I’m linking up with Jen for today’s 7 Quick Takes.
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It seems like awhile since I have done a Quick Takes. That’s usually because by the time Friday comes around I am so fried from the week that the thought of blogging loses its appeal. But the big kids are at school, the little kids are sitting quietly (I know, shocker) eating a banana and watching Pingu. (Yeah, I don’t get the appeal of that show but for this particular moment, silence is golden.) I just sat down to eat my breakfast burrito. (Did you notice, sis? I used the proper terminology and not the ridiculous word “wrap.” Does that only bug us? Maybe it’s a Mexican thing. But I digress…) Since I am sitting at the computer eating my breakfast anyway, let’s see what I can type with one hand while I eat with the other. Ready…go.
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“Bang, bang on the door, baby…” I’m listening to my 90′s playlist as I am typing. Can you guess which song/band is playing now??
September is always a busy month for us but this week it hits its peak. We had our carpets cleaned yesterday and ohmygoodness, that was the best chunk of change we’ve spent all year. We have four kids and light colored carpet. I believe it was my mother-in-law that chose the color (we are living in the home of Brian’s grandmother who has since passed away.) If you saw my MIL, you’d know why she picked that carpet. She looks JUST LIKE Eva Gabor on Green Acres. The last time we took a trip to Lake Tahoe together she wore white, head to toe. Five hours later she came out of the car perfectly coiffed and spotless. I can out of the car with bed head and a big ketchup stain on my chest from the happy meal fries I snagged from Matthew. Enough said. So yeah, this light carpet is lovely for a childless couple but it is not exactly the best for a family of six.
Anyway, the guy from My Pro Dry (if you are on the Monterey Peninsula, give them your business. They rock!) must have drawn the short straw. I am sure our customer case file says “bio hazard equipment optional” written somewhere. He made our disgusting looking carpets sparkle again. As I looked at the clean, empty room I was tempted to lock the kids out of the house so I could have just one day of my house looking like it could be on “Better Homes and Garden” instead of a repeat of “Hoarders: Buried Alive.” Oh well. Now that everything is dry, I have to move all the furniture and junk that is piled up in the corners back where it belongs. Fun stuff, people.
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Name that band – “It’s the end of the world as we know it…”
Speaking of messy, last week Nicki over at A Catholic Heart for Home continued her Not Alone Series with her Favorite Mom Blogs. And guess what? My sis and I were both mentioned. My sister’s mentioned accomplishment were having 5 kids under 5, homeschooling and making things from scratch. (I know, right!) She rocks. My accomplishment? That I am so messy that I make Nicki not feel so bad about her own domestic struggles…or something to that effect. If I wasn’t in such a good mood I could get all “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” about my sis, but I won’t. Seriously, thanks for the mention, Nicki. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the blog, messiness and all. xoxo
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Name that band – “Come as you are, as you were, As I want you to be As a friend, as a friend, as an old enemy. Take your time, hurry up The choice is yours, don’t be late. Take a rest, as a friend, as an old memoria. Memoria…”
[Pretend there is a topic related photo here.]
This weekend we also have Bella’s birthday party with her friends, Bella’s family party at the inlaws and our school Fiesta that all families are required to work. I am avoiding all this madness by typing and spilling salsa on my shirt. Dang it! “You should wear white more often,” said no one ever. Forget the one hand typing. I need both so I can finish this before my timer runs out. Hit the snooze! I need 5 more minutes!
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Name that band – “Sorry I’m not home right now, I’m walking into spiderwebs. So leave a message and I’ll call you back. A likely story, but (Yeah) leave a message. And I’ll call you back” (Aw, remember the old days before we had caller ID.) ;-)
I wanted to join Suscipio in their 3-2-1 Fantastically Fun Friday Link-up without the link-up! Whether you are a blogger or a non-blogger, just answer the 3 questions in their comment box. This week Jen is going to the state fair so her prompts are fair related. Here is my contribution:
3 Things I’m Thankful For
~ I may jokingly complain but for the four sweet kiddos who make our carpets so dirty.
~ For twelve years of blessed life with my sweet Bella Bambina.
~ For date nights that land in Phase 3. Woohoo. (Ignore that, mom. I know you don’t like when I mention such things in “public.”)
2 Foods at the Fair I Love to Eat
~ A corn dog OR
~ A BBQ pulled pork sandwich.
1 Ride at the Fair I Am TERRIFIED of
~ I’ll go on a roller coaster but anything with a clown...Scary.
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Name that song/band -”Teachers, Keep on teachin’ Preachers, Keep on preachin’, World, keep on turnin’, ‘Cause it won’t be too long. Oh, no Lovers, Keep on lovin’ While believers Keep on believin’. Sleepers, Just stop sleepin, Cause it won’t be too long. Oh, no!” (I dare you to hear that song and not dance around.)
Matty in the waiting room.
For those who didn’t already read the news on my Facebook page or Instagram, we took Matthew to Stanford Hospital last Friday so a specialist could take a look at his legs. Basically, Matthew’s leg bone is facing the wrong direction. In old days, they would have put him in a brace but, thankfully, they don’t do that anymore. Instead we have some simple home therapy we have to do with his legs and as he grows taller, 99% of the time, the leg bone will rotate into the correct position. Praise, God.
Thanks for all your prayers and encouraging words. Please just say a prayer that he continues to heal. And let’s not forget all the kids who are suffering various ailments. As we sat in the waiting room we felt incredibly blessed that Matthew’s problem wasn’t more serious. There were so many little broken bodies, it brought tears to my eyes. There was one little guy sitting in his wheel chair hardly able to move. He was holding a Dora sticker in his hand and dropped it. He moaned for his grandma to pick it up but she didn’t look so hot herself. I don’t think she understood what he wanted. I walked over and picked up his sticker and gave it back to him. He lovingly caressed it as if it was a precious prize. Then he smiled at me and his face lit up. I smiled back and sat down.
I looked at another girl in a wheel chair and she smiled too. She had a lovely smile that was reflected in her eyes. I looked around the room and for a brief moment I didn’t see the disabilities and the limitations, I just saw kids who were happy and playful in situations that would have broken me. They were beautiful. So for those sweet kids carrying incredible crosses, let’s say a prayer for them and their families and take a moment to be thankful for our own blessings.
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With perfect timing, the song “That’s the Impression That I Get” from the Mighty, Mighty Bosstones just came on. It’s so good I need to add the video. (Never have white socks with a dark suit looked so good.)
Have a great weekend! xoxo
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