Daybook for Wednesday February 25th

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Currently... the kids are playing with the hamper in the bedroom. They're pretending to hide in it and go to sleep. I don't know, they're having fun.

Pondering...this quote by Pope Benedict XVI and how I can ensure that my children know and understand this truth.
Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary. - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Doing...laundry, cleaning, organizing, getting rid of junk. Trying to assess what we will really take with us when we move. (Matthew wants to take basically nothing. Despite the fact that I consider myself a minimalist, I guess I'm a little more attached to our things.)

Finding...that although I often want to "do all the things" during Lent, it's okay to realize that some years that simply won't be possible and that God does not want empty sacrifice, but rather our whole hearts.
For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.(Psalms 51:17-18)

Listening to...Hannah and Lucas shriek with delight in the bedroom. I think they're tickling each other. Abby whining because she wants to wear her roller skates in the house. 

Praying for...the kidnapped Christians in Syria. All Christians in the Middle East. (What the h is going on in this world and when are we going to do something about it?) For family and friends.





Thursday, February 19, 2015
Going back even further in November. We had a very busy and fun November.

We celebrated All Saints Day with a parade and a party at church. My little saints were dressed as The Virgin Mary, St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Francis.

Check out the socks. Notice how they're birkenstock sandals? That was my favorite part of his costume.

I made some All Saints cupcakes toppers using the Happy Saints template. They turned out so cute.
On November 3rd, Lucas turned one! We broke with family tradition and actually threw him a party. Truth be told, the party was more for Hannah and Abby since it was mostly their friends who were there. We had the party at Toddler Town, an indoor playspace, which is great for little kids.
Presents from Bumpa and Zsa.

My sister Samantha and her boyfriend Andrew came to visit us in mid November. We had so much fun with them. They were able to see a lot of Boston and Quincy while they were here and soak up a lot of the history.  We walked the entire Freedom Trail in a day! They watched the entire John Adams miniseries while they were here too, which was so great because we're always trying to get people to watch that and most people seem disinterested. It is such a great miniseries, I highly recommend it! The kids (and Matthew and I) loved having Sam and Andrew visit. They cooked us an incredibly delicious dinner one night, so I told them they are welcome to come back anytime!
John Adams house
I took the kids on a few outings. We went into Boston a few times and walked around the Commons and the Public Garden. We visited the Make Way for Ducklings statues. The kids love those.
Do they look cold or what?
Necessary Bostonian kid picture.

 We "studied" the Pilgrims and Indians in November. We went to a nearby spot where the Moswetuset Indians (the tribe from which Massachusetts derives its name) lived during the spring and summer months. The kids enjoyed it, but were hoping to spot some Native artifacts. No such luck.
MoswetusetIndians used to live in the summer and spring months. Although, the kids were a little disappointed because they thought we were actually going to see some Native artifacts. No such luck.

We didn't have too much time to be sad after Sam an Andrew left because shortly after they left, my sister Libby came to visit. She was interviewing at Northeastern for their Physician's Assistant program (she got in, naturally), so she came to stay with us for a few days. As always, we had a ball.
We celebrated Thanksgiving with just our little family at home. It was so nice to have a relaxing Thanksgiving. We went down to the Cape to pick up our turkey a few days before Thanksgiving (we buy one from a farm down there every year). It was unseasonably warm, so we made a day of it down on the Cape. I cooked the entire Thanksgiving Day feast, which I find really fun.

Thanksgiving weekend we went to the Christmas parade in our town, which the kids loved and that wrapped up our November. Geesh, we were busier than I realized, but like I said, such a fun month.

December and Playing Catch-Up

Monday, February 16, 2015
Playing catch-up over here. I've been meaning to return to blogging for a long while now, it's just so hard to find the time each day to do so. I've been thinking a lot about how to better structure my time so that I can blog, but it's not easy. Anyways, Lucas is sleeping, so I figured I might as well dive in and post some pictures while I can.

There's a blogger by the name of Rose who has a blog entitled, A Blog for My Mom. I laughed when I saw the name of her blog because let's be realistic, that should pretty much be the name of my blog, or better yet, "a blog for my mom and my sisters who really just want to see pictures of my kids." 

I haven't posted since August, but I'm just going to skip to December and post some Christmas pictures. Our fall was mostly good. We had weekly storytime at the library and meetings with my moms' group. I tried (and mostly failed) to fit in some homeschooling. We took a few trips to the zoo and other exciting places, had a bunch of playdates and lunches with friends. It was a fun couple of months.

This year our goal for the Christmas season was peace. Last December was crazy and by the 26th, we were ready to throw out our tree. This year we waned to slow down and enjoy the season and each other more. I think we mostly succeeded in this.

Our kids are at a great age for Christmas. Although, Hannah is already a skeptic about the whole Santa thing. She knows there are a lot of fake Santas out there and she's not buying some guy comes into our house and bring presents. It is somewhat preposterous (and creepy), if you really think about it. Regardless, the girls especially love all the magic of the season. 

We gave the girls bikes this year. Sadly, with all the snow we've been having this winter, they've haven't been able to use them all that much. 

Have I ever mentioned that the girls share a queen size bed? They love it.

The girls received some slippers from Bumpa and Zsa that they loove.
New vests for the girls.
Abby got a new jacket for Christmas that turned out to be a bit big for her.

They look like such teenagers here.

Well, that's kind of pathetic, that's all the Christmas pictures I have. I wanted to get a few more pictures and one of our whole family at Christmas Eve Mass, but that never happened, clearly. Maybe next year...
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