Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
You Know a Lot About Christmas
You got 9/10 correct
You know tons about the history and traditions surrounding Christmas.
When you celebrate the holidays, you never forget their true meaning - or all the little fun details.
Random Christmas fact: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was originally a promotional gimmick for Montgomery Ward.
You Are a Gingerbread Cookie
You are an organized, responsible person.
You value success, and you're likely to get an early start on the day.
You are good with both planning and numbers.
You have ambitious life goals, and you're well on your way to achieving them.
Posted by Vicki aka Diva Mom at 12:33 AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
(OK, not so wordless...)
m & m's
peanut butter chocolate chips
Mix all dry ingredients together. Melt chocolate chips (microwave works great) and work through dry mix until covered. Place mix in large ziplock bag and add powdered sugar. Close bag and shake to coat. Spread out on wax paper and let dry.
(No, I don't measure. Eyeball everything a la Rachel Ray. Just make sure you have enough chocolate chips to cover your dry ingredients.)
Eat in large quantities. Enjoy sugar high. Brush teeth.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In case you haven't seen this as it's circulated around the internet. Best version of the 12 Days of Christmas EVER.
UPDATE: Thanks to the popularity of this clip on YouTube, these guys got a record deal!
And, a great video of classic Christmas movies set to one of my favorite secular Christmas tunes (pause the Playlist player in the sidebar first):
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
A tradition we've embraced from Dan's childhood is celebrating the feast of St. Nicholas. The Bishop of Myra came on the eve of his Feast Day and filled our stockings with animal crackers, M&M's, WALL-E book & ornament, camouflage gloves & wallet, the Josh Grobin Noel CD and a Hickory Farms beef stick among our numerous goodies!
Posted by Vicki aka Diva Mom at 9:17 AM
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Tracy has tagged me in the 'Six Things That Make Me Happy' meme.
According to the rules, I have to post six things that make me really happy... and pass it on to give six more people a reason to be thankful!
So six things that make me happy...
1) 'White Trailer Trash Thanksgiving' with fabulous friends, delicious food & libations and everyone playing Wii bowling!
2) Our Christmas lights. They are beautiful, numerous and took Dan 5 hours to put up with 'help' from the Heroes.
3) The sound of Bittyman singing descant to 'Do You Hear What I Hear'.
4) Finding in our storage space (while pulling out the Christmas decorations) a Rubbermaid bin filled with winter clothes in Ittyboy's size!
5) Needing dressy winter outfits to wear while cantoring and scoring at Kohl's two skirts, a shirt and a jacket for $51! (Plus I received a $10 Kohl's giftcard back!)
6) Coffee with Coffee-Mate Festive Flavors creamer. (Too bad I'm out of coffee this morning. Diet Dr. Pepper just ain't cutting it.)
Now I need to choose six other blog friends... in no particular order... (does Samantha on DWTS bug anyone else as much as she annoys the living crap outta me? Someone get her a Fatburger and a Thesaurus. I have to mute her when she speaks... but I digress):
Sharon (Who reminded me that The Grinch is on tonight - Thanks!)
K (Who probably won't participate 'cause her husband is out of the country this week, but I'm thinking of ya!)
Becki (Who can participate while NAK her newborn, Grace! Check out her blog for pics!)
Grandmai (Who doesn't blog but can post participate by posting her answers in a Note on facebook, hint, hint!)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Your dominant hue is blue, making you a good friend who people love and trust. You're good in social situations and want to fit in. Just be careful not to compromise who you are to make them happy.
Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.
Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
I think that's pretty accurate. Although I'd be curious to know what my blog readers think my HTML color is. Take the quiz, describing me, and post your results in the comment box! (I'm curious if my online personality matches my IRL personality!)
Monday, November 17, 2008
(As written by Bittyman since Diva Mom hasn't had her coffee yet!)
FOR TODAY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
(A fitting post since I'll be spending 3 hours this afternoon rehearsing Christmas music with my caroling group... after I've cantored 2 Masses... want to place bets on the state of my voice Sunday night?)
Let's Go Christmas Shopping! ~ The Anchoress
Stores That Won't Use CHRISTmas In Their "Holiday" Promotions And Advertising (aka, stores that won't be getting Diva Mom's business this Christmas) ~ Cheeky Pink Girl
Official 2008 Black Friday Site
Black Friday @ Gottadeal.com
Merry Tossmas! ~ via Creative Minority Report
Turkey Shoot (Game)
Friday, November 14, 2008
(A new feature from Jen at Conversion Diary. Thanks, Jen!)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Twas the Night Before Elections ~ A Catholic Mom in Hawaii
Vote for the Baby ~ Tales From The Bonnie Blue Horse
An open letter to our fellow Catholics on Election Eve ~ Our Faith Begins At Life, by Edward Morrissey and Elizabeth "The Anchoress" Scalia
Posted by Vicki aka Diva Mom at 9:47 PM
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Obama: Yes to Iran, No to WFTV ~ The Anchoress
What horrors await us in the penumbras formed by emanations ~ What Does The Prayer Really Say?
Are Witches Real? ~ Father Dwight Longenecker
Will the Washington Redskins predict the election? ~ Salon.com
NFL Predictions - Redskins 17-1 Predicting U.S. Elections ~ FanYard
McCain rocked the house ~ The Deacon's Bench
'SNL' Skewers Olberman As A Pompous Dishonest Buffoon ~ Newsbusters
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
A quick picture taken yesterday before Bittyman's school Halloween party:
Ittyboy is going to be a penguin. If I can convince him to wear it. He looked adorable in the Gymboree store where I scored that costume, along with Bittyman's Knight/St. George (for tomorrow's parish All Saints Day party) ensemble, off the clearance rack. But Itty has refused to put his costume on since.
I wanted to go as Sarah Palin but I never had a chance to shop for a pair of square-rimmed glasses. Dan is going as a Green Bay Packer (i.e. he throws on his jersey and calls it a 'costume').
More pictures after trick-or-treating tonight, when I'm awake on my chocolate/caffeine buzz.
Posted by Vicki aka Diva Mom at 8:57 AM
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
A few pictures from our trip to the pumpkin patch last night. And yes, Bittyman is sporting shorts. According to my handy carmometer it was 82F when we arrived at 5pm. Fall may never come to our part of the country.
Posted by Vicki aka Diva Mom at 9:29 AM
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Church is not Wal-Mart ~ Domine, da mihi hanc aquam
The increasingly erratic, super-gaffetastic Joe Biden ~ Michelle Malkin
Editing Their Way to Oblivion: Journalism Sacrificed For Power and Pensions ~ Michael S. Malone, Edgelings.com
Ten Greatest Halloween Costumes Ever ~ Creative Minority Report
In the footsteps of St. Paul (Interactive Game) ~ A Catholic Mom in Hawaii
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
you catch him putting his hand into the (thankfully clean) toilet water and making the sign of the cross.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Mission Sunday and the North American Martyrs ~ Young Fogeys
Morality and the Election ~ Agnus Daily
Let me get this straight ~ Stupid Fat Hobbit (via June Cleaver After A Six Pack)
Catholic and Democrat? ~ Thoughts of a Regular Guy
Wednesday Was Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty ~ K & the 3ds
Head to Costco if you're looking for a deal on Starbucks Cards ~ Starbucks Gossip
Would you pay $10 for 10 weeks of savings? ~ Want Not
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
What Your Halloween Habits Say About You
You're a friendly person, but not the life of the party. You like making someone else's day - and you'll dress up if you think of a really fun costume.
You are an overachiever and quite popular. You'd save the world if you could.
Your inner child is open minded, playful, and adventurous.
You truly fear the dark side of humanity. You are a true misanthrope.
You're logical, rational, and not easily effected. Not a lot scares you... especially when it comes to the paranormal.
You are a traditionalist with most aspects of your life. You like your Halloween costume to be basic, well made, and conventional enough to wear another year.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The Our Father, Interactive ~ Reflections-Online (Hat tip to the Ironic Catholic)
Before You Vote... Meet The Shoes ~ June Cleaver After A Six-Pack
Considering Who To Vote For? Read This! ~ Creative Minority Report
More Than 100 Reasons To Vote Against Barack Obama ~ Fr. West's Catholic Blog
Vatican Official Simplifies Voting Guidelines for American Catholics ~ Agnus Daily
Sloppy Rams Stun Redskins for First Win
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
It's Called Karma ~ June Cleaver After A Six-Pack
Dude, where's my bailout? ~ Michelle Malkin
'SNL' Skit Blames Democrats For Financial Crisis ~ NewsBusters
An idea for Sunday ~ Conversion Diary
The Deacon's Bench: Homily for October 5, 2008
It's a Wrap: Skins 23, Eagles 17 ~ Redskins Insider
Posted by Vicki aka Diva Mom at 3:17 PM
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Blogger has a nifty new widget called Following. (Mine is in the sidebar, under the Player.) If you have a Blogger profile (you don't have to blog to create a profile) click on 'Follow this blog' and your picture will appear. Click on my followers to see their profiles with links to their blogs.
It's an easy way to keep track of your favorite blogs, which are automatically added to your Google Reader and to the Reading List on your Blogger dashboard, and discover some great new reads like Parish the Thought by Fr. Bud Pelletier.
If you have a Blogger profile I invite you to follow me! If you don't have a profile, create one and follow me! C'mon, all the cool kids are doing it...
Posted by Vicki aka Diva Mom at 8:30 PM
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
This Week's Meals:
Saucy Cheeseburger Sandwiches, fruit salad, chips *Family Favorite*
Beer Brats, baked beans, corn *Family Favorite*
Alton Brown's Grilled Cheese, fresh & easy's tomato 'n basil soup *Family Favorite*
No Fuss Taco Salad
Dan has gigs 3 nights in the next 7 so it's an easy cooking week for me. The Little Heroes are always happy with quick and easy meals like Quesadillas, Annie's Pasta Meals, and probably one trip to the Golden Arches.
Have a delicious week!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
- Has numerous words/phrases: dada, mama, buh-bye, hi, up, down, blub (for his tummy), eyes, nose, butt (when he needs a change), kitty, dog, birdie, baby, 'cuse me, good (when asked, "how are you?"), car, cookie, apple, , cheese, all done, nite-nite.
- Loves to do his 'jobs': pushing the garage door opener, putting the trash can back under the sink and closing the cabinet door, and picking out his shirt each morning (his favorite being his Wal-E shirt).
- Climbs onto the couch and from there the end tables.
- Climbs onto the dining room bench and from there the dining room table.
- Has mastered the child-proof cabinet locks, the child-proof stove top burner locks and one version of an oven lock.
- Loves to dance.
- Has his 8 front teeth completely in and is working on 4 molars.
- Thinks Jon and Kate Plus 8 is hilarious because of all the "BABIES!"
- Makes the sign of the cross and then shouts, "AMEN!"
- Nurses at nap-time and occasionally bed-time.
9/27/08 UPDATE: Diva Mom needs more caffeine/sleep/to regenerate the brain cells lost during two pregnancies. I originally posted this as 'Happy 18 Months, Ittyboy!'. Today (2 weeks later) I realized Itty won't be 18 months until October 17. Holy missing IQ points.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I've seen this on several blogs and it looked like a good way to start the week.
~The Simple Woman~
Outside my Window... blazing hot sun. Will fall ever arrive?
I am thinking..."Is my coffee done yet?"
I am thankful for... Mr. Coffee, whoever he is.
From the kitchen... planning a run to Fresh & Easy after dropping Bittyman at school. The fridge is bare!
I am wearing... denim capris and an Old Navy polo shirt.
I am reading... St. Paul: Jubilee Year of the Apostle Paul Edition: A Bible Study for Catholics
I am hoping... it cools down soon so we can start walking to school instead of driving.
I am creating... a pile of items to put on eBay.
I am hearing... sniffles from Ittboy. Not sure if it's due to the 4 molars he's got coming in or allergies.
Around the house... Mondays are my general cleaning day, a la FlyLady.
One of my favorite things... relaxing with my three Heroes on Sunday afternoons.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week... visiting with Grandma and Grandpa I. after they arrive tomorrow, a trip to Costco, continue my quest to find a Black Spiderman costume for Ittyboy (to go with Bitty's Red Spiderman costume), meeting our playgroup at a concert Friday night.
Here are two picture thoughts I am sharing with you...