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7 Quick Takes

1. The Detox is over!! I really wish I had the desire to blog right now. But I don't. So, the three week Reset gets a little mention here. Bottom line: It was great. I feel great. I am 9 lbs lighter. And my eating habits have totally changed. I am thoroughly convinced now that I need to keep wheat and some of the more processed grains out of my diet for good. And I need to keep my meat consumption in check. I am, by no means, becoming a vegetarian, but I am limiting my meats to just a couple of meals a week.

  My son and I are running this race together this weekend. I am trying to forget about the fact that I have not run further than 3 miles in about 5 months . . . But, I am so excited about this and I am planning on making it FUN! I am going to wear a silly sparkly red running skirt and maybe even a Christmas hat. (I have to take advantage of this opportunity and do it now before my son gets to the age where things like that embarrass him). I am bringing my c…

St. Andrew Novena Starts tomorrow!!

This is one of my most favorite prayers!  The boys and I have made St. Andrew Chaplets and have had to make more because I love to give these to others!

This is a very special prayer and I haev read of many special prayers answered through this Novena.

Won't you join our family?

The St. Andrew/Christmas Novena Say 15 times a day from St. Andrew’s Day (30 November), ending on Christmas Eve Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew, on November 30th, until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

[Imprimatur: +MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897.]

Those who do not know history . . .

. . . you know the rest of that statement.

But, I seriously think our family will be OK.  WE love history and are blessed to live in a very, history rich area. 

My oldest is studying the Civil War right now.  When I was a kid, I LOVED learning about the Civil War and I dreamed of living in an Old Plantation style farm house in the countryside of Virgina someday.  My favorite movie was Gone with the Wind. So, I wanted to encourage my son in his fascination with the Civil War.  We have been watching the Ken Burn's series on the Civil War.  If you have not seen it, get it from your library.  It is incredible.

So, since the Friday after Thanksgiving was a beautiful day here, we decided to go to Gettysburg.  We had a great day there.  Once there, we bought a 90 min driving tour CD.  And headed along the battle trail.  It was fascinating and very sad all at the same time.  As we stood on Little Round Top or on the wall that the Union was behind the day of Pickett's Charge, I could…

I am hitting the Reset button

For the past several months I have felt "off."  I have been eating well, but not as great as I could.  Because I had not been running (notice the tense used . . . that is for another post), and my PT took away pretty much all high intensity exercise, I had fallen into a exercise funk.  I had been tired most of the time and I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee more than once a day. 

I knew I needed a change.  I knew I needed a detox.  My hubby and I have done different detoxes over the years.  All different in some way or the other.  The one that we have done the most is one where you do not eat for a week. Yes, for a whole week you only take supplements and the most disgusting drinks you could imagine. But, you did feel great when you were done.  We have only done that one once since our kids were born and it was hard.  There is no way I can cook for a family and not eat myself.

I came upon the Beachbody Ultimate Reset through a friend who had done it.  I researched it and was i…

Renaissance Festival

One of the bigger outings we did while my husband was away for work was heading to the Renaissance festival.  The boys have been begging to go all fall and the weather and our schedule finally cooperated.  We decided to go to an early mass one Sunday and then head directly to the "Ren Fen" as it is called here. We had never been to the Ren Fen and it was quite the experience!  Since we went early, it was not too crowded when we got there, but there were SO MANY people dressed in costume.  We walked around and then decided to make a plan to figure out what shows we should attend.  My boys, in their usual fashion, chose shows that involved knights, weapons and horses; which meant we would spend most of our time at the Jousting Arena.   We watched the Knight School and learned all about Knight armour and he different styles of Jousting. We watched a Jousting tournament and ate Turkey legs.  And the boys learned all about how to fight with their new swords (purchased that day bu…

Fun at the Fire Department

One of the weekends in October, our local Fire Department had a Fire Awareness Open House.  K's Cub Scout Den met there for an Den activity.  I took all the boys and they had so much fun!!

Pumpkin Patch

While my husband was away, the boys and I went on many adventures.  One glorious Saturday, we headed to a Pumpkin Patch!  Here are some photos from the day.

Run for the Little Flowers local meet up

I  have been a total blog slacker lately!!  Between being busy and just not having a strong desire to blog, I have not been in this space much the last month.  But, I do need to catch up with posting, at least, some pictures of the last two months so that my family can see all the pictures. These are the pictures from our local Run for the Little Flowers 5K meet up.  It was a perfect morning. The sun was shining and the weather was great for an late Fall October morning.  That day was such a blessing for me.  I loved being surrounded by my boys and friends while remembering those children around the world that are orphaned.

Thank you again to everyone who did so much for those precious children!