Rome, Part 1

Day 9 If we ever make it back to Europe, I think we will travel exclusively by train once we are on the continent. Even if we’re on the train overnight, it would still beat the hassle of flying. Our trip from Venice to Rome was relaxing and comfortable, and you couldn’t beat the view….

Venice

Day 7 We arrived early at the Orly airport; much earlier than needed as our flight had been delayed by an hour. We tried to check in, but the airline said we couldn’t check in more than two hours prior. We indicated the wheelchairs and all our luggage, and they insisted – two hours. So…

Paris, Part 2

Day 4 Today’s destination was the Louvre. We had timed tickets for 10 a.m. but uncertain as to how long we may wait to get in, we decided to arrive early via a public bus. Like the Eiffel tower, we rolled up and were ushered right into the museum a full half our before our…

Paris, Part 1

We checked off a major item from our family bucket list in June; we took the entire family to Europe for two weeks! If you follow me on social media, you know I tried to share some pictures as Wifi allowed, but typically I was so exhausted by the end of each day, details of…

The Highlights

It’s been so long since I’ve written, I hardly know where to start. Lots of things have been happening; from large and life-changing to small joys only I can apprieciate. I will touch on what I can with no promises to do better with blogging in the future (because who am I kidding?) My mom…

My Old Lady Lent and Italian Easter

Happy Easter! I hope everyone had a penitential 40 days and is reveling in the Easter octave (every day this week is a first class feast)! After a Lent sans sweets, meat, dairy, wine, olive oil, and the ever popular fish with backbones my digestive system is in an uproar with the introduction of so….

An Orthodox Inspired Lent

Someone asked me recently if I was still updating the blog so I took it as a subtle hint that I should post something. Thankfully, it’s time for my annual Lent post! Four times a year I love to over-analyze my life and create lofty goals: beginning of the year, Lent, beginning of the school…

2023 Resolutions: Hopefully Joy and Fruitfulness

Well, I’ve had plenty of time to overthink about my New Year’s resolutions. Seems like it’s time to actually write a post about them, and see how I did on last year’s resolutions. First, the review! What did I hope to accomplish in 2022? So, I don’t think I did too terrible. You won’t be…

2022 Year End Review

Probably time to give an update to round out 2022. If you just want to know what I’ve been up to for the last two months (since my last post), just skip to the bottom. I won’t judge you for it. Most pictures are at the end. Also – affiliate links! So if you click…

Bodacious Costumes, a Radical Party, and a Totally Tubular Solicitation

Happy Month of the Holy Souls! Is it too late for a Halloween costume round up? This year I went around the neighborhood with the kids vs staying home and handing out candy. We don’t get too many trick or treaters at our house, so I figured I’d head out in my luchadore mask and…

Cookbooks, Travels, And Speaking At Length

I’ve been writing this post over the course of a week…or two. The hardest part has been continually going back and changing all the present tense to past tense as it takes me longer to finish writing everything. I mean, maybe that means I should do more frequent shorter posts, but why do the thing…

44 Rotations Around the Sun

Happy Birthday to me, I’m 44! Ten years ago I wrote my first blog birthday post, but since Addie’s birthday is the day after mine, it was largely focused on her. Ten years ago, she turned ten; tomorrow she turns 20! In 2012 I shared that she got Lego sets and Barbie hair extensions. Tomorrow…

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2022-23 Curriculum and Back to School Adjustments

Since I’m only homeschooling one child this year, I figured I would just combine my usual curriculum post with whatever else I was writing about. So come for the curriculum, stay for the family photos! Or vice versa. Edith, Grade 11 Unlike Addie and Byron, Edie has no desire to take classes at the local…