Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Change of Pace

Monday Daddy and I made a few decisions regarding the rest of our time away from MN.  We decided to split for a while to keep all of our family and ultimately ourselves happy.  We took a little side trip to pick up a little gear.




















After all the kids were outfitted, I decided to pick up an extra little bag to help me tote my stuff around while the rest of the crew is away from me.  Cute, huh?


So I'm here in Texas spending a little extra time with my punk-arse kid sister and my parents while Daddy, my punk-arse kid brother, and all.the.kids are sightseeing in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I hope they bring back a bit of turquoise for me!  I.love.turquoise.


Our plan is to meet up on Thursday in Amarillo to head back north.  Amarillo is known for this...

Amarillo Photos
Can you eat a 72 oz. steak?  Oh, come on!

This photo of Amarillo is courtesy of TripAdvisor

and this...

Cadillac Ranch...What do you do with old, beat up Cadillacs?
Stick them in the ground...didn't you know that?
Meanwhile, it's been extra windy around here.  I don't remember dust storms at all...the smell of money, yes, but dust storms?  NO!

Dust Storm

Money!!
Hope your Easter Octave is going well.  Mine is a bit...different.  It's not what I would've expected, but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.:)


Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Blessings...He Is Risen!

Wow!  It's been a while since I blogged last.  We've had a lot going on from transitioning my father from the hospital to home to starting his dialysis treatments three days a week 20 miles from my hometown to gathering all together for Easter weekend to finally celebrating Molly receiving her First Holy Communion.  Phew!!

It's been a wild ride for all of us.  We went from Amarillo for a couple nights to my hometown, Bovina, for three nights staying with my Aunt.  The kids were excited to meet one of their 4th cousins!

We tried to cram our gatherings into our childhood home.  I realized the fun times we used to have and all the while I never felt too cramped or deprived in any way.  I remember just being happy as a kid not knowing anything more.  I just wanted to be with my family.  This gathering was no exception.  I felt cozy, loved, and surrounded by everyone I wanted to be with.

The kids had a great time running out of the house, down the street, and to the school to play soccer or basketball with their cousins.  Even though there's a bit of an age difference (4 years all the way down to 17 years) they all got along beautifully.  It was fun to see everyone get involved with watching little kids, playing, strolling Nicholas around, and just having a good 'ol time.

Our Dad, of course, was tired, but he would nap when he needed to, take small walks outside the yard, and sit to chat with whoever would sit with him.


We finally got everything worked out for Molly's First Communion.  She received on Easter Sunday morning in my hometown parish surrounded by several people who saw me make my First Communion and all of our extended family.  It was beautiful!



We experienced happiness, silliness, togetherness, and dysfunctionality...but hey every family has it...that's why families are so important.


family



Happy Easter!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real





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This is a quick way to update you all on what's been going on in our little field.  I've been liking all the linky love over at Like Mother, Like Daughter so here goes...


Pretty



You can see the ice on the window indicating the two inches of late April snow we were driving through on our way down to northern Iowa.  There were several cars in the ditch, but as you can see our little Missionary cross was guiding us along our "Lenten Journey" to Texas.  

Happy


Happiness is finding a rest stop with a decades old merry-go-round for taking a break.

Funny


Never...I repeat never give a toddler a Red Vine and get distracted with your crocheting!  The silence should have alerted me to busy Mr. Mischief.

Real


This is not a joke.  You're in Texas now, Son.

See more life-moments at Like Mother, Like Daughter.  Click on the button above to hop on over there.:)  BTW...my Dad is plugging along.  He had a port inserted into his shoulder to begin dialysis.  He's very tired...Mom looks tired, too.  Poor thing's been staying at the hospital every night just to be with him...true love.  He's in good spirits, but there's still a long row to hoe ahead of all of us.  Thanks for the prayers.  Have a Blessed Triduum...we'll see you on the other side...in more ways than one!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Break Before Scrambling

I didn't really have any huge plans for the kids for Holy Week.  I thought maybe we would get started early on the pysanky in order to have some eggs colored for Easter.  We definitely attend all the Sacred Triduum ceremonies and have special quiet times in our home along with special music from Pandora and other CD's we get from freebie mailouts.


I thought we would just have a quiet week since we already had our Seder meal on Saturday.


I think my lack of having more planned is very providential.  I'm taking this small break before I run upstairs, locate bags and suitcases, wash four loads of laundry, and start packing.  Just like the Israelites fleeing from Egypt, we hope to hit the road for the Promised Land (Texas!) tomorrow morning at the butt crack of dawn!!  


As circumstances would have it, my father is not doing the best and the only thing holding us back from going to visit them now as opposed to August was Molly's scheduled First Communion next Saturday.  However, we've made our decision to go and are trying to get a special permission to have her receive in Texas with my family.  I think that will be so special as my parents have not witnessed any except one of our children's sacraments because of my father's health.  The trip to Minnesota from Texas was always too much for his body to take.  So we'll be on the move and who knows what the next couple weeks will look like.  This definitely has been what our Lent has been about....acceptance, humility, and submission to God's will.  And for those of you who get these posts in your e-mail...I can't wait to see you all.  We'll be together soon...si Dios quiere!



Sunday, April 17, 2011

Making Traditions

I wanted to quickly send out a BIG "thank you" to our dear friends who joined us yesterday for a beautiful Seder meal.









Next Year....at your house!:)

Along the Alphabet Path - M Week

This was a very fun week for all of us.  Even though Daddy was away, we had a fun time with all the M things.:)  We even M-issed him!


M is for Mallow Fairy, Sts. Martin, Michael, Martha, and Matthew; Milk, McDonald's,
and Matryoshka

Books We Read

Is Your Mama a Llama
On Market Street
If You Take a Mouse to School
Madeline and the Gypsies




Activities

Letter M Formation and Stamping Work
Matryoshka
Maps - South America
Memory Game
MasterMind




Snacks

Milk
McDonalds
Ritz Munchables

The matryoshka dolls were a discovery.  Because the girls were studying Russian History two weeks ago, our activity book suggested we work on Ukranian easter eggs.  That led me to do a search and find this very unique place in an area I've been by several times.  I guess until you're looking for something, you find it!  Along with the Matryoshka I picked up the tools to do pysanky with the children.  This is incredible, and I hope we are able to at least decorate a few eggs.  If you're in the area of Roseville at Cty. C and Fairview, you have to stop and check out this gem of a shop!






Friday, April 15, 2011

And the Winner Is....


Congratulations, Melody, and thank you to those who commented.  It was fun!  And, now, I'll go back to closing comments.:)  My interior level of peace and quiet has been amazing without my comment option this Lent!  I just might keep it that way.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Along the Alphabet Path - L Week

Very behind on my Alphabet Path posts, here is a look at what we did for L week...

L is for Lily of the Valley, St. Lucy, Lemons and Legos

Books We Read

Anita & Arnold Lobel's books
The Grouchy Ladybug
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
The Big Hungry Bear

Activities

Lacing Animals
Legos
Letter L Formation & Stamping Work




Snacks

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti




It was a L-ovely week!



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Giveaway!


It's not a very good button, but you might like to win this for your little kiddies....
You can see it better here at Oriental Trading.  I purchased a set for our children, but one of my figurines came with a broken head.  I called to see what the company would do, and they are going to send me another set.  I don't need two sets, and I'm happy to get out the crazy glue to glue on my Roman guard's head so you can have the good set!  Just leave a comment (I know I closed comments for Lent, but I'll open them for this giveaway!) and feel free to spread the word on your blogs or grab the button and link back here.  Oriental Trading is overnighting the new set to me so I'll take comments until tomorrow evening, Thursday, at 10PM.  You won't get it in time for Palm Sunday, but at least you can have the set for Holy Week and years to come.  Good Luck!

1.  Commenters with a continental U.S. address only are eligible to win.

2.  Commenters will be entered in a random drawing.

3.  One of my kids will pick the winning entry.

4.  Winner will be posted on Friday morning.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tejadora

I can't believe I'm working on this...





























but it's actually very fun as well as challenging.  I can't wait to finish it and see if I can really make a doily or as my mom, aunts, and Grandmother would call them "tejidos."

Here's some pretty amazing work from real tejadoras the world over.



Gorgeous, huh?  Oh, and by the way, Melody is hosting a beautiful Gratitude Giveaway over at her place.  Go enter to win one of two beautiful Easter Baskets!




Monday, April 11, 2011

My Brain is Fried

Daddy's back...thank God!  Single parenting is definitely over-rated.  I've had so much interrupted time and sleep that my brain may not make it through the rest of the day.  This is all I could come up with to post, and I really only did it because I desperately need to procrastinate from what I really need to be doing...feeding family, looking over work, running to Costco...and the list goes on and on.  Anyway, I thought you might like to see what I'm surrounded by.  Ok, well I was until I moved because the herd came in for dinner.  Here you go....



My brain will be better tomorrow...I promise.  I call it the Mid-Lent Fry.  This is otherwise known as the "I need 60 or 70 degree weather, a good night of sleep, and a load of Diet Pepsi!"

Friday, April 8, 2011

To Make Me Jealous...

Daddy sent the following picture from his 10th floor balcony in Rio. 




Of course, he misses us, and we miss him terribly.  However, we've been enjoying 60 degree weather which is a welcome reprieve from our "Long Winter."   So there's been a lot of this going on around the neighborhood!



In other news, somebody's been busy terrorizing our homeschool.  It's nice, though, to have all my students on their toes!:)






That evening, the older kids took advantage of the warmer weather to run around outside before Religion class as the girls waited for their ride.



Meanwhile, a little someone was envious inside.


Have a great weekend!  Hopefully, your weather is cooperating.:)
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