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Sleepy Wrap Giveaway!

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Over the last year have become a total baby wearer. I was not in the beginning of my motherhood with my first. With my second, I tried it out more, and now, with my third, I do not know why I hadn't started sooner!! My hands were full holding on to other little hands and I needed a place where my third was comfortable and secure. I fell in love with baby wearing. I love having baby A close to me (and he loves it too!) It allows me to get so much more done around the house; from homeschooling my oldest to cleaning. Plus, studies show that babies that are worn and are close to their moms tend to be healthier, gain independence more quickly and cry less.

I have tried a wide variety of carriers: pouch slings, ring slings, mei-tais, soft carriers, and wraps. Wraps are a great and easy way to carry a baby. They do not compare in comfort. They keep the baby so close and can be worn for kangaroo care, nursing, or for an outing to the park.



One amazing W…

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God Luck!!

Bye, Bye, Babcia

My Grandmother passed away on Tuesday. She is loved by all of us and affectionately called Babcia (it is polish for grandma) by my sons.
We will miss you Babcia!!


K with Babcia in 2006


A with Babcia in 2008


Eternal rest grant unto Babcia, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May Babcia and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

I Trust in Jesus

Last week, we started school with praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for my grandmother. The boys seemed to pick it up rather quickly, but by the end of each chaplet, they would be fidgety and not really paying attention. But, I was wrong . . .




While we were driving to Buffalo last Friday to see my grandmother, K could be heard saying, emphatically, several times, "I trust in Jesus." It was so cute, that I could not help but laugh a little.

Way to go, Mom!

It feels like I have been dragging this week. With travelling to see my grandmother before she died and with her passing, I have been sluggish, but I have gotten a few things done.

1. Our vegetable garden is planted!! We planted green peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, basil, carrots and watermelon. There is so much more I wanted to plant, but do not have the space.

2. I am almost done with final grades for the classes I tutor. I just need to transfer them to the final grade report sheets and send them out.

3. I have spent some good quality time with K this morning. Since J is still asleep, K and I have snuggled on the couch and read and read.

Want to share your successes, go to Faith and Family Live.

Thought I would share . . .

I came across this today and thought I would share.

Simple Woman's Daybook - May 26, 2009

From the Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...
It is cool, and cloudy. It had been raining, but has stopped. Thank goodness for the rain!

I am thinking...
Gosh, this house is messy. We took an unexpected trip to see my grandmother. We left in a hurry and came home late last night. I have a bunch of reorganizing and cleaning up to do today.

I am thankful for...
Three things: For being able to see my grandmother before she dies. She is not expected to live much longer. I was able to say good bye and tell her that I love her. Thank you God for that gift.


Second: Getting to spend time with my parents and watching the boys with Grandpa and Grandma. The boys loved riding on the tractor with Grandpa.

Third: My wonderful husband who drove most of the trip and does so much for our family. I love you sweetie!

From the learning rooms...
Today, we will be taking the day off. But, we will be finishing up this week!!! Just a couple of fun projects and activities planned and then, let …

Little Things Mean a lot

Here are my small successes for the week:

1. My vegetable garden is ready to plant. Thanks to my hubby for getting so much mulch and my boys for helping me work up the ground. This is our first vegetable garden and I am so happy to have one.

2. I have kept to my eating plan this week. This has been hard. I have been pretty stressed over a family situation and I am an emotional eater. I have been craving chocolate and other sweets, but have refrained. Keeping "my eyes on the prize".

3. I contacted a company about doing a review and a giveaway and they said yes!! I am so excited. This will be a fun one and I think the three people who actually read my blog will love it too!! Look for it soon.

I will add the link to others later . . . I did not see it on the site!

Air Show!!

Like my friend Maurisa, we headed to the air show this weekend. My boys were mesmerized at the moment they saw the soldiers who searched our bags when we got to the parking lot (before they even saw one airplane). I knew they would have so much fun. Through the day we climbed in planes, tanks, helicopters and other vehicles. The boys met pilots and soldiers trained for the secret service special unit (they were carrying 2 guns and several other weapons). J and K got to "shoot guns" and wear helmets as well.

They had a great time and loved every minute of it.



Soldiers, planes and guns . . . what boy wouldn't?


Simple Woman's Daybook - May 18, 2009

From the Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...
It is cool, but sunny and beautiful!

I am thinking...
it has been a busy day today.

I am thankful for...
My pastor's homily yesterday . . . it was AMAZING!! I feel so blessed to live in a little catholic "oasis" where the people I know live the church's teaching and love Jesus so much!

From the learning rooms...
We are winding down, less than two weeks left.


From the kitchen...

Lemon Garlic Roasted chicken, rice and peas.

I am wearing...
Jeans, a black button down shirt and my mary jane crocs

I am creating...
A vegetable garden!! To my husband's dismay, I decided to tear up a portion of our yard to have a vegetable garden. Sorry, sweetie!

I am going...
To take the boys to soccer after dinner.


I am reading...
Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divinia

I am hoping...
That we all remain steadfast in prayer and our nation becomes, again, a nation under GOD!

I am hearing...
The beautiful sound of quiet!

Arou…

Transformation

As stated in my Small Successes post, I began to workout, consistently, again this week. This has been a long time in coming. I hate to admit it, but I weigh the most I have ever weighed (except when pregnant). I have been eager to start to work out regularly again, but kept on putting it off because I was so tired because A had been waking up 2-3 times a night. As my clothes became tighter, I finally resolved to start.

This past week I started a workout and eating program called Transformation. It was started by Bill Phillips and is based on his Body for Life program. I was introduced to Body for Life years ago and actually completed the Challenge before I got married. I was the thinnest, healthiest and the most energetic I had ever been. I felt great. But, with the birth of my first came added weight and the loss of desire to workout with the intensity I had before.

The Transformation challenge consists of 18 weeks and several assignments. You workout 6 days a week; 3 days c…

How much is that baby in the window?

This morning while I was changing Baby A's diaper, J looked at K (my 2 year old) and said' "Wouldn't you like another baby?"

K looked at him and said, "Yeah. We need to go to store to buy baby."

I must have missed that aisle in the store!

Way to go, Mom!

Here are my Small Successes for the week:

1. I have worked out every day this week!!!!!! This is huge for me and I will probably write another post just about what I am doing, but I have decided not to allow the fact that baby A disturbs my sleep to be an excuse for me not to exercise anymore. With the exercise, I have also overhauled my diet. I find when I am not working out and I am tired, I tend not to eat as well and make less healthy dinners (which affects my whole family). I am pretty picky about the foods we eat anyways, but I am working on it even more.

2. I finished up "tutoring" at St Peter's this week. I have been tutoring there for 4 years and will miss it tons.

3. I worked on our front lawn this weekend. I treated it with grub killer, I fertilized it and I planted grass in some strategic areas. Our front lawn has always been the worst on our street (my only consolation is that we live on a very small street!). We have tried everything over the years…

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

This has been a wonderful weekend/day for me so far. As we usually do on a marriage prep weekend, we went to the Sunday vigil mass with the engaged couples yesterday evening. Then, since the weather was so nice we decided to head downtown. We had a picnic for dinner on the banks of the Potomac and then walked around the National Mall.

This morning, my wonderful hubby and baby A let me sleep in. I woke up to flowers, and Dunkin Donuts and coffee on the kitchen table. I have been finding homemade cards and gifts all around the house. I feel so blessed to be a mom to three wonderful boys and a wife to one great man!

With all of this joy and celebrating my own motherhood, I have been very aware of, and praying for, those women who are moms, but have no little ones to hug today because their babies are with our Lord, or those women who want to be moms, but have yet to be blessed with a child. I know this day must be a difficult one for …

Good Job, Mom!

Here are my Small Successes for the week:

1. I took two naps this week!! This is huge for me. The boys were sick last week and over the weekend and at the beginning of the week, it finally made its way to me. Yesterday, I only did what was necessary to make the household function and I rested. The boys and I sat on the couch and read a lot.

2. I got our vacation planned and booked for the end of the summer. This is another big one, since we are fairly last minute with things like that. No extravagant vacation, just another trip to Williamsburg.

3. We took a trip to the library today. J desperately needed a new book to read (that I read to him). We are on Prince Caspian.

What are your successes? Read others, here.

Where, oh, where is my little son J? Oh, where, oh where, can he be?

Between sick kids and having to get up several times in the night (thanks to baby A), I desperately needed a nap yesterday. So, when I put A and K down for a nap, I told J that I was going to rest on the couch. J usually just goes into the play room and plays quietly during that time. Well, when I woke up after taking a little nap, I did not hear J at all. I called for him, fully expecting to hear his voice coming from the play room. But I did not. I looked around the living room and saw this . . .

Now, that blanket had been lying on the couch since the morning, so I did not think anything of the fact that is was on the couch in such a manner. I called for J again. No answer. I decided to get up and peek beneath the blanket. This is what I saw.


J sleeping peacefully.

20 Favorite Things

A fun post suggested by The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

20 Of My Favorite Things

1. Color-sea moss green
2. Dessert- Chocolate Mousse
3. Smell-A spring morning with hyacinth blooming, or freshly brewing coffee
4. Flower-Lilies, I love lilies
5. Animal-dog
6. Month- May or October
7. Beverage-iced tea or coffee
8. Pair of shoes- my Mary Jane style crocs, but I prefer to go barefoot
9. Snack- Trader Joe's Trail Mix with Chocolate covered espresso beans
10. Song-Revelation by Third Day . . . this is my anthem right now!!
11. Book-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen . . . I could read this over and over again and I have!
12. Fruit- peaches, freshly picked and in season . . . not store bought ones!
13. Hairstyle- shorter haircut, worn down
14. Piece of clothing- I love this short sleeve, gray baby doll sweater that I have. It is cute and comfortable.
15. Store to clothes shop- none, I really do not like to clothes shop, to be honest
16. Season- Fall
17. Hobby- I love photography, I just do not get …