We love Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Our parish does a lovely Corpus Christi procession. Looking back over the years, the pictures look almost the same. Many of my young men have the same roles from year to year. :) But each year is filled with it's own special graces on this feast.
It was a big commitment of resources and a new level of organized sports for us. Dominic played tackle football with a CYO league this fall. It was huge for Dom, he had been dreaming of playing for years. He is all heart and a little skill. He was blessed with good coaches who are good men, and good families from public, private, and homeschools. The whole season was fun and daily football practices kinda, sorta, almost wore Dominic out. It was a small team so he played offense, defense, and was the kicker. (We didn't mean to buy him red shoes, that's just what was left by the time we shopped. They fit Dom's personality and made it easy to spot him on the field.)
I think this was the only time he sat on the bench for any game the entire season. It was HOT! He got five minutes. :)
the usual cheering section, the big boys made it to a few games (us girls are kinda geeky, we kept referring to the game as a battle and their pads as armor LOL)
We are studying the medieval time period this year, most people's favorite around here. The St. A's students attend classes two days a week and do assignments at home, along with math, high school science, spelling and handwriting for the younger group. Monica, our recent SA grad, is taking a gap year and is schooling the youngest, Lydia, using Catholic Heritage Curricula for 1st grade. With Dom in football, the others in running club, and another working with no car yet, I am doing a great deal of driving. Lydia needs a regular schooling schedule so Monica working with her is ideal for all of us. For the first time this year we have our younger children in the religious education program at our parish to insure such an important subject does not fall through the cracks. They use the very solid Faith and Life series, and we are pleased with the teachers, it's a good program.
Maria's first day of Lower School (5th grade)
Dominic's first day of Middle School (7th grade)
Regina's first day of Upper School (9th grade)
Blaise in Upper School III (11th grade)
Some of the running club people doing a core circuit workout. Wall sitting, always a favorite...
Dominic earned the Arrow of Light Award and is officially finished with Cub Scouts and Webelos. Whether or not he continues in scouting, we are not sure yet. But he learned a great deal as a cub, had a grand time, and did it all with dad as his den leader. Well done Dad and Dom.