Thursday, February 26, 2009
standard snuggle time with Pop
Luke decided he wanted only one shoe on.
They practiced sharing again. First Killian had the water bottle...
...then Luke had it.
We love when the family comes to visit and can't wait until next time!
First, the good-I have never seen so many people attend a Mass at St. Mary Magdalene. The junior high gym setting can tend to detract some people from attending there, but not last night. The small gym was packed (probably way beyond what is deemed safe by the fire code). There were people standing in the hallways, overflowing outside, and even lined up in places along the front walls where they weren't able to see a thing. For the most part, the entire Mass was reverent and it was neat to see so many people celebrate the beginning of Lent together.
Now to the bad-As a religious education teacher (r.e. from now on) I was required to have my students sit with me in the bleachers, because they were all required to be there as well. I took attendance and then proceeded to cram children as young as Kindergarten all the way to junior high in one small section of bleachers. There were a few teachers and aides dispersed through out the sea of students, but not nearly enough to adequately control them. I literally had third grades right up next to me on both sides with another one's knees in my back while trying to convince the junior high kids in front of me that there wasn't any reason to talk during Mass. We were packed like sardines (Keith's observation, not mine) and had no room to move. At one point, one of my kiddos even had to go the bathroom. Oy.
And the sweaty-I can't honestly recall ever sweating the amount that I did last night; not even when I gave birth to Luke or when I work out. The room felt like a sauna and there was no escaping it. I know a lot of places don't have air conditioning turned on full blast yet (it is only February) and I'm guessing they didn't prepare for that many people to attend, but geez. Last night was the first night you could actually see sweat stains on my shirt. So gross.
It was eventful and I will be recommending a different situation for dealing with the kiddos next year (make them sit with their parents), but all in all, it was amazing and so heart-warming to see such an out pouring of people attend a Mass that isn't a required Holy Day of Obligation. Lent is off to a great (and hot) start.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
He's still an incredibly happy baby. We have been so insanely blessed to have this munchkin with us. He's definitely a keeper!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
A child clothed only in his diaper. Definitely a Daddy moment. Those of you who know me know that this doesn't happen on Mommy's watch. But he's cute, so I let it slide. We practiced standing up...
making faces for the camera....
and snuggling with mom.
What a great way to end a day. An amazingly thoughtful and caring husband. A precious and funny son. A great life; my life.
I've been trying for the past few weeks to get Luke to just stand up behind this toy. Usually, he isn't even able to stand behind it for more than a second or so before he pushes it away and he falls flat on his face. It's pretty funny to watch. I attempted the same thing yesterday morning and this happened instead:
By the time Keith made it home in the evening, it had turned into this:
Did I miss something here? How did he go from being completely unable to balance while attempting to stand with it to cruising along without a care in the world? What happened to baby steps? Maybe the term "baby steps" is more for the parents who wish it would happen that way, rather than for the kiddos who seem to be in such a hurry to grow up already. I think I'm on to something here...
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Andrew helped to entertain the boys, while the girls took turns passing Caleb around. He is such a cutie! Andi even got a smile or two with those big dimples out of him.
Of course we had to take a group picture. I was only able to get four in picture at once with me holding the camera, so Keith helped with being the photographer. I love these ladies and I'm so blessed to still be able to call them friends so many years later. Although I didn't last past that first year, my decision to come home had absolutely nothing to do with them (and everything to do with the snow!). Love you guys!
And to finish off the evening, an awesome video of Brayden telling everyone to settle down. He cracks me up!