My Daybook ~ January 25th

by | Jan 25, 2010 | Daybook | 13 comments

Outside my window… lots of leaves and pine needles from the windstorms of last week.

I am hearing… A Flower Fairy Alphabet and my children singing along as they color pictures of the Pansy Fairy.  It’s such a fun CD!

I am thankful for…  the support being shown by this wonderful online community.  Thank you to all of you that have donated to help Marci and are praying for her family.
May God reward you for your kindness and generosity!

I am praying… the Angelus every day at noon thanks to the bell chimes on my iTouch.
From the kitchen…  I’m doing much better about making sure I am eating well, getting plenty of protien and not overdoing it on sugar.  Did you know that the Costco muffins have over 600 calories in each one?  Yikes!  No wonder I was gaining instead of losing weight!
From the learning rooms…  The boys are plugging away at their various subjects.   The girls just began “P” week.  We’ve read about Michael and the Pansy Fairy, and will be learning more about St. Patrick, Penguins, Peacocks, and making Petal People!   The girls will also be making a treat, or two, from the Pink Princess Cookbook.  The Pink Princess Pudding sounds Perfect for P week!  (Thank you Charlotte for Pointing out this fun looking cookbook and Amazon for your free trial on Prime shipping!)
Living the Liturgical Year at Home… Since today is the feast of the conversion of St. Paul, we’ll be coloring Charlotte’s lovely coloring page and read at least part of Adventures of Saint Paul.  This coming Sunday we will celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco with Skillet Lasagna and a family movie night, as usual.
I am creating… a little set of painted wooden Carmelite nuns for the girls.  Painting St. Odelia and Our Lady of Altagracia during O Week has me excited about painting a few more saints.
I am wearing… a Bamboo Belly Bandit and it really seems to be helping, especially my lower back and posture.
I am going… to watch the first episode of Emma online this week.  I’m so excited!
I am reading… or rather, am planning on reading these posts, via my iTouch, the next time I sit down to nurse Rose.  Sounds like just what I need right about now!
Pondering these words… from St. Francis de Sales:

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. 
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.” 
I am hoping… that I will have the energy and motivation to go to our annual “Mom’s Night Out” at my friend Stasia’s Friday night.   It sounds like so much fun, and it would be so nice to see everyone, but driving anywhere (let alone 45 minutes each way) with Rose right now completely overwhelms me.  We’ll see…
Noticing that… there is a HUGE difference between 5 and 6 children.  I think I have finally reached the point of not being able to take all my children grocery shopping with me.  Actually, just taking Rose is more than I can handle right now!

I am very thankful for my Hubby who has been doing some of the shopping, the groceries available on Amazon, and (Thank you to the person that left the tip on on my last Daybook post!)  I just ordered Pledge, Paper Plates and Paper Towels, as well as a few other things and my total was only about $12 AND they ALWAYS offer Free Shipping.  I have a feeling it is going to come in very handy in the upcoming weeks.

(Here’s a link for $10 off, after you’ve spent $50, if you are interested in signing up! It’s free!)

Around the house… a couple bags of these are hiding in the kitchen cupboard. Ssshhh!!

One of my favorite things… My Catholic Faith. This book, which was originally printed in 1954, has had a permanent spot on the end table in our living room and is one of my very favorite books of all time.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

  • Try to go to the Post Office and Library at some point, or ask Hubby! 😉
  • Hockey Lessons on Saturday for the boys. They started last Saturday and had so much fun!

A Picture thought I am sharing:


  1. Sara

    The boys are enjoying the itouch instead of baby Rose!

  2. Jessica Gordon

    Yep! That's what cracks me up about that picture! They had just discovered that there are actually GAMES on the iTouch…

  3. Molly

    Ok. Sad, but true. My jaw literally dropped to the ground when I clicked on the link about the coconut M&M's. I will be getting myself some of those. Today.

  4. Sarah

    I just set my iTouch for the Angelus Bell Tower alarm too! Where did I read about that? I think maybe Faith & Family.

    I caught about half of Emma last night and Lily even joined in to watch until her bedtime. Thanks for the tip! I think I will have to try and watch it online too.

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Jessica Gordon

    Molly ~ That's exact what I did when I first ran across them a few days ago… I even considered ordering a case from Amazon, but instead asked Hubby if I could run into the store after Mass yesterday. :o) Be careful though, they are SERIOUSLY delicious and addicting if you love chocolate and coconut like I do!

    Sarah~ Yes, it was shared by Melissa Wiley in her post on Faith and Family. I found the link through Elizabeth Foss. Isn't it WONDERFUL!!!

  6. Roxaline

    I copied Emma on the DVR last night since anything starting ending after 9pm will ensure that I will fall asleep! I am very excited about watching it with my husband. We were trying to decided what to watch after John Adams and this will be a nice change.

  7. Angela

    That's a classic "boys will be boys and girls will be girls picture."

    I love it!


  8. Jessica Gordon

    Exactly! I had that as the caption and then ended up just leaving it blank. 🙂

  9. Nicole

    I have been on the hunt for these M&M's since October. A friend from Chicago had to finally send me some. I am ordering a case before they stop selling them.

  10. mel

    I'm wondering, as our own family grows, if you ever reach a point where going to *mass* alone with all the kids is too much. My husband sometimes is at work all weekend and I go alone…it's getting rough, and we just have four!

  11. Teresa

    Wow! You're impressive – even your shopping list (Pledge, Paper plates, Paper towels) goes with "P" week 🙂

  12. Jessica Gordon

    Hahaha! I did notice that after I Posted! 😉

    Mel ~ I don't think so, and sure hope not. Four is a challenge, but it doesn't get much harder than that… (I use to attend Mass daily when I had four little ones.) My husband is gone for long periods of time during the summer and it always seems that, even though it is very difficult, God gives me the extra grace needed to be able to handle everything that needs to be done, including attending Mass on my own with all the little ones. 🙂

  13. Kelly

    It's funny you mentioned reading a few blog posts on your iTouch while nursing the baby, because I was reading this post on mine while nursing "Little Man" 🙂

    And OMGosh!!! I almost made my hubby go out and get me some of those coconut M&M's as soon as I clicked your link! I LOVE chocolate and coconut. It's almost 11:00pm though, so I guess I'll have to wait till morning. 😉

    Btw, I also read that same post about setting the bell chimes to go off at noon for the Angelus! It was a fantastic idea and it has kept me faithful to praying it every day now for a week. Something that I always struggled with before.

    Thanks for sharing with us and God bless!

    P.S. Love that pic! It reminds me of my boys. 😉


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