Friday, January 30, 2009

When he grows up...

After bath, I'm still in the habit of carrying John Paul in his Nemo towel to his bed (my back is disagreeing with this habit and has let me know more recently).
Tonight he said, "Mommy, when I'm an uncle you won't have to carry me anymore."
"Why?" I inquired.
"Because when I grow up I want to be an UNCLE..."
I guess this is flattery to all the uncles.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Loss for Words

Hi Family!
I don't mean to burn you all out with pictures of Luis and I from our Wedding/honeymoon. The above pic is from a day in Rome after we met JPII.
The truth is that I'm really behind in organizing our recent digital photos so I don't have many recent pics of the kids together to share. But there shall definitely be some soon...
I have pics on my new Blackberry of the March for Life...can't wait to share those. It was such a profound experience given the current circumstances...I don't know where to start.
And the best news is that John has a Barcelona blog!
Here it is:


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

Today we're chilling out at home. Too bad we don't own this place because we could have auctioned off our home this week for an amount that probably would have payed for a new van. Oh well.
Washington St. is closed as they're taking Obama to Mt. Vernon at some point. So we're blocked in. We'll probably walk down to the water and view the Capitol from there. It's a bit easier with kids to do this than braving the crowds of millions.
Besides, we're saving our energy for the March for Life on Thursday.
Oh Lord help our new President and help our country.
May our nation be a better place someday for our children.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Christmas shots

I haven't gotten around to posting Christmas shots but Mom and Cath sure did:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Grandchild Update for the Grandparents

John Paul
This young boy has been surprising Luis and I on a daily basis with how much he's developed since school started in the Fall. We switched him after Christmas to St. Mary's school which is a 5 day a week program. The transition was seamless for him. He loves the "bigger" school, classroom and excitement of many new friends. I think he's aware of how fast he's developing and learning. I have to direct his intensity towards positive things. I tell him he's my "leader" child and sometimes that means sacrifice. He's got to learn now that he will not always be first in life despite what he wants! Overall, I think he's got a strong choleric/melancholic streak (Gee, wonder where he got this from?...). We hope to help form him into a boy of goodness and virtue. I'm sure it won't happen overnight!
Gabe has undoubtedly missed John Paul's companionship since school started. He's a sensitive guy with a need for lots of one on one attention. This fits naturally into our schedule most days as he sometimes goes to bed after his siblings and then wakes up after John Paul is already at school...affording me opportunities to chat with him or read books. He has a HUGE heart- much like Luis'. He has the natural tendency to share and make others happy. At Barnes & Noble this past weekend, Luis bought him a cookie as a reward for something. He immediately split it in half with John Paul. Monica caught wind of the treat and he then split his half with her...out of sheer desire with no prodding on our parts. He has a much more rebellious streak than his older brother so it takes more to get him to do something. But he's a quick learner.
For instance, he totally knows how to use the toilet. But he doesn't want to. (It's probably some "second child syndrome"!) I can't force him so I've let it all go until he decides he wants to. He has an inherent musicality which drives him to express himself ALL day with anything remotely musical.
The newest and most foreign thing (since two boys) is the recent collection of baby dolls that have made their way into our lives. She just loves snuggling with them most of the day. But catch her in a wild mood and she wants to abuse these poor dollies to no end (ie-slamming them repeatedly into the carpet...whatever!). She has perfected the high pitched girly scream that is supposed to get her whatever she wants whenever she wants. For instance, she know exactly where I keep the leftover Christmas stocking candy and puts up quite a fuss when she can't explore that territory. I'm having to dig deep for more reserves of patience so that I don't give in to her every whim! John Paul likes to tease her and she does have a special affinity for her oldest brother. She wants to do exactly what the brothers are doing if at all possible. And despite all of my best efforts, she's still convinced that crayons taste great.

Hoping this gives the grandparents a better look into life here with these kids!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Today I'm 30. I'd like to know where my 20's went!
Thank you Mom & Dad for giving me life.
Thank you Luis for marrying me, letting me sleep in til 9 this morning and loving me so much.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

6 years

Today Luis and I celebrate six years of marriage. I love this blogging thing because it forced me to look through our Wedding picture files. Truth be told, we didn't get very many good shots of the Mass. Our priest Fr. Morrow asked for no flash photography and everyone respected the request. I was disappointed at first but in retrospect, I like this reality. The Mass is embedded in my memory as the most joyful and beautiful Mass of my life. I remember the whole day with a bittersweet fondness because it was truly a unique moment in time representing an era that has passed.
Dad was perfectly healthy. I love the shot of Gram looking over his shoulder as he tied his shoe.
And I love the classic shot of Mom and Dad kissing my cheek. I even love the detail of Dad's obvious hearing aid. That side of his face now bears much different and much deeper marks of a life well lived and well fought for.
I love the shot with Fr. Morrow and his goofy smile- a man who to this day acts as as my spiritual father.
I love the shot of the St. Pat's window above the altar shedding light in the afternoon sun.
Most of all, I love the shot of us outside the church when my veil flew up in the harsh January wind. It was a priceless, unplanned moment of grace.
And the past 6 years have been just that- filled with priceless, unexpected craziness and beauty.
Love ya Luis!