Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Fed up with myself
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Staycation: Days 3, 4, and 5
Later that afternoon, I took John-Paul and Andrew to see Monsters vs. Aliens. They had fun (they've only been to the movie theater maybe 4 times), but I would not recommend it. The word "Jerk" was used repeatedly, and the story line wasn't great.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Staycation: Days 1 &2
Friday, April 17, 2009
Anyway, I thought I would try to incorporate that game here on the blog, and post about the highs and lows of the past week. So without further ado:
8) Today we are going to look at a house that we are REALLY excited about. It's in a neighborhood we have always liked, it's on a cul-de-sac, it's big enough for our family, it's only 5 years old, and it's a foreclosure. Please pray that we can make an acceptable offer!
1) We are not going on vacation next week. We were supposed to go to a timeshare with my parents (who generously offered it to us) but my Mom's back has been really bad, and it's not getting any better. Sitting in a car for 6 hours each way, and sleeping on a potentially soft bed are just not going to be good for her. So we will postpone the trip to another time. The kids were barely disappointed as soon as we promised we would do a lot of fun family activities during the week instead.
2) I have been eating nonstop the past few days...Easter candy, pizza, quesadillas, cookies...if I didn't know any better I'd assume Baby #5 was on the way ;-)
3) Maggie's double ear infection did not go away with the 10 days of amoxicillin. So now she is on a stronger antibiotic for 10 more days. Hopefully it goes away or she might end up with tubes like Andrew and Eamon.
That's it for me, who else wants to play???
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Phil and I are excited to spend family time together, not work, and eat naughty vacation food :)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
And so we celebrate!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tag, I'm it and I'm gonna get ya!
8 Things I am Looking Forward To:
1) The end of tax season!
2) Going on vacation with my family and my parents.
3) Eating sweets whenever I want them (this Lent was tough).
4) Easter!! He is Risen!
5) Getting outside today after work - it is a beautiful sunny day.
6) Getting my paycheck for these 6 days of work this week, it should be a big one.
7) Staying home with the kids next week.
8) My 7th Anniversary next month.
8 Things I Did Yesterday:
2) Ate a yummy dinner that Phil prepared - Chicken Saltonboca, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli.
3) Went on a nice walk with my friend Laura
4) Heard about how Eamon (age 2) decided to give his pacifier to the Easter Bunny, and slept through nap time without it!
5) Gave Maggie antibiotics and ibuprofen for her double ear infection
6) Watched a TiVo'd episode of 24
7) Helped my friend Katie with her taxes
8) Went to Mass
8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
1) Go to Disney world with the kids
2) Run a marathon
3) Be more crafty/creative
4) Afford to buy a nice, new, huge house with a gorgeous landscaped yard
5) Lose 10 pounds
6) Get a tummy tuck (just for the extra baby skin)
7) Meet all the people whose blogs I read
8) Spend more time with my family
8 Shows I Watch:
6) The New Adventures of Old Christine
7) The Office
8) 30 Rock
(sadly my list could go on and on...)
8 People I Tag:
1) Lerin at Beautiful Chaos
2) Aubrey at Laughing all the Way
3) Laura at Catholic Teacher Musings
4) Laura at Robby's Adventures
5) Rebecca at The Momologue
6) Aussie Therese at Aussie Coffee Shop
7) Sarah at Memories on Clover Lane
8) Modern Mom at How to Survive Life in the Suburbs
(and anyone else who wants to play - I tag you too!)
Thanks Jen, that was fun!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I can see the head!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Okay, so I admit that I might be a little obsessed with Pope John Paul II. I loved (still love) him sooooo much and I miss him. I never met him in person, he doesn't know me from Adam, but I did get to see him three times in my life.
The first time was when he visited New York. I was a junior in high school, and entered a contest to win a trip to NY to see the Pope. I had to answer questions and write an essay, and I actually WON!
There were 16 winners picked from all over the country, they flew us all to NY, and we got treated to a weekend in the City while JPII was visiting. The main event was a Mass he was celebrating in Central Park, and we were all so excited to go...but the day before, myself and another guy were asked to miss out on the Mass in order to be interviewed on tv during that time. I was really bummed out about missing the Mass, and I was so nervous to be on tv, but I couldn't really say no.
We were interviewed, and then because they felt bad we missed seeing the Pope at Mass, they gave us tickets to the Pope's small gathering at St. Patrick's where he was to lead the Rosary. How lucky was that??? Now instead of being in a huge space with a ton of people, we were about 10 pews back from the Pope with only a small group of people.
When Pope John Paul II walked by my pew, I leaned over to touch him, but I couldn't reach. The man next to me ended up shaking the Pope's hand, so I grabbed his hand to get the Pope's cooties :) Anyway, seeing him changed my life. After that, I was much more "into" my faith and decided to go to Franciscan University of Steubenville to get a real Catholic education. Seeing the Pope is AMAZING, you can just feel the holiness and excitement in the air.
The second time I saw the Pope was on Ash Wednesday, 2000 during his Wednesday Audience in Rome. While studying abroad during my junior year of college in Austria, our whole college went to Rome and Assisi for ten days. We all yelled out "JP 2, Steubenville loves you" and were so happy to hear him say he loved us back. Whatta man!
The third time I saw the Pope was at the Easter Vigil a couple months later. My parents and older sister came out to visit and we (including Phil and Annie) were all able to go have Easter Vigil Mass with the Pope. It was sooooo long, but felt like a minute because it was almost supernatural. Can you tell how much I love this man? Actually it was at this time that I decided my first born son would be named after the Pope (it wasn't even up for discussion, good thing Phil approved). That's why I hyphenated John-Paul's name so that nobody would just call him "John", and that's also why I like to dress him up like this:
So, JP II, we all love you and miss you, and as much as you accomplished here on Earth, I'm sure you are accomplishing even more in Heaven by interceding for us. Thank You!!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Meet my Friends
She was my roommate in college (in Austria and in Steubenville, OH). She probably has a lot of scandalous stories about my past, but I know she won't tell!! Right, Annie? Annie and her hubby have a BEAUTIFUL baby girl named Darby. It took them a while to finally have a baby of their own to hold, and she is well worth it. Check her out at: http://ohbabymurray.blogspot.com/
2) Emma and Jonah
This couple (who has been together since they were like 16) are actually friends of my little sister and her hubby, but since Emma and I are in the same MOMS Club, and we all went to the same high school, I have gotten to know them as well! They have 2 adorable little boys, Jacob & Caleb. Check them out at:
Michelle and I met about 4 years ago at the Mommy and Me playgroup in our town. I liked her personality right away, she makes anyone feel like they're an old friend. She comes from a huge family and our kids were about the same age. She loves to scrapbook, and is quite talented at it! Go see her at:
Laura and I met only a few months ago, but it feels like a lot longer than that!! We went to the same college, and she read my little blurb in our alumni magazine and emailed me. They live right down the street from us and her Aunt teaches with my hubby - what a small world! Laura and Peter have the cutest little boy named Robby, and you can find out more about them here: