Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Craft Basket Wednesday, vol. 2

It's a blessing to be home with Baby Nick and the rest of the crew.  He's doing much better so I'm back to trying to finish up a few school things with the kids and sewing up Jane's Easter dress.  I should be finished with this some time tonight since it's pretty easy to put together.  Here's a pic of what I'm doing. 

I need to shorten that zipper, and I'm still going with the black, white, and fuschia color scheme for all of the girls.  I still have no idea what Gabe's wearing for Easter.  I'll have to put that together quickly on Saturday!  Well, I've got to get back to work.

See more fun crafts over at Amy's!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Lenten Sacrifice

This is definately proving itself to be Holy Week!  All of the children have been sick over the last week with colds, Nicholas included.  I knew it wasn't a good idea for him to catch a cold or to be so congested, but I was optimistic that things would improve solely with the breastfeeding. 

That was until last night.  Nick had very labored breathing after I fed him at 10:30PM.  He was literally struggling to get a breath after bouts of coughing loaded with congestion that he just couldn't cough up on his own.  After calling the nurseline at Fairview and talking to the peds doctor on call, Paul & I decided to run Nick over to the ER at Fairview.  We spent the next few hours giving Nick a neb treatment, getting an ivy ready to go in the case he'd need fluids, getting his blood drawn to check for a bacterial infection, getting a couple of swabs for Flu and RSV, and getting a chest X-ray to check for fluid in his lungs (pneumonia). 

Thankfully, everything came back negative.  However, my heart sank when the attending physician said that he wanted Nick admitted to Fairview Children's for overnight observation.  Of course, I wanted Nick to be well, but I also wanted my normal routine to stay that way....a routine.  You know:  go to bed, wake up, breakfast, feed & take care of baby, attend to the other children, join them for a Lenten Tea at a friend's house today.  All those plans went quickly out the window, and we had to change course.  I ended up sleeping for an hour in a chair with my head rested on pillows at Nick's bedside in the ER until the EMT's showed up to transport Nick to Children's via Life Link.  Although, he wasn't critical, they still had to "do their jobs."  Thankfully, Paul was by my side the whole time sleeping on a very uncomfortable, two-seater quasi-sofa...what a trooper!  He stayed with us until Nick was transported.  That was at 3AM.

At Children's, we then began the retelling of our sad tale and how we ended up bringing Nick in.  There were more checks, his admission, and then trying to get us both situated for the remainder of the night.  We both slept about 2 1/2 hours until the morning shift of nurses came in for vitals and more checks.  So now here I am getting comfortable using all the family facilities for those families with children who are much sicker than Nick.  He's actually doing wonderfully and is due to be discharged any moment.  His breathing is better, he has good color, is nursing well, and is currently napping.

All is good...I just really miss the kids and Paul.  Actually, Paul came to the hospital to drop off some much needed food supplies for me.  Here I am working my program under all circumstances!  Thank God for the sanity!  In keeping with our love of goofing off together, we stole away to the Village Wok only walking distance from the hospital for a nice lunch date!  Now that's what I call making the best of a bad situation...Cheers.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Week in Review...Finally!

I wanted to do separate posts along the way of all that we've done over the last few days, but time has not allowed for that so I'm down to doing a week in review to update you all on what's been going on around here.

I had to redo the zipper on Molly's Easter dress.  Now that it's finished, I'll start working on Jane's dress.  I was happy to get to Joanne Fabric & Crafts to pick up that material plus a quilting bundle to make Nick a little blankie!

--Feast of  the Annunciation--

For dessert that evening the kids and Daddy had "Angel Food" cake with cloud-like whipped cream and yummy strawberries.  Thankfully my neighbor was able to lend me her angel food cake pan. This was a first for me, and it turned out quite well...obviously, this is Daddy's last bite!

--Stations of the Cross...At Home!--

We've been very blessed this Lenten season with the opportunity to attend Stations of the Cross almost every Friday of  Lent this year.  In year's past we've done them at home because of little babies or squirly kiddos.  I purchased these little votives, we would line them up, and the kids would take turns snuffing them out.  They love this!  This Friday I had a much needed errand to run...clothes necessity for ME so we had to improvise, once again, with our home version of the Stations. 

--Belated National Pig Day Celebration--

This was such a fun evening!  We had pigtails & pizza with canadian bacon.

We also had a plate full of pig cookies.

There were Piggy Back Races in pink clothes!

And...they watched "Charlotte's Web!"

--Lenten Tea--

Today we had a fun Lenten Tea with our friends, the Krafts.  They have a beautiful family so it was fun to spend the day with them.  We followed Alice's Lenten tea suggestions found on my Family Formation page under "Holy Thursday."  Here are a couple of pics.

Some very happy girls!

A disgruntled boy who didn't want any olive oil on his olives!

I am so excited for this week...Holy Week!  We have another Lenten tea scheduled for Tuesday, a Seder meal planned for Thursday, and Stations of the Cross for Friday.  Then we begin all of the Easter preparations.  We will also be tagging along with all the Garden of the Good Shepherd Garden Parties for the Easter season...more on this later!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

(It would be nice to start seeing blossoms on the trees instead of hula hoops, but oh, well!)

Monday, March 22, 2010

National Pig Day

March 1 is National Pig Day! Why is this important? Well, this is why.

Ever since Gabe was born I've called him, "My sweet, pink pig." Crazy...I know! But he's so cute, so fair-skinned, and I guess I like pigs. Anyway, we missed National Pig Day because it was so close after Nick's birth. But we have to celebrate! We are planning to celebrate this Saturday with pig cookies...I can't wait to make those..., wearing pink, piggy back races, and a viewing of Charlotte's Web. I don't know who's more or the kids! Anyway, we'll see what else the kids come up with.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Kids Say the Darndest Things - Friday!

This is "Marko."

This is Gabe!

He loves to play with Marko. As a matter of fact, Marko usually pops up in the oddest places with Gabe alongside. It's kinda freaky sometimes! Today I made macaroni & cheese for lunch. Gabe loves macaroni. He came into the kitchen & asked:

"Are you making macaroni?" I said, "Yes," to which he replied, "No, your making 'Markoroni!" He's my 3 year old genius & joker extraordinaire!

See what other darn things kids are saying over at Mystical Rose Design.

Feast of St. Joseph

Our feasting began last evening with a trip to Marino's Deli in Northeast Minneapolis. They are celebrating their anniversary so the kids each received a free spumoni flavored pizzelle! We picked up a large cheese pizza and a dozen assorted flavor pizzelles for our celebration tonight. We still have half a lasagna left from a baby meal delivered to us earlier this week. After much discussion on what we should do for our St. Joseph Altar, this is what we came up with. The kids colored pictures from Charlotte's site which I taped up to the wall behind the altar. I didn't get around to baking so I have a symbolic "wheat bundle" candle to commemorate the bread. There is our dish of pizzelles up by St. Joseph! We included a tiny rosary holder in the shape of a church, fruit, votives, candles, a bottle of wine, pictures of the Good Shepherd, the Holy Family, and our sweet Daddy! We even have a woven, wood fish!

Next, I went over to Evann's site to check out how to make a 3D mini altar. The kids did the coloring, and I cut & glued the symbols onto three boxes that I wrapped in gold foil wrapping paper. I can't believe I had these things in the house! It just took a bit of looking! What a fun morning of crafting & education for the kids. We all learned a lot and had fun in the process!

See more St. Joseph altars here!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cead Mile Failte

Happy St. Patrick's Day and 100,000 Welcomes to all who visit here! I'm totally not Irish, BUT my favorite color is green, I have a sister named, Nora, my husband is 1/4 Irish, English, and Scotch, and I love U2! I also had fun making these shamrock cookies and icing them with green icing. The piping practice is always good for me! Sadly, my corned beef burger recipe from the Costco connections magazine will have to wait until next year. We have way too many leftovers from baby meals so I couldn't justify making yet another special meal for tonight. BTW...before I forget, you can go here to check out how to say, "100000 Welcomes!" Cool, huh?

Monday, March 15, 2010

To Compare Is To Despair

I had a day from hell! Of course, every day is a blessing and to have a day as a mother of 7 is even more of a blessing. However, I did hear on the radio that studies have shown that on the Monday after a time change there are reportedly more accidents, missed appointments, and other I shouldn't feel alone! Regardless, I was feeling a bit frazzled after Jane's opthomology appointment ran 30 minutes late, lasted a whole hour once we were in the exam. room, went clear through the lunch hour, and was over at 1PM! To top it off, as I was dreading getting my stroller down 4 steps so I could get 6 of the kids back to the parking ramp, I ran into a mom I knew at the charter school the older girls were at 3 years ago. Her daughter and our oldest, Monica, were very good friends so she did recognize me, said "hello," and kindly helped me get my stroller down the steps. She held 2 doors open for us and chatted for a bit. Turns out she works downtown at the Berman Center and for HCMC doing diabetes research. I was immediately struck with envy. I have a Biology degree that has now gone stale. Plus, here I am completely hungry, sleepy, in a bit of a daze with no diaper bag (and Nick clearly needed a change!), the kids were hungry, and "Hey! We homeschool, I'm a SAHM, and I just had our 7th child!" To rival Kolbe Academy's beaming ad that "the face of homeschooling is changing" my face of homeschooling was looking weary! It was just one of those days when you wonder if you're really doing God's will or just kidding yourself. It was actually a fleeting moment of envy. I hope this Mom is being fulfilled doing what she's doing. I can certainly say my life is full. It's just what I choose to do with that fullness everyday that can either make us the same or set us apart. A good friend of mine coined the phrase "to compare is to despair." To wish someone well and stand proud to be who you are is rather hopeful!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Laetare "Rose" Sunday

For our Rose Sunday we had a wonderful privilege...a baptism! Daddy & I are the proud godparents of a beautiful new child of God. Is there a better way to celebrate Laetare Sunday than to welcome in a new member of the Church? We are so honored to share in the spiritual life of David Augustine. He is a cutie pie, about twice as big as our Nick, and the spitting image of one of his older brothers. More pics to come. Meanwhile, here is a cute pic Daddy snapped of the girls' feet as they waited for the baptism to begin. Note the hot pink ribbons! That's Molly's dress on the left...I finished it pretty late last night, but I'm glad I was able to "git'er done." I'll have to take a better pic of the dress to post later.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday Successes Vol. 2

I'm not looking at a To-Do List today either! Instead, I will rejoice in what I have the privilege to do for myself and my family.:)


  • Slept in

  • Made pancakes for the fam. & ate my breakfast (waffles w/blueberries!)

  • showered & got dressed!

  • nursed Nick 5 times

  • cleaned a bathroom

  • mopped 2 bathrooms and the kids rooms (they have wood floors, but I still wet mop them so they have a clean smell to them;)

  • wrapped baby gift for baptism tomorrow

  • ate lunch with fam. (I put a frozen pork roast with fresh carrots in the crockpot last night & it worked! Lunch today was a snap!)
Check back for more updates & go see more Saturday Successes over at Michelle's!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Small Successes vol. 2

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.


I finally finished the cookies for the baptism on Sunday! This won't be Nick's baptism, but our new godson's, David Augustine's, baptism. Here's a little peek! Of course, I can never wait to the end so the carriage cookies don't have their flower wheels on in this pic. But, they do now, and they look so adorable!
I was able to make it to Joanne Fabric & Crafts last night to pick up the fabric for Molly's Easter dress. I wanted to make dresses for all the girls but decided to have the older girls wear their black and white dresses with fuschia ribbons for Easter. I'll make Molly's and Jane's dresses to match. Here's the pattern for Molly's dress which I cut out of white cotton fabric that has black butterflies on it. I'll use fuschia ribbon on the arms and waist for the contrast. Sew fun!!
All the kids are alive, I've eaten all my meals, and the baby is fast asleep! Hee hee!
See more Saturday Successes at Faith & Family Live.


Daddy sent me this awesome link on the taco industry in Austin, TX. Of course, I'm usually pining away for the south this time of year so this comes at a good make my mouth water & think up new business ventures. Maybe I should ditch You Smart Cookie & start a taco business. That's right...fresh, homemade Texas goodness. Heck, I make these on a rare morning for the crew, and they gobble them right up! And, of course, I always wrap them in foil because....that's the way you do it! Now to think up a name..."Texas Rose" sounds catchy.;)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sweet Success

I scanned YouTube last evening for a better way to make homemade fondant. I found a wonderful recipe using marshmallows! Yes! To take the work out of using glucose, glycerine, and double boiling it all to make a homemade corn syrup is so up my alley for this week. Here is a picture demo. of what we did to make two batches of fondant. Coloring the fondant & baking the cookies will be either this afternoon or tomorrow...we'll see what Baby Nick allows us to do.

You'll need a large mixing bowl, a spatula, 1 bag marshmallows, 1/2 bag of powdered sugar, Crisco, plastic wrap, and a microwave oven.

Grease the bowl. You should also grease the tabletop where you will be working on kneading the fondant dough.

Put marshmallows in bowl & microwave at 20 second intervals until marshmallows are melted.

Pour out half the bag of powdered sugar onto the greased table.

Grease your hands well.

Pat down the sugar mound to make it flat.

Pour out the melted marshmallows onto the powdered sugar.

Knead the marshmallows & sugar to make a dough.

Keep kneading to use up all the sugar.

This is what your dough will look like after you use up all the sugar from the table.

Put a coating of grease around the dough ball.

Wrap your fondant in plastic cling wrap and store it in an airtight container until you're ready to use it.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Fun Project

I'm so excited for the week. DH & I have been asked to be godparents for a friends' son this next Sunday. This, of course, gives me a wonderful excuse to break out my cookie cutters. I've been scanning a few of my favorite sites to find some inspiration for the baby cookies I want to make. Here are a few of my favorites at Rolling Pin Productions and Flour Pot Cookies. We'll see what our crew comes up with! Here's a pic of the ones I made last year for the Pro-Life Across America Gala.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday Successes Vol. 1

Michelle over at Made for JOY has a wonderful thing going with her "Saturday Successes." Instead of looking at a daunting Saturday To-Do List, she posts updates of all her "Saturday Successes." I like to think of them also as "blessings" that come as a result of our vocations. I really love my "job," but looking at a To-Do list makes me feel a bit like this:

Yes, that's baby Nick giving us his first act of defiance! Anyway, this is how I feel when the business of Saturday rolls around. With that, here is a list of my "Saturday Successes." And, go check out Michelle's at the link above...Go, Michelle, Go!! She's doing a birthday party today...kudos!

  • Nursed the baby
  • Showered
  • Ate my breakfast
  • dusted my bedroom
  • cleaned 2 bathrooms
  • ate a snack
  • chatted with my sister
  • supervised & ate my lunch
  • nursed the baby...I lose track of how many times I nurse him!!
  • washed 3 loads of laundry...with my sister's help
  • dressed the baby
  • drove to the airport with the crew to drop off my sister...we'll miss you, Auntie Nora!!
  • dropped oldest girls off at birthday party
  • stopped at Williams Sonoma for an apple corer & a larger batter bowl...unsuccessful
  • supervised little kids' snack & ate mine
  • did my journaling
10:00 PM Update
  • nursed the baby
  • made dinner while dealing with a plugged up kitchen sink!
  • nursed baby again
  • ate my dinner
  • helped Paul unplug kitchen sink
  • nursed baby
  • rocked Jane to sleep
  • folded two baskets of laundry with older girls and Paul
  • washed a few kitchen dishes that were left in sink....girls unloaded & loaded the dishwasher!!
  • eating my snack now & off to bed in a bit:)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

St. Joseph Altar Fest 2010

I'm so excited about this wonderful opportunity over at Evann's site. You can click on the button in my sidebar that will link you over to the Virtual St. Joseph Altar website for more details. I've always loved the St. Joseph Altars that I've found on YouTube or just scanning e-files over the internet. The shaped breads and all the decorations not to mention the fact it all goes to charity and to feed the poor is just truly amazing. There are many ideas for doing an in-home St. Joseph Altar. I think I'll try to make some shaped breads with the kids. I think they'll love that!

Anyhoo, go check it out...this is sure to be a fun fest for St. Joseph!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I love this Little Flower!

Nick is so cute...of course, I'm biased.:) But he is filling out nicely, and did very well with his newborn check up yesterday. It's just been a week of surprises around here. The kids are doing well keeping up with their work, Paul & my sister have been super troopers around here with chores and food, AND!!!...I'm getting a new bed! That's right! It gets delivered on Thursday, God willing. Now to find some discount bedding online.:) It's all good!
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