30 June 2008

Still reeling!

Last night, many of the families from our church/school community gathered to pray for the sister of Drew's classmate who drowned over the weekend. Naliah's family was there as well as the family who had hosted the party. My heart has been breaking over this. The funeral will be later this week. We are in the process of setting up a schedule of meals to be taken over to the family as well as setting up a fund to help cover the family's costs. Please continue to pray for them.

29 June 2008

Hug Your Children!

Yesterday we attended a pool party given by one of the families that has a daughter in my Drew's class. They have done this for each of their daughters, inviting each student's entire family every summer. It was a lot of fun to see many of the kids from Drew's class and their families. When we arrived, storms were passing through, and we thought we would be spending the entire time indoors. The rain relented, and the kids were able to have a good time.

I would like to say that this story has a happy ending. Shortly after we left, the younger sister of one of Drew's classmates was found at the bottom of the pool. She was 3. They attempted to resuscitate her for 1 1/2 hours to no avail.

Initially, I thought I was going to write something about pool safety, but you know, nothing could have prevented this tragedy. Her Mom was so vigilant the entire time we were there. The family who hosted the party were also vigilant about having all of the kids watched. There were adults both inside and outside the pool. When this happened, everyone was done swimming. She had slipped away. She was found by the hosts' 10 year old daughter.

So, I write this with great sadness. This week, we will be attending the funeral of a 3 year-old girl who was taken home to Jesus much before her time. Please keep the families involved in your prayers. Please hug your children and tell them you love them because life is just too short.

28 June 2008

Don't Throw the Sand!

We purchased a sandbox (and lid-no community litter box for us!), and have been trying to teach Michael not to throw the sand.

"No, Michael! Don't throw the sand!"

Think he's learning?
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27 June 2008

Friday's Foto Finish Fiesta

I decided to participate in Candid Carrie's Friday Foto Finish Fiesta. The above picture was taken of my Michael (not quite 3) on our adventure to the water park this week. He had just finished the jaunt down a 2 story tube slide in a play structure at the water park. We had a great time this week on our mini-vacation!
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26 June 2008

25 June 2008

Pictures from the Waterpark

Michael was happiest wrapped in a towel watching his brothers!

Peter LOVED all of the slides!

Drew did too!
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24 June 2008

Things I Learned at the Waterpark

I am back from my three day trek to the water park. I thought I would share some things that I learned while I was there.

First and foremost-there are a lot of women out there who are wearing the WRONG type of swimsuit. Trust me, ladies, I am not sitting here saying that I look all that great in my suit. I need to lose weight, but at least I am wearing something that covers up my worst areas. Yes, ladies, I am wearing the dreaded skirt suit, but at least things are covered. Please, please, please if you need to lose a few, do not wear a bikini. Also, please make sure that the leg on the suit is cut in a way so as not to show that dreaded FAT ROLL. You all know what I am talking about. One more thing, and this goes for men and women, wearing a t-shirt into the pool does not cover up things, it emphasizes them. I am sorry if I strike a nerve with this, but surely, you understand.

Secondly, do not perch on a tube in the wave pool thinking you will not go under a wave. I thought I would not go under the wave. Guess what? I went under!

Lastly, don't expect to have any rest while you are there. The days were spent chasing kids, and having a lot of fun. The nights? Well, I spent the first night sleeping with my oldest and youngest, and the second night, I again slept with my youngest between my husband and I. Let's just say that I have a permanent footprint on my backside.

Seriously, though, we had a good time, and I am glad we went. Now I just need to rest from my "vacation!"

23 June 2008

Go on, go have some fun!

You are seeing this message because I am currently with Andy and my boys at the water park! Check back in tomorrow for pictures of our adventure!

22 June 2008

100th Post-almost

Here it is-100 things about me in honor of my 100th post!

1. I have always wanted to be a wife and mother.
2. I have 3 sons: Peter, 8, Drew, almost 5, and Michael, almost 3.
3. Andy and I will be married 12 years in December.
4. I am the youngest of 5 children.
5. There are 25 grandchildren on my side of the family.
6. When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor (until my brother, Sal, started telling stories from his anatomy classes).
7. I am a practicing Roman Catholic.
8. Although I am of Italian, Polish and German descent, I identify with the Italian culture the most.
9. I lived in Rome, Italy, for a semester of my sophomore year in college.
10. I am extremely conservative.
11. I was co-chair of my university’s chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas my senior year of college.
12. My favorite color is purple.
13. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
14. I have a master’s degree in special education.
15. I taught Deaf Ed for 5 years until I started my family.
16. I scored high enough on the Mensa practice test to qualify.
17. My love for my husband is beyond words, as is my love for my boys.
18. Family is everything to me-just ask. I can talk about them FOREVER, and will do anything for them as well!
19. I love to read, and was reading at age 4.
20. My siblings often call me, “Mom’s clone”.
21. My mother was truly one of my best friends.
22. I recently learned to crochet, and am totally addicted to it.
23. I work from home as an online teacher and an SAT essay scorer.
24. I have 4 godchildren.
25. In my free time, I love to read, crochet, and blog.
26. I went to Minneapolis for my honeymoon.
27. Andy proposed after dating 4 months, and we were married a year later.
28. I love going out for Mexican food!
29. I love to bake.
30. I have recently taken up cake decorating-and LOVE it!
31. I love watching Food Network.
32. I LOVE watching Guiding Light!
33. I get paid to write a weekly recap for Guiding Light.
34. I love being from a big, Italian family!
35. I love being the baby of the family.
36. My siblings mean the world to me.
37. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my parents.
38. Mommy wars drive me crazy. Women need to support each other, not tear each other down.
39. I was a part of my best friend from high school marrying my husband’s cousin.
40. I still love listening to Rick Springfield.
41. I had the lead in the play, “Damn Yankees” in high school.
42. I went to an all-girl Catholic high school which is now closed because the all-boy school near us went co-ed (and I am still bitter about it!).
43. I love watching the Green Bay Packers.
44. I hate watching the Chicago Bears-except when the Packers beat them (sorry, Syd!).
45. One of my favorite classes in college was Adolescent Psychology. Our teacher made us watch “Beverly Hills, 90210”.
46. I suffered from an eating disorder in high school and college.
47. The best musical I have ever seen was The Lion King.
48. I am addicted to Goodreads.
49. My first car was a 1981 Mercury Capri that my brother gave me when I graduated from college in 1992.
50. I am the proud owner of a Toyota Sienna. I love my mini-van (and the fact that I can separate my boys in it).
51. I was an RA in college.
52. Both of my parents died from cancer (or complications of it), and I really hate the disease.
53. My dad taught me how to swim. What this actually means is that I can’t swim.
54. I love Chinese food.
55. I hate spicy food.
56. When I lived in Rome, Pope John Paul II laid hands on me and blessed me.
57. I am not happy about either of the presidential candidates this year. I will still vote because it is my civic duty, but I won’t be thrilled about it.
58. I love listening to 80’s music.
59. I will have 2 sons playing soccer this fall. Couple that with my new mini-van (see #50), and I guess you can call me a soccer mom.
60. My Goodreads “to-read” list is out of control, and I have no intention of stopping how big it gets.
61. I want to be a supervisor at my current teaching job.
62. I toy with the idea of finishing my regular ed license and teaching at my sons’ school once they are all in school.
63. I used to be a high school Forensics coach.
64. This fall, I am starting up a middle school Forensics program at my sons’ school.
65. I love watching old movies.
66. I hardly ever go to movies. They have become too expensive, and if I have to choose between dinner and a movie with my husband, I will pick dinner.
67. I love watching reality TV. Amazing Race and American Idol are my favorites.
68. I love watching Ugly Betty.
69. I don’t like being put under general anesthesia. When I had knee surgery in 1998, I opted to have a spinal rather than be put under.
70. I don’t like excessive amounts of pain, and opted to have an epidural with all three of my sons.
71. I went to college in Texas. My siblings and I all attended the University of Dallas. I now have six nieces and nephews who have either graduated from there or are currently attending.
72. I am blessed with very generous, caring in-laws.
73. My first hobby was embroidery which eventually morphed into counted cross-stitch.
74. My husband is a great father!
75. My husband is also a great gardener and photographer.
76. I started to learn how to use sign language at age 8, and am still pretty good at it.
77. I taught my son, Drew, how to sign, and he communicated as a toddler very well with it.
78. Unfortunately, Michael didn’t want me to sign to him. He would slap my hands away and say, “No, Mama!”
79. My Dad was a permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church, and our son, Peter, was baptized by him.
80. I used to drive a Jetta (1995), and the body style looked just like a BMW. I was often asked if I was driving a BMW.
81. I have naturally curly hair that I hate to straighten myself, but love the way it looks when it is straight.
82. I have stood up in 3 weddings (4 if you count my own).
83. I love cooking-especially Italian food!
84. We thought Michael was a girl from the ultrasound until he was born (5 months).
85. When we told our OB we named him Michael John, he thought we named him after our OB, and we didn’t have the heart to tell him otherwise. Our OB still asks about his namesake at my annual appointment.
86. Our son, Peter is named Peter James after my dad, Peter, and my father-in-law, James.
87. Our son, Drew is named after Andrew, my husband and Thomas, a priest who is very close to our family.
88. Michael’s name is the flip of our godson, John, who is John Michael.
89. I would love to name a daughter Alexandra, after my Mom, but Andy wants to use it for a middle name. I still say that is why I have all boys right now.
90. I have some really awesome friends who have supported me through some really difficult times (you know who you are).
91. I love going to waterparks! We are going to one this week!
92. My favorite vacation was to Mackinac Island with my husband before our boys were born.
93. Andy used this trip as a visual image with my labor for our son, Peter, and I had to tell him to stop.
94. My favorite drink is a margarita (half strawberry/half regular).
95. My favorite dessert is tiramisu.
96. I used to love Max and Ruby on Nick Jr. until Michael wanted to watch it all the time!
97. Peter used to ask me kiss his boo-boos, including one on his hienie! (And, no, I didn’t kiss that one-no butt kissing for me!)
98. The best pieces of advice I ever got were from my husband, “Communication is the key to any relationship,” and “Take the advice of those most important to you and ignore the rest.”
99. I believe my most important job in life is to raise my boys into strong, faith-filled men.
100. I am really glad I compiled this list (thanks, Sydney), but I am glad to be done!

21 June 2008

A Contest!!!!

SITS is sponsoring a contest and they are giving away a bounce house!!! For more information, click here!

OK, I know that technically this is my 100th post-you are still going to have to wait until tomorrow for my list!


So, tomorrow I will write my 100th post! It is amazing that I have written on here that many times. I am a little stressed out about it, though! When Sydney wrote her 100th post, she wrote 100 things about herself. It was really interesting, and I found out things about her that I didn't know. At the time, she challenged me to do the same. I am trying, but so far I am only at 56. I just am not that interesting!

So, if you feel so inclined, check back, and see the train wreck that is 100 things about me.

20 June 2008

It's Emmy Night!

No, not the gala that happens for prime time TV in September. It is the Daytime Emmy's! I love this telecast. I look forward to it every year. This year, my soap, Guiding Light, is up for several awards including best soap, which they also won last year.

In honor of the Emmy's, I thought I would post links to a couple of my favorite moments from years past. My all-time favorite Emmy moment happened in 2006. Rick Springfield opened the show! That year he had made a reappearance to General Hospital as Noah Drake, and they asked him to perform at the awards show. As I am a true Rick Springfield FANATIC, this was one of the great moments in Daytime Emmy history. Please check it out here.

One of my other favorite moments happened in 2003. The show put together a group of actors from all of the soaps to sing love songs. Some of it is good, some painful! My favorites are Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding, Guiding Light), and Ricky Paull Goldin (Formerly of Guiding Light, now on All My Children). You can check that out here. They aren't necessarily the best singers, but it was a lot of fun to watch!

So, tonight, I will be tuned in to see what happens at the awards! I am really looking forward to it!

19 June 2008

Energy Gripe

We are all aware of the rising costs of energy. The phone call I received yesterday, however, demonstrates the blatant misuse of funds by the energy companies. We pay for our gas and electric via budget billing. Our usage is broken into twelve equal payments which is quite nice when trying to figure a monthly budget. Mid-year in the budget cycle, the company will re-evaluate your monthly amount and increase it or decrease it depending on your usage and the forecast of future energy prices.

This month was my mid-year evaluation. I expected the amount to go up. I did not expect an increase of $80/month! As of next month, we will be paying $292/month instead of $211. I am hoping that this is temporary, and will decrease at the next evaluation.

Oh, but wait, I mentioned a phone call, didn't I? I answered the phone and was thanked by Joe Schmoe for using the company we do (like I have a choice). He then proceeded to remind me that budget amounts are reviewed mid-cycle, and I should watch my statement for whether the amount would be increasing or decreasing. Watch my bill? I got it by email 2 weeks ago! Increase or decrease? Do you really think there are that many bills that will be decreasing right now with the economy and the increase of ALL fuels? Give me a break! What a waste of money to actually pay someone to make these phone calls!

18 June 2008

It's no surprise what city I belong in!

I saw a link to take the What City I Belong In quiz on Create Your Own Experience. It's no surprise where I should be:

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city soul with a small town heart

Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome

Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand

And gorgeous Italian people - could life get any better?

17 June 2008

I made a discovery!

This morning I was on a mission to find a park for my kids to play at. We have a half-done play structure in our yard that, quite frankly, needs a re-do (it is giving the Tower of Pisa a run for its money!). Hopefully, we will do something about that when we are on vacation next week. In the meantime, the weather has turned too chilly to swim (got to love Summer in Wisconsin!), and my boys need something to do. This morning started the great park search of 2008!

We used to just go to Kulwicki Park which is not far from here. However, since the rain and flooding earlier this month, the play structure is housed in the middle of a lake. I decided to head to Dan Jansen Park, and give it a whirl. I was really impressed. The play structure is relatively new, and is what is called a foam park. This means that the ground is foam making the falls a bit easier. While I was there, I met a woman who gave me a couple of leads on some other foam parks. Apparently, some mothers out there ONLY let their children play on foam. What a concept! A few minutes later, Michael did his job, and with no diaper in sight (what was I thinking?), we headed home.

After taking care of the diaper situation, we headed out again. This time to a foam park near the Boerner Botanical Gardens. It took a bit to find it as the outlying park is HUGE. Well, I have to say, this has to be one of the most beautiful structures I have ever seen! It was surrounded by beautiful trees and had swings, and about 10 slides! My boys were in heaven! As was I to sit on a park bench and watch them play. When Drew fell off the swing, no problem! He landed on FOAM! We all had a really great morning, and the boys are already asking when we are going back.

As an aside, I was chastised by my two older boys as we left. They were thirsty. I didn't bring water-what was I thinking? I was thinking you could wait the five minutes in the van until we got home!

16 June 2008

Cool Jewelry from an ETSY seller!

Take a look at the jewelry at Snaphots of My Mommy Moments. I love the look of it! She is hosting a giveaway this week for one of her fab designs!

15 June 2008

Home for Father's Day

Let me start out by saying Happy Father's Day!

This year was a tad different than any we've had before-we stayed home! Normally we spend the day going out to Jefferson, but due to the flooding around my in-laws town (Thank God not in their house so far!), we were unable to make the journey. I have to say that it was a little sad to me to not go out to Jefferson. With rising gas prices, we haven't gone out there as often, and I was looking forward to seeing Andy's parents. We'll have to plan for another weekend after the water has gone down.

We have made the most of the day. The boys helped me make breakfast which we followed up with presents. I bought Andy the camera he has wanted literally for years. I have to say that I scored big on that one! To be honest, I think this was one of the best reactions I have gotten from him on a gift before (Yeah, Me!). The rest of the day has been spent with Mass and family time. It has been a good day. I am so blessed that my husband is such a wonderful father!

14 June 2008

Good-bye to a good man!

I am still in shock over the news that Tim Russert died yesterday. It was one of those moments that kind of takes you by surprise. He was young, and didn't have any health issues that were, at least, talked about before he died. Both of my parents were young when they died (64 and 68), but they had cancer. We had time to prepare. As hard as it was, in my heart I know there was nothing left unsaid. There were no regrets.

My heart breaks for Tim Russert's family-for his wife, his father, his son. His son had just graduated from college. It sounds like they were a very tight-knit family, but I often think about how deprived I feel of living the rest of my life without my parents. Really, I am lucky. I had my parents until my mid-30's. I had them around as I was just learning the ropes of motherhood. I got out a lot of those important questions. I am just rambling here, but I do feel so badly for his son.

Tim Russert was a class act. It was not until yesterday that I had any understanding of his political leanings. I looked forward to watching "Meet the Press" because there wasn't any of the bias that you see among most of the media today. His coverage was fair and balanced. I am going to miss tuning in to see him as I get ready for Mass on Sunday. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace, Tim Russert.

13 June 2008

Blog Envy

I am going through a serious case of blog envy! Ever since I joined SITS (well actually before that, but it has gotten worse), I have been introduced to a lot of really cool blogs. Mama's Losin' It and Ravings of a Mad Housewife are two of my new favorites, but the list is growing every day! Before I thought of blogging as a way of getting my thoughts out and reading to keep up on my friends (Sydney's blog is always my first read!), but now I am realizing how much more is really out there, and some of it is REALLY funny! It is also leaving me with a serious case of blog envy!

Here's my problem. I have dabbled in the world of writing by blogging-something I NEVER thought I'd do, but I find myself loving it. When I look at these other blogs though, I realize what an amateur I really am. I get really excited when someone leaves a comment, especially someone I don't know, but that is 1 comment. These other blogs-some of them have upwards of 80-100 comments per post! The most I have ever had was 7 about a post asking for comment love (and ideas on how to save money on groceries). These women are really funny, and I am really jealous!

Where does this leave me? I guess just here in my very tiny, obscure part of the blogosphere. I will continue to share my mundane musings and hope, just hope, that one day...OK, it will never happen, but I can dream, can't I?

PS-If you happen across this and feel the need to leave me some comment love, I would greatly appreciate it. I could use a boost today!

12 June 2008

School's out for Summer!

Over the past two days, my older boys have finished out the school year. Now is the start of summer. It is the time of year I call a mixed blessing. I am happy that we don't have the morning rush to get them ready for school, but now it is up to me to keep them occupied. I have always felt that a schedule is essential, but I haven't really done one yet. It's Thursday. I feel like we need a couple of days to decompress. I am going to try to be ready to roll come Monday with a schedule and game plan. Wish me luck!

11 June 2008

A Little Pampering!

Today was the last day of school for my oldest and my nephews. I am now the mother of a third grader (that does not seem possible)! As it was the last day of school, my sister came over here and I got a little bit of pampering.

We really had a great time! Mary showed up with lunch for my kids and most of hers, and lunch for she and I. If I have never said this before, my sister is a FABULOUS cook, and she showed up with Minestrone and chicken salad (both homemade)-YUM! After we fed the kids, and we ate, she then took me to have a pedicure-her treat! Not sure what I did to deserve it, but it was GREATLY appreciated! So far, summer is off to a good start!

10 June 2008

Home for Summer

My Drew had his K4 graduation this morning. The picture is him receiving his "diploma" from our principal. Drew has learned so much over the past year. His teacher, Jodi Mallum is an amazing woman, and should be commended for the work she has done with the group. So, my Drew is done for the year, and moves onto full-day K5 next year. We are so proud of you, Drew!
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09 June 2008

We need an ark!

Over the past weekend, the Milwaukee area has had anywhere from 7-9 inches of rain. While the worst appears to be behind us in terms of storms, rivers are still rising, and many people have flooded basements.

This weekend was one of those moments where I can happily say, "We don't have a basement!" This is quite unusual for the area, but it has been a blessing given all of the rain. On the other hand, we were not without a few issues this weekend. First of all, we had a tornado warning. What to do with the kids? We have no interior rooms per say without windows. We instead, opted to put them in our boiler room. This houses our boiler and hot water heater. At some point, the pilot on the heater went out. This meant that I had one cold shower on Sunday morning! The other issue-the outdoor part of our air conditioner got a tad flooded, so we had no A/C for most yesterday while it dried out.

Trust me, I know these inconveniences were nothing compared to those who are now wading (literally) through the damage caused by the storms this weekend. We are supposed to have more rain later this week-if this continues, we may build an ark!

08 June 2008

Recital Day!

Today I had the distinct pleasure of attending my nieces' recital. My sisters and sister-in-law all use the same dance school, which makes this time of year much easier with only one recital to attend. So, for two hours this afternoon, I was treated to many ballet, tap and jazz routines. Meghan had one of each while Anne and Martha had a ballet and a tap, and Emily had one ballet. I have to say I really did enjoy myself with so many nieces, there are enough numbers spread out through the show to keep me interested.

There were two other numbers that piqued my interest today. One was the annual father-daughter dance. Usually they pick one of the younger classes to do this. I have enjoyed seeing my brother, Frank do this twice. Today, it was the honor of the graduating seniors. They did a number to Britney Spears' (You drive me) Crazy. Those dads REALLY had to dance for this-I was very impressed!

The other number that I enjoyed was a group of older women (and one man) who had taken tap throughout the year! I give them credit for doing this. They were really good, and good for them to learn something that they obviously always wanted to.

It was a great performance! I am really proud of my nieces, and can't wait to go back next year!

07 June 2008


I have seen a couple of my blogging buddies talk about this site Secret is in the Sauce (SITS). It seems like a great way to meet other bloggers-like I don't read enough as it is!

So, they have another contest to win a new design for my blog. I NEED to win this contest. The reason is simple-my blog needs a makeover. I like the look in the beginning, but I am getting bored with it. So, all I have to say is PICK ME!!! Oh yeah, here is the site sponsoring the contest:

Work at Home

I am fortunate enough to be a WAHM (work at home mom). I have said this many times before, that I consider myself very fortunate to be able to use my degrees, and work from home. Even a few years ago, this would not have been possible.

In my teaching position, I actually have 3 roles I perform for the company. I teach, of course, but I also have a team of teachers that I help to navigate through the company. I give them feedback on their observations, an.d I point them in the right direction should problems arise. My third role is as a substitute. So many hours a week, I am on-call. This means that I have to sit at my computer in case they need me to go in and teach. During this time, I can do pretty much whatever I want, as long as they can get a hold of me over our messaging system. I can visit my favorite sites and blogs-in a nutshell, I am getting paid to surf!!!

There is a down-side to this last position, however. Boredom. Saturdays are a prime example. I am on-call from 8-12. Four hours is a long time to sit and do nothing. I hope to not have this position for much longer. Eventually, I want to be a supervisor, but those jobs are few and far between, and I haven't paid my dues yet. In the meantime, I am going to try to move over to monitoring teachers. I think I have a lot to bring to that position, and it would move me in the right direction.

06 June 2008

Guiding Light Home

I have written before about my all-time favorite show and guilty pleasure, Guiding Light. In fact, I am actually paid to write a weekly recap for a website. As I have said before, I started watching because of my Mom and sisters at about the age of six. The reason I am bringing this up is because of the feeling of home I get when I watch this show.

During the last few years of my mom's life, she and I would get together at her house to watch it while Peter napped. Sometimes my sister, Margaret, would stop by for lunch and watch with us. It was just a cozy feeling to sit there and get pulled in to what was happening in Springfield, USA.

Lately, though, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the fate of this show. GL has been around for 72 years! It was the first soap opera and moved from radio to TV in the 50's. It is the longest running show in the history of TV. Recently, it was renewed until 2009. The reason for my concern is that the show is struggling under budget cuts and an executive producer and head writing team that,quite frankly, are not that good. GL received it's lowest rating ever last week, and right now, has the lowest ratings of any soap. To make matters worse, by the end of the month, the show will have lost two huge actors to another soap.

Some of you may say, "So what? It is just a show." To me, it is more than a show. When I watch the replay online every evening, I am reminded of my mom, and of home. It is like a connection to what I had when she was alive.

05 June 2008

Schoolhouse Rock!

For the past few months, my home has been a schoolhouse of sorts. My niece, Meghan, attends an online school. As many of you know, my sister has been having some health issues, and so, Meghan began coming over here to do her schoolwork. It really was a win-win situation for the two of us. I could help her in the subject areas that she needed help, and she would help me by babysitting when I needed to run errands.

When she started coming, she was a bit behind in History and Science. I am really proud of her. Not only did she catch up, she finished all of her work about 2 weeks early! Today is the official end of school for her. She is no longer a seventh grader. This fall, it is eighth grade! It has been amazing to see the transformation this semester from big girl to teenager. Megs-I am so proud of you! Go enjoy your summer-you deserve it!

04 June 2008

My first home

I thought I would take a moment to write about where I grew up. The first home that I remember is a duplex on the northwest side of Milwaukee. I lived there from when I was one until just before my twelfth birthday. The best part of this home was who I lived with. I had my parents and my 4 siblings, but I also had my Grandma and my great-aunt Mary. Dad had bought the house so that they could live upstairs from us.

I loved that house. I lived coming home from school, bounding upstairs, and yelling out, "Auntie Mary!" This used to make my Grandma so mad! Auntie Mary was her oldest sister, and because Grandma still worked, she was often my caretaker after school until Mom got home from work. I loved being up there-watching Auntie Mary crochet, watching her say her rosary, watching her cook (she made the BEST bacon and eggs!). Grandma and Aunt Mary often took me places on the weekend too. We'd go shopping, or to a movie. Quite often, my cousins, Dann and Gregg were there, too. I have to say I was so blessed to have them there in my life. Grandma died in 1985, and Aunt Mary in 1991. I miss them a lot, but I am so glad I had them while I did!

03 June 2008

Home is where my heart is...

I am so lucky to be able to stay at home and watch my boys grow. I have friends who have not been able to do the same, and every time I hear one of them speak with sadness over missing their child, it makes me so grateful that Andy and I have found a way to make this work.

When I had Peter, we really were not sure how we would make ends meet. As the years have gone on, it has amazed me how technology has made my working from home possible. Now, I am sitting here watching Michael put together the same puzzle for the fifth time, and I am thankful that I am here to be able to do it.

02 June 2008

Home is My Friends

One of my favorite things that gives me a feeling of home is my friends. I am so blessed to have some really good women in my life who have been with me through some really good times and some really bad times.

Tonight, I get to spend time with some of them. Lisa, Michelle, Sydney and I have fallen into a really good pattern of getting together twice a month. Tonight we are getting together for our crocheting time. It is so much fun to be with each other, catch up on what is going on, and see each other's projects.

Speaking of which, I am just about done with my son, Peter's blanket. Here is a picture:

01 June 2008

Home...from Church

I am starting out June's Nablopomo theme of Home by saying that I am happy to be home from church.

We went to 10 Am Mass as always, but, boy were the boys off today! Andy had to walk Michael out not once, but twice (haven't had to walk him out even once in a long time). Drew was busying himself by trying to lick me (gross), and poking his brother, Peter. Even Peter was a bit squirrely. It was just one of those days where not a lot of praying gets done, and I just hope that we get grace just from being there. I am so glad to be home!