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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

50 things to do this summer

If you've been following my blog for a while (last year it was on Making Mischief) or have known me for a while you know I like lists. Here is my "50 things to do this summer" list for 2011.

I know it's early, but I am a planner. The sooner I get it down in writing, the sooner I can get started planning the fun we are going to have this summer!

Last years list didn't get finished because of a little baby named Elise who kept me from riding roller coasters and a few other things. This year I am determined to finish!

1. Go to Cedar Point! (the vacation is already scheduled, this IS happening this year!)
2. Eat ice cream
3. Watch movies all day long
4. Watch a storm from the patio
5. Plant a garden
6. Play outside all day
7. Go to the zoo
8. Go to the art museum
9. Go to the natural history museum
10. Knit something for each of the kids
11. Go fishing
12. Swim
13. Have a picnic
14. Go on a hike
15. Run a 5k
16.Eat pickles
17. Make salsa
18. Design a new pattern
19. Sew
20. Plant flowers
21. Turn 27
22. Dance
23. Go out with friends
24. Play the piano
25. Take lots of pictures
26. Stay up late talking
27. Potty train Noah
28. Decorate the house
29. Bake
30. Try a new recipe
31. Go to the fair
32. Enter knitting in the fair
33. Do something I have never done before
34. Sleep in
35. Turn off the computer and tv and have an electronics free day
36. Read
37. Have a game night
38. Play cards
39. Have a party
40. Buy new shoes
41. Snuggle
42. Put up a birdhouse/bird feeder
43. Watch fireworks
44. Write a letter and send it in the mail
45. Surprise someone with something special
46. Go to morning mass
47. Do lots of crafts with the boys
48. Paint my toenails
49. Work out so that I fit into my summer clothes!
50. Laugh so hard my stomach muscles hurt

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Maybe I am biased, but I'm pretty sure Nathan is super advanced when it comes to gross motor skills.

He walked by the time he was 10 months old, and began running just days after that, he taught himself to do a somersault when he was 14 months old, climbed out of his crib for the first time at 15 months.

He learned to skip and gallop and balance on one foot before he was 2, he can hoist himself up on the counter without standing on anything. 2 weeks ago he watched Anthony do a cartwheel and then just did one having never tried before.

And this morning he stopped in the middle of watching "Bob the Builder" (so you know it HAD to be important) put his head on the ground, lifted up his feet and just balanced.
It may look like he is using the cabinet to balance, but I promise you he is not!

Noah had to give it a try too, he's got the right form, just needs to work on his balance and I think he'll have it too!

Someone remind me of this post when someone brags about their 3 year old (or younger) knowing all of their letters, colors, counting to 5 million and reading at a 8th grade level

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Monday, and Happy Easter!

We had a wonderful weekend with family, and I did not take nearly enough pictures. I know Monday's are supposed to be about "small moments", but Easter is just too big not to post about!

We started off Easter by going to the vigil as I have for years and years, but this year we left the boys at home. In some ways I kind of feel like a bad mom not even taking my kids to church for Easter, but it was the first mass in a while where Anthony and I could really focus on the celebrating instead of trying to explain to Nathan why yelling "I don't want to see Jesus!" wasn't really appropriate for mass, or getting Noah to understand that the pews are not a playground. Anyway, as different as it was it was a great mass.

Sunday morning we woke up and gave the boys their baskets, I'm fairly certain they forgot that you get things on Easter, so it was a pretty big treat for them.

I finished up Elise's sweater that morning and Noah's while sitting in my grandparents living room. Talk about cutting it close. And of course, I forgot to take a single picture of them wearing their sweaters. My solution is to have them wear them again this Sunday and snap a picture then :)

We were able to visit with all of our family this year, something we don't always get to do. Though  our time was limited at each house, it was great to be able to celebrate with everyone for once.

We ate great food, too much candy, and spent lots of time talking and laughing with (and at) each other.

Though the boys cried when it was time to go to bed, they were asleep within minutes. Snuggling with their new books in bed.

While I forgot to take hardly any pictures (someone needs to remind me I have a camera one of these holidays!) We did snap a few to at least commemorate the holiday. Here is one of my favorites Anthony got of Noah and his (Anthony's) grandma

Now were eating a giant rice krispie treat bunny for breakfast, but it's better than chocolate right?

Friday, April 22, 2011

...have mercy on us, and on the whole world.

Since the moment I knew who she was, St. Faustina has held a special place in my life.

In 2002, when I was 18 I had the life changing opportunity to attend World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada. And see Pope John Paul II, almost 9 years later I still have a hard time finding the words to describe just how profound this experience was...but that's a post for another time.

I was on a mission while I was there to find something small (and cheap) that I could buy and have blessed by the Pope to be able to share with family and friends when I returned home. There were all sorts of things I could have bought, but I ended up with a bunch of small medals of a polish Saint that I had never heard of, St Faustina. This was the first time she entered my life.

I looked her up when I got home, and was amazed by her story. A young nun who Jesus appeared to for several years, and shared how he wanted to share his mercy with others if only they ask.

Several years later I began reading her diary, a 600 page record of her time spent with Jesus including his words and her reflections on his message. Even though I was discouraged by others from reading it in this way (because of it's volume) I read it front to back. What a beautiful example she was of someone surrendering to God's will, even when it's not the easiest thing to do and others do not believe you.

Jesus wants us to know his mercy and love and to become united with him.

The baby is crying so my time to finish up my thoughts is more limited than I'd like

Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday following Easter, on this year May 1st. A beautiful novena for the Divine Mercy begins today on Good Friday,

Jesus, I trust in You.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Small moments-Just like dad

Over the weekend Anthony took the boys outside while he grilled us some veggies, since it was a bright sunny day he needed a hat. A few minutes later I saw all 3 of them come back inside and then walk back out wearing some of Anthony's hats. The boys needed to look just like dad

Nathan had taken his off by this point

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Childproof locks, not just for children anymore!

My kids get into everything. It's like they have radar and can tell *exactly* which cupboards have locks and which do not. At first I thought they just tried them all until they found an open one, but I am pretty sure they just *know*.

The first week after we moved in to the new house without locks was a crazy time. Spoons, oven mitts, goldfish crackers and pretzel rods everywhere all of the time. There was no place that was safe, especially after Noah learned to use the drawer handles as a little mini ladder to take him right up to the counter top without need for a chair or toy.

Anthony found a few temporary locks to go on the outside of the cabinets. Some I love, they are easy for me to use, impossible for the boys to open. Win-win.

Then, there is one lock that I detest. Words cannot accurately describe the frustration I have with this lock. It not only takes 2 hands to open, but every attempt ends with bent back finger nails (and mine are short to begin with!) and what feels like bruises on my fingertips. This lock is the bane of my existence. And some days I cannot even actually get it open now matter how many times I try.

I know what you are thinking, maybe it's defective, or broken in some way. Nope, that's what makes this lock even worse. Anthony has no problem opening it. (insert "not amused" face)

I feel like a little kid who has been locked out of the snack cupboard (ironically it *is* on the snack cupboard) At least it's kept my snacking to a minimum.

the worst lock ever

Monday, April 11, 2011

Yep, I've lost my mind

I know Monday posts are supposed to be about my kids, but they are taking turns climbing on furniture and then consoling each other when I scold them for climbing on the furniture, so I don't feel like writing about then today
We don't typically keep our chairs sideways, but the arm rest needs a repair before we put it right side up again.

Right after we moved in my mom brought me a pussy willow branch so I could start to decorate for spring. Looking at my branch it seemed to be missing something. I know this sounds completely crazy, but remember I don't have a car and spend 24 hours a day home with 3 kids 3 and under. I have to do something to amuse myself.
Doesn't it look just a little empty?

That's when I stumbled across this I knew I had to make some for my branch, the only problem is, I have no idea how to crochet. I don't even own a crochet hook.

My mom hooked me up (lol) and brought over some crochet hooks for me, I worked my way through some basic crochet techniques and made my branch some pretty leaves

Don't look too closely, this is my first crochet project ever!

I love the way these brightened up the kitchen and got me in the mood for spring
I just need to find a better way to keep them on as after a day or so the tape is not holding up so well.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sleeping like a baby

This is a phrase that has always confused me.

When Nathan was a baby it meant: Fall asleep only while nursing, must be touching something warm to stay asleep, and have head elevated or else I will spit up everywhere, start to choke and wake up...and then you will have to start all over.

For Noah it meant...who am I kidding, Noah never slept as a baby unless he was latched on, and even then it was iffy.

But suddenly I have a baby who sleeps and it all makes sense. THIS is what I have been missing out on?! Now don't get me wrong, she doesn't sleep through the night (most nights) and she still sleeps in bed with us and loves to be warm and cuddle, but she sleeps! And her naps are wonderful.

Just now I put the boys down for naps, fed Elise, put her in her swing and then sat back and watched. She made a few sounds, wiggled around a little bit, and then slowly started closing her eyes. I am in awe every time a see it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Small moments-a play room!

So I'm a day late with my weekly post, but for good reason! We moved this past weekend and I have very limited internet until someone comes tomorrow to set it all up. The house is beautiful (after A LOT of cleaning and picking up), and we're slowly making it look like our home.

But back to this post. Because of the extra rooms we have here that we did not have over at the condo, we now have enough room for a room completely filled with toys! And oh is it filled with toys! I think Nathan only came out of there in the first 24 hours to eat and sleep (when forced). He cried for the first time ever at PSR this week because he wanted to go home and play in his play room. lol

It's a bit of a disaster in there right now as I've been working on getting the rest of the house pulled together, but soon I'll get in there and find a home for the piles of toys the boys have been swimming in the last few days. For now I'm just happy they have a place to play.

I wish I would have had a video camera on when Nathan found the box that his trains had been packing in for the last 2 weeks. I am pretty sure he was almost in tears he was so excited yelling "My trains! My trains!"

I'll snap another picture when it's all clean and put together, but here is where the boys have spent the last few days.

Never mind. I can't find my camera cord. Packed away in some safe place I am sure. I'll post a bunch of pictures when it finally resurfaces.