Friday, November 24, 2017

46/52: Thanksgiving Prep

Sunday, November 19, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 81: Gearing up for Black Friday

Happy Sunday! Somehow it's already almost Thanksgiving... How is November almost over?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Peter, Age 3

You guys, Peter is amazing. He's just so funny. We have long, deep conversations about lots of important things, and I wish I could properly demonstrate the way he talks, because everything he says is hilarious. The way he cocks his head, and has to think for a long time, and squeaks and runs in place when he gets excited... I should probably take a video.








The other day we were talking about praying for the holy souls in purgatory, and he told me, "Yeah, betuz we want dem to det to Heaven. And Heaven is at Mass. It's at da top of Mass. Where da people are and dey tan't det down." We had this conversation several times and then figured out he was talking about the choir loft. Which is NOT Heaven, obviously.

He spends loooong periods of time building elaborate Lego & Duplo creations and carrying them around the house, crying when he drops them and they break to pieces and desperately trying to protect them from the pillaging baby. He really, really loves babies and soft cuddly animals, and needs LOTS of hugs. I spend much of my day with Peter wailing, "I need a HUUUUUD!!!" actually...

Peter's survey answers:

1. What is your favorite color? Ummm... Looks down at the toy he's holding. Blat, red, dreen, owange.
2. What is your favorite toy? Um, dis (the Zoobz the twins got for their birthday, but probably legos and magformers are his favorites).
3. What is your favorite fruit? Ummm, da fwuit dat we ate for bweakfast. Do you mean pear? No, da fwuit dat we ate for BWEAKFAST. We didn't eat any fruit for breakfast today. Um, LATER we did. Do you mean the fruit that Dad brought home last week? Yeah. (Okay, the Costco pre-cut melon and strawberries and everything)
4. What is your favorite television show? Ummmm... Stinty and Dirty.
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Ummm... Hmm... Da cheese dat Dad bwought home from his office.
6. What is your favorite outfit? Dis. (Striped polo shirt and cargo pants).
7. What is your favorite game? Ummm, pwobably Blokus.
8. What is your favorite snack? Ummm, pwooobably Cheez-its.
9. What is your favorite animal? Um, bunnies.
10. What is your favorite song? Um, In Heaven Da Blessed (the second verse of Immaculate Mary).
11. What is your favorite book? I haven't fidured it out yet... Is it Little Blue Truck, or... Little Blue Trut!
12. Who is your best friend? Ummm... Pwobably Bid Peter. Yeah, Peter Hayes Peter.
13. What is your favorite cereal? Ummm... Pwobably Cheewios with milt.
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Um, play. What do you like to play? Um, kick da ball.
15. What is your favorite drink? Um... Pwobably water. Or apple cider. 
16. What is your favorite holiday? I haven't fidured it out yet.
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Um, my teddy bear.
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Ummm, pwobably... Ummm, pwobably... Da fwuit dat Dad bwought. Pwobly da honeydew. Ya, I do.
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Um, pwobly tup... Um, pwobably pizza. 

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A man.

Happy Birthday, Peter! We love you!

Here are the questions if you want to try it yourself!

1. What is your favorite color? 
2. What is your favorite toy? 
3. What is your favorite fruit? 
4. What is your favorite television show? 
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? 
6. What is your favorite outfit? 
7. What is your favorite game? 
8. What is your favorite snack?  
9. What is your favorite animal? 
10. What is your favorite song? 
11. What is your favorite book? 
12. Who is your best friend? 
13. What is your favorite cereal? 
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? 
15. What is your favorite drink? 
16. What is your favorite holiday? 
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? 
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? 


20. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mary Claire and Elizabeth, Age 5

Happy Birthday to our sweet twins!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 80: Hair Ribbons and Praising Babies


Fun fact: I didn't know how to properly tie a bow (so that it actually lies nicely) until... This week. I think I finally have it, though! So the girls all happily wore hair ribbons today, then complained when they slipped out because ribbon is slippery and so is their hair. You win some, you lose some.

Friday, November 10, 2017

44/52: Apples and Guns

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 79: Can You Say "Time Change?"

Oh hey, we all got to "Fall Back" today - what did you do with your extra hour?

HA.

And all the parents start sobbing because now our kids are still up before the sun AND the clock reads a depressingly early hour...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

43/52: Pumpkin Carving & Cute Costumes

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017 Catholic Artisan Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! You know I love online shopping, especially at everyone's favorite "kitchen sink" internet retailer... But sometimes it's nice to shop small. Especially when you can support your friends! 

I've rounded up a whole bunch of awesome Catholic artisans for my yearly gift guide, and quite a few of them have coupon codes you can take advantage of. Some have even offered great giveaway items! 


Sunday, October 29, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 78: Sometimes You Just Let Them Eat Paper

Happy Sunday! And Happy Feast of Christ the King! Ah yes, I didn't know either... Until suddenly there was incense at Mass and it was quite a bit longer than usual... Good reason to eat something yummy tonight!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 77: JPII, We Love You!

Happy Sunday! And even though Sunday technically takes precedence, we're still celebrating John Paul's name day. I blew it and forgot about his requested pancakes this morning, but we grabbed Popeye's for lunch (because "Pope Yes!") on the way home and will be having... .something delicious for dinner tonight?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

41/52: Hickory Nuts and Fairy Meals



Sunday, October 15, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 76: Their Sunday Best

Happy Sunday! I'm sending kids to Mass with my mom today - I've had a headache for a few days that I thought was just brought on by sleep deprivation, but woke up with a raging headache, stomachache, fever, sore throat, and stuffy nose. Hurrah. Thankfully my mom took the kids this morning so I could sleep, and we'll see if I can rest more later...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Quick Fall Treat: Apple Cinnamon Scones

I love scones. But the scones I love might not really be classified as scones - moist, muffin-y, falling apart... Not those dry triangles you see everywhere else! We used to live near a bakery that sold the most amazing scones that were nothing like anything I'd ever had before. I would happily shell out the $3, since I just couldn't figure out how to make mine so incredible! Then a friend pointed me to this recipe for raspberry scones and I knew I could adapt that for whatever flavors I wanted. Finally, moist, muffin-y scones!



Can I even call them scones if they aren't triangular? Maybe... Maybe not? In any case, they're delicious and so simple to make. Give these a try for a quick fall treat!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 75: Rain, Rain, FINALLY!

Happy Sunday! As we were driving to Mass this morning, we passed a sign that said our town was under mandatory water conservation. They must have put it up yesterday, because it rained all night! Praise God! Our pond is lower than I've ever seen it, the neighbors' pond is completely dried up (and has been since mid-summer), and the ground is baked and rock hard. We've got more rain on the forecast this week and I'm so thankful!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

40+ Audio Books Worth Owning (For Under $4 a Pop!)

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I just got an email this morning telling me some of our favorite books are on sale via Audible! The best part? You don't need an Audible membership, and if you have a membership you actually won't *want* to spend your credits on these, because all the books are under $4! I sifted through the sale offerings to find the best ones so you don't have to waste valuable time scrolling and wondering. We listen to these on the Audible app on my phone and stream them through a bluetooth speaker (I recommend a waterproof one, because you just never know..., or we use the Kindle Fire and stream through the bluetooth speaker.

For the littlest (under 4):

Beatrix Potter Classics - I'm guessing you already own a hard copy of this book and have read them with your kids - for the little ones, I've found that familiar books keep their attention better than new ones, and this is a great deal for such a big collection!

The House at Pooh Corner - This is another one where you probably own the book (or the whole series, I hope!) - I really struggle with the voices when I'm reading Pooh aloud, so having this as an audio book is a big plus. Now We Are Six is also on sale if you have a child who would listen to poetry all day.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 74: October Chill!

Happy October!! It was so chilly when I got up this morning that I was worried about a surprise frost at first... Luckily the plants are fine, but when I got to the car, the windshield was frosted over! Not a great situation when I was already rushing to get to the early Mass... But I made it with a few minutes to spare.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

38/52: Mock Gardens, Scars, and Farmer's Tans

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 73: Sun Flare and Goat Wrestling

Well. Sunday, y'all!

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?

Click the links or shop the images in the widgets below the photos for actual products and similar ones - I earn an affiliate commission if you make a purchase, so thanks for your support!

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...
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