Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jelly Beans........

                   Happy Easter!

Olivia was waiting for breakfast this morning after Mass......The glass of jellybeans were oh so tempting!
She was told the candy was for AFTER breakfast!
She did not realize I was taking her picture until the next to the last picture! :)

Yummo...I love colorful jellybeans!
Oh wait....I think MOM said to wait until after breakfast?
I better stuff some in my mouth before she sees me!
And hide the rest in my lap!

I forgot one......and my hands are FULL!
I wonder if MOM knows what I have done?
If I don't look over at the jellybean I forgot to hide maybe she will not know?

OH NO!!!!!!
I'm busted...........

The jellybeans she had in her hands started droping to the floor under the table!
It sounded like marbles as they hit.

The gig was up!

Peace and Love,

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday......

    Jesus was crucified,died and was buried.
He gave of himself so that we may live.

My day will be spent in quiet reflection and prayer.

Peace and Love,

Monday, April 18, 2011

:::Fort Childhood:::

It seems that children have a special way of looking at the world....

they can take ordinary things such as a lawn chair,couch or a stick and magically be someone else
 or be in another world.

I so love to watch my children think and get creative!     sigh****

Here at the Bluebird Cottage we are slowly trading hot cocoa for lemonade.....

We have had much rain and cool weather.....but have been seeing the sun show its face more and more!

I am excited to see us outside a bit more and my kiddos getting their creative juices flowing......

making mud pies
catching bugs
finding snakes
playing with our 6 new chickens
planting and picking veggies
making forts and out door reading lounges!

Flower pedals,leaves and water make a great soup!

Making jumps for bikes and rollerblading out of old boards and a few nails.

Playing for hours in the sand box.....making a river with trenches and water to float their boats and sticks!

The swings become buses to another place :)
Bikes become cars......ah the mind of a child!

Jackie decided it was time to move the retreat center to the indoors!
So after giving her sister the boot.....she packed everything up!

With a little help from the neighbor boy, Jackie transports the reading lounge into the house!
(she actually wanted to take it and all the other stuff to her soccer was a NO!)
I know....mean mom! :)

Well I am very excited for summer.....

I'm known here as Momarotzi
(I take pictures of everything)

Thanks for stoppin' by today!
I hope you will be back tomorrow?

Feel free to say howdy.

Peace and Love,

Friday, April 15, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments over at
Soule Mamas for all to find and see.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Part of my girls night time routine::

Our night time routine for getting ready for bed is not set in stone....we are not a scheduled family.
But more a routine or habit family....we don't have a set time to start our routine for bed time.
Depending on what we are doing that day dictates our bedtime and choice of activity.
We start heading up stairs any where from 8:30-9:30pm. in the winter months...much later in the summer.
The kitchen is closed up, doors get locked.....and lights get turned out on the ground level of our house.
I know it sounds late for my Little's to be up so late.....but my Little's get to sleep in.
Most days not waking until 10:00 or so.
As summer time hits and days get longer they will stay up even later and sleep in til a bit longer.
The sun peaking in the windows will beckon them to rise earlier than the winter months!

Part of my girls night time routine is to either put on PJ's or clean comfy clothes that will be worn the next day. Brush teeth and then decide.....will we watch a movie,do art, or read books and stories?
Bath time here takes place in the afternoons. Our evenings have a different rhythm to them.
As a family of 8 there is a bit of hustle and bustle getting every one settled in.

Once we head up to bed........

There is usually some sort of teeth brushing/bathroom drama. One that puzzles me is when they can't find there tooth brush!???  Did they not have it the night before and in the morning?
Some nights Olivia (3yr old) decides she wants to play in the sink and make a water mess. That usually happens after she has gone potty in private and is washing her hands!
Some nights Jackie feels called to wear the night gown that can't be found! hee hee! Some nights Noah thinks its funny to bother his sisters......making them both squeal! So once the drama that seems to be a natural part of our large family routine settles down....its on to relaxing and unwinding!

Bedtime Prayers::

We all then hold hands and pray together.... 
giving God praise and thanksgiving.
We pray for our friends,relatives and other special intentions.

Then pick our bedtime activity.

Doing art in bed at night started when I was pregnant with Olivia (now 3yrs old). I would relax to music and draw what ever came to mind......doodles and sketches. Bonding with my baby within. As labor got near I would draw things that bring me peace.  After baby Olivia was born I stopped......I had a new baby to take care of!

When I found out I was pregnant this past Christmas I started drawing at night again....... but abruptly stopped when I miscarried Christian Alexander in January of this year (2011). at 8weeks 4 days.
My daughters would draw at this time as well but stopped when I did.
They very much enjoyed the bonding it gave us. I did too.
But after losing Christian I did not feel like doing my bedtime drawings.

Last month when I was at Borders looking for miscarriage grief books (none to be found in the store)
I bumped into my best friend....she was meeting another of her friends there for coffee.
We talked and got caught up on things.

At Borders I saw a coloring kit with markers and decided to get it for Jackie......Noah and Olivia had each already talked me in to getting them a toy. Noah asked for Lego helicopter and Olivia wanted a Olivia the Pig doll. You would have thought it was Christmas or something.

Notice the broken lampshade....sometimes my girls routine includes jumping on my bed and knocking
my lamp and books every place! ***sigh!

So as part of my girls bed time routine lately Jackie colors at one end of her book and Olivia draws at the other end. During the day Noah can be found coloring the pages Jackie has rejected and gave him permission to color!! lol
 I on the other hand am usually reading a book or novel and sipping herbal tea in the bed just beside them.
 Sometimes we play soft music, sometimes we just have it quiet, sometimes we start the fountain.
Some nights we quietly read from our own books or watch a movie together. It seems we always talk during the activities....even the movie!
 Some nights my novel reading happens at a snails pace as I answer question about life,friendships and God from, my three Littles. Talking and listening to my children is so important and
I will always cherish these nights as we share our family bed!
Soon the day will come when my kiddos want to sleep in there own bed. :(

Some nights I get a head start and head to bed at 8:00pm some nights sooner. (before the girls come up)
On these nights I eat cake or a sweet treat and sip tea in quiet, then read from one of many books.....have I told you I'm a book hound? We will soon be adding more book shelves......***sigh!
 The girls are usually downstairs getting read to by daddy before coming up.

My Scentsy warmer is always going so my room and smells so good! Aroma therapy!

Our bedtimes are for the most part peaceful, relaxing and full of love!

What does your night time routine/schedule look like?

Are you a scheduling family or a routine family?

Peace and Love,