Archives for May 2012

10 Ways to Make your “trip” more like a Vacation

A long time ago, my friend Mary Ellen wrote about how traveling with a family is a "trip" and not a "vacation." This was an "ah-ha" moment for me, because it helped me to change my expectations and to understand why I was so exhausted after vacations!  In an ideal world, I think, everyone needs a little bit of vacation, but for most couples it is hard to get away without the kids.  This weekend, we took what was most obviously a trip -- three days touring Gettysburg National Battlefield, as a c … [Read more...]

A Wonderful First Holy Communion

Yesterday, our eldest celebrated his First Holy Communion - what a milestone in the life of a parent! I cried tears of joy as I witnessed my son receiving the Eucharist for the first time, and then praying earnestly afterwards. Truly, our parish has done a beautiful job preparing these children for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. They take the process very seriously, and the fruits of their labor were witnessed yesterday as 32 young children reverently and prayerfully … [Read more...]

Keep Your Cool, Mama

Tuesday was a day of one minor disaster after another.  I won't list them all here, though it is rather comic, but they included things like overflowing the dishwasher three times (requiring a repairman) and dropping a dish of cooked rice all over the kitchen floor (and the repairman).By the end of the day, there was nothing left to do but laugh.  One of my children counted and told me that it was 17 things that went wrong.  I am still adding to the list (at the end of that long day, I fo … [Read more...]

Airing my Dirty Dishes

I am a perfectionist, often to the detriment of those around me (and myself). If there were 48 hours in a day, I would still not accomplish all that I would like, or even a fraction of my to-do list. Not by a long shot.Which is why the seasons of newborns are so, so good for me. Because it makes me realize how much time I spend doing things that just aren't that important. Does it really matter at the moment if my spice rack is alphabetized? Or is it more important that my family feels … [Read more...]

This Little Lady

Josie is already 4 and a half months old and just started rolling from her back to her belly.  She's very generous with her smiles, sleeps like a champ, and rarely cries.  Last week, Gianna put her down in the corner of our playroom, where she gradually just fell asleep.  Twenty minutes later, I couldn't find her!  After a brief moment of panic, I spotted her lying, sound asleep, behind a dump truck, in the corner of our playroom.After two fussy babies (not naming names here, but we all know … [Read more...]

Snack Attack!

This week (and let's face it, this season in general!), we have a lot of commitments outside the house which are going to interrupt our meal times and require my children to have a hearty, healthy snack which might substitute for lunch or dinner and get them through a concert, ballet rehearsal or long day of sports.  To avoid the temptation to hit Chik-fil-A on a daily basis, I thought I would set up a snack plan.I don't usually buy a lot of prepared foods, so a quick grab and go snack in … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Reflection

We spent the past two Mother's Day weekends in the hospital.  Once for me when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2010, and then last year Gus was hospitalized on and off during the month of May for unexplained vomiting and weight loss.  I've been dreading the month of May, just waiting for the next crisis to hit our family.  So let's just say I was overjoyed to be spending this mothers day with 5 healthy children.  Nobody was in pain, nobody was really sick, and nobody was crying!Mr. Red … [Read more...]

On Mother’s Day, Our Husbands Shine

Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there!I don't know about all of you, but yesterday I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all that my husband does for our family. Sure, the day was about celebrating mothers, and my husband and children did a great job of making me feel special and loved. I woke up to beautiful flowers, an enormous balloon, sweet cards, and a delicious breakfast, and the day ahead was relaxing and filled with family time. What could be better? … [Read more...]

Saturday Morning Sacraments and STDs

We had a grace-filled morning as my 7 year old daughter made her first confession. She is a very pure and also a very scrupulous soul (as I think most oldest daughters are!), so we've long been looking forward to the day when she could experience the lightness and joy of absolution.After morning Mass, a bouquet of roses, and breakfast together at an upscale bagel shop, we made our way into the city to meet our beloved priest and confessor. Our parish is in the 'hood where we made the … [Read more...]

The Boom Continues

Our Building Cathedrals family is proud to announce the arrival of the fourth Builder baby this year...To Bethany and family... Baby Genevieve arrived last Friday, May 8 at 8:10pm 7lbs. 14oz and 20 inches I'm happy to report that natural labor was fantastic even though I never stepped foot in the water!  The Super Moon made sure she was out before we had the chance to consider it... :)  Thanks be to God for His tremendous blessing of children.  Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers … [Read more...]