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Monday, May 25, 2009

May 25 makes two years...

Since we moved to Latrobe. Here's a little look back.This photo was taken about a week before we moved. May 2007.

May 25, 2008

May 25, 2009

Happy Feast Day Isaac!!!

May 19 was the feast of Saint Yves. This was also Isaac's feast day. Isaac got to celebrate his feast day with Grammy and Grandpa Bob who were visiting from Oregon.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Margaret Takes Some Steps

Margaret took a few steps during our trip in Gettysburg. Please excuse my excited screams as she attempts her steps.

Monday, May 18, 2009

James at Virginia Beach

Isaac at Virginia Beach

Henry at Virginia Beach

The beach was Henry's idea of Heaven. Water, sand, and toys made for one happy three-year old.

Margaret at Virginia Beach

Margaret got to go to the beach for the very first time while we were in Virginia. Here she is getting ready to go.
At first she really liked the beach. She was happy and dug in the sand with a little shovel. Unlike when the boys were little and we went to the beach, she didn't try to to eat the sand at all.

Her happiness soon ended and she decided that she didn't like sitting in the grainy sand. It was time for her beach experience to end.

Our Trip To Williamsburg

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Willimasburg, Virginia. Here are a few photos from our trip.

The place we stayed didn't have a bathtub, so Margaret took full advantage of the kitchen sink.

As a special treat the boys got to go for a short ride in Mr. Kevin's "race car."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tears of God

A recurring theme in contemporary dramas is the tragedy of a hero or heroine being told by a physician something like the following: “I’m afraid the cancer is malignant; you have six months to live.” After being told that death is imminent, a process of soul-searching begins; of reconciliations with loved ones; and of finding a meaning behind the knowledge of death. Such tragedies, then, often turn out to be tales of renewed life and call us to live now rather than wait until death calls us. Yet how often do we heed this message? We all know that death, like taxes, is inescapable, and yet we find ourselves unprepared when confronted by it. The real tragedy is not death, but our daily forgetfulness of the need to prepare ourselves for its coming.
Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s Tears of God: Persevering in the Face of Great Sorrow or Catastrophe is not only a practical manual for those trying to cope with great trials and tribulations, but also a poignant reflection on how the God who became man that He might die for our sins calls upon us to take up the cross. Even the most ardent Christian can fail to avail him or herself of the graces that flow to us through Christ’s life-giving death, and this little booklet will be of great help to those facing such crises. Yet, one should not stop there, for we are all called to be ready, knowing not when the Master will come, and thus this book is recommended reading for all who desire to come to terms with mortality. As a final note, this book is well-suited for a book group, church group, etc. If you still are unsure if this book would be right for you, please check out the review posted by The Philosophy Mom by clicking here.
This review was written as part of the Catholic Book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Tears of God.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thomas The Train Live on Stage

The boys were lucky enough to receive tickets to a Thomas the Train musical from a friend (thanks Honeycutt!). They loved the performance.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

May 2008. Mama, Grandma, Margaret, and me.

We have a new God Daughter!

Angela and Daniel asked us to be Godparents their newest daughter Elena Lucia. Today was her baptism. Elena is still teeny-tiny at just over seven pounds. She was so light in my arms during the baptism that I was afraid I would drop her the whole time. For more photos and video, check out Angela's blog. True to tradition, there was a baby crying almost the entire time during the baptism. Only that baby was not Elena. We have Margaret to thank for her endless acoustics during the big event. James was very proud to hold his new Godsister.

Isaac took the job very seriously. Henry did not want to hold the baby, but later at home announced that Baby Elena was very little and very cute. I asked him if he loved baby Elena and he replied, "Yes I love her and I like her!"

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Nice Weather

We have been enjoying some slightly nicer weather around here. Since our backyard and deck are covered with building materials, I took Henry and Margo to the park while James and Isaac were at Blue Knights. Margaret has become obsessed with hats, which is good since she still doesn't have much hair.

Monday, May 4, 2009

James' First Holy Communion

On Sunday May 3 James received his First Holy Communion. Here he is before the big event.Each of the children processed in on their own. James was very serious and solemn the whole time.
Here he is in the pew with his class.

The weather was crummy and so they took the photos inside. I was kind of pleased because I think our church is really pretty. Here he is with his class and Father Joe.

After the Liturgy there was a breakfast to honor all the first communicants.

I just can't believe that he is really seven years old!

Busy Girl

Okay, I do a lot of posts about Margaret. No one has complained yet, and she is just so darn cute! Here is an example of what happens when we leave the school room door open. This is James' desk. Her newest ability to to get up in chairs and sit in them. This means that she has full access to whatever is in and on the desk.
Step stools are also a new fascination. Since we have small kids, we have a lot of step stools.

Here she is trying to gain access to my serger and sewing supplies.

Here she is all dressed up for James' First Holy Communion. The black Mary Janes lasted about two minutes. We did bring them along with us to church anyways, and they provided lots of entertainment during the Liturgy.

Friday, May 1, 2009

I'm a sucker for freebies

I am a complete sucker for free stuff. Especially new free stuff. In order to get some of these freebies I have agreed to review them on my blog. Don't worry, it'll only be one or two a month. Sometimes Mike will leave the review because the product is more his style. And you might be interested in the items that I review. Whenever possible I will try to include a photo of the kids with the item so that the post will still be family-oriented. The first item is a Mike-item, so the review will come as soon as classes are over at St Vincent.