Thursday, January 28, 2010

Max and Paul

Max has woken up to the world. He's awake for big stretches of time. He coos and laughs and smiles. He reaches out for his siblings and grabs them and pats them. He's two months old, and I can't imagine life without him.

It's weird, because I still really miss Paul, too. I wish he'd survived and been born. But if Paul had lived, he'd already be sitting up. Max wouldn't exist. And I don't want to trade Max for Paul. In a perfect world, I'd get to have them BOTH -- which is completely and totally impossible.

I suppose this is one of those weird paradoxes that will only work itself out in eternity. And, in the meantime, I'm glad for all 5 of my kids - the four who enjoy each other's company (most of the time. :) ) and the one who they didn't get the chance to know.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Princess and the Frog--My brief take

We took the kids to see Princess and the Frog last night and had the theatre to ourselves -- we all loved it!! The animation was gorgeous (especially a musical number done in the style of poster art) and the music was great.

A few weeks ago, I'd read a review complaining about the lack of Christian imagery in the film. Jeffery Weiss complains that


The chances are pretty close to 100 percent that a successful, stable
African-American family like Tiana's in 1920s New Orleans would have been
hitting church on Sundays. We see family meals, a party, a wedding and a
funeral.But there's not a whisper of Christianity in the narrative.

A few beefs here -- The wedding at the end is CLEARLY in a church-- there are pews and an altar in the background. And the no-religion funeral? It wasn't for Tiana's dead father (as I'd assumed from the reviews). It was for an ANIMAL CHARACTER! So basically, the criticism seems pretty hollow to me-- trying to find fault in an otherwise solid "Disney Princess" movie.

I think Tiana may be my favorite princess so far (with Belle a close second)-- she's smart, sweet, hardworking, and comes from a nice family..... and since she's 'normal' (her dad's a working class guy who dreams of opening a restaurant, her mom's a seamstress, and she lives in a little shotgun-style house where neighbors gather on the front porch to share gumbo), my girls relate to her too.... even her dream -- owning her own business--is a realistic one, and yet Disney made it seem as magical and worthwhile as Cinderella's dream of waltzing at a fancy ball....

And the music was enough to keep a toddler boy happy---

So I'd say it's a keeper-- we'll get it on DVD for sure!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Resolutions 2010

Because if I publish them on my blog, then I won't lose them!

1. Get my family onto a schedule that *I* can live with. Right now, the kids are running things. Which means we stay up too late and sleep in too long. Apparently they picked up some weird night-owl gene, probably from my husband's family.

But I'm at my best around 5 am. So this year, I'm going to work towards weaning the kids off their crazy schedule and onto the good, wholesome schedule of a morning person! (Yes, the girls have said they want to be night-shift nurses, but while they're under my roof...)

I've also made up my 'ideal' schedule, and am going to try to put it into effect. It's not as strict as a Holly Pierlot, Mother's Rule type -- my kids are still pretty young, and need a lot of supervision. But it should let me keep chaos to a minimum on days when the baby isn't having a growth spurt and no one is sick.

2. Submit my rewritten novel a few more times before I give up. I was just going to give up on this one. I hadn't looked at it for several months. I decided to edit it one last time and suddenly realized, "Hey, this is really good. And a lot of fun!" I honestly think the main problem (now that I fixed the first chapter) is that my query letter was too weak. So next month I'll try again.

3. Finish my current WIP. I'm behind my self-imposed schedule, mostly because this pregnancy/childbirth/recovery took a lot more out of me than the first 4 (counting Paul). I think I'm getting old. Everyone warned me that after 30 things get tougher, and well, it turns out they're right. So the next few months will be mega-writing time.

4. Make the monthly "evening of recollection" at church. Our new pastor is starting these up in January. They're on a night I have free, they're only 1 1/2 hours long, and they're less than a mile from our current house (and will be even closer if we sell and manage to move!). They're going to have spiritual talks, quiet adoration time, confession and Benediction! How can I miss out? (It actually sounds a lot like what our youth group here does... except for us non-youth! )

So, there they are. Not too ambitious (except the 'turn my family into morning people!'), but about what I need this year.

Hey DA!?!??!

Hey DA/Dacodger-- I finally have the sleep and brain power to respond to your comment from July--- But when I checked back, you'd deleted it.

Do you have a copy of it somewhere so I can actually respond to your arguments? Otherwise I'll end up writing a generic post on Stewardship, the environment, and population control.... which will probably be a waste of your time, since instead of responding to your specific concerns and questions I'll just be explaining Catholic doctrine-- and I assume you could find that on a million other sites....