Simple Woman's Daybook December 15, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Outside my window...it looks like it may snow. It flurried yesterday, but nothing stuck. It has certainly been cold enough for it (21 degrees today). I hope we do get at least some snow before we leave for California.

I am listening to...Christmas songs on Pandora. We pretty much keep the Christmas music going 24/7 around here.

I am wearing...my black yoga pants and a long sleeve maternity top. But I'll have to change into my coach attire for our first basketball game today.

I am thinking... a lot about India and China's lost girls. I watched a documentary yesterday about the extreme gender imbalance in China and what the long term consequences of not enough women might be, such as prostitution, violence, increased crime, and sex slavery. Lovely. Not exactly Christmasy thoughts, but such is life.

I am thankful for
... a warm home, food, that my daughter was born in America.

I am reading... not much, any recommendations? I've been thumbing through Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Covenanted Happiness. But I would love to read a good novel soon.

I am hoping...that our basketball game goes well today! And hoping that we can manage to finish all the many errands and Christmas shopping we need to do before we leave for California in just three days. Yikes. I'm also hoping to manage to scrimp an extra $40/month to sponsor a little orphan girl in India who was abandoned by her parents because she was a girl. If you're interested in sponsoring a child, look here. I sponsor a little Ugandan girl through this Christian organization and they're legit.

On my mind..how blessed I am. How next year we will have two little ones to celebrate Christmas with. What joy!

From the kitchen...pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for the mailman and neighbors. I made this recipe and did not realize it made 60 cookies. Good grief.

Around the house...silence, except for the Christmas music. Matthew took Hannah to run a few errands early this morning so I could have some time to myself. I've been so productive. Finished our Christmas cards, made cookies, vacuumed, took a shower and completed our homemade Christmas presents.

One of my favorite things...watching Hannah and Matthew play peekaboo and this little "I'm going to get you" game. It's really sweet and Hannah LOVES it.

A picture I am sharing

Our Christmas card for this year:)

Hannah has some news...

Sunday, December 12, 2010




...she's going to be a big sister!

Finally, we can share our good news. I wanted to make sure everyone in real life knew about Dos (as I'm affectionately calling baby #2) before I announced it on my blog, which is one reason I've been blogging less lately. It's hard not to write about what's really going on.

Dos is due around the end of May/early June, which means the baby is about 17 weeks right now. We were completely caught off guard by this pregnancy, but we're so, so excited to be adding to our family. And I love the idea that Hannah and her sibling will be about 16 months apart, so hopefully they'll be best buddies growing up. We're so blessed!

Christmas Card Outtakes

Monday, December 6, 2010




Quick Takes- Monday Edition

1) Sorry it's been a while, but Happy St. Nicholas's Day! Hannah was delighted to find some cinnamon sticks in her shoes this morning. She crawled right over and ate the entire bag in one sitting. As for Matthew and me, I didn't have time to get any candy, so I received some decaf coffee in my shoe and Matthew got a popsicle (this morning) in his. Next year hopefully will be a bit more organized.

2) Basketball has started and is going really well. Surprisingly, I find I'm enjoying myself more with basketball than with soccer. It helps that there's someone else coaching with me and we only have 9 players on our team. Plus, I've also discovered I am way more rah-rah with basketball. I think that's because I don't know much more than the girls, I figure hey, that could easily be me making that crazy bad shot, so nice effort.

3)We're headed to California in just 13 short days! Yay! We can't wait to see everyone and spend Christmas with them.

4) I've started the process of finishing my masters thesis--finally. I'm hoping to have it completed by this spring. I'm writing about single sex education- pros and cons, however so far, in all the data, it seems to be mostly pros. If anyone has anything to add, let me know:)

5) I started on our Christmas cards yesterday. I just love Christmas and everything about the joyful holiday, including writing Christmas cards. So you can expect your Christmas card from us in the next two weeks!

6) I'm running out of takes here. After work on Saturday morning, I went to Confession at this shrine and it was wonderful. Then Saturday afternoon we watched a few episodes of Mad Men (our new show that we're hooked on). Then Saturday night we went out to dinner at this place I've been wanting to try for a while in the North End. Saturday was a good day.

Speaking of Ice Cream...

Monday, November 15, 2010
Our dear little daughter is an avid ice cream lover just like her mama. We indulge her and give her some ice cream every now and then, but now I'm afraid we've created a monster. This is what happens when we cut her off from her beloved ice cream. Enjoy!
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My Calling

Friday, November 12, 2010
No, this isn't a post on motherhood or marriage or anything profound, this is a post about ice cream, gelato to be precise.

Last week I received an email stating that I had been selected to participate in a Whole Foods Focus Group about ice cream. Considering I didn't remember signing up for any such thing, I promptly turned to Matthew and asked me if he had. "You were chosen?" he asked excitedly. Apparently, he had signed me up and was elated to know I had been selected.

So yesterday we traveled down to Whole Foods so I could partake in a round table discussion on none other than ice cream. To say I know my ice cream would be an understatement, to say I enjoy ice cream would be putting it lightly. I gained 60lbs during Hannah's pregnancy primarily because I was enjoying a nice bowl of ice cream daily. Anyways, there were about 12 other people and we discussed ice cream for about an hour. At one point, I mentioned my favorite flavor Coffee Cookie Dream from Fentons Creamery (in California) and from that point on all the other participants would reference that flavor mentioning, "see that's something I would like" or "where can I get that flavor?" It was pretty funny. In my humble opinion, Massachusetts ice cream has nothing on California. I miss Fentons and Loards and even Yogurt Park. I digress.

It was fun to discuss ice cream and branding and what's important and what's not and at the end of the hour the marketing company thanked us and told us we could go after we received our free gelato. Free gelato? I didn't realize I was getting anything for participating, but lo and behold we each received a box with 5 pints of gelato. 5 pints! That's a lot of gelato. My cup runneth over.

A Good Food Weekend

Monday, November 8, 2010



We had a great weekend, especially in the culinary arena. Is it odd to judge a weekend strictly by the food you ate, I don't know, but I deem this past weekend an A.

I had the morning off from my Saturday school this weekend, so we ended up going out to brunch in Boston at this great little organic foodie place. We both ordered omelets and they were delicious. Then we enjoyed some Starbucks seasonal drinks (I had the peppermint mocha-yum). Not that I drink Starbucks too often anymore, but I love that their red Holiday/Christmas cups are already out. It makes me happy.

On Saturday afternoon we lounged around and watched a movie. For dinner we had spaghetti and turkey meatballs and garlic bread. Oh boy, the garlic bread was too good.

Sunday after early morning Mass we went out to breakfast again. This time we went to Whole Foods. They've started a new Sunday morning breakfast where they make your omelets on the spot. So we had omelet again, delish. After we got home I made a pumpkin pie and homemade applesauce. I love the Fall , if only for all the great foods we get to eat during the season. For dinner we had chicken sandwiches with cheese, tomatoes, red onions and avocados.

Okay, this post is getting more than a little boring, but the food we enjoyed this weened was too good not to share. Plus, someone else had her first taste of avocado and I daresay she liked it.

**On a side note, I apologize that my posts have lacked substance in recent weeks. I go back and forth about oversharing and tend to air on the side of undersharing, hence the slightly boring posts. I'll try to do better, I promise.

What I've Learned From Motherhood

Friday, November 5, 2010

There's a cute little article over at Alphamom Blog titled 16 Things I Have Learned From Being a Mother.

The author writes the most important lessons of parenting are rarely “about the big issues: breast vs. bottle, to circumcise or not, cry it out or never sleep again. No, the things that matter most are the little things, the small lessons we pick up along the way.”

Here are a few little gems:
3: One day your child will shout that he hates you. Although you logically know this isn’t true, it will cut you to your core. Take solace in the fact that this means you are doing your job right. You aren’t your child’s friend. You are their parent. You probably hate you too, sometimes.

4: When your kids are behaving in a way that makes you least want to give them affection and attention, that is precisely when they need it the most.

6: You can never have too many vases. If you are lucky they will always be filled with flowers. Sometimes those flowers will look an awful lot like dandelion heads. You will love them the best.

16: Never underestimate the healing power of a good cocktail at the end of the day.

You can read the whole list here.

A few of my own I would like to add would be: You will do things as a mother that 10 or 15 years ago would have made you gag. Now you will do them without batting an eye. I know a day or two after Hannah was born she had a booger in her nose that I fished out. I remember thinking then, "it's official, I'm a Mom, I'm picking someone else's nose." Thinking of it now, I don't consider that gross at all.

Also, before becoming a mother I had endless theories on parenthood and the best way to raise a child. Just ten months later, I am way less judgemental. Mothers must do what works for their kids and their families. Period. Just because I don't cloth diaper my child does not mean I'm a bad person.

What would you add to the list?

Happy Belated Halloween/All Saints/All Souls Day!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010





This is Hannah with her cousins. This last picture was right before she lost it, she did not like seeing her cousins in their costumes, especially James in his banana costume. On a sidenote, Hannah has many (mostly) boy cousins and let me tell you, they love her. Oh man do those little boys love Hannah, it's so cute!

The 100 Thing Challenge

Friday, October 29, 2010

Have you heard of the 100 Thing Challenge? Started by a blogger earlier this year, he decided to minimalize his life and attempt to live with only 100 personal items. Wow, what a challenge, right?

Apparently this phenomenon has caught on and minimalists everywhere are reducing the amount of material items they own. They claim their inspiration or catalyst for this challenge was brought on by the economic downturn and readjusting their perception of need. While a minimalist myself, I don’t think I could get down to 100 items. I easily have over 100 books alone and would have trouble parting with any. But I love the idea of reassessing what we think we need on a day to day basis. We really don’t need all that much.

In the spirit of the 100 thing challenge, I’ve been thinning my wardrobe and getting rid of a lot of clothes. I’ve had to be realistic about what I won’t and can’t wear anymore (thank you breastfeeding). I found this great consignment store (where I bought Hannah’s monkey costume) that has accepted most of my clothes and I’ve already made about $50 selling my clothes through them. Now I’m on a roll and have to restrain myself from selling all my clothes.:)

But it's a good lesson in what matters and what lasts. And that really we should only invest in what lasts in life. People, relationships, faith.

Do you think you could take on the 100 thing challenge?

Storytime

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videoHannah in her monkey costume at storytime yesterday. (It's probably best to listen to the video with the sound off, the librarian in the background is kinda loud

Book Worm

Wednesday, October 27, 2010




This is Hannah's newest skill, pulling all the books out of the coffee table and off the bottom shelf of the bookscase. Matthew thinks it's a good sign, that she'll be bookish. I think it just means she likes to pull books off of things. But she sure is industrious. Every morning, first thing, she gets to work pulling those books. And do you notice that she looks at the books right side up? She's a genius.

7 Quick Takes

Friday, October 22, 2010


1)Is it Friday already? Goodness. I think I may have mentioned I’m coaching soccer this season. I’m coaching a 7th grade team for a nearby boarding school. It’s a good time and I love the girls. But the school emphasizes that winning is not important and for this competitive lady, that is not easy. Half the players are really talented and the other half, well, let’s just say we’re working on their foot-eye coordination. You know that Dunkin’ Donuts commercial with the little girls soccer team chasing all the butterflies and the coach yelling, “stay focused tigers.” That’s so me. Yesterday, my players were chasing leaves all over the field. (Just realized that Dunkin Donuts doesn’t exist in California and thus no Dunkin Donuts commercials. I’ll see if I can find the commercial on YouTube.)

2)Matthew has a pretty bad cold right now. Does anyone ever notice how men become such little boys when they’re sick? Oh my, I’m taking care of two babies right now. Someone mentioned to me that they hoped I was feeling all right and I told them simply, I can’t get sick. Moms can’t get sick. Who would take over?

3)I have a second part time job teaching Saturday mornings at an English-Chinese school in Boston. I love it. I’m teaching 5th grade English and Math to about 15 students. They’re really good kids and I admire the fact that they show up every Saturday for more school. I feel really blessed with both my part time jobs. St. Joseph really came through for me. The jobs are super easy, enjoyable and pay pretty well. I am blessed.

4)Hannah has started pulling herself up on everything. She’s so proud of herself when she is able to pull herself, so we make sure to clap and cheer for her a lot. She also has four more teeth on top. They’re poking through, so she likes to bite down on everything. Hence the bitemarks on our coffee table.

5)Has anyone else started their Christmas shopping? I can proudly say that I’m about halfway done. Hannah is only getting a few things this year and some empty boxes that we’ll wrap. She loves wrapping paper more than anything, so we might just wrap up a bunch of things. But my favorite gift we’re, I mean Santa, is giving Hannah this year are these Saintly Silver felt saints. She’s getting St. Clare and the girl guardian angel. They’re a tad expensive, but so cute and I figure something she can play with during Mass too.

6)It’s Fall in New England and I’m loving it. In my opinion Spring and Summer and pretty much miserable here, but Fall, oh the Fall, it’s incredible. All the leaves are beautiful and the weather is perfect. We’ve been trying to get outside ever weekend. We’ve taken a train ride, gone to a Cranberry Festival, a local elementary school Fall Fest and we would have gone for a few bike rides, but unfortunately it’s against the law to take a child younger than one on a bike ride. Crazy.

7)My parents just returned from their European whirlwind trip to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. From the pictures I’ve seen, it looks like they had a blast. They were able to visit the town where my great grandmother is from and hike to the local chapel she hiked to every day in the Austrian Alps.

8) Hannah is 9 months old today! I can't believe it, 9 months sounds so old now. My baby is growing up:)
I hope you are all doing well! I miss you all!

My Apologies

Okay, so I'm the worst blogger ever since it's been about oh, two months since I've last posted. I apologize to my three loyal readers:)

I promise to start posting regularly again. Until then, here is a cute Hannah picture. I swear, I'm going to make her wear her Halloween costume every day just because she looks so dang cute in it.

**We were planning on having her be a roller derby girl for Halloween so she could wear her helmet. It was going to be a cute costume, but alas, the helmet is now too small, which I suppose is a good thing. So a monkey she will be. (Plus, I got the monkey costume for 5 bucks.)

Hooray!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Hannah was granted a clean bill of health, as her doctor said, "the trajectory of her head shape looks good." So siyanara helmet! (Although, we're going to keep the helmet because Hannah is going to dress up as a roller derby girl for Halloween.)

He did mention that her skull has started to fuse back together in the top part of her head, but at 7 months that's acceptable.

Here's a picture of us with Dr. Butler, her neurosurgeon. So weird to think he cut into my daughter's head.

Thanks be to God all is well! And thank you for all your prayers!!!

Neurologist Appt.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
If you have the chance, please say a prayer for Hannah today. We have an appointment with her neurologist this morning and are hoping to get the all clear from him. We're hoping (and expecting) to hear that the surgery was a success and that the soft spot that was created is still large enough to not need another surgery (that would be a worst case scenario). Also, hopefully he will also say that she no longer needs her helmet!

Thanks!

Mommy & Baby Yoga

Monday, August 16, 2010
Hannah and I went to a Mommy & Baby yoga class this morning. It was hilarious. She couldn't have cared less about the yoga, but LOVED seeing and interacting with the other babies. Our little social butterfly was laughing and talking and having a grand ol' time with the other babies there. Every time she was supposed to be doing a yoga pose, she would crane her neck so she could see the other babies. Haha. We'll definitely be going back next week.

Sidenote: Oh my gosh, I should have never said anything about our "new life plan." I'm so bad with secrets and to make it worse I probably won't be able to say anything about anything for like a year. We have to get a bunch of things in order first. But I can't wait. Ha!


Random Pic of my little yogi.

Newport




We went for a sail on the Newport Harbor last week. It was actually a Mimosa sail, which means they sold Mimosas for only $1 during the cruise. Yes, it was as good as it sounds. Needless to say, we had a ball. And Hannah enjoyed her first sail too.

The homes (mansions actually) along the Newport coast are simply unbelievable. It's hard to fathom that much wealth. I simply cannot imagine it. Sometimes I wish I was really wealthy just so I could give more money to charities. I would give it all to pro-life organizations and pregancy centers.

Anyways, the trip was a much needed respite from the hot and humid weather we've been having this summer. Good times.

The Catholic Company Reviewer Program

I forgot to mention that I'm now part of The Catholic Company reviewer program, which means I get to check out books, DVDs and other items (for free!) and then review them on my blog.

It's a great company and they tout themselves as the world's number Catholic store and they do have a lot of wonderful Catholic goods. Check them out here.

How To Stay Catholic In College: A Review

Saturday, August 14, 2010
(This review is is part of The Catholic Company Reviewer Program.)

How To Stay Catholic in College, written by Professor Christopher Kaczor, is a concise and comprehensive guide for any young person about to enter the treacherous waters of college. Kaczor manages to articulate in 17 pages what parents, teachers and priests spend years trying to convey. This booklet should be in the backpack of every young Catholic.(You can purchase it through The Catholic Company here.)

Kaczor begins by pointing out the college years are “a time of crisis, a turning point, a time of decision , where the direction of adult life is undertaken.” Make no mistake, the four short years spent in college have the capacity, for better or worse, to change a young person’s life forever. Therefore, he insists that students make the best of it, study well and make good decisions.

Professor Kaczor immediately launches into the prevailing pitfalls found in many humanities classes which incoming freshman are bound to encounter. Academia does not take kindly to religion, especially Catholicism, and anti-Catholic sentiment will inevitably be found within a liberal arts curriculum. Yet, he adds, “as a Catholic you have nothing to fear from embracing learning and acquiring wisdom.” With that said, students should be prepared to defend their faith and should therefore familiarize themselves with the great good the Church has accomplished throughout history, such as “the establishment of hospitals, the founding of universities, the upholding of the rights of young men and (especially) young women to consent, or not to consent to marry.” Every Catholic student should be armed with this information in order to defend against claims to the contrary.

Korczor warns students to gird their minds and to beware of false philosophy, most notably that of relativism. “There is no truth,” is a phrase commonly heard on most college campuses. In response to such a claim, Korczor quips:

“Similarly to say that “there is no truth” is to assert that it is true that there is no truth, but if there is even one thing that is true, then it is false to say that there is no truth. You’d be hard pressed to find a relativist who actually believes what he says in real life. If his grandmother dies, he does not act as if she may be dead for me but not for you. If grandma has died, then grandma is dead for everybody.”

Yet, Korczor insists it is simply not enough to be able to defend the faith. Students must resolve to grow in their faith and deepen their relationship with God. Korczor offers several key components to spiritual growth: attend Mass each weekend, pray each morning and evening, look for opportunities to volunteer to help others, strive to live an apostolic life and finally, go to confession at least once a month. By adhering to these habits, a young person can develop into a man or woman of character and faith.

Perhaps the best advice Kaczor offers is found in the middle of the booklet in which he encourages young people to put as much energy into their spiritual life as they do their academic endeavors. “As your worldly learning increase, let your spiritual learning keep pace.” He instructs them to learn as much as possible about their Catholic faith and culture. Read Dante, study Augustine and Aquinas, recognize renaissance art and architecture and learn to appreciate Gregorian chant. Keep the Bible and the catechism handy and learn to use them. By doing so, young people will not only develop their minds, but their hearts and souls as well.

Moreover, Kaczor acknowledges that college is more than just academics. Every good apostle needs a friend, St. Paul had Timothy and Titus and St. Peter had Andrew and James. Kaczor recommends the type of friends to look for and where to find them. “Be discerning and picky” when looking for friends he advises. He suggests attending meeting of solid Catholic groups, on campus or off. Pro-life groups are generally good bets for likeminded people, as well as “faith and reason” groups, parish organizations or service clubs. Establishing friendships rooted in the faith will last not only through college but entire lifetimes.

The title makes a bold claim and one which is based on the premise that the reader actually wants to remain Catholic in college. While Kaczor offers many excellent suggestions on how to maintain a vibrant faith life despite the wickedness and snares of college, I would add (and I’m sure the Professor would agree) that many of these lessons must be learned prior to university life. Parents cannot simply hand a booklet to their 18 year old and expect that in four years he will graduate college as a good and faithful Catholic. The work must be put in ahead of time. In an ideal world, Augustine and Aquinas would be studied before college and young people would graduate high school with a solid catechesis foundation, armed with arguments in defense of their faith. Alas, we do not live in an ideal world and many young people enter college with only a working knowledge of the basic Catholic prayers.

As someone who came to know the faith in college (and at an extremely liberal university I might add), I kept nodding in agreement with Korczor’s points. Yep, that will happen, yep that will help, yep that’s great advice.

Cloth Diapers For Sale--Updated

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Before I had Hannah I had great plans to cloth diaper her. While I still think cloth diapering is a good and noble goal, it's not terribly high on my mothering must-do list.

So, I'm selling on Craigslist my set of cloth diapers that I spent a small fortune on, but I thought I'd post on my blog too in case anyone out there is interested.

These are Green Mountain Pre-Fold Diapers--NEVER BEEN USED!!!

I did wash them 3-4 per instructions, but I never got around to using them. Ha! Anyways, I'm selling:

24 Newborn Size Diapers
12 Small Size Diapers
4 Bummies Covers

All for the price of $50. Email me if you're interested!

These sold on Craigslist already, after only a couple of hours. Awesome. Although, maybe I priced them too low. Oh well, I just made 50 bucks.

A Few More Ice Cream Pics

Sunday, August 8, 2010





I couldn't resist, here are a few more pics of Hannah enjoying some of her Dad's ice cream cone.

First Ice Cream Cone





Brewster Scoop, Brewster, MA (Cape Cod).

Free!

Saturday, August 7, 2010
This site is giving away FREE nursing covers in honor of National Breastfeeding Week!!!

The covers are delightful and I ordered the one below. Okay, I can't seem to upload the picture, but check 'em out, they are cute.

Just enter the codeword "BREASTFEEDING" and you get a $32 nursing cover for free. I'm a sucker for anything free. (You will have to pay $10 for shipping, so I guess it's not entirely free, but still).

http://www.uddercovers.com/

Mouse in the House

Yesterday we had another mouse in the kitchen. I saw it scurry underneath the oven. Not a great way to start the day. A few hours later I heard this squealing and couldn't quite figure out where it was coming from. I thought it was one of Hannah's teething toys. I walked all over the apartment trying to figure out where those squeals were coming from. Turns out they were coming from underneath the oven. IT WAS THE MOUSE-GROSS! I called Matthew and made him come home immediately (although, not exactly sure what he would do, but he would save us somehow) and then grabbed Hannah and ran out of the house (not sure why, but it seemed like the sensible thing to do at the time).

Unfortunately it was sweltering yesterday, which didn't make our outdoor adventures all that fun. But we did walk to the beach and then go for a swim. (We're so lucky to have a pool in our apartment complex).

Matthew came home and concurred it was indeed the mouse squealing from underneath the oven. It must have been caught on one of the sticky traps and was calling for its friends to come save it.

I went into the apartment office and told them our situation. The maintenance men came right up and fished out the dead mouse on the sticky trap. I stayed in the other room with Hannah.

So that was a fun day.

I feel like Verunca Salt, but I want my own house now.

Hannah & Her Food

Monday, August 2, 2010



She likes it!

It's Been A While

Summers are a hard time to have any semblance of routine or order, which is fairly evident with my lack of blog posts. I apologize to my few but faithful readers out there. We've been from one vacation to the next and while it's been fun, it was also slightly exhausting. Normalcy is underrated.

A few quick takes.

1. Our trip to California was wonderful. Too much to say about it for one single blog post. But it was very nice (for lack of a better word) to have my entire family finally meet Hannah.

2. Speaking of Hannah, she is now 6 months old. Can you believe it?!? My little baby sits up, says Dada (well, it's more like dadadada, but we pretend she's referring to Matthew), eats real food and wants to crawl. She's going to be a little girl before I know it.

3. I'm going to be coaching soccer again this fall and I'm really looking forward to it. The team won't be nearly as good or as competitive as those I'm used to coaching, but that's okay. It's easy and not much of a commitment, which is perfect for this mama of 1 these days.

4. I've been trying to figure out all the logistics of Hannah's Baptism. We're planning on having it in California, but that's turning out to be more of a headache than I originally thought. I'm having to jump through all these hoops just to have my child Baptized. And technically she's already been Baptized (we had her Baptized when she was 6 weeks old right before her surgery, but the priest said to have her Baptized again, more formally once she recovered from the surgery). Anyways, I feel like both churches (ours and the one we have to have her Baptized in) are acting like I'm some bum off the street who randomly wants to have my kid baptized. I want to tell the church office assistants, deacons etc. to quiz me, ask me any question about the faith and I swear I'll answer it correctly. Geez.

5. Our house hunting is still happening. I'm at the point where I don't really care anymore, any house will do. But our endless hunt has led us to come up with another life plan, which I'm really excited about, but can't say anything about yet. I repeat, I'm REALLY excited about it. No, it's not another baby.

6. Hmm, what else, Hannah has two little teeth on her bottom gum. Thank goodness they finally broke through, it's been a torturous month for her and for us.

7. I've been reading more about temperaments, spurred on by the book The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse. I started reading it because sometimes I swear I do not understand my spouse at all. Turns out we are both classic cases of certain temperaments. I'm a Choleric and he's a Melancholic. To a T. I'll write more about this later.

Bonus: 8) I accidentally waxed off some of my eyebrow. Awesome. Lesson learned, no more self-waxing.

World Cup Action

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Germany v. Spain 2:30pm (ET) Today!

As a former soccer player, I just love the World Cup. In my opinion, I think it's the greatest international sporting event, and dare I say, even more so than the Olympics.

Soccer is such a beautiful sport. The passing, the plays, the intensity with which the players approach the game. Futbol is the every man's game, and as Dmitri Shostakovich once called it "the ballet of the masses."

Plus, I get a kick out of the fact how the stereotypical characteristics of a nation are manifested in its futbol team. The Brazilians always play with finesse and confidence; the English team, while always one of the best, tends to choke in pressure situations; the Italians are flamboyant and a tad overdramatic; the Germans are strong and systematic and get the job done. And as Monique at Catholic Chicks points out, so many teams and players are men of faith. God is ever present on the futbal field, at least during the World Cup. Gotta love a game like that.

p.s. Go Deutschland!
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