Monday, April 30, 2007

The Big ONE!

I can't believe Gabe is a year old today! That's right, one year ago he came into this amazing world. I can hardly believe it. Birthday pics are forthcoming.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

It's happening!


I wasn't sure when it would happen, but it finally did. As we were grocery shopping we came to the cereal aisle and Lucas found what I hoped he would never have an interest in. He pulled out of a nearby kids' book rack (why is this even in the cereal aisle!) a Spiderman comic book which included none other than it's own red rubber spider!


Molly quickly said with disgust that she HATES spiders. I quickly said he couldn't have it, but oh the interest as we left the aisle. I've never seen a boy crane his neck the way Lucas did! I have a feeling that book will make its way into my house & that red rubber spider...well, let's just say it will find its way to my trashcan in good time...all in good time!

Armed for Battle!

The girls had an assembly on Wednesday to describe lockdown procedures and a plan in the case that any harm should come to the school via an intruder. Of course, Paul and I were afraid that the recent events in VA would bring us to this point with the school. We discussed things with the girls and they were naturally afraid of the whole idea. A drill was scheduled for today so Monica and Maria went to school with their own protection. Each of the girls asked us for scapulars they could wear under their uniforms. Monica also asked me to make a St. Joan of Arc holy card she could carry in her backpack. Since they recently studied about Joan of Arc in their history class, I thought it would be ok. Monica was fascinated with St. Joan's bravery and courage on the battlefield fighting for France (and, of course, being burned at the stake received it's oohs and aahs). She asked me if I thought Joan was ever afraid in battle. I answered that I think she may have felt fear, but knew in her heart that if she was following God he would be with her. We found a beautiful quote that I printed on the bottom of the image of St. Joan:

I fear nothing, for God is with me!

I'm so glad that the girls have learned that there are more ways in this world to find comfort, hope and courage in the midst of fear. This is what our faith has given us and we gladly are passing it on to our little ones!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Down to Davy Jones!


Currently, we're reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. The story is about a beautiful china rabbit (Edward Tulane) that is lost at sea and endures a miraculous journey back into the arms of the little girl who loved him before he was lost. I read a couple short chapters to Molly & Lucas this afternoon before the little daughter of a neighbor came over while my neighbor went to a doctor's appt. While the kids were putting their shoes on to go outside, I heard this exchange:


Molly: We're reading about a bunny that fell into the ocean.

Macy (our neighbor's daughter): Really?

Mommy: Yes, it's a story about a beautiful rabbit that rudely gets tossed overboard and is lost at sea.

Molly: Yes, he's with Davy Jones.

Mommy: Davy Jones? (I was shocked that Molly even knows about Davy Jones!)

Molly: Yes, Davy Jones took Edward just like he took Daddy's sunglasses!


It's all making sense now! On our trip to Cancun, Daddy lost his sunglasses one afternoon when we were playing in the water. The waves were terribly crazy, I toppled over, Daddy reached to pull me up, and we saw his glasses get knocked off his face and gone forever. Of course, Daddy told Molly, "Argh, me sunglasses went down to Davy Jones' locker!"


Poor little gal will probably never trust the sea! And, of course, I laughed hysterically at how this little pistol (Molly) has an interesting number of thoughts that fill her 3-year-old brain!

Exhausted


I'm too tired to feel tired. I think lack of sleep and our hectic schedule is taking its toll on my body. At this point even exercise, prayer, and my wheat and dairy free meals aren't working. It's time to go to bed. Nighty, night!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

1 Swan a-swimming

I just had to mention that there is a beautiful swan...yes, a swan that has chosen one of our nearby ponds for his summer residence. We spotted him (or her) for the first time on Sunday. The swan is beautiful...such a brilliant white with a beautifully graceful neck. The kids have affectionately named the swan, Louie, after the swan in E.B. White's, The Trumpet of the Swan. We're hoping Louie has a mate that is nesting nearby so we can see a nice flock of cygnets soon. There is so much wildlife around in our neighborhood. It's almost difficult to stay home and get work done!

Biking

I love biking! I'm not a serious biker, but I love being outdoors on a mild day just biking around the neighborhood. I raced around on a Craig's List hunt this weekend to complete my bike package.

3 years ago, I stopped at a garage sale and found a beautiful Burley bike trailer that seats 2 kids. It was in pristine condition and the price was awesome...trendy family needing to move ASAP and had to dump their stuff. 2 years ago, I purchased my bike...a Trek beachcomber...from Freewheel Bike Coop in Minneapolis. It's a beautiful blue and has a seat that's almost like sitting on a park bench. After 5 kids, you need a seat like that!! Now with three little ones at home during the day I was wondering how to get them all out so I can bike. When Gabe was just newly born last year, I literally put a Pampers diaper box in the back of the Burley and fit him inside of it with a nice cushy blankie. I was desperate to get out and bike so I did what I had to and it worked fine. Now that the weather's nice and Gabe's almost a year old I wasn't sure what to do. So this weekend I found an awesome infant bike seat that I could attach (with the help of my wonderfully handy hubby!) to the back fender of my bike. Now, of course, I look like a pack mule!

What can I say? I love biking!! We went on 3 bike rides today...before lunch, after lunch & after piano lessons this evening. My package is now complete! So, what if we have another little one? I guess, I'll go back to the diaper box!

Friday, April 20, 2007

I can't understand

I can't understand why the events of the last few days occurred. My only consolation has been to look at our children and hope that we are able to give them all the love we can and to soak up each moment of every day as a blessing - listening, hugging, disciplining with love, and living each moment for what it is. This is a house of formation one in which our children can be formed to be responsible loving, thinking adults. Taking this responsibility seriously takes work, lack of sleep, tears, frustration, and the giving up of so many things that I would love to do, thought I would do or may want to do. It's a giving of self constantly. We can only try to do it with joy and ask for forgiveness when we are wrong and have fallen and hope that the bond between us and our children is so strong that whatever their adult lives bring, they have formed a bond between us and them that will always be a means of communication, a support, a beacon of hope in the midst of the struggles of this world.

Lord, help us be good parents that are strong enough to say we are sorry if we have to, to change if we need to, and to not be afraid to love with all our hearts.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

What I never was able to do!



...run around in my First Communion Dress! I have 3 vivid memories of my first communion:


1) walking up the aisle with a very large kid named, Carlos

2) my first communion breakfast

3) standing in front of my Mom's rose bush to pose for a picture


I hope this is one of Monica's memories...running around in my backyard in my first communion dress scaring my Mom half to death!

A few more pics from today




Sometimes you just can't upload all the pics at once. Here's another posting!

The BIG Day!




The moment we've been waiting for has finally arrived. Monica received her First Holy Communion this morning at 10AM. She was a little nervous but handled the festivities well. Along with almost 60 other first communicants she braved the chill and is still reveling in the afterglow! Here are a few pics of this awesome day. One word to describe this moment: surreal!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Easter Fun!!




I found the camera! So here are a few Easter pics of the kids and of our brunch. It was a fun time!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sweet little Molly

I asked Lucas after naps if he had a good one. He said yes & Molly quickly chimed in that she had also had a good nap. She then said:

"I dreamed of God in the highest."

I asked, "in the highest what?"

She said, "God in the highest Heaven!"

I just had to document this now for her possible cannonization later!!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Christus Resurrexit!


The sun is bright and beautiful, and in spite of the cold weather (27 degrees) we celebrate with joyful hearts that Christ is Risen today!!

Happy Easter!!

Friday, April 6, 2007

Reality

I wanted to take and post pictures of our Seder Meal. We did have the meal, but what was I thinking...that I would actually have a moment to get the camera? I worked my tail off doing all the preparations and when Daddy arrived from work we decided to bathe the kids before Mass. Bad idea!! We hustled and were back down for dinner at 5:30PM. I was so exhausted and still had to keep Lucas from imbibing too much during the readings of the Seder. Then it was a mad dash to get everyone's teeth brushed and out the door to get to Mass by 7PM.

So, "No" there are no pictures, but it was a fun time. The girls were really into everything and loved all the bells & whistles...the candles, the china, the special foods. Lucas loved raising his sippy cup when we would raise our wine glasses during each blessing!

Good Friday


Monica reported to us all as she was getting out the sugarless Rice Krispies for breakfast this morning:

"We have to eat yucky food today since it's Good Friday!"

Thursday, April 5, 2007

7 Year Old Perspective

I was busy last evening doing the shopping for the rest of the week & weekend festivities along with a little shopping for Daddy. Since it's another end of the term at the chiro. college one of Daddy's colleagues planned a waffle bar for the chiro. interns under their tutelage. Daddy was in charge of bringing the waffle condiments so I bought 3 different kinds of syrup, 2 cans of whipped cream and packed up some butter for him to take this morning.

At breakfast, I noticed the 2 cans of whipped cream still in the refrigerator. I was so sad to see that Daddy forgot them & told the children that in the effort of "community building" Daddy was contributing in a waffle bar but forgot the whipped cream.

They were also saddened by this & thought of all the interns who wouldn't have whipped cream on their waffles, but Monica quickly stated:

"It's not the end of the world! It's not what you have but that you're all together!"

So for the Performance Review Sheet:
Community Building - check!

Holy Thursday


I look forward to this day all year long! We'll be having a Seder Meal with the kids this evening to really celebrate and commemorate the feast of both Passover and the Last Supper. We use the Seder Meal for christian celebrations. Because the kids love "The Fiddler on the Roof," they love all the traditional aspects of this meal with the blessings, wine, and candles that have been preserved in our version of the Seder Meal.

I'll try to take a few pics to post later!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Rockin' Out


There's just something exhilarating about switching off the kiddy CD's and shuffling to U2 at 3:30 in the afternoon. It was just a nice break in the action and everyone was participating...even the baby who swayed back and forth right in front of the speaker as we danced and rocked out to "Vertigo."

Preschool Onomatopoeia

Daddy and I were half asleep this morning when Molly & Lucas came into our room fighting about a toy. The most coveted toys in our house happen to be the toys acquired from our dentist's office. They have a vast collection of sticky hands, suction cup balls, stickers, various plastic animal keychains, rubber balls...you get the picture. Of course, I hate these toys and the first chance I get I usually quickly take them to the trashcan, bury them under a greasy paper towel or make sure they've rubbed up against something disgusting for fear of them being retrieved.

So this morning, Molly & Lucas were fighting over a plastic fish. Lucas wanted it so we quickly told him it belongs to Molly & when he's 3 he can go to the dentist & get his own fish. Molly quickly chimed in:

"Yes, Lucas, you can get a sticky hand or a plastic fish..."blewp, blewp" or a sticky ball."

They walked out of the room & I turned to Daddy and asked, "blewp, blewp?" Daddy said, "I guess that's the sound a plastic fish makes!"

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Uncle!


I literally wanted to scream, "Uncle!" at the dinner table this evening. I was sitting there feeding myself, feeding Gabriel, getting Molly a cracker, and spreading a cracker with sundried tomato spread for Daddy. Why don't moms have more arms? It would make life so much easier!
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