RIP Million Dollar Mermaid

Esther Williams

Esther Jane Williams was born 8 August 1921 and was a competitive swimmer who won 3 U.S. National championships by the age 16 and had a record-breaking time in the freestyle. She signed a contract with MGM in 1941. Esther achieved pin-up status because the number of swimsuit photos that she appeared in. She was married 4 times and had 3 children (with her 2nd husband). Esther died in her sleep on 6 June 2013 at the age of 91.

RIP Esther Williams!! Another one of the classics is gone….there will never be another million dollar mermaid.

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The “Iron Lady”


Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925-8 April 2013) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990. She holds the honor of holding the office for the longest period of time in the 20th century and being the only woman to hold the office. A soviet journalist gave her the nickname of “Iron Lady” because of her leadership style. In 2007, she was the first living British Prime Minister to be honored with a bronze statue in the House of Parliament.

R.I.P. The Right Honorable, The Baroness Thatcher!!

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Good-Bye “Mouseketeer” Annette

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RIP Annette Joanne Funicello (22 October 1942-8 April 2013).  Annette was an actress and singer, and she rose to prominence as one of the original “Mouseketeers” on the Mickey Mouse Club.  She transitioned into “beach party” genre in movies along with co-star Frankie Avalon in the 1960’s.  In 1992, she announced that she’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1980’s and died from complications of that illness.

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A Blessed Easter Day

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Holy Week Cross Craft

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This is the (uncolored sample) project that I did with my class tonight for Holy Week.

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For this craft project, we colored the events of Holy Week.  Then, we cut them and the cross out.  Next they colored the paper plate with yellow, orange, and red so that it’d look like a sunset behind the cross.  (You could also use paint for the paper plate.)  I then read a story to the kids about the events of Holy Week and we placed the colored pictures on the cross in sequence order as we read about them.  Finally, we wrapped the purple ribbon around the cross and glued it to the paper plate.

Full instructions, the cross template, and coloring images for the events of Holy Week for this craft are included in the download.  The cross has to be printed on legal size paper.  If possible, I suggest using cards stock in legal size so that it’s more rigid.  I did mine on paper though and it worked just fine.  There is also a second version included that’s just printed on legal size paper, but you don’t have to mount it to the paper plate.

If you’re interested in doing this Holy Week Cross, just click to…..


I hope that you’re kids enjoy this project as much as mine did.  When we completed it, they all wanted to see what each others turned out like since they all color a little differently and I had 4 different purple ribbons.  They all ran to their parents saying “look what I made” and “see my pretty cross”.  So satisfying to see them that happy!!

Coloring images for Holy Week © MasterClips by IMSI.  Cross template, directions, and craft project © Elaine © Commotion.

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Pink Slip

Today, hubby was handed his pink slip.  We pretty much knew it was coming.  They’ve let so many people go and they’ve been holding regular meetings with those that are left.  It’s all due to the massive budget cuts.  I can’t believe this administration can keep spending money like there’s an endless supply, but can’t pay government employees and contractors.  It’s just ridiculous.

If the Obama administration got rid of some of his employees and quit taking million dollar vacations, the rest of the government employees and contractors would be working.  As is, DoD employees are going to be furloughed and that forces them to get much less pay.  Contractors are having to let employees go because even though the government signed contracts, there is no money.  Yet, Obama has the largest staff of ANY president and none of them make less than $100,000 a year.  That would pay 2-3 people at my husbands pay. 

Anyway, as hubby was handed his pink slip, he was told to head over to Human Resources.  He did that and was told that he got another job that he’d applied for, so he won’t be without a job.  However, he will be taking a $5 per hour cut in pay.  That’s absolutely huge for us, but at least he’ll be working.  Thanks to all the meetings, he submitted his resume early and was able to get this chance to move into another job. 

We’re very thankful that God watches over this family.  It is because he is so good that we’re going to be alright during this time when so many are suffering.  We’re thankful for what we have and will make it work for us and we’re praying for those that were let go the same time as hubby or are facing furloughs!!
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Electing a Pope

The process for electing a pope begins today. They will meet today to discuss when the conclave will begin.  The steps that go into The College of the Cardinals take to elect a pope are interesting and a great topic for religious education.  In the past couple weeks, I’ve gotten a couple great newsletters with some free items available to download.  I really wanted to share them so that you have access to use them at home or in your classroom.

Sadlier Religion has How the Catholic Church Chooses a New Pope here.  It includes….

How is a new pope chosen? This explanation of papal elections is written in child-friendly language as a way to explain the process of electing a new pope. Download and distribute to older children as a discussion guide, or use as a resource for explaining the process to younger children.

Download includes:

  • Beautiful custom artwork
  • Full-sized colorful worksheet
  • 2 small colorful worksheets
  • Optional black & white worksheets for quick copying

Phlaum Publishing has Electing a Pope here.  It is….

Resources for Teachers and Catechists

Who gets to vote? Where will they vote? How will we know when it’s done? The five fact sheets below provide answers to these and other questions students ask. Use them as handouts for older students, or as background information if you’re working with younger children.

Reproducible activities, for primary and intermediate grades, focus on the symbols and work of the papacy.

I also want to add this one that was shared with me from the Archdicese of Washington.  There are lots of resources here.  A synopsis says….

Catechesis on the papacy is an integral part of understanding Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign as Bishop of Rome, Successor to Peter. To assist with this, the Archdiocese of Washington has created catechetical materials and resources for use in parishes, schools and religious education programs. These resources have been created to support the work of pastors, teachers, catechists, youth ministers, RCIA leaders and homeschool families.

Be sure to check out all the other info and materials that are out there on this topic.  Should there be any more newsletters from the publishers that I receive, I’ll update this post so that you can check them out.

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Job Status

On a good note, hubby was informed that his job won’t be cut this time. However, 4 of the guys that he works with did lose their jobs due to budget cuts. His shop has gone from 300 employees to 85 in just months!! Hubby was informed that if there’s more cuts, he’ll be among them.

For now, our prayers have been answered.  I’m so thankful for that.  No matter how much you try not to worry, you can’t help it.  You wonder how you’re going to make the house payment and put food on the table.  Nevermind all the rest of the bills!!  I just appreciate all those that prayed for hubby’s job.  God is good!!  Now, we continue to pray for this country and the people running it that don’t give a crap about the rest of us.

Now onto my rant (of sorts)….

I wonder how much longer Obama and his administration are going to go on lying to the American people and them believing it!?! Look at all those people out of jobs, yet everyone on his staff makes in access of $100,000 a year. That pay for a useless position would keep several people on post in a job. He tells us that he supports the military and is making sure that they have jobs. Really….how so?? Practically every job on this post that has been cut because he can’t balance a budget is military or a family members. On this post alone, we’re talking a couple thousand jobs gone. That’s just here!!

Look at the unemployment numbers. Any little bit that it goes “down” is because people are running out of unemployment. They’re no longer part of the statistics!!

Cut the stupid spending. Bring jobs back to America. Quit taking vacations that taxpayers are paying for and can’t afford to take themselves. Pay for your own kids schooling. You don’t need secret service protection “for life”. Limit salary raises for Congress and let Americans vote on their pay raises….and set term limits. Get the illegals out and quit giving them more rights than we have and tons of freebies that taxpaying Americans don’t get.  Limit welfare and put an end to having kids for more money. 

Quit worrying about stopping flyovers at sporting events that promote patriotism.  Cutting that isn’t what’s going to help.  Get off the campaign trail and actually do something that’s going to help this country and bring some relief to it’s people.  Stop worrying about our guns and give more help to those that are disturbed and quit letting convicted criminals live high on the hog while behind bars.  Drill off the coast of CA or let them pay even higher prices for gas and find relief for the rest of us.

And those are the thoughts of just one fed-up American woman that loves God, her family, and this country!!

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Green Bay’s Playoffs End

Yesterday, we were so excited about the pending Packers vs. 49ers game.  We were bound and determined that the Packers were on the same route that they took to win the Super Bowl 2 years ago.  It just wasn’t so though.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, left, and inside linebacker Brad Jones sit on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.Marcio Jose Sanchez — AP Photo

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, left, and inside linebacker Brad Jones sit on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
~Marcio Jose Sanchez — AP Photo

Ultimately, no matter what we (the Packers) did, it wasn’t enough.  We lost.  Despite what sports reports say though, we weren’t blown away.  We lost 45-31.  That’s 14 points….2 touchdowns.  That’s not a beating by any means.  Now if you’re talking 4 touchdowns, that’s another story.

One thing I am is a Packers fan….win or lose!!  I was shocked to see some “fans” bashing them right away.  That’s not what fans do.  There’s good days and bad days for any team.  Heck, I remember bad years for Green Bay.  These “fans” later said that they were blowing off steam, they were drinking, or other excuses.  I get some of that, but come on, it’s a time to unite.  It’s definitely not a time to tear them down, insult players, or a number of other things.

So, that leads me to a pet peeve of mine!!  HAHA  If you’re a real Packers fan, you know that their colors are green and gold, NOT green and yellow.  I can’t stand all this stuff people make that say green and yellow on it.  Or they say they bleed green and yellow.  Sorry, but I don’t know who you’re rooting for then.  I know that I bleed green and gold, just like the team!!

Our playoffs, run for the Super Bowl, and season have come to an end for this year.  Now it’s time to rebuild and look to next season (and for us to put our jerseys away for now).  We have some players that are getting old and some that aren’t as productive as they should be.  In the next year or so, we also have some contracts that need to be renewed in order to stay the caliber team that we are….and need to be able to advance further.  I think the off-season will be interesting and lots of stuff going on for this team.  Onward and upward!!

Go Pack Go!!  I will forever bleed green and gold!!

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Merry CHRISTmas!!


Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

~Luke 2:4-7

Merry CHRISTmas to all!!

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