31 January 2009

Quick Update

It has been quite a life here the past 24 hours. We ended up taking Drew to the emergency room yesterday as he would not stop throwing up. The doctor felt he was probably dehydrated. So, Andy stayed home with the other two, and I took Drew. No fluids, but they did give him Zofran to give him a break. He was able to sleep through the night, as was I until Michael woke up at 4 AM. No, not sick, just wanted Mama!

This morning, we tried toast with Drew which he threw up, but by lunch time he was very much on the mend, and has had toast twice, as well as some gatorade.

Peter, on the other hand, has not been so lucky. He started at about 4 this afternoon. He's pretty miserable, but is handling it like a champ. I hate seeing him sick, but it is easier when they are older.

Now, just waiting on Michael. Maybe he won't get it...but I seriously doubt it! Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and prayers. I hope to return to regular blogging next week!

30 January 2009

Prevention First Act

I had a message on Face book this morning about a bill that has already been introduced in Congress, and quite honestly is horrendous. I have been watching our new President's agenda unfold over the past week and a half, and so far, I am scared. I am scared for my family, my country and what is going to happen over the next 4 years. This bill is just the tip of the iceberg, and would include:

* Make Title X (family planning) a permanent program and fund it at $700 million or more.

* Mandate that health insurance programs that cover prescriptions must cover abortifacient contraceptives.

* Create a government program to push abortifacient "Emergency Contraception."

* Take all federal money away from any hospital that refuses to administer the abortifacient Emergency Contraception to victims of rape.

* Create additional massive government funding for Planned Parenthood style sex education programs (abstinence-only programs are specifically excluded from funding).Permanently include family planning services as part of the Medicaid program.

Here is the link to the bill:

Please pray that this bill won't pass. Please pray for the President's conversion in this year of St. Paul.

Here we go again!

Just when we thought it was safe...a new virus enters the house! That's right, now we have stomach flu! Drew came down with it at dinner last night. Luckily, I saw it coming and hustled him away from the table before we had a mess on our hands!

So, now it is 3:30 in the morning, and I am writing this because, well. it's the middle of the night, my baby's sick and there is no where for me to lie down. He's got the couch-as he should, and the rocker and chair in here don't quite cut it. I had tried sleeping in my bed between his bouts of throwing up (our room is off the living room), which have been every 45 minutes to an hour. That plan worked until I came in at 2:30, and he said, "Mom, you said all I had to do was call Mama, and you'd come, and you didn't!" (Apparently, I missed a bout.) OK, I feel like the absolute worst Mom in the world right now, so here I stay, by his side waiting for the next round, and praying to the Blessed Mother every time he throws up that this will be the last time for him.

This kind of throwing up scares me. He literally has nothing left in his system. I have learned by now, that our pediatricians will say to just wait it out. I ended up in the hospital 3 times as a child for dehydration. I think about how scary that must have been for my Mom, and wish she was still here to talk to about it. Instead, I am asking her and my Dad to watch over him and let this pass quickly. So, if you have a second, say a quick prayer for my little Drew ( I know he's not so little anymore, but he is my baby-they all are!), and also for our family as I am sure that the other boys is not far behind.

29 January 2009

Oh what a night!

Lately, sleep has not been good in our household. Most nights, at some point over the past couple of weeks, Michael has been making trips to our bed. I am trying to not have him sleep with us because he needs to sleep in his own bed. So, for example, this is how last night went:

3:30 AM Michael quietly comes into our room and lays next to me.
3:40 AM I realize Michael is here, and I take him back to bed.
3:45 AM "I need a grink of water!" my little angel screams at me. I comply thinking he will settle down.

4:00 AM Michael comes back to my bed.

This cycle repeats until about 5:30 AM when he falls back asleep in his own bed, and I fall into mine, and the alarm goes off 30 minutes later. I am not sure what to do about this. I think we went through this with the other boys, but I don't remember it. You know, mommy brain...I just know I am frustrated and need to sleep. I welcome any advice.

My real life friend, Corinne, is having the same difficulty, except she has another baby coming in a month. Go check her out, and leave her some friendly advice if you have any!

28 January 2009


Thank you all so much for your kind comments over the past few days. I think I have turned the corner and am doing much better! I don't usually get what the kids do, and this one threw me for a loop!

I am truly blessed to have such wonderful friends in real life and in the blogging community. It still amazes me sometimes the wonderful friendships I have made since I began this journey last year. Thank you all for being so great!

Now, it is back to life. The laundry monster has taken over. I will conquer tomorrow, as well as give the house a thorough cleaning! Wish me luck!

26 January 2009

No sick days for Mamas

When my son, Peter, was 3 1/2 and Drew was not quite 1, we had rotovirus fly through the house. It didn't fly, actually, it lingered. For those of you who don't know, rotovirus is a nasty little stomach bug that can last a week. I had worked in our parish nursery that particular weekend, and 2 days later, Peter started with it, and Drew soon followed. I never got it, but my husband did. He was home from work for over a week. Between Andy and the boys, it was a full 3 weeks before it left our house.

The reason I bring this up is because I had a realization during that dreadful time. Mamas don't get sick days. No matter how sick we get, there simply is no rest for us. I am sitting and writing this from my bed. I have a meeting online for work in 30 minutes. Andy came home from work late this morning because he too has caught this respiratory bug that I have right now. He is resting peacefully on the couch. Michael had snuggled up with him, and I told him that I was going to work on my laptop from our bed, and that Michael would probably doze off next to him.

Ten minutes since that conversation, Andy is asleep, and I am sitting here writing this as I await my meeting. My dear, sweet Michael? He is rolling around on my bed. There truly will be no rest. I hate being sick!

Project Non-Progress 1/26/09

I have nothing. I do have a reason, however! The nasty cold/flu season is here and I have been sick for most of the past week. I still am sick-cold, cough, achy-yuck! So, I worked on nothing this week. Hopefully, I am on the mend and will have something to show you next week.

23 January 2009

The Interview Meme

Thanks to +JMJ+ for coming up with my interview questions. These are some really good ones!

If you want to participate, simply leave a comment saying "Interview Me", and I will send you 5 questions, and then you can answer them in your post, and the chain continues...

Here we go!

1. In your profile you mention the 80's, a defining decade for many of us. Is there a song or movie from the 80's that holds special memories for you or is somehow defining of who you were?

HMMM...so much music that I listened to back then...I have to say that "I Had the Time of my Life" comes to mind, and I really did! I was fortunate enough to go to an All Girls' Catholic High School, and some of those friendships have been the most important in my life, and continue to this day!

2. What advice would you have now for that girl you were almost 20 years ago?

I would tell the young me not to sweat the small stuff. I spent so much time wrapped up in worry, and it was always the the things I could not control. I would also tell myself to enjoy these years because they do go quickly!

3. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

I can honestly say that I wouldn't change my name. I am the only one in my family not named after a family member. My Mom had a great devotion to St. Therese the Little Flower. She had a late miscarriage before she was pregnant with me, and she asked St. Therese to intercede, and if I was a girl, she told St. Therese that I would carry her name.

Looking back, I took Anne for my confirmation name, while I love that I took the name of Mary's mother, I do wish I had added Mary in there somewhere.

4. If you could wake up in any place in the world tomorrow with a paid week's vacation in front of you, where would you be?

This is an easy one. I would go back to Italy, particularly Rome. I studied there for a semester in college, and I would love to go back-with my hubby this time!

5. Besides your genuine friendliness and support to all of us in the blogsphere, what other talents come naturally to you?

Thanks for the compliment, Allison! I love to sing, cook and bake. My Dad used to tell me that I inherited my Mom's talent for cooking and baking, and I do my best to carry that on in her honor! I also fancy myself a bit crafty. I crochet and loom knit as well, and am working at becoming better at both!

Thanks for the great questions, Allison! I hope I did them justice! Remember if you want to participate, leave a comment asking me to interview you!

22 January 2009

F X 4 Waterpark Fun!

We had the opportunity to go to the water park right before Christmas with my cousin and his kids. Unfortunately, the camera ran out of batteries, so we didn't get many pictures. I love this one of Drew and Peter, though, in the pool, playing basketball. We had a great day, and it makes me think of summer, when we will do our annual trip!

For more fun, check out Candid Carrie!
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21 January 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Dreaming of Spring!

OK, this was taken last April, but a girl can dream, can't she?

20 January 2009

HMMMM...makes you think...

Happy Birthday, Clare!

Clare is 14 today! She is number 6 of my brother's 8 kids, and a real gem! She and I share a passion for reading that can't be beat! She also is a great babysitter to my boys! Happy Birthday, Clare! Love you!

19 January 2009

Project Progress, 1/19/08

Hate to say it, but I didn't get much accomplished last week. The boys were off from school Thursday and Friday, and I had a busy weekend. Here is what I did start:
This is a scarf for my other sister. This week, I plan to finish this one and hopefully complete the one for Lori who won the contest. Wish me luck! I need to finish these because I have some baby blankets to do!
Please check out Amy's blog-she's posted her project progress as well!

16 January 2009

F x 4-Girls Night In!

Last Friday was Girls' Night In
with my nieces.

Not really sure what Anne and Meghan were doing here...

Who is this masked girl?

The popcorn eating contest...This is Clare and Clare...I think Clare won!

For more photo fun, check out Candid Carrie!

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15 January 2009

For today...

Today I am thankful. Yesterday was a really hard day, but today I am thankful.

I am thankful for having a roof over my head, and heat. As we are so cold here, I am thankful that I have a place to keep my boys warm. I know not everyone is so blessed. Thank you, God for heat, and safety and my family.

It will be no school again tomorrow, and although I am going a bit stir-crazy cooped up in the house, I am glad not to have to get the boys to school in the cold tomorrow. Wind chill warning is over at noon. Perhaps we will venture out. I need to grocery shop, but then again, maybe I won't! It was kind of cozy today!

14 January 2009

So I had a bad day...

I just need to vent for a moment...had a bad day, and I am going to write this and go to bed.

First and foremost, it is COLD here! We are anticipating -40 wind chills tomorrow, and school has been cancelled tomorrow. It may be cancelled Friday as well as these temps are expected through Noon. Now, I don't mind having the boys home. Actually, I have been running so much this week, that it will be good to stay home. It's just that, well, I AM COLD!

Then, I got a phone call this morning from my aunt. My mom's cousin died on Monday. There are not many people left on this side of the family, so it made me kind of sad. She was 80 and had lived a great life, but it just kind of threw me for a loop.

Later in the day, I received an email that someone from my high school class had died. We were friends (particularly in the beginning of high school), but lost touch after graduation. Her dad, however, was pretty good friends with my dad. My dad was a salesman, and her dad's company was one of his clients. It kind of all came rushing back to me. My parents being gone too young. Someone from my class being gone (the first from our class to die) way too young.

The kicker with both of these deaths? The funerals are both Saturday! I will be running from one to the other to pay my respects. Not the way I thought I would spend the day.

So, tonight, as I was teaching the final highlight of my day hit me. I missed one of my on-call hours at work. I haven't been notified yet, but I hate that I forgot. It's so not like me, and I know it was just the culmination of the day-that and the fact that my 3 year old was whining at me during that time.

May tomorrow be a better day! Thanks for listening!

Wordless Wednesday-How did this happen?

Check out my post on:
to find out!

13 January 2009

More Michael-isms

Michael, to his brother Drew,"Drew, Come up here!" (He was trying to get Drew to play with him.)

Drew, "No, thanks."

Michael, "Try it! You'll like it!"

Why do I have a feeling Michael will be the one to exert peer pressure?

12 January 2009

The Dentist

Today is everyone's bi-annual appointment. Andy and I have these days down to a science. We have a really great hygienist who sees all of us on the same day. I go in as the first appointment, and Andy brings Michael with him. When I leave with Michael in tow, Andy has his appointment. After school, I bring in all the boys for their cleanings and check ups. We do this every 6 months and it works well. Today is Michael's first appointment, so this afternoon should prove to be interesting.

When I go in, I can expect a few things. I have a tartar problem (don't mean to be gross, but it is genetic), so I know I am leaving with a sore mouth. I also said we have a great hygienist. We are both Italian, and have kids the same age, so a lot of times we feel like we are leading parallel lives. Imagine seeing someone you really click with only once every six months-you'd have a lot to catch up on, right? Every once in a while, Andy complains that we talk too much...sorry, can't help it!

Today, I had a surprise in store for me. I have a cracked tooth! Didn't know because it doesn't hurt! As my hygienist was cleaning my teeth, she didn't say anything about it. She asked if my teeth felt OK, and I said yes all the while thinking to myself, but Andy has a filling that is bothering him. Then the dentist comes in and tells me about this cracked tooth thing. Andy and I both have appointments to address these issues.

Now, I have a bit of a vent. You see, I was one of the first children in my area who had sealants put on. I NEVER had a cavity. Then, boom, when I was pregnant with Peter I had my first (I actually think it was 2 or 3). I looked at the dentist, and said that it wasn't possible because I had sealants. He informed me that sealants don't last forever! So, now, I have had a few cavities in the past few years and now this cracked tooth...what I want to know is if sealants don't last, why not re-apply them on adults? I would think it would save a lot of hassle...instead it is filling city for me...and I am NOT happy about it!

Project progress, 1/12/09

It was a busy week around here. I had an after Christmas party with my friends, Lisa, Sydney and Michelle and our hubbies. The girls and I were doing a gift exchange, and I had the brilliant idea that I would make all three of them scarves. All 3 of them in one week. I did that, and also completed some frames to commemorate our trip to Chicago last November. So, that was 6 projects, and yes, I completed them all!

Here are some pictures of the results:

I was really pleased with how the scarves turned out! The funny thing was that Michelle, Lisa and I all did framed photos, and Lisa and I both did scarves. Sydney gave us all a great CD of music. It was a lot of fun!
Next on my list, is a scarf for my sister. I'll post my progress next Monday! Want to do a post on your Project Progress? Let me know and I'll include you here!

Contest Results!

You all wondered all weekend, didn't you? Some of my nieces slept over this weekend, and they bugged incessantly about who was faking. They even claimed I was trying to trick them. I assure you, I didn't. So, who was the faker?

It was Drew!

The picture was taken at my in-laws, and he decided to fake sleeping while we cleaned up!

Most important, however, is who won the contest.
Since Drew was the faker, I let him pick the winner.

He picked:

Congratulations, Lori! Can you email me you address and the color of scarf you would like?
Thanks to everyone for playing! I look forward to the next posts-who knows what I'll do for 400?
Also, if you are looking for another contest, check out my friend, Sydney's blog! She has a great one going on!

08 January 2009

F X 4, my 300th post and a contest!




I have some very tired boys here, don't I?

But one of them is not really sleeping.

Guess correctly who is faking, and I will enter you in a drawing

to win one of my awesome loom knitted scarves!

(It's a party for my 300th post!)

Contest ends at midnight central time Sunday.

Check out more photo fun at Candid Carrie!


Why do we come back from a break from school feeling as if we need another vacation? I can't wait for this week to be over!!!

07 January 2009

I have some awards to share!

This award I received from Amy at Escape into my Thoughts. We met last year, and discovered a common love of all things Rick Springfield! She has become a really good bloggy friend who always has a word of encouragement for me! Thank you Amy!

I received this award from Karen at Karen's Catholic Journal. Karen is a new blogger who I just discovered. I look forward to reading her blog as well! This award is given to others who show good attitude (the good kind!) or gratitude.

I have a third award , the Kreativ Blogger award. This was also give to me by Karen. Thanks for the kindnesses, Karen! I'm going to tell you 6 things that I'm thankful for and then pass it on to other bloggers.

I am thankful for:
1. God and my faith
2. My husband
3. My children (both those here on earth and the 2 up in heaven!)
4. My family
5. My friends
6. Being able to stay at home.
I pass on these awards to (Yes, you are getting all 3!)
1. Amy at Escape to Thought (the ones not from you!)
2. Karen at Karen's Catholic Journal (the one not from you!)

Thank you for being my friends, some in the blogosphere, some in real life.
You all inspire me and make me want to be a better wife, mother and woman!

Wordless Wednesday-So tired!

My Day!

It's my turn today on my new blogging adventure! Please check it out here!

06 January 2009

I ordered it!

Last year, I read Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza. It is her story of the Rwandan Holocaust. I don't really remember the actual events-I was in college and pretty oblivious to news in those days. Her story of faith is just amazing! She trusted in God and He helped her to survive when her entire family perished in the genocide. This book really was life changing for me. In part, it made me realize that I have nothing in my life to complain about. It also reminded me that I need to put full faith and trust in God because in Him all things are possible!

Immaculee has a new book out. It is called Led by Faith. I ordered it yesterday. I have been looking for a book to begin some spiritual reading for 2009. This is the book! I cannot wait to get it! I'll let you know what I think after I read it, but I think it is going to be a great read!

05 January 2009

At Work, At Play, At Home All Day

Well, today is the big day! Last week, I alluded to a new blogging adventure that I am embarking on with some life-long friends. Some of you are familiar with Sue from Susie's Homemade. She and I have known each other for 24 years (it really cannot be that long!). She and I, along with 3 other friends have decided to take our similarities and differences and out them to use! Sue, Diane, Brenda and I all went to high school together. Kari went to grade school with Diane, and incidentally introduced me to my husband, Andy. Diane went on to marry Andy's cousin after they met and stood up together at our wedding (tangled web, isn't it?).

A few years ago, Diane started talking about us using our strengths and talents to do something together. Last year, we started a blog, but I think that we hadn't quite fleshed out what we wanted to do with it. This year, that's all changed! Starting today, you can find the 5 of us at At Work, At Play, or At Home All Day: A Blog For and About Women. We have been friends forever, and each has some pretty amazing talents. We don't always see eye to eye (I am the resident Conservative, for example), but we do love each other and have a lot of fun! Please check us out! We each will be taking a day of the week to post. My day is Wednesday, but I encourage you to check out every day to see what we have to say and share!

Project Progress, 1/2/09

I am going to try and use my Monday posts to serve as an update on my projects that I am working on. I am addicted to my knitting looms and have about 10 projects that I need to work on in the next 4 months. I know I can do it, but by posting on it on Mondays, I am keeping myself to task. Feel free to join me in reporting on your projects-I would love to see what you are doing too! If you write a post about your project, email me the link, and I will add it to my post! I love this way of sharing ideas!

This is the scarf I have been working on for my sister-in-law, Lydia. It is only my second project on the loom, but I think it turned out pretty well!

Coming next week: I have kind of a big project with six parts to it! I will definitely need to keep working as my deadline is Saturday night! Wish I could tell you more, but the recipients of this project read my blog!

Check out Amy of word from the Herd! She has given an update on her project!!!

04 January 2009


Anyone know how to allow links to your posts? Thanks!

02 January 2009

F X 4-The "IT" Gift!

"Mom! It's Hungee, Hungee Hippo!"
It's what he wanted most, and Santa brought it!
Way to go, Santa!
For more fun, check out Candid Carrie!

01 January 2009

New Year's Day 2009

First of all-HAPPY 2009! I pray for many blessings on all of us this coming year.

I have been musing about 2009 this week, and wondering what I would write about in my first post of the new year. I don't believe in making resolutions per se because they never work. I do have hopes and aspirations for the coming year. So, I thought I would share some of those.

First of all, I want to work on a new behavioral plan for the kids. My friend, Lisa, recommended the book Have a New Kid by Friday. I am not one to normally read parenting books, but I feel like I need to do something. Michael has become quite the tantrumming 3 year old, and I need help in this battle. You'd think I'd have it down by my third boy, but I don't. I also need to work on a more consistent chore schedule for the older boys. Wish me luck on this one!

I also am looking for a spot in the day to call my own. Michael gave up his nap 10 months ago. With no break in the day while the kids are at school, and then teaching as soon as Andy gets home from work, there isn't much time to call my own. I so want some time to read or knit! I think I would feel a bit less stressed.

I am trying to get back in the habit of daily Mass. I was off to a good start this fall, and fell off the wagon. Michael I think does better when we have started off the day with Mass, and he has gotten very good at sitting through it. I am also looking for some spiritual reading to start off the year. I am in the middle of St. Therese's autobiography, again! I am wondering where to go next. Suggestions are appreciated!

I am also starting out on a new endeavor with a group of friends that have literally known me for half of my life. It is a blogging project, and that is all I am going to say for now-check back on Monday for more info!

My next hope for the new year involves two people in my life who are going through treatment for breast cancer. I pray for complete healing for both of them!

I think that is quite the list! Hopefully you'll join me as I work through these goals!

Happy New Year!