Before the boys afternoon nap on Thursday, Peter had carried a small, plastic toy hammer up with him that I had put on their dresser. So when I got them up a couple hours later, I handed the hammer to Ethan to occupy him while I changed him. Peter, I discovered, is very attached to that hammer. When I placed Ethan down on the floor Peter, who had already been changed and was on the other end of the room, spotted the hammer and made a beeline toward Ethan. I could see his eyes fixed on that hammer. Ethan meanwhile had no idea that the object he was crawling around with (clanging against the hardwood floor) was now the object of his brother's affection. Just as Peter got within reach, Ethan innocently turned a different direction. I laughed as I watched Peter stop while his eyes followed the movement of the hammer. This happened a couple more times and was quite the site!! Ethan was clueless. So cute!! Finally, Ethan decided to pull himself up on the changing table, but he had to let go of the hammer. He put it up on the shelf, let go to pull himself up on his feet, and Peter made his move. He reached up, grabbed the hammer, and crawled away. The whole show was so funny!! And to top it off, I don't think Ethan even realized that the toy hammer had disappeared.
Although I haven't been writing as much on the blog as I would like, I am still writing. Just not here. I recently put up my last interview on the blog that serves as an employee newsletter of sorts at my work. Before leaving for my sabbatical I did several interviews for the series I was doing on "What we're Reading." The last one is what I finally up called "What we're Reading: from Sonnets to Manga." I really enjoyed doing this series and hope to continue doing it when I return to work in July. It's been fun to talk to people who work in a library about what they are reading.
I also have posted a few new posts on my sabbatical project blog. If you're interested in those, you can check it out at Music Recitals Project. I wrote up a couple at the end of April and another one just yesterday.
I've also been working on some posts for Catholic Sistas (watch for one from me coming on Monday). Do you read Catholic Sistas? If so, we would love for you to come "like" our Facebook Fan Page. And while you're at it, come follow Catholic Sistas on Twitter as well: Catholic_Sistas. And, spread the word, please!!
I am so lucky!! I have a great community around me! Some friends of mine and I made plans for next week to have a girl's night out. How many groups of friends plan to go out together and have the plans start with evening Mass? I CAN NOT wait until next Wednesday! So much so actually, that for most of THIS Wednesday I thought it was that night. I was so disappointed when I realized I was a week off.
And then I got a call this week from another friend. She invited me to go with her to a MOMs group gathering. This MOMs group is at our parish, but I have never attended. I usually work, so it's not something I can attend. Since being home on sabbatical I thought about it, but I haven't yet made room for it in our schedule. But this was an evening thing!! A gathering at a member's house to say a Rosary together followed by socializing. That just sounds so wonderful to me!! And I'd be able to meet other moms from our parish. Unfortunately I realized that the night in question won't work for me. Sad again!! But I hope this group will do it again and I can have another chance to join them.
You know what is lacking from this blog? Pictures!!! I'm sure you're all wondering if I ever take pictures of my two boys. Well, yes, I do. The problem is getting them off my camera to use. Actually, the problem is time. I actually have several pictures on the camera that I'd love to share. The boys are getting so big! They are 11 months old now. Where has the time gone??
Finally, a question for all of you married readers: Are you and your spouse involved in any ministries at your parish together? Like both on the same committee or whatever? I would like to become more involved in my parish again and would like to do it with my husband. I have some ideas, but I'm curious what others do. Pre-Cana classes? NFP classes? Something else? Share in the comments, please!!
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