It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1 – I cleaned and purged…MY ROOM! I can finally see my dresser top, the closet floor and even my bathroom drawer. Unfortunately the master bedroom had become a dumping ground for everything. It’s good to gain back a bedroom.

2- The 40 bags for 40 days is slowly coming along. (See above) I think I got 3 bags alone in my own room.

3 – I’m slowly continuing on my Lenten journey. The psalms are being read daily, finally made it back to mass yesterday and I’m really trying hard to be present for the kids. Heck, as a family we even broke out Monopoly last weekend. I thought it would be too old for them, but guess what? The 7 yo had no problem playing, the 5 yo played with minimal help and even the 3 yo participated (she helped Dad be the banker).  They really enjoyed it and keep asking for more 🙂

How about you? Come share your small successes at Faith and Family Live.


This year I took it a little bit easy on the Mardi Gras celebration. How in the world did I manage to make donuts from scratch last year with a week old infant? I must have been nuts, or at least sleep deprived 🙂

This year we did yummy rootbeer floats. Easy and quick!

Vanilla ice cream, Root Beer, Whipped Cream and of course you can’t forget the cherry for on top!  (And yes, that is one of my old beer mugs from my days in Engineering, perfect for Root Beer!)

It was so delicious!  Next we made some Mardi Gras masks. The girls really liked doing this one. I gathered all my supplies at the local dollar store. They even had some great sparkly adhesive foam sheets.

First I cut out a mask shape and made some eye holes, next I cut two slits in the side of the mask for the wooden dowel (in order to hold the mask in front of your face), and finally comes the fun part…the decorating! Warning, there are many pictures in this one 🙂


 Here is Therese decorating her mask. 

 The finished product!

Marie with her mask……

And finally Hannah with her mask.

 Nicholas is a bit too young to be playing with such small beads & stickers so I made up this one for him.

  Here are the girls showing off their Mardi Gras masks.  May your Lenten journey be fruitful!


It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

Phew, another week has just flown by! So here we go…

1 – Made it to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this past weekend. Wow, did I ever need that, like several weeks ago.

2 – Was able to make it out to daily mass yesterday. It’s been hit or miss lately because of scheduling conflicts at the church. However, as an added bonus, one of the lady’s from my church has agreed to organize the Stations of the Cross on Friday! I love this devotion.

3 – I’ve managed to list several more items to my online store! (Even with the baby) Now if only I could get that elusive sale (outside of my immediate friends and family) : P  (You can check out my link on the main part of my blog).

Come share your small successes with the people over at faith and family live.

**updated to include the link to the donut recipe!**

Okay, I have to admit I really like donuts. And now that I’m pregnant?? Watch out! Usually the girls and I will pick up a small pack of ‘donut holes’ on our way to school after Wednesday morning mass, but now with Lent starting tomorrow….no more!

So for one last hurrah, I decided to make a batch of homemade donuts, for supper! (We’ll have something else, but how cool is having donuts for supper?) I found this awesome recipe here for a very close knock off of the Krispie Kreme donut. Here are my results. Now hopefully we do not eat all of these tonight. I plan on freezing the rest and hiding them in the deep freeze downstairs, only to be thawed on Easter Sunday. Which, BTW, is the scheduled date for the baby’s baptism : )

During our rosary last night, my oldest daughter (Marie, age 5) thought that in order to have Jesus in everyone’s heart, there had to be many of him. After explaining to her how there is only one God and he can be in many places at the same time, she smiled and said….”cool!”

As a side note, even though my blog states that I’m a Catholic Knitter, I haven’t written about my knitting adventures lately. Well, that’s because one of them is going to be a surprise for my sister-in-law who is getting married next month. Here’s a hint…..(This has got to be the biggest yarn ball I’ve ever seen!)

Green, Brown, Greenish Brown??

Green, Brown, Greenish Brown??

Unfortunately it’s taking over most of my knitting time so I can finish it for her wedding shower in less then 3 weeks. After that, I’ve got several UFO’s (unfinished objects) in the works before I can let myself work on anything else. A dress for Hannah (1/2 done although it was supposed to be a dress for Therese…), a sweater for Therese (1/3 done) and a tank top for myself (1/2 done). And so far my lenten journey of simplifying has been working well. No yarn purchases! Although it has been tough with all the sales lately.

Until tomorrow, when I post my small successes for the week.

It’s about time I update this blog! I just thought I’d play around with the widgets and content to make it a bit more interesting. (Not to mention, actually learn a thing or two about the world of blogging).

On a side note, we are now in the season of Lent – A time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Luckily the kids and the husband are all on board with this one. The kids have given up their favorite kids TV channel, which means I’ve given it up too. I’ve really had to work hard at spending more time with them. I’ve also enlisted their help more around the house. The two older ones (5 & 3) have started helping with dishes (even if it means just moving the cups from the sink to the dying rack), tidying their rooms and dusting. I’m thinking about creating a chore chart for them. In addition I’ve given up facebook / coffee on Fridays during Lent. We’ve increased daily mass, try to go to Stations of the Cross and continue with the Children’s Adoration at our Parish. The last one is tough, since my 3 yo likes to run around more than pray…all in due time : )