Saturday, April 10, 2010


Baby T Talking & Smiling

Love from The Hastings Home!


Well, after a looooong hiatus because of mommy's laziness and general distractions in our lives, N went pee-pee on the potty again today like a BIG boy! Yay!!!!

He is currently enjoying his orange m&m (I should comment that m&m was his sixth word, behind "daddy" "mommy" "hi" "no" and "yes"... not that he's had many in his little life, but they've always been mentioned by name and hey, they're sweet!)

We're all excited!

Okay, I was having a hard time with the camera so maybe I was a little strained.

But believe me when I say, EVERYone in our house is happy about this!

Thursday, April 08, 2010


Sharing a giveaway

 Oh, I almost don't want to share this with you...

...but I'm sure there are others out there who would value this gorgeous painting as much as I.

The giveaway is here, and while you're there, please check out Melanie's blog.

Getting back into the swing...

First, a great big THANK YOU! to Uncle P and the lovely HR, who helped D clean up the kitchen while N, T and I were out of town. You seriously don't know how much help you truly truly were.

That said, getting back into my old routine is proving to be increasingly difficult.

I went back and re-read my old post about cleaning for inspiration.

But all I want to do is knit knit knit.

That's what I get for starting a project.

Ah, well. Back to the grind. Because I just looked over to see what that noise was that N was making and this is what I saw:
And I'm still here typing!

Gotta go!

Sunday, April 04, 2010


Happy Easter!

 Jesus Christ is Risen today! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Dinner menu:
Spiral cut brown sugar glazed ham
scalloped potatoes

The hubby's fabulous dark chocolate cream pie

N had a bad cough/sore throat last night and kept D up all night. We brought him to mass anyway, but then put him right down for nap, after which, he had brunch and found his basket. Then it was back down for nap (poor kid was allowed only a very small amount of chocolate). He seems to be doing better now, though. We'll see, I suppose, how he does at bedtime.

This morning when we got home from mass I made a big brunch. Yummers. Then, N found his basket with some help from Mommy, who also found T's basket. D had hidden a basket for me, too, which I gladly searched out. I'll admit it: I was a bad wifey. With the funeral and family visit, I never finished getting his basket together. I did the walk of shame with what I had collected, which he greatly appreciated. He was, of course, extremely understanding.

Talked to Grandma M, who brought the family to DMN's gravesite to plant flowers after mass in NC. I'm glad. They also removed the dead flowers (the spray and stands from the funeral), which they're planning to bury in the backyard. It feels fitting. It just doesn't seem right to throw them away and they're dead so no one wants them hanging around forever.

I think about her a lot. She and T would have been so close. And part of me thinks that because of that, she and I would have grown close. I guess that's mostly my old preggers thoughts seeping into my what-could-have-been thoughts. Ridiculous, since we live across the country, but I never said I was sensible.

It's hard to be here when I feel like I could be so much more help there. Not that I'm not needed here; I know that life isn't stopping at home just because there's been a tragedy in my family. But I feel like I should be more helpful. I feel like they've done more to help me than I have done to help them.

Sorry. Today should be a happy peaceful day of rejoicing. It is, too. I'm just being contemplative now.

D bought me soda and brought it out so that I knew I didn't need to buy myself any. Haha, he knows how surprisingly difficult it was for me to avoid drinking any soda during Lent. I am happy to say, however, that I completely honored my Lenten commitment of no high caffeine drinks (hot cocoa was always okay) and no soda whatsoever (not even an Italian soda). Even though they offer you soda CONSTANTLY on plane trips. I mean, every time I looked over, there was a stewardess going down the aisle with the beverage cart, which is largely soda. It was good for both me and N to avoid the soda, though, as N usually wears me down in public spaces like that and would likely have gotten a few sips out of my glass even if it had been soda (it was orange juice and he had plenty of it).

Well, that's all for now. Have a happy and blessed Easter!

He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’
-Matthew 28:6-7

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 
-1 John 3:16

We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
-Romans 6:9-10