|On our front porch after trick-or-treating|
Something we did for the first time this year, in addition to carving a jack-o-lantern, was to carve "Saint-o-lanterns." There are ideas of symbols to carve in a book that I won in an online giveaway a few years ago, A Year with God, and our neighbors had given us three little pumpkins, one for each of the girls. So they drew the designs they wanted, and I carved three of them - Caroline carved her own with the Swiss army knife that her uncle gave her when she found it in my parents' house.
|Lucy's monstance pumpkin - a symbol of St. Clare, since she held the Eucharist up as the convent was about to be attacked by an invading army, and they turned and fled!|
|Cecilia's crown pumpkin - a symbol of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who was a queen|
|Caroline's pumpkin shows a palm branch surrounded by three drops of blood - her saint, St. Joan of Arc, was a martyr|
|Lucy with two of the jack-o-lanterns, holding up my vintage McDonald's Happy Meal pumpkin bucket that I got when I was in college, just because.|
|Lucy as St. Clare|
~All Saints Homeschool Party!~
this tutorial to make them. She is holding some fake roses because of the story that when St. Elizabeth of Hungary was feeding bread to the poor of her country, her husband the king stopped her because he didn't think a queen should be going among the poor that way, and when she opened her cloak, the bread was gone and roses were there instead!
|Our snack table with our Happy Feast of All Saints banner|
|The kids all got snacks first|
|Chris got to come to the party because he took a half day off work to make up for the four hours he'd worked the previous Sunday (because sometimes IT guys have to work at crazy times)!|
Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of this year's St. Isidore's Pumpkin Patch Race, which is lots of fun to watch! I did take several photos at last year's party.
The kids played saint bingo as a large group and then did a mini cupcake walk where the child who was standing on the saint that was called out got to go pick a cupcake. While they played bingo, I figured out the winners of the Guess How Many jars... both Caroline and Cecilia won something this year. Lucy didn't make any guesses, but if she had, they all would have been 41. For some reason that is her favorite number right now!