Daybook~ Making a List and Checking it Twice

By | Posted December 6, 2010

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For Today…December 5, 2010

Outside my window…lights are on up and down the street. Despite having to run A LOT of errands today, Lance managed to finish most of the lights today. I did gently remind him that he didn’t want to be “that guy” and not have any lights. Last year we didn’t decorate the house until the middle of Advent, and I really loved it. There isn’t really a right time to decorate, but for me waiting allows us to PREPARE and ANTICIPATE Christmas for all it’s glory and wonder. And this year, we have even more to be excited about! We’ll decorate next weekend…Can’t wait until longer because we’ll have the baby. But for now, I’ll enjoy our lights and those around us that remind us of this joyful season.

I am listening to…the Old 97’s. What can I say?! Actually, I’m hoping this will be a little reminder of an easy stocking stuffer from my hubby. Concert tickets, please!

I am wearing…my pj’s.

I am almost done…with my shopping, only two more gifts to purchase. And it would seem that both my parents are pretty much done with my family too. Except me. What is wrong with that picture??? Actually, I don’t really have a list going except things like “spin shoes” or a MAC laptop.

I’m ready for this baby…WRONG. For the past two weeks, I have felt really pregnant and am so tired. BUT, I have a huge list of things to do. I need the car seat, car seat cover, new diaper bag, where are her clothes going and so on. I have a list. Not too big, but a list nonetheless. Plus, I just got a GC in the mail from a couple to purchase a new bassinet. I feel like a total heel b/c I kept saying how that was the one thing I needed. I hope I wasn’t too pushy. Esp since my mom has been saying she wants to buy it, and I have refused to allow her to do so hoping to find one to borrow instead.

Around the house…buying my shelves tomorrow. AND…major nesting: getting the tile in the foyer fixed this Wednesday (I hope). THEN…I am hiring a babysitter to come hang with the kids while I clean the house from the blinds and window sills to the dust boards and floors. Then the decorations will come down.

From the learning rooms…it’s all about Advent, then Christmas until after the New Year. We’ll throw in some math in the form of baking and such, but overall we’ll be taking it easy. It’s hard because the Baby Hulk was upset today when he realized he had missed school. We had a great week talking about Instruments which we’ll continue as we listen to some Classical Christmas music. We have to make crafts and sweets over the next 9 days because after that we’re not doing anything to mess up the house!

On living the liturgy…There are so many things I love about Catholicism, but the liturgical calendar has to be one of my favorites. There are so many days to celebrate. So many lessons to learn. So many reasons to be grateful. This year I made a big list of all the feast days during Advent and continuing through Jan 6. I carefully decided what we wanted to cover so that we wouldn’t be overwhelmed and feel like we were checking things off a list. We’ll see if my plans work this week when we have three days to celebrate as well as continue with the Jesse Tree and Advent wreath.

From the kitchen…menu planned. Now I need to make the list for the baking. I have narrowed it down to six kinds of cookies this year. Wonder if I will get it all done.

To be fit and happy…my body is really feeling this baby now. I feel the 52 extra pounds I am carrying. EVERYWHERE. I had never had round ligament pain before this pregnancy, and I can’t say I like it much. I feel it all the time and at times double over from the pain. That said, I am very happy that I can still workout. I have 5 spin classes left before baby arrives and I plan to be at all of them. Now if I can just have some healthy kids for the next month or so!!!

Please explain…why Ben Folds is a judge on Sing Off. Is anyone who is on this show going to know who he is?

I am praying for…calm during the rest of Advent and this pregnancy.

I am grateful…for my family esp. Lance, my friends. And baby gifts! I have some really generous friends. And I didn’t even have a shower for this little girl.

One of my favorite things…Christmas cards. We received our first card yesterday from one of the Boys’ friends. Baby Hulk was so excited! Now if only I had a family picture, but I suppose I can use one from the Baptism and stand in the back, right?

A few plans for the week…buy shelves, clean, organize and wash baby clothes, pack hospital bag and finish shopping.

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My Day

By | Posted December 5, 2010

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Despite a bad start this morning in the form of a super cranky Baby Hulk, the day turned out almost perfect. Goose and the Baby Hulk went with me to the Symphony this morning. The timing couldn’t have been better because we have been studying instruments at home this past week. The concerts are perfectly timed, and the boys enjoy this sort of thing every so often. I really appreciate what Houston has to offer kids in the form of “arts”.

Afterwards, I managed to find gifts for all the boys from my dad and ordered them online for him making it even easier for him. Since my dad gets really mad at me if I don’t have gifts lined up for the boys, this is a HUGE weight off my shoulders. I think I have convinced him that he is done shopping for them.

During this whole time, Squirt cleaned out his room. We all know how I love purging and cleaning out stuff. I haven’t even gone to inspect, but by the looks of the bag leaving his room today, he has room to share his closets with someone new, if needed.

Tonight, we went to a birthday party for the Baby Hulk’s best friend. The three little ones went and had a blast. We came home in time for the Big 12 Championship game. Of course, I had no real interest in the game, but Goose was dying to watch football. He wanted to know if we would ever cheer for OU. I explained to him that “No, we would never cheer for OU, but that if them beating a team would help us, then we would be okay with them winning.” In this case, nothing can help us, so he has been screaming for Nebraska all night long. I LOVE this kid. Considering his love for football, I have to wonder how long he can stay at the nerd-fest his school is. (And I know, nerds love football too.)

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FB Stops Child Abuse?

By | Posted December 4, 2010

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Okay, if you read my blog, you know I’m somewhat of a bitch. Here goes another…please explain how changing your profile on FB is going to help stop child abuse? I almost didn’t want to write this b/c I am now basically talking about my FB friends who all changed their profiles. I kind of think donating time or money to an abuse or outreach center would make more of difference. But then again, that might just be the social liberal in me.

SPEAKING of being a social liberal….I was so proud of my boys the other day. I donated a coat to a homeless man (yes, dad, the boys were in the car) the other night. They were so upset about this man not having a home. Their solution: take him breakfast the next morning.

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That’s How God Made You

By | Posted December 1, 2010

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Tonight when Goose was taking a bath he told me that he had two bumps you know where. Being mom, I started freaking out, wondering why he had bumps. Then he started saying how they kept rolling out of his hands like balls. Yes, we’re already there. I told him that was how his body was supposed to be. Upon hearing this the Baby Hulk immediately asked “why” at least ten times. Somehow saying “that’s how God made you” didn’t work. Both wanted to know exactly why God had given them balls.

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By | Posted December 1, 2010

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Can I say how much I hate the use of LOL? Especially from the younger generation. “I have to take a test, LOL.” Am I missing something? Why would you need to take write LOL after that statement. “Totally sucks” might work better in that situation. The use of LOL on Facebook makes me want to stop cyber-stalking even more than people’s political updates.

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We Are Thankful

By | Posted November 25, 2010

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It’s been one of those days where I just wanted to go back to bed. And to make matters worse, nothing bad even happened. I just didn’t get enough sleep and was tired and sore from my work out yesterday. Poor Lance, he kept getting text messages during his show about why my morning was so, so bad.

I read something about having an “abundant life”. I like how that sounds and generally think like that. It is busy and there is always something on my list, but that doesn’t take away from the joy. And there is so much joy in our lives. These boys are truly a gift to us and my hope is that we treat them as such.

The picture was taken this morning and it’s our grateful tree. Every one in the family contributed, some more than others. It took us a while to get here, my plan was for us to write something every night in November and talk about what we were thankful for during dinner. Nobody was interested. Finally, the Baby Hulk and I started our tree yesterday and had things ready for the other boys when they came home from school. I had to bribe No David with food to let me trace his hand. Lance didn’t understand why he had to trace his hand, and the Baby Hulk said “I guess I’m thankful for my family.”

Looking at what everyone wrote, we are grateful for a lot of things, but mostly each other. I am so grateful for my amazing husband and four beautiful sons. I’m grateful for the chance to hold another baby soon. We’re grateful for friends, two special girls in our lives, grandparents, cousins, football, Snoopy and my favorite from Goose and the Baby Hulk…God, Jesus, Mary and the Saints. Abundance is a good thing.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Zierlein Family

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Daybook~ Thanksgiving Week

By | Posted November 22, 2010

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For Today…November 21, 2010

Outside my window…it’s dark and warm again. Why can’t the cold weather just stay here?

I am listening to…football. I’ve been listening to this all day long. You might think I could listen to music while driving in the car, but nope. If football is on, Goose is watching. I love this new side of him.

I am wearing…jeans and a black shirt. And my beautiful heart pendant! I love this gift from my husband.

I am grateful for…a weekend away with my husband and Goose. Lance and I hadn’t been to New Orleans since I was pregnant with Goose, seven years ago. We decided to farm out a few kids and take who we thought would be easiest. We had a wonderful time, and so did the other boys. I am grateful to my parents for not only wanting to spend time with my boys, but also taking care of them for the weekend. Tonight when my mom left, two of them were crying.

Goose…was an amazing travel companion. Lance and I love art, we love talking to artists, going to galleries and museums. Goose seems to be picking up on this as well. It’s exciting to me for him to be this interested at this age. He has his own opinions about what he likes and why. He couldn’t believe all the Saints’ paraphernalia throughout the city. When we explained how they won the Superbowl last year, his only comment was “do you think they were happy when they lost to the Cleveland Browns?” This kid is going to get his ass kicked one day because he talks so much crap. He is very aware of how his Longhorns are playing this year, but he is a trooper. Saturday, he made sure to wear his Longhorn shirt and today he wore his Texans shirt.

I am creating…lists. List of gifts for others, list of gifts for my kids, Christmas card list, birth announcement list, grocery list, menus, Christmas baking lists and lastly, my wish list! I am so upset that I have basically nothing so far. I figured we would hammer out things while driving, but got nowhere. So very frustrating. Plus, everyone wants to know what my kids want. Which is nice, but they don’t want anything this year. Not kidding! Plus, we’re trying to figure out Godparents for new baby. Who knew this could be so hard? Then I suppose I should figure out what I have left to do before baby arrives.

I am praying…for a wonderful holiday season. Things get started this week and it seems we’ll be nonstop until after Christmas. Last year, we had a wonderful Advent and Christmas. I am hoping to focus on being grateful this week and then start preparing for Christmas after that.

The highlight of our trip…The swamp tour. There are things I have to do, and a swamp tour was one of them. Goose was super excited, Lance not so much. So we dropped him off at a casino and drove out of town. The tour was fine, but let’s be real, we all wanted to see alligators. Nobody really cared about the ecological problems of the swamp, as bad as that sounds. We weren’t disappointed. Goose even held a baby alligator. I touched it, but couldn’t bring myself to hold it.

Around the house…my walls are painted!!! I love the color and am so happy that my husband forced us to look yet again before the painters arrived. The walls look great and my beautiful Mother’s Day painting looks so striking against the new color. NOW…I have to contend with my crappy fireplace again. AND…we need shelves. I thought I had found IKEA ones, but…they are white and my furniture is walnut colored. If they were built in cabinets, I wouldn’t mind white, but now I don’t want white. This week I am finding something.

From the learning rooms…We finished G week and learned a lot about “being Green” and our Guardian Angels. We have one last little project to complete before moving onto H. This week we are looking at staying Healthy and Holidays. I have a pretty good week planned out. Lance has asked that I go over the previous week so we can discuss progress and potential problems. I kind of like that. I have the next two weeks planned, then we’ll take a break and just read and prepare for Christ with all our Advent books. Prepare for Christ and have a baby!

On living the liturgy…prepping for Advent and deciding which Saints we’ll discuss this December. Since I just ordered two new books, Saint Nicholas and Saint Lucia, we’ll obviously be discussing them.

From the kitchen…healthy food. Eating out nonstop will do that to you. Plus, it’s picture time. I don’t need to add more pounds to my face. I bet my family thought they would get out of taking a family picture this year since I am a super preg, but nope.

One of my favorite things…my husband. He is just it. Period.

A few plans for the week…spin, walks with the family, Thanksgiving Day with our extended family, baking, shopping, Chelsea (be warned, despite UT’s dismal record, I am sure BAM will bring up Bama’s two losses) and nesting.

A picture thought I am sharing…

Getting ready for baby…

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More Thieves

By | Posted November 18, 2010

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We leave for New Orleans without a freaking money card because someone stole our check card info and charged about $800 worth of stuff in Pennsylvania. Freaking fabulous. The best was the charge for $134 at a fast food joint. Really? Thanks a lot, assholes. As if dealing with XM wasn’t enough to stress me out.

Am I going to need a Label for Theft soon?

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XM Radio=Thieves

By | Posted November 16, 2010

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I am so freaking over XM radio I could scream. I so want to lose it with the customer service people, but what good does it do when all they have to do is accidentally hang up on you mid-scream. Then you get to wait another ten minutes on hold before actually speaking to yet another moron. Ten minutes on a good day. We bought the Escalade about five months ago and it came with a free trial of XM. We were already planning to transfer the service from our previous vehicle, but something didn’t work right in our car. XM said it was the wiring, and since I have yet to find time to take out three car seats and get to the dealership, I had pretty much given up on having XM in my car.

Then the assholes decided to charge my credit card for three years service without my knowledge or consent. WTF? I called and they said it would be taken care of. That was over a month ago. The second time we called, we were told it would be ten business days. Last Thursday, they were going to expedite things so that it would be fixed within twenty-four hours. Of course, during all of these conversations, they tried to throw in several deals to keep our money. Do I have the money back on my credit card? Of course, not!

I am so over it. I love, love, love channels 54 and 47, but no more. I will listen to the same songs over and over from my IPOD before getting XM again.

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Daybook~Sick Boys

By | Posted November 14, 2010

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For Today…November 14, 2010

Outside my window…it’s dark, dreary and cold!!! It’s about time. Hopefully it will stay this way for the next several months.

I am listening to…my husband and Goose LOSE IT. The Texans just lost. Again. Poor Goose, he is SO into football this year, and both his teams just really suck. On a positive note, it is nice (I think) to see Lance and Goose bond this way. Goose has always been my boy, so I’m not used to the extra attention Lance seems to be getting these days.

I am wearing…black pants, a black shirt and a grey sweater.

Today at the store…a woman came up to me and said she read my blog. She recognized Squirt who was shopping with me. And then…she said I looked tiny. TINY. I was so happy to hear that. Esp since my husband looked at me this morning and said he hoped the baby was petite considering how big my belly is. Now his statement didn’t come out as rude as it sounds. And while I am mostly boyish when it comes to things like sports and cussing, I am ALL GIRL when it comes to my weight. So to hear a woman say I looked tiny was a wonderful thing, even if it isn’t quite true. So thank you!!! Even better, I only had two kids with me so she didn’t catch me snapping at my boys!

I am super excited…about next weekend. Lance and I are going to New Orleans! And of course, the boys are sick. First, it was Goose, now it’s the Baby Hulk. Here’s hoping No David gets sick tomorrow and not Friday morning. The boys always seem to get sick when we leave town and it’s really hard on my parents. And us…do we stay or go. We always go, and I feel guilty the entire time we’re gone. We are taking Goose with us (the joy of loving football these days), but Lance isn’t really open to having anyone else tag along, esp a sick kid!

I am grateful for…my husband and weekend getaways.

I am praying…my kids get better soon. There is nothing worse than a sick kid. And the Baby Hulk does pathetic REALLY well. Plus, I’d like my bedroom back.

To be fit and happy…Is it bad to want my kids well so I can make it to spin?? Okay, that’s not my first reason, but it’s a close second. I have less than five weeks to workout before I stop for six weeks. These interruptions are killing me!

From the kitchen…menu planned again. While I hate the fact that the kids are at school, I do love the routine it forces me to take with our meals.

Around the house…the painter arrives tomorrow at 10. Fingers crossed. We have settled on a color, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Then I get my shelves. Maybe my family room will look the way I want before Thanksgiving!!! Of course, the shelves are from IKEA, so that means we have to put them together. So maybe the week after Thanksgiving…

From the learning rooms…What a week we had on F week. We studied Fire Safety, Football, made Fall leaf pictures, and practiced writing the letter F. (F week happened to line up perfectly with HWT this week.) I have noticed a great improvement in the BH’s coloring this week as well. He is reading harder books, much slower, but still with a positive attitude. Basically, he loves his school time and No David is getting much better during learning time as well. We’re onto being Green this week. Maybe I’ll learn something myself. I’m not the best at recycling.

On living the liturgy…This week we studied St. Martin de Tours, a great saint. We talked about helping those who need it, even just acknowledging the person on the corner with a smile when we have nothing to share in the car. We missed Super Saints because of sick kids, but still did our own work at home.

One of my favorite things…Snoopy. I admit I’ve been a bit worried that Goose’s love for Snoopy would be diminishing as he grows older, esp recently with his love for football. Last night I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, and he said a new bank. A football bank to be precise. A Snoopy football bank, like Snoopy catching the football. This bank does not exist. I spent all night looking for it and all I found was Snoopy sleeping on a football bank. And of course, nobody is selling that bank.

A few plans for the week…getting well, OB appt, trip to NO.

A picture thought from a few weeks ago…

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