Thursday, October 23, 2014

7 Quick Takes: Our New Maid, Tim Staples, Outside Fun, I'm a Winner!

At the beginning of October, I trained and hired the cutest maid.  She did a super job vacuuming our kitchen floors.  I think we will keep her since she loves the job! ;-)

Last Friday night, Oct. 17, Tim Staples from Catholic Answers came and spoke at our parish in the evening.  It was a wonderful talk as he used some of Pope Paul VI encyclicals and writings to explain how to evangelize the Good News and Catholic faith.  It was a wonderful presentation and Staples used his experiences as a former Pentecostal youth minister, now Catholic apologist, to present an inspiring and humorous presentation. 

So after the Tim Staples talk last Friday night, my husband and I got the stomach bug that night together.  Oh joy!  The entire week our kids were vomiting and now it was the parental units' turn! No fun!  So the weekend was long and I was literally in bed all day last Saturday with nausea, dizziness, and sore muscles.  Our son turned 13 last Sunday and we had to postpone his party until this weekend because we were afraid to spread the awful virus.  He was disappointed to delay the party plans, but he was such a good sport about it.  Thankfully, we were all feeling better by last Sunday, on our son's actual birthday so we did go out to eat as a family and had a backyard fire with the family and neighborhood friends as a way to celebrate 13 great years with our wonderful teenager!

Our little one is growing so fast!  She will be 15 months on October 30!  Can you believe it?  This past week we took advantage of the beautiful Fall weather and all the kids and I headed to the park just walking/running/riding bike distance from our home.  Cupcake #5 enjoyed playing in the park and eating the swing I pushed her in, which could explain the runny nose she has now.  Grrr.....

Another way we took advantage of the beautiful weather is by having my daughter write her spelling words with chalk on our driveway which gave me some time to work with my other children on their homeschool lessons.   My little speller was so proud of her chalk work!  

Saint John Paul II FIRST feast day was just the other day on October 22 and in case you missed my post about this great day, HERE it is.  Kendra at Catholic All Year also wrote a post about this beloved Saint HERE and in honor of JPII she had a giveaway. She was giving away some goodies from her trip to Spain and France, including a rosary, medals, and a bottle of Lourdes water.  Well, I just got an email this morning from Kendra telling me that I was the winner of the giveaway!  I am so thankful and excited!  I love visiting blogs and commenting because I enjoy getting to know other bloggers this way, but when my comment helps me win a giveaway, that's just icing on the cake!  :)  I can't wait to see what comes in the mail!  
Another busy weekend coming up filled with soccer games and my son's 13th birthday party, in real life! (finally!)  I plan on making a Campfire Cake inspired by Jessica at Shower of Roses.  Stay tuned to see how it all turns out! :)   Have a blessed weekend!

For more Quick Takes be sure to visit Jennifer at Conversion Diary!

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Mom2Seven said...

Just checking in, Tracy, after trying to catch up on your posts! Wishing you a happy weekend! <3

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