Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I learned today

We decided to try out the local ice skating rink this afternoon. I learned a lot.

For instance:

Believe the lady when she tells you the two year old is too young.  We could have saved some money and missed out on aching back muscles.

Four year olds are too young too. Especially whiny ones who probably needed a nap, not an outing.

Just because you knew how to skate twenty years ago does not mean that you do now.

Eight and ten year olds will have the time of their life and want to go back soon.

Husbands who never have skated will not be able to help other non skaters.

Next time, plan a different activity for the little ones.

Wear thick socks.

Remember to put the memory card back in your camera.

Ibuprofen will be required for all those over forty.

Crepes filled with Nutella are yummy.

So, in my humble opinion, ice skating with young children is not a great family activity. We do much better at the bowling alley.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Yarn Along

One day, Tony came home with a bag full of yarn that someone at the band hall was giving away. There were mostly small bits left over from projects, but with making all the little animals, I could put them to good use. There was one giant ball of yarn. And I mean huge! It was very, very crayola blue. And Therese loved it. She hugged it tight and let it be known that she expected a sweater from this very yarn for Christmas. She and I looked through patterns on Ravelry and she picked Ginny's Sunday Sweater pattern. It is well-written and I love how it fits her.
Well, Jack had already requested a bunny for Christmas and Anna had requested a mouse. Thankfully, Peter doesn't know how to request things yet. My sweet Anna saw that long list and kindly said that I could knit hers after Christmas. I plan to start on that this week. I also plan to start a baby gift for my niece.

As for reading, I have not done much personal reading lately. I need a good book.

Joining Ginny as always.

I found the buttons at the German fabric store. They have an amazing selection of buttons!

I still have a surprisingly large amount of this yarn left. It seemed like making a whole sweater hardly made a dent in this giant yarn ball.

See his little white paw. That's where I ran out of yarn. I like it though. I pondered for a couple of days how to solve the problem of not enough yarn.

The sweater is so cute. I used some leftover yarn from Sophie's shawl that I made this summer.

OK. This was a fun afternoon project. I had hastily assembled that yellow yarn as a wig for Anna's Rapunzel costume a couple of years ago. It became a "tangled" mess, but the kids still wanted to play with it. I don't usually crochet, but this worked up super quick and the results are perfect!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

the forecast was slightly off today

It said, rain mixed with snow. Possible accumulations less than one inch in the higher elevations. Two inches of snow in the same number of hours and I am beginning to think they know not what they are talking about! My plans are foiled, but the kids are slightly elated.

Oh, Anna. You look too grown up here!

I loved watching them work together to make it fun for their brother.

He never stopped moving, so he was hard to photograph.

He seems to have changed his mind about not liking the snow.

asking to come in for hot chocolate

Saturday, December 27, 2014

On the third day of Christmas

We awoke to snow and it is still coming down in fine, fat flakes. The kids and I made another snowman, turned the slide into a sled, shoveled the sidewalk (twice, so far) and took a walk into the village to buy some groceries.

I had a playlist in my head as we walked. "My favorite things" from The Sound of Music as the snowflakes stayed on my nose and eyelashes. "Winter Wonderland" as we walked along the streets, passing other people bundled up, the buildings and trees decorated with a layer of fresh white snow.

As much as I have an aversion to the cold, I must admit the beauty of the morning lifted my spirits. So did my kids, running ahead to make snowballs and hide around a corner to try and ambush their mother. Trailing behind to notice the little things only kids notice.

Now I am home in my cozy pink house, my family around me. I am so grateful for all the blessings God has seen fit to bestow upon me. I am thankful for snowy days that lend themselves to card games, hot chocolate, or maybe a movie marathon.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas....

...from our family to yours!

We had a friend take some photos in front of the tree at the chapel this evening after Mass. Why, you ask? Well my friend, our Christmas tree cannot even be catagorized as a "Charlie Brown" tree. Nope. That would be too nice a description. Tony affectionately dubbed it the "mutated Chernobyl tree". That is pretty darn accurate. I won't even post a picture. It is that sad.

May your Christmas be filled with joy and love!

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Heard recently around here:

Therese at the dinner table: Mom? Can I switch places with Anna tomorrow night?

Me: Why?

Therese: So you can look into my beautiful brown eyes.

Peter snuck some chocolate, the last piece to be precise. Anna saw him and exclaimed, "Hey! I want some of that!" Peter turned around and said, "You wouldn't like it," and promptly shoved the chocolate in his mouth...and ran.

Monday, December 8, 2014

On this day

You can make plans, but sometimes God changes those plans. I planned for our family to have a quiet little Advent. We pulled out the Nativity sets, the advent wreath (we actually even had new candles!), our book we read to the kids and the Holy Heroes Advent Adventure books. I planned to visit some Christmas markets for our first Christmas in Germany.

Then all of a sudden we were on a plane, flying to be with my husband's family as we say good-bye to my mother in law.

This morning, as we discussed where to go for Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I realized that the Basilica of the national shrine of the Immaculate Conception was right here! Oh how amazingly beautiful it was! One archbishop, two bishops, and so many priests! We saw nuns from three different orders. We recognized the white sari with blue stripes of the Missionaries of Charity of Blessed Mother Teresa. Oh, and the man who sat down next to us was from Germany! He prayed all the prayers in German and I realized that the language I found so harsh nine months ago sounded so meloldic to me this morning.

Peter and Therese slept through the Mass, but woke up as we were looking at the little chapels dedicated to all the different names that Mary is known by. Peter was only looking for one thing: the tabernacle. When we came to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, he was so happy.

I have been preparing to consecrate myself to Jesus through Mary on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe. The Archbishop's sermon really spoke to me and helped me feel more ready to make the consecration.

Isn't it amazing how God puts us exactly where we need to be? We can plan, but in the end, we just need to trust that God's plan is perfect and embrace it.