a chore. I actually have a pretty good time going. The first items that go into my cart are flowers. I go straight to the floral area, and pick out something fresh and great looking. I usually pick something I have not had in a while. I believe when you go to the grocery store you must make the most of your trip and bring something back that smells and looks fresh for your home. 

Apps For iPad

Everyone has recommendations for the iPad. My husband and I have had an iPad since they first hit the scene. Some are used and some are a waste of money. I must admit that I really like some of the ones I originally purchased for my iPhone, but did not purchase the “other” one for my iPad. I just double the size.

The Abc Player is one of the entertainment apps that I really use. I am not a big fan of watching much tv. My husband loves to watch some shows in a way that I would define as “overkill” watching something more than the second time is just monotonous to me, or exhausting. I don’t want to learn the dialog of a show. UGH! Anyway, where was I?

http://abc.go.com/

http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/
If you’re having problems sleeping I recommend some quiet time with “Magic Window” This is very relaxing, and it has great sound. It really all depends on which scene you choose to watch. I promise you will be transported.
http://magicwindowapp.com/
my last recommendation for entertainment is PBS. I just love the shows that are offered on PBS. Now, you can watch when you want. I like to watch while my husband is watching something I don’t care for watching.
http://www.pbs.org/services/mobile/ipad/

Baptismal Font

Baptismal fonts are more in the realm of decorative arts, and nevertheless the pottery and art of the baptismal fonts are beautiful. Usually owners of baptismal fonts hang them by the door. A person would go to church to collect some Holy Water to place into the baptismal font. The water in the baptismal fonts at church have been blessed. One could also ask the priest to bless the water too if one wished to do so. Water, of course was a way to cleanse oneself. The early Romans were very fond of washing themselves. They even made it a part of their daily ritual. Even the poorest people that were Roman citizens took part in bathing everyday. Bathing was a social event, and the pools were cold, warm, and hot. Only the very wealthy had their own pools . The Romans were not the only ones that were fixated on cleanliness.

The Jewish people were also clean not only for hygenic reasons, but also for religious reasons. People cleaned their feet and hands before eating. Many people had a little foot bath just outside their door to clean their feet.

The baptismal font used in the home reminds those that are using it of the time they were baptized. Reminding ones self that they were baptized is also a reminder that as Christians we are asked to be forgiving of others, try to be Christ like in your actions.

This particular baptismal font has a cherub. It could be interperted as a reminder that infants are often baptized or that an angel is watching over the one the puts their fingers into the font for a blessing. A rose is a reminder of Mary. It was through Mary that Jesus became a man. The shape of the baptismal font is like the early buildings where the baptism was held. The little guy also hold a rosary around his arm to remind us all of prayer. Every time one genuflects it really is saying a prayer.

Hope you enjoyed, and may the Grace of the Lord be with you and your family!

 

Sunday School

In the coming weeks I will be sharing the curriculum that I put together for our church. We had three years of Sunday School curriculum for the children from ages 3 to 6. Our basic formula was

Greeting the Children

Circle time with religious artwork

Bible Story

Saint Story

Craft that relates to the story

Activity

Songs

Prayer

Bible Verse

Blessing

Dismissal