Friday, November 28, 2008

Groovy Haircuts

Today: I am recovering from the food-coma that came from yesterday. Goodness what a lot of great food, friends and family. Miss Ruth successfully bbq'd the turkey and it was wonderful. Sean's brother, JC, and kids came over and we had a wonderful time. TEYO, is spending the night with her cousin and will be returning tomorrow. Got a very "groovy haircut" today.

Eagerly Anticipating: TATYO's 3rd B'Day party on Sunday. Hotdogs, silly hats, and Miss Ruth's chocolate cake is on the roster. Done Deal!

Books and movies: I am continuing with the "very large book"by author Harry Mulisch. It is getting more interesting. Turns out one of the characters is the son of a Nazi. I read "Get out of my life, but first will you drive me and Cheryl to the mall?" while my hair color was processing and it turns out that if TEYO is going to be a normal teenager I will have some sad and challenging moments ahead of me. I already feeling a bit like she is separating from me, and I miss her already.
I have many episodes of the "Dog Whisperer" in the queue and the DH and I may be settling in on the red couch. I can already hear the dog sighing.

Mrs. B: I am looking forward to Monday, when I get to try out my new Holiday Songs for the Marimba book by Doug Goodkin. I am anticipating some great fun.

Mosaics: The St. James Advent Bazaar is fast approaching. I need to get my @#$!& together. Feeling a little tech-challenged as I try to post pictures of my mosaics using "Flickr". Dang, I guess my master degree in technology doesn't save me from all of these challenges. If you have any advice, please send it my way.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gratitude

I am thankful for my darling husband who is exceedingly kind to me and a glorious father to our daughters.

I am thankful for my eleven-year old who is sweet and kind and funny and a patient and loving big sister.

I am thankful for my almost three year old who never fails to bring a smile, is really good at big hugs, and has a fabulous rendition of the ABC song.

I am thankful for my dog who loves to go on walks with me, always visits me in the bathroom, and always seems to sigh at the appropriate time.

I am thankful for my faith, which holds me up at the most challenging of times.

I am thankful for a job I love, a warm home, a car that runs, and money in the bank.

I am thankful for my friends who are warm and funny and creative and kind.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Why is it that. . . ?

Today: I am paying close attention to my email for status updates on my friend Stacey, who is having some complications with her pregnancy. Prayers are being sent her way.
I am also recovering from a lovely time at Miss Ruth's house, watching "Chuck" and putting up with "Dancing with the Stars" (mr. shiny). Ruthie can definitely make a very nice cocktail.
Prayers to St. Christopher as Miss T makes her way to Paris.

ATYO: Why is it that with a room full of toys nearby, the ATYO insists that emptying out the diaper bag and pulling out diaper wipes is much more interesting?

Family: looks like we are holding Thanksgiving dinner at our homestead. Miss Ruth is going to come over and GRILL our turkey. I have complete faith that the bird will be glorious, even with Sarah Palin's attempt to ruin my taste for turkey, for the rest of my life.

Mosaics and needlework: I have been working on DH's Christmas stocking. It is one of those felt/sequin jobbies that are only cool when Christmas is the theme. Pictures to come.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Okay, let's try this thing.

My first official bit of blogging!Should be interesting to see how this pans out. So far, this is my 3rd attempt this morning as the "Almost three-year old" (ATYO) has interrupted each time I try to sit down to type.
I'm going to copy Miss T's format (with her permission). If you are familiar with her blog. she keeps subjects in categories and tends to not go on too much. I don't know about you, but I have a trick of a time reading large blocks of text on-line. So, I'll be posting bits about my life as a mom of two, the darling husband (DH), the dog, my work as an elementary music teacher (a job I love), my faith and my Church, books, movies, mosaics, needlework and what ever else seems to come up.
I hope you enjoy and will post comments.

Today: I am home with the dog and the ATYO while the DH is at Church. On a normal Sunday, all 4 of us would be at Church but last night was special as the eleven year-old (EYO) and I sang at Blessed Sacrament Church with our dear friends Amy and Ruby. I just love seeing my daughter and Ruby as they grow into their musicianship! Ruby even was brave to attempt to sing the harmony part with her mom, and did a fine job, I must say!
In the front pew of the church was a young man who was obviously afflicted with autism or Asberger syndrome. I don't know which. He was thoroughly enjoying Mass with his incredibly patient mother. It was so obvious that without a medical miracle (can you say "stem cell research?") he will never be able to lead an independent life and may never get beyond the mental/behavioral capacity of a three year old. Needless to say, I am counting my blessings that I have two healthy children.

Books and movies: I am reading a very large book called "The Discovery of Heaven". It's a translation of a German work by author Harry Mulisch. I am only into page 60 of 500(!) and character development is still taking place. I'll keep you informed. I rarely have two books going on at the same time, but I did pick up a copy of "Get out of my life, but first will you drive me and Cheryl to the mall?". It's a book on the parenting of teenagers. Though the EYO is not causing me any grief that is beyond the range of normal, I thought I would pre-educate myself. It is a very funny book but also very wise, I think.
Last night the DH and I watched handsome Denzel Washington in the movie an "American Gangster". I give it three out of four "mommies". Well acted and thankfully didn't glamorize the devistating impact of organized crime and the evils of heroin addicition.

Mrs. B: As I mentioned before, I love my job as an elementary music teacher. I've been going at it for eleven years now and I still can't believe that I get paid to do what I love. However, there are moments where those Gosh Darn Kids (GDK) drive me to a large glass, or two, of red wine. But watcha gonna do?

Mosaics: I am steadily adding to the inventory of pieces I am going to have for sale at the St. James Advent Bazaar. 5 crosses, 2 small birdhouses, 2 large birdhouses, and a box with a Koi Pond theme. Maybe I'll get around to posting images, who knows.