Sunday, August 28, 2016

Farewell Summer! My Sunday Best and some updates

I missed Seven Quick Takes which I intended to do, so I'll do my own little blogging update tonight...

Linking for the first time with Rosie to share My Sunday Best!
25 weeks along with baby #6
"Nicole" dress by LuLaRoe

Yesterday morning I hosted a LuLaRoe Pop Up shopping party at my house. I've been eyeing these clothes online for months, but I knew I needed to try them in person. Some friends I've known since elementary school just became consultants (Mel & L), and offered to drive in and do a party at my house. Now that's the way to shop. Brunch food, friends, racks of clothes, and the ability to try them on in my own bedroom with input from friends! The clothes are comfy, colorful, and modest and I know the moms were especially grateful to find some modest church dresses and skirts for our tween and teen girls. I'll have to get a pic of MC in her adorable "Amelia" dress; it's so cute! And I love their leggings! I'm not usually a leggings gal, but they are so soft comfy just like everyone said, perfect for maternity clothes.

LuLaRoe leggings and "Irma" tunic 
(with a ponytail trick to tighten it in the back)

Baby Update

Little man is 25 weeks, and moving around a lot. I found out that I passed my glucose screen which I took last week and was so happy! This is the worst shape/weight I've been in out of any of my pregnancies, I haven't been eating well, and I am often on the borderline each time I take the test, so I was very grateful to not have a GD diagnosis! Since I'm having some Braxton Hicks contractions already, my OB advised that we go ahead and start the weekly progesterone injections to help prevent preterm labor. They don't hurt so bad, but going to the office each week is hard since it's not a quick visit. I still have to wait for a room and sometimes that can take awhile. But whatever we can do to ensure that this baby stays cooking until mid-November is ideal!

I started a Catholic C-Section Moms group on Facebook around last summer, and it's been such a great source of support for me during this pregnancy. There are quite a few moms on there who've had 6-10 c-sections, so they are a wealth of knowledge and encouragement. I'm starting to get more anxious about the surgery, so I'm working on praying through some of those fears as I get closer and closer to the inevitable!

Homeschool Year Begins

Tomorrow morning begins our new year of homeschooling. I'm ready for some routine, but not looking forward to all the work with teaching four kids! This year we will have an 8th, 6th, 3rd, and 1st grader, plus a 2yr old and new baby coming soon. We're continuing to follow the Mother of Divine Grace program, with full enrollment and some online courses for the girls. We'll be doing monthly science classes at the museum, our 4-H club meetings once a month, and our twice monthly homeschool clubs where the kids study virtues, outdoor adventures (boys) and homemaking skills (girls). The girls are back to ballet classes as of last week, and the boys will be starting baseball soon. I'm not sure we'll be able to squeeze in piano right now, but am hoping we can add it back in at some point. I'm hoping for a successful school year as we have our last year before we have a HIGH SCHOOLER! Crazy! We had a BBQ with friends last weekend, and I have a little surprise up my sleeve for tomorrow morning...

Katie Grace 

Little Katie is now officially 2 1/2 and has quite the personality! She is now known as the family singer and dancer and loves to perform her songs for everyone as she plays an "air guitar." She's getting used to saying baby boy instead of baby sister, and is constantly telling people that I have a baby growing in my tummy. She holds my face and says, "I love you so much." She loves going to HEB, to church, and to see her little friends. She is making it through most Sunday masses without having to go to the cry room, which is so nice! She loves alfredo noodles, spaghetti, pizza, chicken, rice, and strawberries.  She likes to dress in her Cinderella costume or her tutu and loves to carry a purse. Mary Clare took some photos of her last week which I love! I haven't picked up my camera much this summer, but these adorable shots are motivating me to start taking some pics again...

I intended to type up seven updates, but I think four are enough for tonight! Hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Daddy Daughter Dance June 2016

The girls and Steven went to the annual Daddy Daughter Dance for our homeschool clubs in late June. This time I was asked to help photograph, and Steven Joseph was asked to help the older boys lead the games and such. Katie was so excited to attend, even though we didn't plan on her being a part of it!  Tommy waited for me to take some pictures, and then he and I went out for a special pizza date, just the two of us! It was a fun evening.

The dads get a corsage to give to each of the girls.

They come down the stairway and the dads introduce their daughters.

Then it's time for games, dinner, and dancing!

They did a pretty good job with the toilet paper dress game. I think Ellie won!

Siblings got a little wild as we were cleaning up!

Selfie from our Mommy Tommy date at Crust Pizza

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Mom Getaway! Austin Trip 2016

I am getting a bit out of order on the blog today, and have a few more summer things to share, but I have these photos ready to go, and the memories fresh on my mind, so here goes...

In June, some college girlfriends started a discussion about going to the ordination of our former pastor, the now-Bishop David Konderla. Somehow in the midst of discussing the ordination we started brainstorming about taking a trip together in August. One of the moms lives in Austin and found a VRBO rental home a block from Lake Austin, and we booked it!

Four of the moms went on our Italian pilgrimage together a few months after our 2001 weddings, and the other attendees were some friends who'd attended the Edel Gathering the past couple years and really desired some time with other Catholic women. We had the house from Thursday through Sunday, and pretty much spent our days talking, laughing, and eating! It was neat to reminisce about our college days, share some of the struggles and joys of our married life, and dream about the future.

Some of the more adventurous ladies did some jogging and stand-up paddle boarding, but I was happy with hanging out and watching the Olympics! A couple other ladies came to visit, and we hope to do this again next year, maybe on a larger scale where we can have more ladies stay.

We arrived just in time for dinner at Hula Hut!

In the backyard of the rental house

Friday breakfast at Magnolia Cafe 

Squeezed into one car for a drive!

Time for some graffiti wall pics

Reminded me of my little Katie Grace who always says this to me. She was sick at home and their beach trip had to be postponed a day.

Austin fun!

Amy's Ice Cream

Good salad for Friday dinner

Dessert and coffee by the lake at Mozart's

On Saturday some of the gals went paddleboarding, then we all went to lunch at Central Market.

Helping to hang hatch chilis

Some ladies got gelato, but I was craving a snowcone!

Dinner on Saturday was at Shady Grove

On Sunday morning we cleaned up and got ready for mass. Some people had left early so just Sus and I took a shot on the front porch.

Mass at the Cathedral

Brunch at Annie's. DELISH!

The Capitol in the background

Yes, I sure hope our paths "croissant" again soon!

(most snapshots by awesome photog friend Jen!)
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