January 30, 2014


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Peter is taking homeschooling very seriously.
He is teaching Elizabeth's squirrel phonics.
I'll let you know if he is successful.

Ken and the kids built one awesome snow fort with a window.
Three kids or two kids and a dog can fit!
The weather has been so cold that it has lasted a couple of weeks. 

Lots of snowmen and snowballs and snow forts and snow..... it goes on and on!

The above mentioned snowmen froze.
Hard as rocks.
They are relocated from place to place and are especially fun to use as roadblocks.
What is funnier than watching your dad have to move snowmen to get in the driveway??
In below zero windchill.
And no, he can't just run them over.
See reference to "hard as rocks."
Frozen, people, ffffrrrooozzen!

A little room re-org means the baby gets her own room.
And what better fun than to take the ONE room totally clean and organized and un-clean and un-organize it?
At least she seems to be enjoying the destruction.

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January 28, 2014

Day book: last week of January


Outside my window...

Yup, that says it all.  Coldest temps I can remember!

I am thinking...about a first birthday coming up....and about trying to be better about blogging.  This is my scrapbook of sorts until I scrapbook the real deal in like two years.  And then I need something to jog my memory!

I am thankful...for heat and shelter.  And that I don't have to put my kids on the schoolbus! Brrr!

In the kitchen...trying new recipes.  Healthy, low fat, real food.  Trying things like rutabaga -- yummy!  So far, most have been a success.

I am wearing...slippers and sweats.  I'll have to change before we head out the door later today but for now, comfy and warm.

I am creating...not much.  I still have projects in the works from before Christmas but between illness and schoolwork there hasn't been much time for anything else.  Oh, but I am working on seasonal book lists.  Mainly because I thought I've bought a book and can't find it or find one I didn't remember having.  Time to have a quasi- inventory.  My books are organized loosely but wouldn't you know it--someone likes to reorganize every couple weeks or so!

I am going...indoor soccer for the kids, co-op, a doctors appt, and dinner out with friends.

I am reading...the Familia book year 2 (the name eludes me right now), and I just downloaded Chesterton's Father Brown series to my kindle.

I am praying...for some medical inspiration on why I've been feeling so crummy and a solution.  For those who are suffering.   

Around the house...I need a magic cleaning genie.  That is all.

I am pondering...homeschooling, teaching, organization, moving somewhere warmer.  It's that time of year, folks.

A favorite quote for today...gosh, I had a Nick quote in my head.  And then I forgot it.  Typical.  Maybe I'll remember and come back and add it!

One of my favorite things...slippers and fleece blankies.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Normal stuff and birthday planning.

A peek into my day...
Real time cccrrraaaazzzzzyyyy play right there.  Some are lions or baby lions or owners.  
Funniest pic ever.  Caroline was so excited to see herself on the screen she couldn't keep her tongue in her mouth!

Until next time!

January 24, 2014


This has been my January!  One sinus infection, three ear infections, one slight case of pneumonia, and one tired mama!  Actually,  I'm not really complaining.  Other than having cranky babies, staying home has lent a peacefulness to my days.  I don't have all the stress about " what aren't we getting done?!?" When we aren't running at full tilt.  

And I'm saving cash in gas money, lol!

My only wish?  That it would stop snowing!! I could use a couple 60 degree days to send everyone out for fresh air and sunshine.  And fill up the bird feeders!  ;)  

Coming in February....unfortunately, medical bills. (ha!) But, hopefully, sunshine and good health!

January 23, 2014


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A dog who serves herself snowballs at the picnic table.
She was eating them only I missed that shot!

A kid pileup.
Don't worry, Jacob isn't injured.
Just screaming loudly for our benefit.

Caroline's first sled ride last Sunday.
46 degrees and sunny.
My kind of sledding!

Lots of shoes.
Can't wait for summer!
Such a great helper.
Pulling alllll the diapers outta the drawer.
Good thing she's cute.
Apparently this is all the rage in napping these days.
Half hanging off the couch.

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January 22, 2014

Prayer for the unborn.

In honor of the March for Life today:

Virgin of Guadalupe,
Patroness of unborn children,

we implore your intercession
for every child at risk of abortion.
Help expectant parents to welcome from God
the priceless gift of their child’s life.

Console parents who have lost that gift
through abortion,
and lead them to forgiveness and healing
through the Divine Mercy of your Son.

Teach us to cherish
and to care for family and friends
until God calls them home.
Help us never to see others as burdens.

Guide our public officials
to defend each and every human life
through just laws.
Inspire us all to bring our faith into public life,
to speak for those who have no voice.

We ask this in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ, who is Love and Mercy itself.

--- 2010 Respect Life Liturgy Guide, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

January 16, 2014


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Now, I just wanted to say....I started this post last week.  To have ready for last week's PHFR.  Yup, it takes me that long to get things done around here lately! :)


 Now, I know that no one really wants to see one more ice or snow picture when we are living and sludging through it.
But still, it IS pretty.
And I might enjoy looking at them come spring!

After living here almost four years, I painted my laundry room.
This is a panorama shot so don't go thinking it is huge or anything.
The blue/green is the same color as our loft.
I was touch-up painting (read, getting spots we missed forever ago that were still bare) and I just moved on in here.
There was no thought process to the color choice other than I already had a can of paint open.
But, I like it.
While I was painting, my husband made the offhand remark that, "Painting the laundry room is like me painting the garage."
Uh, notevenclose (even if I'm painting with a window open and it is 17 degrees outside).
I spend ridiculous amounts of time here and when one cannot wash the mud-that-looks-like-poop off the wall---painting is required.
To his credit, he did say that it was really nice to have it look finished now!

This is how we watch videos on my phone.
Peter is actually there below my head but when I posted this to instagram it cut him off.
We look happy.
That video must have been funny!

We didn't make much headway throughout Advent but after the New Year we started humming right along.
Granted, we still had only a little more than a third of it completed but we were making progress every day.
Until the 2 year old found it fascinating to fling it everywhere.
The pieces were in the floor vent, under the rug...I can just hope we found them all.

So, we abandoned ship.  We packed it up, we put it away.
Maybe next year.
Though, Patrick received a 500 piece puzzle for Christmas and I think we might take a gander at that one.

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January 8, 2014

Theme Thursday.

I'm not sure I've ever linked up with Theme Thursday before but when I saw today was "bare" I couldn't help but post this:
The whole reason that I chose this sink.  So I could bathe the baby.  It just so happens we needed a new faucet and just replaced the whole shebang.  So much nicer than leaning over a tub. 

And, yes, I know I jumped the gun on this one and posted it on a WEDNESDAY.  Boo.  A mama's gotta post when a mama's got a minute!  

January 3, 2014

A quick look back at December.

Gosh, bloggers everywhere are looking back at 2013 and I can't get past December!  ;)

(At any rate, Happy New Year!)

We had snow, did I tell you that?  Well, if you followed me on Instagram you would have known that.  And be privileged enough to see a whole bunch of randomness. Aren't you sad.....

We spent the entire weekend before Christmas feverishly shopping.  In the rain and traffic.  Because we were seriously underprepared this year.

We were amazingly able to keep up with our Jesse tree and Advent wreath.  I was pretty thrilled about that!  The coloring pages from Holy Heroes really helped the little guys.

Due entirely to my husbands persistence -- Christmas cookies were made and "gingerbread" houses assembled.  And eaten.  

We hosted Christmas Eve at our house and celebrated Christmas Day at my mother-in-law's.  Both wonderful and joyous and I have no pictures of either on my phone.  Nor do I have the standard after-Christmas-mass photo.  So I give you instead the pajamas-from-Nana one. 

 Complete with goofiness because they've already had one sugar-hyped party and anxious to go to bed to have the next.

And we celebrated Grandma and Grandpa's 48th Anniversary with a visit to Krohn Conservatory.
Pretty, huh?  One of my favorite places to visit!
These two didn't want to leave the trains behind.
The happy couple!  I can only hope enjoy 48 years of wedded bliss with Ken.  What a gift!
Another favorite spot at Krohn-- the Nativity with live animals.

I know you are ready for this post to be over now.  But it's not.  Too bad, my blog and I've still got more December....  Anyway, I had the pleasure of taking Jacob, Liz, and Nick to a movie and dinner.  That was a treat!
Bob Evans was the agreed upon dinner and it was yummy.
And Ken put in a sink.  Lots of help too.
New Year's Eve brought a party at our house.  ;) And it was fun!  (What? You don't think a pic of shoes epitomizes the essence of fun?!?)

I leave you with this pic of my two girls in their dresses from Nana after Mass on New Year's Day, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God.  Aren't you glad you made it to the end? ;)

God bless and happy 2014!