Saturday, April 26, 2008


Today started out with Kathryn's soccer game. Her team won 4-0 so that was great. Right after that, we headed out to my great-niece's 2yr birthday party. We had a great time even though it was super hot! It was held at a park but thankfully, there was lots of shade. Later, all the kids got to go in the sprinkler they had going. I didn't know there would be one at this park so I didn't bring any change of clothes or towels or anything. But no one cared. It was so hot anyway, they all dried up with the heat pretty fast anyway. They had a blast so that's what counts.

Tomorrow, we are off to the Youth Expo. There will be lots of exhibits from the youth of our county (I think). Kathryn's mission will be on display as well as those of her classmates. Her class had a field trip there yesterday, so she got a sneak preview. She says her mission got first place, but I think actually they all got blue ribbons.

I made a discovery today. I think this summer, we (meaning our area) are going to have an abundance of black beetles. I saw two of them this morning in our garage. Yuck! Then I saw a couple at Kathryn's soccer game. Then I saw one at the party today! I'm not sure if they are stag beetles, but they're big and black. Maybe they're ground beetles? I just hope they don't find a way into the house.

Now, I'm off to watch Gone With the Wind. I've never seen it before and I thought I'd give it a try. Sometimes, nothing beats watching an old classic movie!

Saturday, April 19, 2008


Tonight I got to have an unexpected date night with Steve! My brother and SIL had tickets to the Angel's game against the Seattle Mariners that they couldn't attend so Steve and I got to go in their place!

We had a great time! I ate some Chinese food (YUM) and some peanuts. I still can't quite get over how the ballpark food has changed since 20 or so years ago. It used to be that all you could get were hot dogs, peanuts, pretzels, ice cream ( and even that was just the stuff in the container with the wooden spoon) and the other traditional baseball fare. Tonight I had a choice of some pizza, Chinese food, Car*ls Jr., Mexican food, gourmet this, gourmet that. Lots of choices. It was almost hard to pick!

It was a little chilly, but it was still nice to be in the fresh air and have some nice conversation. Oh yeah, the Angels won 4-1.

Tomorrow I hope to be able to attend the Latin Mass at a local church. I've gone before and loved it so I'd like to attend another one. I think seeing the Pope has gotten me yearning for some Latin/choral music. It will be soothing to my soul.

By the way, if you like listening to choral music, you can listen on line at this site.

Monday, April 14, 2008


I'm tired! I've been busy this weekend helping Kathryn with her California Mission project. Most every 4th grader in California has to do one of these projects so it's sort of a rite of passage in elementary school. She had her written report turned in a while ago, but tomorrow her mission model is due. Kathryn helped out some, but Steve and I did a lot of the work. Is that the way it ends up going? Some of these kids turn in beautiful, exact replicas of the missions. I don't see how they can do such precise work without lots of involvement from mom or dad. I wish I had my camera to take a picture of it, but I accidentally left it at my mom's house.

Emily had a dentist appointment today. She did very well with her cleaning. She just loves going there. The fist thing she said when she woke up this morning was, "Do I get to go to the dentist today?" Of course they just love her over there because she's so cooperative with them. When she was finished, she received her courtesy Cinderella toothbrush and a sticker. She was thrilled.

I'm so excited about the Pope's visit to our country tomorrow. I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say to us. I pray that he can rekindle the fire for some lukewarm Catholics as well as for all the faithful flock. His theme is "Christ our Hope." You can watch complete coverage on EWTN. That would be better that watching the secular media. I'm sure they will be having commentary from priests and others who dissent from the truth of what the Church teaches.

Now that the mission work is completed, the rest of the week should be a little less hectic.
The main work will be cleaning up the house. It's a mess! I have laundry baskets full of clothes that need to be folded and put away, menus to plan for the rest of the week, and just general items to be put back in their proper places. Lots of the usual stuff. But I love it. That's my life right now, and I love it!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Some Photos

I haven't posted any photos in awhile, so I thought I'd share a few.

Ryan in his Chicago Cubs uniform.

Emily sulking after I told her she had to come in to wash her face. She got quite dirty!

Kathryn & Ryan in the church courtyard after Mass on Easter Sunday. They could barely tolerate smiling/posing as the sun was shining right in their eyes. Emily was running away and would not come to join in the picture!

Yea! Everyone is looking at the camera! Taken on Easter Sunday.

I caught a squirrel munching on an avocado in our backyard.

The latest project I'm working on. It's a crocheted afghan with Minnie Mouse cross stitched on it. I'm embarrased to say that I started this right before Kathryn (aged 10) was going to start Kindergarten!!!! She is now in the 4th grade!!!! I had gotten bogged down with the cross stitch. It was taking forever. So I stopped, picked it up again probably a couple of years later, then got bogged down again. Well, I picked it back up again and finally completed Minnie's face. It doesn't show it in the photo, but it is completed. I now need to do her dress, then her feet. Then I'm supposed to crochet squares to border all around the afghan. Still a lot of work to be done, but I vow to finish it! I told Kathryn maybe it will be a gift for her first daughter, LOL!

This is a close-up view of Minnie's face.

Well, that's it for now!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Little Housekeeping

I'm trying to experiment with my blog appearance so there will probably be some changes going on. I'm not good with color so we'll see what I can come up with. I don't know. I'm going to be changing some fonts so that my sidebar info can be a little easier to read, maybe I'll change the template with some other Blogger design.

So pardon the dust!