Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Newsworthy

 Apparently Isaac was in the Arkansas Catholic a couple weeks ago.  Way to go St. Edward School for making the election of Pope Francis a memorable one for the students. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tiny Dancer













Picture Day in Recital Outfit!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fun in the Sun

Enjoying a relaxing Monday at home...









Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dominicisms

I truly believe that God blessed us with our third child simply for adding comedic value to our family.  Oh Dominic, how we love thee!  This kid can make us laugh while simultaneously making us want to pull our hair out.  Laughing always trumps!!

Mass has always been a trial for Dominic.  He has been active and loud from birth. Unfortunately for us, and our parish community, Dominic seems to let it all out at Mass every Sunday, despite our best efforts to reign him in.  To make it worse, the kid does not seem to understand the concept of whispering, which would be fine, except for his need to provide a commentary of the entire Mass and his stream of consciousness. 

Today's Mass was EXCEPTIONAL!  Let me try to recreate it for you.

We walk in the door to take our place in what has been collectivly been named "The Cave."  The cave is a set of four pews on far left corner of church.  In the pew sits three families, ours included.  There are six adults and 10 kids, plus one in utero. (No, I am not the pregnant one!)  Isaac is the oldest of the bunch at 6 years old.  That should paint the picture for you.  We arrived just as the opening song started.  As we file in the front pew, so begins the customary crying from Dominic begging for Mommy to hold him.  I oblige his wishes.  Next, comes the monkey ears game.  While holding Dominic he weekly pulls my ears out and announces "Monkey ears!"  Then laughs hysterically at this ridiculous game.  (Note:  Remember he cannot whisper, so everyone sitting around us is truly enjoying his rendition of turning me into a monkey!)  As usual, I place him on the pew and and tell him that is not appropriate for Church.  He shakes it off and begins his weekly pirate game.  This is a good time to interject that Dominic has an extremely vivid imagination.  A wonderful quality, just not so useful at Mass.  And so the pirate game begins.  In case you are wondering, the pew is the ship and the kneeler is something I have yet to figure out, and thus begins at least five minutes of Dominic streaming out nonsense about pirates and me trying patiently to direct his attention to the Mass. 

Finally, I think I have him engaged in the Mass when he turns to me and loudly announces..."MOMMY, I LOVE YOU!  I LOVE YOUR HUGS!  HUGGIE, HUGGIE, HUGGIE!"  (Said while violently throwing himself in to me to give me hugs.)  Cute, yes! Sweet, yes!  Mass appropriate...not so much! Then he grabs my arms stretches them out (exactly like Jesus on the cross) and loudly announces  "Mom, now you like like Jesus."  Repeat the above sequence three times, each time being followed by me trying to correct inappropriate behavior.  By now we are to the consecration.  I work very hard to keep the children focused during this part of the Mass.  I finally thought I had Dominic focused.  He was doing great, and watching the priest intently.  It was right at the time the priest was elevating the host when Dominic, at the top of his lungs yells, "JESUS IS HERE!"  And while this is a valid statement, son, it probably did not need to be proclaimed by you to the entire church.

Are you ready for the Grand Finale???

As Mass was about to end, I felt defeated by another long Mass of redirecting attention and corralling the little people.  I was in the pew with the older two, and Jason was standing to the side with the youngest two.  After Communion, I was thanking God for the gift of motherhood, the gift of the Eucharist, etc. when I felt Jason thrust Vincent into my arms.  And out of the corner of my eye I saw the escapee running down the left aisle of church at full speed.  Yep, Dominic was running to the back of church and the game of Chicken was just beginning.  All was silent and there comes my kid running up the center aisle, and a very long one at that.  All I could do, was pray and I kept repeating in my head..."Don't go up on the altar.  Turn right.  Turn right."  And turn right he did running back down the right side of church.    All I could do was watch, completely mortified, and hope that Jason could catch him.  And he did. 

A special shout out to our St. Edward community.  They were so supporting of us after the whole situation.  Instead of complaining about our out of control crazy child, they smiled and shared their own stories of Masses gone bad.  And in fact, the Deacon told us he was hoping Dominic did make it to the altar because he thought the situation was so funny.  So in the end, I am thankful that Dominic gave our St. Edward community a little extra joy today, and me an extra dose of humility!



 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Savoring Each and Every Moment...

How can this be?  Is Vincent really 5 months old today?






Saturday, April 13, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ball Game...

Baseball season is upon us again.  Isaac is in his last year of T-ball, and this year he is on the A's.  We really like his head coach.  He seems to know a lot about the game and is very patient with the kids.  He even keeps his cool during intense games.  I think I have a crush on the coach.  His name is Jason Pohlmeier. 

Today is opening day.  The team has already played in two pre-season tournaments and seem to be very good.  We are anticipating a good season.  And with that...Let's play ball!!!!!


Team photo after winning 2nd place in Spring Fling Tournament

Proud Daddy and Son


I am a real baseball mom now!





Friday, April 12, 2013

Oh Brother!

And this is why it is good that Vincent is a boy! 




Dominic NEEDED a brother!!

Vincent Karol

Here are our little guy's four month (well, actually 4 1/2 month) Stats:



Length: 24.2 inches (10th percentile)

Weight: 14.9 pounds (50th percentile)

He is really developing a personality these days.  He is all smiles, but man is it hard to get him to laugh.  He is a wiggle worm and loves to "stand up."  He rolls over both ways, but mostly front to back.  Most recently, he has become interested in toys.  He is very entertained by the mobile toys and exersaucer.  He is also beginning to track with his eyes. 

He is growing so quickly!





Thursday, April 11, 2013

Unplugging...

I really loved this article by Lisa Hendey.   It raised so many points that I completely agree with in regards to the use of technology.  Technology is wonderful and a great resource for evangelization, but should never affect the evangelization  you do face to face, whether it is with your own family or a stranger whose path you cross.

I am currently  in the midst of my own "unplugging," mostly meaning I have stepped away from Facebook.  I can honestly say that being off Facebook for two weeks has been AMAZING, FREEING and PEACEFUL. It is not that I think Facebook is bad.  I DON'T!! (And I will probably return at some point.)  It is just I had reached a point where most of what I was seeing on Facebook was not useful information for me.  Honestly, when I would look at my news-feed, I was filled with sadness and irritation at people's negative attitudes, selfishness and lack of charity.  I realized that my time would be better used somewhere else.  Hence, the return to blogging.  I much prefer the idea of posting my thoughts, ideas, pictures, catechetical tools, etc. on my blog.  That way people who want to keep up with us, look at my crazy ideas or whatever else I post  can, but only if they want to. In doing this I have been able to focus much more on the people God has brought into my life.  I hope those of you that follow me on the blog will find it  to be a place where you are uplifted and enlightened. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cousins

November was a great month for the Pohlmeier family.  Two new little people were added to the bunch.  Vincent arrived on November 19, and his cousin, David, arrived on November 23.  We are looking forward to many adventures and memories with these little guys.  I am sure they will make family gatherings interesting, and I have no doubt that Big Brother Dominic will be leading the pack!


Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.
Anonymous

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A little bit of dirt...

"In the spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt." ~ Margaret Atwood












 "The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." ~E.E. Cummings

A Little Paris Fun...

Do it again, Daddy!!

Happy Easter!!


Wishing you a very blessed Easter Season filled with hope and joy.  Enjoy a snippet of our Easter Celebration! 


All ready for Easter Vigil.  We were so proud of how well they did at the Vigil, especially after an already long week!

Lenten decorations were replaced with the Easter Scene!

The Easter Bunny arrived

Sacrifice beans were turned into jelly beans.

Our study of salvation history completed

Easter morning joy



No words...just egg hunting!


My Easter Morning Fruit Platter

And what holiday brunch is complete with out Great-Grandma Wiedenmann's Cinnamon Rolls!
Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being;  the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered… God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed. – Pope Benedict XVI