March 31, 2012

the little things.

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March 30, 2012

Happy 7th Birthday, Jacob!

Happy birthday, Jacob!  You were so excited to be turning seven.  It definately seems bigger than six.  You are a blessing to us, you have a quiet joy and general contentment with life.  Which is funny because I always say you were the hardest (and biggest) baby.  We didnt do anything fantastic or great on your birthday and you were happy with that.  Mom didnt even make your brownies, a friend did--and that was just fine with you.  You were just happy to finally be seven and to soak in the day.
We love you!
Getting out the sillies! 
The one thing you asked for.
And your Dad and brothers were jealous because it came with a scope and theirs didnt.
That made it all extra special!

Happy Birthday!

Flashback Friday.

Flashback to an earlier time in our family life, same month.

March 2005
Jacobs birth, which we are celebrating this week.
Nana is holding Jake and Nathan and Patrick just couldnt get enough of him.

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March 29, 2012


round button chicken

Buckeye in bloom. 

Some of the few tulips that the puppy didnt eat!
Both photos by Nathan.

Swing time with big brother Nathan!
I think that stick in the background was an attempt to be a part of the picture, not inflict harm!
Photo by Patrick.
We gave Nick a tricycle for his birthday.
Dad had to try and assemble it with lots of helpers.
And there was a child in his lap (either Peter or Nick) the entire time.

Nick on his tricycle with his basket helmet.
My two kids with casts and crutches.
They broke their legs on thorns.
Cute and funny!

A joint birthday party with Grandparents and God-parents.
It was a big party, and lots of fun.
The real part is that Jacob didnt want a combined party.
But, sometimes when your birthday is only 7 days away from your brothers, you have to make concessions.
They both had a great day full of fun, cousins, presents and junk food!
(Side note: This is the first birthday cake EVER that I did not make! And, it was really peaceful!)

March 28, 2012

He is free!

Free from the constraints of his cast! That calls for a donut!

March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Nicholas!

Happy Birthday, Nicholas!  Now are you are three!  You bring such joy to our lives with your sweetness, your stories, and your fun.  We are so thankful that God blessed us with you! 

A happy boy!  He picked a cookie cake and was thrilled that I put Bot from Team Umizoomi on it.
Photo by Nathan. 

Nick wanted to eat Bot!

May the Lord bless you with another year of joy, my sweet boy!

March 23, 2012

Flashback Friday.

Flashback to an earlier time in our family life, same month.

March 2009
Nicholas' birth which we are celebrating this week!
Happy 3rd Birthday, my Nicky-bear!

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March 22, 2012


round button chicken

She's lucky she has a momma who'll always think she's pretty!
It is so fun to see how she'll dress next!

Real pretty.
I was just enjoying the clouds and happy to be sitting outside!

Happy and Funny.

Peter loves to splash and he was really happy to explore the deck.

Liz and a kool-aid stand.
She did sell a lot of kool-aid to her brothers.
A girl must be happy to have thirsty brothers!
She also sold a cup to a neighbor for a $1.
He told her to keep the change.
I'm pretty sure he doesn't like kool-aid.
But he does have a soft spot for kids.

Real messy.

Real hungry.
Also, really patient to wait to clean out the high chair.

It's March.  80 degrees.
Have to cut the grass.
Real crazy!
But, we're loving it!

March 21, 2012

I'm pretty sure I'm crazy.

I'm crocheting a scarf on the back deck.

It is 84 degrees outside and sunny.

Something doesn't match up there.

March 20, 2012

St. Joseph and good news!


St. Joseph has long been a favorite in our home. I think he has a special place in a lot of homes as our foster father.  He certainly fills that role here.

So it comes to no surprise to me that he has once again come to my rescue.  I've been praying a novena to St. Joseph for the chance to be walking by Easter. Yesterday, on his feast day, the surgeon gave me a walking boot with instructions to be off crutches by next Thursday or Friday! How wonderful is that!?

It isn't going to be easy or fun but I am excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Praise God for his mercy and thank you St. Joseph for your intercession!

March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Lots of feasting going on over here!

 What we're reading and watching:

(HT: Dawn)
Also available on instant video!

March 16, 2012

Flashback Friday.

March 2002

Flashback to an earlier time in our family life, same month.
Easter at my aunt and uncle's home.
Nathan was the baby!

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March 15, 2012

A bad trip (literally and figuratively).

You know how when you go on a long car ride all the negative traits of your individual family members surface?  You know how you just can't wait to get out of the dang car and stretch your legs and brush off the crumbs?  I feel that way.  Only I've been locked in the car for four weeks.  And the scenery doesn't change much.  And the nine month old is crawling across the parking lot into peril and I can't get him.  Yep, pretty much like that.  I'm still covered in crumbs.  All this over a dumb ankle fracture.  I never would have thought!

Four weeks.  I am so sick of it.  Sick of sitting here doing nothing.  Tired of TV.  Tired of reading, of crocheting, tired of sitting.  I miss outside.

Do you know how many times I've been outside, including going to the car in the last four weeks?  12.  Maybe 13.  That is including the couple of times I've managed to go sit on the deck or the front porch.  It isn't the easiest thing to do that even with a nine month old who wants to pull-up on your crutches!

I'm living in a world of near-misses (and a couple of on-targets as Nick is proof of that).  Peter nearly fell down the basement stairs (thank the Lord, Nathan heard me screaming and caught him), we broke another banister spindle, issues with the dogs, oh gosh--I could go on but I think this post is long enough!

Let me tell you, if for one second you think that your role as mother or wife is unimportant in the world--smack yourself.  Seriously.  Your entire quadrant of the world hinges on you.  It is really frustrating to sit idly by and watch the world spin around you and not be able to do anything about it.  You can't bounce the baby when he's fussy, heck you can't even change the scenery by going outside or upstairs.  You can't make dinner.  You have to rely on your oldest children to help you make lunch.  I truly am sympathetic (and have always been) to all those who struggle with chronic pain. It is one thing to be sympathetic and another to walk in those shoes.  Ahem.  Well, one shoe.

This period of time is intense, but it will end.  I know that.  And really, I've been keeping up my spirits about it all until this week.  I think I got discouraged this week because pain I didn't have last week came back.  Soccer started.  I had two very long days sitting here and the evenings were spent with the littlest in my family trying to keep them close by watching TV.  Team Umizoomi is big here right now.   Thankful for that.  This was also the first week that we've had no visitors due to illness, schedules, and the such.  Nothing to break up the monotony.  I'm starting to stress out a bit about all that is coming up--soccer schedules, 4-H, ultimate, birthdays, Easter.....not sure how we're going to make it all work if I can't drive.  There are years when I would gladly nix half of it and not worry about it.  But, my kids are making lots of sacrifices too.  And, I'd like them to have these experiences if we can swing it.  The grimey house and the bickering/heightened emotions are getting to me.  I'm sure it is getting to everyone.

Now that I've got all that out of my system...let's move on to the positive, shall we?  When this is all over, everyone will feel like a load has been lifted.  Life will seem easy and free.  My kids are learning good life skills!  Nathan has been doing a lot of cooking.  I'm so thankful for my Mom who has come over every week and cleaned--kept us from totally falling apart.  We really have been managing quite well--the kids have mostly been willing to be helpful to me and to one another.  We're surviving through the grace of God!

St. Josemaria Escriva came to mind while I was writing this.
The remedy is to look at Christ, if when faced with suffering, you at some time feel that your soul is wavering. The scene of Calvary proclaims to everyone that afflictions have to be sanctified, that we are to live united to the cross.

If we bear our difficulties as Christians, they are turned into reparation and atonement. They give us a share in Jesus’ destiny and in his life. Out of love for men he volunteered to experience the whole gamut of pain and torment. He was born, lived and died poor. He was attacked, insulted, defamed, slandered and unjustly condemned. He knew treachery and abandonment by his disciples. He experienced isolation and the bitterness of punishment and death. And now the same Christ is suffering in his members, in all of humanity spread throughout the earth, whose head and firstborn and redeemer he is.

A whole programme for a good course in the ‘subject’ of suffering is given to us by the Apostle:   spegaudentes — rejoicing in hope, In tribulatione patientes — patient in troubles, orationi instantes — persevering in prayer.

In the meantime, I'm going to continue to pray that I have mobility by Easter.  Maybe that is too much to ask, but one can hope!  I desperately want to relieve some of the pressure that has been placed on my family.
And now, we return to our regularly scheduled programming....


round button chicken
The I-don't-do-anything-edition!
(I can't talk about dinner.  Not only am I not making it--I'm not even sitting at the table.  Let's talk about it later, okay? When, maybe, I actually have something to do with it again!)

She's pretty even with a head full of rollers!
This was the first time we tried this with hot curlers.

Chattin' with Grandpa.
Notice the socks don't match!
I hear it is all the rage.
I'm going with it. 
Snuggling and talking cameras.

The picture itself isn't funny. 
But the memory is!
Peter is playing with a whole bag of chocolate chips that Nicholas worked forever at wrestling out of the freezer with one arm.
Nicholas has a slight issue with chocolate chips (or any sugar, for that matter).
It is an addiction.
He needs help.  :)
He gets it from his mother.
Anyway, I tried to get it on video but was a moment too late.
This is the picture of the moment after that moment where Nicholas abandoned his spoils to his younger brother to go shut the freezer door.
Good boy!


My disaster corner!
I know, it is a little too "real" isn't it?
It is for me!

*As a little side note, as I was typing--for some weird reason the 'g' key wouldn't work.  It was pretty funny trying to read this post with no 'g's.  Then, suddenly it did work so I went back and added them.  But, it might have been better to leave them as is! :)

March 10, 2012

More crochet.

I've had a lot of time to crochet lately!  That is a silver lining!  :)

The first thing I finished was to make Liz a scarf with the yarn she picked out for my Christmas present.  She loves it and I think she looks adorable in it.  I also made her a matching headband (not pictured!).

And after all my struggles with making a hat for Peter....I finally finished one!  And, of course, there is no snow!  That is okay, because it is nice and stretchy with room to grow for next year.  I think he looks absolutely adorable in it but the yarn was awful to work with.

 Still on the docket are some presents (not saying what), a baby blanket for a gift, a hat for Nick and Jacob and we'll see what else in the next few weeks!

March 9, 2012

It wasn't my idea....

...but they sure are cute! 

And for the record, I'm not going to tell the kids next year when Tractor Supply sends me an email that they have chicks in the store!   Because their Dad can't resist cute little chicks, either.

Four mixed breed bantams.
We think two are Ameracaunas but we'll see.
Nathan has really really wanted bantams for a long time. 

Two Amberlinks.

I do have to say that having chicks is easier this year since they are out in the coop with the other chickens.
Better than having them in my basement like last time!

March 7, 2012

Nine months.

I can't believe Peter is 9 months old! He is getting so big, and looking so much more little-boyish these days. I honestly thought he would be walking by now, but I'm thankful he is still content to explore on his knees. He is my action babe--he has seemed to weather all the changes around here well. He loves having lots of new faces around and changing scenery.

Looking all serious, like a big boy.

Watcha doin', mom?

Drool baby!

March 6, 2012

The view from here.

I have a limited view these days!  I don't move much around the house.  I did think this was sort of unique for my life as I know it.  I don't get out much.  I think I have sat on the front porch twice since I broke my ankle!  I only leave the front door if Ken is home (because I'm petrified of falling on my face from tripping over my own crutches).  So, I'm sharing my view from here (meaning the recliner)!

Notice Peter is hanging next to his big brother Nathan.
Whenever Nathan gets up and moves away from Peter, he cries!
He gets so sad!
I think he is becoming really attached to Nathan because Nathan is taking care of him a lot--carrying him up to bed, sometimes changing a diaper and his clothes.  They'll have a special bond when this is all over.

Liz and Nick decorating the windows.
Pictures attached with stickers because they couldn't find tape!
I hope the stickers come off easily!

Lots of movies and snuggle time.

Patrick plays with Nick and his Peter "monkey." 
Patrick has a good way of including Peter into their crazy games.
Which Peter loves, of course!