My Little Monkey

The theme for Evelyn's preschool class is Monkeys. 
They have a Monkey folder that they bring home each day which stands for:
My Organizational Notebook Keeping Everyone informed for the Year.
Their classroom is decked out in monkeys.  So when it was her first turn to bring snack for the class, I thought it should be something monkey....of course.
I found these monkey cake pops and so I stayed up way too late one night making them for her to take for snack.  She didn't help.  The kids most likely won't know what they are even eating.  But I had to make them to fulfill my creative what-ever-you-want-to-call-it!  And they did turn out pretty cute!!

A Marathon of a Day

I never want to forget this morning with Thomas. 
 He wanted to get up early and go grocery shopping with me one Friday morning.  I usually go about 5:45am, but THIS morning I had to go even earlier since Thomas and Joe were serving 6:30 am Mass.  So, we got up at 4:30 and left for the store at 4:45 IN THE MORNING.  He helped me shop for food, which was actually very helpful.  I will never forget how cute he was in the store.  As soon as we walked into the produce department he runs over to the coconuts and begs to bring one home.  Sure.  Why not?  Then he sees the section of speciality snacks and just HAD to have one.  He kept saying as we wandered through the empty store "this is SO COOL," or "I've always wanted this, can I get it?"  We got home, put the grocery sacks in the fridge and then took off to pick up Joe for Mass.  I sat there in the pew feeling so proud of my son, up there on the altar so reverent!  I also noticed that I had forgotten to buy him new Mass shoes since his other ones were too small as his bright green tennis shoes were peeking out from under his alb.
We brought Joe home with us after Mass and the boys and the other kids had doughnuts for breakfast.  As the kids got ready for school, Thomas and Joe grabbed the drill and went outside to work on the coconut!  They had opened it, tried the milk and were saving the coconut shavings to bake with.  I finally had to stop them as it was time to leave for school.  By this point I felt like I had been up forever, but it was only 7:45! 
At the end of the day I looked back at the amount of time Thomas spent in church, in ONE day.  Serving Mass at 6:30, going to 8:15 Mass at school, Benediction at 2:45, and then the boys choir was singing for a holy hour at the Pink Sisters at 7:00 pm.
The kicker was that he never seemed tired, grumpy or cranky after having started his day at 4:30am!  I love his love for life and for making ordinary things, like grocery shopping, "SO FUN...."
in his words. 


First Day of School

I realize that the first day of school was about two months ago...but I just wanted to remember how cute they all looked going back to school!  Thomas is in fifth grade, Annie in fourth, George is now going all day, every day to first grade and miss Evelyn, well she joins them for preschool Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday mornings. 
 First day of school "Pancake Man" for breakfast
I honestly didn't think that George would be able to wake up in the mornings to get ready for school after his summer of sleeping in!  But the boy proved me wrong again and he's great at laying out his uniform the night before and getting up and dressed and ready for school.






Pete's Summer

Pete, you are my sweet child. 
Your new found love is a golf club and a golf ball.  You know what to do with them and can actually hit the ball.  We're all impressed.

 You have eczema, poor thing.  Your skin is scaly and has red splotches all over.  I don't know if its caused by what you eat, or if you have allergies, but it makes me sad to see you scratch your poor skin.
You LOVE Jesus.  Seriously.  You can spot a crucifix anywhere!  As we come downstairs in the morning we pass a large crucifix on the wall.  We stop and say good morning to Jesus while you point up at Him.  As I lay you on my bed at night after the bath, you point up to Him on our wall.  If I ask you "where is Jesus," your head scans the room until you find Him on the wall.  Melts my heart.

Putting you to bed at night is a joy.  After you are bathed and jammied, we find your best friend in the whole world...you blanket.  It is a tie blanket that your Godmother made for you when you were born.  It is darling to watch you find the three specific tie pieces that you MUST hold onto.  They are getting easy to spot since they are stretched way out!  Once you find those three pieces you smile and give an "oh yeah" and then your thumb goes straight to your mouth.  I believe this is heaven for you!  We stand in front of your pack and play (which you still sleep in) and I pray our night prayers.  Your head usually scans the bedroom to find the three crucifixes hanging on the wall and I pray as you point to Jesus!  Then I bless your forehead, you give me a smooch and I lay you down on your blanket, turn off the light and shut the door.  You are so good!

You love to sit on the couch in the kitchen with me and look at books.  I always love to see what book becomes each child's "favorite!"  Yours is called "I'm as Quick as a Cricket" which was Thomas' when he was a baby!  At one point in the book it reads, "I'm as quiet as a clam..." at this point you put your finger to your mouth and make the shushing sound!
You are my cuddliest child by far.  Your head rests so nicely on my shoulder.  As long as you have your thumb in your mouth, you are so content to just be held and resting on my shoulder...however Sunday Mass seems to be a different story!  We've split up and gone to mass at different times some Sundays this summer, due to the fact that it's too hard to hold you in the back of mass.