Activity Idea for the kids: St. Nicholas Day

Looking for a holiday idea for the kids (as if you were lacking!)?  How about honoring the tradition of St. Nicholas Day?  I have to give credit where credit is due, Monica C. turned me onto this project last year & I blogged about it on my personal blog.  There’s a St. Nick to print out & have the kids color by clicking HERE.

Saint Nicholas Day celebrates the life of Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century bishop best known today as the real-life model for Santa Claus.  The tradition says that children leave out their shoes, and St. Nick will fill their shoes with candies, treats, etc. (assuming their good of course).  So, on December 6th, have  your kids color a St. Nick & put the coloring out by their shoes (we put our kids’ shoes outside their bedroom doors).  Fill their shoes with treats for a fun St. Nicholas Day!

Your Best “Mom” Tips & Tricks: Share for a gift card!

What’s your best Mom tips, tricks, or advice?  We’ve got mom’s with kids of all ages, so share your favorite tip.  All the answers given (which must appear below in the form section of this post) will be entered into a drawing for a gift card which will be presented to the winner at our next MOPS meeting (Nov 21st).  All the tips & tricks will be compiled & posted to share with the entire group.

Here’s an example, my favorite app to keep track of everything “kid” related is Baby Connect.  It allows you to track their height, weight, last feeding, sleep, medications, temperature, teeth, milestones, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING kid related…all from your smart phone or computer.  Nursing?  It allows you to put in feedings (even keeps track of which side you last nursed on).  Here’s a few screen shots (you can even have multiple kids in the one app!):


So what’s your best advice, tip, trick, suggestion for our moms?  Comment here:

November’s MNO: Turkey Trot

Monica mentioned this morning that November’s MNO is more like a Family Day Out! It’s a great way to kick off Thanksgiving Day (and it seriously lightens the guilt of the glutony to follow!).

If you’ve not attended the Issaquah Turkey Trot before, it is not timed, it is not competitive, and you can walk or run the 5K (3.1 miles). It is FAMILY FRIENDLY, in fact, kids are encouraged to participate in the “Wobbler Gobbler” which is a punch card (which is $7 to register for). Kids that get all the punches along the way get a prize at the end of the Turket Trot! To register for adults it is $25 & if you register before November 10th, you are guaranteed a t-shirt.  To register for the Turkey Trot, CLICK HERE.  The Trot begins at 9am for runners.  And check the calendar tab to RSVP on the evite so Monica knows to look/wait for you on Thanksgiving morning!

Halloween Costume Swap

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Before you toss out that “old” costume or head to the store to buy a new one, plan to participate in National Costume Swap Day with Macaroni Kid on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 8:00am-10:00am.

We’ve come to the conclusion that National Costume Swap Day is about showing our children a better way to celebrate!  Because something as simple as a costume swap does make a difference.  “Swapping the costumes of only half of the children who celebrate Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons!”

Admittedly, swapping costumes is a shift in the way kids think; it has become the norm to decide what you “want to be” and then head to the nearest box store and buy a new costume.  A swap offers children the chance to make a costume decision with an open-mind and possibilities laid out before them!  Dare I say it may even be reminiscent of those times you raided your parent’s closet to put together a costume … you know, back in the day!

Here’s the bottom line: Halloween has become a holiday filled with traditions that are unhealthy for our children and our planet. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to serve as role models.  Participating in a costume swap not only encourages celebrating in a way that is healthier and more earth-conscience, but it also empowers our children to think about how small changes can have a big impact.  All while still having fun!

A costume swap is recycling at its most fun. Kids get new-to-them costumes, and parents get to save money and the planet.  National Costume Swap Day is the brainchild of Corey and Lynn, moms living right here in Issaquah, and founders of a grassroots, non-profit known as Green Halloween®. For the past three years Macaroni Kid has partnered with Small ThreadsAdventure Kids, and CleanScapes to bring this event to our community with DROP-SWAP-SHOP, and we can’t wait to do it again this year!
Here’s how …

Anytime between now and October 11th, participants are encouraged to drop off swap-able costumes during business hours at one of these locations:

In exchange for costume(s) you will be given a Swap Ticket to be brought back for the event on October 12th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Small Threads for Kids.

If you’re a little reluctant to give swapping a try, local businesses are providing great incentives. In addition to swapping, you can also shop with 20% discount off purchases at Small Threads and get a discount at Adventure Kids Playcare.  To make sure you get to the swap on time, AKP is opening early at 7:00 am.  If you’re new to AKP, be sure you’ve filled out 1st Visit Forms.  Both offers are only valid during the event on October 12th.

If you are a community business interested in participating as a sponsor (including our Swag Bag program), please contact

Teachers Needed!

MQP is still looking for teachers for the following class levels and times listed
below. Please pray about whether you can teach or co-teach this year. Or help us recruit faithful
relatives and neighbors! In a couple of weeks we will finalize the classes and send out confirmation
packets letting you know the details of your child’s placement. In the meantime, please prayerfully
consider who may share their faith with our young people for 21 classes! All teaching materials are
provided, as well as catechetical workshops. We’re looking for practicing Catholics who enjoy kids,
can copy and follow a lesson plan, participates in our Safe Environment training and background
check, and likes to smile. 🙂 The Preschool curriculum is full of simple stories, crafts and songs.
Come enjoy the wonder of our little ones! We need 2 co-teachers per level and also a supply person
who gathers materials from our supply room before the start of class (any time during the week)
and who can serve as a substitute teacher.

The preschool staff orientation meeting will be Sunday, September 15th 1-3pm.

Gr. 1 – Sunday PM
Gr. 1 – Wednesday

Gr. 2 – Wednesday
Gr. 3 – Sunday AM
Gr. 4 – Wednesday

Preschool 3’s Sunday 9AM
Preschool 4’s Sunday 9AM
Preschool 3’s Sunday 11:30AM
Preschool 4’s Sunday 11:30AM
Preschool 3&4’s Wednesday

Kindergarten Sunday AM
Kindergarten Sunday PM

In the event a class does not have a teacher by September 19th, if we have a class of at least 6
students, we will ask each family of the class to rotate and teach 1-3 classes for the year.
Alternatively, we do offer a home study option.
For more information or to sign up to help, please contact me.

God Bless,

Mimi Arima, MDiv.
Pastoral Assistant for Children & Family Faith Formation

Mary, Queen of Peace
425-391-1178 ext. 116

Do you know about MQP’s TOTS?

Did you know on Monday’s from 9:30-11:30am that MQP has a group just for your preschool & babies?  A group of mom’s meet every Monday (usually in the nursery during the winter months and at parks on nice days) from 9:30-11:30am.  Come at the beginning, middle, or end to play & relax.  There’s nothing structured about the group, it’s just another group at MQP you can participate in.

If you’d like to formally be on the email list to find out where the group will meet (as they do meet at parks on sunny, warm days!), email Christie at to be added to the list.



Eastside Baby Corner’s 4th Annual Pants Party!

Saturday, September 7th from 10am-1pm at EBC Hub – 1510 NW Maple Street in Issaquah.

Bring a donation of new or gently used pants for children, ages 0-12, and stay to enjoy a fun filled day of games, food and fun.  Visit the Eastside Fire & Rescue fire truck, have fun with bubbles, coloring, and fun activities!

Eastside Baby Corner’s “Pants Party” is a great to help local kids in need in our community get off to a great start this school year. The goal? To collect at least 3 pairs of pants for every school aged child we serve during the first 6-8 weeks of school.  That’s 2,500 pairs of pants! 

EBC helps children succeed in school by providing clothes, shoes, socks and school supplies.

Pants may also be dropped off at the following locations:

For more information, to volunteer or to sponsor, please contact Cori Benson at, 425.865.0234, ext. 705.

Pants Party!
Pants Party!