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A Year of Thanks

We just put the boys to bed. I wanted to post a "year in review", but would much rather spend the last few hours of 2008 with my hubby (and sleeping . . . I am well past the days of wanting to stay up till midnight!). So, instead, I am going to write what I am thankful for:

- Little Andrew coming into our lives!! We love you A!!
- My husband! He is such an incredible man. I do not know what I would do without him!
- Starting our journey of homeschooling. Watching Joshua learn (and Caleb too!). Getting to be in this journey with both of them.
- Seeing the Pope when he came to DC. We were withing 5 feet of him. I cried like a baby. He is such a holy man and has a gentle spirit. I felt so blessed to be able to be in his presence.
- Family: The older I get the more I realize how much I love my family (my parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents). Family is so important.
- Our family of friends! I love where we live, simply because I love the people here. We are so blessed to k…
From the Simple Woman's Daybook . . . I am starting this to get back into a rhythm. I felt that we were in such a good rhythm before. We got off track while concerned about Andrew and now that all is well and we had a wonderful Christmas, I am determined to get back to a natural rhythm of life.

FOR TODAY December 30th ...

Outside my window... It is sunny and nice. Cool, but a beautiful day!

I am thinking...
I am so happy to be home. We had a great Christmas in Buffalo, but life is easier in your own home!

I am thankful for...
My parents' generosity in opening their house to our busy family for Christmas. It was nice to feel taken care of and not worry about cooking!!

From the learning rooms...
We are taking a break from school right now, but still reading a bunch of books!

From the kitchen...
We are going out to dinner tonight! I am planning the meals for the rest of the week: Spilt pea soup, roasted chicken, beef barley soup.

I am wearing...
A blue/gray soft …

That Was Magical!

Every year at this time, Santa comes through our town on a fire truck. For the four years we have lived here, we have seen Santa drive down our street on the truck, with all the lights and sirens going. The first two years, J was scared and cried. Now, he cannot wait, and this year was no exception. He gets so excited, in fact, that I usually do not tell him in advance, I just wait for him to hear the sirens. But, the day before, he heard some moms at playgroup taking about it. So, for the whole day that Santa was coming, he was on edge and as soon as it got dark outside, he waited on the couch in front of the window to see if Santa was coming down the road.

At about 7 Pm we heard the sirens. J and K ran to get coats and shoes on. J could see the lights from the fire truck. Santa was close. We could see the firetruck going up and down neighboring streets. J could barely stand the excitement. He kept asking,"When is he going to come down our street?" By about 7:4…

The Cry Room?

This Sunday we went to another church for mass. We were running on time for the 10 AM at our church, but when we got to the van to go, we realized we had forgotten to take a bunch of stuff out and put the seat and car seats back in. Luckily, a local church has a 10:30 AM mass. The boys love going to this church because they have donuts after all masses, every Sunday (ours only has donuts once a month).

When we got there, Pete and I split up. Pete went with J in the main church and I took K and A into the cry room. Now, I must admit, I like the idea of a cry room. I like to have a place where I can be with the boys if they are acting up, so they do not disturb mass. Also, I see it as a place to "train" K to sit quietly at mass. But, I think sometimes I must be the only one who sees it that way . . .

This Sunday it was like a "free for all" in the cry room (OK, it is usually like that every time I have been in one). There were kids walking around. Parents talk…

When in doubt, it is probably under the couch!

Sunday K woke up from his nap and, seeing the rest of the family in slippers, immediately began to ask for his. We keep shoes and slippers for the boys in a bin in the kitchen. I went to look for them and only one of his slippers was in there. I began my search over the whole house. I could not find the other slipper anywhere. Just when I was abut to give up, I figured I should look under the couch. There it was, along with about 10 toys that have been MIA.

I guess I should clean under the couch more!! I usually forget about cleaning under there unless something is obviously sticking out.

St Andrew Chaplets

I am finally getting around to posting about these. We finished them about a week and a half ago and I really liked how they turned out. I wanted to make paper beads for all of them but that will but be a project I will not repeat soon.

To make the paper beads, I cut the strips and had J use the glue stick to put glue on the paper. Well. as any 5 yr old would, he used way too much glue, and as I rolled the paper, it stuck to my fingers and made it very difficult to roll. I had him help me with about 30 and then I figured I would finish them after the boys went to bed. I will say they got easier the more I did, but when they were all dry and complete, only about 40 (of the 60 I needed) were usable. Although I am "thrifty" and did the paper beads because I thought it would be a fun craft project and cheaper than other beads, I am also of the mindset that "time is money" and the paper beads just took too much of my time. Luckily, I had some beads around the hous…

Balancing Thrifty and All natural

We are a thrifty family. For many reasons, we are thrifty. To save money. Because things are so expensive. Because my husband works for the church. So we stay debt free. You name it, we have good reasons to scrimp and save.

We do not have a strict budget, but we do adhere to one. We do not have a lot of extravagant things. My father makes fun of our, non-HD, small, non-cable/fios/comcast TV when he comes to visit (I keep telling him if he wants us to have a bigger TV, he will have to get us one for Christmas (maybe this year!!) Most of our furniture is either second hand (that we got for free) or we bought on Craigslist (and with three boys, I see no reason to buy any furniture NEW . . . they are destructive!!). We buy most clothes at a Thrift store or on a major sale. And most of our boy's toys come from freecycle, the thrift store or someone else bought them for the boys. Even though we are thrifty, we never seem to want for anything. We are very blessed that way.

But t…

An Early Christmas Gift

I am so happy I did not have to wait until Christmas for this gift!!

Yesterday, we found out that A does NOT have long QT syndrome. Let me update you. For the last two weeks we have gone back and forth with our insurance company, the cardiologist's office, and the lab that does the blood test. Right before Thanksgiving, we decided to get the blood test done, even though our Dr was still on vacation. Because of offices being closed for the holiday, we decided to wait till after Thanksgiving for the blood to be drawn. The Wed before Thanksgiving, the cardiologist called. He explained that the 24 hr EKG is not used to measure the QT interval. The only information he got from the 24 hr EKG was that A did not have any irregular heartbeats. He said that A was borderline for LQT but that since the blood test was going to cost us a lot of money out of pocket, he wanted us to come in and do another EKG in the office to see if the blood test was really necessary.

Well, we had to wait a …

Great Website for Coloring Pages

Each day in advent the kids have been doing coloring pages from Advent Adventure. K really wanted to color baby Jesus and since today's coloring page did not include baby Jesus, I searched the internet for a good coloring page. There are some great coloring pages at Praize Kids. The boys are working at coloring the Little Drummer Boy. It is their favorite Christmas song (This should not be a surprise since they play drums around the house all the time and LOVE the fife and drum band at Williamsburg!!)

Theology 101

I am not one of those moms who teaches her kids all the names of the Popes, what happened at what Church council, nor have I had them memorize Jesus' lineage. For right now, I want to develop in my children a real love for Jesus and for the Church. But, every once and a while, I try to slip in some of the amazing revelations of our faith.

This morning we started our school day in prayer sitting in front of our Jesse tree. I read the scripture that corresponded to today's ornament (a ladder for Jacob's ladder). J put the ornament on the tree and I got inspired . . .

I began to explain to J and K that the Jesse tree ornaments that we would place on the tree and the scriptures that we would be reading each morning talk about God's relationship with His people and His promise to His people. And that we are beginning at the bottom of the tree and will be getting closer and closer to the top, to the star we placed on the tree. And that that star represented the fulfillme…

Homeschool Humor

J is not a morning person. He usually does not want to do anything for the first hour he wakes up. So, to get him excited about starting school, we have started a tradition of singing a silly song about school while eating breakfast. It goes like this:

School, school, school is cool
school, school, school,
school is cool . . .

Well this morning, while singing it, I added another "verse"

. . . especially homeschool

J, not missing a beat, immediately added his own verse to my new one

because it's shorter than the other school . . . .

The Terminator

If you look closely, you will notice his eyes are glowing red!!

Advent, school and other things

Today has been a busy day. With last week off from school, it was good, but a bit hectic, to start up again today. It will be good to get back into the routine of school.

I feel a bit "manic" today. Growing up my parents always said that I got the best ideas "in the eleventh hour" and that has not changed as an adult. I like to plan, but when it comes down to it, I will often change my mind at the last minute and have a better idea 5 minutes after I needed it. I work like a mad woman to get the new idea in motion.

Advent is like that this year. Last year we made an Advent Chain and used our Christmas tree as a Jesse tree. Each day had a saint or a scripture on the link of the chain and we learned about the saint or reflected on the scripture (relating to Jesus' conception and birth) up until Christmas. This year I wanted to do something different. This year I made a Jesse tree out of construction paper (it looks like a Christmas tree). Each bow correspo…