Friday, May 27, 2011

Something About Latin

It was about a year ago when I attended my very first Extraordinary
form of the Mass, aka Latin Mass.
From that first time, I was hooked.
It has a beauty and reverence that the Novus Ordo (imho) lacks.
Don't get me wrong, the same Jesus is present at the Novus Ordo and that in it of itself is AMAZING, but there is just something, well, EXTRAORDINARY
about the Extraordinary Mass.
At that first Mass, I was reading along in the Latin to English booklet,
and was literally moved to tears by the words.
The vale between Heaven and Earth felt so thin.

The new translation of the Novus Ordo Mass is going into effect this November;
this will certainly repair much of the lackluster of the Novus Ordo
and correct the poor translation.
I can't wait!
But still, there is just something about Latin...

Lately I have been trying to take my love of Latin from the Mass and music,
to my regular everyday prayers.
Fr. Gabrielle Amorth, the Vatican's head exorcist,
has spoken on many occasions about the power of Latin
and the devil's hatred of it (An Exorcist Tells His Story).
Don't need to tell me twice.
I began with the Ave Mary (Hail Mary)
which was simple because I've been singing it for years.
I also have the Doxologia Minor (Glory Be) down
and am working on the Pater Noster (Our Father),
and the rest of the prayers of the Rosary.
Next on my list, the prayer to Sancte Michael Archangele.

I am already experiencing great fruits and graces from praying in Latin;
more than I could have ever imagined.
It is so much more than just a language.
It is the language of the Church,
of the Mass,
and of my soul.

AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Attack of the T-Rex From the Future

Last night my wonderful husband had an unfortunate accident with a knife.
While trying to cut a GIANT Reeses Egg that was in the freezer,
the knife went into his hand. Ouch! 
A night in the emergency room (only two hours) and four stitches later,
he is in one piece again.
But I just have to say, even though it was a silly mistake,
it is something I would have totally done myself.
However I would not have handled it with the grace he did.
The whole time he was joking, smiling, and asking my how I was doing.
That is my husband.
My rock.
My joy.
Even when he is the one that is bleeding.
But please, don't tell him you know how he really hurt himself.
The official story is he was attacked by a T-Rex, from the future.
It is true, I saw it when it decloaked.
I'll just say that we had T-Rex for dinner and it was tasty!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thrift Thursday: Aprons Are Totally Sweet

Aprons make me drool.
One might think this is simply because they remind me of food.
Well that is true, I suppose, I do wear one while cooking,
but really it is because they are awesome.
I like cooking and baking already, but throw in an apron...
Let me count the ways.

1. Let's start with the most obvious, they keep my clothes clean whist I am in the kitchen!
I really do appreciate this as it means A. Less laundry and B. Less wardrobe changes. Although I do have to be honest, I would more than likely just look like a slob than change so lets change that to B. Less looking like a slob.

2. Feminine. I love things that make me feel and look truly feminine. I think it actually changes my attitude and makes me act more gentle and sweet. Perhaps I should consider wearing an apron all the time.

3. Let's face it, aprons are something from an era gone by. One of constant dress wearing and true homemaking. I'm up for a revival.

4. My husband likes them. I had no idea of this until this week when my husband said "I don't know why but that apron makes you look really good." I think it was just the bacon cooking. We really love bacon.

5. Accessorize! Don't forget the earrings, pearls, and of course the apron! There are so many different styles and patterns the possiblities are endless!
6. Wearing an apron makes me wanna twirl and dance and sing whist I cook. I usually sing anyway so this makes it a whole show and much more entertaining for Dominic! 

7. Decor. They look pretty hanging in my kitchen.

My number one item I search for on is "apron" or "vintage apron".
Granted these are new one made in a vintage style, and there are so many pretty ones I want!

Like this one.
Waist Apron - Half Apron for Hostes or Everyday in Vintage Roses of Pink on Soft Blue with Polka Dot Trim
And this one
Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron / Feminine Ruffled Sweetheart in Pastel Pink Damask for Vintage Appeal
I was so happy when thrift shopping with my SIL to come across these two lovely aprons.
This one appears to be homemade.
I love the purple checkers and the
detailing at the bottom. $2
This is a beautiful shear blue
with lace detailing. $2

I only have three aprons right now, but you can bet I will be on the hunt for more unique and truely vintage aprons!

Happy Thursday!

Monday, May 16, 2011

What A Day!

Dominic has started to teeth again with a vengeance!
He is working on his bottom two molars (poor kid).
So I tried my best to keep him busy, close, and happy today.
Rule 1 in keeping Doc happy,
plenty of outside time!
Okay we can oblige, and Payton surely was thrilled!

We also kept busy for quite awhile playing with his new marshmallow shooter
(a gift from G & G Wells.)
Payton, not so trilled about this one, he ran and hid in the other room.

Like I suspected, he's a natural!
A regular sharp shooter!
He thought it was so funny, 
so we spent an hour shooting each other with the tiny, soft marshmallows.
I would not however let him eat them,
as they had all sorts of numbered colors in them.

Later in the day, he was getting pretty grumpy
and I was trying to have dinner on the table for my hard working hubs.
It was impossible to get anything done.
Hrmm, I wonder if he still likes the Moby, it has been a while since we've used it
(since he is so active now!)

I will take that as a big fat YES!
He slept like a baby (imagine that!) for an hour or so...
until the pork loins started on fire.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Dear Dominic: 14 M

Dear Dominic,

You are getting big so fast. You are 14 months old and I couldn't be a more blessed mommy. I am grateful for your health and hapiness every day.
You have been doing a lot of fun new things lately. Just today you shook your finger at mommy and said "eh eh" like mommy and daddy jokingly do to you. We were completely caught off guard by it and it certainly resulted in many laughs! You also have been talking up a storm (although you've always been a talker) and are making up all sorts of new words. It is fun to hear you talk like a big person in gibberish and you are a pro and asking questions. You also love to scream when you want something, but mommy is teaching you motions (like sign language except made up lol) like "up" *arms in the air* when you want up, so the screaming is getting less. We are also working on motions for when you are hungry and when you want to nurse. You got "all done" down like too so no more screaming at the end of a meal!

Boy are you active! Again nothing new, you have always been so. You are almost running; at least walking super fast like when we play "I'm gonna get you", or when you stuff a piece of dog food in your mouth and mommy is coming to take it out. You are constantly "go go go" until your head hits the pillow my breast each night. I often read in books about something called a "bedtime routine" including 30 mins of wind down activities, but no matter how much mommy would like you to sit still for a book, or a nice massage, my little squirmy worm has just too much to do! But we will keep trying and some night you may just suprise us.

You love being outside more than anything! There is so much space to roam free. Thankfully there is a park right across the street for you and Payton to play! You love outside so much that when we are inside you stand on your little chair and look out the picture window. Grandpa W. sees you all the time when he drives by. Everytime daddy goes to bring Payton out you will drop whatever you are doing to run to the door to try to convince daddy to bring you out too.

Whenever you hear the train whistle blow, without fail, you run to your chair and whisper "caw caw" for "choo choo" and watch the train go by. Payton usually watches next to you.

You still don't get much use out of your toys. You much prefer games like, xbox controller, what fits in mommy's guitar?, play in Payton's water bowl, and hide and seek (although Payton always find us to fast because you think it is too funny when he is looking for us). You also love to climb on anything you can find.

You still love to nurse and do so a few times a day (and night) and always when falling asleep (unless mommy is at youth group and you are home with daddy). You have also been eating so much food lately! Growth spurt? You aren't very picky and will even eat bananas now (something you used to dislike). Like daddy, you love soups and like mommy, you have quite the sweet tooth. Mommy loves you so much that I shared some of my Reeses Eggs with you! You are quite proficient at using a spoon and fork, and I don't mind that sometime it gets all over your face.

Dominic, you are so outgoing! When momma takes you to work you have to talk to everyone, at least all the ladies. And you are such a big help! I especially enjoy when we go over to the Church to see Jesus and pray together. You always have lots to say to Jesus.

People say you are a momma's boy, but they say that because they don't see you with daddy as much as I do. You really love daddy! Something we share. You love it when daddy throws or flys you around, and especially when daddy lets you play Xbox with him.

Dominic, momma loves you so much and I can't wait to see what the next month brings.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thrift Thursday: An Unused Wedding Gift

This past Saturday my dear SIL, Robyn, and I went out for a day upon the thrifty town.
The spoils were great.
My favorite score of the day were these beautiful vintage mixing bowls.
They were a wedding gift to a former nun who got married in the 70's. For some reason, she never used them.
Perhaps the reds and oranges didn't match her kitchen decor,
maybe she was afraid of birds,
or maybe they were just too pretty to use.
But my kitchen is yellow, I like birds-although not usually in my house (except on the dinner plate)-and I think pretty kitchen things were meant to be used, so they will be used and often in my house!
I got this set of four Pyrex bowls for $10.
I read on that these bowls are from 1971,
and the pattern is called "Friendship".
So far they have helped me make berry banana bread and guacamole.
They mixed wonderfully and are a welcomed addition to my kitchen family!

Happy Thrift Thursday!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Doc's Super Powers

I just had a terrible case of the hiccups.
The loud, whole body shaking type.
Dominic thought it was so funny!
In my best kid-whining voice I pleaded with the Husband,
"Tell Doc to stop laughing at me!" But alas he laughed all the harder.
And then all of a sudden, Dominic gave a loud hiccup...
and mine were gone.
I thought that was really funny and
Geoff declared we have discovered what Dominic's super power is.
He can take your hiccups away but in true superhero fashion,
he takes them upon himself.
He can't control it yet, but as his parents we have a tremendous obligation
to make sure he uses his powers for good.
*Insert lame Spiderman quote here*.
Batman help us.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Not Bad for a Monday

I love days like today.

I am going to bed feeling...accomplished.
Dominic was very cooperative with entertaining himself for a few hours
while I got done some much needed stuff for work.
He watched the train go by a few times,

and I did some cleaning and laundry.

We went for a nice walk on this beautiful day.

I planted some flowers,
started planning my garden,
and took a wonderful nap,

all before dinner.
Then came my favorite part of the day, my husband got home.
I love watching Payton and Dominic both running up to greet him.
They fight over who gets the first hello.
Then I get my kiss.
My whole family is under one roof again and all is right with the world,
no matter what craziness is going on outside.
Yes indeed, not bad for a monday.