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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!


I can hardly believe another year has flown by in what seemed like the blink of an eye. Just yesterday, (or so it seems) we were celebrating Christmas in Nevada. (a white Christmas, if you can believe that) It was Mary's first Christmas and we were living in a very small 3 bedroom condo. After spending several years in that God awful state, and Sean going through three jobs, all of which he was laid off, he finally found a company that was in good financial condition and actually enjoyed going to work for. We were able to save enough money to move to our current state and start a new life for our children.


As 2010 approached, Sean and I talked about what we wanted to fulfill in this new year. We talked about what each of us would like to see in our home and where we would like to be by 2011. First on our agenda, a new dining room set. We bought the one we have about two years ago from a used items store. It is nothing fancy and only had 3 matching chairs. The screw holes on the bottom of the table were stripped so we had a hard time keeping it stable, but it was what we could afford at the time. Thanks to Seans wonderful job, there is an employee discount site that enables us to afford this lovely dining room set. Since we chose a country theme for our kitchen, this will work nicely.

Sean will be getting a 3% raise sometime in Feburary. Our lease here will be up in May. We had thought about moving to a bigger house, closer to the coast, but our current landlord has been wonderful to us, and with the extra money Sean will gain from his raise, we could put more into savings. So, we thought about moving the two little boys beds into Deco and Cians room, and making that just a sleeping room for all four. We would move the two girls out of the living room and into Fionn and Liams room. Since they never spend any time in there rooms, it seemed like a good idea. We also toyed with the idea of turning the living room into a giant playroom, since I turned their playroom into a classroom. We would move the HDTV into our room and install large baby gates on either side of the dining room and kitchen doorways. I also thought about getting new carpet installed in the living room, but Sean didn't want to fork out the money for a house we didn't own. So I guess we'll just have them cleaned.

2009 has been a great year for us. Sure we had a few ups and downs, but nothing compared to past years. We live in a beautiful state. Our children are happy and have everything they need. We have a nice house we can afford and have even been able to buy new things for our home. I am very greatful for what we have. I have high hopes for 2010. He's to hoping things will only get better!!!

Happy New Year to all my wonderful blogging friends and family!!! I wish you all a safe and happy 2010. May you all have all your hopes and dreams fulfilled in this new year. God Bless!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

More Christmas Photos





Here are a few more pictures I took during the Christmas season. This first one is Cian and Declan wearing their new Celtics shirts Sean got them for Christmas.






Here is Lizzie with her new play mat.













Mary playing with Lizzie.

Mary playing with the Christmas Village. She loves the train.
Mary sucking her thumb, we love that she does that. Who could resist those big blue eyes.




Mary trying to grab the camera.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas

This Christmas was kind of....well, weird! Sean gave me my big gift the night before so I would have it for the morning. I got the Samsung U10 Shoot and Share in Full HD. It has a 10 Mega Pixel camera and video recorder. It's the same size as my MyTouch and black. I was so excited and couldn't wait to use it.
We got the kids to bed at about 7:30pm so we could start on the wrapping and putting the regulation basketball hoop together. Sean dumped all the parts out onto the living room floor and got busy on that. (We were also watching A Christmas Story) I started in on the presents at about 8pm. I only got 5 gifts wrapped before Sean started having problems putting the hoop together, so I had to stop and help him. Every time a got something done he couldn't finish, I would go back to wrapping. Unfortunately, that wasn't often since my husband is, shall I say, less than handy. Almost 3 hours later, and twice taking the damn thing apart, it was finished and taller than our house. We had a heck of a time getting it out the back door. Sean couldn't figure out how to put the net on, and it was really cold outside, so I put it on in the afternoon on Christmas day. So, by time all that was done, it was around 10 or so and I still had tuns of presents to wrap. Needless to say, I didn't get finished wrapping until 1:30am. Here is a couple of pictures of the end result. Now about $900 poorer, if that's even a word. PT didn't know what to make of all those boxes. He wasn't too pleased with not being able to get to his tree.
The kids were awake and chomping at the bit at 6am. We were too tired to get up, so we slept until about 8. We got up and cleaned up the living room just so they could mess it all up again. We finally got started around 9am. I had my new camera ready to start filming as the boys came running out. I only got about 7 seconds recorded when a error message came. I ended up missing the rest of their reactions. That sucked. I have no idea what went wrong, so we just went on with the unwrapping.

Here is the very short video of the boys reaction.

We got started on the first gifts as I was snapping pictures. One of the first gifts Fionn opened was his Thomas and Gordon trains. He was thrilled and refused to open anymore gifts. Liam opened his first gift, Elmo tickle hands, he too loved the gift. Cian opened a set of Hot Wheels and immediately started playing with them. He too, refused to open anymore presents.....What is this...we have three kids that won't open anymore presents. There were tuns more. Declan opened his first gift, a sonic screwdriver from the British TV show, Doctor Who. He was siked and couldn't wait to play with it. Unfortunately, the little screw on the battery compartment was too small for any of our tools, so he will have to wait until Sean can buy an eyeglass repair kit. He still played with it though. I was in the process of taking a picture of Mary and her new ball when my camera froze up. We couldn't even turn if off. We had to wait until it ran out of charge and shut itself off. Sean was pretty upset and decided he was going to exchange it for the Flip. It's a lot more money, but has great reviews. So I had to use my MyTouch to take video and photos for the rest of the day. Here are a few more pictures I took throughout the day.

Declan and his Transformer.

Mary and her ball



Cian and his Transformer.


Liam and his present.



Declan and his Red Sox banner.


Fionny Playing with his Slinky Dog from Toy Story.


Happily playing with a few gifts, since they wouldn't open anything else of a long time.

It literally took us all day and night to finish opening gifts. There were so many and the kids were getting overwhelmed and tired. We put Mary and Fionn down for a nap while the other kids played with their toys. Sean had bought a 9 lb ham and a prime rib roast for our Christmas dinner. We were going to have both, but our wonderful landlord came over Christmas eve with a huge 10 lb ham from The Honeybaked company. We were thrilled and had that instead of the one Sean bought.

After Mary and Fionn woke up, they opened more presents and played with more toys, all while watching A Christmas Story and eating lots of candy. By dinner, they each had one or two gifts left. We still had to give the basketball hoop. Sean gave them the basket ball and said, "Lets go shoot some hoops" They had a little hoop my Mom bought them last year, but they threw the ball over the block fence and never got it back. So, here is a little video of their reaction.

Please excuse Seans' apparel. They played out there for an hour or so. We had dinner and they opened one last gift each. We saved Declans' big gift for last. He had been asking for a guitar and mic for months, so here it is...





So, we all had a great Christmas. Sean got his panini grill he wanted and a few DVDs he wanted as well. I got my camera, though its going back, Animal Crossing for the Wii, my favorite perfume Jessica McKlintock and an audio book recording of Pope John Pauls last book. We has the kids in bed around 9pm and we headed off to bed as well since Sean had to be up early for work. The next morning, this is what I woke up to.


SIGH..........It took me all morning to clean this and the kitchen up. When it was done, all was right with the world!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!


As Christmas Eve draws near, I sit and watch The Nativity Story by myself. (Sean is out shopping and the babies are in bed) What an incredible woman Mary was/is. She was chosen by the Lord to carry his child. In a time where, if a women becomes pregnant out of wedlock, she would have been stoned to death. Knowing that, she accepted her task with open heart and mind. She had total faith in her creator to protect her. How many of us can say we believe in God unconditionally? To trust in him, wholeheartedly without doubt, that he will lead us on the right path to Heaven? Such faith she had. She must have been terrified, being chosen to raise the Messiah, and then watch him die for everyone. Did she ever have doubt or lose faith?

I think about what she went through, when my life isn't perfect. I ask why God puts us through so much hardship. Just when I think my life couldn't get any worst, I stop and think about what Mary went through. She had nothing as a child. Asked for nothing in return. Obyed our Lord, even when she had doubt. Watched her only son suffer and die for the sins of ALL, yet she never strayed from her path. She always remained loyal to God. I ask, can I have such faith as she? I ask you...do you have that faith in God?

To all my friends and family, especially those we have not seen in years, please remember you are ALL in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas season. Even though we may not always show it, we love and care for you very deeply and wish things could have been different. We hope that some day, we will all be together again as a family. May you have a safe and wonderful holiday with your families. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

The countdown prep begins!

I am really starting to bubble over with excitement! We had three more packages of toys arrive yesterday, one being the giant basketball hoop. It was so heavy, I had to have the FedEx dude roll it into the garage for me. Sean will be putting it together tomorrow night, (scary thought, he's not exactly a handy man.) while we are watching 24 hours of A Christmas Story and wrapping dozens of gifts!

Sean left for work a little early today. He wanted to buy the staff coffee from Starbucks and pick up some dounuts. They have really been busting their butts the past week to try and pick up the pace. They may actually make their quota after all this month!! I sure hope so, his monthly bonus was awful for November. On his way out, I snapped this picture of the girls as a good luck charm. He just adores his girls. I didn't think he would bond with them as much as he did with the boys, but I was wrong. Mary has him wrapped around her little finger. If she does something wrong, he'll raise his voice to her and she'll stick her little thumb into her mouth as her eyes well up with tears. She then runs to him and grabs onto his pants, clinging to him, as if trying to see if he still loves her. LOL, his eyes well up with tears and he caves in, collapsing to the floor to cuddle her. What a sucker, he just can't stay mad at her. He isn't there yet with Lizzie, but give it time. He's the only one that can get her to smile.


I have a few things planned today. I know there are still tuns of packages yet to be delivered, so I don't want the kids to be hanging out in the living room. So I let them go have at it in the backyard. I know I will regret that come sundown, when it's time to come in and they are covered in three layers of dirt and I have to give them all showers. Oh well, guess that's the price you pay. (It's been raining here for a few days now and its all muddy out back. For some reason, they just can't control themselves when it comes to mud.) Sean put a final order in to our local grocery delivery service. We decided to go with prime rib and ham this year. We had thought about ordering the entire meal from The HoneyBaked Ham Company, but to feed our family would have cost us around $150. That would have been fine, except Sean's bonus wasn't as much as he hoped and we still had about $400 worth of gifts to buy the kids, plus he hadn't bought me anything yet. So there went that idea.
I will be baking Seans favorite holiday cookies, Cherry Chocolate Kisses and Macaroons. I also missed my Dads fudge, so I will be making that as well. The boys are going to help me tomorrow afternoon. That should be fun for them.
All in all, we are on schedule for a great Christmas this year. I just wish I could have had Mom, Dad, Rene, and Aunt Doreen join us this year. Rene is almost half way through her radiation treatment and is doing ok with it. Aunt Doreen just had her first check up and was happy to report, she is still cancer free! Couldn't ask for a better Christmas present!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas fun....BAH HUMBUG!!!!

Since the Christmas season seems to get shorter and shorter every year, Sean and I decided to start the "fun" a little earlier for the kids this year. Today is his last day off until Christmas, so he went out and bought them Polar Express 3D to watch tonight. He bought tuns of candy and snacks as well. It was suppose to be a fun day for all of them, but Declan decided to go on one of his power trips and challenge his fathers rule. Here's how it started....

Last night, Sean was drinking a beer on the couch when Mary came along and started licking the beer can. God only knows why she does the strange things she does, but nevertheless, it was still funny. I started filming it with my cell, when Declan decided to get involved. He blurted out to Sean..."Dammit, give it to her." All while on video....Of course we were pretty upset with him for saying such a nasty word, but what really upset us is that fact that he decided to lie about saying it. "I didn't say that, I said....." I don't remember what he "said" he said, but it wasn't the truth. So, off to bed he was sent.
This morning, he decided to challenge Sean with the same topic. "I didn't say that word" He pleads with Sean over breakfast. I was in the shower and could hear the shouting. I hopped out to see what was going on, and Sean was laughing at Declan saying, "You can't lie to me boy, I heard what you said and so did your Mother." right as I walked into the kitchen. I asked Sean if this was about the word he uttered last night. "You do remember I have the whole thing recorded on video don't you?" I said. "Ooooooh yaaaaa" Sean utters. "Lets check that out, shall we?" Sure enough, there it was...Here is the proof! Declans naughty word. It's right at the end, and if you listen carefully, you can hear it clear as day. After listening to himself say it, HE STILL LIED TO US.
Instead of just admiting what he did wrong, he decided to challenge Sean some more. Sean tried to explain, "My only purpose on this earth is to raise you kids and teach you wrong from right. If I didn't punish you for your mistakes, I wouldn't be doing my job. Some day you will grow up and have a child yourself. When your child misbehaves, I hope you will remember all the times I tried to teach you right from wrong and use that to teach your child as well. You will thank me some day." Declan blurted out, "I'm still gonna be mad at you." Sigh...so as you can see, we are having a bit of a power struggle with him right now. He sat on the kitchen floor while all the rest of us were having fun watching Christmas cooking shows on Food Network. Again, he blurts out..."I still don't care..." So off to his room he was sent to sit and not by himself. There was no way I was going to let his attitude ruin the day for the rest of us.

UPDATE: It's about 5 hours later.....Sean decided Declan was going to miss out on the Polar Express movie this time. He wanted him to understand that lying is not exceptable in our home. So, after his dinner, he was to clean up the dining room and head off to bed. On his way out of the kitchen, Sean says to him. "I'm sorry you chose to lie to us. Let this be a lesson to you. When you make bad decisions, you lose out on the fun stuff." Declan turned around and said. "Well, I'm still not gonna care." LOL, "Ok, well go to bed. I don't want to see your face anymore tonight." Sean said to him as he went screaming down the hall....

I guess he's at that age now. He's growing up and has his own interests. He's a 7 year old with the mentality of a 8 or 9 year old. He's learning to challenge our authority and see what he can get away with. In some ways, he has a valid point and knows it. He just needs to learn that he is still the child and must obey his parents, whether he likes it or not.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Why I Fell in Love

For those of us who have been in a relationship for some time, do you ever stop and think about what attracted you to that person, to begin with? Where did you first meet? Was it by accident or fate? Were you instantly attracted to the person, or did it take some doing? Who made the first move? Was it romantic or aquard? I hadn't thought about when Sean and I first met, for some time. At least not until today. Here's the story..

I lost my cell somewhere in the house while trying to get the boys dressed to go play outside. I looked everywhere, nothing...Finally I shot Sean an email to have him call my cell. (We don't have a land line, so email is our only other form of communication.) A minute or so later, I hear the faint ringing of my phone coming from behind the Christmas tree. (Kids...) I didn't get to it in time to answer it, so I guess he tried again. I answer the phone, but all I hear is some strange rustling sound and Sean talking to a women in the background. Rather than hanging up, I decided to wait and see if he came on. As I listened, he was dealing with a women who had a problem with a product. He apologized to her and listened to what she had to say. He introduced the women to an employee and told that employee how to fix the problem. Again, more rustling sounds and then Sean speaking to a gentleman who was hoping to upgrade a product for his teenage daughter. Sean was more then happy to help the gentleman and even went so far as to put the man in stitches with a, not so funny joke. (He thinks he's hilarious, aparently everyone except me, thinks so too.) All done professionally.

I listened to him for about 20 minutes, until he went into the back room to check on an item for a customer. I guess he then realized he had called me and hung up. I was a little disappointed. I enjoyed listening to him work. I actually found myself with a huge grin on my face. It was then that I realized why or how, that I met and fell in love with him. We were working. At a hotel in Arizona. I was a Front Desk Supervisor and he was a server in the restaurant. He was working there to earn some extra cash to return home to Boston. We only dated for less than two months, before he left. We said we would try to stay together, but do long distance relationships really work? In our case, yes. A week after he left, I found out I was pregnant. I told him in an istant message. Although shocked, we were both happy. At 7 1/2 weeks, I lost the baby. Sean was crushed that he couldn't be there. He was on the phone with my Mother at the hospital. dispite our loss, we named the baby Adin. The whole experience brought us closer together. For the next 8 months, we saved our money so that I could move to Boston and be with him. It worked! In January of 2001, he flew to Arizona to pick me up and drive the 3,000 miles back to Hull, MA.

My point, though a bit strayed from. I fell in love with his professional side. It's charming, understanding, sexy, and well dressed. All the things he's NOT at home. At home he runs around in nothing but his underware, drinking Sam Adams beer and teaching the boys how a "real man" farts. Every other word out of his month, towards me, is "bone?" Though not very appealing to any women, he still makes me smile and remember why I fell in love with him. So I guess, though I will never get to see that side of my husband, I know that it is there, and I will continue to love him till the day I die!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Promotion Update.....


I wrote a post reguarding a dinner meeting Sean was having with his boss and the VP of his company a few days ago. Well, I was a little upset about the possibility of him being promoted. It would mean a lot more hours, some travel out of state, and constant interruptions on his days off. Ok, I was REALLY upset, to the point of becoming physically ill. For those who don't know me, I do not know how to drive and I do not have a job. (I have a huge fear of driving, long story.) If Sean takes a promotion, he will have to travel to corporate every now and then. He may even be assigned a few stores that are far from home and would have to stay in a hotel for a few days. The thought of him not being there if something happens to me or the kids terrifies me. I have no one that could help me. No family in this state, no friends, nothing. I would be completely helpless.

Sean wasn't that interested in a promotion, he really doesn't want the extra responsibility right now. (He's having enough trouble coping with his terribile seasonal staff.) He was however, keeping an open mind about it until he saw how upset I got over it. The more I thought about it, the more upset I got. I was so sick, shaking and just completely distraught. I haven't been able to sleep either. I guess he was pretty shocked over how I took the idea. I tried to talk him out of even going to the meeting, for fear that they would make the position sound so great that he couldn't turn it down. No such luck. He went but promised me he wouldn't discuss any promotion until he talked it over with me.

When he got home, I was expecting him to tell me he wanted the position, but instead he said nothing. In fact, we haven't even talked about the meeting. I didn't want to bring it up, for fear of the unknown. Actually that made things worse for me. I knew nothing of what was discussed, so then I started thinking maybe that wasn't what the meeting was for. His numbers at work this month have been terrible due to the seasonal staff not preforming to the company standards. Now my fear was, what if it wasn't for a promotion at all, but to put him on a preformance increase plan. Of course, that terrified me even more since another RSM was canned last month for poor preformance. Would he be next....So I decided to flat out ask him, through text. (Again, fear of the unknown)

Well, they are not at all worried about his store. This is his first bad month, and the only thing thats bad is their sales. All the other numbers are through the roof. They did in fact want to talk about a promotion....in San Diego, CA.....WHAT????? I don't want to move to San Diego. Too close to AZ for one, and hurricanes. He was flattered with the offer, but kindly let them know he wasn't interested in that responsibility right now. So, for now we are staying here. I feel better, but I just wish he would have told me instead of having to ask him about it. His job is such a mystery to me. I guess he likes to keep it that way.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lizzie smiles at herself in the mirror.



Lizzie has finally started to smile and babble. This is a little video I took with my MyTouch. (Sorry it's so shakey, hard to hold a baby and the phone) Hope you enjoy it!!!

Possible Promotion.......I HOPE NOT!!!

Right in the middle of Spelling class, I get a text from Sean,
"Do I have clean khakis and a nice shirt?" I thought about it for a second and responded, "I think so, why?" He responds, "Have to go to a dinner interview with Blah Blah and the VP of the company." When I read that, I knew what his answer was going to be, but I asked anyway..."What for?" Of coures, I didn't like the responce....."Possible Promotion"

I am so upset. We knew this day would come when he took the job, but not this soon. It would be a Market Manager position. That means he would be in direct control of multiple stores in a district. More responsibility and less time with the family. Some travel is required, more time away from the family. He already works 10+ hours a day, what more do they want from him. Yes, there would be a pay raise, but who cares about the money. That's more hours I have to deal with the children ALONE!

I could just cry right now. I can't even put into words the thoughts going through my mind. I don't want to feel like a single Mom. As it is, they never leave him alone on his days off. With a promotion, he has to be on-call 24/7. I think I'm gonna be sick.

He knows how I feel about a promotion. I don't think he really wants one at this point in his career, but the dinner interview, is not optional. He doesn't know much more than what I've said here, but I have a feeling we aren't going to like what is discussed.

For now, I must go iron some clothes and bite my tongue. All the while, screaming inside....

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lazy Sunday....

This is how I feel today....LAZY. Sean went to work at 10 this morning. That gave me the chance to get up, clean my house, and write my school schedule. YAH RIGHT!!!
I did get up, but then I started watching the Patriots game, and well....I haven't felt like doing much after that. I did two loads of laundry. (Only because Sean needed clean work clothes and Fionn peed in his bed again.) Cleaned the dining room window to stick Christmas clings on it and made cinnamon twists for Liam. That's pretty much the extent of my Sunday. I have laundry to fold, a floor to vaccum, dinner to start, and still....my school schedule to write.

So, instead of wasting time on Blogger, I guess I should get to work....HAPPY SUNDAY!!!

P.S. PATRIOTS WON!!!!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What do you get for someone who wants nothing??



Every year I go through the same crap with my husband. "What do you want for Christmas Sean?" His response, "Nothing, I don't want you to spend my money on me."

Since I don't have a job, Sean is our sole provider. Although he has no problem spending ridiculous amounts of money on an HDTV, laptop, and cell phones, he won't let ME buy HIM anything for Christmas. He came up with a large budget for the kids and me, but I can only spend $50 on him. WHAT IS THAT??? How am I supose to find him anything NICE for $50?

So again, I asked him what he wanted? Same answer...NOTHING! I know he wants one of those new eletronic book thingies, but he wants to wait until they come out with a better model. He needs all new kitchen stuff, (cookware, knives, that sort of stuff) but again, he is VERY picky and only wants to pick it out himself. He loves the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, I know he wants a Celtics shirt, but I don't know which one and they are all a minimum of $40 plus shipping. He had suggested I buy him a DVR, but what is the fun in that? It's not special or personal, and he would be picking it out, so where is the suprise in that? So I have come to a brick wall....Any suggestions for someone who wants NOTHING???? HELP!!!!

P.S. He doesn't read my blog, so he won't see this!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Anonymous Users....

I had a blogger friend ask me why I have my blog set to reject anonymous comments. "What's the point of setting your blog to public if you don't allow anyone to comment?" Well, that's a very good question! My answer is one word, or should I say one name....EDDIE.

I have worked long and hard to get that EVIL person out of my life. I am very careful who I associate with. Very careful what I post. (As not to reveal ANY geographical or personal contact information.) I have no problem allowing others to view and comment on my blog. In fact, I enjoy reading everyones comments, however I simply don't want to read any harassing or insulting comments from him or anyone else. Life is challenging enough to have to worry about rude things someone might say. I suppose I should learn to trust the good people in this world and allow others to express their opinion anonymously. So I will give it a try. Please don't make me regret it!!!!

GRRRRRRRRRRRR


I am so pissed off right now. (please excuse my language) I have had it with Fionn and Liam and their crap when I'm trying to teach school. I'll start from the beginning.

School started a little late today because I was talking to my Aunt Rene on the phone. (She just started her radiation treatment for breast cancer) Once we did start school, Fionn and Liam decided they were going to start acking like little monsters. First they were opening their door and slamming it shut. (Mary and Lizzie were in the next room TRYING to SLEEP) They just thought that was soooo funny. I had to stop teaching to go yell at them for that. Of course, that set Fionn off and he started his usual tangent fit. Banging his head on the back of his door and screaming at the top of his lungs. I tried to start reading from the Religion text, by all Declan and Cian were interested in listening to was the noise coming from down the hall. (They thought that was too funny) Again, I went down there to quiet them down. No such luck, now Fionn was screaming even louder and throwing wooden blocks out his bedroom door, hitting the hall closet doors. Liam was screaming and laughing and helping Fionn chuck toys out the door and AT THE BEDROOM WINDOW!!! GRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! Again, I tried to settle them down. I even gave them M&M's to eat. As soon as I started teaching again, more shrill screams coming from Fionns' mouth. Again, I stop school and head to see what the problem was now.....Liam stoll all Fionns M&M's. There were none left, so now Fionn was even more pissed. By this time, he had worked himself up some much, he was dripping with sweat.....and then he PUKED ON HIS BED. COULD THIS DAY GET ANY WORSE? So now I had to clean him up and his bed. (Anyone who knows me, knows I can't handle puke. That's Seans department.) Of course, that made me sick. I had had it, school was cancelled for the day. We got nothing accomplished. As it is, we are already behind in the school year due to Lizzies birth. I am barely on week 6 in the school year.

I guess we are going to have to figure out some other means of entertaining the little guys during school hours. I just can't handle this stress anymore. I feel so out of control. It's hard enough to teach Cian, (he has no attention span) let alone deal with those two. It doesn't help that Sean is working two weeks straight without a day off. (He is taking another two weeks off starting the 25th, so he has to work until then without a day off.) I really don't know how much more I can handle. To any of my teaching/homeschooling Moms...HELP!!!! What do I do?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Good bye my old friend....

Just under 7 years ago, I bought my husband a Canon MiniDV Digital Camcorder, just like this one. We had just had our first son Declan 2 months prior. I wanted to give Sean something to record all our family memories with, this was the perfect gift. Well, Sean never really took to the gift. Instead the camcorder/camera became my right hand man, so to speak. I never left home without it. It has seen every Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Birthday and any silly events in between. It has truely been like an extended member of the family.

A year or two ago, I noticed the tape player was starting to act up. It actually ate one of our family videos when I tried to play it. I was so upset, but didn't think much of it, until Sunday afternoon when I turned it on to record our Christmas tree decorating. The LCD screen wouldn't come on. I thought maybe the battery was dead and plugged it in. I tried to turn it on again....nothing. Sean told me to try the old fashion view finder on the top. That was working just fine. I guess the LCD screen finally gave out. In a way it was really sad for us. There is so much sentimental value in that little camcorder. Even after we replace it, Sean doesn't want to throw it away. He said, "It will always have meaning to me." So, our first camcorder will be put into retirement after this Christmas.

This will be its replacement. The JVC PICSIO Camcorder. It records 1080p HD video and photos at the click of a button. It's the size of a cell phone! Has three cool colors and you can get it at any electronic or Walmart store for $200! This is what I hope Santa will being me for Christmas!! (Hint, hint) No more 50 takes just to get the perfect photo. (My kids can't hold still for more than 15 seconds at ANY given time.) Yes, I do think this will be the perfect replacement for our little friend!!!

Here are a couple of new Christmas pictures. The bottom photo is Lizzie and I. She is 8 weeks today!
The top photo is Mary and I. She was only sitting with me because she had a slight fever. She has two molers coming in. Poor baby has had a rough two days.




Well, I'm off to bed. Hopefully I can get some sleep through Seans obnoxious snooring....good night!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Our Christmas Tree 2009

We decorated our tree this afternoon (after my poor Patriots lost AGAIN). Declan, Cian, Liam, Fionn, and Mary all helped put the ornaments on the tree. I was video taping so Sean wanted no part of the festivities. He's camera shy. Instead he stood in the background and instructed the boys where to "fill in the gaps" as if I couldn't do that myself. They all had a ball. It was a little overwhelming for me though. I had five little kids all trying to put ornaments on the tree at once. All in all, they did a great job. I only had to re-arrange a few bolbs and only one got broken. Fionny dropped one in the kitchen. This is our finished product.

                              I tried to get some pictures of the kids in front of the tree, but they just wouldn't hold still long enough for me to snap a picture. These are the best ones.


Cian and Lizzie


Cian, Fionn, Declan and Lizzie


Lizzie and Declan


Elizabeth, 7 weeks 5 days


Me and Liam

Cians' last ornament


Cian puts his last ornament on our tree.

Fionnys' Ornament


With a little help from Declan, Fionny put his last ornament on our tree.

Declans' tree ornament


This is a short video of Deco putting his last ornament on our tree.

Cutting the tree lose!


This is a little video of Sean (please excuse his shirtlessness...I know that's not a word.) and Dooga cutting the net off the tree.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Tree Adventures

Sean took Declan and Cian to a Christmas tree farm today. We were all going to go, but I realized all my clothes were maternity,( which are entirely too big now) and I have nothing normal to wear but a pair of jeans. (What is the point of owning normal clothes when you're always pregnant?) I think I need to go shopping. So Sean took some pictures and sent them to me as they were looking for their tree.
The farm was over 10 acres and stretched up a giant hill. This picture was Declan and Cian looking down part of the hill at all the trees. (You can actually see our white van at the bottom of the hill.) I can pretty much tell you what they are thinking by their body language. "Hey look Dad, that's our van"-Declan and "Where's that girl Dooga?"-Cian. There was a girl directing people where to park that Cian liked. Sean said the photo doesn't do it justice. It was really beautiful and pretty high up.

They walked all the way up the hill, trying to find the perfect tree. Unfortunately, they weren't having much luck. The trees were not trained to grow a certain way, so a lot of the trees grew at a 45 degree angle on this big hill. Since we had never cut our own tree down before, Sean didn't know how to cut a tree down or what to look for in a good tree. The boys did find this little tree that reminded them of the tree in Charlie Brown Christmas. They really liked it.
After about an hour and a half, it was clear that they weren't going to find their perfect tree and started heading back down the hill. On the way, they saw two horses by a fence on the land and were so excited to see them up close. They couldn't touch them, by they were still pretty thrilled that they were there. Even though they didn't find a tree there, they still had a great time with Daddy. They rarely get one on one time with Sean, so I was glad they had fun.
After leaving the tree farm, they headed to a tree lot by our house. There has some really nice 7 and 8 foot trees, until you saw the price...$100 for an 8 foot tree. $100 for what? You have got to be kidding me. Needless to say, they didn't buy a tree there. Last year we bought our tree at Walmart. It was dead before Christmas and we had to go and buy a fake tree for the rest of the season. So Sean was a little leary about going to Target to buy a tree, but they went to look anyway. They found a really nice 7 ft tree that looked pretty healthy. Not too many brissles fell off. It was $50...not too bad. The kid at the lot cut the base for them and even put it in the back of the van. They brought it home and started to put it in the stand. I looked at the stand, then the base of the tree...."The tree is not going to fit in that stand Sean." "Yes it will, watch"....Famous last words, needless to say Sean made another trip to Walmart to buy another larger tree stand. Here is the finished product. Declan and the tree on the left and Declan, Cian and Fionn on the right.  Tomorrow I will string on the lights and we will all decorate the tree during the Patriots game!!