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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oh man am I failing at blogging lately! I haven't even kept up with my bare minimum weekly posts that I promised myself I would do. Oops!

Well, here's what we've been up to...

Nathan
Practicing his counting, running all over the house like a wild man, and talking my ear off. Literally.
I have had experience with chatty kids before, but this is a whole other level. I think this must be my payback for what I am sure I did to my mom. He just never stops! Luckily what he says is pretty entertaining. I've been contemplating starting a whole section on the blog for things he says.

Noah
He is going to kill me one day when he reads these posts, but I'm hoping potty training attempt #234653 is finally THE one. It seems that fruit snacks are the key. I might be giving him fruit snacks for using the bathroom until he is 10, but if it means I don't have to clean up any more messes? Then I'm all for it.

Elise
Probably the main reason this blog has been so neglected. She went from being sick and clingy, to just clingy because she forgot that you weren't supposed to be held 24 hours a day, to getting FOUR teeth in one week. She only had four to start with, so we doubled the number of teeth in just 6 or 7 days!

So really, I haven't put her down in about 3 weeks. And she doesn't like when I do other things while holding her. She is 100% convinced that my sole purpose in life is to hold her and look at her adoringly while doing nothing else. Even talking to other people like her daddy are out of the question. She's a very spoiled, jealous little girl who wants all of her mommy's attention.

Anthony has been working a lot of overtime, which is great, but means I'm being stretched out a little thinner than usual around the house and with the kids. It's been a few weeks of laundry, dishes, sweeping the floor (all while holding the baby) repeat.

In the few minutes of "free" time I have, I've been knitting a lot which is fun, though my fingers haven't been working as fast as the ideas in my head. So the list of things I want to do is getting longer by the day.

We've also been trying out some new recipes, one of our favorites is for homemade goldfish crackers! I'm going to try and post more about that later since we just had so much fun making them.

Our lent is going well, we gave up tv during the day except for an occasional movie as a treat. It was hard the first couple of days when I really just wanted to make dinner in peace, but everyone is adjusting and finding plenty of other things to do around the house.

I'm going to try and keep this a little more updated, but I'm making no promises with the clingy baby around. She's momentarily distracted by a book on the floor, so I jumped on the chance for some blog time!

Finally finished the crazy socks, and LOVE the way they turned out. Unfortunately didn't get any pictures when they were both done
Some new boots for Elise...which she hates. But I like to just look at them, so it was worth it.
So mad that I am not holding her right now, and worse, making her wear boots while not holding her.
An idea I had for Elise's Easter shrug. This one will go with a little dress I am knitting.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Getting what we want? Or standing up for what we believe?

CCC1643 "Conjugal love involves a totality, in which all the elements of the person enter - appeal of the body and instinct, power of feeling and affectivity, aspiration of the spirit and of will. It aims at a deeply personal unity, a unity that, beyond union in one flesh, leads to forming one heart and soul; it demands indissolubility and faithfulness in definitive mutual giving; and it is open to fertility. In a word it is a question of the normal characteristics of all natural conjugal love, but with a new significance which not only purifies and strengthens them, but raises them to the extent of making them the expression of specifically Christian values."152

Just one statement of many (this one taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church), that states why were are opposed to contraception. It's not just a stance the Church took to try and gain political power, it's what we have, and always will believe. To take it away changes the Church into something it's not, and alters the sacrament of marriage into something it is not. (I am talking about marriage as a sacrament here, not a civil marriage)

The Church is not trying to force it's beliefs onto others, but trying to protect and uphold what WE believe in. Because to go against our teachings would be a sin.

We've held the same traditions and beliefs for 2000 years, they won't be changing any time soon.

It's not a matter of "getting what we want" as I've seen so many people put it, but a matter of upholding what we do and always have believed. We have not changed.

If you would like freedom to have free contraception? Fine. Not my choice, but I will not begrudge you it. What I would ask is not to take away my Church's choice to not pay and provide it to you. After all it's what we've been doing all along. We didn't suddenly change the way we felt about it.

It may sound selfish, but this is about us, not you. We're not taking anything away from you, just asking that you don't take away our morals and beliefs from us. The Church is the one being attacked here, not women. And as a women, I am standing with the Church.

The Church has been kicked around for years and years, I've often joked that anti-Catholicism is the "last acceptable prejudice" since it's become so common place to make fun of it. It's not politically correct to make jokes about other faiths, but Catholics? No one bats an eye.

This time though, we're finally standing up, we're had enough of the jokes, and the digs. We're done with the bullies and lack of respect for our beautiful faith. You can try to beat us to the ground, but we will stand together, and will not be broken. This is what we believe, and try as you might, you will not change that.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
        the Only Begotten Son of God,
        born of the Father before all ages.
    God from God, Light from Light,
        true God from true God,
    begotten, not made, consubstantial
       with the Father;
        Through him all things were made.
    For us men and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven,
        and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
        of the Virgin Mary,
        and became man.
    For our sake he was crucified
      under Pontius Pilate,
        he suffered death and was buried,
        and rose again on the third day
        in accordance with the Scriptures.
    He ascended into heaven
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory
        to judge the living and the dead
        and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
        the Lord, the giver of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
    who with the Father and the Son
        is adored and glorified,
        who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic,
     and apostolic Church.
    I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
        and I look forward to the resurrection
        of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Flower Valley

I love Nathan's imagination, or maybe he watches too much tv, either way, he tells the best stories.

N: Mom, I love those flowers that daddy got you. From the grass, do you think he picked them from the grass.

Me: Maybe he did.

N: I think he got them from flower valley. Flower valley is by a cliff...right?

M: uh-huh

N: But then how did daddy get down that cliff? I know, he jumped down, because daddy is the best jumper and he can jump really high.

Can you jump really high mom?

M: Yeah, I can jump really high too.

N: But not in the house, it's too hard to jump really high in the house, but when we go outside, then you can jump really high and go down a cliff and pick the flowers from flower valley.

I don't know where he comes up with this stuff sometimes. I'm sure he got the name flower valley from some movie he watched, but the rest was all from his head. Funny guy. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mom Confession

Nathan's counting has improved significantly since I told him he could have as many cookies as he could count.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Week 5

Week 5

It's sort of been a crazy week, so I haven't been able to blog like I wanted to. Hopefully things slow down soon and we can get back to "normal"!
  

What am I cooking?  Last weekend was Elise's birthday party, and while it goes more into the "decorating" category than cooking, I am super proud of her birthday cake! It was so easy too, she might be getting the same cake in different variations until she is old enough to ask me to stop.
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What are we making? Knitting, knitting, and more knitting. I really have the itch to do some crafty things for the house, but I HAVE to finish up a few things I am knitting first.

What am I knitting? Still working on that gown. I will finish this weekend if it kills me.


Something that has been a challenge this week?Hmm, I feel like the whole week has been a challenge. Really, I'm not trying to constantly complain like things are horrible. They are really really good, but definitely challenging.

As far as material things go, there was a water line break across the street this week, so no water for about 14 hours and then a boil alert for the next 48. It wasn't *that* big of a deal, but it did just make things more difficult. 



And then mentally/spiritually I've felt under a lot of attack. Not me personally, but my beliefs and things I care deeply about. Between the HHS mandate and the Susan G. Koman/Planned Parenthood stuff, I was ready to go on a media strike for a while just to keep my sanity. It sort of feels like someone is picking on my mom, and it hurts that some people would knowingly attack something so dear to my (and I am sure many others) hearts and beliefs. It's been a week of heartache, and sadly, I think there is much much more to come.

What are my prayers/intentions for the week? For the US Bishops, for my brother in law Luke leaving for the Coast Guard in about a week and a half, and for a dear friend of mine who is in the hospital.

What have I done for my marriage this week? I am working on getting Elise to bed at a reasonable time! It might not seem related to Anthony at all, but the long term goal is to be able to spend more time together in the evenings without our favorite little snuggle bug.

What am I reading? I just started "Love You More" not sure how I feel about it yet.

Weekend plans? We're having some siblings over for the Super Bowl tomorrow which should be lots of fun!
What can my children do instead of TV? Oh lots of things since they had their tv privileges revoked for the next week! Earlier in the week the boys were gathering blankets from all over the house for what they told me was a fort. About 20 minutes later I heard a thud from the playroom, only to find their tv face down in the pile of blankets. 



Luckily the tv was fine, but they are not allowed to watch any tv or have any computer time for a week or maybe longer.

They've been building forts, reading lots of books, playing with blocks, running around the house like crazy people to get my attention. It's keeping me on my toes and taking some adjusting to now that I don't get down time to cook dinner, but I think in the end it's really good for them to be doing other things.

Highlights of the week?  Elise's birthday party! We had so much fun, and she loved getting tons of new clothes and her baby and baby carriage.
What is Nathan doing? Being very tricky, this kid is going to keep me on my toes for the next 16 years. But then he does really sweet things like clean the entire living room and playroom without me asking. He is just so so smart!

What is Noah doing? In normal Noah style, still getting into everything. Anthony caught him at 6 o'clock this morning with a handful of cake he had to climb up a shelf to get.

What is Elise doing? Still trying not to walk. She took one step this week and then promptly sat down when she saw Noah running towards her. Today she has been giving tons and tons of kisses, to Anthony and I, to the boys, and to her baby doll. So cute! Sleeping a bit better, we actually had a 4 hour stretch in the playpen this week! And nearly 2 hours at a time the other nights. I'm sure she would do better too if I were more committed to it, but we both pass out for the rest of the night as soon as I bring her into bed, and then I just sort of forget to put her back in her own. oops!

The cake!

One of many forts made this week

Sleeping baby with her belly hanging out :)

Loves her new clothes!
Enjoying some birthday cake

Trying to climb into her new carriage