I am thinking... about my
In the first picture my mom was saying "Make a Wish." I then added, "Just think about your upcoming Golf Tournaments!" which triggered him to look up with that nice big grin. ;) I can't believe he is 16 already!
I am thankful for... my parents openness to life. My youngest brother, who was born the day before my 18th birthday, is just 4 years older than Captain. My children all LOVE playing with Uncle David!
I am hoping and praying... that we will be able to hire a contractor soon. It has been very challenging to come up with a plan/bid that falls into our budget. We are making progress though, and will be meeting with a contractor (to hopefully sign a contract) next Monday.
From the kitchen... I just finished putting a Spaghetti Sauce in the crockpot for tonight. I love it when I have dinner planned and started in the morning, it makes the evenings go so much smoother.
From the learning rooms... The boys finished a few of their workbooks for the year and are still plugging away with their other subjects. The girls are working on "W" Week and Water-colored Whales while I watched and read The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale after a lunch of Whale-Witches and Whale Crackers. I'll post more pictures from "W" week eventually!
Living the Liturgical Year at Home... this is the last week of the Easter season, and we will be celebrating Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, next Sunday! Sometime this week we will have our last Good Shepherd's Garden Party and then celebrate the feast of Pentecost on Sunday.
I am creating... a Windsock for Pentecost with the girls and the boys just started making some Marian Artist Trading Cards for Kimberlee's swap! I also need to paint a few more saints, hopefully this week.
I am wearing... a soft, blush pink (this color is no longer pictured) Twist Neck Pullover, layered over a cami, which I purchased at the suggestion of my cousin. I love it!
I am reading... lots of reviews on flooring, cabinets, and countertops. It is looking like our initial plan of "Granite Countertops and Hardwood Floors" for our remodel/addition is out of our budget (unless I can find an amazing deal!) so I am starting to look at all of the other options.
Other than that, and reading history and picture books to my children, I've had little time for much else. Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids is still sitting on my nightstand, and I am hoping to get back to it soon so I can move onto the next couple books on my list: Small Steps for Catholic Moms and The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir.
On my iTouch... Sleep Machine at the suggestion of my pediatrician! It is much more energy efficient than leaving the bathroom fan, hairdryer, or vacuum on when I need to set the baby down for a few minutes. She has been really extra fussy lately and the noise from those things puts her right to sleep.
Our little Rose... LOVES her Grandpa! She reaches for him every time she sees him and has already figured out how to wrap him right around her little finger. He loves that baby!
Noticing that... I have a new blog reader!! My MOM left a COMMENT on my post about our Trip to the Coast!!!!! This was exciting, especially considering that, over the past few years, she has only seen my blog a couple times (when I would show her something) and, as of a couple weeks ago, she had no idea how to even get on the computer and find my blog! I guess I had better start being careful about what I say about her now... Just kidding Mom! ;)
Towards personal care... I am noticing that it is SO. MUCH. HARDER. to lose weight (instead I started gaining!) after this last pregnancy than in the past. I am much more "homebound" than I use to be, and I am sure that being over 30 this time isn't helping things either. I now have a lot of weight to lose, so I started a "diet" on the 10th. Basically I am just trying to reduce the amount of carbs and sweets that I have been eating, and adding much more protein and vegetables to my diet. As of this morning I am down 7 pounds. I have also been looking into Light Weigh, and have been considering starting a group if I can find a couple friends in the area interested.
On keeping home... I'm taking notes from Sarah! Have you read her Homemaking Post? I found it so very inspiring! Ooh! I just popped over to her blog to find the link and noticed Sarah's Homemaking Q&A. I'll be heading back over to read that soon!
One of my favorite things... seeing the smiles on my children's faces when they are spending time with my Dad.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
The boys had Hockey last night and then Blue Knights tonight. We will also have our last Good Shepherd's Garden Party and then celebrate Pentecost on Sunday. I am so thankful that this week isn't as crazy as last week!
A Picture thought I am sharing: