Wednesday, September 20, 2017

37/52: Front Porch-ing

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Style Roundup - Break Out of Your Skinny Jean Rut!

It's aaaalmost officially fall! There's a chill in the air, everybody is pulling out boots and cardigans, and it's time to start thinking about what to wear this season. If you're hoping to branch out beyond your skinny jeans + tunic + riding boots uniform, maybe this will help a bit?

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A cozy sweater is probably one of the first things you think of once fall hits - pair it with a soft flannel button-down, denim skirt, and riding boots. Add a skinny belt to take a little of the bulk away! You're ready for a morning coffee date with friends:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 72: Pockets Full of Trash

Happy Sunday! Our garden is still chugging along and we've had beautiful bouquets on the table all summer! It'll be a little sad when the frost hits next month and we can't have this pop of color there anymore...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

36/52: Nature School

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 71: Hand-me-down Dresses and New Books

Happy Sunday! Summer is winding down and the cool temperatures are so nice - yesterday I pulled the bags of tomatoes out of the freezer (5 or 6 gallons total) and got a giant stock pot full of sauce started. It's been simmering away for about 24 hours and I think we'll work on canning it this evening. Pasta for dinner (also wine)! The flavor is so amazingly rich, I think we'll be able to use pretty small quantities to get the desired effect. 

The kids all helped me peel onions and garlic on the front porch yesterday, and it was so sweet to see how excited they all were to be helping. And not just "helping" but really truly helping! Take heart, moms of only really little kids - the time you put into training them for useful household tasks does pay off eventually!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

35/52: Sparkly Shoes and Grass Clippings

Sunday, September 3, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 70: Lobby Fun!

Happy September! We've been enjoying a taste of fall weather this week, but I think today we're back to our usual warm September temperatures. I took advantage of the cool weather to get lots of things canned this week, though - 20 quarts of applesauce (many thanks to my mother-in-law for her help!), 8 jars of blackberry jam, and 4 pints of salsa. We've still got quite a few apples left on our tree and a bunch more that we picked from it a few days ago, but I'm pretty pleased with the quantity of sauce we got done for only the cost of jars (I needed new ones since we were almost out) and electricity!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

34/52: Back to School

Aaaand we're back! We started school last Monday, because according to John Paul we must start on the 3rd Monday of August. Fine by me! We got through the first week unscathed, with minimal tears, and the house just as messy as it started but not really any messier so I'll take that as a win!

Name: John Paul
Age: 8 years, 1 month
Grade: 3rd
Most excited to: Do the Application and Enrichment in math. Why? Because it's so fun! I did all of the application and enrichment in Delta before I even finished Gamma!
Future occupation: I don't know, I'll probably go to the ISS (International Space Station), football player, dad, lawyer, American Ninja Warrior...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 69: Bloggers on a Trampoline

30-some Catholic women bloggers (along with 8 babies, and 5 babes in uteri) descended upon Ana Hahn's house yesterday and between mimosas, coffee, and sangria, had some lovely and fruitful discussions!

Also a little bit of trampoline jumping. Or sitting, in some cases ;)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 68: Kidney Stones and Canning

Happy Sunday! Elizabeth wanted to be in my picture this week, despite her non-Mass attire... Pattern mixing forever!

Friday, August 18, 2017

32/52: Pigtails and Pulling Up

Sunday, August 13, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 67: Let's Talk About Racism

We live in Virginia, not far from Charlottesville. If you don't live under a rock, you've probably heard about what went down there yesterday. If you haven't heard, I found this to be a helpful summary.

Here's my honesty: I grew up with parents who worked really hard to raise us to be color-blind. Racism was thought to be a thing of the past. Once we hit the Civil Rights Movement in our history studies, it was as though everything was fixed, all minds enlightened, all persons equal. I read that Babysitter's Club book where Jessi's family moved to Connecticut and encountered racism and thought, "Wait, seriously? That doesn't happen anymore. This is ridiculous and unrealistic." In my mind, there was no racism in the world anymore.

It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized that wasn't actually the case.

Not one picture in focus this week, as usual...

Friday, August 11, 2017

7 Summer Dresses {7QT}

Everybody seems to be going back to school, fall styles are filling my news feed and inbox, and... We've got a good 1.5-2 months more of summer temperatures! Fall in Virginia takes a little while to start, and I'm holding on to summer as long as I possibly can. Since I returned the suuuuper-adorable dress from my last Stitch Fix box, I've been on the hunt for casual, nursing-friendly summer dresses and have found some good options that I had to share here in case you're on the lookout, too!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

31/52: Home on the Homestead

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 66: Hospital Style

Happy Sunday!

I hope you're having a more restful weekend than I am... We're still in the hospital, not entirely sure when we'll be leaving. The mass/cyst/lesion (they seem to be using those words interchangeably) in Edith's lung was pretty large, so they couldn't remove the lobe thorascopically (through a keyhole incision) and had to do a thoracotomy instead, which means a longer recovery.

Here she is before the surgery, looking really stinking cute even though she was hungry and exhausted.

And we've basically just been holding her to try to keep her settled (she wants to rip the IVs out of her hands, roll over on her chest tube, kick out her catheter...), or having me awkwardly lean over the bed nursing her. 

The pain meds seem to be keeping things under control, thankfully. Hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to get rid of some of these tubes and wires and be closer to going home!

I hit the hospital vigil Mass in anticipation of today being another rough day, and I'm glad I did! Trying to leave to get to Mass wouldn't have been a great idea...

Your turn!

Post your outfit details & links or not, regale us all with your children's antics, reflect deeply on the readings, or just do a straight picture post - anything goes as long as you actually wore your outfit to church. The link-up is open until Friday, so you've got plenty of time to add your post!

Just a few ground rules before you link up:

1. Please include a photo of what you wore to church this week.

2. Please link back to this post in the body of your post, so your readers know where to find other posts (posts not mentioning "My Sunday Best" or not linking back to this post will be subject to removal).

3. Please visit some other posts in the link-up & leave a nice comment - this is all about affirming each other and building community, not just link dropping :)

4. Make sure the link you add is a link to your specific post or instagram picture (hashtag #mysundaybest and mention me in your caption, @rosiehill425 so I don't miss it!), not just your blog address.

5. Enjoy, and thanks for linking up!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

30/52: Pancakes and Surgery

Breakfast is getting trickier in the mornings because I started allowing cereal only once a week (and the floor is SO much cleaner because of it) and Edith never wants to be put down. But she LOVES food. So Andrew gave her one of the sourdough pancakes and she was so happy. A mess afterwards, but I got breakfast cooked and cleaned up in peace, so the trade-off was worth it!

We've been trying to prepare for her surgery on Friday emotionally and physically, and I'm trying to decide how to spend the time in the hospital... I think it'll be nice to have a little bit of a retreat, so I've deleted Facebook from my phone and will probably do the same with Instagram. I'll be bringing some books and some homeschool planning (music study planning, which I'm pretty darned excited about) to pass the time, and I'm thankful that we won't be there long enough for me to binge *too* much on chocolate! 

We get to be at the hospital at 5:30 AM on Friday for a 7:30 surgery. Thankfully Edith only has to fast starting at 3:30, which really shouldn't be too bad. As far as surgery goes, who knows? They'll go in through a keyhole incision in her side and then scope things out and see how invasive things need to be and whether they need to remove the entire affected lobe of her left lung (likely) or more than that (we hope not). If they can't remove it easily, they'll have to open her up - shorter surgery time, but more gnarly scar and slightly longer recovery time.

The surgeon estimates 2-4 days of hospital time, probably closer to 2 assuming things go as planned. So hopefully we'll be home Sunday? I'm definitely ready for this whole CPAM experience to be over and done with, that's for sure!

We so appreciate your prayers! Hopefully I'll have good news in a few days.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 65: Old Favorites

Happy Sunday! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Week by Week, 29/52: Pumpkin Carving

Our compost pumpkin plant finished producing and the pumpkins had ripened enough that the girls decided to pick them. Four adorable little pumpkins that they carried around playing with for several days - who needs toys? This is actually one major reason we're growing so many gourds and winter squash; it's hilarious watching the kids play with them, making squash families, towers, sorting them by side... And then we feed them to the animals when they start to get mushy.

They were begging me to let them carve them. NO. It's July. And seeing how banged to they were getting, there was no way these would make it to October. Then one day I was putting Edith down for a nap and they took matters into their own hands! They found an old pumpkin carving kit somebody had given to us and did it ALL themselves. This was actually amazing, because I hate pumpkin scooping and carving more than just about everything.

However. Just as I told them, the pumpkins started shriveling up almost immediately after. The pigs have been enjoying their feast, and we're looking forward to the larger pumpkins growing in our pumpkin patch!

Edith has been fussing constantly while I try to cook dinner and hold her at the same time... It turns out she just wants to sit and crawl on the stone floor! I'm thankful that she's stable enough that I don't have to worry about her tipping over and cracking her head, and this buys me a few minutes of two-handed prep.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Stitch Fix #10: Hits & Misses

I just got my 10th Stitch Fix box in the mail! 

(10?? I suppose it *has* been more than two years since my first fix. Wow, time flies.)

My trusty assistant helped me set up the outfit shots - got this outtake before I started, which I had to include because of the "quality swine feed" in the background!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 64: Cat Photobomb

Happy Sunday! How do you like my scenic background? Cat in the driveway, grill, brick grill (how do you USE those things??), stuffed owl by my feet, and kitchen herb garden. One of these things is pretty!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Canning With Kids: Strawberry Jam

Waaaaay back before we started having any sort of homesteading plans, we got inspired by Ma Ingalls and decided to try putting up jam. We had pounds and pounds of strawberries to use up... How hard could it be, after all?

Read the rest at Ginny's, then come back here for a supply list and recipes!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

John Paul, Age 8

Who just turned 8 and has a brand new mountain bike, pocket knife, and Cubs hat & jersey? This guy! (Hey grandparents, thanks for the awesome gifts!)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 63: The Hattiest!

Happy Sunday! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

27/52: Flowers and Piggyback Rides

Monday, July 10, 2017

Priming Yourself for Prime Day

Apparently Prime Day being on July 11 is basically Christmas in July (or really, Black Friday in July?), and there are HUGE SALES that are not to be missed. And it looks like some other retailers have caught on too, because there are some pretty big sales at other sites/stores on Tuesday the 11th as well.


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- 7-11 Free Slurpee Day

- Chick-Fil-A Dress Cow Appreciation Day

- 25% off everything at regular price at ModCloth

- 40% off everything J. Crew Factory (plus free shipping with code HEATWAVE - this gingham midi skirt is my favorite thing on sale, and these striped peep toe flats are calling my name!)

And of course, sale after sale after sale on Amazon! Curious about what to look for? Here are my bets about what'll be on sale:

Kitchen Appliances:

This is a big one!

- Last year the Instant Pot went on huuuuuge sale, and I'm betting it will this year as well (if you don't have one yet, you're missing out! Total game changer).

- I just upgraded us to a new Ninja blender and use it all the time now - works so much better than our old one, and I bet they'll go on sale as well.

- A programmable slow cooker is an absolute life saver for busy parents.

- I love our Griddler, and am really hoping it goes on huge sale so I can upgrade ours for Christmas! We've had it since we got married 9 years ago and it still works great, but the new model has waffle plates you can buy, so I could get rid of TWO appliances if I got this one...


- Last year they had a couple of high-value book coupons that you could use towards ANY physical book. I'd be prepared with a wish list of books you'd like to have around (this list of chapter books is a good place to start!) - box sets like this gorgeous Puffin in Bloom collection, this Winnie the Pooh library bound set, or maybe The World of Peter Rabbit might be good options for coupons. (Currently, the code PRIMEBOOKS17 gives $5 off a $15+ book order 😊)

- If you're not already on Audible, you can currently get two free audiobooks with a 30-day free trial. Then there are also TONS of audiobooks currently on deep, deep discount that you can buy even without an audible membership. We've been listening to Little House in the Big Woods ($4!) and I've downloaded several others for seriously low prices. They've got All of a Kind Family, Mary Poppins, Charlotte's Web, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and many others all on serious sale right now.

So if you haven't already, now is the time to try a 30-day free Prime trial. There will be quite a few offers that are open ONLY to Prime members, plus Prime Members get early access to lots of deals (many of which sell out before they get opened to the general public).


- If your kids are even remotely into art, we've found that Prismacolor colored pencils are well worth the price, but I only buy them on sale. There were quite a few sets on sale on Prime Day last year, and these blend so beautifully you won't want to buy another brand ever again! Pick up some inexpensive watercolors as an add-on item, too.

- If you ever hear birds and want to be able to identify them by sight OR song, this book has been fascinating, and a great addition to any library! They have versions for other parts of the country, too. Then this nature drawing book is incredible and definitely worth owning, as well.

- I'm betting Kindle Fire Tablets will go on sale, and these are GREAT to load audiobooks onto. Grab an inexpensive bluetooth speaker (which I guarantee will also go on sale!) and you can put the kids in one room to listen to stories while you keep the tablet (and control!) in another room. Great for mandatory quiet time!

Toys & Games:

- We loooove our magformers, and they go on lightning deal pretty frequently. If you find a set for less than $1/piece, you're getting a good deal. I bet these will be heavily discounted at some point during Prime Day.

- Snap circuits are another one that I saw on sale multiple times during last year's Prime Day. These are amazing learning toys, and will keep creative kids busy for hours at a time!

- We've had a couple of incidents with scooters and cars so... It's time to grab a couple more! They were definitely on sale last year, and I'm hoping there are bikes on sale as well - we've got an 8th birthday coming up and John Paul has outgrown his bike.

Is there anything you're hoping will be deeply discounted? Are you going to be shopping, or staying off social media so you're not tempted? I'll be sharing deals that catch my eye on facebook and in my instagram stories if you want to follow along!
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