{SQT} Quiet July Takes-A Summer Theme

Last summer at this time, our calendar was a blur of events and lines indicating camps, vacations, festivals, local events, etc. Now, our July is practically empty. Despite months of cancelled events, I still can’t get used to all the white space on our calendar. We did learn that our town will have it’s annual Read More

{SQT} No Party But Celebrating No Surgery For Now

And just like that, it’s the end of June and Fulton gets ready to turn 12 on Sunday. It seems weird, because for so much of the quarantine, it felt as if time was standing still. But, time marches on, and already the days are getting shorter. Missing from this June is our annual Nativity Read More

{SQT} Quiet June Takes

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart! Quick- cut some hearts out of Fruit Roll Ups and throw them at your kids to instill a love of the liturgical year! (Maybe also watch/ attend Mass to make reparation for my bad idea.) Father’s Day is Sunday and I was trying to come up with a funny Read More

{SQT} Next Year’s New Student And Attempts At Summer Fun

1. We are officially done with school for the year. Fulton and Teddy finished all their work last week, and this week I am correcting, grading, and updating transcripts for the older three. There are a few things the older three are redoing or finishing for me, but it’s basically been a week of tying Read More

Seven Lessons Learned From Raising A Homeschool Graduate

Today Addie was supposed to be graduating in a royal blue cap and gown on a stage with her fellow homeschoolers. Like most seniors, her ceremony has been postponed. We’ve ordered the graduation announcements (hopefully we’ll send them out soon-promise!), and put a sign in the front yard so all strangers passing by the house Read More

{SQT} Sounds good.

What’s a creative way to combine the words quarantine and vacation? I don’t know so we’re calling this week Quarancation!!! As you might expect, our family is having a great time. We are in the town of Duck in the Outer Banks, in a home directly on the Currituck Sound. Since Sunday, we’ve been soaking Read More

{SQT} Planning, Packing, and Promoting

No, we’re not on vacation yet, but as of today there’s only two more sleeps and then we’re off to quarantine in a different location! 1. Tomorrow we load up our trailer with most of our STUFF. Sunday morning all the remaining medical equipment, and cold food will get packed. I have one packing list Read More

{SQT} Grandma, School News, and a Road Trip

I don’t know if I really need seven whole quick takes to recount the last week or so, but here goes. 1.For Mother’s Day, we managed to join a Zoom chat with my grandmother who lives in an assisted living facility. She’s been in lock-down, in her room, for at least six, maybe seven? weeks Read More

{SQT} Nothing Is Happening Here

Time marches on. Our routine remains the same, with slight variations for nice weather, of which there is still not enough. 1.We introduced the kids to the A-Team recently. For all the explosions and shoot outs, Teddy was expecting more dead and wounded, but we explained that prime time TV didn’t show those things back Read More

How My Blue Flame Found Me

My long time blogging friend, now turned famous Sirius XM Radio host and stand up comedienne Jennifer Fulwiler dropped her third book, ‘Your Blue Flame: Drop the Guilt and Do What Makes You Come Alive’ this week (affiliate link here and below). I was blessed to get a copy in advance, but because I never Read More

What You Need To Know About Special Needs Families in Quarantine, and How You Can Help Them

As states across the U.S. figure out how and when to open up following weeks of COVID-19 induced quarantine, special needs families are struggling behind closed doors in unique ways, and will continue to do so, long after their friends with typically developing children return to a somewhat normal life. As the mother of two Read More

Quarantine Advice You Didn’t Know You Needed

Welcome to Fritunesursday! The new day of Quick Takes which goes live at infinite o’clock! In between the frequent exasperation and gnashing of teeth, which is either giving me wrinkles or toning my facial muscles, I took a look at what was working during our days stuck at home and compiled a list of quarantine Read More

{SQT} Easter Happenings and Discovering a Love of Chainsaws

1. Happy Easter Friday- go eat some meat! And if you have any Easter candy left, have some of that too. We’ve devoured most of our goodies, except for Addie who rations out her candy far longer than I believe humanly possible. (It’s why I always wind up stealing more candy from her basket than Read More

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