Announcement: We now have THREE teenagers in the house!
Honestly, most of the time it is rather enjoyable.
We made a cake for James’s birthday and he insisted on putting the candles on the cake. (I’m sorry for the poor quality pictures!)
As you can imagine, a lot of things happened so far in this Autumn. I haven’t used the camera very much, but sometimes the children get it. Therefore, I have some random photos to post.
First of all, Kevin turned 14. Speaking of Kevin, I believe he grew the night before last. He was standing in the kitchen and I walked up next to him and had to look higher than before to look in his eyes. He said perhaps the reason was that he had his shoes on. We booth looked down to find that I also had my shoes on. He took his shoes off and he was still pretty tall. He walked in the room where we have the section of wall that contains their measurements. We did not officially measure (we’re missing a big tissue box around here, an essential tool for wall measuring) and I could see he was taller than the last line which already towers above all other children an his mother.
Next, for the first time in many years we went to an apple orchard. The camera was present and in my hand! When I started taking pictures, the battery died. Yes, I was a little annoyed!! However, if you would like to see how the trip went you can visit Emily’s blog. I have known Emily for many years, but finally got to meet her that day! Also, please pray for her as she is expecting and we’re all so excited and happy for her and her family.
Another huge event that took place in October was James was Confirmed. He took the name Tarcisius. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a single picture. I know some other people got some, but I’ve not seen any. It was a lovely day. There was a reception afterwards and then his sponsor took us out for dinner! (Thanks Vince and Joan!)
Now, on to the random pictures. It seems that MaryEllen took several of the following pictures…
Leaving the football field:
Some of Vincent:
That’s all that is in this batch! Hope you enjoyed them.
Today started out as another ordinary day. Just to note, that certainly does not mean boring. Vincent is at a wonderful age now, especially wonderful for me because he loves his Mom. I woke up this morning to him rubbing my back! How cute is that? I got out of bed and went to the kitchen. He’s a little impatient while waiting for cooking. However, I did get the oatmeal cooked and then we sat on the bench together. I fed him, as I do every morning, and the little lovey will play a little, kicking his legs or with a matchbox, and then give me a big hug. He is just so sweet. So, on with the day.
The normal hustle and bustle starts. “John, did you get your math corrections done?” John replies, “No.” “Well, why don’t you do them now?” John says, “Um, I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet.” I told him that would be good for him. In the meantime, James watches the baby so I can go out for a walk. It’s has been several days and boy does it feel like it! Ugh! Back in the house I go to get cleaned up. While in the bathroom, I hear a familiar engine hum, peek out the window and see the big brown truck coming up the driveway.
“UPS is here!” I call out.
A few minutes later, Kevin knocks at the door. “The package is for me!!!!” I tell him to be sure someone gets pictures. Kevin’s birthday is coming up, you see, so the assumption is that it is a birthday present from his Godmother. The assumption was correct. Screams of teenage joy can now be heard throughout the house! “It must be good,” I think. It is.
Thank you to Kevin’s Godmother!!! He loves it. Lord of the Rings Leggos!!!! How exciting.
After seeing that, I snuck out to make a phone call to my husband. “What leggo set did you get for Kevin?” His reply, “The same one she got him.” Kevin was so excited he had already called his dad. Dear Husband assures me that he’ll look for something else today.
Now I’m taking a moment to upload photos and see what kind of pictures we have. My camera just told me we have 116 pictures and videos. Something tells me that the kids have been using my camera!
Sorry that the pictures didn’t come out too well:
Correction: It is MaryEllen who took the photos. James just put it back on the auto/regular settings.
Happy Birthday to my Sweetheart! We hope you had a wonderful day!
He didn’t want cake. He wanted vanilla ice cream (Soy Dream) and Cherries. Here he is enjoying his treats…
And here are the other boys enjoying their treats…
What’s this, no pictures of Veronica? Well, she slept through the treats that night. Less to clean up!
Thank you to everyone who sent a card. Joe was going to wait until his actual birthday to open them, but the kids wouldn’t let him. We sat, as a family, each afternoon. Joe opened the cards and we laughed, oohed and aahed and had a wonderful time hearing from everyone. What a great 60th birthday gift! God bless you all.
Where do I start. Well, first, no new garden pictures. We got out there today. The boys were required to do an hour of weeding, in 15 minute increments. James was the first one out there and he was the time keeper. He was also the first one done. There has been a lot of growth. Pictures will follow later this week. Joe had told me that the weed situation in the pumpkin patch was not too bad. This evening, I went up there and it was a little worse than I thought. However, the good news is, the plants are growing well! Someday I still have to get the pumpkin post up, but when that will be, only God knows. My Pink Jumbo Banana seeds did not come up. I’m not sure what happened there, but we’ll have to try them another year. Everything else has come up. One Long of Naples hill did not come up, but a few others did. They are so much fun because they grow so big and well.
Last year around Christmas, Uncle Tom told the children that he would get them a present later on. I think they all forgot about it because they never said anything to me about it. Uncle Tom came over the other day and started building something in the “football field.” The children didn’t know what it was until the frame was done. A trampoline! Thank you, Uncle Tom and Tarin, for the wonderful Christmas present! (Yes, I had to try it, too! It IS fun!)
This past week we went to a Baptism, well some of us did. Baby Mary Rose was Baptised and the girls, James, and I went. Joe took the other boys to the Latin Mass because they were on the schedule to serve. It was just beautiful and I got to hold Mary Rose several times! She was not quite 3 weeks old. It was so nice!
Happy belated Memorial Day! We were coming home from Mass, and stopped at a local motel where a bunch of people were standing. No, we don’t usually stop to talk to strangers, but these people we had read about in the paper. They were from France and the city or town that they lived in was liberated by the United States military during World War II. The commander of the US forces that day lives in one of the local towns, he is 91 years old. The mayor of this french town and several others were there. We communicated through an interpreter. They were all so happy we stopped and they really enjoyed seeing the children. It is amazing how those people from that town love the Americans who came and helped liberate their town. Before we left, that old commander arrived, so we got to meet him as well. After that, we went to a different local town to their ceremony. At one part there is a reading of the names of the veterans of that county who passed away in the previous year, followed by a single bell ring. We knew two of the veterans this year.
Another fun thing that happened is Charlotte turned 5 this past week! She is just a joy to see and is so loving and happy (most of the time.) She was ecstatic when things started arriving in the mail. Thanks to Mom-Mom, Sr. Mary, Laura, Aunt Maddie, and Aunt Mary Lou for your mailings. They really mean so much. On the night of her Birthday we had a dinner and Uncle Tom was able to be here, along with a good friend of the girls and her Dad, and our adopted grandmother. We had a wonderful evening filled with good food and good company.
On top of everything else, I’ve gone into a sewing mood. I have found that through the years the mood has to strike me. Well, it struck me the other day. Today MaryEllen said, “Gee, Mom, you are sewing quite a bit lately.” Yes, I am. I have started the binding on one of the boys quilts, and have been working on the hand quilting for a quilt that I appliqued 7 years ago. I have also started a baby quilt, which is a little frustrating because I think the pattern in the older magazine is not quite right. Getting in contact with that company has been a little difficult. We have been going to yard sales (long story, but it’s in my blood!) and been finding fabric. MaryEllen is sewing away, making applique decorations with some of the scraps and even writing with her thread. One day a few weeks ago, there was an e-mail from the somewhat local quilt shop about a new block of the month. The owner of the shop had talked to me about this before because the book is called “The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt” and it is based on letters from the 1920’s farm wives. What makes it exciting for me is the fabrics that were used are a lot of Civil War Era reproduction fabrics. They are my absolute favorite!!! So, when the e-mail arrived, I immediately responded and told her to save me a spot. Today was the day the first kits were to be ready. The people at the shop have made it as easy as possible, cutting many of the pieces and including Thangles when they could. The expected output is about 10 blocks per month. There are 111 blocks. I am really looking forward to starting it! The kids and I took a ride to the shop to get the goodie bag today. I am also happy with the affordability of this block of the month. If it were not so reasonable, I would not be able to do it.
OK, enough of my rambling….here are some pictures. Unfortunately, I have not taken too many, but 5-year-old Charlotte shines….
The girls all took a color of jewelry and dressed up for the occasion. Check out Veronica’s boots!
Where are the boys? I’ll have to try to get some pictures of them on here soon.
My Dad, when he was alive, was always around when I had babies. As he got older he lived to see his grandchildren. When Kevin was born he said, “Kevin from Heaven.” Not wanting to hurt John’s feelings he added, “John and Kevin from Heaven.” Why am I thinking of that? Kevin from Heaven is now eleven! (I feel a poem coming on!)
As usual, Aunt Mary Lou sends the coolest gifts. (Thank you, Aunt Mary Lou.) We have some pictures of Kevin opening them. I won’t put too many other pictures up, but we had a playdate here for his birthday with a LOT of children, and two cakes even! Kevin enjoyed his birthday this year. Thank you to all who were there!
What a sweetheart she is. When she gets upset with you, she puts on her angry eyebrows. Yet she is so sensitive that one unkind word from a brother will get her crying. She is very giving, always ready to share and give away what she has. She loves the baby, picking Veronica up every time I turn my back. What a gift Charlotte is to our whole family. We thank God for this little girl every day. Here are some pictures from her birthday…
We want to thank Aunt Mary Lou, Aunt Maddie and Mom-Mom for the great gifts. We do so appreciate you thinking of our little children every year.
Today the girls and I are home. They are coughing and I am feeling cruddy. Other than that, it is a beautiful Sunday here in Bodenburg! My stinkin’ class was over last Monday. I was walking around like a little child on Christmas, all giddy and excited. It is amazing what a class that you don’t like can do to you. I did manage to get an A, but I just could not stand it! So, now I’m taking my first college accounting class in….well…let me think about this…how long? Seventeen years? No, can that be possible? I guess so. It sure is a lot of work, but I love it!
Our MaryEllen turned 6. My first little girl is 6 years old already. I cannot believe it. She was healthy for her birthday, thank God. We had cake a couple of days before because some friends were over. We didn’t have cake on her actual birthday, but we had pizza and that is all the rage here. Heard the next day was, “Mom, when are you going to make pizza again?” Aunt Mary Lou’s package arrived and the gifts were wonderful. It was hard to get MaryEllen to take the clothes off the next day so they could be washed. She loves the drawing set and takes it with her where ever she can.
Now, here’s the token baby pictures.
Have a great week!