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Merry Christmas!

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Feliz Navidad!

Things here at the Leal home have been very busy these days! We just got finished planning a Formal Winter Tea for the girls Little Flowers club a few weeks ago. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! Although I had wanted to update this blog (and my other Las Vegas Mama blog) at least once a week, I am finding that with four kids and homeschooling, this is just not possible anymore! When it was just Ivy and Violet, and Violet was still really little, it was a lot easier to blog frequently. I confess I have no idea how some moms with twice as many kids as I have are able to make their blogs successful… and how do they frequently post and even parlay their blogs into book deals and radio guest spots?! I have no idea! They must have more energy in their little finger than I have in my whole body. Or are more organized. Or care more about blogging than they do about taking naps.  I admit self-preservation often kicks in so that when I have a free moment I end up eating, exercising, or laying down to rest, instead of blogging.


I have also been committed to leading a children’s Schola Cantorum (school of chant) at our parish Extraordinary Form Mass for the last year and a half. Today we sang Morton Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium for Communion. It was ambitious, I realize. We are a children’s Schola and we have only soprano and alto voices (since our male singers are boys and still sopranos), but I think it still worked out. I am very happy with it considering we have only had a handful of rehearsals. And, Natalia just learned it when she came up to visit a couple days ago, so WOW! I was so impressed! Here are the beautiful words of the song.

(Desde el agosto pasado estuve dirigiendo un coro de chicos en la iglesia. Hoy para la Misa de Navidad cantamos el O Magnum Mysterium de Morton Lauridsen. No es facil para un coro de chicos, y solo tenemos las voces de alto y soprano, pero me parece que igual nos salio bastante bien considerando los pocos ensayos que tuvimos. Estas son las palabras de la cancion.)

O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.


Oh gran misterio,
y maravilloso sacramento,
que los animales deben ver al recién nacido Señor,
acostado en un pesebre!
Bienaventurada la Virgen, cuyo vientre
fue digno de llevar
a Cristo el Señor.

This is the recording of us (Schola Cantorum Sancta Brigida) singing O Magnum for Communion at Christmas Mass today. (Esta es la grabacion de mi coro, Schola Cantorum Sancta Brigida, cantando O Magnum Mysterium para Comunion en la Misa Navidena de hoy.)

In other news, this is PJ’s first Christmas. He is now officially 8 months old, and he wishes you all a Merry Christmas!!


Este es la primera navidad de PJ. Ya tiene 8 meses, y les desea una muy Feliz Navidad!

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