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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.

Happy New Year

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Happy 2014!

Yesterday we had all sorts of great plans.  We got up early so I could make breakfast and then we could attend Mass.  About 3 minutes after we awoke, John got sick and changed our plans for the day.  Instead, we spent almost the entire day hanging out in the living room tending a sick little boy.

John has gotten 4 of these nasty stomach bugs in his four years and each one he’s managed to beat in about 12 hours.  He’s sick as anything for most of the day, then he falls asleep late in the evening for about two hours and awakens chipper and ready to go.  He did the same thing yesterday.  And today he’s eating normally.

God Bless!

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.

John at 3 1/2

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

-loves playing with small construction vehicles in a 9×13 baking pan filled half-way with cornmeal

-relentlessly bothers the 17-year-old cat, who is dumb enough to keep coming back for more

-wishes like crazy that his plastic tools were real

-still takes a blissful 1-2 hour nap everyday!!

-loves to sit on our laps for stories

-can’t hold a pencil, paintbrush, crayon, marker properly for his life…still uses the fist grab

-will taste and eat just about anything placed before him (THANK YOU, LORD!)

-loves being tickled and wrestling with his Daddy

-enjoys putting together puzzles, with his Mommy

-enjoys watching Curious George

-is a wonderful, happy, bright, little boy




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 First Halloween

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Last night was John’s first Halloween where he actually got to walk around and “trick or treat” for candy.  We were joined by the Idaho cousins, B & MB, who dressed up as a black cat and lovely princess.  We went over to Dave’s parents’ house and then went to a few of their dear neighbors’ homes for trick or treating.

John could not figure out this tradition.  He kept asking what we were doing and was not too sure of why his cousin had black painted whiskers face on his face and a tail.  The concept was very foreign to him.  Then we left his grandparents’ house and walked, in the dark, across three lawns to get to a neighbors’ house, knocked on the door and said, “trick or treat”.  John said, “why are we doing this?”  We went inside the home and John was given several little candy bars.  As we were leaving  John says, “can we do that again?”  Yup, he got the point!

We went to four homes, receiving plenty of candy for two 3 yr olds and a 5 yr old.



Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

We really enjoyed our weekend.  Saturday we had to run up to New Hampshire for some maple business and took the scenic way home.  We took care of a some home improvement purchases at Home Depot and went to a steakhouse for some fabulous ribeyes!  We ate at a restaurant called Dakota for the first time and were pretty impressed.

On Sunday we went to church and came home to tackle some home improvement things.  A while back, we had scraped the paint trim around a window, along the bottom of the house and around a door getting it ready for painting.  While Dave mowed the lawn and took care of a few other things, I painted.  The paint color turned out to be a brighter shade of our current trim color,  but hopefully as it cures it won’t be really noticeable.  There are parts of our house’s trim that are WAY, WAY to high for painting.  We’d have to hire a professional.  Dave is scrapping the trim around the porch for our next painting day.

On Monday we drove out to Narragansett, RI.  We just wanted to see the ocean.  John is such a blessing.  He just wanted to sit on the sea wall and watch the waves crash against the rocks for good fifteen minutes.  I’ve not encountered many almost 3 year olds with patience enough to sit and watch waves.  What an awesome kiddo!  We drove to Niantic, CT for a seafood dinner at Costello’s.

So we accomplished somethings around the house, got in some sight seeing, had some wonderful food and a great time as a family.  Awesome weekend!

Beautiful Rainy Day in Vermont

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Dave, John, Dave’s father and I drove to Vermont for the day.  We left pretty early and were to our favorite cheese shop before 10:00AM.  They make a Gruyere that Dave really, really likes.  We drove through Townsend and on through Jamaica to view some of the damage from the flooding of Hurricane Irene a month ago.  Dave will probably post pictures soon, but it was amazing to see how the water just ripped out a bridge and homes as it swept through.

We went as far was Weston Priory.  We arrive 5 minutes into Mass so we missed it and we missed the bookstore too.  But it really is lovely there so we walked around briefly, took a few pictures and left.  On our way back to CT, we stopped in the town of Weston to have lunch and stop at the Vermont Country Store.  I found a little tugboat for John to play with in the bathtub that I think John will love.

So all in all we had a very nice day.

Our Own Little Homeschool Starts Today

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

So John is only 2, but I’m beginning today to be a little more “teaching centered” in my everyday interactions with John.  We’re also going to be doing more crafty stuff and create more purposeful learning opportunities.  All the while remembering little guy is only 2!!

This morning John mashed the bananas for the banana bread we made (good hand-eye coordination opportunity).  Then he dumped ingredients into the mixer while I briefly showed him tools of measurement in the kitchen.  We played with puzzles.  Read our daily Bible story.  Now he’s down for a nap!

Later this afternoon he’ll get a bath and we’ll play outside briefly since it is raining.  John gets a little stir crazy if he doesn’t get outside everyday, even if it is for only a short time.

On tap for dinner is pork stir-fry.  I’ll slice cabbage, red peppers, onion, carrot and broccoli.  Saute it lightly in a big pan with some strips of pork and add a stir-fry sauce I bought recently and want to give a try.  For dessert we’ll have some of that banana bread.  It turned out to be a pretty awesome recipe.  I used Tyler Florence’s Banana Bread with Pecans recipe which is available on Food Network’s website.  I’ve tried the old Betty Crocker and Better Homes & Garden recipes in my cookbooks, but they leave much to be desired.  A friend gave me a recipe which tastes pretty great, but it never finishes cooking on top before the bottom burns.

I’m also finally feeling like the house is recovering from Hurricane Irene and being without power for 85 or so hours.


Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Our little boy was born!  As John says, it is his “Appy Boo-ee” today!  He’s an amazingly wonderful little boy.  And his Mommy & Daddy are soooooo proud of him.

This evening we are going over to Dave’s parent’s house for Chinese food, cake & ice cream.  I think John’s auntie/godmother and uncle will be there too.