Valentines Day

Working a little out of order here…but trying to update my posts…

We had a nice V-Day last week…though my poor husband for the 4th time has tried to order me flowers…(1st time, while at school for our anniversary, 2nd time to be delived at a dinner for my 30th b-day, 3rd again for our anniversay)…he got an email that there was no one to deliver them from ftd so the order was being canceled…now to watch and make sure the money shows back up in our account…For some reason God does not want the man to give me roses anymore…

Anyway, it was still a very nice evening and even though he was tired he played with the boys and just hung out with me after checking out my gifts to him…plus originally he wasn’t even supposed to be home yet…

The setup for hubby…I made him a basket with a poem that went with all the contents, a dozen balloons with Krispie Kreme coupons attached and 12 reasons why I love him…and then a banner

I liked the cuteness of this idea, but I really like that it makes a nice snack basket for while we are in the hospital…should prob check the bananas though…forgot they were in there and the pickle since I forgot to buy a jar ;-)

Banner…most were already done, but I had to come up with some, and well my creativeness was not there…oh well…still cute…I adhered them to cardstock and then sewed them together…all using up stash :)

Barnes and Noble had a nice 75% off table after Christmas, so I got the boys’ gifts early…Jacob really likes his rainy day activity box…it has games, jokes, and a few puzzle books :)

Robert and Patrick got some nice Thomas trains for less than $10 each thanks to that sale…we have another set, will save it for Patrick’s b-day…

The boys helping Daddy enjoy his V-day presents…you should have seen all the balloons stuffed in my little closet when he got home and I wasn’t done yet…

Daddy kept making a big deal about the cards saying one free doughnut…the boys thought it was great…

And we have to have a blast playing with the balloons, which are still touching the ceiling a week later…

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Fat Tuesday in style…

So we have planned a pancake dinner and cinnamon roll king cake…well with our pending move I need to use up stuff in the fridge and freezer…So I was making cherry cobbler, which my hubby doesn’t eat…so pumpkin pie was requested by my three year old and we had over ripe bananas, so banana bread was added…so now we are having pancake dinner, king cake, berry (didn’t have enough cherries but had other frozen berries to use up) cobbler, pumpkin pie, and banana bread (had to go buy more bananas, over ripe bag was 99 cents for a BUNCH…had promised the 2 year old he would help with the banana bread after the 3 year old helped with all of the pumpkin pie…so now I will have bananas and pumpkin to still use up…good thing my boys like both in the form of bread…

 Maggie’s berry cobbler as my mom called it…Jacob wanted to help with the top, but didn’t understand what I meant by just wet (not over mixed…)

Robert’s Banana bread

Patrick’s pumpkin pie

just finished having desert and they all were good…my favorite was the cobbler :)

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My plans for the week…

So, after reading one of my new favorite blogs My Child I Love You…I have decided to give up the computer for Lent…This means I will only be on here on Sundays, which are days of Celebration in the Catholic church…I am also hoping to teach my boys more about our Catholic faith, so wanted to post my plans here and will post pictures on Sundays of the preceeding week…I got this idea from my other new favorite blog, Shower or Roses…both of these women have inspired me as a Catholic homeschooling mom…

Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday/Mardi Gras…lots of name for one thing :)  the day before Lent…Traditionally my family makes pancakes…so that is the plan for dinner…I saw a fun idea to color them purple, yellow, and green for Mardi Gras…not sure hubby will want his colored, but I know the boys will love it…I also plan to make a king cake using cinnamon rolls, the easy way to do it :)  I have also printed an eagle mask for the boys to make and a king cake game

On Ash Wednesday I am hoping to go to mass, but all three times tend to conflict with something…maybe my mom can take Jacob in the  morning and I can go in the evening…looks to be the only way it will work…For dinner I plan to make Ash Wednesday Beans (Black Beans and Rice), really it looks like red beans and rice, just with black beans instead to represent the black ashes…

We will also be starting some Lentan activities today…I saw a beautiful idea for a Jesus tree and ran with it…Rather than ordering the kit I am going to use branches from our yard and have already made and gotten some “ornaments” from the local Catholic store…I need to find a store that sells charms for bracelets to get the others or just make them…

Another activity we will be doing is a Lent Lap Book…My sons have done a few and I hope they have fun with it…we will take our time working on this so that it isn’t crammed in…I do still need time for Classical Conversations with my oldest…

I need to go pick up Rice Bowls from the church…my oldest missed Sunday School the day they were passed out due to a gymnastics meet…For the younger two everyday we will choose something to count and then each boy will put that many pennies in their rice bowl…Jacob will get one penny for each page he reads about a saint…I also plan to pull one item from the pantry each day to donate to the base or local food bank…

There are other ideas over at Shower of Roses, but I am trying to not over do it and burn myself out already…maybe next year I can add to them…

I can’t wait to get started…I have been printing pictures for the boys to color…acticity pages for Jacob and lots of other fun things…I hope I can keep this up…my older two already show such a love for Jesus and I just want it to grow and grow…

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The Take-Home Outfit

I did not organize the baby clothes very well this last time…the take-home outfit was in two different bins but I did find it…Below are the pictures of my boys wearing this outfit…I am the tradition person in our marriage, but it was actually hubby’s idea…We had bought another baseball outfit for our second child, but hubby wanted him in the same outfit…he is wearing the bottoms to the second outfit…Oldest was born in late March in FL, second in early March in CO…yeah needed pants!!  I mentioned to hubby the other night that if this little he is actually and she that he and my mom get to choose the outfit…he said, she could wear the same one…I said they needed to get a little blue skirt or a blue bow head band…something girly…he agreed to that :)

This is my oldest…makes me sad to think he will be 10 next month…it is amazing how a 9 month pregnancy can seem so long, but before you know it is has been 10 years!!

This is our second…he was our smallest…there are the pants :)  same socks even though…the hat is special, he was born at an Army hospital…there was lady that made the hats for all the military babies :) 

And the “baby” for now…he is wearing the shorts that came with the outfit…Nov in LA…they all wore the shorts in their pro pictures…I have both the shorts and pants packed since our weather here has been wierd…actually this outfit is all I have ready…I do have a cute knit baseball hat for this one too…guess we could put the bow on the hat ;-)

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God…the perfect parent

2 of the 4 Baptisms I have prepared for I have had to take a class…sometimes I wonder why…I have been through three before…but since these are at different churches, I do learn something new…I have recently found two great Catholic blogs that have really inspired me to really become reconnected to my Catholic faith…I have never fully fallen away, but just wasn’t where I should be…tonights class just really inspired me…The class opened talking about how God is the perfect parent…he sets such beautiful examples in the creation story…

When God told Adam and Eve to not eat the fruit…He did not say why…We too do not always need to say why…we are the parent and that is why enough…so, “because I said so” sometimes is good enough…

God did not hover over them…He was not on top of them all the time…The Bible states that when He came to them that evening…He knew that they would not obey, but He showed he trusted them…We too cannot always hover over our kids, we have to let them grow and learn…

God did not remove the consequences…He could have erased their sin of eatting the apple…but He didn’t…When our children do wrong we should not remove the consequence either…that is how we learn…

A few other notes that God taught us as His children…He gave us clear rules…He gave us the Ten Commandments…Our children too need to know what we expect of them…

And one in the New Testament…Jesus did not need to be Baptized He was already clean of any sin, but He set an example for us…we too should set the example for our children…

A quote that was on one of the papers that we received stated, “God has uniquely qualified you to raise every single child He blesses you with to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him.”  Even when we don’t feel qualified, He knows we are…my 3 year old showed me that I am doing a good job just the last two days…while waiting for our food last night the boys were drawing on paper napkins (we did not go prepared)…I asked him what he was drawing and he said Baby Jesus…back note…I do not take him to church much, I have not been much myself the last year…so this just made me smile…I did keep the picture…Today, I asked him to go pick out a book to read and he brought his younger brother’s Bible to me and already knew parts of the creation story from his older brother and I reading with them…His older brother is also a wonderful example of a beautiful Christian with his power of prayer and faith in God…

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Thankful

Today is my mom’s birthday…since she is here with us we took her to dinner…we did have to wait a bit since they need a large enough table for the 6 of us…the boys did great and since we made them wait for soda’s or drinks other than water, they did really well with their dinner too…It was as we were leaving that my evening got scarey…there was a group of kids acting wierd outside…Alex was still inside with Patrick…I just wanted to get everyone in the car…My mom waiting outside for Patrick so he could get in the car…as Alex came out with him, he was upset…he thought his drink got tossed…I grabbed it…shortly after Alex got him in the car (my mom still standing outside), two car flew through the paking lot…right where we had crossed and my husband and son crossed moments before…as we were driving home I could help but think had they come out moments later, they may have been hit…my husband and son may have been gone from me forever…until we all are in Heaven together…that thought has been with me all evening…I try to keep reminding myself, that in God’s timing, Patrick was fully in the car and Alex was watching and standing back and not going around the car…though I was still scared to death, cops showed up shortly after…I am just glad to be home and have my family safe with me…I may not show it all the time, but I love my family so much, they are my whole world…

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been a while

So, as usual, I over did myself on the plans…being 30 plus weeks pregnant and all you would think I would know better…and just knowing me!!  I Have gotten some crafts done though and cleaned some…so this is really going to be a random post with catch-ups…not planning on doing the list ones like I had been…they were getting old for me :)

This is the Mickey Mouse cross stitch I had been working on for just over a month…I really liked how it turned out…Now to get it framed :)  My boys loved watching it come together…I may have a house of boys, but they all still love that Mommy makes stuff for them…My 9 year old has quite the request list :)  As does my mom…oh if there were only more time in the day…She is here, which does help, but there is still a lot, I as a homeschooling mom and just a mom in general have to do on my own…

My next project…I started this one last Friday…the tan and almost all the yellow (not much) under his shirt is done, so I say another week and I should be done…and if I get it done by next Friday, my oldest has agreed to do all the dishes for a week ;-) If I don’t, I get to clean his room for a week :(  I will be giving this one to a friend’s daughter that is having a baby around the same time as I am and she is doing a Pooh Bear theme…

Do you remember the Black Lab cross stitch that took me 13 years to complete…My mom wanted me to “Alter” it to include a Golden…our old dog, their current (hubby is allergic)…well there is just too much shading and I don’t trust myself to get it right…This one is at Hobby Lobby and once my cross stitch basket is done I plan to stitch it for my mom…

I am hoping to have a lot of V-Day decorations from ideas I have seen…we will see if time allows…I did get one done and am working on another…I saw this idea on eighteen25, one of my favorite craft idea blogs…actually started working on it last spring as a permamnant decoration in our bedroom…got tired of cutting circles and the pregnancy just killed my will to craft for a while…

I found a new blog yesterday that I love…it is another Catholic CC famiy and she just blogs about her home life with her kids…I want to do that more too, especially since we are military and our family is all over…so this is one of my recent pictures that I absolutely love…this is our “youngest” (for now) and he is his Daddy to a T…he looks like him, acts like him, everything about his is his Daddy, well for one thing…he loves the camera!!  My husband is not a picture person and only smiles really for family photos…Every time I pointed the camera at Robert at the sibling class he would give me this cheesey grin…this is not a new thing, but this is just one of the most recent…He definately got this from me…I love the camera…both sides taking pictures and having pictures taken…and really even when I don’t look my best, I still just try to improve myself with a run of the fingers through the hair and smile for the camera…I love pictures, they are connection to the past, and I want that for my kids and future generations…(scrapbooking is a favorite of mine too…plan to really work on that when cross stitching is caught up).

Speaking of not looking so great for an impromptue picture and not even realizing my tummy was showing!!  As I have mentioned I homeschool our oldest…Last Thurs we had a mom’s get together, just to get us out of the house…We are all a part of a great Co-op called Classical Conversations (CC)…Jacob’s tutor, Jodie, is also a massage therapist and knows how to give foot messages to pregnant women that does not put them into labor…well, while I was getting one I was surprised with gifts from some of the moms…It was such a nice surprise I had no clue…so though it wasn’t an office Baby Shower, I was showered with gifts :)  so that page in the baby book will get these photos…and yes, I had the camera with me and though I had no make up and had no clue, I still wanted pictures…(only wish Robert had a shower of some sort…he is my only one that didn’t :( ).

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