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Friday, February 27, 2009

Vegas Fun!!

Sean, Mom, the Boys, Mary and I at the Shark Exhibit at Mandaly Bay Casino

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Monday, February 23, 2009

When the Past Won't Stay "In the Past"

Do you ever wish your past never happened? I guess that's why it's called the "past". Sometimes it comes back and bites you in the butt. I woke up this morning at about 6am. As usual I reached for my phone to check my email and read my daily blogs. Today I saw I had a message from someone on Facebook. "That's cool" I thought, but when I opened it and saw who it was from, I just about puked. I could feel my body start to shake and it was all I could do to keep from waking up Sean. I was terrified. I'm sure you're wondering who could possibly have that sort of effect on me...well, it was a woman, someone Sean and I knew a few years ago. At first we were all great friends. We hung out together. She would watch our children for us or just come over to chill and watch movies at our house. Well, Sean lost a job back then and we had to move for him to find work. Well, this woman flipped out has been stocking us ever since. We hadn't heard from her since Fionn was born. Now she's back and she is threatening me. I don't want to tell Sean because then he will flip out and make me close my Facebook and Myspace accounts, but then again, maybe I should for our protection.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mary sits up for the first time!

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Today Mary is 24 weeks old, and she sat up for the first time on her own! It's kind of sad, as she is getting older and has met another milestone in her little life. At the same time, it is exciting to watch her progress over the past 24 weeks. I have been taking a photo of her every Sunday for each week of her life. I will be making a "First 52 weeks of Mary's life" photo album and video collage. I looked through the photos this morning and was amazed at how much she has changed. Mom will be out here for 5 days on the 25th (Ash Wednesday). She has not seen Mart or the boys since Mary was born. I look forward to her reaction when she sees her. I also look forward to her seeing the progress Declan has made in his first year of home schooling, since she has not supported the idea at all. She thinks he is not getting the proper socialiazation. That is the whole point of our home schooling, to keep them away from the warped world beyond our family and the Catholic Church. She thinks it's perfectly ok to allow our children to go to school in the less than average school systems, that can't even provide enough desks for the amount of students in a classroom. Not to mention, the amount of children that are being raised without discipline. (You should hear the language being uttered out of the mouths' of elementary school children.) There is no way we would ever allow our babies to mix with those kids. Now maybeshe will see how well he is doing and realize he wouldn't be as far as he is if he was in a public school.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Marys First Taste of Cereal!

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So Mary had her first taste of rice cereal today. It was only a tablespoon but I wanted to see how she would take to it. success! She loved it. She didn't even hesitate. I am so proud of her. Except for Declan, all the boys were such a challenge to get to eat solid food, but Miss Mary took it like a pro! Just wait until she can have fruit and veggies!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Grrrrrrrrrr......

Did I ever mention how much I hate banks? Well, I'm doing it now.....I HATE BANKS!! So, first thing this morning, I called up our credit union to make a car payment. The woman on the line said, "Will you be making Decembers' payment as well?" What a minute, hold the phone...I had made the December payment on December 23rd! I even confirmed it with them a week later. She "Carrie" said the payment had been returned to them yesterday for insufficient funds. WHAT??? I was livid! I told her there was no way that account had insufficient funds at that time. Sean had just been paid and we had barely used the account. She said it would take her a few days to investigate the matter, but she would call me back. So I got on the phone with Sean to tell him what she said. He said call the bank. So I did. There was never a transaction done on that date by the credit union. They had no record of it. Well what the hay?? In the mean time, it was getting late in the morning and I still hadn't made the kids breakfast. So as I was doing that, the "Carrie" woman called back and left a message on my voice mail saying the payment didn't go through on the 23rd, so they tried to put it through again on Feb 10Th. It obviously didn't go through yesterday because Sean doesn't yet paid until tonight. So I called her back, and got her voice mail. She was on her "lunch break" go figure.By this point, I was livid! So I called back demanding to speak to someone with authority, I got "Tracy". I explained the situation, told her there was no way the transaction would have failed, and that my bank never received a withdrawl from them of any kind. She said she had to look into it and would call me back. Fine, so I wait again... Meanwhile, I finished feeding the kids, Deco helped by sweaping the kitchen, and I cleaned the counters and loaded the dish washer. Shuffled the babies and Cian into the playroom and got started on Deco's Religion class. I had just started his Phonics class when "Tracy" called back. She said it was deffinatly a returned transaction and that she had a print out to fax me. I told her I had a print out to fax her that proved they never even tried to take the money out. She said she could research with one other person and would call be back with the exact date the transaction was returned. So, I wait again.We finished Phonics and got half way through Math when she call for the third time. Finally, she found out the real story, so here we go...... They did in fact make the payment on the 23rd. At first it went through just fine. However, my bank rejected the payment because they used the name of my Mother (She was our co-signer when we first got the van) as the person trying to make the payment. Well, obviously my Mom is not on Seans' bank account, so our bank was only trying to protect him. The credit union then tried to put it through a second time yesterday, using the same name. Now why they thought my Mom was making the payment was beyond me, but thats not the point. I had made another payment this morning, using the same account, and "Tracy" is telling me the same name was put on the transaction again. The same problem will happen AGAIN! GRRRRRRRR.......So, what do I do? They can't stop the transaction because it was already processed. She said I needed to make both payments now. There is no way we can afford to pay both months right now. So I told her I will send a money order for Dec and make another payment in 2 weeks. She said that was fine as long as it didn't go past the 30 day mark. So lets do the math... Today is the 11th, the payment was due on Jan 26th. (Yes, I know it's a little late, but it was either pay the car or get the gas/electric shut off, what would you choose?) There was 31 days in Jan, so that puts the payment 16 days late. We have until the 25th of Feb to make the next payment or it goes on our credit. (30 days) Sean doesn't get paid again until the 25th. So what are we suppose to do? We could realistickly pay the Dec and Jan car payments, but then we would have no money for the next two weeks and we couldn't pay for Mom's plane ticket either. I am so stressed out, I know I need to stay calm, but I just can't. Why would the stupid credit union assume my Mother was on the account? Why didn't someone confirm the name on the account when I make BOTH car payments? When did America decided that the average person wasn't worth beans? Why does no body care, or take pride in their work anymore? A simple "how can I make this better" or "I'm sorry for the innconvience, how can we fix this together?" would have been nice. Instead you get "I'm sorry, pay now or it goes on your credit." When did people stop being human and start being robots?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

They Grow So Fast....

It seems like just yesterday I was giving birth to my first son Declan. Now he is half way through Kindergarten and on his way to 30.I took this picture of Mary the other night. She was crying and I needed to finish cooking dinner. So, what better way to kill to birds with one stone. I stuck her in Liams' chair so she could watch what I was doing. I wasn't sure if she was big enough to sit in it, but with a little support she did just fine. I can't believe how big she is getting. She will be 6 months the end of this month. Why is it, the best year of their life is the shortest? I love little babies. I love how small they are. I love how they depend 100% on you. I love the way they smell, and their reaction when you come to get them in the morning. I love their tiny fingers and toes. I love their chunky cheeks....I could go on all day. What a wonderful gift God has given us. To be able to bare children. I feel so sad for those who are unable to, when I have so many of my own. Every little life is precious, and I don't plan on missing any of it!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Random Family Photos

I found some pictures on my G1 that were so funny, I just had to share them!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Forgiveness

I had originally written a post that was more or less, a confession. I carefully wrote it out, pouring my heart and soul into every word. When I was finished, I read it to myself and decided it was too personal to put in my blog. Not because of who would be reading it, but because I was ashamed of it. I was afraid of judgement and scornful remarks. I have lived many years with the pain and regret of this confession. Very few even know it exists. However I can not hide it from God. Lent is the one time of year for true penance and forgiveness. It is a time to remember our sins and the sacrifice Jesus made to forgive them. I hold the Lenten season very dear to my heart because it has helped me to realize the error of my ways and begin to come to terms with them. I have learned that God forgives ALL sins, even when we cannot forgive them ourselves. It is up to us to ask him for forgiveness. I consider myself lucky to have seen my faults before it is too late. Many souls did not have that privilige in life. That is why God created Purgatory. A sort of cleansing, for the soul to enter Heaven. We are praying for those souls, so that when it is our turn, someone will pray for ours. God Bless!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Preparing for Lent

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and nights, afterwards he was hungry." -Matthew 4:1-2

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Our Lord Jesus Christ gave the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, his life. We as a family have begun to prepare for our sacrifice to him. We have been watching "Jesus of Nazareth, 1977" as a family. Our children are learning about Jesus' life and the ultimate sacrifice he made for us. We have begun donating money each month to the Catholic Relief Services. (CRS.org) This Lenten season, for the first time, Declan and Cian will be participating in the "Operation Rice Bowl" (orb.crs.org/). Sean and I will be taking part in fasting, obstaining, mortification, and confession. Below I have provided a brief discription of Lent and what a Traditional Catholic is expected to do in the eyes of the Lord. LENT~ The focus of this Season is the Cross and penance, penance, and more penance. We are imitating Christs' forty days of fasting in the desert, and awaiting the triumph of Easter. We fast, obstain, mortify the flesh, give alms, and think more of charitable works. Awakening each morning with the thought, "How might I make amends for my sins? How can I serve God in a reparative way? How can I serve others today?" Lent starts on Ash Wednesday thur the Vespers of Holy Saturday. The last two weeks of Lent are known as "Passiontide", made up of Passion Week and Holy Week. The last three days of Holy Week-- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday - are known as the "Sacred Triduum". FASTING- The taking of only one meal (may include meat) and two smaller, meatless meals that don't equal the large one meal. No eating between meals is allowed, but water, milk, tea, cofee, and juices are permitted. ABSTINENCE- The refraining from eating the meat from mammals or fowl, and soup or gravy made from them. Fish is allowed, hence Fridays are known as "Fish Fridays". MORTIFICATIONS- "Giving up something" that would be a sacrifice to do without, or taking on something unpleasant that we'd normally avoid. CONFESSION- The means by which God forgives a grave or mortal sin after baptism, that will crush the spirital life out of a soul. the sp