Friday, February 26, 2016

February Ordinary Days

Tidbits I want to remember:
Abbey had a chance to get great seats at basketball game and was sent some pictures of herself and her roommate on TV...it was so exciting to watch, and I'm sure for her, to be there so up close.


Janey loved her sledding experience...we finally had a snow day this winter.  When I told Janey about the chance of the boys not having school the next day she said, "Oh good. I can play with my Patrick and my Andrew." 

I felt pressured enormously by a certain son (Andrew can be very persuasive once he gets something in his head) to take everyone sledding, even though I will admit it was NOT what I wanted to do. I am done with snow, whether we had a lot or a little this winter, I'm done. But I sat in the car and let them have their very wet and very muddy fun for 2016.  And now I want to put away all the winter boots and snow pants, as premature as that really is.

Abbey sent me a text of a special delivery she received on Valentines Day. :)
As Patrick and Andrew would say, with rolling eyes, "True love!"

Isaac sent me this photo as a joke with orders to tell Patrick that he can indeed make his own peanut butter and jelly. Patrick always teases him, because Isaac has taken the longest to step up in independent meal fixing skills.  I remember when he came home from college a few months after Janey was born and asked me to fix him something and I snapped, "Everyone has been fixing their own lunches and breakfasts around here since Janey has been born. Your five year old brother can fix his own sandwich!" (This was in the throes of colicky baby.) I think a lot of the times he just would choose to not eat, which is a valid choice I guess. And it's funny because I've found that college meals plans just make kids that we want to become more independent, the opposite. They have all these choices at their fingertips and someone serves them! BUT this year he has his own kitchen, and has really learned to like to cook.

A selfie?

I took Patrick to a MI game and he was so so cute. I want to remember it forever. They had a great win, and he just watched every single second. He so wants to be a MI basketball player. He told me he is going here for sure. 

Matt had a great CYO basketball season-it was fun to watch them. The kids always end up doing better than they thought they would-the team really comes together.

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Caught this one morning-Janey will do anything for "her boys".

She sat in here for at least an hour.

Picking up Daddy for lunch makes her so excited.

We went to an auction for Make-A-Wish and this was the puppy they were auctioning off. This is our Sammy exactly. It's crazy how much they look alike. I sent this pic to the older kids and said we donated him. (That would be my make-a-wish?:) He went for $1700!  Sigh.

Our neighbor dropped off some fun new things for Janey that her daughter has outgrown and someone has been in heaven and quite busy. Perfect timing for these long boring winter days.

What are we going to do? One more wonderful Sunday, and then it's gone. I sure hope they have something just as good to replace it. I have loved this season so much. I usually don't get a chance to watch the episodes till Monday or Tuesday, and do so when I workout and Janey will ask, "Can we watch Abbey Downtown?" I swear she thinks it has something to do with Abbey, but can't quite figure out the correlation.



Between picking up kids here and there and everywhere, Janey and I sometimes kill time down by the river-I love this spot.  Amazing how much it changes over one week.

19 comments :

  1. Love your recaps! And pretty much everything you blog about! :) With four, five and under, you are truly an inspiration to this Catholic mama. Question: where are your bar/counter stools from?

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    1. Hi Joan! Thank you-and they are from Pottery Barn-they are called the Seagrass stool I think and I have the lighter color. I love them-I tried dozens of stools, and these were $$$ for my budget (waited for great sale) but they are very comfortable and super sturdy. The sales person in the store told me they had one behind the desk since the store opens and it has been used to death and still looks great-that sold me.

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    2. I was going to ask about the stools too. I am looking at similar ones from Target and was wondering how the durability and ease of cleaning with the seagrass? Thanks.

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    3. Super durable. Things have been spilled on them but I just wipe what I can up and it is completely unnoticeable. I don't know about the Target ones-I looked at them but they were not the right color-I really wanted to match my kitchen table and chairs to the stools which is why I tried so many. These (the PB ones) come in one piece-I really felt like the ones that I had to assemble ended up being shaky or uneven, and I would have been tightening up the screws for the rest of my life. :)

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    4. Thanks! I think the Target ones come assembled too which would be great. I think they are wider though.

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  2. I am going to miss Downton Abbey so much too! I have been following it for years and get so excited for each episode. I watch it later in the week too usually while folding laundry.

    Faith from homeecathome.com

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  3. I am the slowest to catch onto any tv show bandwagon. I just watched Mad Men from beginning to end over the last couple months. I don't know why I waited so long, I loved it!

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  4. there are so many pbs shows that are just as good...grantchester, mildred pierce, forsythe saga, halifax, lark rise to candleford (has Bates in it)can find on amazon prime, library, etc.

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  5. UofM would be lucky to get Patrick!

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    1. Ha! We'll see if that all pans out for him but thank you!

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  6. Sarah, you should try Mercy Street!! It was just released by PBS and you can catch nearly all the episodes on Amazon Prime and I think the most recent one (the finale) is still streaming on PBS (or you can wait until Sunday for it to come on Prime I believe). It's set in a Union-occupied hospital in Alexandria, VA, during the Civil War - two warnings: in the first or second episode a woman is "attacked" (true to the times but I had to mute and fast forward that!) Also, it IS a war-time hospital and they often didn't have great tools so if you have a queasy stomach like me you'll have to look away from some of the surgical scenes. I'm making it sound awful!! LOL But I binge-watched the entire first season and I'm really hoping they bring it back again!

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    1. I DVR'd it and will start as soon as Downton is over-glad to hear it is good!

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  7. Janey is such a doll. Love the photos by the river~beautiful.
    Just love your blog so very much!!

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  8. I've been following you for some time and SO love your "Ordinary Days" posts. Our youngest girls are the same age and stage, so I enjoy seeing Janey. But, as odd as it may seem from someone you've never met, I was floored to see Patrick at the MI game; wow, he has grown up! He's joining your other young gentleman instead of being the baby boy. All of your children are beautiful, but little guys are my favorite. We have 7 of them here, and my youngest is now nearly 6 and how I do miss those oh so sweet littlest boy days! Thanks for sharing your days with us.

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    1. I was just thinking the same thing today-Patrick is 8 and he is still so young and sweet and little but those "little boy" days are really gone. He was so easy and content and cuddly-and I guess he still is but it is different than a little two year old.

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