By | Posted July 13, 2009

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Notice the sidebar…We’ve had a couple of birthdays around here. I’ll write more about it this week, but I wanted to point out that both Goose and Kobra celebrated their birthdays last week. Now I have a five year old and a one year old. Baby Hulk so wanted to celebrate his birthday too and didn’t understand why he had to wait for another month.

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Happy Anniversary!

By | Posted June 29, 2009

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I am truly the most blessed woman because I am married to the best man in the world. Tomorrow, June 29th, is our wedding anniversary. We already started celebrating with dinner at Shade. We had a great dinner with good friends last night. Then today at Mass, the priest that married us, Father Troy Gately, gave us a beautiful blessing. I ran into a friend at Mass today that was celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary. How awesome is that? I can’t imagine anyone other than Lance that I would want to spend the rest of my life with, and I look forward to celebrating our anniversary each year. Tomorrow we are going to try and eat lunch at the Houstonian, the place where our wedding reception was held. Each year we go back and order the same entree that was served at our reception. Some years we stay for the weekend, but this year we decided to stay a different weekend since we’ll be heading out of town soon. We’re hoping to catch a movie together or have a couples massage before taking our kids to the end of the year swim team party. Nothing like sitting in the Houston humidity with four kids to ruin a date. Actually, nothing can ruin tomorrow for me. I am so grateful for my husband and for our family, and celebrating our anniversary is a celebration of all we have together.

My favorite moments from our wedding: the prayer to Mary, walking down the aisle and seeing Lance’s face, saying our vows, the honeymoon suite with the hot tub and eating the top layer of our wedding cake, which was huge, on the plane.

I love you so much, Lance. You are everything to me and bring me so much happiness. I am so content in our life. God has truly blessed me and I thank Him for you.

And now

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Ready To Go

By | Posted June 27, 2009

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Despite the fact that we are not going on our trip for a week, Goose decided he had to pack for our trip NOW.

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Michael Jackson

By | Posted June 27, 2009

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We’ve all heard the news about Michael Jackson passing away yesterday. I hadn’t really thought much of Michael Jackson lately. Sure there was always something bizarre to hear about him- from him showing up to court in pajamas to dangling a baby outside a hotel window. Like everyone else that grew up with his music, I’ve been watching videos on youtube and listening to music I haven’t heard in years. And it brought back a memory from years ago…21 years to be exact.

My friends and I skipped school to go drink at someone’s house. During this time, someone dialed 911 from the house. The cops didn’t respond until after school hours so we didn’t get caught skipping school that time! We listened to music all day on MTV, you know, back when they played videos all day long. When The Way You Make Me Feel came on, Paul screamed in sync with Michael Jackson. This is one of my favorite memories of Paul and high school in general. Paul screaming along with Michael Jackson is just not him at all. It still brings a smile to my face.

Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEU9Q8NlOiY

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Super Saints- Saints Peter and Paul

By | Posted June 27, 2009

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Another week of Super Saints. It’s only our second week, and I am feeling so excited about this group. I love the fellowship for our kids. This week we focused on Saints Peter and Paul since their feast day is June 29th. We had a coloring page, a story and made holy cards decorated with rhinestones. The craft turned out really nice, and the kids were so proud of the work. Our snack was goldfish to signify St. Peter as the “fisher of men.”

Saints Peter and Paul, Pray for Us!

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He Is SO My Son

By | Posted June 25, 2009

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Goose was reading a book about St. Paul this week and we left off when St. Paul was trying to escape. His friends had come up with an idea to get him outside the walls. We’ve been working on comprehension lately. He reads so fast that I don’t think he always picks up what he is reading. So during this book, I asked him questions after each page and we talked about some lessons from St. Paul’s life. I think this made him really interested in the story because the next day when I wondered out loud about how St. Paul might escape Goose said, “oh mommy, I read ahead.” He then proceeded to show me several pages forward and told me how the story ended. Anyway who knows me can tell you that this is me. I want to know what my presents are before my birthday, the ending of a movie, I skip ahead in books no matter how hard I try. I’m so proud Goose is following in my footsteps!

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By | Posted June 22, 2009

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Today we celebrated Father’s Day, (see below), and I am so thankful to be able to spend the day with my father. I have a wonderful, loving and generous father. I have always known that he loves me and cares about me, and I am so grateful for that. He is probably as stubborn as me, but he is the best dad around and I want to share a few memories of him.

Our ski trips
Our New York trips…seeing Phantom of the Opera for the first of many times
Giving him a hug after he walked me down the aisle at my wedding
Opening my acceptance letter together to the University of Texas
Going to the Rose Bowl and seeing him cry when Texas won the National Championship
being overly generous with everyone
Taking me to see my aunts
Him sneaking in to get a peek at Kobra when he was born, despite being told to stay away until the other kids saw him first!
Him walking in the room after Goose was born
Him with his brothers
Him with my brother
Him with my mom
Him fussing at me in church for not paying attention as a kid
Him calling to remind me of Holy Days of Obligation
Him being slightly controlling!
Him letting go when I married Lance

When I got married, my dad talked about passing the torch to Lance and nobody who knows him thought he would do that. But he has. He has been so respectful of my marriage and while he probably doesn’t agree with all of our decisions, he stays out of our marriage. Well, except for the time he told me how lucky I was to have Lance as a husband and NOT to mess it up.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I love you very much.

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Did Our Parents Feel Like This?

By | Posted June 22, 2009

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I am so not a fan of Hallmark Holidays EXCEPT when it comes to Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. I mean really, how can I not like a day dedicated to ME? Anyone who knows me well knows how I feel about my birthday. While most people get over their special day once they hit their 30’s or have kids, I still love my birthday. I feel like it’s a day all for me and God help those that forget my day or don’t do something to make me feel special. Bad, yes, but I’m honest and everyone knows how I feel about this.

Back to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day…another day that in theory I should love, but in reality it just never works out to be what we expect. I won’t get into my Mother’s Day this year, but it is enough to say that I understand why some women think that Mother’s Day should be a day spent alone. Lance thought I was being incredibly selfish when I muttered that comment this year, until today when he decided that Father’s Day might best be spent alone.

We should have known something was wrong when Kobra cried the entire twenty minute ride to church. It was the longest car ride ever with Baby Hulk yelling at the baby to be quiet. Then Lance realized that he left his socks at home, so I took all the boys into church while he went to Walgreens to buy another pair. I didn’t think I was doing too bad with the kids until I heard someone behind me say she felt sorry for me. Baby Hulk and Kobra proceeded to fidget and fight over a book for most of Mass. Lance and I took turns standing in the back of the church with the kids. We were having a late lunch so we decided to stop at Costco for samples to hold us over until we met our family. No problems there except it was boiling hot, and the kids were running away from us.

We finally met at Maggiano’s at 3:00 for a late lunch with family. We really like this restaurant, and I was prepared with incentives for the kids. Too bad our waiter was so slow that all the treats were gone before our salads arrived. Baby Hulk wouldn’t sit still, Kobra was crying in the high chair and Squirt disappeared twice during the meal. To say our stress level was high is an understatement. Of course, this is mostly our fault for taking our kids to a restaurant for more than an hour and a half during nap time, but what could we do? We wanted to spend the afternoon with family and sometimes we get off our schedule. So Lance and I had the pleasure of walking outside in the Houston heat with the kids hoping and praying for the meal to end.

And that’s when he said he understood how I felt this year. So what did I do? I told him the same thing he told me in May. Thankfully, my husband is a much better person than me, and he went inside and changed his attitude and finished the meal on a high note. I would have sat and sulked outside, but not him. He is such a good man, he can admit when he is wrong or has gone overboard, and he lets things go. I am so thankful that he does not hold a grudge. He inspires me to be a better person, but most especially a better wife and mother. He has taught me so much as a parent and I am so blessed to celebrate Father’s Day with him.

Back at home, Baby Hulk got in trouble for pushing Kobra over and was sent to Goose’s room to cool down. He did just that and then peed all over Goose’s guitar. ON PURPOSE!

What a day! Thankfully, we have three down and only one more to go…

Happy Father’s Day, my love. You are the best father and I am so blessed to be raising these boys with you! I love you!

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Super Saints

By | Posted June 19, 2009

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What a great day! We had 15 kids for the kickoff of our Saints program! We celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Most of this group met at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral and while some of us have moved to different parishes, this feast day is still important to us and was a great way to start this new group. Our goal is to provide our children with some Catholic fellowship and introduce them to the Saints in a fun way so that they will look to them for inspiration throughout their lives.

We had a coloring page, made a cool Sacred Heart craft, made Holy cards, had snack time and played a lot. Despite being miserably hot, (in my opinion) the kids played non-stop. A few moms that wanted to come today were unable to come, but I am happy with our turnout. I hope that everyone can come as often as possible and that others will join in making this a success for our children.

Group Photo

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Just One Minute

By | Posted June 18, 2009

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Every day Lance and I say we’re going to bed early. And every night it’s after midnight before we climb into bed. We have a rule that we always go to bed at the same time. Surprisingly, we usually follow it. Tonight, I’m heading towards our regular routine. It doesn’t matter that I have a huge list of things to complete tomorrow or that I’m dead tired or that someone will probably wake me up in a few hours, I am still awake. I don’t know what it is that makes me stay awake. Maybe it’s reading blogs… I almost didn’t read this one tonight, but I was pulled to check just one more of the blogs I follow daily. It was so timely for me and what I’m working on with my kids.

During Lent, it was suggested to leave “just one minute” out of your vocabulary when your children ask for/demand your attention. I told several people about trying this out. We all thought this would be impossible, but when I really tried, it wasn’t as hard as it seemed. Plus, as one friend pointed out to me, it’s better to try each day with our children than just give up because something sounds too hard. We expect the best from them, why not give them our best daily. I have remembered that suggestion and started working on that again. I am pleased that today I managed to stop what I was doing and listen to my children and help them immediately rather than having them wait and get frustrated. Just because I listen to their questions immediately doesn’t mean that I give them whatever they are asking for at that moment. That’s okay, they have to learn patience and that they don’t always get what they want, but I am giving them the respect they deserve. My kids aren’t annoyances in my life and I don’t ever want them to feel that way. I want them to know what a gift they are to me each and every day.

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