Monday, January 25, 2010

I'm a Nut, I'm a Nut, I'm a Dog-gone Nut

Todays mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground!

This was a quote on an email from my kids' counselor...I love it!

So Angelic

On Saturday, Sophia was in the backseat of the car and was looking through a religious book. She asked me, "Mommy, did you know some angels are babies?"

I figured she was looking at a picture with Mary and the little angels around her, so I told her they make some angels look like babies, and that they are called "cherubs." She went on to agree and tell me that she guessed that our guardian angels were babies when we were little and then grow up with us.

She then said, "Oh, here is another picture of those CHUBBIES!"

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bummer Dude

Walking your dog is a dangerous thing...
Congratulations Hannah, you are the 1st child in our family to earn a cast!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Somewhat Distracted

Omar and I were helping Luke and Hannah with their Science Projects today. I don't really look forward to this particular assignment, although Katie had some success a few years back and I actually did quite well in 7th and 8th grades at my own Science Fairs. ( I think it is because we picked categories that no one else entered! ) Hannah's project is mandatory and Luke volunteered for his, yeah Luke. So Omar and Luke were building a homemade battery out of pennies and apple cider vinegar, and Hannah and I were driving around the neighborhood trying to get 10 adults and 10 kids to perform a Stroop Test and the other kids were somewhat monitoring Sophia, while doing their own homework and weekend chores. When I got home, I asked Sophia if she was hungry. She said no, she was eating her 4th granola bar. I guess she was doing an experiment of her own.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Not a Microwave Meal

Even though I have shelves of books that I haven't read in their entirety, I am always looking for new books to read. Even though I am fighting cynicism in my attitude towards life, I guess I am still somewhat of an optimist and think that someday, I will absorb all that knowledge and holiness currently collecting dust! About a year ago I was so excited because I joined a Catholic Book Reviewer Program and was going to start reviewing books monthly! I got through my first two commitments in a somewhat timely fashion, and then I hit a wall. It was a fruit filled wall, but a wall nonetheless. The first 2 books had been really fast reads; a pocket sized edition and a novel. I thought my 3rd choice would be equally fast, because it was described as a "cookbook for life as a Catholic wife and mother" on its back cover.

"Grace Cafe," by Donna-Marie Cooper Boyle is not a cookbook of microwave dinners, but one of 5 course meals. This lovely little gem, was full of wonderful quotes and thoughts that required thought and reflection. The chapters include topics such as a call to holiness, a vocation of love, self giving, and raising saints. It is adorably written with little recipe summary snippets at the end of each chapter. While the theme is quaint, don't let that fool you. Ms. Cooper Boyle writes with such spiritual depth that each page could be studied in and of itself. I wish I had time to read and just sit and ponder each line, each quote, each reference to the Catechism. What a labor of love this work must have been. I finished the book, enjoyed it, and learned more about my faith, but honestly it took me quite some time.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Grace Cafe.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cold Toes, Warm Heart

The other day Sophia was taking a nap with her Daddy. When they woke up, I asked if they slept well.

Omar said, "Well it was fine, but I kept feeling ice cold toes go under my shirt and onto my back."

Sophia overheard him and piped in, "It was so warm!"

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Merry Christmas 2009

One great thing about being Catholic is that the Christmas season lasts into January!!

Happy 2010

Here are my treasures...

Of course, my husband is also my treasure, but he was at work, so he missed the photo op! ;)

Friday, January 1, 2010

He Sets the Bar High

Luke and I were in the car on our way to our 10th doctor's appointment in 3 weeks, and we were talking about how St. Mary's parents arranged her marriage to St. Joseph. I said it is different now, love comes first and then marriage.

Luke thought for a moment and said, "Well, they have to be Catholic and Pro-Life."

Thankful that our brainwashing has been effective, I replied, "Yes, and it is good if you enjoy doing some of the same things as well."

He said, "Well, I hope they like video games."