Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Gavin's Gabs

It has been a while since I posted one of Gavin's Gabs.  I was starting to think that maybe the phase of Gavin's unintentional humorous remarks were coming to an end.

Today as I was unloading the kids out of the van I noticed Colette had spit up.  I grabbed the burp cloth to wipe her mouth and said, "Oh, you poor little thing!"

Gavin crawled out of the van and said, "Mom, she's not poor and she's not a thing!  She's rich and she's a baby."

I guess I'll be saying, "You rich little baby," next time.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Oh Saturday, How I Loathe Thee!

I do not look forward to Wednesdays and Saturdays.  These are the two days of the week where Mike works his open to close shifts.  It turns out to be a very. long. day.  And I need to keep in mind that it's a long day for Mike too.

It's very easy for me to pass off the baby in the middle of the night because I've been taking care of the kids all day.  There is nothing wrong with asking for help from my spouse.  But when I make a habit of staying up late to get some down time after the kids go to bed when I could and should be sleeping, it's not good.   I have the obligation to get to bed early on those nights, knowing full well my husband will be home late and won't get the opportunity to get as much sleep as me.

Sometimes we give a little and take a little.  Sometimes I need to give a little and give some more.

Colette's Baptism

Welcome to God's family, Colette!

In front of the stained glass window depicting the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

She was wide awake the whole time!


"Colette Louise, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!"






Her face here is too funny!




Colette's Godparents, Ellie and Steve Peck.  Excellent role models in the faith!




Colette wore the same gown as Celine did at her baptism.  It was my sister Catherine's.  I took some more pictures of her in her gown today.  I couldn't believe how well she behaved.  It must have been the holiness from the chrism oozing from her head! (Father Lappe really likes to slather it on!)








American Heritage Girls

I've been privileged with the opportunity to help bring a girls scouting program to our parish called American Heritage Girls.  The planning began in January and now, after many meetings of organizing and filling out paperwork, we are now registering girls in our parish to participate this fall!

Here is a tri-fold I made to help with recruiting.



We chose Troop #0716 after the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel/Our Lady Star of the Sea, which is July 16th.

There are many Catholic awards the girls can earn.  One program is called Footsteps of American Saints.  We will be working to earn a patch of St. Frances Cabrini this year as well as work on a Rosary Patch.





I am very excited to see this program get started both for my own daughter and for the other girls in our parish whose parents are looking for a wholesome, faith-based scouting program for girls.  I will be taking an active role on the Troop Board as Troop Shepherd, making sure the girls in the troop are fitting in well and are being spiritually fed.  I figured this would be a good way to volunteer without having to be present at all the bi-monthly meetings and I can do a lot of the work from home.

Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Frances Cabrini, pray for us!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Father Times Five

So as you can see I've had lots of time to blog, thanks to this wonderful man who has been working tirelessly to keep the house clean and in order, not to mention back to work full time.  Thank you, honey.  I love you!

Celine

Gavin

Luke

Gabriel

Colette

Lazy Saturday

We've been plugged in all day.  Movies, video games, computer, just about anything electronic.  And although the guilt started to settle in by mid-afternoon I did nothing to remedy the routine of the day.

After a night full of puking from a 2 and 4 year old and a restless newborn I gave myself permission to let things go and just say "yes" to everything the kids were asking for (well, almost everything).

And after reading this post from a mother of five boys I felt a lot better.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Yard Work

Mike took some time yesterday to show Gavin how to mow the lawn.  It took twice the amount of time it usually does for them to mow the lawn together.  We have quite a bit of yard in different sections on our property.  I'm sure that took a lot of patience on Mike's part.  Gavin worked really hard and he has the scraped knees to prove it (apparently he slipped when going down a slope)!  Mike paid Gavin $5.  We have agreed that extra chores, when completed in addition to their regular chores, can earn the kids money.

They actually were not able to finish mowing the lawn completely because the motor started acting funny and wasn't able to be restarted.  I guess that's a project for another day!



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

More Pictures

Mike went back to work yesterday.  He has been working the last two nights and he will be off tomorrow, so it's been a nice, gradual adjustment for me being home alone with the kids.  So far so good!

The boys like to tickle her feet.


Gabriel is finally starting to warm up to his little sister.  He will actually ask to hold her and gives her kisses when he leaves.


I will have to look at the other children's foot prints from the hospital, but I believe she has the biggest feet out of all of them!

Cutie Fruity!

Uncle Brian (Mike's brother) came for a visit on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Poulsbo Marine Science Center

On the Friday before Colette was born my sisters and I took the kids to the Poulsbo Marine Science Center.  It's a great little place to take the kids for free (they accept donations) to learn about Pacific Northwest marine life.  It had been a few years since we had visited so we checked out the new female octopus.  We also touched sea stars and watched a documentary on various sea life.

I had hoped to eat lunch on the Poulsbo waterfront but parking was completely full (I'm sure because of the gorgeous day) and we were only allowed to park at the Marine Science Center if we were visiting, otherwise we would have walked from there to the waterfront park.  As it turned out, we ate lunch in front of the center and got to watch a bunch of kayaks launch off into the water.  Celine would love to have her own kayak someday and was ooing and awing at all the colorful boats.


The octopus was very friendly, showing off her tentacles.


The last time we came to the center this tank had parts of a sea star that exploded!  Apparently that's what happens at the end of it's life.


Gavin, goofing around.

An actual star shape on a sea star!


This craft room had crayons, paper, and stamps for the kids to color with.   There were toys and puzzles for the kids to play with also.

Luke, having fun with all the sea creature action figures.



A socktopus!

Gabriel, my brave two year old, touching a sea star.   Even his older brothers wouldn't touch it!

This sea anemone had enough interaction and closed itself up.

Sea Cucumber



Gray whale skeleton

Mini theater where we watched documentaries on Puget Sound sea life.