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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Lent started today and we’re hoping to have a good Lent, maybe even start a few new prayer habits by the end too.

This morning John and I walked to Church to attend the 9AM Mass to receive our ashes.  John is finally old enough to not freak when seeing those ashes on my forehead.  As a baby he cried when he looked at me with ashes on my forehead.  As a toodler, he couldn’t even look at me.  As a 3 yr old, he just asked that I wipe them off quickly.  This year, he’s good with the whole thing.  Whew…another milestone reached!

There was a little guy about 15 months old at Church with his mother this morning.  I watched him react to his mother having ashes on her forehead.  He was totally fine.  He was even reaching out to touched them, then he’d pull back and giggle.  That was so not John’s reaction at that age. John acted like Dave & I each had a tarantula sitting on our foreheads about to pounce on him.  Good thing I had baby wipes with me because we both had to wipe our foreheads before he stopped spazzing.

Ah, the memories of Ash Wednesdays past.

St. Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Feb 14th was the feast day of St. Valentine.  We “celebrated” by having a special dinner and putting out a few special decorations.

I made a pretty little garland from some glitter covered cardboard hearts and some pink ribbon.  I bought the hearts at the dollar store for…$1 (duh) and I had the ribbon already.  So a lovely little decoration for cheap!

For dinner, we had a heart-shaped meatlaof, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

John and I made Valentine cards for Daddy too.

Spring Cleaning Mistakes of the Past

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

In the past, I have NEVER finish doing a top to bottom “spring cleaning” of my house EVER!  I really wonder who does.  Over the years, every room has gotten “spring cleaned”, but never every year and never every spring.  I think my problem is perfectionism.  I suffer from this problem that if I can’t make it perfect, I don’t finish and it weighs on my mind for eternity.  So I have perpetual spring cleaning guilt.

I might, just might, have stumbled onto a cure.  For one, I started in January.  For two, I made no list.  You see, a list makes me feel like I have to complete everything on the list.  If said list doesn’t get finished to perfection, I get discouraged and quit…with regret.

I have completely spring cleaned my son’s room.  Did it in January!  I am almost finished in our master bedroom and the living room.  How awesome is that!!!  I just walked into my son’s room, started moving around furniture, cleaning as I went, and before I knew it I was done.  I had gone through every draw, found every lost toy that was hiding under shelves, the bed, the dresser.  I had organized his toys.  I had washed the curtains.  I had dusted the walls and ceiling.  It was awesome.

No list, that’s my new plan!  The other part of the plan is to complete my house spring cleaning by Easter Sunday!  I’m on my way!!

Dusty Around Here

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Good golly it sure has been a long while since I was last here.

Things are good. How are you?

Lots of stuff roaming around my little brain, but I haven’t put finger to keyboard to blog about anything for a long while.

I know I talk about this all too frequently, but spring cleaning is going to actually happen in the entire house this year!  Promise!  I decided that by Easter Sunday this house will be fabulous!  Okay, maybe not fabulous, but it will at least be free of little dust bunnies everywhere.  And I already have a head start!  I am 80% completely done spring cleaning John’s room…already!  Yeah, for me.  All I have to do is wash his curtains and wash his bedding and I will be done in there!  I even changed all his furniture around and it looks pretty awesome in there, if I do say so myself.

So I thought my cat (17 year old cat) was dying.  He’s been kind of yucky for several months.  He hangs out in the kitchen in a cardboard box and doesn’t do any of his normal stuff.  I figure that he is dying.  Nope, he had an allergy.  Fantastic hubby figured it out.  Allergy dealt with and Riley (the cat) is now acting like a 10 year old cat.  He’s back to his old self.  Honestly, I was getting use to him being quiet.  But, my loud, obnoxious kitty who will go into “self-petting” mode by rubbing his wet little nose all over your hand if you are not actively aggressively petting him is back.

John is doing fantastically.  He is a very active little boy.  LOVES his tractors, trucks, tools and being read too.  He does not like just sitting and looking at books anymore.  He demands that someone “do the words” as he sometimes puts it.

We’re thinking about Lent.  “Doing Lent” is heavily on my mind these days because I want John to get a better understanding of our liturgical seasons.

Hope everyone out there is doing well!


A New Goal & A Spring Cleaning Update

Friday, March 30th, 2012

I have a new goal: to get dress to my shoes immediately in the morning.

On weekdays, my little kiddo does not like it when I take showers…can’t stand those 8 minutes he’s got to play by himself.  So I end up waiting to shower during his nap.  This has, in the past, meant that I am in my pajamas until almost 2PM.  Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I am not inclined to be very active while in my pajamas.

So instead of staying in my pajamas for hours everyday.  I am going to get dressed, including my shoes in the morning.  I know this sounds kind of a-duh, but it wasn’t something I was doing everyday.  And I need to change that because I feel better and more “put together” dressed.

Spring cleaning is going well.  I’m not entirely sure I’m going to make Easter Sunday for completion, which was my goal.  Dave and I have been working on the attic, which originally wasn’t on my agenda for spring cleaning.  I’m glad we’ve been tending to it though.  We’ve actually gone through every box and gotten rid of so much stuff.  Problem is that we’ve been bringing boxes into our living room to go through them so we’ve got a couple of stray items in the living room delaying my work in that room.

Dining Room, Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Not a horrible room to deal with, but it doubles as our “library” so there is a lot of dusting books.

  • Go through little green dresser
  • Go through desk
  • Sweep/mop floor
  • Dust all bookshelves
  • Set-up a little sewing area
  • Dust/vacuum radiators
  • Dust picture frames
  • Dust woodwork
  • Put away stray items I no longer want in this room
  • Set-up a small sewing area

Beautiful Day

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

It is March 14th, and it is spectacular outside.  Thank goodness I am a stay-at-home mom because if I worked in a building on a day like today I would get nothing done.  I remember going to school and working on days like today.  I’d sit and stare out a window or totally daydream.  But instead, I am perfectly where I wish to be, at home with my son, and I’m taking care of business.  All while getting to enjoy the outside too!  Yeah!

Spring cleaning is coming along.  I still hope to have it done before Easter too!  Another Yeah!


Upstairs Hallway, Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Slightly more detailed.

  • Sweep floor
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap wood floor
  • Windex & dust mirrors
  • Polish wood furnishings
  • Dust/Vacuum radiators
  • Straighten books
  • Straighten shelving
  • Go through cabinet at end of hall, straighten, purge
  • Wash curtains
  • Windex insides of windows
  • Dust baseboards

Stairwell, Spring Clean

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Pretty easy!

  • Vacuum stair treads
  • Dust baseboard
  • Dust railing and spindles

Downstairs Hallway, Spring Clean

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

This area won’t be too bad to spring clean either!  Hey things are looking up!

  • Wash front door curtain
  • Windex door window
  • Sweep floor
  • Dust shelves
  • Put away any winter wear we aren’t using
  • Dust pictures
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap the wood floors
  • Dust/vacuum radiators