Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
My friends and I skipped school to go drink at someone's house. During this time, someone dialed 911 from the house. The cops didn't respond until after school hours so we didn't get caught skipping school that time! We listened to music all day on MTV, you know, back when they played videos all day long. When The Way You Make Me Feel came on, Paul screamed in sync with Michael Jackson. This is one of my favorite memories of Paul and high school in general. Paul screaming along with Michael Jackson is just not him at all. It still brings a smile to my face.
Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEU9Q8NlOiY
Saints Peter and Paul, Pray for Us!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Back to Mother's Day and Father's Day...another day that in theory I should love, but in reality it just never works out to be what we expect. I won't get into my Mother's Day this year, but it is enough to say that I understand why some women think that Mother's Day should be a day spent alone. Lance thought I was being incredibly selfish when I muttered that comment this year, until today when he decided that Father's Day might best be spent alone.
We should have known something was wrong when Kobra cried the entire twenty minute ride to church. It was the longest car ride ever with Baby Hulk yelling at the baby to be quiet. Then Lance realized that he left his socks at home, so I took all the boys into church while he went to Walgreens to buy another pair. I didn't think I was doing too bad with the kids until I heard someone behind me say she felt sorry for me. Baby Hulk and Kobra proceeded to fidget and fight over a book for most of Mass. Lance and I took turns standing in the back of the church with the kids. We were having a late lunch so we decided to stop at Costco for samples to hold us over until we met our family. No problems there except it was boiling hot, and the kids were running away from us.
We finally met at Maggiano's at 3:00 for a late lunch with family. We really like this restaurant, and I was prepared with incentives for the kids. Too bad our waiter was so slow that all the treats were gone before our salads arrived. Baby Hulk wouldn't sit still, Kobra was crying in the high chair and Squirt disappeared twice during the meal. To say our stress level was high is an understatement. Of course, this is mostly our fault for taking our kids to a restaurant for more than an hour and a half during nap time, but what could we do? We wanted to spend the afternoon with family and sometimes we get off our schedule. So Lance and I had the pleasure of walking outside in the Houston heat with the kids hoping and praying for the meal to end.
And that's when he said he understood how I felt this year. So what did I do? I told him the same thing he told me in May. Thankfully, my husband is a much better person than me, and he went inside and changed his attitude and finished the meal on a high note. I would have sat and sulked outside, but not him. He is such a good man, he can admit when he is wrong or has gone overboard, and he lets things go. I am so thankful that he does not hold a grudge. He inspires me to be a better person, but most especially a better wife and mother. He has taught me so much as a parent and I am so blessed to celebrate Father's Day with him.
Back at home, Baby Hulk got in trouble for pushing Kobra over and was sent to Goose's room to cool down. He did just that and then peed all over Goose's guitar. ON PURPOSE!
What a day! Thankfully, we have three down and only one more to go...
Happy Father's Day, my love. You are the best father and I am so blessed to be raising these boys with you! I love you!
Friday, June 19, 2009
We had a coloring page, made a cool Sacred Heart craft, made Holy cards, had snack time and played a lot. Despite being miserably hot, (in my opinion) the kids played non-stop. A few moms that wanted to come today were unable to come, but I am happy with our turnout. I hope that everyone can come as often as possible and that others will join in making this a success for our children.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
During Lent, it was suggested to leave "just one minute" out of your vocabulary when your children ask for/demand your attention. I told several people about trying this out. We all thought this would be impossible, but when I really tried, it wasn't as hard as it seemed. Plus, as one friend pointed out to me, it's better to try each day with our children than just give up because something sounds too hard. We expect the best from them, why not give them our best daily. I have remembered that suggestion and started working on that again. I am pleased that today I managed to stop what I was doing and listen to my children and help them immediately rather than having them wait and get frustrated. Just because I listen to their questions immediately doesn't mean that I give them whatever they are asking for at that moment. That's okay, they have to learn patience and that they don't always get what they want, but I am giving them the respect they deserve. My kids aren't annoyances in my life and I don't ever want them to feel that way. I want them to know what a gift they are to me each and every day.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Outside my Window... it's sunny right now. It is so hot and humid. I hate to complain, but I'm already over this weather. We have a swim meet tonight, and I am volunteering in the concessions so that I can sit in the air conditioning!
I am thinking... about our vacation. I have so much to do before we leave and I feel the time already slipping away from me.
I am thankful... that I am FINALLY over my cold. It was two weeks of feeling awful, but still having to run my house as if nothing was wrong since nobody else seemed to catch this cold.
From the kitchen... hopefully some new recipes. My goal is to make dinner every night this week. In fact, I would love to have a week without eating out at all, including lunch. Too bad I already made lunch plans this week!
From the school room... some reading and maps. We're leaving for vacation on July 3rd, and I'm hoping to teach Goose about some of the states we'll be driving through before we arrive in South Carolina.
Living the Liturgical year at Home... I am starting Summer with the Saints this week! A friend and I are planning crafts and stories for our little ones. I am so excited about this and am praying for a great turnout and fun for the kids. We are starting on Friday and will be celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
I am going... to a swim meet tonight. Only three more to go. I don't mind going to swim meet, except that it is so darn hot.
I am wearing... green cargo shorts and a white shirt. I actually took a shower right after my workout today!
I am reading... nothing right now, but someone just recommended a new book for me. I can't wait to start.
Around the house... lots of kids laughing and playing together. I know the boys won't always get along, but I love when they hang out together and play nice. Squirt is such a great big brother and it's been really sweet watching him and Goose listen to music together. Baby Hulk is trying to get in on the action too. He copies everything Goose does.One of my favorite things... Mad Men. I just finished Season 1 and can't wait to start Season 2. I think I'll wait for the long drive across country.
A Few Plans For This Week... lunch with my friend Stacy who is due next week! Making plans for the three best dad's around...Lance, my dad and my brother. Starting Summer with the Saints and finishing up some chores before summer vacation.
A picture thought I am sharing:
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
My dinner plans to celebrate Terese's birthday- cancelled. Squirt came down with a fever and I really couldn't justify leaving Lance home with a sick kid. My cousin got sick in the middle of the night, so her parents had to come pick her up. No problem, I thought, at least I'm going to a wedding tonight at a really nice venue. Plus, several athletes will be in attendance. Despite not feeling well, I was really looking forward to the wedding. Lance and I made it to the wedding only to be told that the wedding was LAST NIGHT. After retrieving our car from the valet, we sat on a side street trying to decide where to go. We couldn't agree on a restaurant so we decided to pick up dessert first. The only problem with that plan was that we didn't bring our debit card or any cash. I searched for any type of credit card in my purse and came up with a check card from our savings account. Too bad it didn't work.
Defeated, we drove home and changed. Since we had a babysitter, we went out again and had a nice dinner. We had fun being together, but it certainly wasn't what we planned. After declaring our evening a success, Lance let me know that Charles Barkley would have been at the wedding too. A chance to meet a basketball legend and we get the date wrong.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Outside my window...sunshine. It is a beautiful day with low humidity.
I am thinking...of how cute Goose was at his first swim meet. He swam freestyle and backstroke and received two 4th place ribbons. Mr. Tony, his swim teacher, would be proud.
From the learning room...Reading and Art. Goose has been sick most of the week so we haven't been on a schedule. He loves to read so we've read a few books. I found this book by Tomie DePaola. The book shows the different art of Pablo and Henri, two artists most of us will recognize. I found some pictures online of Picasso and Matisse to see if Alec could distinguish between the artists, then Alec picked his favorite style and we tried to create our own picture.
I am wearing...a cute little outfit that I just spilled Diet Coke all over.
I am hoping...that I get rid of this cold I have had all week. I feel horrible!
I am praying...with my husband a few times a day and it is bringing us even closer. I love that he initiates most of these prayers.
A few plans for the rest of the week...my cousin will come stay tonight so her parents can celebrate their wedding anniversary with just the two of them. I'm also going to dinner with three great friends-Cindy, Terese and Carter. We are celebrating Terese's birthday. Tomorrow we have a wedding and then Sunday we head to Austin to celebrate a graduation. It's a full weekend.
Kobra's first trip to the pool!
Monday, June 1, 2009
During roll call, the director learned each child's name immediately so I was slightly impressed. She then called all mommies out and gave us a check mark for being present. Next it was dads- check, then grandmothers- check. Grandfathers...big pause. There happened to be an older man in the room who was NOT a grandfather. Oops. How do you politely say you look old enough to be a grandfather? Caretakers- check. The director then looked at these two ladies with twins and said "are you two mommies?" The nanny explained who she was without realizing the implication of the question. Finally, it clicked in and the nanny was embarrassed. The director said something about being up with the times. The director next turned to me and asked if I was a Mommy or Nanny. Anyway who knows me can imagine how happy I was. I guess since I'm Mexican and my child looks like a porcelain doll, I must be the nanny. Who is this lady that I needed face time with?
Just Saturday Lance and I were talking about how we don't think anything about him being white and me being Mexican. Are we in the minority?