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20 December 2008
This is Michael's first year to really play in the snow. He was only out for about 15 minutes. Daddy pushed him in the tube, and he slid out and got a face full of snow! He. was. done.
19 December 2008
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16 December 2008
Here was my pleasant surprise-it is really cheap to ship to Australia! I have never sent anything overseas other than letters to my parents in the US while I lived in Rome for a semester in college (there was no Internet or email then). That was 20 years ago-I have no idea what it cost, but that was cheap too! OK, so to send a package in a small padded envelope to Australia only cost $1.40! I was thinking at least $10! I was told it would only take 6-10 days to get there...Therese let me know if that's true!
15 December 2008
I received this award from Therese at Aussie Coffee Shop. Thanks for thinking of me!
The rules for this award are to display the icon and send it on to 7 other bloggers I feel are real in who they are.
I pass this award onto
Sydney at Diapers and Deadlines
Hope at Reflections of Hope
Evy at Yes, They are All Mine
Sue at Susie's Homemade
+JMJ+ at Totus Tuus Family
Kim at It's a Dog and Pony Show
Nancy at Be Not Afraid
Thank you ladies for keeping it real!
I would like to make this a meme, as I'm eager to learn what the rest of you are thinking. The rules are to select ten of the most fascinating (living) Catholics for 2008. Then, tag at least five people for the meme.
Here's my list:
1. Pope Benedict XVI
2. Mother Angelica
3. Archbishop Timothy Dolan
4. My sister
5. Scott Hahn
6. Fr. Frank Pavone
7. Fr. Corapi
The bloggers on the list are Catholic women who have really been an inspiration to me! Thank you for making me want to be a better Catholic and a better Catholic mother!
I am tagging whomever wants to join in! Please let me know you're participating-I would love to read your list!
14 December 2008
Andy and the boys went with my father-in-law to go get the tree while my mother-in-law and I did
our annual baking.
I was lucky enough to catch this shot of Andy helping Michael hang an ornament. Andy is such a wonderful father! I love hoe patient he is with the boys. I need to take a lesson from him!
We baked so much, I couldn't get them all in one picture! We made peanut butter blossoms, amaretti, magic cookie bars (like some, Kim?!?)...
Italian sprinkle cookies, Mexican wedding cakes and peppermint bark. I still have to do my cut-outs, gingerbread and macaroons. I'll be working on those tomorrow!
13 December 2008
So the raining and pouring bit? We have a peak season because of contracts we have with school districts. During peak, we have more hours than we know what to do! My first year it ran from February until July. Last year, I didn't really go through peak because I was helping out with the new classroom platform that we have, but I know it started in January. This year, it has hit. This week. I have two other positions in the company, so when it isn't peak, I have only a handful of teaching hours and I focus on my other duties. Right now, I have a lot of work, and a lot of teaching! I love it, but boy, is it crazy!
12 December 2008
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10 December 2008
Pay It Forward Exchange is based on the concept of the movie "Pay it forward".
I will send a hand made gift to the first three people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange.
All the gifts will be made and posted out 'sometime within the next year'. How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive!
What you need to do in return, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
I'd love for you to join me! Will you? Other comments are welcome, but only the first three will be my Pay It Forward recipients.
08 December 2008
And then there was Michael. We've offered for a long time. At 3 years and 3 months, though, I am ready for him to be done. I started seeing glimmers of hope this weekend. He was dry all day and went on his own. That's my one step forward. Now the 10 steps back...
This morning, after we returned from the grocery store, I noticed he was starting to go #2. I thought I missed the opportunity. I cleaned him up and sent him off to the bathroom in case he had more to go. I continued to unpack groceries. Suddenly, I heard Michael screaming. I rushed to check on him and the toilet was overflowing. Not a little. A LOT. Water to the rim, all over the bathroom floor and out onto the hall carpeting. He was crying that he broke the toilet. I removed him to the family room, and get the wet/dry vac. I get all of the water up, and lowered the level in the toilet so I could plunge. The toilet is fine, the carpet is fine-all cleaned up!
Then I went to clean up Michael. I praised him because he had indeed gone #2 on the potty! His response, "Mom, I am never going poop on the toilet again!" Ten steps back...
07 December 2008
Dad and the boys before the tree was cut.
The official cutting!
Michael fell asleep on our way to the tree farm.
This picture was too cute not to post!
This was the part of the trip where I said, "Honey, these pre-cut trees look nice."
You see, I spent most of my life with artificial. My parents switched to real for a few years when I was
an adult. It was always bought at a tree lot.
Then I got the lecture about how we were creating memories for the boys.
Point taken. I should stop at this point and say that it was 18 degrees. It was windy with blowing snow.
The windchill was probably down near zero.
I don't own snowpants-don't need to add puffiness that to my frame.
I. was. cold.
06 December 2008
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01 December 2008
This was the first ornament that Peter helped with. He would come home from K4, and after lunch while Drew was napping, he would help me paint. It was great, messy fun!
On the snow front, we only got about 4-5 inches of snow last night. I was hoping for an all out storm to close school, but it was just enough to be messy! Areas to the north and west of us (as close as 20 minutes away) got 8-10 inches and they are closed. Oh well!