Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas in Pictures


Miss Lydia is all ready for Christmas Vigil Mass.


Putting the Baby Jesus in the manger Christmas morning.


Helping Daddy open his presents.


Posing in front of Grandma's tree Christmas Day.


Bennet with Uncle Karl.


My brother Doug who has lost an unfair amount of weight recently.  He brought the Bailey's, which is another reason that I love him.


Lydia posing with her new kitchen. 
The kitchen was saved from the dump by her MorMor.  It was stripped, sanded and repaired by her Great Grandpa F.  It was painted by her Grandma.  And it was stocked with Melissa and Doug toy wooden food by Christmas presents.
She likes to give her dollies baths in the sink.


Cutting board Uncle Karl made for Lydia.  He handpainted the "Fruits & Veggies".  The otherside is labeled "Meats & Poultry."  So great.

new blog for a new year

The new blog is Fat Bonnie.  The goal is to publicly humiliate myself  share my weight loss goals, struggles and triumphs.  We'll see what happens.  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

3 Good Years

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband.

Thank you for the beautiful, magnificent children you have given me. Thank you for providing for us all. Thank you for your selflessness, hard work, laughter, forgiveness, kindness and quiet faith.

Thank you for loving me wholeheartedly and thank you for sharing your life with me.

Marrying you was one of the best things to happen to me.

I love you more today than ever.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Feast of the Holy Family

Travis and I were married on the Vigil of Feast of the Holy Family three years ago.

Through the prayers of Jesus, Mary and Joseph may are marriage be strengthened, our family be blessed and holiness be achieved.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!


O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
it is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What happened to my joy?

A handful of things have happened in my life lately that have me pondering that question.

A friend sent me an email encouraging me to cherish each moment with my children. She was sharing her secrets about how to find joy in the monotonous and demanding tasks of motherhood.

I attended a Christmas production at a mega-church. The event was a disappointment but every church member I encountered there was so sincerely kind, welcoming and joyful.

I heard a college friend speak about her missionary work with the deaf in Mexico. As always she was witty, humble, praising God and clearly joyful.

With my first encounter I felt guilty, but also unfairly guilted. I completely missed her point and it took me a long time to remember that we are to do the things of our vocation with joy, even if we don't like it. This is a basic Catholic teaching, yet I've wanted an exemption from it for so long I started to believe it just couldn't apply to me.

By the time I got to the Christmas production I was impressed to see true joy being lived out. This isn't to say that I don't know joyful people or that I've been living in a joy void, I just think that I've been lacking it for so long that I was no longer looking for it. Maybe I didn't want to see it.

But when I saw my friend present I felt myself identify it and want it. I want to be that kind of person again. I want people to want to be around me because I am sincere and warm and other-centered. And I want them to notice that their encounters with me are different than with other people and the reason for that is JOY.

I am tired of being grumpy, whiny, entitled, angry, annoyed. Today needs to begin my return to joy. And not because I'm supposed to be that way, but because I crave it and I don't want to live without it.

I am going to start by popping in to see Jesus at an adoration chapel. Any other suggestions?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

pictures of things that are new around our house

the house is lookin' good. almost 1/2 is sided. the new porch and steps were poured earlier this fall and the railings will come next.


Lydia's new stocking, made by her Mormor. (That's Swedish for Grandma.)

St. Nicholas brought Lydia a box of crayons and a pink case to keep them in. Also new is Lydia's love for drawing "boo-ful" pictures.


New glasses and bangs for me.


New to us Advent wreath. It used to be Travis' grandparents and we inherited it at the end of last Christmas season. I added the greens and have Joseph and Mary hanging out there until Christmas Eve, when they will arrive at the manger.
Funny side story, last year I assembled an Advent wreath from 4 votive candles and some greens. Travis wanted to know where the white candle was. I had no idea what he was talking about - I'd never seen a white candle in an Advent wreath before. He insisted that a white candle was part of the deal and it burned throughtout Christmas. Only after googling it did I believe him. And now our Advent wreath will forever have a white candle.


New curtains made by Mom from old bedsheets purchased at Goodwill and some blue fabric. Wash, sew, starch and waa-la!
Also new is this buffet. It was handmade from wood from a cherry tree that grew in my parents' yard. A friend of my mom's made it and it is absolutely gorgeous.


Lydia's canines are in. This is the best I could do at getting a picture of them.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sound of Music | Central Station Antwerp (Belgium)

A little shot of joy via YouTube.

It makes me so happy that people do fun stuff like this. I remember in high school some friends and I would day dream about doing this kind of thing at Steak and Shake, the mall or wherever.

Oh yeah, I actually cried watching this. That's how much I loved it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

it's 4am and I'm furious

me + lack of sleep = fury.

Bennet woke up at 1:30ish and has fought sleep ever since. I'm so pissed off.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Today in class Travis was told about a girl who had a mad crush on him at the beginning of the year. Supposedly she is now over it. I guess she likes his butt. I think she has a good eye. ;)