No big intro today, folks, just a big fat T.G.I.F.!! It's been a kay-kay-kayrayzee week! Actually, that seems a little bit dramatic. Isn't every week crazy when you have kids? So, technically, the last time life didn't feel crazy was back in 2001. Ah, the good ol' days...Just kidding! Crazy is fun! No?? Let me show you:
1. Rice Krispy Treats
After a big day of cleaning out the garage, when they asked for s'mores, I couldn't say no.
3. Farm Fashion (Is that an oxymoron?)
Finding quality time for prayer in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of each day isn't easy. But, I'll be honest, without it, I'm a bit of a mess as a wife, mom, friend etc., etc. This girl needs grace!! Recently, I have really fallen in love with the book, The Better Part. It's a scripture based resource that also includes an abundance of beautiful and profound quotes (which I LOVE!), thoughtful meditations, scripture from the New Testament, and Catechism references. I highly recommend it!
5. The Cry Room Bandwagon
Last week, Kendra at Catholic all Year opened up to her readers about her feelings on the issue of whether or not parents should feel obligated to use the cry room during Mass if their kids are fussy. Many other fantastic bloggers weighed in on the issue, and I enjoyed reading several of their responses. While I didn't write a response of my own, my personal feelings on the issue are just that - personal. I'm not sure that there's one perfect solution for everyone (However, I do LOVE Melody's brilliant idea to have bouncers at the door!). Her sentiments on the issue were identical to my own.
What it boils down to for me is this: While I love for our family to be able to sit together during Mass, and the cry-room isn't always the most pleasant place to quiet a screaming child, sometimes it's necessary. We come to Mass (hopefully) in a somewhat recollected state, to praise, worship and adore our Lord. If I'm anxious about the disruption my toddler is causing to others, my worrisome mind is most likely not going to be Christ-focused at all. And, while the play room is more like a chat-room for most parents, I have no problem at all pushing my way up to the front, nose to the glass, reciting the unison prayers aloud in an effort to worship while my child wails. It is the cry room after all. And, if I happen to accidentally kick one of the "sitters" while attempting to kneel, forgive me, but it isn't the observation room. We're still in Mass - even if every one else believes the terrible two's has bought them a ticket to romper room instead of church.
The child soon learns that he/she is not going to be set free to join the zoo of cutie-patooties climbing over and under the seats beside us. I stand firm, speak quietly in my child's ear to calm down, and simply wait out the tantrum. The boys soon learn that we're not there to play, and that sitting cooperatively and quietly with the family is less torturous than being in a room full of kiddos who are allowed to run wild while he is locked in mommy's arms, which are not about to let go. Okay, that was longer than I intended - so, moving on!
6. Forget Bears and Bunnies
It's no secret, we're a little book obsessive around here. The fascination starts early, and slowly progresses into the child's absolute inability to fall asleep without at least 4-5 of their current favorites in the crib. One of the boys snuck in and snapped this fuzzy little shot of Charlie, who is proudly following in his brothers' literary footsteps.
7. Treehouse Masters
When it comes to what's on TV these days, I'm totally out of the loop. The TV basically takes up living room space in the summer time (unless it's an Olympic year), because our lives function completely in the outdoor world, and we are rarely inside. So many bloggers eagerly share their favorite "must watch" shows with great enthusiasm, and I have NO IDEA what they're talking about! However, a few weeks ago, unable to sleep, I turned on the tube and came across the show, Treehouse Masters and fell in love! We Tevo it for the boys (because I abhor commercials), and they enjoy watching it as much as I do. It really will make you want to build one of your own!
Until tomorrow my friends!