Author: kmantoan

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Takes will be up Friday afternoon! See you then! 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

{SQT} Family Togetherness at Home and at the Shore

We had a short but blessedly full stay at the beach since my last post. We came home to an empty fridge, an empty pantry and a new month. Where is this summer going??? Thankfully, I still have a month until school starts, even for those taking a few community college classes. I feel like Read More

{SQT} Football, NFP, and Summer Fun

Let’s see if I get these posted at midnight. Atlantic City started an arena football team this year. I was excited when I first heard the news, but unfortunately, most of their games fell on dates we already had a million other commitments (camp, parties, etc.) Thankfully, we were able to attend their final game Read More

{SQT} Festivities, a Procession, and Projects

Let’s get to it! 1. Last Friday night after fencing, Edie, Tony and I walked over to the local Our Lady of Mt. Carmel festival to catch an 80’s cover band ‘Class of ’84’. They were fantastic and Edie was in heaven, though she would’ve liked at least one Michael Jackson cover. But they did Read More

{SQT} Reviews and Reflections

After a week away, I need at least one day, but usually two, to catch up on all the laundry, unpack and re-enter into regular life. I *think* I’m done with laundry (not sure if the big kids have anything clean to wear) and after a soak in our luxurious new pool with the boys, Read More

{SQT} A Party, Another Party, and a Road Trip

Thanks for being patient! This week I’m coming to you across the web from the suburbs of Milwaukee, WI. I was determined to not forget Quick Takes two weeks in a row (even if I got behind)! Let’s bring you up to speed (and add some more memories to the ol’ blog for posterity’s sake). Read More

{SQT} Whaat??

I totally spaced, lost track of the days, and didn’t realize it was time to write a Quick Takes. We spent last Saturday through Tuesday in the hospital thanks to Fulton’s relentless GI bug and I’ve been forgetting what day of the week it is ever since. Thankfully, Fulton is recovered, today is his 11th Read More

{SQT} Short Week, Short Takes, and Hopefully a Short Recovery

1. MDA Camp week 2019 has not gone according to plan this year. I knew there might be trouble when last week Teddy missed the last two days of school due to a stomach bug. This year has been awful for the boys in terms of stomach bugs. I was relieved when this third round Read More

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