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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
“Is this chicken, Mrs. Whitaker?”
Unnamed child at my oldest’s birthday party. I had just fed them calf fries. More on that in juuuust a second.
“Dad, when do you get off work for spring break?”
John Paul, oh buddy, if only!
“Tom Landry. Who is that?”
Will. Oh son, I have failed you as a parent. If you follow ANY of the NFL you’ll know that Tom Landry was only the greatest, classiest coach FOR ALL HUMANITY. I could be biased, but I think not.
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Only an OCD mom who loves things cleaned and organized will recognize the awesomeness of this tidbit from our spring break. Nesting is in full swing and the power washer proves it. Earlier this week, I walked out onto the front porch and realized it needed some serious TLC. Enter: the power washer. Will and I looked like the two stooges trying to get it hooked up correctly. Rather than lose an appendage in the process, we opted to wait until Scott got home. He laughed hysterically while hooking it up and then proudly handed over the baton to Will to clean. For several minutes Scott and I just watched all that dirt and grime go away. I glanced at him and said, “Proud parenting moment?” His reply? “Yep.”
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Food trailer lovers rejoice. I asked some Facebook friends last week to name their favorite food trailers in Austin. It’s kind of a thang here. Deliciousness in a souped-up RV. Found in a parking lot near you. I was searching for the best for Will’s surprise 13th birthday. His actual birthday isn’t until the end of the month, but that was just a wee bit close to my due date to chance not getting to celebrate his big day. We invited a few friends over, had them hide in his room and when he returned home from Mass to change clothes, they busted out of his room yelling SURPRISE! We kissed the littles goodbye and headed off on our adventure. I’ll share more about the fun night in another week, but just know that when the boys dug into the calf fries with gusto, I knew the outing was a hit. Gotta love 13yo boys. And hollow legs.
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We went to a cemetery for spring break. You? I know, that may sound slightly odd, but we’re not just talking about any cemetery here. A few friends met up with us to tour and enjoy the Texas State Cemetery. It’s like the “Who’s Who” of Texas politics and folklore. Stephen F. Austin, U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, Dallas Cowboy football coach legend Tom Landry, a slew of governors (Gov. Connolly, Gov. Richards, Govs. Ma & Pa Ferguson – yes, those are their names), Confederate Generals, along with some beautiful monuments (namely the 9/11 one) were all there. It was an absolutely gorgeous day (82 and sunny), the kids had plenty of room to explore and for our fourth and seventh graders, it was a treasure trove of Texas history, fitting since this is the year they study it in school. I discovered this gem through the blog, Free Fun in Austin, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect day to visit. It wasn’t morbid or sad at all, just incredibly historic, peaceful and lovely. Okay, perhaps not super peaceful with 13 kids, but still. You should totally check it out.
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I may not golf (yet), but I can definitely eat and talk. Just not at the same time. On March 24, I’ll be emceeing the golf event and auction for the Dominican Sisters up at Cimarron Hills in Georgetown. If you golf, get yourself signed up. If you don’t golf, but you love to eat, then you should definitely get yourself registered. You can just come for the dinner! Bishop Mulvey (former Vicar General for the Diocese of Austin) and Mother Assumpta will both be speaking. It should be a fabulous event and I’d love to see you there.
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Nesting has officially arrived. You know when you’re dusting the pantry, cleaning tile grout with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and wiping down the counters in the garage that you’re officially in the middle of the third trimester. Fortunately, I still have energy and thankfully the kids were a great help this week. I definitely made them get their hands dirty, but we also had lots of outside time, library time, friend time and let’s just hang time. As I said on Twitter the other day, it may not be Paris, but this has been a really relaxing, enjoyable spring break. It takes a village at our house and every pair of hands has to do their part. It’s one of the many things I love about being a mom to such a large brood. There was even minimal complaining. Amazing what a pack of tic-tacs and a Blue Bell ice cream bar can do. Magic.
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Circle it on your calendar because next week, NEXT WEEK, is going to rock. It’s baptism week! Remember how much fun First Communion Week was last year? There are eight (!!!) fabulous giveaways in store, some lovely photos, great stories and a dash of southern hospitality. Because that’s how southern girls roll. And, even if baptizing your babies is a season that’s already passed you by, hopefully you’ll get some great gift ideas and I’m betting you know someone who is in the thick of planning a sacred event. Send ’em over. See y’all at the baptismal font next week!
Jen, thanks for hosting the get together. You always do it up right.