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Memorial Day Parade and Van news

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Monday was Memorial Day and the end of our long 3 day weekend. After dealing with van issues and the Ice Cream festival on Sunday, we were looking forward to going to our town's Memorial Day parade on Monday and hopefully getting the van fixed.

Every year, our town has a large Memorial Day parade that honors all the veterans in our community. It is a really nice parade. This year was no exception. This year was even more special because Rebecca got to walk in the parade with her softball team.

The weather was perfect. She had to meet up with her team at 9am, so Bill took her and dropped her off. Then we loaded the boys up and headed to the parade route. We technically could have walked there, but it was faster to drive, which is a good thing because I had to come back home and get the sun screen I forgot.



The parade was lovely. There was a lot of veterans who were in the parade this year. And a couple of them, got out of the vehicles they were riding in and walked the parade. Here…

My hubby's birthday and the Ice Cream Festival (Sunday)

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Sunday was my hubby's 42nd birthday. He actually had the day off work. He wanted to go to the Utica Velvet Ice Cream festival, which is held every year during Memorial Day weekend.

So we went to church, came home to change, fed the kids a quick lunch (which in hind sight was a great move!) while Bill had to run to work for a minute...then we were off.

Utica is about 20 minutes from where we live, but we knew from experience that we would sit in traffic going to the festival for longer that that.

That is when the adventure began. After sitting in traffic for about 15 minutes or so, we noticed a rubbery burning smell that we thought was coming from a motorcycle a few cars ahead of us, or from one of the old time cars going by. (Sunday was the annual classic car show at the festival). Well the motorcycle decided not to wait and it made a u-turn and left, but we were still smelling the smell. As we moved a little forward, I happened to look out and see a little bit of smoke coming out…

Soccer and Softball

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Over the last couple of weeks our lives have revolved around Rebecca playing softball and Jacob playing soccer.



This is Jacob's first experience playing in a soccer league, or any league of any sort. He loves being with the other kids, and would rather play with the other kids than kick the soccer ball. But he has fun and that is the name of the game in the preschool league I suppose.  This past Saturday, he was hopping like a frog with another kid, while the soccer ball was on the other side of the field. He was excited because after his game, we went to Tim Horton's and he was given a medal and 4 timbit donuts for playing. (Tim Horton's sponsors the YMCA preschool league.)



Rebecca is playing softball for our local girls softball 8 and under league. She is having a blast. The coaches she has in this session are great and have taught her a lot. She has had a least 1 hit in every game she has played in. On Friday night, she had 3 hits (a double and 2 singles). She is gettin…

A cruel way to find out about a death

Tuesday night, hubby went into work to answer phones and put the paper together. About half an hour later, he is back home and asked to talk to me upstairs away from the kids. My first thought was what happened? Did he lose his job? What is going on?

Well, he tells me that when he went to work he felt the need to look his dad up online. What he found was his dad's obituary. His dad died 3 WEEKS AGO. There was no phone call from his step mom, no letter, no nothing. Bill called his mom and told her and I could hear the disbelief in his mom's voice. We forwarded her the obituary.

There is no mistake. It is his dad, as it had his dad's picture on the funeral homes website along with the obituary. While reading the obituary, there is no mention of Bill (who was his dad's only child) or the grandkids.

I feel so bad for my husband. Yes he did not have a great relationship with his dad, but we always sent Christmas cards with the kids pictures in them and usually got a Christm…

Happy Homemaker Monday

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I am joining Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme!
This past week was a blur of activity and looks like this week will be much of the same. Did take a couple hours yesterday to steal my hubby away to go see the new Captain America movie....Very good movie! Now on to this week....



As I look outside my window:::
The sun is out. I think it is going to be an absolutely gorgeous day! 

Right now I am:::
Typing out this post, thinking about this week's busyness. 

Thinking and pondering:::
On making it day to day...  

On my bedside table:::
The Bible
Autumn in Carthage by Christopher Zenos
Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish by Ora-Jay and Irene Eash and Tricia Goyer
Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade


On my TV tonight:::
This week I will be watching/dvring "19 Kids and Counting"  and I will probably be watching LOTS of Cleveland Indians baseball! 

Listening to:::
Jacob is watching TV. Benjamin is throwing his toys. 

On the…

This week.....

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This week has been one word....BUSY!

I am actually writing this in between Jacob's soccer game and Rebecca's softball game.

Let's see this week....

Monday, I had tons of running around to do in the morning. Then in the afternoon I had to work. Rebecca was supposed to have a softball game, but the game got cancelled because of standing water on the fields, but her coach still had practice. She had to miss because she got in trouble at school.

Tuesday, I had to bake 8 dozen cookies for a meeting that I had on Wednesday. I also had to do some research for the meeting. I also had work in the afternoon.

Wednesday, I had laundry to work on in the morning, work in the afternoon. Came home long enough to feed Rebecca and the boys. Babysitter came for the boys and Rebecca and I went back to school for an "American Heritage Girls'' informational meeting. I am on the board for the new chapter that is forming at our school and it was our first meeting. I think the meetin…

Happy Homemaker Monday

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I am joining Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme!
This weekend was VERY busy...Rebecca had softball on Friday night, Bill had to run a track all star meet that night, Saturday we had softball again (we were supposed to have soccer too for Jacob but his game was cancelled due to rain) and had to clean house. Sunday I was served breakfast in bed and received a few gifts, we went to church, then out to my parents house and then to lunch and back home where I had to get some laundry done. Bill also mowed the jungle yard. After the kids were in bed, I cut my hubby's hair before calling it a night. This week looks a little less busy, but still busy. 



As I look outside my window:::
The sun is out for the moment. It was raining earlier and now the sun is back out. We are supposed to have pop up storms today.

Right now I am:::
Typing out this post, thinking about the things I need to get done to get caught back up with housework. 

Thinking and po…

May Crowning

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To Catholics around the world, the image of the Virgin Mary is a very holy one. We honor Mary as the mother of God and we pray to her asking for her intercession on our behalf. In most, if not all, Catholic churches May is defined by a holiness surrounding Mary. My local Catholic Church is no different. Every May they hold a May Crowning celebrating Mary  as Queen of all. During the celebration, a girl is chosen in each class to be the attendant to Mary, with the May Crowing queen coming from the eighth grade girls.


This morning was the May Crowning Mass. Rebecca was chosen this year to be the first grade attendant; which meant she had to dress up and she got to carry a flower in the procession and help to pass the crown of flowers that was used to crown Mary. It was a beautiful Mass and honor to be able to attend.



Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall

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From the back cover:


As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming. More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard. Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear. …

Happy Homemaker Monday

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I am joining Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme!
This weekend was VERY busy...Rebecca had softball practice on Friday night, then Saturday bright and early was softball opening day, where they introduce every girl by name in the league for every team. Then Jacob had a soccer game at noon, Rebecca had softball pictures at 1:10 and she had her first game at 2:00. That night, Bill took Rebecca to her school for a daddy/daughter date as the White Castle truck was in town and they were doing dinner and a movie. The boys and I stayed home and had McDonald's for dinner and just chilled. Yesterday we had church, then I spent the day doing laundry (10 loads!) and cleaning house. This week looks to be just as busy....



As I look outside my window:::
It is grey outside. We are supposed to have showers today with highs only in the 50s; Later this week we are supposed to have temperatures in the 80s.

Right now I am::: 
Typing out this post, thinking…

New shoes, the van needs breakfast? and other things...

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Tuesday we had some wild weather. It was raining and gross in the morning. Then in the afternoon, the sun came out and it got really warm--close to 78F. When I came home from work, we took the kids outside to play and take advantage of the weather. The kids had a blast.


Later that night, we had a line of strong/severe storms blow threw. There was some pretty ominous clouds that I tried to capture. There was LOTS of lightening and it rained really hard.



Yesterday was a day of running errands in more rain. First up, I took the boys to mass as it was an all school mass led by the first graders. Rebecca read one of the responsorial psalms and did a great job. The boys behaved beautifully as well. After mass, we went over to the school cafeteria where they had coffee and donuts for the guests at the mass. We got to share yummy Tim Horton's donuts with Rebecca; Benjamin and I shared a yummy cruller donut and Jacob and Rebecca each had a chocolate glazed donut. So fun and a great way to …