Thursday, April 30, 2009
Thank you for your notes of sympathy for Mr. Fins. He really is in a better place since wherever he is (or isn't), he certainly isn't being overfed :-)
So, let me introduce our newest family member, Mr. Fins II, better known as "Mr. Finn'agin".
With the kids being home all week due to the Swine Flu hitting four students at our school, we've had to come up with some ideas to keep things fun around here. On Monday, we visited the pet store to see if they had a new shipment of Bettas.
There were so many beautiful colors to choose from. At first, we looked for a Betta to resemble Mr. Fins, i.e., same color and type, but this guy was so friendly and beautifully colored that we chose him. He swims toward the kids' fingers and shows off his glorious reddish pinkish fins for us.
Today, Day 4, he's still alive and active. The kids fed him his second meal of 3 pellets (twice a week!), and while we were at the bookstore this morning, he munched away the first 2.
Here's hoping we'll have Mr. Finn'agin for a long(er) time!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Well... the fish food container said to feed him 2 to 3 pellets twice a day. Surely, we didn't hear the clerk correctly and I didn't want Mr. Fins to starve. So we fed him religiously -- twice a day. We even made a feeding schedule for the kids to remember. You can see 2 pellets floating above his head.
By Day 5, Mr. Fins was swimming sideways. Hmmm, I've never had a fish before, but maybe he's tired. Day 6 -- Mr. Fins! Mr. Fins! He was at the bottom -- totally still. "Kids, I'm sooooo sorry. It looks like Mr. Fins died. I guess we overfed him... I'm sooooo sorry!"
Greta cried big tears. Anna was sad. Nic was mad at me for insisting we feed him more often than the store clerk suggested. Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa!
Monday, April 27, 2009
My two older kids have to stay home this week due to a student at their school contracting the Swine Flu!
So to make the most of their time at home, we headed to our newest Goodwill store and scored some great pieces for the school musical, Oliver! Nick is playing the Artful Dodger and loving every minute of it. If you're not familiar with the story of Oliver Twist, Dodger is a young, skilled pickpocket. He was testing his newfound skills on his sister, Anna, an unsuspecting Street Urchin. John Michael and I were having fun watching them get in their roles.
On another note, John Michael has a terrible cold. His nose won't stop running and he absolutely HATES having his nose wiped or sucked out (I would, too). He's also coughing, fussy and isn't sleeping well at night. The doctor confirmed it's "just a cold," but I'd rather be safe than sorry with the Swine Flu here in the area. Here's hoping for a better night!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Dear Mom & Dad,
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary -- today, April 16, 2009!
I am so proud of you two for reaching this huge milestone -- one that few couples will achieve in their lifetime. Congratulations, Mom & Dad! We all love you very much!
As a special gift to you, I have created something special to help share the memories of 50 years together with your family and friends. Click on your wedding photo above, or on the link below, to go back to April 16, 1959.
Monday, April 13, 2009
A few weeks ago, we were invited by a couple from our church to see their baby goats. Being suburbanites, our kids haven't experienced much country farm life. And while these goats live only about 7 miles from us, it felt like we were transported back in time -- to a sweeter, slower time.
John Michael loved petting the "kids" (baby goats), but was a little nervous around the protective mother. She stepped on my foot covered only by a thin ballerina flat and boy, did I feel it! Yikes!
On a separate note -- it's my sweet Greta's 4th birthday today.
For her birthday, she really wanted some Moon Sand, so I got her a play set and a couple books. She brought cupcakes to preschool today and will have her party with friends on Saturday.
Happy Birthday, Big Girl! I can't believe you're 4!!!!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Alleluia!
Happy Easter from our family to you and your families! I've enjoyed blogging and getting to know some great (mostly) moms who have a child with Down syndrome. I've learned so much from your collective wisdom.
What a difference a year makes! I thought it would be fun to take a photo of the kids in the same place as last year. The May 2008 photo has been one of my favorites of all four together, so I tried to re-create it. Greta was giving me the dramatic "I don't want to smile" look and John Michael at 6 months old was too busy with the rope on the swing to notice. Nicolas and Anna keep growing up!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
You are keyed in to the world and very peaceful. You believe that everyone is connected.
You remain focused and in the moment. You are not easily distracted.
You have a good memory, especially for things that you hear. You listen carefully."
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I love the little bird image and hearing chirping birds in my backyard!
I love spring and being outdoors.
The 1st paragraph is right on, but the 2nd is pretty off at this stage of my life. While I can be focused, I tend to be easily distracted, I can't remember past 5 minutes ago, and I learn best by seeing and hearing.
Oh, well... What part are you?
Friday, April 10, 2009
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world."It is accomplished; and bowing His head He gave up His spirit." [John 19, 26-30]
As Jesus hung on the cross, he forgave the soldiers who had crucified him, and prayed for his mother and friends. Jesus wanted all of us to be able to live forever with God, so he gave all he had for us. Jesus, let me take a few moments now to consider your love for me. Help me thank you for your willingness to go to your death for me. Help me express my love for you! (from Catholic.org)
Lord, by shedding his blood for for us, your Son, Jesus Christ, established the paschal mystery. In your goodness, make us holy and watch over us always. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
John Michael is responding to, "How big is John Michael?" "Sooooo big!" He had a blast trying out everyone's toys. He especially loved playing with Sheridan's ball with the shaking beads in it!
Thanks for sharing, Sheridan. Everyone loved the sounds it made.
I love this photo! Joaquin gave me a huge grin. He's so cute! He's sporting a handsome outfit his stylish mom designed! You can order your own at Jennifer's other website: http://www.addyandsam.com/. Gabby was the lone female of the bunch, but she didn't seem to mind. She is such a beauty and that outfit -- darling! John Michael was flirting with her by trying to yank out her pretty white bow. He is so into hair these days and, apparently, hair accessories, too. Sheridan has some beautiful hazely greenish/blueish/brownish eyes. I can't describe them, but he gets them from his mom. He's also sporting some super long curls on top which John Michael couldn't resist!
The afternoon was great for connecting us moms and allowing us to talk freely about life with our little ones. Without a doubt, all the moms there feel blessed to have their children. There was another bigger guy at the park, Thomas at 3 yrs old, with his mom, Dawn. He was super busy playing on the climbing structure and keeping his mom on her toes, so we didn't get to visit with her very much. Hopefully another time.
After the park, our family headed to an old ice cream fountain with Jennifer's family for diner food and ice cream. It was great to see the kids interacting and it felt great to connect with another family who is on a similar journey as ours.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
To every thing there is a season,
Well, John Michael made his debut in the bike trailer today alongside big sis, Greta.
As the six of us headed out to the river, it didn't take but 5 minutes before he fell asleep. He missed all the sights, sounds and smells that accompanied us on our ride -- the purple wildflowers, the sweet smell of fennel, black butterflies flitting from bush to bush, ducks and seagulls sailing in the water, bluebirds flying from tree to tree, swallows swooping over the river, dogs on leashes, wild turkeys in the meadow, and the cutest little pug being petted by everyone down by the river's edge. After a 40 minute ride and a small detour to a kayak launching pad, we rounded the corner to Starbucks. (Yes, wildlife and nature mixed with suburban convenience.) John Michael woke up and enjoyed the sunshine and shared Jamba Juice with his siblings while Doug and I pumped ourselves up with some dark roast coffee. The ride home lasted no more than 10 minutes, but he enjoyed every minute of it. Yay, we're mobile again!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Greta loves getting attention and playing with makeup, so this was perfect! She's such a ham. I wonder if her siblings will believe she really got punched at preschool. They are even more gullible than I am :-)
Last year the kids froze a spoon in a bowl of milk overnight and in the morning poured cereal over the top with more milk and served their dad a nice April Fool prank. This year, Nicolas thought it would be funny to put Saran wrap over the toilet bowl. But after explaining why it would be disgusting if it actually worked, and adding that he'd have to clean up the mess afterward, he changed his mind. Good thinking...