Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Lost - Season 4 Promo

I'm so giddy with excitement that I had to post this!

My Days

It's a good thing I've been tagged for all kinds of memes as I haven't had much to say. I've been doing the usual cleaning, running errands, dental visits, homework monitor, etc., etc.

Lent is coming up so I've been doing some thinking about what we can do as a family to make it personal. I'm still thinking/praying about what I can do. I've picked out a couple of books to read through. I also want to "do" something rather than just "give up" something like I usually do. I'll do another post about all that.

My days have been busy with duties that I haven't been able to read or knit as much as I'd like.
I have three movies waiting from Netflix that are going to have to wait a little longer. Waiting in the wings are Walk the Line, National Treasure, and Miss Potter.

One thing I've been waiting for has been the season premier of Lost. I just love that show! Tomorrow is the big day. I'll have to program the DVR just in case something interrupts me, things like children needing their mom, or a husband who needs to talk!

So, not much going on. But I love these kinds of days. I'm doing what I love to do. It can be tiring and draining, but I'm doing what I've been called to do.

Random Things About Me

I have been tagged by Tracy at Tracy's Simple Life to do this meme.

The rules are: Link to the person that tagged you and leave a comment on their blog so that their readers can visit yours. Post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random facts about yourself on your blog. Tag 7 random people at the bottom of your post, linking to their blog. Let each person know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are 7 random facts about me:

1. I love 80's new wave music. I can listen to it anytime.

2. I am a big I Love Lucy fan. Those shows can bring me out of a funk.

3. I used to have frequent dreams of planes colliding mid-air. I haven't had too many of those lately.

4. I was tormented by a bully in 2nd grade.

5. I traveled to Spain by myself when I was 23. As chicken as I am, I don't know how I did it!

6. I don't know how to swim, but I can dog paddle!!

7. I get to celebrate a birthday this year (Leap Year)!

OK, I'm going to break the rules and tag the following three:




Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I've been awarded the E for Excellent award! Thank you so much to GrandmaK, SuzyQ, Tracy, and Mrs L. for bestowing this to my blog! I am very grateful!

I award this and in some cases, send this back to the following:

A Bit of the Blarney

Aussie Coffee Shop

Dei Gratia, By the Grace of God

Grandma's Musings

A Catholic Mother's Thoughts

Tracy's Simple Life

At the Wellsprings of Traditional Life

Catholic Wife and Mother

Building the Ark

Sailing by Starlight

You all have wonderful, excellent blogs!

Friday, January 25, 2008

A Different Book Meme

I was tagged for this one by Cmerie at Catholic Wife and Mother.

Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

"I was no longer on the outside looking in. You can't live in Washington for very long without becoming cynical about politicians and their motives, but I've never doubted the greatness of a country in which a person like me could travel all the way from Pinpoint to Capitol Hill. I didn't have much time for sightseeing".

Taken from My Grandfather's Son by Clarence Thomas.

I think many people have done this one, but if you'd like to have a go at it, leave me a comment!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tagged for a Meme

Suzy has tagged me for this meme, so here goes:

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Yesterday. I was watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie!
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yes, I guess it's decent enough.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes. 2 Girls and 1 Boy
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Not really, but maybe sometimes.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No way!!!! I'm not very adventurous!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? My favorites are Lucky Charms and Frosted Mini Wheats. Although they are my favorites, I don't eat them very often. I try to stick with the non-sugary ones like Corn Flakes or Cheerios for my breakfast choices.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Whether they are smiling or not.
15. RED OR PINK? Pink
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My father, who passed away almost 10 years ago.
18. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Grey sweats with white tennis shoes.
19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A terrible Lean Cuisine chicken panini sandwich (I didn't even finish it)!!! I had to get rid of some stuff taking up space in the freezer!
20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Wrap up show after the Ducks/Kings hockey game.
22. FAVORITE SMELLS? The ocean, cookies baking in the oven, fresh mountain air
23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Virgin Mobile phone representative.
25. HAIR COLOR? Brown.
26. EYE COLOR? Brown
33. HUGS OR KISSES? Kisses.
34. FAVORITE DESSERT? A tie between Chocolate cake or Banberry Pie
35. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The Elevator by Angela Hunt
36. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSEPAD? Nothing. It's a solid grey color.
38. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Rain falling, birds chirping first thing in the morning, hearing my kids laugh.
41. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I don't think so. I can knit a little and crochet!
42. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? California

Wow! I think I got all the questions down! I tag whoever wants to do this one.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Feeling Much Better

Thank you to everyone who prayed and sent such kind thoughts my way! I'm feeling so much better now. Other than still being a little tired, I'm pretty much back to my old self.

Emily had a little relapse yesterday. She started with a fever again and had a terrible stuffy nose. She just laid around all day yesterday. That worked out for me because it allowed me to take a nap when she did. Plus I didn't have to chase her around much. Today, she still has a stuffy nose but not as bad, and her fever is gone. Thank the Lord! She's back to playing around and I have some energy to join her!

While I was laying around these past days, I was able to watch three movies and do plenty of reading. I finished watching St. Rita. It was a good movie and did a good job in trying to humanize her and not seem so supernatural or mystical. Eight Below was alright. I believe I was at my most feverish, so I couldn't focus too much. It also wasn't as sad as I thought it might be. The last movie I saw was Love Comes Softly. I loved that one. I really enjoy those wholesome movies that take place in pioneer times. Of course, now I have to rent all the sequels and read the books that the movies were based on. Well, I'll just add them to my already long list of must reads.

That brings up the question of what will I be reading for Lent this year? I should be done with Fr. Dubay's book any day now so I will be looking in my bookcase for some new spiritual books. I have so many that I haven't read yet that there will be plenty to choose from.

I've been tagged for a meme so I will be working on that, but for now I'm off to do a little reading before sleep.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Just Popping In

Just a quick post to say Hi! Don't get too close or you might catch what I got. Yep, I caught the flu. Whaaaaaa! Yesterday, I was feeling like I might be coming under the weather, so I did all the laundry and cleaned up the kitchen a little. That way, if I got sick, that stuff would be taken care of. (What an optimist I am, right?) No, just want to be prepared so I'm not having to think about all that stuff when I'm miserable in bed!

Luckily, Ryan and Emily are on the mend and doing so much better.

I hope to visit you all soon. Stay healthy and blessings to all of you!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Around the House

Sick germs are around this house today. The flu is making its way.

Ryan started it with a fever in the middle of the night on Tuesday. He was feverish most of the day on Wednesday but by Thursday was feeling better. Now he just has the cold symptoms and feels well enough to torment his sisters!

Then last night, Emily started with the fever and a sore throat. I was mentally prepared to be up most of the night with her, but surprisingly, she slept pretty well. She had a slight fever throughout the day but it got higher by the evening. She does not like her grape flavored acetaminophen so this morning I had to crush it all up and put it in her oatmeal. She ate a little of it but not enough to get the full amount of medicine. So tonight I went and bought some bubblegum flavored medicine and by the time I got back from the drugstore, she had fallen asleep. When she awakened briefly, she refused the medicine again. So, I don't know how she's going to sleep tonight. Hopefully, the fever will break.

So, with all that, I'm just trying to keep up with the laundry and dishes! Hopefully, no one else will get sick.

We have no plans for this weekend other that puttering around the house and tending to the sick ones. We'll see what comes up!

Blessings to you all!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Spread the Love Award

Thank you so much to Suzy and Tracy for spreading some love around and sending this to me!

You made my day!

I'm not sure how many others have received this already, but it doesn't hurt to send someone a little more love, right?

I send this to:

Maryellen at Grandma's Musings

They inspire me with the witness to their faith and I love to hear what they have to say!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Tooth Fairy Will Be Visiting!

Yep! Ryan lost his first tooth tonight!

This tooth had been hanging and it was only a matter of time before it finally came out. He was eating a bowl of cereal and bit a little hard. He said it was hanging crooked so he pulled the tooth out himself!

He's excited to be getting a visit from the Tooth Fairy!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Morning Routine

This past week was spent trying to get back into the daily routine. Having Steve and the kids home, Christmas, doing fun things was all great but now everyone is back to work and school.

My concentration has been on re-establishing my morning routine. My morning routine consists of:

Making the bed
Devotional time
Swish/Swipe bathrooms
Unload dishwasher
Reload dishwasher (if dishes were left from the previous night-has been happening way
too much!)
Get laundry going ( I do two loads a day)
Help Emily get dressed
Some dinner prep if needed
Go over to-do list
Do a 2 minute Hot Spot cleanup (per FlyLady)
Oh yeah, I eat breakfast somewhere in there!

If I can finish all that by 10:00 AM, I'm doing pretty well. That sets the tone for the rest of the day. Then I can get to the detailed cleaning items. I wish I could have most of it done prior to that, but it seems like the earlier I get up, Emily wakes up just as early. Plus, I have to make sure that laziness doesn't creep in. I can easily get distracted with the computer, a book, the newspaper, just about anything. It pretty much is a constant thinking on my part to say "yes" to the Lord's will for me - doing my duties. I recently ran across a quote from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. It said:

The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God,
secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will.

Holly Pierlot talks about that idea in her book, A Mother's Rule of Life. That's why I really like her book and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for meaning in doing their daily duties.

I think I got off on a tangent. Back to what I had been saying, I can get easily distracted from what I should be doing. So, for me, trying to get my morning routine down pat does a long way in getting much more done throughout the day!

Emily has been learning to be my helper. She helps me unload the dishwasher, load and unload the washing machine/dryer, and helps make the beds. I hope to train her better than I did with Kathryn and Ryan in doing chores.

This is planning to be a busy weekend. I'm taking Ryan to go shopping for a birthday present for a little friend of his. Tomorrow is the birthday party. He also has a baseball tryout tomorrow. I don't know why 6 year olds have to try out but that's the way it's done in this league. Also, Kathryn and Ryan's school is participating in a basketball tournament so everyone has been encouraged to attend and show school spirit. We like to show spirit so we'll be going.

If I have time (hahaha), I have some movies that I rented that I'd like to watch. One is St. Rita. I rented this from the church library and it looks good. I don't know about St. Rita, so it will be nice to see what's she's all about. My other movie is Eight Below. I must have heard something good about it at one time because I had it on my Netflix queue forever. Now that I'm reading the description about it, I don't know if I'll make it through the movie! It says that some Antarctic scientists have to leave their sled dogs behind amid a cruel winter to fend for themselves. I have a feeling I'll be crying and feeling so sad for these dogs! We'll see if I can watch it.

Well, for someone who doesn't have much time, I'd better end this post and get going!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Knitting Project

My knitting project that I began for Emily eons ago has been completed and here it is!

I think they came out pretty good for being my first attempts in years. The hat and one of the mittens came out better than the others because I was knitting those while attending a knitting class, so the instructor helped a lot. The other mitten came out with a big hole where the thumb and the body of the mitten meet but luckily, you can't see it! At least everything is wearable without it being embarrassing. That's a success in my book!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Book Meme

GrandmaK from A Bit of the Blarney tagged me for this meme. I've read so many books but it's hard for me to remember a lot of what I've read in the past. I've since decided to write down in a notebook of what I read and make little notes about what I liked or didn't like about a particular book. Well, here it goes!

1. One book that changed my life: A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot. This book completed the picture when I started to try to organize my life, homemaking skills, etc. It helped clarify my thoughts when I was searching for meaning in my vocation of motherhood.

2. One book that you have read more than once: Same as #1. I keep going back to that book when I need to refocus on my calling.

3. One book you want on a desert island: The Bible

4. One book that made me laugh: My choices in books don't usually make me laugh but the Jan Karon Mitford books put smiles on my face, so I'll just pick the first one in the series, At Home in Mitford.

5. One book that made me cry: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. This story is so sweet that it made me cry. And I just loved the character of Jamie.

6. One book I wish had been written: How to Get Your Picky Eater to Love Everything You Cook!

7. One book I wish had not been written: I don't know. Maybe something like OJ Simpson's book.

8. One book I am currently reading: Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer by Fr. Thomas Dubay. This one is so meaty that I've been taking my time so that I can absorb what I'm reading.

9. One book I've been meaning to read: Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. This one is on my shelf waiting to be read!

I know many have already done this meme, so if anyone wants to do this one leave me a comment so I can go see your answers!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Pictures to Share

Wednesday, we headed on out to see the Rose Parade floats. We didn't go to the parade itself, but went to see them displayed at a park. They looked very beautiful but already some of the flowers were getting a little droopy. There were so many people that it was hard to get some good shots, but I tried.

Here are a few:

This float is from the City of Anaheim. It had some of the city's attractions, like this sleeping beauty castle from Disneyland and trolley car.

I wanted to get this one in. It's a little replica of the Honda Center where the Anaheim Ducks play hockey and other things like concerts take place.

Obviously, this is not a float, but I wanted to show what the real Honda Center looks like (taken at the Ducks Stanley Cup celebration!)

Cute little truck with oranges loaded in.

Here are a few close-up shots:

Emily has had enough!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year's 2008

Happy New Year to everyone! We said goodbye to 2007 by watching the ball drop in Times Square on television as is our custom. Since we've had children, Steve and I don't go out for New Years anymore. Steve would like to go out to some celebration concert, but I prefer to stay home. I'm not able to be out late anymore :) I get too sleepy. Last night, one by one, the kids conked out. Kathryn almost made it to midnight, but dozed off about 11:45. She did say to wake her up, so we did. After the mandatory smooches, it was off to bed.

Today, we didn't do much. I tried to just take it easy. After all the Christmas preparations and running around, I just wanted to kick back and basically do nothing except cook and wash the dishes afterwards. I finally was able to finish Emily's scarf that I had been knitting forever. So now she has the complete set of mittens, scarf and hat. Maybe I can post a picture tomorrow.
My next projects are to make a complete set for Ryan and Kathryn. Maybe I can have that done by next Christmas!! LOL!

I don't usually do New Year's resolutions, but this year, I'm going to concentrate on two.
I'd like to have the household more organized. That would include being a little more scheduled as far as daily activities go. I'd like the house to be less cluttered. We waste so much time trying to find things that it's ridiculous. Since this resolution is kind of broad, if I'm able to see consistent improvement in any area that makes the household run smoother, I'll consider that a success!
My next resolution is more personal. I'm going to work on being less lazy. I seem to naturally be a lazy person that it can be difficult for me to get going with what needs to be done. So much more could be done around here if I could just get better at fighting this bad vice.

I wish everyone a wonderful 2008. May it be full of good health and blessings from the Lord!