LaMamacita: December 2008 Archives

So Long '08



2008 was an interesting year for me. Kinda stressful, pretty wild, really joyful.

We welcomed and baptized our third baby and experienced the bittersweet, rapid stream of first year milestones. We got a job promotion and moved nearly halfway across the southern US and back to friends and family. We made great new friends and left some behind. We started our homeschooling adventure- not to mention my Summa Mama adventure. WINK. We cried, laughed, voted, learned, received and observed this year.

I feel about 08 like you do after a road trip or a ridiculously long walk- exhausted, relieved, victorious, really glad it's over yet nostalgic and satisfied.

I'm welcoming 09 with hopes for another wild, joyful, maybe a little stressful and entirely unique year.

Happy New Year!

Quote O' the Day

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Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.
- St. John Cantius

LaMa's Daybook

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December 22, 2008

Outside My Window.
.. it's COLD!! and darkish. Our neighbor put up inflatable Santas before leaving town; they are deflated and sad looking now. I wish I had the huevos to go out in the chill to try to figure out if I could fix them.

I am thinking... about how very poor our heater is. It can't heat past 65 and we're the kind of family that finds 65 frigid and inhumane. Alas and woe.

I am thankful for... heat at all!

From the kitchen... still a mystery for tonight. I am in the mood for something heavy and bad for me. I think it can be arranged.

I am wearing... jeans, gray tee, green cardigan and a bright orange fleece blanket wrapped around me because of the whole inhumane temperature drama.

I am creating... my Mother's Christmas scarf STILL. Sigh. Also a wool diaper cover for a friend's bebe that can be finished right after the blasted scarf.

I am going... to the store for diaper cream, coffee creamer, apples and peanut butter. One must never be without these.

I am reading... Jane and Cassandra is still in progress. I grabbed Ancient Highway by Bret Lott from the library but haven't cracked it. I also pulled down Great Expectations the other evening and started it because I was in the mood, now it lies waiting. But it is in good company.

I am hoping... for a jolly, peaceful Christmas for YOU!

I am hearing... El Papacito playing Wii with the boys. If you have little boys and a husband and video games, you know how very loud this is.

Around the house... it's really clean! It received an Advent cleaning and is Christmasy and cozy.

One of my favorite things... is Wii bowling, now that I mention it. I really love Wii sports. Especially after a Jack and Coke, when my athletic ability really shines.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Santa Maria! Decorating, house guest, baking, knitting, wrapping, cooking, Mass-ing, celebrating.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Keeping with our Christmas Music Theme


Takes me back!


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this short film, called Volition.

Blurb from the synopsis sent to me:

Tim and Matthew Morgan have somehow produced a first-class short film that masterfully deals with the taboo issue of abortion despite working with a budget that would pay for approximately thirty seconds of a Hollywood blockbuster. "Volition," first created for a short film competition, is as yet unknown, but will soon, I predict, become very well known indeed, as it very well should.

Volition is an astonishing achievement. The film itself is not made any greater by the fact that Tim Morgan, who directed it, is only 23-years-old, and that his brother, who composed all of the music, is only 20-years-old, but the ages of the brothers does help put the scope of their accomplishment into even greater relief.

Volition places its central character, who goes unnamed, in the historical contexts of what the filmmakers clearly believe to be three of the greatest human rights violations in history: the holocaust, slavery, and abortion.

Feast of St Lucy



Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.
- St. Lucy

"My little son. Do not be distressed and afraid. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection?"

Guadalupe is my oldest son's patroness. I wore a medal of her at his birth, and since toddlerhood he's had a special devotion.

My Grandmother died in 2006. Being a Mexicana buena, she had an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in every room of her home. When she died, we, being the only other Catholics in the family, inherited all her statues and images- including the plentiful Guadalupes.

In my romantic and whimsical mind, I like to think my Grandma or Providence fused her love for Lupe to her 3 year old great-grandson at her death.


Playing peek-a-boo with his baby brother (and later, sister), Jake has always substituted "Guuua-da-LUPE!!" for "peek-a-boo". Earlier this year when our little girl got her first doll, it was almost instantly named Lupe.


For the past two Guadalupe Feasts we've choreographed elaborate Juan Diego skits, Jake with endless enthusiasm.

I love his love for her. Methinks my Grandma does too.

Happy Lupe Day, may you remain under her shadow and protection!

LaMamacita's Daybook



Outside My Window... Gray and leafy here, too. Everything has a dingy hue.

I am thinking... of lunch. Sweet lunch.

I am thankful for... my new printer! Ours died a year ago and it is now finally replaced. It is huge and hideous and taking up precious desk space, however...

From the kitchen... potato soup and big, fat rolls.

I am wearing... dark jeans, black tank, yellow cardi. These Daybook entries have made me realize my Monday attire is so standard.

I am creating... waaaaay to slowly.

I am going... to Mass. We've already hit the grocery store.

I am reading... Cassandra and Jane. I can't remember the author and I have a baby asleep on me, but it's a fictional novel about Jane Austen and her sister. I know I said I wasn't going to read anything and just concentrate on knitting until after Christmas Day, but the New Books shelf at the library persuaded me and I am so weak. Plus I'm due for a period novel.

I am hoping... to catch a nap. It is going to be a tricky endeavor but it just may happen.

I am hearing... boys. I wish I could hear what they're saying, something is really funny. The dryer also.

Around the house... like MamaT's abode, a billion little things are waiting for me. Sigh.

One of my favorite things... is those really huge, colorful holiday lights. The bigger the better.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: school, library festival, cookie baking and fun stuff for Guadalupe Day on Friday that I'm really excited about.

Here is picture thought I am sharing... to share the gray day vibes with you:

LaMa's Music for Your Monday


One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. I used to play this album over and over while trying to fall asleep in days of yore. Having 3 children in 5 years healed me of my insomnia but my love for The Cure remains.

One More Fine S Painting



The Holy Family with the Virgin teaching the Child to Read
Bartolomeo Schedoni

His chubby baby feet!

LaMa Daybook


December 1, 2008

Outside My Window... it is grayish and cold and the backyard tree is the prettiest yellow.

I am thinking... bedtime is going to be totally off since we all took naps.

I am thankful for... naps! Papicitio is on vacation this week and it is so very lovely.

From the kitchen...was enchiladas. We went to the grocery at 9am (BEST time to go. wow.) and came home and made a ton of enchiladas with fixins.

I am wearing... jeans, red tee and my beloved Deutsch Adidas track jacket. It's 5:20 and I'm already thinking about pulling on ze jammies.

I am creating... knit Christmas gifts and felt advent wreaths and candles con mi ninos.

I am going... to make some tea. It's cold!

I am reading... nothing currently, which is really sad. For a few weeks I'm going to be bookless except for Advent readings

I am hoping... to be able to type the rest of this with two hands soon.

I am hearing... cartoons and chip munching, baby voice.

Around the house... the kitchen is a wreck and diapers need washing asap.

One of my favorite things
... over my shoulder Papicito said, "Put pumpkins. You really, really are wild for pumpkins." So there. But doesn't everyone adore them?

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Vacationy stuff. DFW touristy and holiday stuff. Hurrah!

Here is picture thought I am sharing... as MamaT wraps hers I'm going to pin up a neat bun and frolick in mine.


Monday Music in LaMa Casa

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We have on the super talented Fleet Foxes this morning. I love the simplicity of this video so I picked it, but had a hard time deciding.



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