Thursday, April 3, 2014

Murphy's Law Strikes Again

I'm sure I have mentioned this before, but Murphy's Law and I seem to be quite close.  And, as per usual, this law seems to strike when my dear husband is.not.home. 

A weekend without my oldest boys (Tommy and Patrick) in the house usually isn't a big deal, as camping trip usually start Friday night and end Sunday morning.  Unless there is water dripping into your kitchen from a mysterious upstairs location, and it's a Saturday when most plumbers will charge extra.  But, I have amazing brothers-in-law and one came over and helped me find another leak, in my pantry.  It was quite wet in there, and I knew that whoever was going to do work in there, would need to have it cleaned out.  So, while I woke that morning with a little more energy and hopefulness to get some housework done (oh, you should see my house!  No, actually, you shouldn't.  It's dreadful.), my energy was spent cleaning out my pantry.  My wonderfully large, corner pantry for my gourmet kitchen.  Sigh.

I did not find a plumber, but a sweet friend of mine called in a friend, and he came (from Uraguay, who called me "Foossy") and we found the leak.  3 holes in the drywall later.  Upstairs, behind the shower in our room.  Hooray for an easy fix, and no holes in my kitchen, though some drywall will need to be fixed, and my Saturday was done.  The positive side is that I found some expired food, and I will have some more room in my pantry when it's time to put everything away.  Right now, it smells like wet drywall, and I need to put some more bleach.  Yech.

So, technically, all should be well by Sunday because Daddy will be home.  Not so lucky.  He had to go to Mass at 5:30.  At 6:25 I hear a thud, cries, and some terrific screams of "MOMMY!"  I knew, by Emma's screeches that it involved blood.  Yep, William slipped and hit the hardwood stairs with his lip.  I knew as soon as I saw it that he would need stitches.  I wasn't near my cell, so I tried to call Tommy from the house phone.  Called and called and called.  No answer.  Finally, after calming William down, and grateful that he told me to "Call 911, that will help!" I got him to hold some ice on it and text Tommy.  THEN he called me, and said that apparently our kids know his number too well and call just like I did.  (That involved a little lecture with SOME of our children)  And, since I didn't have a car or dinner, we all drove and dropped them off.  Poor William had 2 stitches in his lip, but was super brave. 

So, while I wait to see if I am going to get a new shower and perhaps a light in my pantry, I am being a good nurse and trying to keep everything all together.  (and failing.  William has already taken out a stitch.  Sigh)

Monday, March 24, 2014

The reason for the quiet blog

Baby #5 is on its way in early October!  I have been feeling terrible, so things have been quiet here, and I am sure that the Lord has chosen this nausea for me as my Lenten Penance (so there's hope that I may feel better by Easter??).  The kids are thrilled, and we are praying for a healthy baby (but Emma is praying for a healthy GIRL ;). 
I would appreciate some extra prayers for me and this little one, as pregnancies are not easy for me.  Thank you!

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa

As promised, I wanted to share this DELICIOUS recipe, that is not just for chips.  It's so wonderful!  I don't know where this came from, but it has gone around our school.

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa
16 oz. White Shoepeg Corn, Thawed
3 tbl. Olive oil
Roast for 18-22 min. @ 450, stirring often

1 tbl. Salt
¾ tsp. Cumin
5 tbl. Olive oil
2 tbl. cider vinegar
6 tbl. Fresh lime juice
Combine and set aside

1 cup cilantro, chopped
½ cup red onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
3-5 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 jalapenos, minced
2-3 avocadoes, chopped

Mix together, add cooled corn and dressing Chill about 6 hours before serving.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Basketball days

Did I mention that Emma has been playing basketball with the CYO?  She is on a little team, with 3 very big coaches, including Tommy.  Her team was a sweet group of girls, and some really just learning.  By the end, though, the kids knew a lot.  Their coach is a high school coach at our local Catholic High School (to be honest, he coached my sisters and I when we were there). 

The toughest part is that because the girls were in 3rd grade, they goals had to be lowered, and there was only one school that had 8 feet baskets, and it was about 45 minutes away.  It wasn't too bad, except that there is only about a foot and a half all the way around the court.

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} BOY Scout Edition

round button chicken

Blue and Gold Banquet for the scouts was this past weekend, and each den prepares their own pot luck.  This recipe?  Oh my.  A friend from school gave it to me and it is amazing.  I will have to post this one soon, but I just think the colors are so beautiful.  God is amazing with all his colors in nature!

My Patrick's final salute to cub scouts.
 Our amazing pack had some great games for the scouts to be involved in, and each one was so much fun.

 It was a noisy time, but a blast for the kids. 
 My new Scout being accepted into the Troop, and getting his new neckerchief.
 These boys are so grown up!  We are so excited that Patrick will have a buddy in the troop.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Arrow of Light

Patrick had his last pack meeting this week, and there was a beautiful Arrow of Light ceremony.

 This mommy was very teary during the whole thing.  They kept talking about your "son growing up"

 My sweet friend let me thrust my camera upon her as I was not aware I was supposed to go up, and I am so grateful for all her photos!

Here is Patrick with his arrow, that has all his awards from his years as a scout.  His den leader gave each boy a plaque with hooks to hang their arrows.  Once it is hung up, I will have a rocking photo of it.  Patrick tried to hang it up at 9PM this night.  LOL  He was very proud of himself, and all his accomplishments.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


James asked us if we were going to watch the "Lipsticks" tonight.  I think he's talking about the Olympics.

He is still asking us "I no-ot?" all the time.  It makes me laugh every time.  And, if you ask him "why not?" he will always answer "because."

It's unbelievable the amount of talking this boy does, though he will ask to call someone and not say a word on the phone.

Have you ever seen the show called "Mike the Knight"?  James is really enjoying that show, since his aunt gave him a mini-size sword and shield, which he loves.  He will ask to watch it, but it usually comes out "nike the knight?"

For about a week, this sweet boy would end his sentences with "after all."  I heard him with William saying, "will you play with me, after all?" with a little pause between.  He loves his big brother so much!


The east coast got an amazing Valentine's snowstorm which gave us about a foot of snow!  The kids were home for 5 days, including the already scheduled Monday off.
 This is our sliding door on our deck.  Lots of drifting snow!

 There is a road between those mailboxes.
 My sweet Emma was the first one to go out and shovel!

 We had some ice after the snow, so the top layer was frozen and made everything so stiff.  
The good news is that the kids do not have to make up any days yet for school.  Let's just see how it goes for the rest of winter.  We know what that groundhog said......

Friday, January 31, 2014

7 Quick Takes: January edition

I don't know if you have noticed, but the east coast has had quite a bit of snow lately, as well as some extremely frigid temperatures.  And, we are getting more!  Don't tell anybody, but I am a big fan of snow and snow days.  I love that something outside of the normal is happening and it gives my kids just a little something different.  We can't really go out, we have to stay in, and many times it's the excitement that gets us through the day.  Granted, we have had some days that weren't exactly snow days, but, really, the little kid inside me is super happy still.  And, if anyone asks where January went, I still say it's lost in the snowstorms.

In the midst of all the snow days, we had some sick kids.  Patrick went down first with his I-only-throw-up-when-I-have-strep symptoms, and the next week, my William went down.  
At the doctor's visit, I had this nagging feeling that I should get James tested too.  And what do you know.  Strep number 3.  All I could think of was the drinks that these boys "share" with me all the time, with or without my knowledge.  Yeah, I went on antibiotics too.  It's so odd how everyone's symptoms are so different.

My Emma is a voracious reader.  She reads and reads and it usually takes about 4 calls to get her to answer you, even if you are in the same room.  She called to me and said (or I thought she said), "Mommy, what's a twerk?"  ACK!  Very calmly, I asked her to bring the book over ("what is this book called, Emma?  What are you asking?") so I could see it.  The audible sigh of relief could have been heard around the block when I realized the word was "twerp."

Seriously considered doing a "how to" post, but my end result isn't really what I was hoping.  I have been peeling, breaking, cutting and melting crayons to go with the valentines for school.  But, not just any shapes, oh no.  I used round, which is nice, but then I decided to go fancier: Lego guy shapes.

James is talking so much lately, and I love the way he is so clear with what he wants, and wants to tell me.  He is all about the sizes of things.  He will bring me his water cup and ask me to "make it bigger."  Or he will look for the "small Batman."  Not to mention the fact that he will only wear his Superhero shirts: Batman or Superman, and, this mommy has perfected the slight of hand to be sure they will get washed!

I have joined the FitBit mania!  One of my workout buddies offered me their old one and I was so excited to see how many time I really climb my stairs and chase after my little guy.  Some days, I am totally floored with the number of steps.
Remember all those beautiful family photos that we had done?  We won two 8x10 photos, and now I get to second guess myself and try to find frames, mats, where to hang......maybe I'll hang something up by summer?  I have a hard time making decisions, and hanging things is not my forte.  Is there anyone out there that wants to come help me??  

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pinewood Derby 2014 (continued)

This year, William was very excited to have a car that he could help design and race all on his own.  He was able to race in the Siblings division of our races (Love that our pack includes everyone!) and he did REALLY well!  They always begin with the Star Spangled Banner, and the boys all salute.


I won't bore you with all the races, but I wanted to show you his first race, and his reaction which was priceless.  He actually won Second Place!