Archives for September 2007

Happy Fall, y’all

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…Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons…
Daniel 19-21

photo taken by my brother Mark, who blogs at Northward Bound. (click on the photo – it’s even lovelier enlarged)

The look of love

It’s a compliment when your cat brings you a dead animal…


I just looked out our window by the front door and there is a dead cardinal by it.

Seems that someone loves me a lot.

Poor Mr. Cardinal…

Another round of Friday randomness

egad… we are dealing with the croup again. Poor Seamus woke up Thursday with a hoarse voice. By nap time he was breathing heavy and upon waking from nap he was barking like a seal… Bless his heart. He had a high fever to boot.

Abbie has been out of school all week with her cough.

I will be out purchasing DanActive for the Immune System and some new vitamins today. And maybe a plastic bubble for us to live in, if I can find one on sale. I do not want another winter like we had last year.

I really don’t have much for posting… And besides, my arms are worn out from holding Declan then Seamus… Declan then Seamus… on and on it went all day and into the night last night. Declan is in the throws of the “Where! is that warm body! that was holding me!!! and feeding me!!!” stage. That is usually why, if you see a comment from me on a blog these days it is typed in mainly lowercase. I’m having to do the one-handed type.

Yesterday, I purged the boys’ room of all of the games with missing pieces, happy meal toys and other cheapy silly type things that get on my nerves every time I step on one. It was a liberating wonderful feeling. I had no problems lugging that garbage bag out to the trash.

Of course, I had to keep the kids away from it. Otherwise all I would have heard would have been “Oh! Look! My favorite toy!” Never mind that they hadn’t thought of it for 4 months…

Today will be Abigael’s room.

Speaking of rooms… I added these to my “May I Recommend?” page… What a fun way to change the look of your walls!

My brain’s had it with thinking right now. If I think of anything more inspiring I’ll be back to share it. More than likely though, all I’ll have is another Friday like this to write about.

I had to steal this meme from Carrie (who stole it from her sister) because it just made me giggle too much. Let me know if you do it so I can see your names.

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car):
Baron Voyager

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie):
Black Raspberry Thin Mint (oh yeah, that one will scare the locals!!)

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name):

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal):
Periwinkle Feline (sounds better than Periwinkle Cat)

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born):
Jo Decatur

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first):

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink):
The Lime Ice Tea (What the???)

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers):
Charles Andrew

9. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter):
Bruchey Bismark

10. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower).
Autumn Lilac

11. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”):
Grapes Grubbies

12. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree):
Cereal Birch

13. YOUR ROCK STAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour” and the year):
The Designing Snow Tour 2007

No wonder I need to cover my children with prayer

Musings of a Housewife recently wrote about Guilty Secrets – particularly regarding parenting. She revisited a post from last year and updated it after reading Suburban Turmoil’s same idea.

I laughed reading through a lot of them because I didn’t even know I was supposed to feel guilty about them! (seriously, is chocolate milk really a sin!)

And I always thought I deserved parent of the year…


So here is my list of 13 Parenting Guilty Secrets (and I know that in spite of myself, they will still turn out just fine — and most importantly… they know that they are loved)

~ I let my children watch tv. And usually too much tv (though I am absolutely a stickler about what they can and cannot watch)

~ Each child was introduced to soda at a younger age. I fought my husband off with Abigael, and managed to keep it from her until she was almost 3. But with each one, the fight got harder and less worth it. (Come on! It’s not like that’s all they drink!)

~ They eat a lot of non-organic, processed foods (though they do eat a really good variety of foods; lots of fresh veggies and fruit)

~ I don’t bathe them every day and sometimes not even every other day. (But that is my limit)

~ Occasionally, I let my children eat lunch while watching tv

~ My kids don’t do to Gymboree, Kindermusik etc.

~ My older 2 kids love to have a cup of coffee with their dad (though in reality, they finish after one… maybe two sips)

~ All of our children slept with us for at least their first year

~ Sometimes (okay, often) I have to tune my oldest son out because he is such a non-stop talker

~ My kids haven’t been to the dentist yet

~ Seamus and Quinn are behind in their vaccinations.

~ Most some days I forget to make sure they brushed their teeth

~ There are days when getting dressed out of pjs is optional

What are your guilty PARENTING secrets?