Monday, March 30, 2009
I made hot chocolate for their afternoon 'snack' today and they had a choice of a blue or a green straw. My kid #2 and #3 who are close in age- 18 months gleefully called themselves 'twins' b/c they picked the same color blue straws. No other comments were made by the peanut gallery. They actually look a lot like twins b/c of their identical sizes!
Then my kid #4 who is 3 called herself and my kid #1 who is 8 years old 'twins' b/c they picked the same color green straws. My 8 year old looked up at me and quietly said (not to upset the 3 year old) "Mom, we are not even close to twins." Obviously he is not enthralled by the others' definition of a twin!
Anyway, I think I'll take a walk today.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This is such a baby's motto, don't you think?
No worries for you, little baby. Momma is at your every need. Dirty diaper? No problem. I'll change it. Hungry? No problem. I'll feed you. Tired? No problem. I'll give you your pacifier, wrap you up in your favorite blanket and put you in your crib. No worries for you, little baby of mine. I got your back!
If life was only like this for us. Don't we all want these quick and fast remedies to all our whims? The Truth is...we do have it this good! B/c God is in charge! Why should we worry?
Let's not forget what Jesus said:
Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or 'What are we to wear?' All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil. " (Matthew 6:16-19)
Now, don't you feel better? I know I do. I'm going to try my best to remember that there is nothing that BOTH God and I can't do TOGETHER.
So, Hakuna Matata friends.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
2 things I learned last night:
- By the 6th baby, a mom finally learns how to feed a cranky baby very liquidy baby rice cereal in a baby swing while it is swinging AND alternating the spoon with the pacifier AND finishing almost the whole bowl!
- Never and I mean never let there be a UCONN NCAA game at the same time of the American Idol results. Come on people! What are you thinking?!
Well anyway, have a great Friday- TGIF!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
1. A small success that I consider a big success is that I took the time to pray and LISTEN to what God wanted to tell me and that I needed to listen to. Did I mention that I listened?! Too many times I go to pray and I ask, I beg, and I ask and I beg, ask and beg, ask and beg. You get the drift. I call on God to pour His graces on me. Not that these are not good to do but I need to remember to LISTEN to Him too. He has great advice! I was so excited of what He told me, I immediately ran out to tell my husband. His response? "Wow, you haven't had a good insight in a looooooooong time!" Well, it goes to show that he knows me too well, huh!? :)
2. Yesterday I seized the moment and took a nap instead of cleaning up the house or making dinner early. That is huge for me. In fact, right now, I should be seizing 'that moment' again!
3. Made some yummy meals this week. Not the frozen leftovers. Not the frozen pizzas. Not the spaghetti o's. Any mom knows when a real meal is made, that is one big success.
Hum...I am seeing a theme here with the small vs. big successes. I wonder if I should write in to Faith and Family Live and ask them to change the term small successes to BIG SUCCESSES!
Any 'small success' in the world's eyes is a BIG SUCCESS for us Moms, don't you think?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
At breakfast today he touched it and said
"My tooth is so wiggly that it feels like there's a rocking chair in my mouth!"
Hopefully the tooth fairy will remember the 3rd time around! That tooth fairy is a very busy lady and forgets sometimes too!- whoopsie!
Isn't that great!
— St. Francis de Sales
So, there you have it.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Don't be fooled by that little quiz I took yesterday. Just about all of it was right on, the one thing that will take a miracle for me to become better at is aesthetics!- the way something looks, especially when considered in terms of how pleasing it is. Anyone who knows me knows that I am very laxed about this. That gene missed me big time! ha ha! It's a good thing God knows what He is doing b/c although it missed me, he gave it to my daughter! Thank you God!
Make some tasty lip gloss for little girls playing dress-up. Let the girls pick their favorite presweetened Kool-Aid flavor. Blend a package of the drink mix with 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, then microwave for one minute. Transfer to a 35mm film canister and refrigerate overnight. Doesn't this sound like fun?! I might try it this week! The only glitch is I bet the yummy sweet taste of this lip gloss might entice them to have an empty 35 mm canister by the end of the day!
Monday, March 23, 2009
What Part of Spring Are You?
"You are an optimistic person by nature. In even the darkest times, you are hopeful about the future.You feel truly blessed in life and can sometimes be overwhelmed with emotions.You have an artist's eye. You are always looking for beauty in the mundane.You have a good sense of aesthetics, especially when it comes to shapes and color."
Good thing the show is not over yet! We'll see who gets booted off this week...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
- Mother Angelica (from the book Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality)
WOW! What an amazing quote!
Sitting in front of my bookshelf with tons of books that I have either finished, or started-and-stopped-and-started-and-stopped, I was drawn to this book that I have not read in a while. To me, it is a pick up book, read a small paragraph, meditate, then put book down. Mother Angelica just cracks me up- she has such a way about her and how she gets her point across.
This quote hit me hard. How many people do I know? How many actually change b/c of me? AND change for the GOOD?!?! Yikes.
Immediately I think of my children and I wonder if they are changing (yes) b/c they know me (yes). But are they changing for the good b/c they know me? Talk about a huge responsibility. My prideful self would say yes, but deep down after some thought...I wonder if I am loving them to the degree so that they will know the power of Jesus' love. I wonder if my sins -loss of patience and yelling have brought them to change for the good.
These children of mine really know me. They see me day in and day out b/c I homeschool them. They are with me 24-7. No one else sees me to this degree. They see my "happy go lucky, cheerful, patient, sweet, loving, kind, calm and in control in the chaos" type of Momma. But they also see my "mad, sad, yelling, blowing up at little things, my talking -talking -talking and not doing -doing -doing discipline" type of Momma. Which one do you think will bring my children to change to the good b/c they know me? Of course you know. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But it does take quite a lot of perfect practice (as my hubby says) to get this Momma in order so that Jesus' awesome love and Heaven become a reality to them.
Lord, I give everything to You. Take me for who I am and mold me into the person You created me to be. I am weak, Lord. But take these weaknesses and change them. Make me see the beauty of suffering in my everyday trials. Remind me of Your power in my weakness and give me the courage to act the way that will make You known. Lord you have said "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." For all I do is for You. I beg You to pour Your graces upon this little servant of Yours so that I can become the woman You have created me to be. I have confidence in Your love to overcome all my imperfections and all my sins. Forgive me, Lord and help me to avoid anything that can lead me to sin. Amen.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Yesterday morning, my cutie pie 2 year old designed a little nook for himself by rearranging the play kitchen to make the perfect little spot.
It was so very tiny. Perfect size just for him.
He grabbed his book, looked at me and said "Pray. Pray."
Very cute for my growing 2 year old big boy.
Except the book he was 'praying' with is called Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. Good thing he is driven to pray but we have work to do with his choice of a 'prayer book'! Don't ya think?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
And did you know what? Get this-you can even watch these games online. For free! At least Round 1.
Oh yeah, life is good and this Lent is chugging along...
When thinking of St. Joseph, what comes to mind is the humble and patient, just and protective, gentle and chaste spouse of Mary, and Jesus' foster father on earth. Being the head of the Holy Family; he was also poor in worldly terms of possessions, but super rich in grace and virtue.
What a great model of virtue. What a great Saint for us to pray to for our husbands. In this world today, they need all the help they can get! St. Joseph, pray for us, our husbands and our marriages!
I think just about everyone knows the tradition of burying a St. Joseph statue on your property can help you sell your home. But do you know where this tradition originated from? I came aross a site that I found so interesteing and had to share it. On this site, I found some info on it...
It is believed that, on one particular search, the nuns found a piece of property perfect for their needs. Having no money, the nuns immediately started to petition St. Joseph for the funds needed to buy the property. In the meantime, having no place to stay, the nuns decided to bury their statue of St. Joseph on the property so he would not get stolen or broken.
After the nuns prayed to St. Joseph, someone purchased the land and built them a convent. When it was finished, the sisters dug up the statue and built a beautiful shrine inside in honor of St. Joseph.
This is where the practice of the burying the statue of St. Joseph seems to orginate.
Many people want to ask for St. Joseph's intercession in the sale of their homes, but are hesitant to bury his statue. There is another pious approach to take. Rather than burying the statue, you can place the statue of St. Joseph in a prominent place in your home and pray the Memorare to St. Joseph. If and when your home sells, St. Joseph must be taken with you and given a new place of honor in your new home."
In honor of great St. Joseph, here is a terrific link to coloring pages that we will be doing today.
Interviewing Daddy about his childhood:
Where was your favorite hiding place?
Did you have a tree fort?
What games did you like to play? (Top three)
What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
Tell me about your favorite hobby as a kid.
Tell me about your best baseball game.
Did you ride your bike a lot and go swimming? With who?
When you were a kid, what was your favorite candy? dessert?
Who were your best buddies in school?
Did you have T.V. or video games when you were a kid?
Who was your favorite baseball team?
Can you tell me a story of when you were naughty and got into trouble?
Did you go to Mass on Sundays? What time and with who?
What was your favorite chore?
What was your least favorite chore?
Did you get an allowance?
What did you buy with it?
Tell me about a favorite time with your Dad.
Happy Feast Day!
St. Joseph, pray for us!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Ha ha!!! I crack myself up....! I really am quite a goof! God bless my husband for accepting me and my weirdness!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Will I ever be able to read an entire book, cover to cover, to my 6 little blessings without being interrupted?!?! ARGH!!!
If not, please tell me when so I can have some hope here, people!
and guide you in whatever you do.
And may his loving protection
be a blessing to you always.
Breastplate of St. Patrick
One of the most famous prayers associated with St. Patrick is the Breastplate of
St. Patrick. It happens to be one of my favorites too!
Christ beside me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ within me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me.
Christ on my right hand,
Christ on my left.
Christ where I lie,
Christ where I sit,
Christ where I rise.
Christ in the hearts of all
Who think of me,
Christ in the mouths of all
Who speak to me,
Christ in every eye
That sees me,
Christ in every ear
That hears me
Here is also some bio on St. Patrick.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Well, it was a great one-both for the gals and the guys! My hubby thought it was good too. Usually those movies I pick out are ones that my hubby sits through but really does not enjoy...I find him drifting off in his thoughts or eyeing a book lying on the floor...you get my drift. This was different. Good picking choice for this Momma!
It was so very nice to see a movie with no bad language, no nudity, no filth. It's about time! Just a good movie with a good plot. Period.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for it on Netflix now so to receive it for YOUR Saturday 'in house date night'!!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
"Mom, is 1 inch smaller than 1 centimeter?"
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Talk about love...my man wow's me so much!
I am so grateful for his love! :)
Last night was so nuts that I was rehearsing possible blog posts during and after nursing sessions! I should have come right out and written them up- there was some really great ones! Of course, over a long night of nada sleep, I have forgotten them by now-argh!
This strep throat has taken way longer than expected for me to feel better- of course it is probably due to my lovely sleeping habits- or lack there of. Please say a prayer that my sweet baby boy will sleep! Thank you kindly. When a lack of sleep with the momma, watch out!
Please dear Lord, help me to praise You with any type of day or night that You allow. Help me to spread Your Love to my little ones, allowing them to see You, not little ol' me, today. Thank you for my dear husband, who has shown me great love by putting me first. Help me to serve him and love him more than yesterday, and even more tomorrow. Thank you for today and strengthen me in the confidence in You that together we will get through it. All glory and praise be to You Lord!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
1. Yesterday, I overheard kid #1 saying to kid #2: "See? These are the male whales and these are the female whales. Males are like girls, and females mean boys."
2. Then today at breakfast, "Boys and girls? How do you know the difference? I mean, how do you know if someone is a girl or a boy?"
Are you curious how we answered???...My hubby said "That's easy, buddy. Just looking at them is quite clear. Us boys have a lot more energy than girls, right?"
Which Kid #1 agreed with whole heartedly.
For me, I looked out the window and said "Oh my goodness! Do you guys see that? It's raining outside!"
And the conversation quickly changed.
Phew, that was a close one.
I need to do some major praying on how to bring this up...any ideas anyone?
Do you recommend any books that are helpful in explaining it according to the Catholic Faith and the beauty that our God created us in? Boy! I wish there was something like Theology of the Body for 2nd graders!!! (bigtime beginners!!!)
Thanks and God bless,
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Go ahead and take a look. I promise that it'll make you think!
And while you are at it, check this one out too-on the same topic.
So, have you made up your mind...what do you think about this?
As for me, what I have to say is...
(*found a comment #8 on this blog post) and I will also add it in right now...
I wrote: "Thank you for writing exactly how I was feeling too but could not express it as so you did!! Nice work putting your deep thoughts onto paper, er... I mean BLOGS!You inspire people b/c you are genuine and true. Thank you for that. You can count on me to keep up my blog too. There's nothing quite like it.Oh, as far as Facebook goes, I did join it and got hooked- b/c it was a quick fix to curiosity. My hubby and I laugh at how they call it 'friends'-ugh-give me a break!anyway, I took a break off of FB for Lent. I realized that I am not missing it much at all.Once again, thanks for writing this. Can I link to this on my blog?God bless,Mary @ Cheerios"
So, if you are still reading this....what are your thoughts?
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Well, here is a site that can answer some major questions, and concerns.
What better way to teach others?! The answers are RIGHT THERE! Go see for yourself.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
We have a new friend here
and we think he's pretty cool.
We dance and sing and play along,
it's music to our ears.
For many years to come,
we hope he stays around.
Perhaps a pianist, a violinst for some,
these thoughts make a great sound!
-just me! :)
Thursday, March 5, 2009
- it started at 13 degrees and inched up to a whooping 39 degrees
- there is still lots of snow on the ground-ridiculously a lot
- the children have been in the car for a good 35 minutes and some were getting sleepy-eyed ----waaaaaaay tooooooooo early for a nap!
- and I passed by a park we have not been to in .....oh, about 4+ months?
I pulled into the parking lot and let the kids go wild at the snow filled park!
Result was lots of fresh air, lots of sun, and lots of energy released.
Totally worth the soaking wet pants, soggy socks and dripping wet sneakers.
***Stay tuned for my small successes post!!!!
Lord, help me never to take these moments for granted. You are wonderful in Your creations! Thank you for entrusting these little ones to my care. Help me to show them Your Love today.So cute!!!
What time have you put into and really invested in your marriage?
Have you thought about the real stuff, the hardships that marriage brings and how to hold on tight to each other when those times arise?
However you answered that, go check out this link, an initiative from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All I have to say is Wow. This is SO needed in our world today.
There is tons of great information, answers, Q&A, links, videos, advice.
On their home page, it starts off stating this:
Couples might like to live on love, but a job pays the bills. What
happens, however, when a career starts to take time away from the marriage? How do couples balance family and work, or decide whether one spouse should stay home with the children?
Don't forget to pass it along to others. This is one website that all should know about.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
But alas, it is Lent.
It is time to sacrifice.
So, no cool t-shirt for me.
Oh well- There is always my birthday! (hint hint)
Monday, March 2, 2009
Here are a few of my favorites:
Fish is our favorite meal. Since we are not big on the traditional famiy meal of Tuna casserole, we tend to stick with delicious fish. It amazes me b/c my kids really enjoy eating fish! Our favorites are salmon, swordfish and tiplapia...oh, and fish sticks! All I do for salmon is let it sit in lemon juice and dill for 1/2 a day then broil it till it is easily broken up if poked at with a fork. Totally easy. For swordfish, I lightly put some mayo on it and a little chunk of butter and broil that too. Tilapia- I like to dip it in egg then bread crumbs and bake it at 350 for 20 or so minutes- 10 mins each side. My hubby and I also like tuna, shrimp, and just about any other fish. We always said that if we could afford it, we'd eat fish every night! :)
Rice and Beans is also a yummy meal. I chop up an onion, sautee it over some oil or butter, add a can of mexican red chili beans and an extra can of tomato sauce. Stir that, then add a can of corn (drained). Mix it all together and heat to a boil for a few minutes. Then I serve it over tortillas w/ lettuce (if we have some) and roll it up. We use chedder cheese on top that my kids love. Or we just have rolls on the side.
This sounds great. It is not a meal per se, but it sure looks yummy. I have never tried it before. Maybe this year, the kids and I will give it a good try, on a Friday!
Did you know that the easy recognizable and tradition “twist” of the pretzel has its roots in religion?! The folded twist is meant to resemble arms crossed in prayer. At one time, people crossed their arms across their chests in pretzel fashion when praying instead of simply putting their two hands together. In fact, in Latin, the word for these braids of bread was “bracellae”, or “little arms”. The word was later said in German to “bretzel”, and then became “pretzel”. Many people would only eat one meal a day during Lent, but would ease the in between time by snacking on pretzels.
How cool is that?
Now I am getting a bit hungry. I'm off to munch on some pretzels now!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I saw this at another blog and thought it was too funny to pass up! You type in "(your name) went to the" - don't forget the quotation marks - and see what comes up. Here is a short selection of what I found for me:
Mary went to the Market (yeah, I need some milk, eggs and I really need more diapers!)
Mary, went to the same gig see their favorite band and recorded it using their cell phone (the last time I went to a 'gig' was about 13-14 years ago! I did not know that you can record things using a cell phone?! I am getting so old...)
Mary went to the store (I said that already! I really need those diapers!)
Mary went to the tomb, felt an earthquake, and saw an angel come down, roll away the stone (uh...not me! )
Mary went to the pantry (to get some cookies right about now)
Mary went to the bank to set up a new bank account so they can save money for a holiday in 6 months time (ha ha! does this mean we go on a vacation, honey?! yippee :))
Mary went to the locker room with a two-point lead after a half court shot went down at the buzzer (oh, the old days of high school freshman basketball...memories...)
Mary went to the library to find some books (THAT was what I forgot to do this weekend!)
March just sounds so...Spring like!
I am trying not ignore the fact that there is a very big snow amount (uhm...total accumulation of 10-14 inches! Argh!) that is predicted for tonight and tomorrow. So instead, in protest (hee hee), I will post some photos of pretty flowers starting to bloom in my yard- IN MY YARD! Isn't that great?! Yeah, I know, they will not last for long with nasty mr. snow coming.
But I am pretty glad I got pics of them! Take a look...