August 25, 2011

7 quick takes

-1-   Awhile ago Trav's Aunt Julie made a couple mix cd's for me.  They were great.  (Who knew Aunt Julie had such good taste in music?  I don't know if anyone did, but now that I know about Aunt Julie's good taste I'm letting everyone know!)  Anyways, she put a couple songs by Needtobreathe on the discs and this one, The Outsiders, is one of my faves.  I hope you like it, too.

-2-  When you see/hear the words "the outsiders" do you automatically think, "Stay gold, Ponyboy," or is that just me?

-3-  The fact that Aunt Julie made the cd's for me is quite amazing since I offended her on Christmas one year.  It's a classic story of Bonnie putting her foot in her mouth.  It goes like this:

Me, wearing an argyle sweater and sitting next to hip, beautiful cousin B (Julie's daughter): "B, I'm so glad to see you wearing argyle.  I didn't know if it was still "in" or not.  I used to have a sense of style, but now that I'm older, fatter, and a mom I'm not sure what is appropriate to wear.  I don't want to look too young, but I don't want to dress like I'm 45."

Everyone laughs, my mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, sister-in-law, Julie, cousin B - everyone.

Me:  "What's so funny?"

My dear mother-in-law:  "Today is Julie's 45th birthday!"

I'm awesome like that.

-4-  The fact that I am now inept in all things fashionable is why I am so looking forward to my Bloom consultation with the lovely Hallie Lord, aka Betty Beguiles.  I am so excited to get some great pointers from her! 

-5-  One of L's favorite books right now is Love You Forever.  Today she was carrying her lamb doll, which was dressed in a mismatched pair of L's pj's and wrapped in JF NICU blanket, and saying to it, "I'll love you forever; I'll like you for always; As long as I'm living my baby you'll be."  It was really stinkin' cute!

-6-  I don't like reading Love You Forever because it makes me cry, sometimes so hard that L and B look at me with great concern.

-7-  Tuesday, September 20th is the anniversary of Archbishop Sheen's ordination to the priesthood.  I'm thinking of making a little pilgrimage on that day, maybe to the Cathedral in Peoria, IL where he was ordained (and where we had a holy hour and Mass when JF was 2 days old, asking for Sheen's intercession) or to his birthplace of El Paso, IL.  I could also go to the Sheen Foundation Museum located at the Spalding Center in downtown Peoria.  I say all this because I'm wondering if anyone would want to come with me and the kids to do this.  Is anyone interested? 


  1. I cry reading that too! And "God Gave Us You". Can't get through that one without getting choked up either! Everytime I'm reading it to Charlotte I think "please don't let Curt come upstairs right now!" He'd look at me like I've lost my mind....which is a possibility.

  2. So you did get a bloom consultation for your birthday?! Ryan got it for me too! She is so great and is personalizing a package for our price (4 outfits!). But, I'm not doing it For five more weeks because that's when this intense 6am, 6 days a week workout thing ends for me, and I will hopefully be down a few sizes! Are you doing yours now? Can't wait to see it!

  3. I don't know if you have ever watched "Friends" but there is an episode where Joey's birthday gift to Ross and Rachel's baby girl is a dramatic reading of "love you forever." everyone cries after he reads's funny! Happy Friday!

  4. Lisa said: Veronica, Bonnie, I'd love to see your style boards whenever you redeem your consultations. I'm fascinated.

    And then I accidently hit delete in the email instead of publish. Sorry. I just got back from a run where someone tried to steal my bike. I'm tired and sweaty from running after the truck.

  5. Ditto on #6. Try reading "Someday" by Alison McGee, it makes me cry too, but it's soooo good!

    Enjoy your Sheen pilgrimage. I'm in NY so I can't join you, though I'd like to. Maybe say a prayer for me when you're there? :)

  6. Someone tried to steal your bike?! That's awful.

    Also, I would love to come with you on an Archbishop Sheen pilgrimage. Since it's a Tuesday I might actually be able to. I just need to work out a few things with my sleep schedule since I'll be on thirds then.

    Love you!

  7. Did you catch them?!?

    On another note- my unemployed/make-my-own-schedule- self would love to make a Sheen pilgrimage with you :) We should talk!