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Picture Book Questions

May 16, 2013

James and Kevin were looking at a picture book today. It is called “Always Room for One More” or something like that. Here’s the conversation…

Kevin: Is this book Irish or something?

James: Why do you ask? Does it mention Ale?

Where do they come up with this stuff?

Here is the link to the book (no, I’m not an Amazon affiliate, athough maybe I should be.)

Heard in the Car Today

May 3, 2013

We had been in the car a little while and when we were almost home, this was heard:

Child #1 – “I reserve our bathroom.”

Child #2 – “I reserve Mom’s Bathroom.”

Child #3 (male) -“I reserve the tree in the front yard.”

Heard at the Art Museum Today…

April 26, 2013

We were there to see Dutch Masters. James looks at a Rembrandt painting of Jesus’ face and says to me, “I like the frame better than the painting.”

Edited to add what my friend who went with me heard (she’s got the better memory):

“I’m hungry.
Can I go to the next room.
Look at that drunk guy.
I’m thirsty.
Can you hold me.
Where are the statues?
That guy has a big honker (oh wait, that was YOU! LOL!).
look at the cute dogs.
Look at the depth perception in that painting.
Here goes mom talking about depth perception again.
Look at the lighting on that – it’s beautiful.
There’s a ship.
Can we go to the children’s playroom yet.
Why do you think I would be good at being the drunk in that painting – I’m offended.”

Four Years Old, She Is!

April 24, 2013

One of the more common of Mom’s annoyed remarks are, “Am I talking to a wall?” or “Talking to you is like talking to a wall.” So, tonight I was making one of those remarks and our little 4-year-old girl says, “What wall is that, Mom?”

When you ask a stupid question…

April 17, 2013

WARNING… This topic may not be appropriate for some children….


Tonight at the dinner table:


Kevin: We did a census with the kittens today.

Dad: Oh yeah?

Kevin: Yeah. 4 boys and 1 girl.

Mom: How do you know?

MaryEllen: By their butts!


Mom drops fork and starts cracking up!

Sunday Football

April 9, 2013

There is a young man at church who did not think that John could play football well. So, about 3 months ago John said, “Why don’t we play a game and then you can see.” They set the date for the first Sunday in April. Hearing about football every day around here is nothing new. However, the week before there seemed to be a lot more of that talk. Also, we got wind of a “secret weapon” that the other captain was planning. It was said that he was going to bring in a high ranked state high school player. Well, that didn’t seem to fair to us, but someone mentioned another young man who used to go to our church who now happened to be 6 foot 4 and a good athlete.

Prior to that, John was really training hard. Everyday he was out running up and down our very steep hill in the back. He was practicing throwing and catching whenever he could. He was bound and determined to win, even though he knew that most of the boys he was planning on picking didn’t play much football and he was much smaller than the other young man. He thought out strategies and watched film clips of plays on YouTube. He was prepared. (Photo’s by S. C. Thank you!)

IMG_6895 (During the picking of the teams)

The first Sunday in April arrived. First thing in the morning the boys were out practicing. Then they showered and prepared for Mass. They were all serving, which is an honor in itself. Then after Mass, we got ready to head to the park. The weather was gorgeous! You could not ask for a better day.

IMG_6909(Kick off!)

Several dads were officiating. Father joined in the first half on the other side. The other captain offered John the first pick in color of the flags, blue or yellow the week prior (it was flag football.) John chose blue for our Blessed Mother. After picking teams, and just before the opening kickoff, the blue team was nearly penalized when someone yelled, “We prayed to Our Lady of Victory for us and to Our Lady of Sorrows for you!” (Personally I thought that was rather funny!)

IMG_6916(Kevin making a catch and escaping the “secret weapon.”)


IMG_6943(Father throwing the ball)

IMG_6921 (John’s foot up in the air after a kick)

IMG_6966 (In almost every picture, John had a smile on his face.  He does love his football.)

At halftime the blue team was up by a touchdown (35-28 for the Blue).   If I remember correctly, sometime during the second half the yellow team was in the lead and then there was a tie.  (Edited to add:  I was not correct.  The blue team never fell behind, only tied or was ahead.)   Then the ball was intercepted by the blue team and then another touchdown. Someone ran over to us and yelled, “It’s over. The Blue team won!!” Yes, I was excited! It certainly looked as if everyone had a great time. And, thank God, no one was hurt.  Final Score was 63 – 49!!!

IMG_7042  (Victory jumps!  I think John was a little excited!)


IMG_7065 (Victory hugs.)

IMG_7116 (PB and his drums)

After the game, PB brought out his drum set and started playing. JB brought out his puppet and Kevin helped him to operate it. MaryEllen thought she lost my camera and everyone there started looking all over for it.  After about 15 minutes or so, she found it in her purse. I told her St. Anthony would find it and he did! After the game at the park, we went to a friend’s house and had a nice little party with a campfire. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.

A Day in the Life…

August 31, 2012

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.

March Almost Gone…

March 26, 2009

So many things to post…so little time.  Before my battery camera went, I actually had taken pictures and mean to post.  The first post I wanted to write was a “Signs of Spring” post. 

Signs of Spring, early March, 2009

We had some beautiful Spring-like days in the beginning of March.  The girls love to make beautiful mud cakes.  That is, they take the dirt and dress it up with beautiful greens and flowers.  MaryEllen very much likes pretty things.  I cannot wait until she is old enough to help decorate the house.  It will always be pretty with her around.

girls-and-mud-pies   me-with-pie

We took a walk down to the creek.  It was warm!  (The weather, not the creek).  We found our usual little snail shells, “Indian money,” and a nice piece of bark with some growth on it. 


We went out and picked some lovely daffodils. 


john   shabby

A few days later, my next post would have been titled, “SNOW!”


Not just any snow, FIVE INCHES!!!  Down here in Bodenburg, that is extremely rare!  Kevin went outside and told me there was about 4 inches.  My reply, “No there’s  not.”   Boy was I wrong.  Joe went out with a ruler.  It was beautiful and lasted a few days. 

snow-1     snow-2


On to present things…Joe has been plowing.  We have a pumpkin patch plowed, a regular garden space, and a large space for the children to plant watermelon and gourds.  We’ll see how they do with weeding this year.  They insist (as they do every year) that they will keep up with the weeding.  We’ll see. 

Perhaps I need to go out right now and get pictures of the girls with the blooms.  I saw that the iris plants have buds on them.    Also we had a tremendous amount of rain yesterday.  We have a pond in Frisky’s field and the side stream is running hard and fast, perhaps harder and faster than it has since before we moved here.  The damn burst!  With that went all of Joe’s plumbing to the old water system.  Generally that is how we water the pumpkin patch.  I have no doubt that he’ll come up with something else.

One more story and then I must go.  I had a customer here for a tax return.  She was a 72 year old lady.  The children were told not to come into the school room (also my office) while the person was here.  Never-the-less, right in the middle of the tax return the door opened slowly.  I then see a little arm and hand holding underpants.  A little voice said, “Mama, can you help put these on?”  Charlotte was naked from the waist down.  I had to excuse myself to go help her.  What a humbling moment.  The client didn’t mind, but I know my face was a lovely shade of red.

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:





A Little Saint Confusion

March 14, 2008

Some of the feast days are being changed this year due to Holy Week.  As I read at someone else’s blog, the saints don’t mind so why should we? 

 Anyway, MaryEllen has really been looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day.  Today she asked, “Does St. Patrick bring us presents like St. Nicholas does?”   I told her he does not.  Her reply was, “Then what does he do?”  Then James chimed in, “He probably doesn’t care anymore because all people care about anymore is leprechauns.  Leprechauns have red or orange hair and a beard, kind of like Abe Lincoln.  Expect Abe Lincoln didn’t have red or orange hair.”   Then MaryEllen wanted to know if people really have red and orange hair.  You just gotta love kids’ thinking!