Friday, February 26, 2010

Seven Quick Takes


Why in the world do infant's clothes have pockets? All Elizabeth collects in them is food she drops on the way to her mouth.

And why would any company make toddler pajamas that need to be washed in cold water? A Sunday dress, okay. But pajamas?


I recently went to change the empty roll of Quilted Northern for a full roll and thought I was losing my mind when the roll seemed smaller somehow. Nope. I was right.

Somehow I wish they would try to be not so sneaky.


When Cecilia celebrated her first birthday, my brother gave her a really cute set of blocks with compatible Winnie the Pooh pieces. At Target, we found a big set matching the one we already had so now more and bigger things could be built. The girls and I worked to build this castle.

Or, at least, I thought it was a castle. Turns out, according to Felicity, it is actually a multi-functioning doctor's office and potty. Felicity helped each of Tigger, Pooh and Piglet go in to use the potty and then, after they washed their hands, they kissed. Then they went back in for a doctor check up. Priceless.


For several years I've had a Golden Retriever mouse pad. It has been chewed by at least two of my kids and suffered much abuse and I thought it was time to get rid of it. I went to my reserves but my Vatican City mousepad bought at least 5 years ago had not yet envisioned a laser mouse and my cursor would bounce all over the screen driving me nuts. So I decided it was definitely time to buy a new one. I'm so happy James had this brilliant idea. I went on Kodak's website and ordered one with my pictures on it. Elizabeth is the ecstatic baby in the upper left, Felicity is smiling in her Tinker Bell costume in the upper right, Cecilia is my Cinderella princess in the bottom center, and gone but not forgotten beloved pets Stuffy the kitty is in the bottom left and Biscuit the doggy is in the bottom right. And the surface is very laser mouse friendly! I LOVE my new mousepad!!!


As I mentioned yesterday, the family Liturgical Yearbook is finished. It is 276 pages and took me two years from start to finish. The pages are in protective plastic sheets (I do have three kids) and I can easily move those movable feasts. It would have been printed three weeks ago but our local Staples is, well, incompetent at printing files sent from the internet and a few blizzards slowed us down. Happily, FedEx did a good job. All of the content and pictures are taken from the internet. Unfortunately, since I have no clue about the copyright of all those pictures, I don't think I can share the files but only use them for personal home use. But I'm so glad it is done. It will be an awesome resource for our family as the girls get older and, since I have the computer files and the pages are movable, I can add in new saints or update it whenever time allows me.


You may (or may not) have noticed a lack of blogging this past week, including last week's missing quick takes. I wish it was something so noble as my giving up blogging for the first week of lent, but I can't say it was of my own intention. Recently I've been tired. By the early afternoon I am so exhausted I often need to lay down and believe I shouldn't drive (not that I generally need to). Of course, three little ones do not let me nap, so by the late afternoon/early evening, I can have a mean headache. I know these symptoms. All too well. So, on Monday, James watched the girls while I ran to my endocrinologist's office and had blood drawn. I'm almost certain my thyroid levels are off. Hopefully I'll hear back soon. On the one hand, I'm grateful that being hypothyroid is not a life-threatening condition or anything so scary. But, on the other hand, it can be a royal pain in the rump. Something as small as taking antacids or eating a different amount of fiber can require a dosage change. And the medication has effects lasting a few weeks so, when I do get a dosage change, it is not possible to tell if my levels are good and the dosage the correct one for 4-6 weeks. That can me a lot more time of exhaustion, headaches and other symptoms. Here is hoping I hear from my doc soon!


I will end this week with some great shots I got of the girls recently. They are getting so big!

More Quick Takes at Jen's Conversion Diary.


  1. I love your liturgical yearbook! What a beautiful and neat idea!

  2. I am in awe of the work that you put towards the liturgical yearbook. Such a fantastic gift to your children!

  3. Love the mousepad! :) I wonder why they make babies shoes with laces? And for some reason potty's are fascinating to my girls too. Making towers is fun, but if they have a potty, than they might just play with it all day.

  4. Thanks so much to everyone!

    Young Mom: good question. Another one I don't get. The only advantage I like of the laces over velcro is it is quieter when they try to open them in church. lol.

  5. I love all the pictures, very cute children!

    The liturgical yearbook is awesome what a great idea!

  6. I love your litrugical yearbook idea. I have had something like that on my mind and now it's on my ever-growing to-do list!