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Showing posts from July, 2008

One of the greatest joys . . . .

. . . is seeing how much my children love each other. My 12 week old was laying on my bed and along came Caleb, my 2 year old. Now this should invoke fear in Andrew, but instead, all he did was give Caleb the biggest smile and laugh. Caleb began laughing back and bouncing around Andrew . . . which only made Andrew laugh more . . . . it is moments like these that make my days so filled with joy!!

Our Culture and Breastfeeding

This past weekend at mass we went to a different church than we normally do. This one has a cry room, so I went into the cry room with our 10 week old Andrew and 2 year old Caleb and my husband sat in the main church with our oldest, Joshua. Andrew needed to eat as soon as we got there, so I pulled out my handy little Hooter Hider knock-off I made myself and nursed him through the first part of mass. Shortly after I started, a woman with an infant about the same age as Andrew came into the cry room. She sat right in front of us. I noticed she looked at me strangely, but I did not think much of it. Toward the end of mass, I saw her pop out a bottle and formula, mix it, and give it to the baby. Now, I really do not like formula. The older I get, the "crunchier" I get, I like all thing natural, especially for my children. I honestly get sad when I see a baby getting formula. I often wonder why; Is there a reason the mom cannot nurse her baby? Does the baby need supp…

Pool Days

The last few days have been very hot. I have made a conscious effort to get the boys to the pool. They love going so much, that I wanted to make sure we got a lot of time at the pool in this week. So, we have spent a good portion of each day at the pool.

I must admit, I love going to the pool too!! First, there are the times that we take the double jogger stroller and walk to the pool. I LOVE the exercise. When at the pool, I love watching the boys play. Joshua has been an angel. Although, he took lessons in the "big pool" he does not beg to go into the pool. He has learned that when Mommy brings all the boys to the pool by herself, that we only go into the kiddie pool. Joshua is a joy to watch too. He has become more brave even in the kiddie pool, as he has begun a little game with himself. He throws a toy that sinks to the bottom, he swims to it and gets it. This game is repeated over and over again.

Caleb loves to splash and play alligator (which he learned in …

Frugally Extravagant

My parents were here for A's baptism last weekend. Sunday morning we sat down for breakfast and my mom blurted out "You are a lot like Grandma P." Now, my grandmother is a wonderful woman, but she has a few character flaws that are the first things family members think of when they think of Grandma P. So, I had to pry, "How am I like Grandma?" My mom kept on saying to forget it. She must have forgotten I was stubborn. Finally, she said "You're frugal." I laughed . . . that's it???? That is not bad at all (and necessary when you live in the metro DC area, have three children, I stay home and my husband works for the Church).

Now, you must know. I have expensive taste. I love nice things!! But we are on a tight budget and do not have money to spend on extravagant things. So, if there is something we want or need, I do a bunch of research and try to get it for as cheap as possible.

Here are just some examples of my frugality. Again,…

The more people I meet . . .

. . . the more I like my FAMILY.

This weekend was a busy weekend. Friday was the 4th of July and Saturday, was our youngest son's baptism and party. My parents came into town on the 4th, as did Andrew's God parents. Unfortunately, their car hydroplaned and went up an embankment. Luckily, they got their car fixed yesterday so they could go home today.

With the accident and all of the people coming to our house, life was a bit crazy. Poor Andy and Jeanine were stressed and their little daughter Teresa was sleep deprived. As you could imagine, with our three boys, their two year-old daughter, we did not get much of a chance to spend time with them and just relax and talk. Today, they got lost on their way to meet us at mass and decided to just go home early . . . I must admit, I do notblame them . . . I think if I were them, I would go home, put my daughter to bed and hop in bed myself with some ice cream and a good movie!!

Well, with all of that being said, last night I came…

Life Coaching

I have my MA in Counseling, specializing in career counseling. I have extensive training in time management and have developed a solid life coaching program for those seeking to develop a balanced lifestyle.

If you have read my life coaching posts and would like to pursue meeting with a life coach, or more information, please email me at:

About Me

I am a mom to three amazing and energetic boys (8,5,3) and a wife to a great man.  My hubby and I have been married 10 years and live in the metro DC area.  We are Catholic and love our faith and Jesus. I homeschool our three boys.  I am an ACE certified Personal trainer and I have my MA in counseling and also Life Coach on the side too. And I love to run. I started running the Spring of 2009 as a way to increase my cardio fitness.  And I fell in love with running.  I ran my first 1/2 marathon that December and my first Marathon in April 2011.  And we are currently pursuing adoption.

What you will find on this blog:

This blog is a hodge podge of all of the cross sections of my life.  It is not a homeschooling blog.  It is not a running blog.  It is not a Catholic blog.  It is not an adoption blog.  It is not a family life blog.  It is all of the above. This blog is, essentially, my scrapbook and journal of things I want to remember.