Answer Me This: Sleep Walking is Terrifying

  Linking up at Catholic All Year for Answer Me This!

1. How did you celebrate the 4th of July?
The 4th is one of my favorite holidays! Each year we have a huge family gathering sometime around the 4th. Since we never have it on the ACTUAL fourth, we haven't really celebrated yet this year. There is food, fireworks, face paint, family, fun, and frivolity...coming soon. 
Yes, that would be a flag AND a bald eagle on her face. I am an ARTIST!

For our small celebration, on the actual fourth, we had a whole day of silliness. 

The kiddos rode in a neighborhood parade, then ate snow cones. We attended a small parade, and people threw candy at us. Mady announced, "This is the best 4th of July ever, and it's not even lunch time!" 

To cap the day, we had some friends over for snacks and fireworks, and the highlight of my night was watching those little noodles chase fireflies. 
Jar of Fireflies
Wait...Nope...changing my vote...the highlight of the night was when all the men paused the fireworks show to sweep the street. Seriously...4 guys with push brooms made sure all the small items were cleaned up before it was time for the big show. So adorable! 

2. Do you sunburn easily?
Nope, thank goodness! As a kid, I usually had a pretty great tan. The kind of tan that can only be earned by spending hours outside, not caring at all how I any 7 year old. I remember my aunt commenting on the tan, with a hint of jealousy in her voice. Now my daughter has that tan, and my sister is the aunt enviously loving it.

3. Hot dogs. Yay or nay?

I actually had a hot dog related accident that left me with a small scar on my face for months. In typical college fashion, I heated a cheesy dog in the microwave for a quick dinner while cramming for a test. I bit into the hotdog, and the melted cheese dripped out onto my chin and burned me! I had a mark on my chin for months from that ridiculous incident! Of all the stupid ways to get injured... Geesh. But, I still eat them. So, Yay.

4. Have you ever personally set off fireworks?
My hubs loves fireworks, maybe even more than he loves me (I joke!) He actually was licensed to shoot commercial grade fireworks, so not only have a shot fireworks, I’ve shot off 6” shells that could go through a house. Even after experiencing all of that firepower, my favorite firework is snap-pops--the tiny little things that you throw or step on. Kid safe and inexpensive. Love it! 
Protective ear wear for the serious fireworks.
5. Have you ever jumped off the high dive?

I jumped off the high dive once. I was pretty young, so I don’t remember a lot about it, but I do remember that it was painful. I didn’t even belly flop or anything crazy, but my feet stung from hitting the water and my ears hurt from the depth. I dove off the regular board a few times last weekend, and was taunted by certain loved ones until I got so distracted that I belly flopped. So, that hurt too. I might avoid boards for a bit after writing this.

6. Do you do anything weird in your sleep?

I sleep like a rock and a sprawl over the entire bed. Mmmmmm, sleep.

When I was 10, I would sleep walk quite a bit…so I have a story for this.   

Let me set the scene…It was a quiet summer night. Everything was peaceful, my siblings and I were all settled quietly in bed, slumbering like the babies we were. 

Suddenly, my parents woke up to the sound of a door opening. Dad rose to investigate and saw that the door was ajar. He looked outside to see a small figure walking down the street in a nightgown. I was a block away, wandering around, sleep walking! He caught up with me, turned me around, and we wandered back home. Seriously, folks, this is the stuff of horror stories!  

He's distraught over my terrifying story.

July 5: Mysteries of the Mass for Little Ears

For the Littlest of the Littles

We can spread God’s message--just like Ezekiel, Paul, and Jesus!

Ezekiel 2:2-5

Oh, Ezekiel…all the strange things! This passage starts with Ezekiel getting up…why was he down? If we look back at Chapter 1, we see that Ezekiel had an amazing vision of God’s glory. He was so amazed, that he fell on his face. (Ouch?)
In the passage read today, he gets back up and God sends him out to preach to the Israelite people. If you remember from a month ago, the people have been exiled to Babylon and are worshiping all sorts of gods. Ezekiel is charged with challenging them and bringing them back to the true God.

 Psalm 123:1-4

The word ‘mercy’ is used so often at church, but very rarely in the rest of our lives. So, if you do nothing else, take a second and translate the psalm into child-speak. We are thinking about God and asking for forgiveness…for anything and everything we have done wrong.   

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Oh, what a beautiful reading for me as a parent! It’s an amazing reminder that our weakness doesn’t mean failure. Our shortcomings are opportunities for God’s grace to work through us. Love it!

However, I’m not sure if my kids will connect to this reading. I don’t think they spend much time reflecting on their weaknesses. I don’t think they are actualized enough for this one. I’ll remind them that Saint Paul wrote this as a letter to the early churches. He spread God's message before there was Facebook and cell phones. He wrote long letters of encouragement. Perhaps this is the week to emulate Saint Paul and write encouraging letters to family and friends.

Mark 6:1-6

Well, to start…the Catholic church teaches that Jesus didn’t have brothers. If we refer to the Catechism, we know that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born and remained a virgin. I most definitely am NOT going to talk to my kiddos about what that means, however, I will let them know that when the Bible refers to Jesus’ brothers, it’s talking about friends or cousins. I know plenty of high school kids who refer to their friends as ‘bros’ etc, and this is something that our kids can understand. Now…tricky details aside, what is the message? Jesus was shut down in his hometown! People didn’t understand what he was teaching, they didn’t believe. But—did he quit? Did he give up? No—he continued to spread his message and teach about the faith. Eventually, people learned to believe!
Saint of the Week: Blessed Junipero Serra
Blessed Junipero was a Franciscan from Spain who served in missions throughout North America. He was a farmer, rancher, preacher, and was fully dedicated to prayer.

What I Wore Sunday
Here is what I wore this weekend--linking up at Fine Linen and Purple.
Another week of thrifted clothing (and another week of weirdo poses)! Apparently, I buy very few new dresses...either they were handed down to me or I get them at a thrift store.

This jewelry was actually not was made by my grandma. She LOVES rocks and has quite the collection, some of which she made into beautiful jewelry. So I've been 'rocking' this lately...ha ha ha! I'm hilarious.

Here's another one with the cutest accessory, my little dudes! They are NOT ready for church yet...but they are so cute, I don't think anyone would mind if they were barefoot at church...maybe?

Also linking up at Mama Moments Monday and and The Modest Mom Blog.