Last week was Catholic Schools week…a fun week of celebration for Catholic schools across the United States. On Monday St. Peters hosted Grandparents Day. Typically Grandparents Day is on Monday and that day is a very hard day for me to be off work, even for a short period of time. This year, however, I had to speak at Grandparents Day to discuss the fundraiser for the new playground that is being planned (and for which I am on a committee to help with development).
After mass, the kids all went to the cafeteria (with overflow seating in the meeting room) to have donuts with their Grandparents before heading into the gym for the rest of the program!
This year is a big year for Sam and Molly as they are preparing for Confirmation. As part of their preparation, they made a “Saint board” with information all about their chosen Confirmation Saint. The kids made all the pieces of information, created a toilet paper saint and then designed their own boards….I only helped with the hot glue gun as my regular glue just didn’t seem to hold everything together. Molly looked on Pinterest to find out how to make flowers from tissue paper and Sam came up with the idea for the arrows to decorate his board.
All the 5th graders’ boards were displayed in the cafeteria so everyone could look at the, this past weekend and then this week during Catholic Schools week!
We got together with Brian’s side of the family on December 26th this year since it did not work to see each other on Christmas Day (as usual). We had a brunch/big breakfast this year which was a great excuse to make biscuits and gravy along with tons of bacon!
Winston watched all the happenings from his “bed”!
(Outtake from trying to get a family picture)
The kids also decorated gingerbread men that Darlene brought. It was a great day filled with hanging out and eating good food…a perfect Christmas combination!
This year the majority of our Christmas get-togethers happened after Christmas…just the way it worked in everyone’s schedule. For the first time (really ever), we spent Christmas Eve in Lincoln with just the 4 of us and went to Christmas Eve mass at St. Peters.
On Christmas Day, we traveled to Wahoo and were able to spend a relaxing day visiting with all my Grandparents along with Brent, Whitney and Will (who really received no attention at all…ok, just kidding, the kids LOVED playing with Will)! Dad picked up Grandma Elsie from the Care Center so she was able to spend the day with us also.
The kids (and some of the adults) also had fun playing games in the evening before we headed back to Lincoln.