"I'm a mother, I'm a lover, a chef, a referee. I'm a doctor, and a chauffeur seven days a week. I ain't asking for a medal, yeah I know you work too. I'd just like a little credit where credit is due. It's the hardest gig I've ever known. I work my fingers to the bone. Yeah the dishes and the diapers never stop. Lousy pay, there ain't no 401K. I know this may come as a shock, but this here's a full time job!"--Full Time Job sung by Gretchen Wilson

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Seriously, there is just WAY too much drama in my life right now!

My grandfather is sick and is in the hospital. He had his carotid artery cleaned out last week and apparently had a stroke on the table. Well, they didn't know this until Monday after he ha been home for 4 days. So, I am really worried. He is doing well, but he is not a spring chicken. I am super close with my grandpa and am just so worried.

Then, there is drama going on in my family. I don't really want to get into details in case any of the involved parties would read this, but let's just say it is giving me indigestion!

My best friend flies back to Ireland on Friday. I keep telling myself that she is only going to be gone for 11 months and then will be HOME for GOOD! We figured it up and that is only like 331 days. I can handle that right? I love you Charger! December better hurry!

Then, on top of it all I got sick yesterday. YUCK! So, not much to say today because I could really go off about some things and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. I will just say, God Bless, pray for a little patience and go on with life!
With Love,

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm Here, I Promise!

So, I have been TRYING to blog every couple of days, really I have! But I have been having computer and phone issues and it just hasn't happened. I apologize. Hopefully it will all smooth out! So, wondering what has been going on?

Well, my first cantoring experience was AWESOME!! I loved it! I'm really just so happy that I did it. I just felt like it was what I needed to be doing. I received a lot of compliments too, which I have to admit made me feel pretty awesome, although I completely realize that is NOT the point! At the end of mass, Father told everyone to go in peace, I started announcing the closing song, and he realized he had forgotten something, so he had to interrupt me. But, no biggie, everyone laughed and we went on. It was an experience though that I will most definitely repeat!

We got a lot of snow this week. L actually had her first snow day on Tuesday which she was SO NOT HAPPY ABOUT! We stayed in and watched a movie and had popcorn. It was fun! We are supposed to get more snow this weekend. I went and bought a pair of snow boots. I have not had snow boots in SO long, so long in fact I don't remember when I last had a pair. They are pretty heavy but are warm and fuzzy. I think I like them. Come on, they are shoes, of course I like them!

Right now I am trying to get the house in order for the family get together tomorrow. Technically it is supposed to be pretty low key, but I still worry about the chaos in my house. I really don't know how my aunt Terri did it when we were growing up. She had 3 kids in the house that were hers, and me there pretty much 24/7 and her house was ALWAYS SPOTLESS!!! I wish I could hire her to come and just keep my house clean! :) But, alas, that is not possible. So, I'm going to get busy again and try and get my house to look as good as possible. Hopefully no one will judge me and we can just have a great time!

I hope you are all having a great day!!
With love,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Leap Of Faith

Wednesday evening, I took a very big leap in my faith. Back in September, I joined the choir at my church. I started going to canto practice a couple of months ago, but wasn't really ready to be a cantor yet. I firmly believe that if you are a leader in church (a lector, Eucharistic minister, cantor, etc) then you should have a firm grasp on where you are in your faith. Now, not completed in your journey, because I don't think we ever actually do that, but just a good idea of what you believe, why you believe it, and where to progress. I'm not sure I am quite there. I had been away from the church for awhile, but since being back, I am really starting to "get it". L asks questions and I feel like I am a little better equipped to answer them. She started going to Sunday School this fall and her Pre-school is faith based, so she is learning so much. I wanted to be able to keep up. But, I haven't really been sure I was ready to cantor yet. Wednesday night, our choir director realized she had no cantor for Sunday morning mass. Something inside me volunteered. I'm not even really sure where it came from, I just found myself saying, "I'll do it!" So, I am preparing. I am nervous. Not really nervous about the singing part, but the timing and the leading. I was telling my mom this and she told me she felt the exact same way when she became a Eucharistic minister. She discussed this with the Sister at church. Sister told her that it was better to be humbled by the experience than to feel that you deserve it. So, I am extremely humbled to become a cantor. I just pray that I can praise God in the best way possible with this voice he gave me. I have to admit, I may be extremely nervous, but I am super excited too!!!

I want to remember those that aren't with us anymore!!! We love you and miss you!
With Love,

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year, New Goals

Hi All! Long time no read, huh!?!? Well, it is now 2011! 2010 went so fast, but it was a fantastic year! But, I am ecstatic to be in 2011! There are many things I plan on doing this year! I have come up with 11 GOALS for the year. I am not making resolutions as I think resolutions kind of set you up to fail. So, these are gals and I am determined to finish them all! They are as follows:

1. Hit my goal weight of 170 pounds and maintain that within 5 pounds. I got on the scale for the first time this morning in a while...SCARY!!! But, it was a good wake up call. Watching what I eat will be something I will have to do my entire life. I just can't splurge for months and not expect to live with the consequences. I know it is going to take a lot of hard work. But, I am really looking forward to the work. Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins are like a drug and I am thrilled to be getting a regular fix again!

2. Be able to do 30 CONSECUTIVE push ups on my toes. No knees allowed here.

3. RUN the Bumble Bee 10K in September. I did complete it last year, but this year I want to RUN the entire thing. I'm very excited about it!

4. Learn continental, fair isle, intarsia, and thrum knitting. These are skills I believe every knitter should have and it bugs me that I don't know them.

5. Design and knit Snowflake Shawl. I have a shawl running around in my head. It will be BEAUTIFUL and I can't wait to see it come together!

6. Learn to throw a football spiral and a baseball curve ball. I want to know how. I never learned how to throw a football correctly and as a shot putter, my baseball throwing skills are rather lacking!

7. Read Pride & Prejudice. I have started this book about 3 or 4 times. I have NEVER finished it. So, I WILL do it this year!

8. Blog 3-4 times a week. I obviously got away from blogging and I really miss writing so much. So, I will do it more!

9. Organize all of the photos in the house. They are everywhere. In boxes, bags, books, drawers. It is ridiculous. So, I will organize them this year!

10. One day a month, we will shut off all TVs, phones, computers, etc and I will spend the day just simply playing with the kids! I am really looking forward to this one!

11. Redo the kids' rooms. They are getting older and should have rooms that match them. M needs a boys room. L and J need a girls room. My mom has offered to help paint and such. This should be a lot of fun!

So, there you have it. 11 Goals for 2011! How about you? What are YOUR goals?

With Love,