Thursday, January 29, 2015

Everyday Happenings

I thought I would do an Everyday Happenings post showcasing each member of the family.  Here we go.

Billy started the second semester of his freshman year this week.  Because his school does block scheduling he is starting a whole new set of 4 classes.  He's very happy to be done with Honors Algebra 2, that's for sure!

He is enjoying playing basketball for CYO. He's on Stage Crew for the school play as well.  He's also getting a lot of use out of his Community Center membership that Santa brought him.  Playing Clash of Clans on his iPod is his favorite go-to activity when he's not busy with the other stuff.  According to him, his base is "aMAzing."

Ignore the laundry and look at that smile.
Mary (8th grade) is the same sweetheart she's always been.  She's busy with Band (silks/flute) and Orchestra(violin) at school and continues to take private piano lessons as well.  She's done some creative projects for school that I am completely amazed with.  Last Saturday she started her own blog.  (will share the link when it gets more established).  She spends a lot of her free time reading books.

We went to an information night at the high school this week.  She's concerned that she won't be able to take as many classes as she wants.  How's that for driven?  She does NOT get that from me.

Tommy (5th grade) is still the bomb around here.  His personality is super fun.  He's learning trumpet at school and takes private piano lessons. You always know he's the one sitting at the piano when you hear the Jurassic Park theme song playing.  He plays basketball for the township and is participating in an after school volleyball program.

Oh, and he's the school mascot.  

Ann (4th grade) is doing really well in her first year of clarinet lessons at school.  She is also taking piano lessons.  She joined chorus as well, probably because she was tired of me telling her over and over to use the gift God gave her and share her lovely voice!  She too started a blog last weekend and I'm so proud of her.

She's not much into sports, but if there was a roller-blading team I think she'd be on it.  You can find her cruising around the house in these. 

Matthew (1st grade) He likes school and does really well there, so I'm grateful for that. As for basketball...we signed him up but all he did was cry, so we didn't push it.  He's a rule-follower and resident "tattle-tale."  So much in fact that Tommy told him that "Thou Shalt Not Tattle Tale" was in the Bible and he better stop.

This child loves when all 7 of us are together in the same room. You can see it in his face. He often positions himself between me and Bill and has an hand on each of us.  He also tells us to kiss each other, which is so darn cute. (and of course we are happy to oblige)

Big Bill (Grade A) He's the hardest worker I know.  He's gone for at least 14 hours everyday (3 hours minimal of commuting time).  He comes home and has dinner with us, watches some TV, and heads to bed.  He never complains.  He makes us laugh.  He does not like it when the kids fool around past bedtime.  He likes to play Xbox. He is not getting any use out of the Community Center membership Santa got him for Christmas.

Me:  Housewifey, motherly, and volunteery type things take up my time.  Trying to keep busy so that the devil doesn't take over my idle mind and use it as his workshop.

A few more photos below to share:

Family Fun Night/Book Fair at the elementary school.

Love that Rory!
 Free photo booth....Dad walks in just in time to get in the shot.  Billy wasn't there, darn-it!

 A snowy Saturday:

Early morning sunrise after band/orchestra drop off.

Beauty all around.


  1. Wow Kathleen, you got a lot of snow! I am totally jealous of your fireplace, it looks so warm and cozy. You have quite a few musicians in the family! I know when my daughter was young, my favorite thing to do was to listen to her practice piano while I did the dinner dishes. I was so proud of her!
    Family Fun Night does look fun, and your son as the mascot? That's a real honor. I know you have mentioned that before.
    God bless your hard-working husband. You make a powerful pair!

  2. Hi there!
    Loved sharing the daily goings on in your home!
    You and your hubby are doing an excellent job of fostering each of your child's interests.
    And you, my friend, are clearly a champ at running the ship!
    Wondering how the snow is down there...
    We are getting some now!
    Have a cozy weekend!
    And I am enjoying the book!
    Thank you sooooooo much!

  3. Wishing we had a little snow to cover all the Minnesota brown..and play in.
    Fun to know about your kids. I have an 8th grade girl also looking into high school classes...meeting is tonight! A 5th grade boy too! Fun fun ages.

    God bless your hard working husband!

  4. Awesome family. Fun and inspirational to read your blog. Thanks for sharing with all of us. It is a true gift....Love, Brother Bobby.

  5. What a fun post! I enjoyed getting to know you better. You have amazing children and a fantastic hubby!

  6. Oh Kathleen, thank you for this post! I LOVE reading all about your family! I LOVE seeing the photos of your kids growing up! I miss all of you! I am THRILLED to read that is still a lot of music being played at your house! Please give everyone a big hello and hug from our family!

  7. I love keeping up with your family like this! And I think Mary looks SO much like Bill in that picture of her and Matt!

  8. Never a dull moment in your family, I see. :)

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

  9. Beautiful snow.... looks like "just the right amount" to be beautiful and fun but not crippling.....?