Saturday, July 23, 2011

Q & A with my boys....

This ‘Q & A’ with your kids was floating around Facebook a while back. In 2009, I asked the boys each of these questions about me and posted it. For my blog, decided to update the questionnaire! Cristian was 11 and Alexander was 9 the last time I asked these questions. Now they are 13 and 11…ack! I have included both their previous (in black) and current answers (in red). Both times, I asked each boy the questions individually and I typed their replies verbatim. My comments are in parenthesis. Enjoy!

1. What is something mom always says to you?

C-‘Give me a kiss’

A-‘Xander, guess what?’ (This is a game I have been playing with the boys since forever. I say “Xander, guess what? and when he says “What?” I reply “I love you” which is usually followed by a sarcastic “I know you say that ALL the time.”. I say it to Xander more because he gets WAY more irritated by it…I know, mother of the year!)

C-Do your chores! (He does have to be reminded!)

A-Xander guess what…I love you (see the above comment:))

2. What makes mom happy?


A- If I give her a kiss


A-When brother and I are nice to each other

3. What makes mom sad?

C-Being disobeyed

A- If I don’t clean my room or if I get really hurt

C-When I fight with my brother. Is this for your stupid blog? (I said nothing ) That seems like a yes! (Yes people, I officially have a teenager!)

A-When ‘Ms.’ died you were very sad. (Ms. was my childhood cat that lived over twenty years. I was sad)

4. How does your mom make you laugh?

C-I laugh when she tries to play the Wii (Thanks Cristian)

A-She tries to tickle me

C-Do you want me to lie and say that my Mom has the best jokes? (HAHAHA…Love the teenager sarcasm!)

A- I laugh lots of times when you tickle me!

5. What was your mom like as a child?

C-She loved to play outside

A-She liked to make stuff in the desert and you were very small…no offense. (that’s my Xan)

C-I think you had long legs. (Yes I did!)

A-You were a little girl. (Also true)

6. How old is your mom?


A-31 (Now if he had said 21 he would officially be my favorite child)

C-34 (Only a year off!)

A-thirty….this is hard…um…thirty something! (I’ll take that)

7. How tall is your mom?

C-6 foot

A-Really tall

C-about 6 foot

A-I do not know at all!

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

C-Watch Oprah

A-She likes to read a book in bed, watch ‘Dancing with the Stars’, and she likes to tickle me

C-Knitting or reading a book (I did recently start knitting)


9. What does your mom do when you're not here?

C-Clean the house

A-Jog, watch TV and read a book or take care of brother when he is sick.

C-You clean or when we are gone at our grandparents you and Dad rent scary movies and eat popcorn. (Um…yeah, that’s exactly what Dad and I do!)

A-Sometimes you clean, watch TV or read a book

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

C-For cleaning houses? (he said this as if he were asking a question, as if he had NO idea what I would ever become famous for…gotta love that kid!)

A- For being pretty, smiling and being funny (aww)

C-Did you write these questions yourself? I don’t know, finding an unknown tribe? You are an archaeologist! ( that’s better than his last answer!)

A-Um…if you became rich you would be famous ( I could deal with that!)

11. What is your mom really good at?

C-Making dinner

A-Cooking and taking care of us and reading

C-Why are you asking me these questions? I hate this…(at this point the doorbell rang and he ran to answer it. It took me about 10 minutes to get him to come back). Ok, you are good at making people happy when they are sad. You know, cheering them up. (OK…he officially redeemed himself)

A-Taking care of us

12. What is your mom not very good at?

C-Playing video games

A-Building things or fixing stuff or cutting the grass because Dad does that (True that Xander….true that)

C-You are always downloading computer viruses…it’s true Mom! (Yes it is!).

A-Skiing…seriously Mom. (I do almost kill myself every time we go, but that is a whole other blog!)

13. What does your mom do for a job?


A-She is an archaeologist and she studies bones from alligators and turtles and all the animals

C-You work for POWER engineers as an archaeologist.

A-She is an archaeologist.

14. What is your mom's favorite food?



C-Never thought about it…I know Dad’s. Um…you never told me.

A-Vegetables ( I guess Xander thinks I really like vegetables!)

15. What makes you proud of your mom?

C-That she helps people when they need her help (This brought a little tear to my eye)

A-That she’s my mom (equally as sweet)

C-That she is strict and you keep my life intact and running smoothly. (Strict? Really? OK, I’ll take that)

A-That she is able to handle two young boys (I should probably be canonized!)

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?

C-Peach (She is the princess in Mario Bros.)

A-Misty (She is a Pokemon character. We also named our dog after her.)

C-Minnie Mouse

A-You would be Popeye’s wife and Dad would be Popeye and me and brother would be the little kids!

17. What do you and your mom do together?

C-We walk around the neighborhood

A-We cook and I help her plant flowers and decorate the house (the decorate the house comment was strange…he may have been referring to the time we painted Cristian's room)

C-Math (This summer Cristian is doing an accelerated math program for school and I’m helping him…Mom of the year!)

A-We play board games and card games together.(Yes we do)

18. How are you and your mom the same?

C-We both go to Mass (Sometimes it is just Cristian and I that go…he may be my only chance for a son that becomes a priest…..hey I can hope!)

A-She likes cooking and I like cooking. She likes Zelda and I like Zelda.

C-We both like spicy stuff and scary movies. (I did let him watch the 1989 classic Pet Cemetery and it scared the crap out of him! He may need therapy as an adult.)

A-We have the same eyes.

19. How are you and your mom different?

C-Um…I’m a boy (this was said in a ‘no duh’ tone)

A-She doesn’t like to do the robot dance and I do (which he then proceeded to demonstrate) Oh and she likes shopping and I don’t.

C-You’re a girl and I’m a boy

A-This is the thing…you like boys and I like girls. I like building things and you like to do other things and I like video games and you like books.

20. How do you know your mom loves you?

C-She gives us a kiss every time we go to bed

A-She says “Guess what Xander…..I love you” …you ALWAYS say that! (see question #1)

C-You tell me that you love me every day. (I do try!)

A-Because you say it and you take care of us.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?

C-He’s cool (after that Cristian said ‘That’s in case Dad reads this’ )

A- He’s funny and because he is very good at fixing stuff and he plays with us when you don’t want to (It’s true….He is the ‘fun’ parent)

C-He is a hard worker and he is handsome.

A-Dad’s funny and smart.

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?


A-Target and Ikea

C-New York, because your family is there and there is also a lot of cloths.

A-You like to go to the mall. (I see a theme)

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Confession...Hey I am Catholic!

So, in my previous post I eluded to my "great literary taste" and after a night wracked with guilt have I decided to some clean. So here it is, my big confession. My literary taste actually leans toward trashy....there I said it!! The fact is I love romance novels, trashy silly romance novels. I guess I'm just a sucker for a happy endings! I occasionally read deep, dark, soul searching books, but mostly I like light frivolous fun! In fact this is what my bed side table looks like right now...

Notice the stack of trashy novels...I have read them ALL. So if you need any recommendations I would be glad to offer some. I promise not to tell :)

What's in a name....

I figured I'd explain why I picked the title "A Ring of Endless Light" as my blog title. I know you all are dying to know....right!?

The title is from one of my all time favorite books....A Ring of Endless Light. How's that for creative! But seriously the book may have changed my life when I read it at the impressionable age of ~15. The book is by the author Madeline L'Engle (my all time fav) and deals with death, love, coming of age, the meaning of life and has it all! I realize that the book is not for everyone. My husband read it, at my urging, and he thought it was awful. This may be because he has never been a teenage girl, or maybe he just doesn't have the great literary taste that I have?! Anyway, I think the book rocks and I highly recommend it!

And on a final note, if you are at all tempted after reading this riveting post to watch the 2002 Disney Channel made-for-TV version...DON'T! The movie has NOTHING to do with the book and was just plain awful. You have been warned!