Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Wedding

With all the pain and suffering that has been going on in the Southeast United States, I was happy to be able to watch the Royal Wedding. Not as a distraction, but as a reminder that life goes on. God is in control and during the trial and tribulations of life it is imperative to remember this important truth. The Royal Wedding was, in my opinion, proof in point. Here is a young man who lost his mother when he was an even younger man. I am sure at that point in his life he never would have thought he could be happy again. But look at him now!

I didn't get up at 4 o'clock to watch the coverage (sleep is a valuable resource in this house), and I definitely wasn't going to wake up the girls (that would have made for a very LONG and MISERABLE day with two BEARS)! I opted to DVR it the night before so then we could watch it whenever we wanted and fast forward through the "boring" parts. Here is my take on the Royal Wedding:

1. Loved her dress. It was perfect for her and I loved the lace sleeves and neckline. Some people said they thought it was too low cut but I didn't think so. (She doesn't have much to show any way!)

2. How cute is her sister! Hubby and I kept commenting on how Harry should start dating her. She is adorable.

3. I loved the simplicity of her bouquet. Lilies of the Valley are one of my favorite flowers and it complimented her dress wonderfully.

4. I loved all the hats - some were more daring then others but still LOVED them ALL! I wish more people in the US would wear hats. Maybe I will be daring enough one of these days to try wearing a hat to church.(It will probably AFTER small children since I can only imagine how difficult it would be to keep it on!)

5. We watched on the Wedding on Fox News and Shepherd Smith was being a complete JERK! All he did the whole time was make fun of what people were wearing ("Is that a flying saucer on her head?"),
complain that he didn't want to be there ("I guess if I have to be here then I better make the best of it."),and make crass, inappropriate,comments about the couple ("What no tongue?"). These are only a
few of the many, many comments he was making. It was irritating me so I can only image what his co-anchor thought!

6. How cute was there first kiss. Being together for 8 years I'm sure they had kissed before, but she still looked like a blushing bride after he kissed her.

The girls enjoyed watching the wedding. I explained to them that this was a REAL prince and that Catherine was becoming a REAL princess, kind of like Cinderella. When Cowgirl saw Catherine she stated that she didn't have Golden Hair so she couldn't be a princess. Later, when I was showing them the family members of both William and Catherine she said "Where are her step sisters?" I guess I didn't do a good job of telling her it was LIKE Cinderella not ACTUALLY Cinderella. The rest of the day they were playing dress-up wedding and pretending they were getting married. TOO CUTE!

In the end, I wish them a life time of happiness. There is something about a wedding to make one nostalgic about the optimism and wide-eyedness (if that is a word) of being "just married". Before children and the everyday demands of family life take their toll.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Wow! A lot has happened since I last blogged on Tuesday. We made it through the horrible weather safe & sound. Praise the Lord!

 We woke Wednesday morning to rain and a Tornado watch. This watch quickly changed into a warning within the hour. I hurried the girls into our "safe place" which is the half-bath under the stairs and waited. We lost electricity (and news coverage) right at the storm was 2 miles from us. The wind picked up and then ...... nothing. It was gone as fast as it came. The electricity flashed back on and outside the sun started to shine. We had been saved.

After this we had a window of great weather. Sun shining, breezy, and almost like nothing ever happened (or would be happening). The next round was to hit in a couple hours. We decided to venture out and get groceries in case we did loose electricity (my sister in Arkansas was without electricity for over 24 hours) and couldn't cook. As we started driving towards the store we started to see the impact not more than 2 miles from us. Trees and power lines were down. Traffic lights were out. People walking out of their subdivisions because they couldn't drive because of the downed trees. This went on for nearly 10 miles.  We eventually made it to the store, got our groceries (quickly), and came home.

The next round of storms started hitting us about 2pm.  Again, I hurried the girls into the "safe place" and watched to see what path the storm would head.  The technology that we have to track storms is absolutely amazing. We were able to see storms coming our way more than an hour before they hit. This one was heading right towards our area, but at the last minute it started veering more East. We ended up skirting the worst of the storm and only got rain and some pea size hail. We were saved again.

After this, the next storm our way was about an hour away. I decided to get dinner going so that if we lost electricity it would be done and ready.  As I was making dinner, the news kept talking about how this was going to be the worst cell to hit the city yet.  At a little more than an hour away it has winds of over 100 miles per hour.  We waited and again like the other storm it skirted us and went East. Both of these storms hit the same area and that little town (less then 10 miles away from us) was destroyed.

After seeing all the damage in our area (my brother received damage to his house and his area will be out of electricity till probably Tuesday) and in the other states, I feel very fortunate that God saw fit to keep us safe. I do know one thing, if we would have been hit with the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa and Birmingham we would not be here today. Our little townhouse would have collapsed around us.

There were so many people who lost so much during the three days of storms. This family's house was destroyed as they huddled in the basement. This family of 13 children lost their father as he gave his life protecting his children from the storm. I have also heard stories of people looking for children and infants. I can't imagine! Please pray for those who have lost so much.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Daybook: April 26, 201

Outside my window..... It looks like it is going to rain. I hope the bad weather holds off today, but we are supposed to get it tomorrow.

I am listening too..... Fox News. I am writing this in the office with Hubby.

I am thinking..... I am going to have to take Cowgirl to an Allergist. Poor thing! Her eczema and allergies are making her miserable. Claritin is just not cutting it. She had an allergic reaction to something (I think dried fruit) yesterday and she broke out in hives all over her face. We had to run to Walmart really fast to get Benadryl. She is better now.

I am thankful..... that God is looking out for us by giving Hubby not one but 3 (!) job opportunities in his path. I am praying that God will show us which way to go!

From the kitchen...... This week is very low key since we FEASTED on Easter. This Sunday, however, we will have our 1st Garden of Good Shepherd Party!

From the learning room..... School started back for us today. I can't believe we only have 4 more weeks till Summer break. This school year has gone by SO fast!

Living the Liturgical Year at home..... We finished our Jesus Tree and started Garden of the Good Shepherd for the 50 days of Easter. I am planning on having a weekly "party" on Sunday's when the older boys come over for dinner.

I am creating...... a peaceful home. At least I am trying to :)

I am reading...... The Flipside of Feminism by Suzanne Venker & Phyllis Schlafly. 

Pondering these words...... "I owe nothing to women's lib." ~ Margaret Thatcher.

Noticing that.....  The week is going to feel very strange without going to Ballet on Friday! 

Towards personal care (and exercise)......  Yesterday was my first day towards healthier eating. I would like to loose 10 pounds by my birthday the end of May. I hope I don't have to cut my calories since it always makes my breast milk supply drop. I am just making healthier choices which includes no sweets, chips,  & sodas. I am also trying to drink more water and less juice and keep my snacking to a minimum. I will update on how it is going.

Around the house...... Lilies and Flowers! I love how they smell.

On keeping home..... The week snuck up on me really fast. I wanted to dust and vacuum again yesterday but have not got around to it.

One of my favorite things...... sleeping babies! I wish she would take longer naps so that I can get more things done, but I will take what I can get.

A few plans for the rest of the week...... Not much this week!

Tuesday: Start back school!
Sunday: 1st Garden of Good Shepherd Party.

A picture thought I'm sharing.....

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Breast Milk Interferes with Vaccinations

Here is an interesting article that my sister forwarded to me. I was floored by this. I don't vaccinate my children so the concern that breast milk interferes with vaccinations does not apply to me, but to encourage women to delay breastfeeding until after vaccinations!? Don't get me started!!

Breast Milk Interferes with Vaccinations

Holy Saturday 2011

Something strange is happening -- there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear. 
~From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday~

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday 2011

O My people, wha have I done to thee? Or wherein have I afflicted thee? Answer Me. Because I led thee out of the land of Egypt, thou hast prepared a Cross for thy Savior. 

Because I led thee out through the desert forty years: and fed thee with manna, and brought thee into a land exceeding good, thou has prepared a Cross for thy Savior.

What more ought I to have done for thee, that I have not done? I planted thee, ineed, My most beautiful vineyard: and thou has become exceeding bitter to Me: for in My thirst thou gavest Me vinegar to drink and with a lance thou hast pierced the side of thy Savior.

For thy sake I scourged Egypt with its first-born: and thou didst deliver Me up to be scourged.

I led thee out of Egypt having drowned Pharao in the Red Sea: 
and thou to the chief priests didst deliver Me.

I opened the sea before thee: and thou with a spear didst open My side.

I went before thee in a pillar of cloud: and thou didst lead Me to the judgment hall of Pilate.

I fed thee with manna in the desert; and thou didst beat Me with blows and scourges.

I gave thee the water of salvation from the rock to drink: and thou didst give Me gall and vinegar.

For thy sake I struck the kings of the Chanaanites: and thou didst strike My head with a reed.

I gave thee a royal scepter: and thou didst give My head a crown of thorns.

I exalted thee with great strength: and thou didst hang Me on the gibbet of the Cross.

~Improperia (the Reproaches) of Christ

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Top 10 Reasons Why I Home School My Children

10. I was home schooled growing up and it seems natural to me to home school my children.

9.  I want my children to have time for extra-curricular activities without being overly tired from being at school all day. 

8. I want to be able to take trips as a family throughout the school year without being bound by a school calendar and attendance.

7. I want my children to be children first and not get burnt out or stressed out worrying about grades, tests, projects, and/or homework.

6. I want my children to be best friends with their siblings.

5. I want my family to come first not school.

4. I want my children to be parent oriented not peer oriented.

3. I want to be in control of what my children learn and when they learn it not a group of people who do not know my child.

2. I want my children to have a Catholic education that is faithful to the Magisterium.

1. I LOVE having my children around me and I can't imagine them being gone for 8 or more hours EVERY day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Menu

Our Easter Menu is finalized. Since it will just be our family (and because I still have a newborn) I am keeping the menu simple and easy, but still yummy.

Mashed Potatoes
Easy Green Jello Salad
Hawaiian Rolls
Lamb Cake

Now I have to just brave the elements (with 3 kids) to go the the grocery store! I this week SO much I don't really mind! :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Daybook: Holy Week 2011

Outside my window..... it is brisk this morning, but the sun is shining. I think it is supposed to be sunny & warm. A nice change from all the rain. However, the rain has made everything so GREEN!

I am listening too..... Maisy on TV. I am trying to keep Sweet Pea occupied while I finish this post.

I am wishing thinking..... that family would get along!

I am thankful..... that Princess did a good job during her dance recital. She said she was only nervous a little when she first got on stage, but she had lots of fun and even asked when she got to perform again.

From the kitchen...... Nothing major for the next couple of days. I am taking the next two days to clean for Easter.

From the learning room..... We are on Spring Break of Holy Week and Easter. We will return the Tuesday after Easter.

Living the Liturgical Year at home..... We didn't get around to doing much yesterday for Palm Sunday, but that is fine. We are continuing our Jesus Tree and getting ready for the Triduum.

I am creating...... a CLEAN house :)

I am reading...... Blogs! There are SO many neat ones out there and I keep finding more and more and more!

Pondering these words...... "If it should happen, may it never be so, that an occasion of trouble or scandal should arise between sister and sister through a word or gesture, let her who was the cause of the trouble, before offering the gift of her prayer to the Lord, not only prostrate herself humble at once at the feet of the other and ask pardon, but also beg her simply to intercede for her to the Lord that He forgive her."  ~ St. Clare of Assisi

Noticing that..... Lent is almost over! How could it have gone by so fast! I didn't accomplish half of what I wanted, but what we did accomplish we have been blessed greatly!

Towards personal care (and exercise)......  UGH! I have been convicted by Rachel's blog, but I think I am waiting till AFTER Easter. I can't give up Feasting on this major Feast Day!

Around the house...... Palms, Palms, Palms! We got a lot of Palms yesterday at church. I don't know how we ended up with so many! I think I might of picked up "extras" along the way! But our house is covered and I LOVE it!

On keeping home..... I am cleaning and organizing the upstairs today and the downstairs tomorrow. Since we just moved a month ago it should be pretty organized and not that dirty. This is perfect since Sweet Pea doesn't let me put her down for more than 15 - 20 minutes at a time.

One of my favorite things...... HOLY WEEK! I love this time of year and all the excitement leading up to Easter.

A few plans for the rest of the week......

Monday & Tuesday: Clean, clean, clean
Wednesday: Seder Meal at Church (we are bringing our Lamb Cake)
Thursday: Holy Thursday Tea and Mass at Church
Friday: Good Friday Tea and Stations of Cross at Church. ( I don't think we will make it to Veneration of Cross since they all start so late)  :(
Saturday: Decorate for Easter, get Lilies, color eggs, make Resurrection Cookies.

A picture thought I'm sharing.....

Friday, April 15, 2011

Book Review - The Backyard Homestead

I want to tell y'all about a book that Hubby and I got about a year ago. It is called The Backyard Homestead. 

Let me tell you, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. This book tells you everything you need to know about producing food in your "backyard." It states that you can "produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!" WOW! Imagine that only 1/4 acre. That is not a lot of space. However, it is amazing to see that you CAN indeed do just that. It shows how you can lay out your homestead to include fruits, veggies, chickens, and even livestock for milk and food. But the book does not end there. It tells you how to plant and sow the fruits and veggies, how to choose chickens and build a coop, and even how to milk goats and cows. The book then continues on and explains how to make jams and jellies, cheese, beer, and even maple syrup (if you live in the right area)! This book is a must have for those who want to become self-sufficient. Growing up in modern times many of us never learned how to do any of the things in the book. I grew up on a farm until I was 7 and was never taught how to can vegetables or make jam. I believe that in the coming years, if the economy doesn't get any better, this book will be a life saver for me and my family. I couldn't recommend this book enough! It has replaced many books on my bookshelf and has become my one "go to" book.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Super Cute

Hubby has been getting on my encouraging me to take more pictures of Sweet Pea. I have a TON of pictures when Princess & Cowgirl were little, but it is much more difficult with 3 kids. I like my digital camera, but hate taking the time to upload the pictures to my computer. (Most of the time I can't even remember where is the cord.)  I do have my iphone, which is what I have been taking most of my pictures. Now they aren't the best, but they are not the worst either. Maybe one of these days I can get a cool camera that has bluetooth and will automatically upload to your computer. That would be heavenly! Well here is the latest picture of Sweet Pea. She is 3 1/2 months old and holding her head up wonderfully. Now I have to warn you. This picture has a lot of "cute factor" and I cannot be held responsible for anything that may happen after viewing this photograph. (I would suggest you sit down!) OK here it is:

I told you it was cute! She takes my breath away. (After seeing this picture nobody is going to believe me when I say she is fussy.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Daybook : April 11, 2011

Outside my window... The sun is beginning to shine. I think it is going to be another HOT day. We have been in the mid to upper 80's the past three days!

I am listening to... Quiet right now - except for the occasional turning of the newspaper page by my husband.
I am thinking... I need to get my hair cut. It is getting very thick and needs to be thinned out. My only problem is when to find the time!

I am thankful... That the weather has gotten better and we haven't have rain/storms for the past couple of days. However, I wish we were having spring temperatures instead of summer!

From the kitchen... Banana Splits. Each week I let Princess and/or Cowgirl pick out what will be our dessert for Sunday when the boys come over for dinner. This week Princess picked Banana Splits. She has been eyeing the Marshmallow Fluff since we got it Wednesday and asking if it was time to make banana splits. Yesterday I finally got to say YES! They were very good! 

From the learning rooms... This is our last week till after Easter. I love having Holy Week off to focus on planning and organizing, but it makes for a long time from Christmas Break! After we come back from our Spring Break we only have 4 more weeks - my how the time has flown!

Living the Liturgical Year at Home... We have been diligently doing our readings for the Jesus Tree. I think reading them at Breakfast has made it easier to keep up with them. Saturday of this week is Pope Benedict's 84th Birthday. We will be Celebrating with Brats and Red Velvet cupcakes. YUM!
I am creating... Ideas for the 50 days of Easter!
I am reading...
 A neat book that I borrowed from our Parish book shelf called Personalities in the Gospel Story by Mother Mary Simeon. It is an older book published in 1963, but the chapters are short and I am able to read one each time I put Sweet Pea to bed. Pondering these words... "Let all brothers be careful not to slander or engage in disputes; let them strive, instead, to keep silence whenever God gives them the grace." ~ St. Francis of Assisi Noticing that... Sweet Pea sleeps better in her Moses Basket. I have been putting her in there the past couple nights and while she still wakes up every two -three hours to eat she is not so squirmy in between. I think she was getting hot sleeping next to me. I know I was!

Towards personal care (and exercise!)... I have been trying to get out and walk. It seems like whenever I get the energy and motivation I will put Sweet Pea in her stroller and she will start crying. A couple of times I even got halfway down the road and had to carry her back while pushing the stroller.
Around the house... Things are starting to calm down from the move. Almost everything has found a "home" and we are getting use to our new surroundings.

On keeping home...  The house needs a good clean. I will probably do the bear minimum this week and get down and dirty for next week just in time for Easter.

One of my favorite things...  Morning Coffee. I don't know what I would do without it :)
A few plans for the rest of the week: Princess has her first Dance Recital next Sunday and her Dress Rehearsal is Saturday. She is very excited. She even HAS to wear make-up!
A Picture thought I am sharing: One of my sleeping beauties!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Holy Week Plans

Wow! Lent is passing fast! I can't believe I only have a little more than a week till the beginning of Holy Week! I have LOTS to still plan/accomplish, but here are our plans so far:

Palm Sunday:

  • Mass
  • Make Palm Crosses
  • Put symbol on Jesus Tree
  • Make Donkey Puppet
  • Make Palm of Palms (thanks for idea Jessica)
  • Princess' 1st Dance Recital - 1:30
  • Spaghetti for dinner (it's Red for Passion Sunday!)

Monday & Tuesday:
  • Jesus Tree Readings
  • Grocery Shop for Easter Feast
  • Jesus Tree Readings
  • Make Lamb Cake to take to Parish Dinner 
  • Seder Meal at Parish 6:30
Holy Thursday:
Good Friday:
  • Hot Cross Buns for Breakfast
  • Jesus Tree Reading
  • Good Friday Lenten Tea for Lunch
  • Stations of Cross at Home 
  • Quiet between 12-3
  • Veneration of Cross 
  • Watch Passion of the Christ with Hubby after kids are in bed
Holy Saturday:
  • Make Resurrection Cookies
  • Jesus Tree Reading
  • Decorate Easter Eggs
  • Buy Easter Lilies
  • Decorate House for Easter
  • Make Paschal Candle
  • Get Clothes Ready for Easter Morning
  • Vigil Prayers at Home
  • Mass
  • Light Paschal Candle
  • Easter Baskets
  • Easter Lunch
Easter Monday:
I also need to start planning for the 50 days of Easter! I think I am off to a good start.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to Calm a Fussy Baby

As some of you may know, Sweet Pea is NOT my easiest baby! That award definitely goes to Cowgirl. She was VERY laid back and calm (very much like she is today). She would sleep for 3 - 4 hours at a time and would be ready for bed by 7 pm at the latest. Yes she gets the award for "Easiest Baby." Now, for the past 6 1/2 years I thought Princess was my difficult baby. She wouldn't sleep unless she was in the bed next to me and even then it was only for 2 hours at a time. Then she wouldn't nap during the day for longer then 30 minutes. She HATED being in her car seat and fussed whenever she was not being held. I joke that she came out screaming and has been dramatic ever since. I thought that since I was able to take care of Princess as a baby I could handle anything life could throw at me. How wrong I was! Sweet Pea has taken the crown for my Fussiest Baby! She has out screamed, fussed, cried, whined, etc, etc Princess to the tenth degree! I should have known that it was going to be this way since this pregnancy was so UNLIKE my other two. I was exhausted before I even thought I was pregnant. The day after I found out, I started getting sick. My sickness was way worse with Sweet Pea and I started spotting/having contractions at 24 weeks! I was certain I was having a boy. Even after the ultrasound that determined she was in fact a girl, I still worried that it was wrong. I went back a number of times and looked at the pictures to reassure myself.

Sweet Pea has ALWAYS been a fussy baby. She would have bouts of crying from 7 - 9 pm every night.   Now I don't mean the type of crying/fussing that is easily cured by rocking or walking. NO, this was all out - wake the neighbors- screaming. Nothing worked! She didn't want to nurse. She wouldn't take a pacifier. She HATED walking, bouncing, rocking, swaying, & dancing. I tried white noise, pink noise, brown noise, & music. Nothing worked! Until.........

Finally, while getting ready for Mass, when she was about 4 weeks old I found something that worked!

Yes, a hair dryer! She fell asleep in her bouncy chair to the sound of my hair dryer. THANK YOU JESUS!

Not so fast! Now I got to spend every night for the next 2 months in the bathroom for 2+ hours. Why not bring the hair dryer out of the bathroom you ask? We did. It didn't work. I don't know how or why but Sweet Pea only likes the hair dryer IN the bathroom. ( I think I need to change her nickname to Princess and the Pea :) ).

You will be happy to know that now at 3 months old she is a much happier baby. Fussy still - Yes! Demanding still - Yes! Temperamental still - Yes! But Happier. She will "talk" and coo and even laugh at times. She has even taken to a pacifier. However, she is still and (I am afraid to say) will always be my fussy baby. Good thing she is so cute!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Summer "School"

I have been thinking a lot lately about coming up with sort of Summer curriculum for Princess and Cowgirl. Growing up, we always participated in a summer reading program with our library.  Our library is not really close to us since we have moved, and the girls have SOOOO many books at our house that they haven't read or at least haven't read in a while. So this got me thinking and researching and I think I have decided.

I typically use Catholic Heritage Curricula during the school year for its rich Catholic emphasis and its ease of use. They have come out with a couple of neat books for first grade that were not available this time last year and I thought we could include them into a summer program.

 The first two are readers/journals. What Do You Like to Do...... & What Can You Do....... are easy readers that include a short story as well as "journal pages" that start the process of writing. I have noticed that Princess is starting writing stories on her own and thought that this would be right up her alley and may encourage her to write more.  She loves to read and is probably reading at a high level then these books, but I want her to be encouraged to read and not discouraged because it is too hard/long. She is my child that likes to get things done and accomplished. I think she will really like these.

Since I was pregnant last year and we had to resort to the "bare minimum" for schooling, Princess' science has fallen to the wayside. Mostly because CHC's first grade science was mainly going to the library and reading books on different subjects. OK if I am not pregnant - not OK when I am. I did very well the first month or so, but trips to the library became fewer and fewer.  Well, CHC has added first grade to their Behold & See science program. I thought that since we didn't get to cover much science that we could try to squeeze it in this summer.

Another thing we are going to try to incorporate into our Summer program is Catechism. Princess will be in 2nd grade this fall and that means First Communion. Usually I would have a whole school year to get her ready with First Communion in May. However, our church does First Communion in NOVEMBER! I know CRAZY! So, this summer we are dusting off our St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism and get her ready.

Lastly, Princess has a couple of small camps she will be attending. First, she will be attending a ballet day camp. She started taking ballet last fall and LOVES it. I know she will love the week long camp that is focused on the Nutcracker, but she has to be gone from 9 - 12:30! I don't know how I am going to handle her gone that long.  :)

The next camp that I will probably send her to is through our local Catholic High School. She came home from Religious Education on Sunday with a pamphlet of all the camps they are offering. They too are only a week long and are not very expensive. She read through all of them and decided she wanted to go to the Cheerleading camp. With her being so outgoing and talkative I know she will have NO problem getting in front of a bunch of people and cheering.

So that is it for Princess. Now I have to move on to Cowgirl. She is not going to be as easy since her personality is the exact opposite of Princess. She will not be attending any type of camp because she is too shy. She will probably be content with being the "big" sister while Princess is off doing her thing. We will see. Maybe I can think of something fun for her to do for the three hours that Princess is at camp!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sweet Pea - 3 months!

Time Flies When Your Having Fun!

Wow! It has been over a week since I have posted. Well, really posted. (Pictures of the mess don't count in my book.) We have been busy, busy, busy! We are officially moved. I still have some unpacking to do and trying to find places for everything. It always seems like I move things three or four times until it find an official "home."  Last year when we moved cross-country, I had to downsize from an almost 3000 square foot house to a 2000 square foot house. This time we went down again to 1400 square feet plus we added another little person  :) It has been a challange. However, it has made me look at all the STUFF we have even after having to downsize once. We have a TON of toys, books, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, etc, etc. I have gone through them over and over and everything has "memories." Either it was given to the girls by someone special and I can't get rid of it, or it was given to them by me for a special occasion and I can't get rid of it! What am I to do! The girls are only 6 & 4. We have many many more birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and other occasions. Well after talking to Hubby we decided that instead of gifts maybe we needed to start going places for birthdays. Now I don't want the girls to not get any gifts so they will get something for their American Girl doll collection (since I have to piece it together on ebay anyway) and then we will give them an option of where they want to go. We have so many neat places we want to visit that this seemed like a great idea.

Ok. Back to moving. We moved into a cute little townhouse. Here are some pics (ignore any mess you may still see:)

Our front door with our Lent wreath.

Master Bedroom (complete with Sweet Pea's Moses Basket that she wouldn't sleep in!)

Nursery (with the crib that she refuses to sleep in!)

Dining Room 


Living Room

Playroom/Girls Bedroom

Girls Bedroom/Playroom

That is it in a nutshell. Didn't I say it was cute!