Friday, December 28, 2012

4iscrazy, but 5 is.....

I guess I should finally announce on here what has been known on Facebook for ages. I am expecting baby number 5!  Yes, the Wondertwins will be big sisters in a few months. I am due with  Sea Monkey (the name given to the baby by Wondertwin C).

This has been a fairly difficult (aka normal for me) pregnancy. I am 19 weeks along tomorrow, and the morning sickness, that lasted all day, seems to be gone. The "Irritable Uterus" contractions started on Christmas Eve. They are coming 2-5 mins apart for about 60-90 mins 3-4 times per day.

We find out if Sea Monkey is a he-baby or a she-baby on Jan 7th.

Please pray that the contractions do not cause progression, that they do not cause me to go nuts, and that I can remain patient with the 4 cuties I have with me now.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Sometimes being a responsible adult is not fun!

This is what I WANT to buy, 3 to be exact...
Storage Cart - 10 Drawer.Opens in a new window

But this is what I NEED to buy, 3 to be exact (one will be a full size loft)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

How do I love you?

Let me count the ways.....

Diva is the child most like me, therefore, she is the most difficult to deal with.  I love her with every ounce of my being, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I like her too.

1- I love your confidence.  You have more confidence in yourself that I have ever had.
2- The way you leave me little love notes.
3- The way you love to organize...
4- The way you love all things "office supplies" - seriously, no one else gets excited with me when buying new notebooks
5- The way you sleep under a cover, no matter how hot it is.
6- How excited you get for your sisters' successes.
7- How you cannot stand to be wrong :)
8- The excitement you show when you open a new ream of paper or box of oil pastels.
9- Your smile
10- The way you play violin, I cannot play anything and you are an inspiration to me
11- The way you share your secrets with me
12 - How you are stuck in that little girl, young lady limbo
13- Your generosity, giving your things to your sisters so you have a birthday or Christmas present for them
14- The way you love to mismatch
15- How proud you are of your own accomplishments
16- Your faith, you are so much more anchored in your faith that I am, thank you for your example.
17 - The way you are only interested in the dances and other social things when learning about your new school.
18 - Seeing you on stage in Cinderella in you adorable baggy pants and vest.
19 - I love listening to you play violin, and how you will work on a problem piece over and over.

That is all for today, I am teary enough for now.  I plan to add to this, and make one for each girl.

Friday, June 29, 2012


"Impossible for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage.. Impossible for a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage. And four white mice will never be four white horses.."- Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

This is what has been dictating our schedule as of late.  Diva has a role in it as a Steward and Townsperson, Curly Girl helped with props, Wondertwin C will be an usher, and Wondertwin A is case as a Townsperson and a mouse that turns into a horse. They have 6 performance preceded by 5 (?) dress rehearsals.  They are so excited and they practice their songs all. day. long....

I will post pictures when we get them.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


We are notorious for starting a chore plan and never sticking with it very long.  Tonight, we started chores with allowance.  So far, each child can earn 1/2 their age ($3.50, $4.50, and $5) each week.  Each day that they do  not their chores cheerfully, they lose one day's worth of $$.

Twins chores: fold and put away 1 load of laundry daily, make bed, bring their dirty laundry to the laundry room.

Curly/Baldy Girl: Dishes once a day (wash or dry), make bed, and bring dirty laundry to laundry room.

Diva: Dishes once a day with CG (wash or dry), make bed, and bring dirty laundry to laundry room, and plan and prepare a meal once a week.

Please pray that we are able to continue this time and follow through.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

American Heritage Girls

This blog post is in response to never end questions about what AHG is, why we left GSUSA, and what we think of AHG.

1) I am going to answer the Girl Scout question first.  Why did we leave?

  • We had many reasons for leaving.  GSUSA has become all about girl empowerment.  If you have ever met my daughters you will realize that they are empowered enough! They need to learn humility.  
  • We left because we moved away from our troop, and comfort zone. I figured if we had to meet all new people, we may as well try out a Catholic troop.
  • We left because of a connection between GSUSA, WAGGGS, and Planned Parenthood.  Once my girls knew that PP performed abortions, and that GSUSA has been associated with them, my girls were done with GS.
  • I could have mostly ignored ALL of those reasons.  The REAL reason we left GSUSA is because they insulted Catholics when they released the Junior Journey called aMUSE.  In that book they reference a play called "Simply Maria."  Yes, they only mention the name of the play and the author.  Yes, they use the author as a role model for girls.  Simply Maria sounds like a wonderful play.  I could see Diva asking to find it and read it. When she sees a play she wants to do, we try to read an excerpt to find out what it is about before pursuing it.  This is what I found as an excerpt from it.
    • PRIEST. Dearly beloved, we are gathered here, under the Catholic church, in the holy house of God, to unite these two people in holy matrimony. Marriage is sacred. It is the unification of a man and a woman, their love and commitment, forever, and ever, and ever, no matter what! Well, then let's begin.María, do you accept José Juan Gonzalez García López as your lawfully wedded husband to love cherish, serve, cook for, clean for, sacrifice for, have his children, keep house, love him, even if he beats you, commits adultery, gets drunk, rapes you, lawfully, denies your identity, money, and in return ask for nothing? (MARIA thinks about it and then turns to her parents who mouth to her "I do.")
  • I do not want my CATHOLIC girl to read that.  She is gentle, sheltered, loving, and so much more.  I do not want her to read a play that makes fun of one of the most sacred aspects of my life.

2) What is AHG? To me, AHG is a Christian, our troop is Catholic, scouting program for girls.  We do all the things that you would expect a scout troop to do.  We perform service. Our troop, collectively, performed over 400 hours of service this year. (I will update with an exact total later, the paper is in the van, it is midnight, and I am in my PJs).  Our troop changes the missals at the sponsoring church as needed, we make and deliver cards and gifts to a local nursing home, we make layered cookies in a joy for the firefighters  The girls can earn patches!  Not for talking about our feelings like  you do in the Daisy Journeys.  Nope, my girls earned many patches, for Theater, Dance, Music Appreciation, Cooking, Outdoor Skills, World Heritage, Travel, Sewing, Computer Fun, and more.  We also take field trips.  We have seen the inner working of a bank and an airport.  We have toured Sinsinawa Mound and learned about Fr. Mazzuchelli.  All in all, AHG to me, is an organization that encourages service to others, learning new things, going new places, and making new friends.

3) Do we love it?  YES!  All 4 girls and myself love it.  We have so much fun.  I am the new Outdoor Coordinator.  I am planning 3 day camps.  Each camp is 2 days long.  The girls will learn about birds, insects, fire safety, how to build a fire, how to cook on the fire, how to use a pocket knife.  They will go on hikes, whittle a bar of soap, feed the troop, dissect owl pellets, make a nature journal, and start a bird life list. But most of all, they will have fun, make friends, and learn new things.


at the Right to Life Chili Luncheon


 learning so much about Fr. Mazzuchelli

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Curly Girl is no longer curly...

Well, our little curly girl is not only "not curly" she is officially bald.  Before going into the story, I want to remind you what CG looked like before.

Now for the back story...

Curly Girl has always had a soft spot for children with cancer, even though she does not personally know anyone who has cancer.  Her grandmother died as a result of complications due to cancer before Curly Girl was born.   Curly Girl's older sister, Diva showed Curly Girl a story about a girl shaving her head for cancer, in an American Girl magazine.  Curly Girl came to us asking if she could raise money and shave her head.  After telling her to pray about it for a few days, we agreed to allow it.

I searched online to find a local event for St. Baldrick's.  The only local event was a BaseBald event with Loras and Coe College Baseball teams.  They agreed to let Curly Girl join their team.   Curly Girl has raised just over $2000 for the event, she raised more than any other participant.  She was also the only girl who had her head shaved that day and the youngest person. 

Curly Girl  was the first to have her head shaved, followed by her dad, the Loras College baseball team, coaches, staff, and the Coe College team and staff.  Capri College in Dubuque sent caring young woman to shave the participants.

This event has grown beyond what we could have ever imagined.  Not only did CG raise way more money that we expected, she has been contacted by 2 members of St. Baldrick's staff, and shaken many hands. There is even a chance that her story could be published in an American Girl magazine as a follow up to the original story.

If you would like to make a donation, it is still open - Curly Girl's Site .

oops....I forgot the "after" shot...she is so stinkin cute as a Baldy!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Our Irish Dancing Beauties :-)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

As you can imagine, St. Patrick's Day can be crazy for Irish Dancers and their Mom and Dad.  We had a lot of fun, but came home tired!  I am so thankful that we we to Mass last night.

It took a very long time getting everyone ready.  Only 3 wigs were put on, Curly Girl would not wear hers because it hurt her head.  She wore a bun instead.

The girls danced 4 dances at the fest: light jig, slip jig, and 2 different 2 hand reels.  My twins were partners. Identical 2 hand reel partners is just too cute to resist.  Also, the older 2 did a fabulous job.

Wondertwin A, Curly Girl, Wondertwin B, Diva


I guess you need to turn you head sideways until I figure out how to rotate this!

 All 4 girls with Fr. Dan
 A quick jig at St. Patrick's Church before heading to the Irish Fest

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Below you will see what has been my Facebook status for the last 10 days or so. Curly Girl's giving nature has once again humbled me beyond belief. I could not do what she is planning.

Hey friends! Our daughter, Rita age 8, has decided to fundraise for childhood cancer research. On April 14, 2012, Rita will participate with the Loras College Baseball team in a St. Baldrick's event. She, along with the ball team, will have her head shaved. She is collecting donations for St. Baldricks between now and then. Here is a link to her St. Balricks page . To date, she has raised $575.

Please share this on your blogs, twitter, Facebook, everywhere! If you share it, please let me know :-)

Schooling made fun

Lately we have been in a rut with school.  Therefore today Wondertwin C decided to read to the dog rather than to me.  Apparently, Tosha really likes Green Eggs and Ham.  Also, Wondertwin A has been struggling with motivation to do her Math.  Today and yesterday, I added an activity to each answer.  She is reviewing one digit subtraction, so 9-7=2, do 2 jumping jacks, or tell 2 sisters that you love them.

Monday, February 6, 2012

American Heritage Girls

As many of you know, when we moved we decided to not put the girls in Girl Scouts.  There are many reasons for this, one being that GSUSA chose to use an anti-Catholic play as an example in one of Journeys.  This was not okay with me!

In our new home we discovered American Heritage Girls.  AHG is a wonderful Christian scouting program for girls, with a strong service component.  Our troop is sponsored by a local Catholic church, therefore there is a strong Catholic feeling to it.  Our girls pray Catholic prayers and learn about Catholic customs.  They also perform service for others (and are rewarded with stars), work on various badges (Curly Girls has earn many already, including ones for: sewing, stamp collecting, home decorating, money management, and more!).  All of the girls have earned multiple patches and service stars.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will update this post with the answers.

Some picture from our local Right to Life March Chili luncheon, the AHG troop helped to serve the chilli.

Wondertwin C and A

Curly Girl on the right

Diva on the right

New Chapters

So, the Crazy family is starting some new chapters in our already crazy life.  We hope and pray that these changes will be for the betterment of all of us.

Next year Diva will attend middle school at a local Catholic Middle School.  Many things led us to this decision.  First of all, it is an amazing middle school, and a perfect match for Diva.  She will have opportunities to get her Diva-ness out in an appropriate way (aka, she will be performing LOL).  They have small classes, and they keep the 6th graders away from the 7th and 8th graders as much as possible.  Diva's favorite things about the school are that she already has a friend there (from American Heritage Girls) and the school is implementing 1 to 1 computers (aka she will have her own laptop).

Another change in our lives is that Mom (me) is trying to stay off of facebook.  It started as a sort of protests, I did not want to keep reading about how great the Obamacare plan is for America. I realize that people have difference of oppinion, and I am okay with that, it is the bashing that was getting to me. Being off of facebook is challenging for me, I use facebook more than I should.  I am hoping that this allows me to break the habit.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Weird Phase of Life

Have you ever gone through a phase of life where it seems like life moves on without you? I am feeling that way lately.  I know that most of it is because we moved, and therefore life in IL is moving on without us, as it should.  It still makes me a little sad that my friends' lives are moving on, their children are growing up, without us. I also realize that we are growing, changing, making new friends here, without our old friends.

I wish I knew how to ensure that the girls and their IL friends, and me and mine, all remain friends despite the distance.

With the consideration of middle school for Diva, I wish for my old support group so that I could discuss it with them. I know there is the phone/facebook/email, but alas, my friends are busy and not able to chat with me about it.  Wow!  That sounded whiney, and I really do not mean it to.

Reacting to change is difficult....for all of us.
God Bless

Friday, January 20, 2012

Homeschool or Catholic School?

Where should Diva attend middle school...that is the question.  We are close to making a decision, but really want to know that we are following God's chosen path for our little family.

1) - homeschool: easy enough, keeping the status quo, can challenge her when necessary, more one on one, ability to follow her lead, we LOVE using Seton, more time with Mom

2) - Catholic Middle School - we always planned to send them to middle school, more opportunties, more independence, great curriculum, school is able to deal with her individual needs, she wants to attend

There are many more reasons for both choices, right now we are close to a decision.  She will attend the middle school next Tuesday as a 6th grader for a day.  She is very excited!  In the morning, Hubby and I (and 3 little girls) will have a meeting with the principal answer some final questions.

Please pray that we make the right decision for Diva, for our family, and in obedience to His Will.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New outlook on being a woman of God

As most of you know, I am a very short tempered, quick to yell, mother. Obviously, I would like to change this about myself. I have recently realized that there are factors which make my attitude worse.

1) poor nutrition
2) not taking my vitamins
3) messy house
4) not exercising
5) doing it ALL myself

So, I have also come up with some steps to help.

Obviously eat better, exercise, and take my vitamins.
Also, when I fold laundry, I lay each pile by the child's place at the table. They cannot eat until they put away their clothes. I have a schedule of who cooks and cleans up, but struggle to stick with it. I am selling a bunch of stuff. This house is so small that we cannot put everything away, so I am selling off a bunch of things. My goal is to have them listed on eBay or Craigslist before bed on Sunday night. Lastly, to bring myself closer to God, I try to pray for the person whose clothes, toys, school work, etc that I am putting away. It is really difficult to yell while praying ;)

Friday, January 13, 2012

A year in pictures

A new daycare family, we all fell in love with Lil Dude

First play for the 3 youngest, 2nd for oldest...Sneakydiddle

1st visit to Dubuque - in the 4th St Elevator

2nd year in t-ball for the twins, Mom's first year coaching
On our way to Disney!

Starting down the Irish Dance path
Yes, Diva was in another play, this time it was "Once Upon a Shoe" - everyone was dual/triple/quadruple cast

Hanging out at the Roshek (aka IBM) building

Saying Good-Bye to old friends

Attended a wedding

Meeting new friends
Welcome to Iowa!

1st day of public school....orchestra
The day we became "those new neighbors ;)"

American Heritage Girls

American Girl Club

New Hobbies

New Look

New Favorite Sport and New Year