Learning to be an Adoring Audience

Marc and the Piano After sitting in the FRONT pew for months now, right next to the pianist and the violinist (I mean, really, where can you get such awesome seats for FREE?) Marc pointed to the violinist, Andrew, and said, “I want to do that!” Yes we go to Mass to pray and give thanks but can’t a mother also double-up on the goals and add, “Be inspired by the music?”We approached Andrew after Mass with advice on how to start a wannabe violinist. His advice, surprisingly: take piano … [Read more...]

Space–a mom’s final frontier

  I’ve started a part time job. Gee-whiz, if I had known it would be like this—I would have found one a long time ago. And, I’m not so sure it is all about the actual job. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I’m doing because it combines a lot of different aspects of me—my Catholic Faith, teaching children, learning (mostly my own learning as I delve into the Gospels and Catholic teaching). The people I work with are generous, funny, interesting, smart and life-giving. They are … [Read more...]

Seven Years Ago Today

Seven years ago today I gave birth to identical twin boys at 36 weeks. And we named them Luke Scott and William Ernest. They spent their first week in the NICU.     Much to our delight and surprise. . . Luke and Will grew                   And they grew. . .               and they … [Read more...]

My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday! Scott and the kids had some wonderful presents for me in the morning and (my favorite gifts of all!) homemade cards! Mom and Dad surprised me with a cross-body type of purse--perfect for the activity of the day: going to the zoo with Dylan. Mothers-of-multiples let me say this: it is SO MUCH EASIER taking one child to the zoo than two or more! Dylan didn't even have a stroller as we walked around with me lifting him up every so often to get a better view of an … [Read more...]

Beef Green Chili Stew–the 12 Minute Meal

This post should be titled YOU NEED AN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER--because anyone who is stressed during dinner time needs one.  And, if you are pregnant (or getting married), please, please, please register for an electric pressure cooker--you can thank me later! Here's how this meal started. On Monday mornings our local grocery store discounts the better cuts of meat that didn't sell over the weekend. The meat is nearing it's "sell-by" date--but still good. So, I've been buying 1/2 price … [Read more...]

Riding the Rails for Spring Break

  For Spring Break we rode the rails. Okay--we took a two hour train ride from Cedar Park, Texas to Burnet, Texas, ate bar-b-que and took the train back. It was a low stress and low expectation type of trip--and the children LOVED it! Here we are trying to figure out which train car we are riding. Dylan did not let go of this backpack the entire trip!   The contents of the backpack made sense only to a two year old. I think it contained a Thomas train, a bright … [Read more...]

The Joy of Losing Your First Tooth

It was a joyous day for Will as Luke's first grade teacher pulled out his first loose tooth. (Scott and I are both a little squimish about pulling out the teeth, but Mrs. Socha doesn't blink an eye at the task.) With the pride of a Nobel Prize winner, Will knocked on everyone's door on the cul-de-sac to show them his gapped smile and the trophy tooth. He demonstrated how he could still whistle now AND that his tongue could peek through the opening left by the tooth.   As you can … [Read more...]

Kangaroo Care–Ask for it!

After my first set of twins were born at 33 weeks and I was in the throes of a magnesium drip as well as recovering from a c-section, I had to wait 24 hours before I could see my babies. Scott had snapped a quick picture of the nurses holding the babies next to my head immediately after their birth. Later, as I was in the recovery room, he snuck video of the babies in the NICU. Marc's plaintive cry sounded like a wounded animal. The morning after their birth, still not having seen them, … [Read more...]

The Calvary is Here! Grandma and Grandpa Jump into Action!

It has been a while since I've written! Lots going on here! But help has arrived! Grandma Judy and Papa Jim came for a visit from Denver (the land of milk and honey--we like to skim over any air pollution issues!). Literally their bags landed in the door moments before the crew descended from the bus. With Valentine's Day the next day, and Luke and Will still needing to finish Valentine boxes and Valentines, Grandma and Grandpa had no time to slowly acclimate to a house with five kids! … [Read more...]

Oh Man, what a week! The Flu Strikes. . .the Dryer Quits

Every family has a week like this one where a virus spreads like brush fire. . .and then the appliances, realizing their opportunity, design a plan of mutiny. Usually the appliances gang up when one or more children is vomiting. Marc stepped off of the bus on Tuesday with a 101 degree fever. The pediatrician generously saw us and diagnosed Marc with both the A and B strains of the flu. I started coughing on the drive home. By the next day, cough, headache and fever were my modus operandi as … [Read more...]