Showing posts with label Our Family. Show all posts
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Seven Quick Quick Takes ~ June 8, 2012

Right to it....

{1}

I'm getting ready for a garage sale.  I've never had a garage sale or been a part of one.  It's a major de-clutter in my house right now.  Not just kids clothing, that routinely gets donated, but anything and everything I can possibly part with.  I'm trying to get Henry wrapped around this idea by letting him have the money for his things {he doesn't wish to part with one single solitary toy from birth} to buy legos.  He has offered up a few baby type board books.  Little does he realize how far the board book won't go towards legos.  Bless his heart for savoring his things and now, please bless his heart to bless somebody elses. 



{2}

In all this purging I've come across some old baby pictures.  I could just tear up with how fast this time has gone.  At the same time, I so enjoy the ages they are and their ability to have conversations with me {especially during the day}, participate in the things we do not just tag along, watching them enjoy the things that they enjoy.  So bittersweet. 




{3}

Today is the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in 160 cities across the country.  I went to the first one without any children.  I helped my friend, Kristen, with her kiddos.  It was really great to be a part of that event.  This rally was in the big city and I didn't think I'd be able to take my three by myself in the busyness of downtown.  {It seems these days, I'm pushing it by going to Michael's for a craft project} and I didn't dare do something like the Stand Up Rally, even though I'm watching all these photos on twitter and facebook and wishing I were there.

{Update:  I just saw a picture from Minneapolis, it looks nothing like this one below.  I made the right choice for us.}



{4}

Busy weekend full of travel all across Minnesota.  Grad parties and dance recitals.  Speaking of dance recitals.  I need to post all about Karley's dance recital last weekend.  She was so precious! 



{5}

Karley is so in love with her swimsuits that she wore one to bed last night and refuses to take it off today.  Looks like a fun summer.  As soon as we get the back yard somewhat finished in landscaping we can set up the kiddie pool for them.  FUN!  For now, we've been enjoying smoothies in the afternoon for cool treat.

{6}

One week from tomorrow {June 16 depending on when you are reading this}, I'll be running the marathon.  Yes, 26.2 miles.  I am hoping for temperatures in the 50's.  Wouldn't that be nice.  Hoping that the 87 I see on the thermometer now is long gone by next weekend.  I've had some strange running this week, making me very nervous.  I like the taper {winding down of mileage before the big day}, yet, at the same time it's making me more nervous about not having had a long run in weeks. 

{7}

Once I get this garage sale stuff further along I hope to be back to blogging more regularly.  I do like it.  {What a lame #7}  What are you doing this weekend?

God Bless!

Joining Jennifer at Conversion Diary

Sunday, June 3, 2012

I Spy...





...my family, making smores, all camping together.  {Karley is hiding behind Gram and it looks like Adam is bent down helping her}

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pre-School Picnic Graduation

Each year the kids have a fundraiser about half way through the year to raise money for a picnic with The Teddy Bear Band.  Usually, the band performs at a local park and we sit on blankets, listen and watch the kids dance with their favorite teddy bear, followed by an awards ceremony.  After all this we have lunch potluck style and then say good-bye to our friends until we all meet again in the Fall. 

This year we have been abundantly blessed with rainfall and had to have the picnic in the school gymnasium.  Since it was in the school, the Kindergarten and First grade classes we invited to listen and dance to the band.  The kids really loved it and quite frankly it filled up the large gymnasium so we didn't feel like we were such a small group.

My children, all of them, loved the band.  Last year they were too shy to get up there and dance, I guess the apple doesn't fall from the tree.  This year all three of them danced and threw their teddy bears all around.  I think by the time Sophie goes through the pre-school program she's going to be a pro.

I was super sick on that morning.  I tried calling my sister-in-law to come get the kids.  I really didn't think I could make it but by the grace of God I pulled through enough to get there, get some pictures {with the new lens I got for Mother's Day} and get my children fed without bringing anything to eat from, with, or bringing a dish to share.  Thanks fellow parents. 

Needless to say, the rest of the day was a movie day.  And I am so thankful my husband, who rocks, came home to pack all our stuff for camping and feed the kids.  I'm one blessed woman!

I tried not to think about it too much but on the inside I was super teary that Henry would be moving on and this would be his last year of the Teddy Bear Band.  Seeing the Kindergarten and First grade in the gym made me think maybe he'd get another year of it, even though he'll still be in Kindergarten.  It's pretty obvious I'm going to miss being with my son for the majority of the day in Kindergarten, even if he's ready.






















What a blessing two years of pre-shool have been for Henry and this last school year for Karley. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Multitude Monday

Over the last few months Mondays with Ann have passed me by and by.  For awhile I did keep track in my own personal journal, just didn't add them here.  I heard whispers to come back, count again, I just couldn't quite decide where I thought it best to resume counting.

I never did decide on the number to resume at, just that I need to listen to those whispers. 


Spiritual Direction
School Cancelled ~ Another day at home
Wonderful weekend with my family
Husband who grills all year
God never leaving my side
My beautiful church ~ the peace I feel there

Christmas 2012


Creative play children


Children who play well together
Community that comes together for a little girl & her family
Grace to get past dog hair so we can all enjoy Piper
Change in spirit
Change in Rule
Kids learning new games



Ability to feed our family good food
Kids who eat good food
Having the same dreams as my husband
Karley being so good about going gluten & dairy free
Snow finally ~ kids love to play
Four wheel drive {snow}
Kids who ask for more Jesus books
Pajama Days
My New Thanksgiving & Prayer Journal





God Bless,

Tina















Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cookies Cookies Cookies

Last week the kiddos and I gathered twice for cookie baking.  Both a success for the fact that we have plenty o' chocolate something or another type cookies to eat.   It was great to spend the day with my sister-in-law one day and two other great friends just a couple of days later.  I do cringe to think about all the calories as I lack self control.  The last picture is definitely why!














Hope you are enjoying your Advent season!

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Quick Seven Takes

It's been forever and ever since I've participated in Seven Quick Takes and it seems like forever since I've blogged.  So much has been going on with our family, I haven't had the time.  Here goes:
{1}
We took our first ever week long family vacation.  We pulled our camper out to the Badlands of South Dakota, with an overnight stop in the Sioux Falls area on the way out.  Everything went very, very smoothly, even the 10 hour ride home.  Adam and I were simply amazed at how well the kids, ages two(almost), three and four, did strapped in car seats for most of the day.  We went Saturday to Saturday and had friends join us on Tuesday.  I will post pictures next week. 



{2}
This weekend is our local townie days.  We are having our annual party tonight for all the kiddos to watch the fireworks from our front yard.  We are very blessed to have fireworks here and then on Sunday the parade goes right past our house.  Tomorrow morning the 5k & 10k end at our driveway, not to mention all the other activities that will be at the park across the street.  Oh, and am supposed to run the 5k tomorrow.  That might be a challenge seeing as I haven't logged any miles since March.

{3}
My Mom brought my nieces down to visit our kids a couple of days this week.  That was a blessing for sure!  Earlier in the week I wondered how I was going to get all this stuff done for our party and then my Mom called and said they were coming.  AWESOME!  She helped me with so many different things.  Allowed me to run to Costco solo, folded laundry, made supper, watched kids, played with kids, allowed for Adam & I to go on a date, weeded our playground & patio, took care of dogs, watered flowers, cooked some more, ran to the store and I'm sure I'm forgetting something.  All in less than 48 hours.  Needless to say, I was overjoyed to have her and sad for her to leave!  Thanks Mom, you're the best!



{4}
The week before we left on vacation Henry spent the mornings at Vacation Bible School.  He had a blast learning all about how much Jesus loves him.  It has been great to see the Holy Spirit running through him.  I am ever so thankful!



{5}
Sophie is learning to say new words every day.  She has had trouble say words with "p" and "s" in them.  No doubt why she refers to herself as "me".  Like, "me do it".  Yes, I hear that a lot!  She tries and tries to keep up with Henry & Karley but often likes to hang out with me.  I love it.  And she loves bike helmets, bike not required.



{6}
About six weeks ago Karley started to become sick.  After three trips to the doctor (I actually wondered if the clinic was going to think I had Munchausen by Proxy) in a about four weeks time, we discovered she had mono.  It's a long story about how we got to the final diagnosis but it's good to understand what was making my little girl to punky. 



{7}
I had an absolute wonderful time traveling to Green Bay, WI to see Our Lady of Good Help Apparition site with my friend Mrs. S.  I can't even begin to explain how wonderful it was.  More on this as well.  But if you'd like to see a little of what the Apparition site is like NBC is airing a piece on it on Wednesday, July 13 at 9PM CST.  I hope they are kind as it really is a beautiful place.



Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meet the Newest Family Member

Meet Gizmo, the newest member of our family.

 


Yes, I am cRaZy!  I have officially entered back into up every couple of hours (I don't even think our new babies were not up as much as this little puppy), and potty training at the same time.  Then there's the constant watching for fear of an accident of the messy kind or the children doing something that wouldn't be good for the dog. 

I only say children because we amazingly got a puppy who is very very tolerable.  Sophie loves to manage the puppies food while he's eating and Gizmo doesn't care a single bit.  Sophie is not too fond of Gizmo checking out her blankie & puppy, they are clearly hers and she's not sharing.  He loves to be around us and is adjusting to missing dog family quite well.  Piper & Gizmo are fast friends too. 

Hoping for a speedy training period!




Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas......


May His light shine upon you,

In Christ,

Tina

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Early Holiday

Last week I took the kids to a children's play at a theater near us.  The very cute play was Puss 'n Boots.  The kids did so well!  I was so pleased that I could take them to a play.    



For a number of scheduling reasons we decided to have Christmas with my two families the weekend before Christmas.  There were some really great things about having it early, one of which is that we will not be traveling late on Christmas Eve.  I am most grateful for this, late arrivals home makes for a hard Christmas Day for little ones.  I also like going to Mass on Christmas Eve and having a lazy present filled, pajama morning. 

The only downfall in having Christmas before Christmas was that there were still scheduling conflicts and each family only had a few hours to spend, all in one day rather than each enjoying a full day together.  My waistline, or lack thereof, was plump full all day long with all the delicious meals we had!  Yummy! 

Barbie was a hit this year for Karley.


  Henry loves Cars.


 Sophie was the last Grandchild to receive custom made Raggedy Ann from Gram. 


I met an old friend.  Do you remember her?



I did.

After two Christmas gatherings, my sister, Mom, niece and I all went to see this Angel in the local production of the Nutcracker.



Sunday morning we were honored to watch more angles and sweet sounds.





We are almost ready for the birth of our Savior!



Friday, October 22, 2010

I Do

On this day five years ago I married my best friend.  We are celebrating by going out of town to the place where we were engaged.  The same place where we spent one of our first nights as husband and wife. 

We had a small wedding, only immediate family, Grandparents, Godparents and a few friends who knew both of us as a couple, were in attendance.  We had a traditional Catholic wedding, happy hour at the lodge, followed by a served dinner.  We had a beautiful harp and acoustic guitar play during while we dined.  Our "dance" took place at a few local establishments.  It was very simple and quaint.  We both loved our day and how we did it.  We cherish all those who were there and still have all of them in our life. 


These beautiful sweets were our flower girls.  My Karley is this age now.  As I look at this picture I see a little of Sophie in Kelsey (closest to Adam).

My friend, Mrs. S showed me this poem.  I loved it and wanted to share, I hope you enjoy.
When I Said I Do

When I said I do, I had no clue, what I’d be doing,
The mystery, how it would be,
or what the future would bring.

Now looking back through all the years,
Smiling still after so many tears,
I know the prize was worth the price,
The joy is greater than the sacrifice.

God’s love would give,
time and again,
new life for us to welcome in,
The babies laughed,
the children played,
they grew up strong and good just like I’d prayed.

Now my life has proved,
my words were true,
my commitment kept no matter what we went through,
Some have regrets for their own choice,
but as for me, I only rejoice!

Now looking back through all the years,
Smiling still after so many tears,
I know the prize was worth the price,
The joy is greater than the sacrifice.

What I have now is a family,
something that will last for eternity.

O what has become of me?
In giving all I am set free.

I said “I do” to you.
If I could do it again,
it’s the only thing I’d do.

This song was written and composed by the Catholic Corps Women’s Community in honor of their beloved “Mama C”.



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Gift

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank Him for him.
He's the best Dad, husband and provider.
He puts up with my crazy ideas.
Helps in the house, out of the house and with the kids, ALL the time.
It's his nature to nurture.
I love him.


You are welcomed to join Jenny at Just A Minute for your own Sixty Seconds.

Have a great day, it's a hot one here!

Tina 


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours....

Merry Christmas!

May you be safe during this holiday season and may Our Lord bless you and yours in the New Year.



Monday, December 14, 2009

Big Daddy



Adam David

My Husband

is....

...my one true love.

....an amazing father to our three children.

...has what I call an old school work ethic.  He works extra so I don't have to work outside of our home.  He does this for me and our littles. 

...leaves our house in the middle of then night to push snow.  Then he goes to his regular job and quite often goes right back out for "clean up" on the lots he maintains.  Often times he doesn't have enough time to come home and sleep which all means he goes at least 36 hours, sometimes more, without sleep.

...works late, works on the weekends, and takes on extra projects. 

...has misses birthday parties, Christmas's with my family due to snow, parades, beach days and other things all so our kids don't have to go to daycare. 

and...

...he does all this with a smile on his face and love in his heart.

...he changes diapers, sleeps on chair with sick kids, rocks them, bathes them, takes all three on errands (ages, 3, 1 & 3 months) and thinks nothing of it.



....has been known to cook dinner for me & the kids, grocery shops on a regular basis, does dishes, vacuums, cleans the bathroom, the garage (now that's his domain anyway as he'd prefer me not to), hangs pictures, organizes the basement, cuts the lawn, trims the trees, hangs Christmas lights, and takes care of the dog.




...he fixes everything, really!  He maintains all our vehicles (okay, the only thing he doesn't fix is his diesel engine) has been known to put his own fix the following: alternator, brakes, fuel pump, oil changes, rotate tires, of course, he does his own body work, really anything that comes to the vehicles, including the skid loader (this requires even more maintenance) and dump truck.

....he re-models our home, fixes the floor when it rots all the way through, takes the toilet off when the kids stick toys in it, tiles our bathroom, moves a entire laundry room, wires up an outside hot tub, fixes a pump on the hot tub, patches the roof, shovels snow, plows our driveway and builds a huge swing set in our hilled backyard.








...he found Dino, painted, and installed him in the playground.





....plays with our kids, takes them fishing, reads them books, brushes their teeth, gets them dressed.








..he's a good neighbor, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, friend, father & husband.

...he's generous, giving, true to his word, honest and fair.

...he's my Wonder Hubby.

....he's the kid's Wonder Daddy.

...he's Adam David and I absolutely love him!


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