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My Knight in Shining Armor

Since going to Medieval Times this past weekend (a belated birthday present for my husband), our house has been filled with knights and battles.  But one little Knight of this realm has become my Knight in Shining Armor.  K, my 4 year old, came up to me today and said,

"You are my princess because you are my Mom.  I am going to protect you and keep you safe."
That Knight knew how to melt this princess' heart.

The Thousand Gifts

28. A great Thanksgiving with family
29.  A wonderful evening at Medieval Times with my men
30. A waving his knight's flag with excitement
31. K yelling when our knight knocked the other knight off his horse
32. J watching so intently that he did not even eat
33. The smile on my husband's face
34. Lighting the Advent wreath
35. Running 12 miles
36. For my husband that makes it possible for me to run
37. My husband knowing me better than I know myself

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas . . .

Thanksgiving is over, Advent starts in two days.  And, although our Christmas tree will not go up for a little yet, I am starting my Christmas prep.  The main thing I am thinking about right  now . . . Christmas Cards.  Over the years we have changed from standard Christmas card, to a Christmas card with a Christmas letter, to a card with a letter and a photo, and now I just send A Christmas photo card.  They are beautiful and easy. I love the fact that friends and family that live across the country can see how much the boys have grown over the year.

And this year, thanks to Shutterfly I have so many Christmas photos cards and Holiday photo cards to chose from.   Here are some of my favorites:

But, I will not tell you which one I have chosen for our card this year.  You will just have to wait for your mail!

I love Shutterfly too for Christmas gifts (Grandma and Grandpa P, you can stop reading now!).  My favorite gift to give is a customized photo calendar.  I have given these for the …


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Happy 40th to my wonderful husband!!

Happy birthday sweetie!  You are the most amazing husband and a great father too!  Thank you  for loving me and the boys so well!  Happy Birthday!

Hit First, Ask Later

This must be my 2 year-old's motto.  This Sunday, at brunch, my 2 yr old and 7 yr old were sitting next to each other.  My 2 yr old had something on his forehead. So, my 7 yr old, the loving and caring brother that he is, saw the thing on A's forehead and wiped it off. 

Now, what did J get for his kindness? 
A did not waste a moment. He cocked back his arm and hit his brother right in the head!
I was sitting across the table and could not help but laugh (I know, I know, that is not exactly the best response when your child does something wrong).  That is A's personality.  He is a tough little boy who has not problems with, "Hit first, ask questions later."

National Adoption Day

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month?  Did you know that today is National Adoption Day

Please pray today and the rest of this month for those children around the world who do not have families of their own and who are seeking to be a part of a loving family.  And pray for those families who are called to welcome these children into their homes as one of them.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba Father." Romans 8:15

Orphan Sunday 2009 from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo.

7 Quick Takes - The Late Afternoon Edition

1. 2 out of 3 kiddos are sick.  Fever, stomach bug. The house is quiet because currently all my children are napping!  I hope they feel better soon. I love looking at them while they are sleeping, but I hate to see them sick.
2. And since they are sick, I went to co-op by myself today.  It was weird.  I had to teach the art class and then came home.  I felt like I did not belong because my boys weren't with me.
3. Luckily, J did not get sick until today, so he was able to go to his Cub Scouts meeting last night.  He just started Cub Scouts this year and he LOVES it.  My hubby took him to the meeting, so J spent an hour telling me all about it when he got home.  He got his first badge and two belt loops last night . . . he is so proud! (And I am proud of him too!) 4.  126 more days until the National marathon. (But who's counting anyways?)

5. Speaking of first marathons, I read this post at Endurance Isn't Only Physical earlier this week.  It made me VERY nervous to run a marat…

Book Review: Little Star by Anthony DeStefano

I love children's Christmas books.  Shorty after Thanksgiving, I head to the library and bring home a large bag full of our Christmas classics.  I read them to the boys over and over again during the weeks of Advent.

But, I am always in search of new books that we can add to our list.  That is why I was so happy to get a chance to review a newly released book called Little Star by Anthony DeStefano.  Anthony DeStefano has also writtenThis Little Prayer of Mine, A Travel Guide to Heavenand 10 Prayers God Always Says Yes To.

The Little Staris a unique retelling of the birth of Christ.  The book begins with a father telling his son the story of the Christmas Star.  All the stars know that the birth of the King is coming, and they are preparing for one of them to shine brightly for Him.  All except a star called Little Star.  He is a small star, whom the other stars believe is too small to shine brightly.  But, when Christ is born, Little Star is the only star that recognizes what a g…

Wordless Wednesday - The plan

10 Point Manifesto of Joyful Parenting

The 10 Point Manifesto of Joyful Parenting is from a Holy Experience.  You can go here to print it out.  I highly suggest checking it out!  I have it on my refrigerator now!

The Thousand Gifts

The gifts I am noticing more and more:

14. folding little boy clothes
15. A's giggles
16. being able to just look out my window and watch my boys play together so well
17. hearing the crackling of leaves under my feet while I run
18. little boys in "footsie" pajamas
19. cuddles from A
20. God placing the right person, with the right words, at the right time, in my life
21. co-op
22. listening to J sing along to christian radio
23. watching all three boys play mass together
24. laughter during the day and a quiet house at night
25. my husband bringing me a cup of coffee just when I need one!
26. the smell of fall
27. dinner with friends

Seven Quick Takes

1.  I got the Clean Eating Cookbook last week.  So far, I have made 5 things from it and the whole family has loved them all!  I love when my kids say they love healthy foods!  Plus, the desserts are GREAT!  Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Molten Lava mincakes . . . YUM!

2. I am so thankful for the time change.  My kids are late sleepers and kind of follow the sun's schedule.  Before the time change, they would not wake up until the sun was fully shining . . . so they would roll out of bed around 8:30AM.  This meant that we often would not start school until 10AM, which is way too late for me.  Since the time change, they have been getting up around 7AM.  I love it.  We start school before 9AM now.  I feel like our mornings are more productive.

3. Had a great week of working out and running this week.  I love running in the Fall and Winter!  It is the best time to run.

4. J is about to lose his first tooth!  He is 7 1/2, so this is late, but he is so excited!

5. We are s…

Marathon Training - The Why and the How

So yes, barring any injury, on March 26, 2011, I will be a marathoner.  I really have gone back and forth about this.  This is the first marathon I have signed up for, so I am committed.  I had "put my name on the list" for the Run for Vocations team for the Marine Corps Marathon (that was just a few weeks ago), but never actually filled out any paperwork to make it official before I pulled out.  So, the Suntrust Marathon is the first marathon That I have filled paperwork out for and payed money to run.  There is no refund policy.  I am "in."
The Why

Oh, I have wondered the why myself.  Why do you want to run a marathon, Katie? Why now?  I could wait a year.  Even two years.  I could run a bunch more half marathons.  Train more.  But, I felt that now is the time.  Why?  Because it scares me to do it now.  The longer I have gone since my stress fracture, the "safer" I have become in my running.  Yes, that is a good thing. To a point.  I have learned alot a…

Wordless Wednesday - Future Priest??

Mother and son run

J has been asking me for quite a while if he could run a race with me.  He did great in his kid's run several months back, but I was worried about him trying to run a 5K.  But, he continued to ask.  And, one day, while stuck in Buffalo waiting for the transmission to get rebuilt, I went on the Internet and searched for a race.  I found a bunch of 5Ks in our area that looked like fun.  I asked him what he thought.  His first question to me was, "Do they give out medals to all the finishers?"  When I told him no, but that he would get a t-shirt, he responded, "Mom, I want to run in a race that will give me a medal." (The boy is just in it for the bling?!?!)

Now, if any of you run, you know that 5Ks DO NOT offer finisher's medals.  So, I widened my search.  And I found perfect race. The Christmas Town Dash sponsored by Chick-fil-a.  This race occurs the first weekend in December at the Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg,VA.  Where, we will, just happ…

The Thousand Gifts

Thanks to Party of Nine at Together for a Reason, who pointed me to The Thousand Gifts at A Holy Experience.  This is something that I have seen other bloggers do, and loved it, so I am going to join in.

1. my husband
2. God's grace and His abundant patience with me
3.  the smell of little A's sweaty head
4.  A's infectious smile, even when he is bad
5. K's kind heart
6. the look of determination J gets when he has his mind set on something
7.  the smell of apple crisp baking in the oven
8.  the boys being covered by leaves
9. racing with my husband
10. being able to thank a Marine for his service to our country
11. running
12. the smell of coffee brewing in the morning
13. greeting the same people at the gym in the AM, seeing them workout, they motivate me to get there each AM too!

 more to come . . .

Garmin Forerunner Giveaway!

I am not sure about you, but I would love to win one!  26.2is My CoolDown is giving away a Garmin 405! Go here to enter.

7 Quick Takes

1. Yea for Friday!  This week has been too long and too busy!

2.  I am writing this post early (Wed. actually and scheduling it for an auto post . . . yes, even as early as Wed, I am ready for the weekend to get here.  But, while you are reading this, we will be at the National Aquarium!

3.  Numbers are swimming in my head . . . 140, 20, and 26.2 to be exact . . .  that is 140 days/20 weeks to train until I run 26.2 miles at the Suntrust National Marathon!  Yikes!!  More on the why and the how another time.

4. Pray for us . . .  we may be starting a process soon.  Maybe more details after this weekend.

5.  "Until you find Paradise where you are, you will never be happy." A priest said this this week during a Holy Hour reflection.  It has really stayed with me and I have been pondering it, praying about it a lot.  This is a huge struggle for me.  I could go through a huge list of how homeschooling, the cleanliness of my house, the actual physical house, my prayer life etc, e…

Marine Corps Marathon 10K/ Run for Vocations Race Report

This past weekend, my husband and I ran in the Marine Corps Marathon 10K as a part of the Run for Vocations team for the Archdiocese of Washington.  Last year, this race was my first real race.  I wrote a pretty lengthy report last year and actually had pictures (because my husband wasn't running).  You can read last year's report here.

This year, I must admit, I was not as excited about this race.  First, my hope, earlier this year, was to run the full marathon this weekend instead of the 10K.  Second, I have not been running as much and so, I am not as in good of shape as I was at this time last year.  Once I started barefoot running, I significantly reduced my mileage.  I knew I could run 6.2 miles without any problem, but I was not sure that I could run it fast.

So, the weekend came and, I was neither nervous nor anxious about the race.  I had no time goal in mind.  My time last year was 55:42, which, for me, is really good.  I was pretty sure that I would not run faster th…

Full of Grace Creations Giveaway at A Woman's Place

A Woman's Place is giving away a beautiful rosary.  Go here to enter.

Wordless Wednesday - Super Heroes, Jedi and Clones, oh, my!

Want to be inspired?

Yes, I have been thinking of trying to train for a marathon again.  But, I admit, I am scared.  I wonder and worry if I can do it.  So, to get a little grounding and a little inspiration, I watched one of my favorite videos of Team Hoyt.  If they do not inspire you to believe that you can, I am not sure what will.

Have you heard of Dick and Rick Hoyt?  Dick Hoyt is Rick's father.  Rick has Cerebral Palsy.  Rick, who cannot walk on his own, asked his father to run in a race with him.  Now, several years later, Dick and Rick have raced together in many races, including IRONMAN triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run).  During the race, Dick pulls Rick in a boat while swimming, and pushes him while pedalling a bike, and pushes him while running mile after mile.  Did you read the distances????  Now, I am not sure about you, but I question whether I could do that by myself.  Yet, Dick, a 66 year old man in one of his last IronMan triathlons, was doing it while pushing …