Thursday, January 28, 2010

We love to dance, but now it's only in the kitchen.

Tom and I used to go dancing a lot. Remember the good old days when you didn't worry about a babysitter, how late you stayed up, or if you even knew how to dance?

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Jowls the Movie!

Starring Uncle Michael, Stanley and Papa Bruce!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A tiny milestone for Jonathan

For Grandma Pat who wishes she could see him more often… Maybe this will help Papa feel better today?


Jonathan Wiggles 6 1/2 months old.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy New Year 2010



Counting Down to 2010 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA



It’s been wonderful to have Tom home for a holiday break. The kids have enjoyed his playfulness. But now he’s focused on making sure he gets back to work in the next week. The job of a carpenter is always so uncertain and stressful. While he prays the St. Joseph novena, please be sure to keep him in your prayers.




Sabrina is another character in our family. Mommy found her a used bed on craigslist, and we set it up in the living room to be sure it was good. I have never seen such excitement on my kids faces. It seemed to top Christmas present opening it was so compelling. They had to give it the full kid approved test. Including a sleepover in the living room and imagination central. Stanley is also very excited to have his bunkbeds together in the boys room.




Sabrina, as you may have already read, is potty training. Today is day 3 and so far so good.


Potty Training Sabrina


She’s our Tinkerbell girl, who just grew up as she left Never-never Land and decided she wants to be a big girl. Pony tails and all! 


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA           Sabrina in ponytails


Jonathan is growing up fast too. He’s already 6 months old today. He’s baby talking, eating food including his biter biscuits for the months ahead of teething. He’s a momma’s boy, but that’s okay for now. Having four kids is much harder than mommy thought, but it’s worth every moment. Just a lot of adjustments to make.

        Winter Afternoon



Mikayla 1st Reconciliation

The other big news is that Mikayla has made her First Reconciliation.  She worked really hard to receive this beautiful Sacrament. For those who don’t understand it, it’s all about admitting your sins to God and receiving absolution through the Priest who represents Christ Jesus. Complete forgiveness to a soul that is now white as the snow outside. As fresh as the Mentos she had before she went. A life saved by more than just a minty Life Saver, but the real thing – Our Savior Jesus. I am so proud of our little girl, who’s become such a beautiful little lady.  Be sure to ask her what she all did that evening! She’s so excited about it.


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Thursday, January 14, 2010

2 down 2 to go... on the potty

Another session of potty training has begun. This time with my 3rd child, Sabrina. She is 2 years and 4 months old. It was just time as she has shown all the signs of readiness.

Day 1 - Watch the Pull Ups dvd and color their special coloring sheets. Made a personlized story book. Sit on the potty chair for about 30 minutes each time - nothing. Use the sticker chart for the efforts. Change wet Pull-Up about 10 minutes later.

Discuss being a "Potty Princess" complete with special necklaces and books. She claims Mikayla and I to be fellow Potty Princesses. Awe.

Time to learn the POTTY DANCE.

Day 2 - Tom wakes up for the morning round. Watch You Tube videos about potty training. Sabrina just wants to dance and put stickers everywhere. BUT FINALLY SHE PEES!

Day 3: Melissa hears her stirring and she comes with me right to the potty. I go, and she goes. Her eyes wide. Sticker mania... high five from Mikayla... crawling up to top bunk to tell Stanley "I'd Peed Stanley!"


God Bless you and yours!


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