Friday, February 27, 2015

The Gift of a Sister

If you are a momma with more than one little girl, please take a moment to tell them they're blessed.

They are so blessed to have a sister!

How do I know this? I have four sisters, and each one holds a special place in my heart.

The Fam
This is my family when I was growing up. 
(I'm the "baby" of the family, the one on the right. )

And this is us now. See? We are blessed!

My sister Linda is missing in that photo, so I'll post a picture from another gathering: 

She's a labor & delivery nurse and I love her to bits.

Being the "baby" of the family, it sometimes seemed like I had five moms. They went back and forth between spoiling me rotten and shooing me away, but it's all the lovin' that I remember the most, like the way Yvonne used to sing me to sleep (accompanied by Peter, Paul & Mary) or the Tom Thumb stories that Linda would tell me. My sisters were older--much, MUCH older, I like to tease them--so that by the time I was in high school, they were married with kids.

How I loved spending time their families.

Anyway, I guess I'm feeling a bit nostalgic because it's my sister's birthday today. (Correction: my sister and my godmother. Growing up, some people thought I was hers!)

Ties that Bind X

~ Happy birthday, Bunsie! I love you to bits! ~

There is so much I could tell you about my sister Yvonne—how she's a fabulous cook and an amazing baker; how her house is impeccable and that her floors just gleam; or that she starts her day at 5:00 and goes goes goes 'til 11:00.

She watches her grandchildren so their moms can work...

She goes to daily Mass often and brings the priest home-cooked treats...

Easter X

And she talks to my dad on the phone every day. (I'm a little bit jealous of her and Dad's phone calls, frankly. Those two have a very special bond.)

All of this makes up a part of my sister—just a teensy part, because there's so much more. My kids all love her, my girls especially, because she has a way of making them feel super welcome.


She's always smiling.

That's the part I really want to highlight: that a woman can be incredibly accomplished,  yes, but in the end it's the smile that people remember the most.

Ties that Bind XIV

It's the kindness, the caring, the constant giving...

Ties that Bind XV

It's the gift of a sister, endless laughter, love

Tell your sister that you love her today! I love mine with all my heart. ♥

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mako Mermaids

A Guest Post by Angela, age 10

Netflix asked my mom if one of her daughters would write a review about this show. She chose me and that's exactly what I’m doing.

Mako Mermaids is a series that's set on a made-up island, Mako. There are three main mermaids: Nixie, Sirena and Lyla. My first thought about this show was: Oh boy, this is going to be stupid. But then I watched the first episode and I got sucked in. It is very interesting and humorous. I like Nixie's adventurous and perky conduct, and Lyla's bossy attitude, and Sirena's romantic behavior.

I like a lot about this show. It is not silly at all, except for some humor here and there, and it is really fun to watch. My sisters agree! We watch it as a family (okay, except without my dad and one of my brothers) and it's just a lot of fun.

Two thumbs' up!

Angela in Minnesota
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Margaret the Mom here. I hesitated to let the girls start this series because I agreed with Angela: it looked really silly. You know what? It is. It's silly and fun. It reminds me of the shows that I use to watch, like Gilligan's Island and I dream of Jeannie, where the plot lines are full of enormous holes but you don't care 'cause hello?! There's popcorn!

We've had a ton of fun watching this together. The mermaids are cute and goofy teenagers--modest, for the most part, despite their being mermaids--and the dating and flirting themes are handled well (so far). We haven't started the second season yet so I can't vouch for that one...although I did peek at the plot lines and we're losing Nixie! Sigh.

Let us know what you think if you watch it. Let Angela know! She was a good sport to write this.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Face of Five

(Because really, who doesn't want to read stories about my kids?)

If you're on Facebook, you saw this photo yesterday. It's part of my photo-a-day Project 365—Day 50 already!—and I told a bit of his back story to go along with it.

As in...

The fact that this kid is always talking. I noted on Facebook that this picture's deceptive because his mouth is actually closed in it. He's a talker, like his mom! He's funny too, though, so go figure. There must be some recessive humor gene.

Like yesterday and his “It's the middle of the night and the monster says, 'So do you still think I'm fake?'”

Or his conjecture “Who doesn't like hot dogs, right?”

When I popped open a can of Whole30-approved sardines this morning, (Day 3 and going strongish!), he grimaced. “Ew,” he said, plugging his nose. “Eat that quick.”

(My kids think I'm crazy, and they'd be right.)

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He starts speech therapy next month, and I must say I'll miss some of his phrasings like "hork" and "hord". (Bonus points if you can guess those words.) He does need to go to speech therapy, however, because if you're not fluent in "George" than it's easy to get lost.

Sigh. No more saying he's "hize" years old.

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George's favorite things involve books and screens. He reads voraciously, from Farm Yard Tales to Garfield. (That would be his sister Angela's influence.) He likes loves Spiderman and Minecraft; he likes loves all things iPad; and he likes loves playing his big brother's XBox.

In short, he's your average 5-year-old.

Except he's above average...

...'cause he's mine. ; )


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