Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Recap

Happy Easter!!

Hope your Easter Sunday was lovely

Ours was:

 starting with baskets filled with a bit of candy, a toy and an book for all the littles,
then off to Mass with Mommy for these two (Daddy was singing at a later Mass).

 Attempts at pictures while still looking lovely in our Sunday best
 with Mommy remembering to actually get in some of the pictures;

and then the hunt was on throughout the backyard.

Finally later in the evening we again hosted members of the Triduum choir (past and present) Dr Daddy sings with for dinner.

There are unfortunately few photos as I was throughly enjoying the wonderful food and fellowship of these wonderful multi-talented singers and cooks.

A Very Blessed Day Indeed.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Quick Takes #153 ~ Caitlin at 15 months

And in another installment of blog as baby book:

  1. Cruising is your big new accomplishment and one you are interested in trying out as often as possible.  Your big sister's stroller has been put back into service and is your favorite 'aide' but really anything will do.  Now the question is when will you let go and try walking in 'hands-free' mode??
  2. Sleeping continues to be good. A couple colds and 3 new teeth had you again feeding once in the night but you've of late returned to sleeping thru the night.  Still nursing most of the way to sleep but able settle yourself back down once I move you to the crib to nap or for the night.
  3. Your current vocabulary is small but consistent; Mama, Dad(Dat), hi, bye, nose, eyes, shoes, juice (anything in a cup), teeth.  You've started shaking your head 'No' and have quite the high pitched shriek when unhappy.
  4. You continue to be a good eater happy to try most things and with 11 teeth now we are offering you more and more.  I really can't think of anything you won't try a bite or two.  Favorites include yogurt, noodles, cheese and ice cream.  You are starting to show interest in using a spoon yourself.
  5. You still love music and are likely sway and bounce anytime you hear some.  Stacking blocks and big Duplos will hold your interest as will your 'treasure chest'; now that you are more mobile you are wanting more and more to join in whenever your big brother and sister are playing.
  6. Current cuteness ~ during evening prayers you actually try and make the sign of the cross; specifically the 'holy spirit' gesture: years earlier than either of your siblings.  You also like to blow kisses and try and tickle us.
  7. Thank you for continuing to be a lovely laid-back, nap on the run, gracious multi sibling hug recipient, happy to here person.
Please head over to Conversion Diary for more Quick 7 Takes!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Liebster Award 2014

Laura of String of Pearls has graciously nominated me for a Liebster Award!!

The Liebster Award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word meaning dearest. The award is given to up-and-coming bloggers who deserve recognition and support to keep on blogging.

Here are the "rules":
1. Answer the 11 questions given to you
2. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
3. Choose 5* bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
(I'm abbreviating a bit to try and avoid tag-backs)
4. Go to each blogger's page and let them know about the award.
5. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog!

Laura's Questions:
1. Do you have a favorite saint with whom you feel a special kinship? (Who is it, and why?)
   Saint Therese du Liseaux for a long time, Saint Elisabeth of Hungary and Saint Elizabeth Anne    Seton since becoming a mom.

2. Do you have a "bucket list"?  (And if so, what's the first item on the list?)
    I don't as of yet have an official written down bucket list but a short one in my head which include things like 1) parasailing 2) visiting Mont St Michel 3) climbing Mt Chocorua

3. Where is your favorite place to swim: a heated pool, a freshwater lake, or the ocean?
      Pool, though the ocean is a close second

4. What are three words that describe you?  (Sorry--I hate it when people ask me questions like that.)
        Warm, Caring, Kind

5. Are you fluent in a second language?
       I wish ~ my understanding of French both written and spoken is decent but my ability to speak is not fluent and my writing is awful.

6. Do you like to travel, or are you more of a homebody?  
   Love to travel and see new places ~ and then go home.

7. What's your all-time favorite book (if you can name just one; if not, how about your three favorites)?
     Even three is tough, but today's favorites: 1) Persuasion 2) Cloister Walk  3)  Anne of Green Gables (the whole series if that is not too much of a cheat).

8. Do you love to cook (or would you rather eat out and have someone else do it)?
    I love to eat my husbands cooking and as I work through my insecurities about my ability ~ am learning to enjoy it myself.  

9. If you could only have one dessert for the rest of your life (a horrible prospect, I know!), what would you choose?
   Ice Cream ~ definitely, Coffee ~ probably

10. Is there a particular work of Catholic art that is your favorite?  (Share the image with us, if you can.)
     No one piece of art comes to mind but I think stained glass is an amazing genre celebrated in the Catholic tradition.

11. What inspired you to begin your blog?
Setting something down of my experience as part scrapbook/journal ~ and join the blogging community because as I settled into my role as a mostly SAHM I was feeling a bit cut-off from the world.

My questions:
  1. Favorite breakfast?
  2. First presidential election you remember?
  3. Home decorating style? favoring which time period?
  4. Favorite ice cream flavor?
  5. And what is going on top? (Fave toppings?)
  6. What country/culture fascinates you most?
  7. Planner or spur of the moment personality?
  8. Favorite board game?
  9. White, milk or dark chocolate?
  10. Favorite Easter basket candy?
  11. You are hosting a 3 movie marathon: what is the theme or featured artist? 

My nominees: 

The Fisk Files by Britt

Cedar & Tiny Flowers by Katrina

Having Left the Altar by Katherine

This Felicitous Life by Laura

Joie de Vivre by Lisa

My thanks again to Laura for this wonderful honor!

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 minute friday: Writer

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


   It has always been a secret wish of mine to be a writer.  Out loud to anyone who asked I wanted to be a nurse and later a midwife, and that was true.  It was also true that a quiet secret part of me wanted to be a writer like some of my favorite characters Anne, Laura and even John-Boy.  So I wrote short stories, and extra reports for school and have kept a journal forever.
   Then in college a couple of teachers told me I was a terrible writer and so I stopped; except for my journals because those were prayers to the God who made me and already knew my heart.  Then many years later I became a mother and that helped me be brave and start this blog and let my writing be read again because I just might have a story to tell.

Please head over to Lisa Jo's and enjoy more 5 minute Friday

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Five Favorites; April 2nd

1. Signs of Spring

2. Dried Pineapple: for whatever reason my mouth does not like fresh pineapple and so unless I want to enjoy a burning sensation for hours I have to limit myself to just a piece or two at a time but canned does not bother me ~ so when I saw dried for sale at a favorite little food shop of ours I decided to give it a try. Most Excellent Decision!!

3. Signs of Spring in my yard:

4. The look on her face when she realized that with the help of her trusty stroller she could stand tall and head out to explore on her own.

5. Signs of Spring in my yard in likely my last Spring in this house. One last chance to enjoy the flowers of the bulbs planted by me and those who lived here before me.

Now please head over to Moxie Wife for more of this week's Five Favorites

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Milkshakes and Memories: 10 years later

   As I first wrote here back in 2010 it has been my habit to on the anniversary of my dad's passing to get a milkshake as a way of marking the date and remembering and so I will today.  This year is a bit more bittersweet;  wrapping my brain around the idea that it has been a decade since I saw his smile or held his hand is tough but seeing the 3 little people with whom I will share the sweet treat eases that pain; as does sharing stories and pictures both of which Lisbeth ( and to a lesser extent Liam) are beginning to take an interest in.

  In this past year I had the chance to visit a favorite beach of my dad and my brother climbed again the mountains he first climbed with our dad  ~ and so a decade later he does in a sense travel forward with us.

originally post:

In the plans for today is getting a milkshake (ideally a frappe, but those are hard to come by outside of New England), preferably coffee. You see my dad passed away March 27, 2004 and when the first anniversary came I was not sure what to do, I did not exactly want to celebrate, but marking the date was definitely in order.

So I got a coffee shake because my dad loved them, and he taught me to also. It felt right and so now every year on his birthday in September and on this day in March I get a milkshake, remember, and raise my glass to my dad.
My dad who loved to read, the ocean, and mountain climbing especially the White's in New Hampshire. Who preferred classical music but also introduced me to The Weavers, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Beyond the Fringe.
So probably I can convince Elisabeth to join me in a milkshake and someday when she is older I will tell her why we are having one on this day and who her grandfather was

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WWRW: March 26th

Linking up with Jessica of Housewifespice sharing what I'm reading these days

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner; I was told when given this book that it was the beginning of a 3 book series and that each book gets better.  If that is true than I'm in good shape because I found this first one ~ ok; not great but not awful.  It is the story of Gen a famous thief who is released from the King's jail to steal something for the King and what happens to him and his companions on this quest.  The plotting was decent and the dialogue good, most importantly the 'world building' which I suppose is an essential component in a first book in a series was interesting and so I will be back for book 2: The Queen of Attolia.

But first I'm reading

Better by Carey Heywood;  this is not a review for a couple of reasons; I've just started it and it is written by my sister so being impartial on little sleep would be difficult.  It is the story of Aubrey a young woman who deferred college to help care for her aunt who is now going 'round the world on a trip originally planned for after her aunt's recovery.  Adventure and perhaps a romance with Adam, the young man hired as her tour guide.

This is her 6th novel; so excited for her and hoping for good naps today to really get reading!!

Please head over to Housewifespice for more WWRW