Lively Imaginations and Cookie Bars {phfr}


I was blessed to go on retreat this past weekend. It was wonderful to have a whole weekend for prayer and rest. Highly recommended! Alex and the kids came to pick me up at the end of the retreat. I was so happy to see them!


They really enjoyed riding the “luggage train”. We just had to make sure John Paul there didn’t jump off! They also really appreciated that I saved my dessert from Sunday lunch to give them for a treat when they arrived. It was some kind of chocolate cookie bar of goodness. They loved it.



We decided to stop in to visit the chapel before we left. Allie set her treat on this little table before going into the chapel… John Paul was happily following us all to the chapel until he caught sights of the cookie bar. Funny boy stopped dead in his tracks.  He looked at it. He looked at me. He looked at it. …He paused for a long time. … Then, he grabbed it and took a bite. He was rather pleased with his choice. :) Fortunately, Allie didn’t seem to notice the missing piece, so … all was well.


While I was gone on retreat, Alex took the kids to our parish’s winter/spring festival. Allie was very excited that they won a “prize” from the silent auction! It was a basket of kids’ arts and crafts supplies- paint, markers, glitter paint pens, and other such wonders. We actually have a lot of the same things already, but these were new! shiny! in their original packaging! and wrapped up like a present with a big white bow! SO, it was spectacular fun and the kids have been arts-and-crafting it up all week. These are some of their pretty pictures which make me especially happy when the kids say “Mommy, I’m painting this picture just for you!”


Art by an almost 5-year old girl…


… art by a just recently 3-year old boy. Both favorites.


We set up a nice space for the kids to “play house” in. There’s plenty of room  on the shelves for their little pots and pans, dishes, and whatever else they come up with, plus we have a bin for all the play food. They can even drive right up to their house in their Cozy Coupe.


But look! There’s nothing on the shelves. It looks like the little residents have all moved out!



They left poor Kanga behind!

Where oh where could they all have gone?


I was informed that the wagon is up there on the chairs ” to lock the doors of the house.”


This situation spread all around the desk… and halfway down the hall! :)

Allie was  very proud when she announced to me that they decided to make a playhouse at my desk. She thought it was a great idea, and I never really know what to do when they have these brilliant and creative ideas that I’m not very fond of… Smite the creativity? Thwart their plans? Kindly ask if I can at least have my tennis shoes back and why did they need them in the first place??? What would you do?

Capturing the context of contentment... Thursdays at LMLD!

Capturing the context of contentment… Thursdays at LMLD!

Thanks to Auntie Leila and her girls for the link!


He’s Got His Game Face On {Project Snapshot}


He says he’s Paintin’ Manny.

He spent the last week pretending he was playing in the Super Bowl. He lines  up a bunch of Mega-blocks to be the opposing “Seabirds” and then the game gets serious. He throws the football, runs around the room, grabs the ball, runs some more, and throws himself across the line… Touchdown Broncos!  At the end of the day, he lets Daddy know that this time (ahem) the Broncos “winned” the game.

Love. This. Kid.

Head over to visit Pam for more Project Snapshot. :)

A Daybook Written at Night {phfr}

Outside my window

Well… its night time. Its dark out. But this afternoon was very sun-shiny and clear. Granted, it was a high of 1 degrees out there, but Im just *so* much more cheerful when the sun is shining.

I am thankful for

The littles all going to bed nicely for me! Alex is on retreat this weekend and I always dread the bedtime routine when I’m on my own. But Im especially thankful because I took a risky move today and it paid off. I let the kids skip naps today in order to get in a few extra hours with Daddy before he left town. In our house, nap-skipping usually means that the kids are so over-tired that they actually can not rest at night. Seriously. They get crazy. A no-nap day means its a party in the USA at 11 pm. Is that just my kids? Anyway. It didn’t happen tonight. And I am so thankful.

I am thinking about

Toddler boy shenanigans.



He climbed up to the table to polish off the last of the oatmeal after breakfast. (Dont ask why the breakfast was still at the table. It just was.) It’s fine with me if he wants to eat a fifth helping of oatmeal, especially if he’s going to be so cute about it… What Im really trying to illustrate is the climbing. The climbing! If this boy can possibly be climbing on something, he will be. I dont really know what to do about it. Suggestions, anyone?

In the schoolroom

Allie says she’s working on her fractions.


She was walking around this morning singing a little ditty with the lyrics “two halves make a whole.” So we chatted about this mathematical fact for a minute and I drew a very sophisticated diagram picture of a circle divided in half. She asked if she could draw one too, and then proceeded to fill up three pages with circles divided in half. She was adorable-y serious about it, explaining to Joshua that she could not play yet because she needed to work on her fractions.

From the kitchen
Well. Crazy thing happened this week. Somebody turned off the deep freezer. (Allie and Joshua adamantly denied it and blamed Paulie. Of course.) This would be the freezer with ALL of our meat… yup. I freaked out for a minute. Then, fortunately, I realized that the meat was all still cold. It was definitely defrosted but not wasted. Thanks be to God.

Anyway, I had to cook the entire contents of the meat freezer. It was a lot more work than I was planning to do anytime soon, but now I have a freezer packed with ready-to-roll meatloaf, taco meat, carne guisada, roasted chicken, etc. etc. Plus, a pantry full of pressure-canned chicken stock. Good thing, because now Im exhausted! ;)

I am working on
Keeping house. I’ve been working on this for some time now, but progress has been sloooow. I blame moving out of state twice, three children, and my lack of discipline. Nevertheless, the kids and I have been doing a little “Sparkle and Shine” lately, and the best part is… we listen to 50’s rock and roll while we clean. It makes the work so much more joyful! We’ve determined that we most like songs that say things like “Bop she bop she bop rama lama ding dong”.

I am just finished reading

The Chronicles of Narnia series. I never read these as a kid, but I did read the first few several years ago. Around Christmas I decided to read the first few again (love them!) and then read the last of the books to complete the series. Well. I gotta tell you, Im kinda heartbroken. I know its a beautiful ending overall, but (—–) is no friend of Narnia’s anymore?! I couldn’t handle it. I cried like a baby.

I am praying for

The retreat Alex is on this weekend, for the staff and all the students
For several friends who’s family members have cancer
And for a miracle for Samantha. Will you please pray too?

I am listening to

The whirring sound of the kids sound machines. Otherwise it’s strange how quiet the house is.

One of my favorite things

Afternoon tea time :) The kids and I usually have hot tea and a snack in the afternoon when they wake up from naps. They need a hearty snack because we go to Mass at 5 so dinner isnt until 6 at best. Thats when Im on top of my game. Also, I made a coconut chai tea latte the other day and it was delicious. Definitely a new favorite. Just brew your tea as usual but serve it with half a cup of steamed coconut milk. I highly recommend.

Also I’m linking up to Auntie Leila and her family for {pretty, happy, funny, real} for the first time! My girl is pretty and her fractions are funny. The early bedtime is happy and the toddler climbing and freezer situation are so real. :)

Have a great weekend!

Chocolate Face {Project Snapshot}


Last week was my birthday so Allie and Joshua helped me bake cupcakes to celebrate. It turns out that cutie pie here really likes chocolate cake. He became very enthusiastic every time he went into the kitchen and saw the cupcake in the pan. He became significantly less enthusiastic when he discovered he could not have as many cupcakes as he wanted. Can you blame him?

I’m linking up to Pam at Everyday Snapshots for Project Snapshot. Head to Pam’s for more!