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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Now I'm it!!

Ten years ago: I was on a road trip with my parents, siblings and then-fiancé-now-husband. We drove all over the west coast and camped out in Yellowstone National Park on the top of a mountain where it hailed BIG time and rained buckets later. We then realized the importance of picking a camp spot that isn’t the lowest point – our tents were flooded and I ended up sharing my sleeping bag with my 15yo sister. We drove to Yosemite, spent time there (*gorgeous* place but too crowded), spent time in Colorado – my second home, and went to Vegas where I won some money on the poker slots while my fiancé sipped margaritas in the hotel pool. It was a two-week trip and I’d love to do it again. Memories were certainly made then.

Five years ago: I quit my job as a day care teacher as I found out I was pregnant with child #2 (wait, that was 6 years ago! Oh well, bear with me J). My then 10-month old daughter was in the infant room of the same day care I worked in. For the first time in 6 months, I was able to stay home with her instead of working. It was a godsend – I taught her sign language and we went for walks and spent time together. It was the last time it was just me and her, 9 months later we were joined by her little sister.

One year ago: in August, I found out I was pregnant. It was a shock; we considered ourselves “done” for the time as we had three girls and it was enough just handling those three. For a long time, I was very ambivalent about the pregnancy and, to be honest, I was quite angry with God (“We goofed up ONE time and we don’t get a pass?!”). It wasn’t until I saw the ultrasound picture (it was 4-D) when my ambivalence turned into maternal love. And it wasn’t until Mr. Sean was born, 13 hours into labor, 9 days “late” when I fell in love for the second time in my life.

Yesterday: We went to an amusement park with the kids. The local policeman’s union (FOP) sponsors a family outing and my father, being a retired cop, took all the kids and grandkids out. We packed a huge picnic lunch, cleaned up the stroller, packed our stuff, and went. The girls had a BLAST. I’ve noticed that Daughter #2 gets a thrill out of being a daredevil – on the large swings, she was the only child with her hands up and feet flapping in the wind. She was so disappointed that she couldn’t go on the big roller coasters and Daughter #1 was supremely disappointed that she wasn’t tall enough for the bumper cars. Poor baby, she has another two inches to grow before next year’s outing. Daughter #3 was content going on the little kiddie rides. This year I went on the Spinning Teacups with my two big girls and my 9yo niece. After they got their thrills with trying to make Mom sick :blech:, I gave them a ride they will remember for a long time. Let’s just say we had to prop them up when the ride stopped.

Tomorrow: We are going to take a day off. We’ve been talking of getting a swimming pool for our backyard for some time now and since the temps are supposed to be off the charts (100 degrees and up), it looks like the perfect time for some wet fun. Plus it’ll wear the kids out faster.

Five snacks I enjoy: well, before I had to eliminate dairy from my diet due to Mr. Sean’s dairy intolerance, it was anything with chocolate. Now I enjoy salsa with chips, pretzels, a cold Pepsi with Lemon slice, nachos (again, pre-Mr. Sean), and Swedish fish.

Five songs I know all the words to: You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi), Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi), Go Tell it on the Mountain (Christmas carol), I Need Love (LL Cool J), Soldier Boy (The Shirelles)

Five things I would do with $100 million: Adopt all of the children waiting in foster care and build a huge home for us all, travel, put some aside for my kids, buy my sister a house, invest

Five places I would escape to: my office, the library, school (college), my imagination, the Internet and my CAPP friends

Five bad habits: procrastinating, criticizing, not finishing projects I start, impatience with small children, temper

Five things I like doing: cuddling with my baby, reading to my girls, pretending to eat at my dd’s restaurant, reading by myself, having a kid-less conversation with my husband

Five things I'd never wear: fishnet stocking, animal prints, spike heels, belly-button shirts, and capris

Five TV shows I like: CSI, Survivor, Crossing Jordan, Pimp my Ride, Scooby Doo

Five biggest joys of the moment: successfully breastfeeding my son, relaxing enough to let my girls play in the office, having a clean sink, knowing my husband came home early today which means I will get to take a nap later, the summer sun

Five favorite toys: my computer in the office, my new computer in the kitchen (for the kids’ use), my digital camera, my PhotoSmart printer, and my hand-me-down scanner

Five new victims: My sister Dee, and…oh, I don’t know!! TiaKay took all the good ones! ;-)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tag, I'm it!

Jamie over at Selkie blog has tagged me with one of those memes going around the internet. Fun! I'll play!

Ten years ago: In 1995 I was preparing for my wedding. It was about this time that we realized the Tribunal for my now-husband's annulment (started before he ever met me) had left the affirmative decision on someone's desk for a signature who had decided to not come into the office the entire summer, and thus everything would be delayed. I was working at a local hospital, and preparing to start graduate school in the Fall. Signatures were obtained after I contacted my bishop, and we were married in the Winter.

Five years ago: In the summer of 2000 we flew with my parents to Virginia, then drove to Outer Banks NC to meet my brother and his wife and their newly adopted son from Russia. Memorable because we had a serious cultural clash on this vacation (we're an AP family, they are the "kids eat at 6 then to bed while we have cocktails and dinner with just adults" every night kind of family), and because one of my kids came down with a serious ear infection warranting a trip to the local medical clinic.

One year ago: I was preparing for our annual music production, and starting to realize the upcoming election was going to cause great division amongst an email group I'd been affiliated with for quite a few years. Turned out to be true; the nastiness grew to such a level that two spinoff lists have been created, and the original list is a pale shell of its former self.

Yesterday: Great stress and angst over a pending real estate deal. Looks like our move out of this house will happen on time, but the house we hope to move to won't. Not sure where we are going to live.... but it will work out!

Tomorrow: We should know if we get the new house on time or not, and DH is off work for the rest of the month!! Yay Vacation time!

Five snacks I enjoy: Chips and salsa, Tropical Trail Mix (WalMart brand), fresh blueberries, crunchy granola bars, cookies!

Five songs I know all the words to: Star Spangled Banner, Sent Forth By God's Blessing, How Great Thou Art, Salve Regina plainchant, Ave Maria plainchant

Five things I would do with $100 million: pay off the church loan anonymously, set up trust funds for the kids, travel, make a large donation to our local La Leche League, buy a convertible.

Five places I would escape to: The beach, the library, CAPP commune (We've talked for years about how nice it would be to all live close by so we could help each other and have playmates for the kids), Ireland, and ???

Five bad habits: nail biting, staying up too late reading, snacking too much between meals, neglecting my prayer, self-criticism.

Five things I like doing: Reading, Snuggling with my kids, sitting on the back porch with DH watching the kids play, singing with the radio, cantoring at funeral masses (favorite ministry)

Five things I'd never wear: A Tube Top, low rise jeans with a thong showing, Just about anything in an animal print, a bikini, a navel ring.

Five TV shows I like: CSI Miami, Local News, Unwrapped, Local on the 8s, ??

Five biggest joys of the moment: Seeing my kids curl up with a book, nursing my littlest one, being with my DH, a mealtime without an argument over food, phone calls from friends.

Five favorite toys: My sewing machines, my cell phone, my computer, Whatever book I'm currently reading, the car radio.

Five new victims: Let's see.... how about Julie at Happy Catholic, the other CAPPmoms (and you have to post a new entry, not a post in the comments!!), MamaT at Smockmamas, Alicia at Fructus Ventris, and a volunteer???

Monday, July 11, 2005

Three for joy?

On Saturday my husband and I took the boys for a Bird Walk at the Liberty State Park. This is a waterfront park from which you can see the back of the Statue of Liberty. It is a wonderful place, marshes, woodlands and recreation areas as well. The rangers led a hike around the area.

At first we saw mostly starlings and robins; not terribly exciting. Later, though, crossing a bridge near the marsh we spotted three large birds winging across the sky. Everyone scanned the area with their binoculars. To our great delight there were THREE Great Blue Herons circling above the marsh, together.

Blue herons (Ardea herodias) are usually not spotted in groups. The rangers were extremely excited about this. I suggested that possibly the strong winds of the day before--our little taste of Tropical Storm Cindy--had caused them to come together like this. Whatever the reason, it was a very special experience for us. We see blue herons in parks and marshes near our home occasionally, and have seen many more on our vacations to Assateague Island. But to see three of the giant, powerful birds together, and so close....that was a first for us.

The boys seemed interested but not impressed. Our older boy is more interested in the works of man than of nature. "Listen, dad, can you hear that freight train whistle over by the Turnpike?" "Wow, I can see the Liberty Science Center building!" and finally, when the rest of the group had their field glasses trained on the herons, our son pulled at my hand excitedly. "Mom, just look at that huge blimp coming our way!" Thanks, Fuji :)

The little one carried his binoculars and imitated the others. He is already interested in birds. "Bye-bye birds" he waved as we left.

Altogether, a joyful day.

Friday, July 08, 2005

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Another tragedy

It's so strange, to be occupied with something very pressing, and to have no idea what's going on in the world. I am a news junkie; I admit that. So imagine my surprise, after returning from some very important medical evaluations for my 10 year old, to learn that there were horrible attacks in London today! It was such a horrible shock. I had been so focused on the appointment for my son; it was something we'd scheduled late last winter. I was so relieved that today had finally arrived! And we had no idea what had happened until noon, mountain time.

My heart aches for the victims and their families. I am praying. It's so hard to know exactly what to do. It's so far away from where I am, and yet after what we've been through here in America, we have some idea of the pain those families are feeling. It's just such a fresh shock, having another brutal and senseless attack like this.

I'm stunned, really. And yet, it seems so silly and naive of me to be so startled and shocked. Things like this happen so often now. It's such a different world for our children.