"God made us for joy. God is joy, and the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us." (St. John Paul the Great)

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Daybook - November 16, 2009

For Today... Monday, November 16, 2009

Outside my window... it is dark. I haven't been outside all day, but the National Weather Service is telling me it's fair and forty degrees right now. November has been beautiful here in Minnesota, especially when compared to the cold and snow we had in October.

I am thinking... I can't believe I haven't posted anything on this blog for two weeks! It has been even crazier around here than usual. It was really just a week of craziness, but then a week to recover from it all!

I am thankful for... a completed menu for the week (haven't had one for the last two weeks) and a fridge full of groceries (haven't had that for two weeks either)!

From the school room... a new quarter has begun. The Girls are enjoying Pippi Longstocking. The Boy is really into writing things himself -- not just numbers and letters, but addition problems and words he's sounded out himself!

From the kitchen... we had leftovers tonight, but not just any leftovers -- Friday night we had our friend Bishop-elect Sirba and another priest friend over for dinner. I enjoy cooking multiple-course Italian meals and drawing the meal out Italian-style over the course of an evening. We had spinach and gruyere stuffed mushrooms and "cheese bubblies" (swiss cheese, green onion, mayo, and garlic salt on garlic rounds, broiled) for appetizers. The first plate was tortellini in brodo, followed by a second plate of saltimbocca, roasted rosemary potatoes, and green beans with onion and tomato. We went to an apple orchard on Monday, so I made homemade apple dumplings with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. Yummy!

I am wearing... jeans, a pink long-sleeve shirt, and slipper crocs.

I am creating ... my Jesse tree ornaments.

I am going... to purchase a new Advent wreath this year -- I'm tired of hunting for unscented purple and pink pillar candles every year and tapers burn too fast and are too dangerous at the dining room table. I am also going to find some new prayers for our evening candle lighting -- any suggestions?

I am reading... The Examen Prayer, by Father Timothy Gallagher. I highly recommend it.

I am hoping... to be in bed and nearly asleep by 9:30 tonight, so I can get up on time tomorrow. The days go so much better when I'm up on time and have some quiet prayer before the kiddos wake up.

I am hearing... my hubby upstairs tucking the kids into bed. I also hear The Baby fussing a little -- teeth, round two -- her poor upper gums are all puffy and red!

Although she's smiling in the above-picture, the below shows how she's been feeling most of the day.

Around the house... the refrigerator and the kitchen garbage need a good scrubbing! The microwave did too, but thanks to my mother-in-law, who cleaned it for me last time she babysat, it makes me smile every time I heat up my coffee.

One of my favorite things... these jammies.

A few plans for the rest of the week: The Older Girl danced tonight, and she's dancing tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday, too -- Oireachtas is coming up over Thanksgiving weekend. Friday I'm hoping to put my parents' Christmas lights on their house (they're in Hawaii ... sigh). Friday night we're having dinner with friends. Sunday we're celebrating Thanksgiving with my husband's family, as we will be leaving for Columbus, Ohio on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is a picture-thought I am sharing:

Me and My Siblings --
I don't think we've had a picture of just the four of us
since the youngest graduated from high school in 2003!

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  1. You all are cute brothers and sisters. Awwww. I need to get together with my siblings for a picture like this. Mum and dad would love.it.

  2. Oh, wow! I think Oldest Girl looks A LOT like your sister. Has anyone ever told you that? I just saw that Advent wreath on another blog. I think it's pretty.


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