Sunday, July 19, 2009
I hate how the seasons seem to just run right into each other. Not only speaking of weather but holidays and such. School supplies are already on the shelves and it feels like the kids just started their summer break. Soon I will be purchasing uniforms for two kids and buying crayons, pencils and glue. I think I even saw a Halloween decoration out when I was a the dollar store the other day. Life is in full swing.
While shopping at Kroger's the other day I saw King's Island tickets on sale. I stopped and added up what the cost would be for our family and quickly decided it was to great to spend right now at their ages. The next day when I went into work there was a sign posted that our company picnic was going to be held at King's Island. I was so excited to say the least and hurried to call home and share the news. Jason. Me, Ethan and Jude will be going for the day. I will find a sitter for the younger two since they will not enjoy it as much as us. By the way I am looking for a sitter that day if any of you blog readers are interested.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Cute picture of the boys
One of the nice gentleman working noticed I am always taking the pictures. So he offered to take some pictures when I was helping the kids.
Love this picture od Caleb
Jason and Caleb
Sorry my pictures are kind of blurry. My camera is doing some weird things these days.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Aubrey went for her 9 month check up yesterday. I know I can't believe she is 9 months already. She is doing well and growing like a weed. She weighs 20 pounds and is 29 1/2 inches long. She is sitting up and rolling around but no crawling or pulling up on furniture yet. She does scoot backwards a little when she is on her belly. I can't say that it makes me sad she is not mobile. She is eating like a little piggy. All her fruits and vegetables. We will probably start meats in the next couple weeks. She claps her hands and even on cue. She says la la la la and mouths Da Da Da. We are working on bye bye.
Caleb is a little stinker as always. He is into everything and you always have to keep your eye on him. He likes to pretend to cook but unfortunately wants to use the real oven. We have melted Legos not realizing they were in there. He also loves to put together his flexible race track and loves his babies. His babies are his stuffed animals. He carries them around and rocks them. Puts them in Aubrey rocker and hugs and kisses them saying " Awe Baby". I love that he has such a sweet little sensitive side. He also is in love with the Zoo and is finally starting to venture into the pool a little more(we could barely get him in the water last year).
Jude is enjoying the summer. His hair is white blond and he is working on is golden tan. Which he doesn't have to work to hard. He is into fixing his hair lately. He gets up everyday and and uses Jason's gel to fix his hair. I just did hair cuts and left the top longer so he could spike it. He really enjoyed bible school and is looking forward to starting Kindergarten in the Fall. He is becoming a really good underwater swimmer and is a pretty good bowler.
Ethan is really growing into a big boy. Even though he can push the limits sometimes he really can be a good boy and very helpful. He is also enjoying his summer vacation and becoming very tan. He loves the diving board and slides at the pool. I think he will probably be a dare devil child judging by the rides he chose to ride at our towns festival. He is becoming a more confident reader and excellent at math. He also just lost another tooth on the bottom and has three more that are getting close.
Jason and I are doing great. Busy as usual with work and home life. We have a big to do list of projects we would like to get done around the house this summer.
We are having fun going through our summer fun list. We have spent several days at the splash park and pool, gone bowling, visited the zoo several times, enjoyed our week at VBS and afternoons at the park. Our 4th of July weekend is packed with parties and a Home Depot workshop on Saturday morning.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Our Saint of the day was St. Juan Diego
We made brownies
Our craft was Our Lady of Guadalupe Wind Socks(very cute)
The kids broke open a pinata for activity which was filled with WWJD? bracelets
In music we did a mexican hat dance and practiced our saint song
In our story we learned that St Juan Diego was
- A Mexican peasant
-Virgin Mary appeared to him twice asking him to go to the bishop and have him build a church on that site where she appeared
-The bishop did not believe him after the first appearance and asked for proof
-After the second appearance she made roses grow in the frozen soil
-Juan Diego gathered up the flowers in his cloak and took them to the bishop. When he laid the flowers before him the bishop did not look at the flowers for all he saw was the image of Mary on Juan Diego's cloak
Our saint of the day was Blessed Kateri Tekewitha
We made corn bread
Our craft was Indian rain sticks
It was hot and because of the rain last night the Mary Garden was mushy so we sat and passed around different hand made Indian items and ate Popsicles
In music we did a mexican chant about Blessed Kateri
Our story about Blessed Kateri we learned-
-She was a Mohawk Indian
-Orphaned at age 4 (parents and baby brother died of smallpox)
-growing up she wanted to learn more about Christ and became christian like her mother
-she was baptized at the age of 22 and given the name Kateri which is Mohawk for Catherine
-Her christian views were frowned upon by the Mohawk tribe so she left the tribe and traveled over 2 months to the catholic mission of St Francis Xavier
-Kateri's motto became " Who can tell me what is most pleasing thing to God that I may I do it?"
-She made a vow of perpetual virginity so she would remain unmarried and live a life devoted to Christ
-She died at age 24 of small pox and her last words were Jesus I love you.
-Moments after dying all her smallpox were cleared away
-She is still in the process of being canonized a saint
The day was finished off with a Procession lead by St. Joseph and each tribe wearing crowns of the saint they picked for their tribe(Ours was St. Nicholas and Ethan's was St. Rose). We all sang and did the hand motions for When The Saints Go Marching In.
Bye the way way my ankle is feeling much better. After wrapping it,applying ice, and keeping it elevated. I was able to make it through the last two days of bible school. It was a really great week both the boys and I enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot. I will definitely be volunteering again next year.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We made chocolate chip bread
Our craft was book marks with beads and a Cross at the end
We practiced When The Saints Go Marching In and learned another song in music
Our outside activity just turned into playing on the playground because it was so hot
Our video was a couple different veggie tales movies
In our story about St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton we learned
- She was the first American born saint
- Did not become catholic until after she was married
-Her mom died when she was 3 so she often prayed to the Virgin Mary for motherly guidance
-She started the first catholic school and it was free because most families could not afford to pay
-She founded the sisters of charity which that is the order that run Mount St. Joseph college in Cincinnati
-She died at the age of 42 of tuberculosis
Now the hurt ankle part. While taking 6 boys to the bathroom I managed to fall down a couple steps.I twisted my ankle but it didn't feel to bad. hen when I got home I was walking down my steps at home my ankle gave out and I twisted it again really hurting my ankle. It is wrapped with ice and I am waiting for the swelling to go down a little to get some x rays to determine if it is sprained or if something is broken. It hurts really bad and I can hardley walk. I am really hoping that tomorrow it feels better.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We made banana bread
For craft they made animal puppets(Ethan's group made bug catchers)
In music we learned another verse to When The Saints Go Marching In and a song about animals
Our story was about St Francis of Assisi
-He grew up as a son of a rich merchant and did not want for anything
- He went to war where he was captured and imprisoned for a year where he became very sick.
This is when he was called from god to serve him and aide the poor.
- He gave up all his worldly items including the clothes on his back to do as God wanted
- He was name the patron saint of animals because of his gentleness with them and because in the village where he lived there was a dangerous wolf which would hurt other animals and small children. This wolf right away took to Francis and became tame.
At the end of the day we gathered in the Mary Garden where we had a blessing of pets. Jason brought Ruffles up to get blessed.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Our saint of the day was St. Therese The Little Flower
We made wheat bread(we will make a different bread everyday)
The kids painted wood garden signs
We learned a song about St. Therese and started learning the verses and hand motions to When The Saints Come Marching In
One of our Deacons told us a story about St. Therese
- She became a french nun at the young age of 14
- She died at 24 of tuberculosis
-She saw the good in everyone and viewed people as flowers
-Her jobs in the convent were cooking and cleaning. She was proud of these jobs and would offer them up to god.
These our just a few facts about St. Therese
The kids then watched a movie and then we met in the church for a final prayer to end the day.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Ethan going down the slide
Caleb in the center of sprinkling water
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This is a picture from Ethan's birthday book.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
- Silverlake( The recreation center we belong it has an outdoor and indoor pool and lots of other things for the kids to do)
- Splash Parks
- Berry picking
- Bowling(Super Bowl in Erlanger has free bowling for kids June1st- July 3rd)
- Putt Putt Golf
- Reds game
- Movies( Great Escapes in Wilder has a free movie for kids on t,w,th throughout the summer).
- Home Depot kids workshops(1st sat of every month 9-12)
- St. Joes Crescent Springs festival August 8,9,10
- Vacation Bible School (June 22- June 26)
- Summer reading program at the library
I hope everyone has a great summer!! Below are a few pictures from saturdays visit to Home Depot.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
- My work schedule
- Jason's work schedule
- School schedules ( Ethan, Jude and Jason)
- Doctors appointments for four children
- Chiropractor appointments for 6 people
- Eye doctor appointments
- My haircut appointments
- Various meetings at church( Holy name society, mops, volunteer work)
- Birthday parties
- Any other extra activities or gatherings
With that being said I have to to say that I am so thankful for only having to deal with school schedules for three more days. Then it will be off for summer break and hopefully a nice fun filled summer for the kids and a slight break in the schedule madness us.
Friday, May 29, 2009
- Look for restaurants where kids eat free. We keep a mental note of what restaurants offer kids eat free and on what night. You can also go to http://www.mykidseatfree.com/ to get a list of restaurants in your area.
- Look for a dollar menu
- Skip the kids menu and order a regular entree and split it between the kids. Especially when you are at a restaurant that offers chips and salsa or rolls prior to your meal. My kids seem to fill up even before the entree arrives.
- Order water or one drink and split between the kids. Most restaurants even fast food offer free refills.
- Be aware of the kids meal prices before you go. Some kids meal prices are outrageous($3.50 to $ 5 is too much). We like Bob Evans because most of the kids meals are $1.99 and there meal choices are healthier than most.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Jason and I both take a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Mine is a prenatal(since I am always pregnant or nursing).
We also take a Multi Omega 3-6-9 supplement(Swanson brand)
Nordic Naturals Multivitamin and Omega 3 - both of these are gummies and they are organic
Natures way probiotics(click here for info on yeast in your body)
Sickness in addition to a chiropractic adjustment
Elderberry Syrup(sniffles,coughs anything respiratory) by Nature's way or Swanson brand
Nutribiotic Ear Drops w/ tea tree oil and grapefruit extract(earaches or questionable ear infections
Tea Tree oil by itself is also great to put in a pot of boiling water to admit into the air (helps colds or congestion) Do Not Ingest
Jason and I also like Defense Plus by Nutribiotic( take at first sign of illness)
Sometimes things just need to run there coarse and in those cases a humidifier, Vick's plug ins or vapor rub and a mothers love will do the trick
Note* These are just therapies that I have found works through my own personal research and I am in no way prescribing anything. I encourage everyone to research there own therapies.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Not to much going on around here today. Laundry, cleaning, taking kids to and from school. We did manage to get outside and enjoy the nice weather with the kids at the park. So glad the weather is perking up and just in time for summer break for the kids.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
So my next step is going to be doing a yeast test. Give him supplements to kill the yeast and boost the good bacteria he should have in his gut. This is a good idea that anyone should consider doing because most people don't realize that they probably do have yeast in their bellies(which can cause you to crave sugar and other junk food) and need a little boost of the good stuff with probiotics. To be perfectly honest though I don't know that this is going to make a difference with his " ADD/Impulsive" problem because I do not believe he has a problem. Ethan is a typical 7 yr old little boy who struggles with reading , has alot of energy,needs more guidance and stricter punishments for wrong doing, and is being misdiagnosed by his teachers. Don't get me wrong I think teachers are great and respect there job. I do think there are kids out there who do have ADD. I have read stories about there behaviors and maybe they do need some medications to help. Sure Ethan may exhibit a quality or two of these children but overall he does not. I will continue to go down my list and try my different options but in the end if there is no change then there was nothing that needed to change. I guess at that point we will switch schools or home school. I will continue to pray that the Lord gives me guidance and helps me make the right decisions for Ethan's overall well being.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
My mom is 15yrs old.
Her favorite color is pink.
She has brown hair and blue eyes.
Her favorite food is shrimp.
Her favorite thing to do is clean the dishes.
It then said Happy Mother's Day and Jude's signature. It cracks me up that he thinks I like to do dishes.
Just a little of kids say the darnedest. Today we were at my parents house and we were going to grill out for dinner. Shortly after arriving I decided to go ahead and prepare the salad, cut the fruit and get the chicken marinating so when my sister Chris arrived (who is expecting) everything would be ready except grilling the meat. Jude came up to me and said "Mom why is Mama making you do all the work". It was very cute.