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March 28, 2009

Pat Week

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This week is a special one because Matt and I have decided to make it a special Patrick picture week.  We don’t want to get caught taking too few pics of our second baby, but recently we’ve noticed that now that there are two, we have little time to take pictures of either one of them!  And when we do take pics it’s usually both of them together, and Patrick rarely gets the whole spotlight to himself.  That’s why we decided this coming week will be Pat Week, and we’re kicking it off with this exclusive video!

March 23, 2009

Matt’s Summer Plans

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I almost forgot to write a post about this, can you believe it???  Most of you already know, but in case you don’t, I wanted to catch you up on Matt’s BIG NEWS!

Matt had an interview for a summer internship in NYC with Deutsche Bank, and apparently they wanted him so badly, he didn’t even make it back to DC before they called to offer him the job!  He’ll be doing asset management in the Americas (don’t ask me what that really means).

This will be an AWESOME opportunity for Matt, but of course we will have to be apart for 10 weeks this summer (oh yeah, and the 2 weeks he’ll be in Turkey…over MOTHER’S DAY, no less!).  I’m (perhaps overly) optimistic that I will get along fine as a single mom for the summer, but I’m afraid Karol will have a rough time of it.  She is very attached to her Daddy.  Just this morning she was nearly overwhelmed with anxiety when he got out of the car to go to school this morning.  I’m not looking forward to her reaction to spending a couple weeks without seeing him at all!

As for me, I think I’ll be fine.  I’ll probably just work, work, work on school and the kids until he gets back.  Plus, we’ll be living right next to my work and Lori’s by then and I know I’ll have a lot of help from family while he’s away.  And there’s always Skype and G-Chat!

Sunday Night Mass

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Today is my first day back to work – yay!  I dropped Matt off at school, dropped Karol and Patrick off at Lori’s and got into work a little bit early today to catch up on old emails and find out all the goings on since I left.  However, I thought I’d recount the much more interesting events of last night, when Matt, Karol, Patrick and I all attended the 7p.m. Mass at St. Michael’s.

We actually got there on time, and I was glad to see Fr. Daniel there (he’s pretty much our favorite), but as it turned out he wasn’t doing the homily that night; the deacon was.  So here’s a little itinerary of last night that is pretty standard for our weekly worship:

7:00- Arrive at Church; find a pew that’s completely empty so we can take up almost all of it with our babies and baby gear; set Patrick (who’s hopefully sleeping) on the pew in his car seat; kneel to pray for about 2 seconds, at which point one of us has to stop Karol from doing something; Karol makes friends with the lady sitting behind us, who she will intermittently try to talk to throughout the Mass; we stand, me holding Karol, to sing the opening hymn, Karol entertains herself with the paper program.

7:05- Karol is making too much noise with the paper program; I distract Karol and manage to hide the programs on the other side of me; I continue to use a variety of distraction methods to entertain Karol through the first two readings and responsorial, none of which I can hear or pay attention to.

7:15- Karol sees Patrick’s pacifier and takes it; replaces her own pacifier in his mouth, and his in hers; she realizes they are exactly the same, so she puts his back in his mouth; Patrick basically sleeps through most of this.

7:20- Gospel reading-time to stand; I need a break so Matt holds Karol, who is showing serious signs of tiredness; she squirms, squirms, and squirms some more; the homily-sit down again; Karol wants a drink (she signs), specifically water (a more recently acquired sign); I take Karol out the back of the Church and take her on a tour of the basement of the Church to hopefully appease her appetite for adventure and go back upstairs to the water fountain.  We spend at least 4 minutes going through this cycle- drink water, stick finger in water stream, water disappears (I stop pushing the button), I say ‘the water is for drinking, are you all done or do you want more?’; Karol signs more; repeat cycle 5 or 6 times.

7:30- I guess that the Liturgy of the Eucharist has started; at a point where everyone is standing (the Our Father, maybe?), Karol and I return to our pew and Matt takes Karol; Karol wants water again, I tell her Daddy will take her to go get more water the next time everyone stands up; Matt tries to convince Karol she wants to sleep; Karol doesn’t buy it and struggles.

7:45- Patrick is starting to stir, but stays asleep; Karol and Matt leave for more water; there is relative calm in the pew again.

7:50- Matt and Karol return just as the usher releases our pew for Communion; I carry Patrick and Matt carries Karol, both of whom behave very well for the walk down the aisle; Fr. Daniel blesses (or exorcises…?) our babies and administers Eucharist to Matt and I; we return to our seats.

7:55- Karol has reached her limit, is fighting Matt, and it looks like she’s winning; I quickly pack Patrick up in his car seat and whisper to Matt ‘I’m ready whenever you are.’ Karol turns up the volume as we sit through the announcements.

8:00- The closing hymn begins, Matt gives me the look and we struggle out of the pew with our babies and their stuff, making it to the back just before everyone else starts clogging the aisles.

As you can see, Mass is not a smooth process just yet.  We are working on a Church Kit we can bring to keep Karol occupied, but I hate to have one of those kids that crawls all over the pew with crayons and toys and food, so we’re looking for Church/God related stuff for her to do.  I may stop by the National Shrine’s book shop for some cheap Catholic kids stuff.  

Tell me, when does it get easier???

March 11, 2009

Home Sweet Home (sort of)

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We have one more year in the DC area before we say goodbye to it for good!  (Er, unless Matt gets an amazing job here.)  And we decided to save ourselves countless hours of commuting and stress by moving into a bigger, nicer, and MUCH closer (to my work and Matt’s school) for our last year here. 

Here’s a few of the upgrades we’re getting:

LOCATION
Gas appliances
Granite Countertops
2 Bathrooms
Walk-in Closets
300 more sq. ft.
Washer/Dryer in Unit

Here’s a video tour of the apartment we’re moving into:

And just outside the apartment:

Fair Weather Friend

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The weather here in DC has been crazy these past few days.  We went from 10 inches of snow to shorts and t-shirt weather in less than a week!  I have been anxiously awaiting the return of spring so I’m glad to see some warmth.  I’ve managed to get the kids outside for at least an hour the last several days.  On Friday, Karol, Pat and I wheeled around downtown Silver Spring in the double stroller.  Saturday, we added Matt and did the same thing, at a bit more of a leisurely pace, and stopped for Ben & Jerry’s.  Today we were supposed to ‘spring forward,’ but being from Indiana we totally forgot.  I was so excited we were going to be early for once to Mass, until I realized it was actually already half way through!  So we went to Uncle Joe and Aunt Judy’s and waited for the next Mass, which they were attending too:)

After Church we came home, changed into play clothes (I recently bought Karol a pair of new jeans which are a little big, as you will see), and went out to the little jungle gym near our apartment.  Here’s a video of Karol being very adventuresome and playing with her Dad!

On Monday we shopped for a new gym bag for Matt in downtown Silver Spring, and on Tuesday Karol went to Lori’s and Patrick and I went to Target to get some St. Patrick’s Day gear.  Today, we’re going to head down to the Blair Shops and pick up Matt’s interview suit for a big interview tomorrow!!

Tomorrow, Matt heads up to New York to interview with Deutsche Bank for a summer internship.  We’ll all be praying for him here, of course, but we have a few plans for tomorrow ourselves.

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