Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Ultimate

He did it...Lucas that is. He finally did the ultimate. He came to me surprised tugging at his shirt & mumbling something like, "Hose! Hose!" I looked closer to see that there were slash marks in his shirt. I quickly ran to see what had happened. He managed to get a small pair of my sewing scissors & decided to give himself a little air conditioning.

I should've snapped a picture, but I was so fried I couldn't think straight to find the camera!! I'm just now able to laugh about this. I made him wear the shirt until Daddy arrived so Daddy could see what HIS son is capable of. That's right...today he's Paul's son!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Chopped Plants

I had an emotionally difficult day today. No real reason...just being a woman, I guess! Daddy surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. He's cute like that! Interestingly, Maria (6) walked into the room to inquire as he presented them to me:

"Are those chopped plants?"

Fresh cut flowers or chopped plants? Let's not get technical about this!

Biker Babes



Here are a few pics of our bike excursion on Sunday. The weather was wonderful! Of course, it took us almost a good hour to get all the bikes out, check & air up all the tires, find the bike helmets and figure out who's on what: boys in the Burley, Molly on the tag-a-long, etc. It was quite a feat, but we pulled it off...sweaty & happy!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Heat Wave


As I drove the girls to piano lessons this evening (around 6PM) I flicked on the radio. To my surprise the weather forecast reported the temp in the Twin Cities to be 80 degrees!! I can't believe it. There are still parking lots with snow piles so it's hard to believe. The nearby pond was beautiful...completely thawed out & glistening. We love SPRING!!


Daddy's Annunciation



It was exactly 1 year ago, yesterday, that Daddy was struck with the inspiration of naming our little Gabriel. After hearing the Gospel for the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, 2006 Daddy was sure that "Gabriel" should be his name. I thought it was perfect. And of course, I can definately see a resemblance!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Thought Filler

There are just a few things that have been floating around in my head that I thought I should catalog before I forget about them:

1) Molly's outgrowing clothes faster than I can go through and restock her wardrobe.
2) Lucas nursed an American Girl doll the other day much to Monica's & my shock!
3) Gabriel scared & surprised us all by going up both stairs to the family room and the upstairs.
4) Monica decided to give up the cold drink of water from the fountain after gym class as a sacrifice for Lent!
5) Maria's begun collecting things from nature again this year. I've seen various twigs, twigs with buds and leaves around the house.
6) We're almost finished listening to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH on tape. So far, we've almost listened to 45 books on tape or CD...that's a lot of commuting to & from school!
7) I'm once again looking at summer classes, camps and sports. Do we really want to commit to all the running around?
8) I'm going on retreat next weekend & I'm wondering if everyone & everything will be allright without me.:( And if so, will they actually miss me?:(
9) We all need more exercise!
10) My times up!!

Anyway...'till next time!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Time Away






My idea of taking time away is very different from Daddy's. I would seek solace and a quiet environment to read, or nap, or take walks & have some think & soak time. Daddy on the otherhand is wired differently and, thus, has different ways to relax and have fun.

I'm all for this knowing that Daddy comes back to us refreshed, happy, and eager to jump in as our resident hunter/gatherer battling the beasts at the office and clinic and bringing home the bacon. For now, it's a good fit for our family!

Here are some pics of Daddy's "time away" in sunny Phoenix while visiting his brother. I liken the pair to Snoopy and Spike...Spike lived alone in the desert while Snoopy lived in the domesticated city with the rest of the Peanuts gang, and of course, Charles Schultz hails from St. Paul. Well, here they are having some fun!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Our Little Kindergarten Monkey



Here are a couple of pics of Maria. The first is one of the pics from the photo shoot with Vinnie the Vertebrate. Maria was selected to be on the cover with Vinnie for the Spring issue of the chiropractic magazine at the Chiro. College here in the cities. The issue will be released in April.


The second pic is a shot of Maria with her Kindergarten teacher after winning an award for exemplifying the virtue of prudence. So what is prudence? Acting and thinking rightly with honesty, humility and with gratitude. Not bad for a public school, eh!


Wait to go, Maria!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Buffalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight


There are a few things that I've tried as a married woman that have challenged my resolve:

1) Having 5 children!
2) Having those 5 children within 8 years.
3) Choosing to feed those 5 children plus a husband everyday in any way possible...McDonald's included!
4) Accepting to use a pressure cooker even though I've often wondered if it will ever explode in my kitchen. If you don't know what this is...check it out...they're pretty amazing.
5) Deciding to feed 5 children + spouse using the pressure cooker by whatever means including the use of wild game...in tonight's case...buffalo.

Yes, that's right! These gals are chewing up an actual roast beast!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Expectation Deflation


Daddy & I also call this "expectation loss." This is what you call expecting something to happen & then it doesn't & your hopes are dashed & all the humor you can find in it is posting it all to your blog! So why have my expectations been deflated?


I went to the airport last evening to pick up Daddy's bags, but no Daddy. Instead, Daddy is sitting at the airport in Phoenix flying stand-by after he was bumped off his flight for missing his baggage check-in time by 5 minutes!


St. Joseph, pray for our Daddy who wants to come home & who we want to be with dearly!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

I'm flying solo


Everything's pretty much back to normal. The carpet was, finally, installed yesterday morning, my sewing machine is back & we successfully dropped Daddy off at the airport last evening. He's in Phoenix for the weekend so I'm flying solo. It's actually not too bad and it's very cute to hear how much the kids miss him. Both Molly & Lucas had their little heads hung low asking if Daddy could come back before I tucked them in last night. It was very cute! The older girls spent a good portion of bedtime making a card for Daddy for when he comes back. Sweet!

I usually have a hard time sleeping without Paul, but last night I was so exhausted I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow & I didn't hear my alarm this morning. OOPS!

It's a packed weekend for us from birthday parties, to playdates, to the Children's Museum; we won't have a dull moment! I just hope we don't forget to pick Daddy up at the airport on Sunday!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Boys!


Everyone teased me when I was pregnant with Lucas saying, "Wow! Now your life is really gonna turn around!" I would even get things like, "And you have 3 girls & now you're having a boy?" And then would come the smirk and the little giggle saying, "You have no idea what you're in for!"

This just made me more bold for the challenge. When Lucas was born I embraced the fact he is a boy and promised myself, I wouldn't let him wear me down. I was determined!

Well, he's wearing me down. He's so OTHER! He's a BOY!!

1) He always has an interesting odor about him no matter what lotion, powder or other scents I try to sneak onto him.
2) He brings bugs to me & would eat them if I weren't watching closely.
3) He likes to get dirty and I mean really dirty.
4) He could run into a wall, bounce off and giggle after it happened.
5) He's extremely impatient and dangerously spontaneous.
6) He's a screamer!!
7) He wrestles with everyone & everything.

What I didn't expect, however, was all the affection he dishes out to ME!
1) He loves to cuddle.
2) He loves to give me kisses.
3) He lets me bite his cheeks, ears & nose!
4) I'm the only one who can comfort him when he's afraid of the monster that he swears lives in his closet.

More than trying to understand him, I'm trying to enjoy him & become a "go with the flow" MOM!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Working Girl


This is a very exciting day for us for 2 reasons: the new carpet will be installed and Daddy will be bringing home my Pfaff sewing machine.


I'm so excited about both things but I couldn't help but notice Monica's excitement about the latter. Paul & I removed the carpet & pad last night & tried to secure the area from any dangerous tackstrip or stray staples. When we all came down this morning I suddenly realized we would be eating in the dining room since the family room couch is now very nicely wedged in the eat-in-kitchen! Monica was very helpful. She quickly helped get the breakfast things, whisked the baby into his highchair, helped with bibs & just helped all around to make the morning chaos-free or at least a little closer to a routine & normal morning.


When I mentioned the carpet is coming Monica quickly chimed in, "And your sewing machine comes today." I agreed & sounded excited. Then Maria said, "Yeah! We're getting new carpet!" And Monica chimed in again, "And her sewing machine comes today." I couldn't help but smile. She's becoming quite the young lady. Monica enjoys all my projects & is such a helper. She's even asked for her own machine. She's also been working on handstitching a shawl for Molly (it's crude, but good). I can't believe she's so interested!


Anyway, I don't know who's more excited about the machine, but for me today is a day to be excited also about my little working girl and how she's growing up!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Polly World

Here's a cute pic of Molly & Lucas playing Polly Pockets & fairies. I just had to take this opportunity for blackmail purposes later regarding Lucas. I should have bought a set of GI Joe figures when I saw him don his first pair of dress up high heels. Now I know it's time!!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Sew What!

I've been up to my eyeballs lately in my most recent sewing project. Monica and I selected a pattern & fabric 2 weeks ago for her First Communion Dress. The big day is April 14th and she's starting to get a little nervous! I decided to make her dress after doing a bang up job on her Laura Ingalls Wilder costume. I thought after that I could probably sew just about anything!!

Anyway, now I've been trying to find a place that can service one of my machines, a Pfaff 1222. It's an older machine, but if it can be reconditioned to almost new condition it will be very handy to have. It has great features and has many more capabilities than my Singer straight stitch machine. Exciting!

I love sewing...the opportunity doesn't come around very often, but when it does it's great! I'll post a pic of the finished product later.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Don't Get Caught...


I was helping Lucas by putting batteries in his mixer this afternoon when I turned around & saw this. Gabey is just having too much fun around here or is he just running hot these days?!

A few more pics from yesterday!




Sunday, March 4, 2007

Reprieve




We finally broke down & needed a break from the snow so we packed up the kids went out for brunch & headed over to the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul. It was great! We dumped our jackets off just inside the entrance, rolled up our sleeves & peeled off sweatshirts to enjoy the warmth inside. It was awesome to sweat for a good hour in the sunny, tropical paradise. Here are some joyful pics of my snow-weary Minnesota family.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Thank God it's Over...For Now!

In the last 3 days we received close to 20 inches of snow. I haven't posted for this reason. I've been doing a lot of shoveling, a lot of clean-up on the entryway because of all the sand & snow tracked in, and I've made more hot chocolate than the Swiss Miss!

Just what does "almost 20 inches of snow" mean? It means:

1) You do a lot of shoveling...usually, because the snow storm happened to fall on a weekday when your husband isn't around to do the snowblowing & you can't do it because the thing is so big & so quirky that you might get snowblown along with the snow defeating your purpose.
2) Your back aches...a lot... because of all the shoveling you did.
3) Your kids may want to make a snowfort so you have to find all the necessary tools for the job in the garage you're now swearing about because you didn't organize it last summer!
4) You just might have to dig a path to your mailbox...if you can remember where it is after the snowplow went through & plowed it in along with the apron of your driveway.:(
5) You just might slide through an intersection because although you confidently drive an All-Wheel-Drive, ice is THE great EQUALIZER.
6) You cannot see your picnic table on the deck anymore.
7) You absolutely don't let the 2 year old outside by himself for fear he may get lost in the snow only to be found in May when the snow finally melts.

We'll probably get a couple more of these storms since March is the snowiest month of the year...I've been told. I say, "Bring it on!" After all, I do have a chiropractor for a husband, I bought a case of hot chocolate from Costco, and I haven't lost a kid in a snowdrift yet!!
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