Monday, November 30, 2009

Who's reading your blog......

One of the great things about blogging is all the readers. With todays technology, we can either allow only friends and family to read your blog, or open it up to anyone. There's just one problem with that...ANYONE CAN READ IT!

I found a cool feature this afternoon that tells you who has been viewing your blog, right down to where they live. It's pretty fun to see where all your viewers are from, until you find one you'd rather not have seen. Then the red flags go up and you second guess continuing to blog. You worry, did I post something I wouldn't want anyone to read? Did I publish any personal information? The list goes on. You wonder how this person found you....well dah, you are posting on an open site. That's the chance you take. Should we really worry about who reads our posts? As long as you don't publish your address, email, or phone number, who really cares? I don't want to block anyone from reading my blog. I'm proud of my family and will share our crazy life with anyone interested. As for those who think they are being slick or think they can find any tidbit of personal info on me.....GET A JOB LOSER!!!!!

Back to School....

Today was our first day back in school. I wasn't sure what to expect from the boys since it had been 8 weeks since our last day of school. To be honest, I have been dreading this day for quite some time. Since having Lizzie, I have not had a desire to teach anymore. I'm not sure why, but the thought depressed me. Sean kept saying, "It's just like me not wanting to go back to work after 4 weeks off, but once you get through the first few days, it's a peice of cake."
 To teach you have to have a lot of discipline. Not only for the children, but for yourself as well. It's about sacrifice. Giving up your own free time to help someone else. There are a lot of things I would like to be doing during the day. I would like to be able to clean my house and keep it that way. I would like to watch my soaps and bake or scrapbook. I would like to play Wii and do my Wii Fit Yoga. Those are all things I enjoy doing, but then I would have to think to myself..."Do I want to put my children in public school? Who will they be hanging out with? What illness will they bring home? What bad habits will they pick up?" My list goes on. *sigh* So I will give up my personal free time in order to give my children a better education and keep them innocent for as long as I can.

The first day back wasn't too bad. I did a review of the first 4 letters and numbers with Cian. He did very well. He is still having trouble with the letter D, but in time he will get it. His coloring has suffered a bit as well. I have to re-train him to color within the lines. Again, to be expected. Declan didn't do to bad either. We reviewed in Religion, and started learning about Advent. We will be making an Advent wreath in art this Friday. We reviewed in Math, odd and even numbers and learned about Ordinals, number placement. English he remembered Homonyms and their meaning, but forgot Synonyms and Antonyms. He quickly remembered though. His reading was a little rusty as well. He is currently reading "This Is Our Family" a Catholic childrens novel. He is almost finished with it. History we reviewed maps and map titles. Spelling, we were introduced to a new set of 10 words with the short u sound. He already knows how to spell them, its more a matter of him remembering them for his test on Friday. All and all, it wasn't a bad first day back. It's 2:30pm and I get a couple of hours to myself before Sean gets home....oh wait, now Lizzie is awake....guess not, *sigh*

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Declan lost his first front tooth!

A few days ago, Declan was outside playing with his brothers when he came running in to tell me he lost his tooth. This is what I saw. (Please excuse his shirtlessness...if that's even a word and scruffy hair, he really needs a haircut.) It completely changes his face. It's sort of sad in a way. Just another step in his growing up. I put the tooth in a plastic baggie and he put it under his pillow. Sean snuck into his room about an hour later and almost couldn't grab the tooth. Declan had his hand under his pillow, holding the bag. He was hoping to get a glimps of the Tooth All ended well though. He got $3 (that was all Sean had in cash) and was very excited. He is saving his money to buy a present for a child this Christmas.

Elizabeth is nearly 7 weeks old and is finally starting to sleep the night. I usually give her last feeding around 10pm and lately she has been sleeping until 6am. Not too bad for 7 weeks. I took this picture this morning while laying in bed. I can't believe how fast the last 7 weeks have flown by. She is yet to smile for me, but Sean swears she has smiled at him. Wishful thinking on his part. Sean was getting ready for his "Token Sunday" shift. He rarely works on Sundays, but since it's the first weekend of the season, he is required to work the entire weekend. Aw, the joys of being the boss. On the plus side, he gets Saturday and Sunday off next weekend.
I am starting school full time tomorrow. It will be a bit of a challenge since we never really established a routine for the little ones. I guess Fionn and Liam will play in their room and Mary and Lizzie will go down for their morning naps. I don't know what else to do with them. I hate to have the little guys in their room, but they are such a distraction to Declan and Cian that I have no choice. This week will be a test run, so we'll see how it goes. Oh, and Sean finally bought me a new ink cartridge for my printer, so I can print out new activities for Cian again...YAH!!!

Happy Sunday....Go Patriots!!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to you All!!!

This Thanksgiving, we have so much to be greatful for. We have our 6th new baby, Lizzie. She is now 6 weeks old and very healthy! Sean has a wonderful job that pays all our bills and gives us plenty to spare. I can remember many Thanksgivings where we didn't know how we were going to afford a turkey and all the trimmings. We have a home, though small as it may be, we can pay the rent every month without worry. We've had many Thanksgivings ruined due to a pending eviction or no home at all. I could ramble about all day with all of our past misfourtunes, but that's not what Thanksgiving is all about, at least not to me. Tomorrow, as we wake up at the crack of dawn, in large part to Lizzie, we will begin our Thanksgiving cooking. As we are making our stuffing and turkey and having mimosas' with homemade quiche, we will be remembering those who have nothing at all. No home, no family, no food, nothing. We will say a prayer and ask God to help those less fortunate. Its also a time for us to remember our families past and present.

Thanksgiving was always a highlight for me as a child. We spent every Thanksgiving at my Grandparents house. As soon as we opened their front door, we were welcomed by the sound of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Gene Autry singing carols. The smell of turkey and stuffing filled the house, as did laughter coming from the kitchen. I remember a warm happy feeling there as a child.

Thanksgiving is very different for me now. My Grandparents are no longer with us, and the traditions are very different today as well. As a child, we would always watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and drink hot chocolate. My children don't enjoy the parade. Instead the house is filled with the sound of football. My Mother always made an apple pie to bring to the dinner, and Grandma made everything else. Today, Sean and I search for the best recipes on Food Network and Epicurious to make for our Thanksgiving dinner. We get up very early and make everything from scratch. I even make a wonderful Cornbread, Cranberry, and Sausage stuffing all on my own. We order our pumpkin and apple pie from Marie Callenders. Grandma would decorate the house for Christmas just after Thanksgiving, we have our house decorated a week before Thanksgiving. As a child, we would all sit together for dinner and enjoy Grandmas' semi-homemade feast. Everything on our menu, except the pies, are made from scratch. After all is done and the kitchen is cleaned, we all sit down to watch our first showing of A Christmas Story, as a family. I had never even heard of the movie as a child. That was a tradition Sean brought from his childhood. Instead, Mom, Dad and I would go home and go to bed to get up at the crack of dawn the next morning to go Christmas shopping with my Grandmother and Aunt Rene. Now, my husband gets up at the crack of dawn to go open his store for the crazy Christmas shoppers.

I hope my children have as fond of memories of Thanksgiving as I did as a child. They never got to meet their Great Grandparents, but their memories are alive in our home and the stories are still very much a part of our lives. I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. Try to remember what this day is all about and the memories you shared with your families. It really does make a difference. Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours.......

God Bless!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rose Bush Blues

My poor Fionny Bear fell into a rose bush while riding his brothers bike this afternoon. Sean was playing basketball out back with Declan when he turned around to see Cian helping Fionn onto his bike. Sean said to Cian, "Be careful with him Cian. Don't let him fall." He turned back to shoot a basket and then turned back to see Cian with a guilty look on his face in front of him....then there was the dreaded scream. There was Fionny, stuck in the rose bush with the bike on top of him. Cian aparently pushed him over and he fell right smack into the bush.

Sean brought him into the house for me to pull the thorns out of him. I only found one, thank goodness, but he had scratches all over his face, arm, stomach, chest, and leg. I gave him a shower and promised to give him an army band aid. He seems to be ok. I just can't help feeling bad, since I fell into a huge rose bush when I was little. I still have a huge scar on my knee as a reminder.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

End of his innocence....

It seems like just yesterday Declan was entering this world. He was such a perfect baby. Not a mark on him from the delivery. As he has grown, it has been clear to Sean and I that he is very smart. How many 7 year olds do you know that can argue a point and actually prove YOU wrong? He has always been a polite, level-headed boy. Always does what you ask of him and rarely puts up a stink about anything. (He even eats everything on his plate every day, even if he doesn't like it. "There are children in this world who have no food, why should I waste mine." He would always say.) He really is a wonderful boy.....until today.
Sean downloaded the original Super Mario Bros. game onto our Wii for the boys to play. After about 30 mins. it was time to put the little boys down for a nap, so that ment quiet play, in their room, for the big boys. Declan was not happy that he could no longer play the Wii and started giving Sean a little lip. Sean told him if he didn't stop, he would not get to play Wii again. Declan was livid, blurted out to Sean "You make me so mad" and then, with all his strength, punched Sean right in the stomach. Sean was shocked....he yelled at Declan and grounded him to his room for the rest of the day.

I could see the pain on Seans face. He was truly sad. Not because Deco hurt him, but because he commited the act of trying to hurt his father. He realized then that he is not his sweet little boy anymore. Sean even looked online to see if that behavior was normal. I have never seen such rage in him. I don't even know where it came from. I'm still so shocked myself. I really don't know how to respond to it. Its like he's not the same child anymore. We try to shelter our children from violence in the world. We home school our boys to keep them from learning the bad habits other children do/know. Somehow, he still learned the behavior. I'm not sure how to deal with the situation, as we have never been faced this this behavior. If any of you blogging Moms and Dads have any advice/experiences, please feel free to give your advice.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009!!

Halloween was pretty fun this year. We didn't get to take the boys to Disney like we had planned, but they still had a good time. Sean carved the pumpkin and Declan and Cian cleaned it out. We bought the holiday pack of the Peanuts movies and let all the kids watch The Great Pumpkin.

Liam was Elmo

Fionny was Thomas!

Mary was a ducky, but she wouldn't stand still long enough for me to get a good picture of her.

Cian was Bumblebee from Transformers.

Lizzie was a puppy!

Finally, Declan was Optimus Prime, from Transformers as well. Sean took Declan, Cian, and Fionn to our local mall to trick or treat for about an hour. They came home with MC's just in time to start seeing trick or treaters come to our house. We didn't see many at first, but then they started to come in groups around 8pm. Lots of teenages without costumes on. Not sure what that was all about, but who cares, they just wanted candy.

Today it looks as if Cian might be coming down with a bug. He has a fever of 102 and is out cold on my living room floor. I just hope its not some sort of flu. Not good with a newborn in the house. We're keeping our fingers crossed!