Sweetheart or Suck Up

By | Posted March 24, 2012

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After walking through campus and talking nonstop about college, Goose declared two things.

First, he is going to the University of Texas.

And second…

He is taking a picture of me with him.

I’ve always said this one is smart.

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Five For Friday

By | Posted March 23, 2012

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::The boys have their first baseball games tomorrow.  I’m excited for them, both Goose and Baby Hulk seem to enjoy playing.  I’m glad, but have become super stressed about them getting lice.  How do I tactfully tell the rest of the team to stay away from their helmets?  I can’t be the first parent worried about this, can I?  Tomorrow I will be spraying them with some stuff I found at Whole Foods before we head to the games.

::This week has flown by so fast.  I was worried that it would drag after our break.  Then I realized we only have 8 weeks left of school.  So very excited.  I can’t wait to relax all summer long with my kids.  I took Goose and Baby Hulk to a movie showing at Rogers this evening.  All the moms were talking about camps for their children.  Not me.

::Tomorrow we also find out if Baby Hulk has a spot at Rogers.  I’m acting all cool, “I know he’s smart, if he doesn’t get in, no biggie”.  While most of us think our kids are smart or talented, I believe this one might be gifted.  He certainly has the personality of a gifted child.  That said, I haven’t stressed all week despite the fact that six people have asked about it.  I must be maturing.  Of course, the letter might not arrive until Monday, which of course means, I will be stressing out all weekend.

But my big question is: do I call my friend whose son applied as well?  What is the right answer in this case?  Think I will avoid the phone.  And while I don’t believe in signs from above, I did tell my friend today that BH not getting a spot would be the kick in the ass Lance and I need as far as homeschooling goes.

::I took Squirt to see The Hunger Games this afternoon.  I even got him out of school early.  It was so worth it.  He has told me thank you at least ten times since the movie ended.  It was fun, and I found myself chatting to him more during the movie than the other way around.  I wonder if I was getting on his nerves.  I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, and think they’ll definitely be able to make the other two books into movies.

::I woke up at 6:30 today, left the house at 7:25, dropped off the boys at school, went to spin, took No David to the doctor, ran home, showered, went to a Mom’s group meeting, went to mass, came home, had four eggs, ran out to pick up Squirt, went to the movie, picked up Fish from the church, went to Rogers to take Goose and Baby Hulk to movie night.  I’m sick, and I wonder why I’m not getting better.  On that note, I’m going to sleep so I can dream about both Baby Hulk getting into school and him getting a big rejection letter.

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The Feast of St. Joseph

By | Posted March 19, 2012

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Today is the feast of St. Joseph.  He is the patron of  fathers, carpenters, those seeking employment, the Church and a peaceful death.  (And probably a lot more.)

Long ago, when I was waffling between boyfriends, I begged St. Joseph to intercede on my behalf and send me my Joseph.

His prayers worked.

I have a wonderful husband, a man who loves me and wants to spend time with me.  And a man who is open to life and has showered me with children.  I am forever grateful.  Thank you, God, and Thank you, St. Joseph for all your prayers.

Today, my prayer is different.  I pray that my daughter will find her St. Joseph.

In honor of today, these two built a birdhouse together and then had a treat to celebrate.

St. Joseph, pray for us and for all families, especially those who are suffering right now.

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Daybook~Back To Reality

By | Posted March 18, 2012

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For Today…March 18, 2012

Outside my window…it’s a great day, not too hot, a nice breeze in the air.  It was the perfect day to plant Baby Hulk’s potato plant and Ivy.  Finally.

 I am wearing…orange jeans, a white shirt and my diamond heart.  I love the diamond heart, a gift from Lance, and my jeans.  The fact that they fit makes me happy.

I am praying…for a special intention, the Angelus daily for that intention, for my husband to get better, and for the last nine weeks of school to go smoothly.

Moments of grace…my kids showing me how to have a great time, my father giving us the best time in Austin.  We are sad that Spring Break has ended.  And were sad when my dad left Austin.  Our priest telling us that he missed us last week.

Learning all the time…Spring is officially here, in a few days.  We took advantage of the weather last week by being outside as much as possible.  I plan to continue that until it gets miserable, by Houston’s standards pretty soon.  We’re starting a unit on Spring.  So far Baby Hulk has found books he loves for Fall and Winter.  I am anxious to figure out his favorite for Spring.  (Easter basket gift.)  We’ll be focusing more on Religion as we end out the year.  While we try and live the faith all the time, I will probably incorporate actual lessons until May.

From the kitchen…nothing planned.  Not a good sign.  I had the best and by best, I mean my trifecta of places to eat in Austin.  And eat I did.  A lot.  So it’s back to being smart and healthy.  I’d like to plan a special meal for tomorrow, the Feast of St. Joseph.  We hit the Fish Fry last week.  So good, I’d like to go there again either this week or next.

Around the house…Ready?! My kitchen faucet broke.  NOT KIDDING.  And my phone lines are effed up, as in they don’t work at all.  We thought it might be the actual phones, but after purchasing new ones, realized it is indeed the lines.  Calling the phone company tomorrow.

And…before I left Austin, I had to put on my spare because I ran over something and had a slow leak.  Another new tire to purchase.

Planning…let’s see, my plans worked out for Spring Break, now it’s time to get my drainage pipes going so that the yard can be done in time for our parties.  A hotel room reservation in Tuscaloosa might be a good idea as well.  This week.  Small school plans for the rest of the year also.

Creating…I have some printables I want done yesterday.  This week.  I hope.  I want to make a cute centerpiece for Easter as well.  I need to figure that out soon so I’m not making it for next year.

Finding the joy…in time with my children and being smart enough to recognize when they have done enough for the day.

Reflecting on…ways to let go.

One of my favorite things…vacations.  Small or big, I love time away.  I’ve always been that way.  I really enjoy going places, which sounds dumb, but not everybody does.

A few plans for the week…settling back to normal, a picnic, Audubon Center, baseball games for Goose and Baby Hulk.

A picture to share…

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By | Posted March 6, 2012

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  • you are the sweetest baby I have ever known
  • you mainly want to be with me, and that’s just fine
  • your second favorite is Squirt
  • at times you have a bit of an attitude
  • you will flail your arms around when you are annoyed, see above
  • there are even times that you do raspberries at us to show your annoyance, like Sunday at mass you were mad because your brother moved my purse away from you, you basically spit in anger for three minutes
  • as of 3/1, you wear size 3 diapers
  • you have been cruising around the coffee table for about two weeks

No David::

  • you are the most mischievous kid I know
  • the twinkle in your eye makes me smile, usually
  • you are the kid that takes whatever someone is playing with and runs
  • the other day you told me I could be in the S club, it made my heart melt
  • when we drop off Squirt you shout “bye Tomahawk”, which sounds like tomahuck
  • you love food so much it scares me sometimes
  • you want anything your brothers want
  • when you do “school” you talk in a grunt whisper
  • you have a twin you call “evil S”

Baby Hulk::

  • you feel more than anyone I know
  • that worries the heck out of me
  • you love playing outside
  • you hate wearing shoes
  • you are a social person
  • you love hamburgers with mustard and pickles
  • you love Whataburger


  • you come home from school, bring in your backpack and immediately go outside to shoot hoops
  • you eat two Kolaches for lunch almost daily
  • have decided you don’t like cheese peanut butter crackers, which is strange because you gave that up for Lent last year
  • you decided you want to go to Confession face to face
  • take a book to bed to read
  • love football and basketball
  • tell me the sweetest things almost daily
  • still carry Big Snoopy everywhere


  • you decided that you needed to eat sweet potatoes to get some color
  • have joined the wrestling team
  • have come into your own with your friends in a way I always hoped, (prayers and sacrifice)
  • are a pure teenager, sleeps a lot, effs around a lot
  • that doesn’t always thrill me
  • got busted skipping class the other day
  • I have to be mad even though I skipped class all. the. time.  I was rarely busted.
  • graduate from school in a little more than a year, WTH?

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Daybook~ After the Rodeo

By | Posted March 4, 2012

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For Today…March 4, 2012

Outside my window…the sun is shining.  The weather is perfect.  Boys are playing nonstop.  I will not complain.

I am listening to…the boys shoot baskets, laugh in the bouncy castle.

I am wearing…a black skirt and a black shirt.  And a glass of wine.

Moments of grace…my dad taking us to the Rodeo, (as grateful as one can be after getting home at 10:30 with kids!), the laughter of my boys, seeing new friends at church and visiting like old friends, Prime Shipping, Rogers being smart enough to hold Field Day in March rather than May and old friends.

Pondering these words…Your day never fails to betray your priorities.  Wow.  Isn’t that the truth?!  So who and what are my priorities?  Of course, my children, but do they know it?  Is it enough to try to shy away from the phone and computer when they are around?  What about Lance?  Last night he told me that he doesn’t think couples work enough on their marriage.  That time alone is a good reminder of why couples fall in love since they didn’t fall in love with children around.  A subtle hint to me?  Possibly.  Mom, I need a babysitter soon.

I am praying…my heart is heavy.  Join me in praying for my intentions.  Please.  I will pray for yours as well.  In addition, many people are joining the Catholic church, praying for those people and my two children who will be receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist soon as well.

Planning…small plans for Spring Break, meals for the week, our trip to Chelsea’s graduation, parties???  Please let a party I want to happen come true.

To live the liturgy…Lent has started.  Funny story, Lance was on the air and made a comment about Easter being about candy and Christmas about presents and so on.  Baby Hulk heard and was so upset.  “Easter is about Jesus dying for us and rising from the dead”.  Pat on my back!!!  I think my kids know what each holiday is about and I’m happy.  But do we have the relationship we need?  So far, we’re keeping up with our Lenten commitments including praying the stations and the extra Rosary Goose added to our calendar.  Tonight is one of the Rosary nights.

From the kitchen…Lance went grocery shopping without consulting me about the menu.  I am making the menu from what he purchased.

Learning all the time…We’re on R.  R is for Rainbows, Reptiles, Recycling and Rodeo.  Stop.  How are we at R already?  Truly, time does not stop for us.  Fingers are crossed that Baby Hulk doesn’t get a spot at Rogers.  Because that is the only way Lance lets me homeschool him.

Finding the joy…in my family.

Reflecting on…ways to be a good mother.

One of my favorite things…reading with the boys.

A few plans for the week…the zoo, lunch with a friend, outdoor Stations of the Cross and a grown up play date.

A picture to share…

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Five For Friday

By | Posted March 2, 2012

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I used my brand new dishwasher for the first time!  It took almost a week to fill.  Everyone keeps asking how we lasted so long without a dishwasher.  I can assure you (as if you care) that there were never dishes stacked in the sink for more than five minutes.  I’ve said it before, I can’t stand mess.  Of any kind.   I’d rather be late than have dishes in the sink.

I muttered a few comments over the past seven months about not having a dishwasher, but really, it wasn’t so bad.  Not when you think about the sewer line or the current state of my yard.  A dog who chews through and digs up everything in my yard.  Shingles.  Metro hitting my car.

I guess you can say I haven’t gotten over the past several months of what I consider to be really crummy luck.  In reality it’s just life, but life that hasn’t been as easy going as I would like.  And for someone who likes order, it’s tough.  For me and those around me.

But things are looking up.  At least, I am convincing myself of that before the next big wave hits.

So here is the Five for Friday: Home Improvement Edition

  1. Side View Mirror repaired courtesy of Metro
  2. tires purchased today, with three little kids in tow.  Sanity in check upon leaving store.
  3. new dishwasher up and running
  4. yard slowly moving along
  5. ideas found for a piece over my mantle, no easy task as it’s been empty for five plus years with the exception of a wreath at Christmas

Why is it important to write about this?   Because I am having nightmares about this stuff, and I need to remind myself that it is better.

Last night I dreamed the ceiling was sinking in around my stove.  I needed a new stove and ceiling, and water was dripping all over the place.  I called Solis crying because I just. couldn’t. take. it. anymore.

So dramatic.

Next week, I’m getting bids on having my yard finished and deciding what to do about the dog.  No easy task on either front.

New dishwasher did a great job.  Although I remembered exactly why I haven’t missed the dishwasher.

I am the one who always has to empty it.

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The 3 Year Old

By | Posted March 1, 2012

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:: Lately, No David has found his way into my room.  I feel bad for him, but honestly, I don’t want him sleeping with me.  He goes through phases, one week on, one week off.  This is an “on” week.  So I am trying what any normal mother would do: bribery.  You sleep in your bed, you get a piece of gum.  Now every night before he goes to sleep, he tells me he wants gum tomorrow.  I remind him about our little deal and he puts a smile on his face and closes his eyes.  (This is where I add that we now let him sleep with the light on rather than turning it off like most people would do.  This has been most beneficial to Lance who used to have to sleep on the floor until No David fell asleep.)

Last night, I heard the thump thump that is a sure sign of No David coming to my room.  He stopped outside my door and whispered “mom, I don’t want gum tomorrow.”  Then he proceeded to make room for himself in MY bed.

:: No David found a cough drop in a drawer last week.  Sensing some type of food, he asked what it was.  I explained and he pressed further, “for me?”.   I let him know that only people with coughs took cough drops.  He waited about ten seconds, coughed a tiny bit, then said he needed one.

:: I took the older boys to the King Tut exhibit.  I would have paid a stranger just so I dind’t have to take No David.  Thankfully, Lance came home and I didn’t have to risk losing him to a random person because I was coming up short on a babysitter.  I told him that he wasn’t going and he said fine, “I get to watch tv.”  To which I responded, “fine, as long as it is educational.”  He chose Power Rangers because “it teaches you how to kill the bad guys”.  He has a point.  (Interesting side note: Goose did not watch television until he was 3, and that was only Word World or Little Einsteins, not Power Rangers.)

:: Yesterday, I was working with Baby Hulk and No David wanted lunch.  He had already had a snack at 9:15, a mere two hours after he had finished breakfast.  Finally, I told him it was only 10 o’clock.  He proceeded to get the magnetic clock off the fridge and moved the time to show me that it wasn’t 10 any longer, and indeed, time for lunch.

:: Then there is the incident from last Friday.  It’s not going in print, but a few of my friends got the urgent DM about it.  I’m still recovering.

Three is where it’s at as far as Lance is concerned.  I tend to agree with him.  But this little kid, it’s hard to put into words.  He is more everything than the others have been. Sometimes that is good, often it’s bad.  Regardless, he is all personality and his own little person.  And I love him.

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Sometimes You Say Yes

By | Posted February 28, 2012

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I am a list person.

A lot of things make me happy, but crossing things off a list is close to the top.  And while that might sound slightly pathetic, I’m fine with anyone thinking that.  I’d like to say it’s the only way to run a house with seven people in it, but I have been this way since long before there were even two people in my house.  Basically, I like to feel like I’m in control, and a crossed off list gives me the delusion of being in control.

I have lots of lists: meals, homeschool plans, wish lists from different sites, vacation ideas, a running list of gift ideas and so on.  Then there is the plan for the day: starting with workout plans and ending with the meal plan.  Being oh so organized, there isn’t a lot of room for spontaneous happenings in my life.  But I’m okay with that.  I have three kids at home right now to keep me company, we schedule play dates a couple of times a week and we’re happy.

So today, my dear friend sent a text asking if I had time for lunch.  She was running in from the suburbs and had had a really crummy evening and morning.

It wasn’t part of my plan.

But I said yes.

And it was so worth it.

A wonderful reminder that it’s okay to leave the written plans behind every once in a while.

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Around the House…

By | Posted February 22, 2012

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I know, I know, Lent started today.  We hid the Alleluia last night, we’re not supposed to say it again until Easter.

But I know God is okay with me shouting that from the rooftops.

After six months without a dishwasher and 7 people in this home, I finally have a dishwasher!

So what did I do tonight after the kids ate dinner?

Washed everything by hand, of course.

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