Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our Lenten Centerpiece

This is our first Lenten season to make a salt dough crown of thorns.  Our first batch of dough, due to over excited water addition, had too much water and was too sticky to do anything with... But our 2nd attempt yielded a stiffer batch of dough and we were able to braid a crown with it.  It was not easy though!


Isaac was able to stick in the toothpicks. He always wants to be a part of what we are doing and this activity was perfect for him.  The toothpicks, or thorns in the crown, are our sins.  They cause Jesus pain, but we can console Him, or take away a little of His pain by doing good deeds.


The idea is that the kids will do good deeds throughout Lent and remove those thorns in time for Easter.  


Emily and Lia designed our Lenten placemat, we added a candle and voila:  a beautiful Lenten centerpiece!




Happy 8th Birthday, Lia!

Eight is great!  Lia wanted a red velvet cake this year with vanilla icing and she took charge in the kitchen.


We're not sure how you ice a cake and keep the frosting white... But we all rather like this marbled effect.  :-)


Three of Lia's sweet girl friends were able to meet us at the park to play.  It was sunny and beautiful, but a little cool.  While the parents were a tad uncomfortable, the girls seemed too busy having fun to mind.


Add in your grandparents and your siblings, and you have quite a party!


Lia's Godparents sent her this adorable scarf that actually has a warming pad inside.  Decadent?  Yes.  She is spoiled!  Thank you Stacey and Steven!


And here are the little bobble headed dogs she painted and decorated from Nana and Grandpa.  Aren't they sweet?
Meet Bride Dog, Ballerina Dog, and Flapper Dog.  :-)


Happy Birthday Lia!  We love you!