Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
There are a few good things about the rain. I have yet to need to water my garden (most of it was washed away but hey, silver lining). Umbrellas and gutters are GREAT at entertaining all three children though I should have had Uncle Stephen teach me to make the paper boats before he went back to Finland as I am asked regularly to recreate this engineering feet. Unfortunately, today there is thunder which means somewhere there is lightening and 3 little lightening rods might be considered abuse. Today I am enjoying an afternoon pot of coffee while the kids enjoy a fresh batch of library books. Thank the Lord above for FPL!!
On a completely different note, we are almost out of double digit days before Joey turns 30. I have thought long and hard about his 30th birthday. I have come up with grand schemes involving extensive varieties of food and friends but that involves money I don’t have and old age jokes and black icing but 1) turnabout is fair play and as I will be 30 a month later, I don’t want old age jokes and black cake. (I want a wind chime, screen door and red wine! Hint, hint) 2) 30 is in NO way, shape or form OLD! Yes, I have a husband, 3 kids, a mortgage and drive a mini-van but I’m even hotter now than I was when I was 20 (and much less modest about it ;) ) and I can still stay out to the wee hours of the morning dancing with my friends. The difference is I now have to worry about what I wear based on whether or not it can be easily pulled down or apart by little hands and can it be washed at home or am I going to have to make a trip to the cleaners when Murphy grabs me with sticky hands. Staying out late is fine as long as I’m completely aware that the kids will still be waking up at 6:30 the next morning wanting breakfast and the answers to the 30 million questions they (Keegan) came up with over night. Under normal circumstances, mommy’s brain needs a full cup of coffee before it moves from only aware enough to fix cereal bowls mode into mommy can get us ready for the day mode. Two cups are required for mommy encyclopedia. Tack on lack of sleep and we’re talking easily 3 to 4 and most likely an afternoon pot as well. Anyone know how to start a coffee IV? I am, however, much more quick witted now and love that my kids haven’t caught on to sarcasms. One day that will come back to bite me in the butt but for now its fun.
I am still at a loss of what to for his 30th birthday. I don’t even have a present idea! HELP!
In the mean time, I also have to come up with something for our anniversary and father’s day plus my parent’s anniversary, brother and 2 brother-in-law birthdays and Jackie’s birthday!!! I really stacked the deck of June against myself but then July comes and Carrie and I will use the whole month as an excuse to celebrate our birthdays so I it all evens out in the end.
So anyway, it is raining today. Again.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
In the homily at Mass today, Fr. John referenced Star Trek and Tim McGraw. I mean, how cool of a priest do we have that he would use such references to talk about life and death. The scripture reading was of the death of Lazarus and Jesus using it as tool to show, not only the power of God, but that Jesus is God’s Son and messenger. Though I have heard the story multiple times (at least once every church calendar year) it never occurred to me until today that Jesus LET Lazarus die! He very easily could have left for His journey sooner and been there before Lazarus died. He hung around for 2 more days after hearing of His dear friend’s illness rather than sprinting to his side. Jesus could have healed Lazarus as he had done for numerous others yet allowed nature to take its course, Lazarus to die and the burial rite to occur. Why would Jesus allow this beloved man to suffer? Jesus did it for those around Lazarus. Jesus used the death as a teaching tool. He not only wanted for the men and women to see the working of God by raising Lazarus from the dead, He wanted them to be forced into thinking about death.
It is our human nature to avoid thoughts of death. As a mother, I worry about thing that could happen to my husband, my children or my family. Mother’s are natural born worriers. However, to function through my days and to allow my children to grow up as normal functioning members of society and not the next set of Adrian Monks, I push though worries to the back of mind and simply listen closely for warning bells. Believe me, I have contemplated many times wrapping my children in bubble wrap or never allowing to do anything without full pads and head gear, maybe a mouth guard… oh that thought crosses my mind on a regular occasion. However, the point of my story is not to think regularly of all the many ways you can injure yourself or worse yet die. The point of the story is live life as if each day may be your last. Who knows, it might be!
Now, I don’t say this meaning you should run out and live recklessly or break the law because “hey, she said we should live each day like it is our last!” It is like the Tim McGraw song Live Like You Were Dying. The man in the song slowed down. He did thinks he had wanted to do but wouldn’t take time for. He was nicer to those around him, more attentive to his loved ones and more understanding. It took a death sentenced for him to finally live. Jesus used Lazarus’s death to push those around him to think about their own death without having to be dying themselves. He needed the people to open their eyes to possibility of death. I believe we need to do the same. Open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to be the type of person God wants us to be all of the time. We shouldn’t wait until we KNOW we are about to die in start living a great life. SLOW DOWN, say hello to your neighbor, excuse me when you bump into someone (instead of the “I can’t believe you just bumped into me” look even though you are actual at fault), play with your children, chat with your husband/wife, send birthday and get well cards, make dinner for a friend just because, read a book, take a walk just for the scenery. Life moves too fast to miss it!
Monday, March 21, 2011
As we grow, it is pretty easy to see opportunity and jump; the world is our oyster. Do you remember your first day of school? Your first best friend? First crush; date; kiss; love; heart-break? Firsts aren't always great either; falling out with your best friend; car wreck; hang over; funeral. Good or bad, firsts leave an imprint on our brains that will influence our future. I think it is pretty important to experience firsts on a regular basis; keep that brain bouncing. Unfortunately, as you read about 30 seconds ago, I haven't had one of those in while so let's see what I could do to accomplish some more "firsts"?
1. Finish this blog... I'm actually having some writers block tonight; being very distracted and as I have never written this particular blog post before, it would be a first to finish it.
2. Crochet a snail. No really, I have the first part of it done and it is looking super cuter. This fall I am joining with two other mommies in our first ever craft booth. I will be contributing in the firsts of others. WOO-WHO for me! As for the snail, the booth will have all sorts of knitted and crocheted toys, hats, wash clothes, etc. Corn bags, aprons, wooden cars, little girl jumpers... all sorts of super cute things.
3. I need something sooner... you know, other than finishing this blog. Oh, Oh, I know. I think we are making deep dish pizza tomorrow. Joey and I have searched around and come up with a recipe we think will work very well for true Chicago Style deep dish pizza. Whether tomorrow or Wednesday, it will be the first time that we have made it. I have yet to know if it will be a success but I might just get another blog out of it.
4. I want to take the kids to Disney World soon for a first of theirs but in the mean time, we could go, say, camping in Colorado (obviously when it warms up some). I've never been there and neither have they; a first for 4 of us.
I am being sadden by lack of firsts! It is now my goal to come up a true list of firsts I want to accomplish in the next year. In the mean time, when was the last time you did something for the first time? Has it been a while? What are you going to do about it?
BTW, I got the idea for this blog from my SocialMom's daily blogging prompt. If you're a mommy and you like to be social, check out SocialMom's and meet other moms just like you!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I also like to use bird houses in my indoor decoration. They are cute and can even be beautiful. I purchase them from the store (hobby lobby usually has some super cute ones) and make them myself. Scrape wood, milk jugs, gourds, scrape tin or license plates, bent spoons, bottle caps, colorful paint; you can pretty much use anything to build one. It doesn't have to fancy to work well or even to look good. I want to make a bunch of different houses to hang on the fence above our garden. I will be waiting for our new house to do it but still have even intention of getting it done.
There are a couple of things to remember if you are making or selecting a house though. If you actually want birds to use it: 1. make sure it is ventilated 2. make sure you can open it to remove old nests (some birds will return to the same nest over and over but the house will eventually get very full) 3. Place it high enough off the ground that other animals (or children for that matter) can not get to it easily. Birds won't pick a house they deem unsafe. 4. The whole should not be very big or too near the bottom. They fit into tiny spaces and need room to build the nest.
Alrighty, so go build a house. Here's how. I've made them without plans as well. Either way, have fun and use your imagination!! Yea bird houses!!
Monday, March 14, 2011
For the kids, March Madness is the frustration that one day will be beautiful and warm, perfect for outdoor play while the next day will be literally freezing with bitter winds or drizzling rain. We live in an area where March snow is not unheard-of after a week of 70 degree days. I mean REALLY!
For me, March Madness runs along the lines of spring cleaning frenzy, being super ready to move the exercising back outdoors and shoving the kids into the back yard. I'm ready to start planting a garden and cleaning up the flower beds but remember that I said we aren't out of the snow season yet. I have to fight some pretty rough allergies that, unfortunately, I have passed on the boys. This year, I have to compete with my recovery as well. I think I am handling recovery pretty well for my busy body-ness but it will get exponentially harder as the weather gets warmer. This March, we are also focusing on selling our house so I won't be planting our garden. We have talked about planting in Joey's dad's garden. He has offered space to us several times but trying to get out there to tend is a little out our way. The good thing this year is that he is now retired and willing to share the tending efforts. He will help us out with ours as long as we help out with his when are there. I believe I can handle that in order to have my fresh veggies.
Speaking of fresh veggies, Farmer's Market opens in April. Not really March Madness but coming soon. I love when farmers market finally opens. Walking around with a fresh cup of hot coffee, people watching and checking out all of the fresh produce. I love it!
This weekend we had to spring forward. I'm not a fan of springing forward. Why do we have to change times? I understand that it orginally started to help out the farmers giving them an "extra hour of sunlight" but all that is just relative anyway. Besides, we don't need the time change anymore and it just throws everyone off for a week or two.
Either way you look at it, spring is marching in. I'm ready for it to be here. HAPPY SPRING!