Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The love astounds me

Owen was upset at his sister this afternoon and yelled quite rudely at her. I told him he had to write a list of four things he liked about her as an apology. This is what I got:

Not quite what I had in mind, so I told him to try again. Second time:

Letting it go for now.  That's a battle for after dinner, at least.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

So true, so true

When my parents took the kids to San Francisco a couple weeks ago, they brought home some chocolate fortune cookies from China Town. I gave the kids each one with their lunch today. These are their fortunes, in birth order. Very accurate!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful day 22

Happy Thanksgiving! I thoroughly enjoyed my little family today, and I pray you did as well.

Thankful day 21

I am thankful for the abundance of food we have been blessed with.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful day 20

I am thankful that my husband is such a hard worker. He should enjoy his sleep tonight, he's earned it!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful day 19

I am thankful for cooking lessons for the kids, delicious food to eat, and a house full of family to visit with.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful day 18

I am thankful for safe travel for everyone this weekend.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful day 17

I am thankful for amazing music, free suite tickets, and headphones. Great night, awesome concert.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful day 16

I am thankful for a husband who picks up take out on his way home. My day included an appointment at the DMV - where they didn't have any record of my appointment!! TGIF!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful day 15

I am thankful for new opportunities to learn. You're never too old to learn!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful day 14

I am thankful for brilliant children. We had parent teachers conferences today and both kids have straight A's! Celebrating tonight with ice cream sundaes.

Thankful day 13

I am thankful for my comfy bed, with flannel sheets and new pillows, that I can spend enough time in it every night to wake up feeling refreshed for a new day. Buona notte!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankful day 12

I am thankful for my wonderful, hardworking husband!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful day 10

Thankful for family: my parents for taking the kids to San Fran for the long weekend, lots of cousins to celebrate big birthday bashes with, and aunts for chauffeuring us around!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Thankful day 9

I am thankful for appliances and electricity.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Thankful day 8

I am thankful for the rain and our warm, dry house.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Shining as Lights in the World

Below was part of today's reading at Mass. I thought it was so very appropriate for the day after our election!

P.hilippians 2:12-16

My beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.
Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Thankful day 7

I am so very thankful that this beautiful little girl is in my life!! I love my niece!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Thankful day 6

I am thankful for the right to vote. In God we trust!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Thankful day 5

I am thankful for friends that make me laugh, even when we both want to cry about 3rd Grade homework.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Thankful day 4

I am thankful for our Catholic school and church community. Lauren's class was the choir at Mass this morning. I love hearing the kids sing!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Thankful day 3

I am thankful for days when we have absolutely nothing on the calendar. Few and far between, they are these days! My goal for today was to stay in my bathrobe all day - accomplished!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Thankful day 2

I am thankful for a flexible job schedule that allows me to take care of the rest of the things life sends my way.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Thankful day 1

I am thankful for friends, young and old. Attended a funeral today for a friend, a spunky little 83 year old. I'm going to miss our chats, Mary!

Happy All Saints Day.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Nearly six years to the day...

...just one day shy.

Our little man, less than two weeks old, being baptized by his great great Uncle John.

And today, two handsome men, at the same spot!

Saturday, June 23, 2012


They've been riding up and down the sidewalk for hours. Found them in the garage like this!

Friday, June 15, 2012

"Oh brother!"

Owen just spilled milk and Lauren said, "Oh, brother!" Owen said, "Don't say that, I'm not your brother." We all glanced sideways at each other as Owen said "Oh, I forgot!" Then we all cracked up laughing. Thinking they got too much sun today!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Last game of the season

Well, it's all over now.  No more rushing home from school, tossing some food in their general direction while wrestling through homework only to jump into uniforms and run out again.  But I'm pretty sure they've had a good time with it.  Here are a couple snapshots from their last T-ball game of the season.

Owen guards the plate with a gut-shot... Yer OUT!

I've had enough with this sweaty gear...

Who little ol' me?  Is this a "double hat trick" ?

Yes, my son, payback can be a %!@$ sometimes... like this straight arm'd ball to the chin!

Lauren stares me down for taking her picture... but with those red freckled cheeks who could resist?

It was such a hot afternoon they let the kids cool off in the sprinklers after the game.  They did at least give us fair warning to bring towels today.

"What was that coach?  You said don't touch the sprinkler?  Did you mean, don't touch it like this?"

Now I know some of you may be concerned that she's mastered the "evil grin" so early in life, but honestly at this point I don't think we should sweat it until she gets to the pinky finger at the corner of the mouth, talking about sharks with laser beams.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Breaking news...

Owen has his first loose tooth!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

Morning at the museum

A little video proof of the fun:

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Major league

" I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."
- Y.ogi B.erra

Thanks for the picture, Auntie!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Homemade Sunday fun

Lazy afternoon relaxing in a fort with a good book:

Friday, March 23, 2012


Thanks to Uncle Chad, the kids had their first taste of Bazooka bubble gum. You know, now that they're baseball players!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thanks to Uncle John!

I'd been thinking of getting the kids a new L.ego set a couple days before this, but didn't really have time to shop around. It was a three day weekend and I was recovering from the flu, so I wanted something new to keep their attention.

After church on Sunday morning I was reading the newspaper and was looking at the T.oys R Us ad. The kids saw the ad about the same time and asked if we could go use their gifts cards from Christmas for new L.egos. I said, "Sure, go get some shoes on!" They looked at each other in disbelief, then ran to their rooms for shoes. They were shocked that I would say yes so easily!

They wandered the L.ego aisle for about 20 minutes before deciding on this set. We also picked up a few extra people, including a small S.tar Wars droid set. You can never have enough L.ego people, right?!

We came home and they got straight to work. They cleared off a coffee table so they'd have a fresh work space. Of course, Daddy jumped right in to "help" them.

They put it together and literally spent at least the next 5 hours playing with it. They even declined dinner! They played with it the whole next day, too. Definitely a smart purchase for a long rainy weekend!

Friday, March 16, 2012

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