Archive for January, 2009

Heard While Changing a Diaper

January 25, 2009

Mom:  Let’s put some powder on today.

3 Year Old (in a sweet gentle voice):  Perhaps that will make it more easy for it to not get spanked.

Veritatis: The Cartoon

January 20, 2009

You might be inclined to check out this cartoon blog.

Beware, it’s political! LOL!

Playoffs Today…

January 18, 2009

John still loves NFL Football.  Since the playoff are today, I asked for predictions.  I’ll put the short ones first and leave John’s commentary for the end.  Please leave a comment, as John loves to hear your opinions and predictions.

Dad—

Philadelphia Eagles – 26
Arizona Cardinals – 30

Baltimore Ravens – 17
Pittsburgh Steelers – 28

Kevin

Philadelphia Eagles – 24
Arizona Cardinals – 21

Baltimore Ravens – 33
Pittsburgh Steelers – 14

Mom

Doesn’t really care, except I hope Pittsburgh wins!

John’s Commentary…

PART 1

————————Players to Watch—————————

On the Eagles, QB Donovan McNabb has been dynamite during the playoffs, and threw 300 yards while playing the Giants last week.   McNabb’s strategy is to throw screen passes to two players, Brian Westbrook, the Eagles’ leading receiver, and Corral Buckholder.  McNabb’s best target when going deep is DeSean Jackson  – the team’s big punt returner – who ran 108 yards vs. Minnesota two weeks ago.  He leads the Eagles’ receiving yards.

On the Cardinals side, watch WR Larry Fitzgerald.  Larry led the NFC in catches and the team in yards.  QB Kurt Warner had his favorite target set (Fitzgerald), and last week finished the game with 8 catches for 166 yards.  Another player to watch will be CB Domanque Rodgers Cromartie.  The rookie CB never played football in high school or college.  He walked onto a team in the Senior Bowl and intercepted 3 passes…that got the Cardinal’s attention.  Domanque led the team with 4 interceptions and has 2 interceptions in the playoffs.

—————————–My Prediction————————

I think Philadelphia has the upper hand with defense, offense, and returns.  Arizona is good with return coverage and will probably do a good job stopping DeSean Jackson and Quintin Demps.  I think Philly’s got it, 23-21.

—————————-My Hopes——————————

I really hope Arizona loses confidence early and loses 52-0.  I know it won’t happen, but I have to say I’m an Eagles fan.

PART 2

—————————————Players to Watch————————————

On Pittsburgh there is RB Wallie Parker.  Willie ran 147 yards last week and ran two touchdowns.  Willie was injured early in the season and missed most of it.  Also, there’s LB James Harrison, who led the AFC in sacks (15).  Harrison has been a hard hitter this season with his bone-braking hits.  One more player to watch is Troy Polamalu.  (Go on NFL.com to look at Troy’s interceptions and don’t miss his plays on video!)  Troy tied for 2nd in the NFL for interceptions (7) and made some of the biggest plays of the year. 

On the Baltimore side, Ed Reed is the big threat on the Raven’s defense.  Ed lead the NFL in interceptions (9) and has intercepted 3 during this post season.  Ed holds the NFL record for the longest interception.  He ran a 108 yard interception for a touch down, where he broke his own record of 107 yards set back in 2004.

————————-My Hopes and Predictions——————————

My hope is a Pittsburgh win 33-30 OT.  But knowing the Ravens defense, my hopes are demolished.  I think Baltimore’s got it 24-17 due to Ben Roethlisberger’sbad throws this season against strong defenses.

——————-My Super Bowl Prediction—————————-

(For now, anyway!)  Baltimore and Philadelphia match up and Philadelphia barely pulls it out of a last minute field goal, 24-23.

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There you have it…straight from our own personal sports announcer, John.

Today at Co-Op

January 16, 2009

Today we attended our very first home school co-op.  One of James’ classes was Spanish.  When asked what he learned that day his reply was, “Wellll….mostly Spanish.” 

Can you imagine what I wouldn’t know if these kids were in school?

A Little Rant (since my husband is asleep)

January 11, 2009

My current course in my university studies is “Visual Literacy in Business.”  I can NOT stand it!!!!  I am the least creative, visual person I know.  If I can get through this class the rest should be cake.  I even have my handy-dandy St. Jude bookmark in the text book for good measure. 

The first writing assignment is all about a logo.  Can you guess what logo?  An Apple!!  Of all the logos, as if my life is not already filled enough with Apple computers, I have to write about it. 

Now, one really neat thing that happened is somehow I got it in my head that this written assignment needed to be 8 pages long.  As I was panicking about having only one and a quarter pages complete and nearly being finished with answering the questions and being out of things to say, something told me to go back and check.  All I could find was a reference to a “short paper.”  So I thought, “I better go figure out where I came up with 8 pages.”  Well, the final paper has to be 8 pages.  This assignment really does need to be short.  I am elated over this!!!  I was so happy I went to tell my husband about it.  But, he is sleeping, so, here I am blogging. 

Another really neat thing is reading up, just a little, on how the Apple icon came to be.  There are some pretty cool websites, mostly blogs that give a little history.  Did you know that according to Neatorama.com, a man named Ronald Wayne, who co-founded Apple, “relinquished his stock (10% of the company) for a one-time payment of $800 because he thought Apple was too risky!”?  He is probably still kicking himself! 

Well, enough posting.  I have to finish writing that short paper that I am almost done with!  Yeah!!!

Random Pictures

January 10, 2009

 

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At Uncle Tom’s:

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James Entertaining Veronica

January 10, 2009

I heard keyboard music coming from the living room one day.   When I investigated, I had to go get the camera.  I snuck up on James while he was with Veronica.  This is what I saw:

 

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Sunday Dresses

January 10, 2009

Here are more pictures of the girls in their dresses:

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This picture is posted especially for Kathleen, Mary Quinn, & Anna Maria:

sunday-dress-veronica (Click on the pictures to enlarge.)

Christmas

January 10, 2009

We had a lovely Christmas.  The children awoke before 4 am!  What a way to wake up!  They enjoyed opening presents and finding the baby Jesus in the manger.  The manger is taken out at the beginning of Advent.  Pieces of yarn representing straw are placed in the manger one at a time for every good deed that is done so that Jesus will have a nice soft bed on His birthday.  christmas-08-1

We went to the Extraordinary form of the Mass and John and Kevin served.  It was a beautiful Mass.  Of course, this was Veronica’s first Christmas.  In what is becoming a family tradition, she wore the dress that her sisters wore for their first Christmas’s as did their cousin 18 years ago.  veronica-first-christmas

Advent Pilgrimage

January 10, 2009

The children and I took a trip on beautiful December day to Hanceville and Cullman, Alabama.  The first stop was to the beautiful Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  We saw the new Lourdes replica and the outside of the John Paul II Eucharistic building.  There is a beautiful bronze statue of the late Pope.  hanceville-nov-08  They have also added a new fountain that is a nice touch at a crossroads place on the walking path.hanceville-nov-08-2

I didn’t think the children would really enjoy the grotto too much because we have been there a few times.  I was mistaken.  They loved it and were finding all kinds of images in the miniature cities that they had either forgotten about or were seeing for the first time.  Ave Maria grotto is a place where you can spend hours looking and/or visit several times.

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A little later in December, we were surprised with a visit by our good friends Maddie & Glenn from New Jersey.  They couldn’t stay too long because the weather was threatening to freeze farther north, but we did get to take them to the Shrine as well.