Parenting Advice 17 Years in the Making

I’m just an average parent with five children, but I feel overly qualified to offer you parenting advice. A few friends agreed and asked me their most pressing questions. Here’s what they, and any parent fresh out of boxed wine, should do. I would LOVE advice on how to convince children (7 year old girls Read More

{SQT} Book Deadlines, Paperwork, and Enrichment Activities

The boys were off school this week so my productivity has been in the toilet, or at least it seems that way since now I’ve come to depend on those few quieter hours during the day to achieve anything. Welcome back ‘living in pajamas’! I’ve missed you! 1. When my post went live last Friday, Read More

{SQT} Costumes and a Launch

Happy Feast of All Saints! It’s November and I’m done making costumes- huzzah! (There is the All Saints party at our church this Sunday, but I believe only Teddy is dressing up and recycling a tunic and armor from previous years with Tony’s help- huzzah!) While there are still a lot of capital letters and Read More

My House Is Still A Mess In October

Halloween is less than a week away which means our dining room is littered with bits of cardboard and duct tape. Even though everyone seems to settle on costumes earlier than they used to, I still can’t seem to start assembling anything until the middle of October. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if Read More

When Life Gives You Lemons, or a Lack of Parking, Make Lemonade with Lady Liberty

As is tradition in our home, last Friday, I took Fulton to NYC for his 11th birthday present. …at least that was the plan. Honestly, I’ve been worried about this trip ever since Fulton turned 10. I wanted him to experience all the fun, wonder, and excitement his older siblings had on their trips, but Read More

{SQT} San Antonio and Adulting

Okay, last week, I finished up my Quick Takes from a very comfy guest bedroom in San Antonio. This week, I am at home and trying to still catch up on everything that October brings. But, I’m not complaining because it’s all good stuff. Onto some pictures! Friday, Addie and I spent the day exploring Read More

{SQT} Texan Takes

These takes are coming to you from the road…or air as it may be. Hopefully I post them at the right time seeing as I’m tired and in a different time zone (which shouldn’t make things harder but it does for me.) I’m using a Bluetooth keyboard and my phone, so I apologize for any Read More

{SQT} Miracles and Birthdays Edition

Look! I’m not dead! Everyone in my family is fine and not dead as well. Sorry to leave you hanging last week. In my effort to catch up from the previous two weeks of non-stop sickness and #hospitallife, I inadvertently didn’t schedule any time to write my Quick Takes. I sort of thought I might Read More

#hospitallife

Last week as I published my Takes, I was convinced that Teddy had turned a corner, and would be back to normal and hopefully back to school by Monday. And then Friday, the exact oppostie happened. His temperature shot up higher than before and his blood oxygen levels fell dangerously low. Tony and I both Read More

The Best Mixed Drinks For Back To School

By this point, everyone has headed back to school. Kids are figuring out their new schedules, teachers, classmates, subjects, and books, while simultaneously trying to decide what to hate the most. Us moms are either trying to get back into the habit of sending kids out the door of the house or car properly dressed Read More

2019-20 Curriculum And Back to School

The 2018-19 school year was jam packed with major life events and hospitilizations. I’d hoped that after one final hospitalization in June we’d have left all the bugs behind us and could start back in September with a clean, sterile, disease free slate. Instead, my home currently sounds like a tuberculosis sanitarium. Fulton remains healthy, but Read More

{SQT} A Book, Some Fish, And A Realization

1. Starting off this week’s Takes with a book recommendation. ‘Journey in Love; A Catholic Mother’s Prayers After Prenatal Diagnosis’ is a book long overdue. For all those who have received a devastating prenatal diagnosis author Kathryn Anne Casey has been there, and she writes beautifully from a place of understanding, compassion and support. While Read More

{SQT} A Photo Like All the Rest

A belated happy feast of the Assumption. We marked the occasion by attending a special Mass at the Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul in Philadelphia and taking our first family photo in a very long time. As you can see, I don’t coordinate outfits, Fulton and Teddy need haircuts, Edie is tired and wants Read More

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