Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Win Some. Lose Some.

I'm sitting here typing this sooooo tired.

So why aren't I heading to bed?  Because I just want this one moment of the day (beside a bathroom break) to be doing something therapeutic for myself.

Win some.

At my two week check up I had lost ALL my pregnancy weight.  All of it!

It was the only pleasant, unexpected, post-partum surprise to fall on me.

Lose some.

Well, I lost some of  "the girls"  along with it.  Not some.  A lot!  LOL

That's never happened before.  And let me tell you...I didn't have much in bragging rights to begin with.

You know it's bad when you hold the baby up to your chest and your bra caves in...yup.

Time for some new bras I guess.  That.  Or share with Sally.  LOL

Lose some.

Prior to losing the weight...

Five days post-partum...

David drove myself and Clementine to the parish office to turn in some paperwork for her baptism.  A sweet, elderly woman, who volunteers a lot of her time, came up to me and said...

"Congratulations....She's beautiful...yadda yadda yadda..."  Then she points to my still poochy and swollen stomach and says...

"So, is that left overs?  Is that a twin in there?"

All I could do was laugh.

Until I got home.

By then, her words had echoed through my head a bazillion times.

All of  a sudden, I did not  like that woman anymore.

Then I got over it.

Win some.

So we have this beautiful miracle.  It's been over one month now.  Still in babymoon here.

Lose some.


No foolin', right?

Around 4am she gets up...not sure what she wants.  We hold, we rock, we cuddle, we bring into bed...barely able to keep even one eye open.

Just when we think we are going to die from exhaustion, Clementine decides to head back to sleep at 6:30-7:00am.

Bedtime for me, too?


That's when the rest of the Littles get up for the day.

Did I mention that we started back at school this week?

No sleep  +  Starting school  =  Lethal combination!  LOL

"This, too, shall pass."

Speaking of school...

Win - Win.

The beauty of home school is that you can custom plan your day, your week, your year.

We are seriously abbreviating our 3rd quarter.

i.e.  Spelling.  If a child can pass a quarter test with an need to make them do the weekly work.

Win - Win.

So glad my Littles don't think patches on jeans are "uncool" - yet.

Heck.  Just add some puffy paint and... viola!  Instant fashion statement!

Lose some.


Time to pack away baby girl cards.

*We have completely enjoyed the beautiful baby cards that flooded our house!!

(We did keep up her baptismal cards though :)

Lose some.

Blood pressure.  Ugh!

Although it is a VERY. SLOW. work in progress, it is coming down.

Last Sunday was the first time I had no piercing pain in my temples or behind my eye.  I felt "normal".

Next check up is one week from Friday.

Win - Win.

My favorite moment of the week...

(Photo courtesy of Sally.)

...taking Clementine for her "first" outdoor adventure...a walk around the block :)  

Our spring weather has been intoxicating!

Another reason I did not nap when I could have.   Do you blame me?

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, February 26, 2012

One Month Old!

Say it isn't so!

I knew time would fly, but that fast?!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, February 23, 2012

World Famous Cole Slaw

David created this version of cole slaw and we served it for Clementine's baptismal luncheon.  (There were no left overs!)

1 lb bag shredded cabbage and carrots
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sunflower kernels
1/4 cup craisins
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
Bacon bits (if desired)

1.  Combine cabbage/carrot mix, almonds, sunflower kernels, and craisins in large mixing bowl.
2.  In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt.  Mix well.
3.  Add dressing to cabbage mix.  Stir well.
4.  Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours.  The salt will draw the water out of the cabbage to make it creamy and smooth.

PS - David loves to watch the Food Network while working in the garage. :)


~  Patty  ~

Crock Pot Turkey & Stuffing Sandwiches

We served these warm and delicious shredded turkey breast sandwiches at Clementine's baptismal luncheon.

It is a recipe my mom has had forever and it is incredible easy to prepare!

1 boneless, turkey roast; baked and shredded. (I did this the night before.  I poured the chicken broth over the meat and let it sit in the refrigerator over night.)
1 (14oz) can of chicken broth
1  box Stove Top Stuffing Mix (prepare as directed)

1.  Bake and shred the turkey breast.  (I did this the night before.  I poured the chicken broth over the meat and let it sit in the refrigerator over night.)
2.  Prepare the stuffing mix according to directions.
3.  Combine all three ingredients in a large roaster and heat at 300 degrees F for 1 hour.  (Or just warm it on the cook top but watch for burning.)   Serve on buns.

*Can be frozen.

You know it is a hit when everyone goes back for seconds (and even thirds)!

I kept mine warm in the oven while we were at church.  When we came home I just had to get the buns out.


~  Patty  ~

Hello Dolly Bars

Not sure how they got their name, but these are very yummy-licious and crazy easy to make :)

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I bought a box of the prepared graham cracker crumbs)
1/3 cup melted butter
3 tbsp sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Press mixture onto bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 in pan.  Bake 8 minutes.

2.  Sprinkle pecans, chocolate morsels, and coconut over hot crust.  Pour condensed milk over top.  (Do not stir.)

3.  Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and edges are bubbly.  Let cool 1 hour on wire rack.  Cut into bars.

PS - Sorry I'm posting this yummy dessert bar the day after Ash Wednesday (*wink*)


~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Normal (cy)

Is normalcy a word?

For the past week, we have slowly,   (ever- so -slowly),   started bringing some normalcy to our days.  And it feels so good!

Don't worry.  I'm still taking it slow :)  I have two weeks to go before my six week post-op check up where I hope to be cleared for all activity.

In the meantime, we've been doing a whole lot of lounging around...

and a whole lot of hanging out...

And dog gone it!  Since this is what it should have been like after we got home from the hospital  -  the first time  - I've decided to extend our school break another two weeks.


Who would have thought new socks and skivvies (a.k.a. underwear) could make a bunch of Littles super-duper happy!?

After months of complaining that their supplies were running dangerously low....I had them all packed up and out the door Monday morning headed for Target.

We were there by 8:30am!  We are officially on Clementine Time :)

The four older ones each came out with a new package of socks and skivvies (no- ride- up- guarantee skivvies) and happy faces.

Mabel to Ester Monday night after baths::  Hey!  Mine ARE wedgie free.  Are yours?


Fat Tuesday/ Mardi Gras brought us in the kitchen making this easy-breezy, festive snack ...

We only needed these items to make our yummy snack...

We found the idea at Catholic Icing.


David is back working and I'm flying solo with plenty of willing arms to hold Clementine...

and when fussy sometimes hits in the evening...well, this is how we roll...

and she likes it!

My mom use to do that with some of her babies.


With the start of our Lenten journey,  I found a blog that hosts weekly Lenten meal plan.  (I really look forward to some new and fresh recipes for Fridays during Lent.)


Heather had her baby!  Her family has welcomed a new son into this world.  Stop by if you have a chance and wish them congratulations :)


The daffodils and tulips are blooming and I see the neighbor's red bud tree full of pink beauty as well.  As I type this I hear a lawn mower going down a few yards.  Hard to believe that our southern spring is almost here.

May your Lenten journey be filled with prayer, peace and growth!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Signs of Grace

The gown.

Clementine's Great Grandma Achin (Grammy's mother) made this beautiful baptismal gown many, many years ago.

Two generations have worn it now.  It has a stain of oil along the neck line, a special reminder of the gift of baptism.

Grammy brought the gown with her when she came down to visit a couple of weeks ago.

The Morning Of.

There was something so serene about Clementine yesterday.  I noticed it in the morning.  She was so peace-filled and content.  It was as though she knew something special was going to take place.

She received a bath from Daddy before it was time to get into her gown.  She loves bath time!

Getting Dressed.

With age, our faith continues to grow.  With growth in faith, our love and appreciation for the sacraments only increases.  This was such a special moment for David and I, preparing this little one for her baptismal day.

We realize that she is a very special blessing, a special gift on loan to us from God.  

We completely enjoyed this moment together with her.

See what I mean about appearing so serene and angelic?

And she remained in that beautiful state throughout her baptism.

Her Baptism.

I just love the smell of a baby with Chrism Oil on his/her head.  I haven't bathed her yet!  Tonight I suppose.

Picture Time.

I asked Father if he'd like to hold her.  He was delighted. So much so that he held her for all the after pictures.  So sweet :)

We had a few of my friends attend.  Left-Right:: Elizabeth took photos at the church for us.  She also came and stayed with Clementine when I was readmitted into the hospital.  Kye, in purple, is our dear neighbor and friend.  Sondra is another dear friend who has been very instrumental in our care calendar (and so many other "little" things that have added up.)

A Small Luncheon.

We had Father and godparents over for an EASY lunch.  I needed to take it easy, but still wanted to celebrate Clementine.

David found these beautiful roses for $10.00 at Target.  They were all out of pink so I just added a pink ribbon.

With my brain being fuzzy lately, I accidentally ordered her cake with Cream Cheese frosting instead of Butter cream frosting.  Wasn't sure how it would turn out but everyone LOVED it.  Can you spell R.I.C.H.?

Used this punch recipe from Waltzing Matilda's.   I noticed that it looked "funny."  Only after the godfather was drinking a cup and in charity said he "liked it", did I realize I forgot to add the lemon/lime sprite.  Can you spell super C.O.N.C.E.N.T.R.A.T.E.D?    Blame it on my fuzzy brain :)

Wanting to make those super cute water bottles also found at Waltzing Matilda's, I made a note to self ::  buy water bottles with CLEAR caps next time.  Fuzzy brain again :)

(David and I prepared two new easy, yummy recipes for the lunch.  I'll post about them later.)

**At the end of the day, it was the sacrament alone that was most important, and it was a beautiful day indeed!

The only thing that would have made the day any more beautiful would be to have had our family present with us.

PS- We had chosen this date to have Clementine baptized prior to me becoming sick.  Not wanting to wait till after Easter and since it was a small, private baptism, we forged ahead.  I like to have my babies baptized as soon as possible :)

God bless you, Clementine!

Thank you all for your very kind, very sweet comments.  As though you cannot tell (*wink*) we cannot get enough of her!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Child of God

A preview...

She was so beautiful, angelic!

I'll work on more (in between my own naps :)

P.S.  The dress and is a family heirloom!  I promise to show more with details :)

~  Patty  ~

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Preparing for Lent

With  everything  that has happened around our house in the past three weeks, I've no time to plan ahead for Lenten arts and crafts (as in years past), but what I have selected I think will help us nicely with our Lenten journey.

For the entire family~

The book is new this year.  Heard about it from Tiffany at Family at the Foot of the Cross.  It looks amazing inside and I look forward to beginning it.

For the Littles~

Something they can listen to and pray along with.  This can be purchased here.

And this!  Love this DVD!

*Prayers led by a priest with responses by children
*Children sing Stabat Mater in English
*Meditation for each Station read by a child
*Prayers and images ideal for the whole family

This DVD can be found here.

For the older girls~

This book is based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  You can find it here.

For the David and myself~

This can be found here.

Other books found in Catholic Mosaic~

Other miscellaneous activities~

1.  Stations of the cross file folder activity here.

2.  Giving box, Lenten calendar, and sacrifice chain  here.

Ash Wednesday is next week, February 22!  

I'm linking up with Lacy over at Catholic Icing.  Stop over there for some more Lenten ideas and traditions.

~  Patty  ~

Our First Normal Day

Yesterday I was checked by my ob/gyn and family practitioner.  Both gave me some peace.  Both told me how to handle this bp by working with it, not fighting it.

Fighting it only causes it to rise.

I was given permission to drive but was reminded that I'm still recovering from a big surgery.  (Easy to forget that with all the other stuff that transpired after delivery.)

So today we hit the library.

Today we saw  gorgeous pink tulips in full bloom!

Today we saw a dog chase...and tackle...a chicken...downtown on the sidewalk by the library!


Early for tulips here in Texas.

And the whole dog and chicken that even normal?!

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Our best Valentine :)

She spent the day in a carseat going to two doctor's appointments with her mama and she can still pull off an adorable smile!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Post Partum Pre Eclampsia

Have you ever heard of post partum pre eclampsia?  

Me neither.

I hadn't been feeling well and dismissed my symptoms as post delivery headaches and allergic reaction to narcotics I was sent home on.

This past Thursday, at my two week post op check up, my blood pressure was pretty high.  I spent a few hours there watching it bounce up and down before being sent to the lab for blood work and home with a bp cuff to self monitor.

It only continued to rise at home.  

It topped out at 171/109.  

That's when I was readmitted to the hospital.

It about killed me to leave Clementine.  

I was admitted and received i.v. Magnesium drip for 24 hours.  All I can say is that Magnesium is WICKED!

If you have had pre eclampsia and received Magnesium, you know what I'm talking about.  I felt as though I was run over by a truck (four times).  

Magnesium is used to prevent seizures.

The loading dose is a 30 minute "toxic" dose followed by a nonstop  "therapeutic" dose.  I had to lie in observation for 4 hours while they monitored me  (IE. urine, blood, and vitals.)  When I was stabilized I was given a private room.

I was released late Friday night.  At that point my bp had dropped and bounced between 130-150/ 70.  Good enough to be released but still too high for my normal.

I usually run a bp of 95/55 so I was put on bp meds for the next six weeks.

I think it is safe to say that David is quite stressed out at this point.

But I must point out and focus on the blessings.  

We had an army of angels who came to our rescue.  A dear friend (7 1/2 months pregnant herself) drove 40 minutes to come and take care of Clementine till 1:30 in the morning!

Others rallied with prayers, additional meals, offers of childcare help, etc.

My family is truly blessed with wonderful friends!

So I'm home now.  Resting.  No bed rest but just taking it easy, self monitoring my bp, taking my medication. I still have some residual Magnesium left in my system which seems to slowly want to leave my system.  Other than that, I am praying for some "normal" to come back into our home.

I would very much appreciate any prayers you can send my way for a healthy recovery and that there are no more road bumps.

I must admit, while trying to offer up the pain and suffering for pour souls in purgatory, I was also asking God if He would be so kind as to enlighten me a bit on this journey.  Because it seems to be one step forward and two steps backward.  (I prefer the straight forward approach myself :)

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hello, Grammy :)

It is so nice to finally meet you!

(First time to see and hold her.)

I heard you give some good lovins, and after having you stay with us, I must agree.

(Sigh.....)  Your lovins make me smile all the time, Grammy.  XOXO

All the Littles were happy to have you here in Texas.

Lots of lovins went around!

My mom sure kept them busy.  (And they her!)

It was a visit of "firsts"...

* First time Grammy drove in Texas.  (She ran my errands with Sally as her co pilot!)

*  First time Grammy helped feed Clementine.

* First time Grammy played Wii.  (She didn't want me to show you those photos LOL)

* First time Grammy tried her hand at crocheting.

* First time the girls made Ranger Cookies.

And it was sooooo good to just sit and visit.

I wish we lived closer.

* First nickname.

And sister is sporting a new cap...

(Compliments of Sally.)

Grammy flew back to Illinois yesterday.  We now start counting the days until we can see her again.  In the mean time, we have so many warm memories of this visit to cherish.  We love you, Grammy!

PS ~ This song is for you, Grammy.  Oh My Darling Clementine.

~  Patty  ~


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