Thursday, April 17, 2014

A NUTTY Sweepstakes in honor of the Nut Job



Are you looking for a cute family flick to have on hand this Easter weekend?  Please allow me to make a suggestion.  The Nut Job was released this week. I suspect your family would enjoy it as much as we did. 
I had hoped to see this one in the theaters when we saw the preview before another movie.  Unfortunately the school year got away from us and we missed it.  We got to watch it at home instead and enjoyed it.  I loved that it captured our attention and allowed for a real discussion afterwards.  This is not just a feel good movie with a predictable ending.  This movie has a lot of surprises.


This is a movie full of lovable characters.   I loved hearing my elementary age children debating who the best character was.  The main character is Surly, who starts off as a very selfish minded squirrel.  There are bad guys and good guys, leaders and followers.  I liked that in this story (like in real life) there is room for all personalities.  Everyone is needed with their own talents.  Not all leaders can be trusted and some will surprise you with their humble hearts of service. 

Visit the official site to purchase the movie, play some games  and learn more about the movie by clicking here. 
Now it gets Fun!!!!     I have 5 Blu-Ray DVD copies of the Nut Job to share with the readers of ALL THIS AND HEAVEN.  If you want to enter my nutty sweepstakes and win one of the movies send an email to all.this.and.heaven@gmail.com.  Put the Nut Job in the subject line in the body put one child's name.  I will take emails/entries until  Monday April 21st at Noon.   All submissions will be put into paper form and shuffled.  Then my five youngest will each pick a winner. I will send an email with the winners names by Monday Midnight.  Enter each child's name in a separate email but we will only allow one movie win per household.  The movie will be sent by Wednesday morning.  Good luck, you will enjoy this fun family flick.
I am off now to get our family copy back from the twins.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Last Catholic Coffee Club Class of 2013-2014 School Year

We plan to see "God is Not Dead" next week, but that is more of an adventure not a class.  We were able to grab a shot of the group.  This really has been a fun group of young people that love their faith.  I have so enjoyed being a part of their lives this school year.  We have had some wonderful, joyful and faith filled conversations this year.  This group has been a blessing to me this year.  Possible is the only member of the T family here now that Sugar is in college classes while we meet. 
This group decided that for Holy Week we needed to add something to our prayer life.  I don't even remember who suggested this prayer but we all promised to try to say the prayer of St. Gertrude the Great for the Holy Souls in purgatory.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee
the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus,
in union with the Masses s
aid throughout the world today,
for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, 
 for sinners everywhere,
for sinners in the Universal Church,
those in my own home and within my family. 
  Amen.
(Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great, that the following prayer would release 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners which would alleviate the indebtedness accrued to them during their lives.)

I asked the group to also include the prayer to St. Michael this week as so many distraction are sent our way to keep our mind off the Cross and the promise of Easter.
 
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of  God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.
Try to add these in to your prayer life for Holy Week as well.  Thank you God, for these wonderful teens. 
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Living Stations Will Change Your Lent

Dad had been out of town so when he got back the twins would not let him go.  They missed their dad this week.  We all were heading to the Stations together so they were thrilled.  Sugar was acting in the living stations and had been to many practices.  Bear had been in them last year so we kind of knew what to expect.  I was surprised at how different each group of teens are in this rendition.  I would say that this years stand outs were the guards and Mary.  My favorite this year was Veronica, Sugar captured her well.  The LifeTeen Seniors at St. Anthony of Padua did an outstanding job this year. 
 









 



Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Kroger Becomes a Sibling Celebration

J and I both worked in grocery stores in our younger days.  I actually worked the Grand Opening of a store and had a blast that week.  All this has become a family thing to do as the kids have grown up.  We visit a grand opening looking for who from the company are out front welcoming you. Name tags of the big wigs are always nicer than the actual store employee version.  We check out the new design layouts looking to see what the new trends will be.  Self check outs are growing in popularity I would guess based on the number of them at this new store.
 
We approached this grand opening of a new store in the back part of own neighborhood like we always have in the past.  We tried to get everyone to go together but some of the kiddos could not join us. 
It was an incredible store with many features.  It is set up like a hybrid super store.  You can buy milk and eggs, but also jewelry, clothes, and even couches.  We visited 3 times over the first weekend.  All just for a few items.  I have yet to try it out as my store to actually shop in. 
The older kids decided to go later that night because the ones with us told them all about the amazing things.  I do feel a little bad that we didn't all get to go together.
The older kids came home so excited.  They had found these bowls.  I had purchased bowls like that years and years ago when my now adult children were young.  They found them and purchased enough for everyone of the children to be able to eat breakfast cereal at the same time together.  I giggled at the older kiddos excitement over the bowls.  They told me it was a sibling thing and needed to share with the younger ones.  I might not understand but I know this group is tight.

Later I saw what Pooker had posted this week for Nation Sibling Day:   
National sibling day.... I don't even know what to say. I have the BEST siblings. I have 10 of the coolest people in my life everyday. They inspire, encourage, support and drive me crazy 24-7! My world revolves around being a good big sister to each of you, I know I fall short but I hope you each know how much I love and cherish each of you. My prayer everyday is that we stay close and always have fun together. It's amazing to me how much all of us fit together so perfectly. Each personality meshes with the next and it just flows on our good days. here's to many more years together! I don't know what I would do without you guys!
 
Pooker is the best big sister and they all adore her. I understand how she feels though.  I feel so blessed to be a part of this fun, joyful life that they have created with each other.  They are all wonderful people.  Yep they are tight, and I am so proud of each of them! 

Bubble Fun



These two are always having endless fun.  Thank you Sugar for helping them out in that department.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Are They Ready?

I am not.  My babies are trying to grow up, even if I am not ready.  Pooker potty trained before she was a year old.  The other ones were older but it was probably because of my laziness in reacting to the signs of being ready.  I will do my best to live up to my role in their training.  We will start after Easter.  They are super excited. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Fun Meal and a Fun Brother

Tacos in a bag, this is such a fun recipe.  Everything you need or want in tacos but instead of shells you put in into a small Doritos bag.  It is a taco salad that it fun to eat.  We tried it just to do something different and had a blast. The twins were the most impressed. 





Jumba is a fun big brother.  He wants to be as big as the others.  Sometimes he annoys the heck out of his sisters but often time they eat up every second of his time.  Here he is with Twin Adorable.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Congrats Bagel

Our kids have been entering this contests for years and have never won.  Bagel is super psyched.  The older kids are a tad jealous (in a very proud of their younger sister way).  So maybe her picture will be in the next neighborhood newsletter. 
 


Yep the Twins are Trouble



They also like to "play" trouble.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pooker's Birthday and the Big Party for Both Girls


So Pooker asked if we could not go out to eat for the April birthdays this year but instead have a huge family style party.  She and Possible both wanted to ask their friends and their friends families to come over and celebrate with them.  Yes, Pooker is old enough to drink and she wanted wine and beer with her friends but she also wanted to have her family with her.  I still feel so blessed that she has grown into such a remarkable woman that wants her family with her.  In the end it was a great party for both girls.  They both have wonderful friends.  Nothing got out of hand and  everyone was so respectful of each other. 


 












 





























































It was such a joyful night.  Thank you dear Heavenly Father for Pooker and Possible.  The world is a better place with them in it.  I know I am a better person because I know them and have them in my life.  Joyful - Fun - Love!