Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Kid #1: "Hey, Daddy and I are making you a dollhouse that is a castle too out of wood we bought from Home Depot last night."
Kid #2: "Wow, that's so cool."
Kid #1: "And it cost us $92 dollars so you better like it!"
Pretty funny, huh? I like to think about this as "Threatening Generosity"!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Once again, Merry Christmas and God bless,
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Only 2 days to go!!!
Here it is....by Sharon J. (Thank you Sharon!):
If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family - I’m just another decorator.If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family - I’m just another cook.If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family - It profits me nothing.If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.Love stops the cooking to hug the child.Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.Love is kind, though harried and tired.Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
Monday, December 22, 2008
How cute! I laughed with pure delight! Oh how I love these kids!!!
traslation: jelly button=belly button
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Let me tell you...instead of 275 degree oven, I started it at 300 degrees inching its way up to 350 degrees and why, you ask? I was waiting for the yummy Hershey kiss to melt. After waiting almost 15 mins and not melting yet as from what I saw OUTSIDE the oven, I thought this was a warning for me that just maybe I was doing something wrong-uhm..yeah, hello?!
So, calling my sister up frantically "What is going on, what did I do wrong?!?!" She fills me in on the CORRECT recipe directions- 275 degrees for 3-4 mins. That is it. Easy enough? I hastily took the 60 or so out of the oven, only to find out as I squished the M&M on top to smooth down the 'melted' chocolate, it crumbled all over. Each one crumbled. I was so not happy about this Christmas gift idea that needed to be sent out ASAP to arrive BEFORE Christmas. What a bummer, we were snowed in so no going out to replenish our supply and start over!
So, what is a mom to do about this? Nothing other than, say to your loving family that you need to clean up and change the sheets in your bedroom (uhm...or hide out in your bedroom with a bag full of incredibly dry, crunchy pretzels and evaporated dry chocolate! Yes, I am a total wimp to resist even dry chocolate. No sense in it going to waste!)
Only a mom who has 200 million things on her mind can pull this stunt off.
And that mom is me.
And I sure am glad I can laugh about it now.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
----Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Wow, this is a tough one. I'll be meditating on this for a LONG time!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
What is Advent? “It’s when you put your candles out-3 purple and 1 pink.”
What does advent mean? “We are waiting for Christmas.”
What is Christmas? “The children get presents under the Christmas tree from Santa.”
Not too bad, huh!?! Good thing we still have a week to go to get things straight, my dear.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The "Christmas Version" of "getting to know your friends Meme":
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real
3. When do you put up the tree? Week before Christmas and decorate it on Christmas eve if we can wait that long (tradition in my own family) or we decorate it within the week leading up to Christmas
4. When do you take the tree down? After Epiphany and when the needles are driving me nuts!
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, but only a little bit
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Cabbage Patch Premie Doll
7. Hardest person to buy for? My Dad
8. Easiest person to buy for? Children-they are SO not picky!
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Blue slippers that looked like high top sneakers and they lit up when walking (Sorry, but its the truth!)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life! (pass the tissues, pleeeeeeeeeease!)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In October but it does not end till a few days till Christmas. I always aim to get it done BEFORE Advent…but never do!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Sure!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Mashed Potatoes with loads of butter
16. Lights on the tree and white or color? Yes and colors always
17. Favorite Christmas song(s)? “Oh Holy Night” (I love it sung by Josh Groban)
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? If with my family-usually travel but with hubby’s family-we try to host Christmas at our home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes (Thank you Rudolph song!)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Presents from in-laws on Christmas Eve. We first all go sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and place Jesus in the stable, then we open our stockings on Christmas morning BEFORE Mass, and the other presents from Santa and immediate family on Christmas morning AFTER we get back from going to Mass. We save one gift (if not more) to give on Epiphany Sunday.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Not getting gifts bought ahead of time and sending them out in time for Christmas; and taking a Christmas pic of my kids, writing out the envelopes and actually sending them out before Christmas too!
23. What theme or color are you using? The traditional reds and greens and lots of lights this year.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Pink Polish Ham, Mashed potatoes, my dad’s sweet potato pie and lots of gravy and veggies (I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!)
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I would love to have someone come in to help me organize my house (esp. the toys-have some shelves custom made for the den and wall to wall carpet in the den too!), and decorate it to make the ‘home-y’ feel to it!!! (That gene must have missed me!-Mom, you are the best at this!)
Road and Track Magazine is calling it the greatest invention/modification in the history of the automotive world.
When asked what was their inspiration for a such a revolutionary design was the humble Cheerio Child # 4 said, “I only tired to break this toy like I’ve broken hundreds before…I never dreamed it would become so popular”.
Consequently, the Big Three automakers are no longer looking for the US tax payers to bail them out…they are now in talks with the Cheerio Children to redesign all their cars.
I know you've all seen that great show on TLC ...we don't have cable but I did happen to check out the TLC website http://tlc.discovery.com/ after peolpe were telling me all about it for the past 6 months. There is a side bar where they highlighted some clips from their show. It showed how Kate was cutting her kids' nails and how she kept a nail clipper in each room. Good idea...but...
Well, move over Kate- I got a better idea- a better solution! Be like me- carry around your nail clipper in your pocket along with a bunch of Q-Tips too! You get double the goop- dirty nails cleaned and end up with clean ears too! (Yes, just about every day I do this as routine: on goes my pants, in the pockets goes the nail clipper and Q-tips :) )
Man, when am I going to get paid for these good ideas?!
Monday, December 15, 2008
"Is that a daycare you have?" a nice older lady inquired.
"Nope, just my bunch, and yes, it is my van." I replied w/ a huge grin.
I've come to terms with others' awes or smirks. (Took a while!)
Well, lookie here everyone-Yes, they're all mine. No, I'm not running a daycare. No, I am not crazy. And yes indeed, my husband and I know what we are doing (we do it quite well, huh? ha ha)
...I'm just doing my part of God's Will-so, who can argue w/ the Big Boss????
Lastly, here are the empty stockings ready to be filled in 10 days as we await the birth of our Lord Jesus! Let us pray for each other in these last 10 days of Advent.
1. Your husband enthusiastically says to you... "You have to put this on your blog!"
and "This is so blog worthy!" (I know my kids will be saying the same soon too!)
2. You carry your camera along with you as your day enfolds (or you know EXACTLY where it is to capture that 'moment'!)
And yes, I have pics to share...that is a post for later :)
Any others you can think of? Do share!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Kid #2 asks... "Mom, are those the legs?"
"Yes" I reply.
"Oh, I thought they might be its' hands."
Oh how gross! There are things we just don't talk about, my dear. This is surely one of them!
Friday, December 12, 2008
We love St. Lucy in our family as she is very special to one of our children-kid#4. The tradition is, that the oldest girl in the family wears a white dress with a crimson sash and stockings, as well as a wreath crown with white lighted candles. Then, at dawn she would wake the rest of the family with hot steaming coffee and some type of sweet bread. Oh how I wish this could happen every day! :) In our family on this feast of St. Lucy, we will have the oldest girl, kid #2, set the table, make and serve breakfast to the rest of us. Since she is still so young, I will be her little helper and I am sure many other little helpers too :)
Lucy means "light" and she is the patron of eye troubles and blindness. Isn't this so true! -our kid #4 exudes such light to our family!
We are all agree that "She truly help us to be more holy". This statement came from kid #1 about a year ago. How sweet, huh?!
We love you kid #4!!! Thanks for being the 'light' in our lives and helping us to keep focused on the Light of the World!
Saint Lucy is invoked as the patron of eye problems... could it be possibly because her name suggests 'light.'?! Sometimes, she is portrayed holding two eyes in a dish. Not a sight that is very attractive but it sure is very intriguing to those boys! I am not yet sure how to do an official link without all this extra stuff...but here it is anyhow....it is a great resource on the wonderful story of St. Lucy:
Have a Happy St. Lucy day! I know we will! :)
But, still let me tell you.. .it was not an easy act of denial, my friend. Happy Advent!
It'd be quite interesting if we got a poll going here, don't ya think!?
What powerful comforting words she spoke to Juan Diego!
Check out this picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the right...I have never seen one like this before! It is amazing- so beautiful. Here is the woman clothed with the sun, protecting the children of the world from the attacks of the nasty beast. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
Pope Benedict XVI’s Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe :
May you, who are present in these Vatican Gardens, hold sway in the hearts of all the mothers of the world and in our own heart. With great hope, we turn to you and trust in you.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us.
His Holiness Benedict XVIPrayer before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Vatican gardens. May 11, 2005.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
"May I have this dance?" he asks to kid #2.
Way too cute for just words. May it always be this way.
Promise me, pleeeeeeeeeeeease?!?!
The other morning as Kid #1 was glancing out our kitchen window watching as our trash men took our 3+ barrels of trash away….commented:
“Mom, the other people don’t have so much trash as us, they probably only have a few kids- I guess they are just getting started…”
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thanks Rob! (Beware...adjust volume on computer - music on his blog will be on ...)
If anyone out there works for a toy company that you need some kids to test toys to see if they like them, or if they break in uner 12 hours, please do email me.
I promise you that we will not disappoint you! I've got 6 kids under 8!
So, let's go Playskool, K'nex, Fisher-Price, Little Tykes, Step 2, Parents, Hasbro, LeapFrog, Melissa and Doug... go ahead, email me....ok?
I wonder if I will get this job....hum....
One can dream, right?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
After the baby finished his nursing session….
Kid #3 says “Mom! He did a REAL burp! ….Mom! He did a REAL burp!! … Good job little buddy!”
Then to his siblings: “Hey guys! The baby just did a REAL burp! Isn’t that cool?”
Welcome to manhood, er…I mean, boyhood, my dear baby #6!
You’ll love it here with your 3 brothers- you’ll fit right in!
Cheerios Do Fly! Yes, they do! In the real world of my home....they do!
I am going to attempt to do this blog thing. I read many other blogs and it has been on my heart for a while now to start one so here I am.
Here is a glimpse into my life as a mom to 1/2 dozen- 4 boys and 2 girls under age 8!
Yeah, I know...totally crazy! Well, come read along and you'll see :)
More later, off to wake up a little one from nap #1, make hot cocoa for the older 5, and soothe a crying toddler...
God bless, Mary