Category: Seven Quick Takes

{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

{SQT} Headlines, Drugs, and Cancellations

1. I was a minor celebrity this week. Maybe you saw me in this article for the Catholic News Service. I was also excited to see Kendra get so inspired by our St. John’s tradition that she hosted, and filmed, her own Nativity of St. John the Baptist bonfire! Lastly, Our family was featured in Read More

{SQT} Milestones, Makeovers, and Cannoli

1. We reached a major milestone in the Mantoan house this week- Addie is driving! via GIPHY No really, I’m fine. She spent her first six hours behind the wheel with a driving instructor so by the time she drove us all to fencing the other night, she was doing pretty good. Read More

{SQT} More Reading And Appointments

1. Last Friday we finally saw Avengers; Endgame. I say finally because having to wait one week almost killed half my family. As such, we arrived plenty early to claim our reserved seats…as if missing the previews would somehow ruin the experience. If you’re a Marvel fan, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy the movie, Read More

{SQT} Our Easter Menu, A Hospital Stay, And Hoping For The Best

Come along for some non-contagious Quick Takes plus a few affiliate links at the bottom. I need to disclose them here or risk having someone in a dark suit show up at my door! 1. My last two weeks can be summed up in one word: vomit. Through the solemnness of Holy week and through Read More

{SQT} Celebrity Moments and Deleting Facebook

Last weekend we went to Ocean City, NJ for a Comic Con type event and while I was excited to see LaVar Burton, I’d assumed a photo op would be out of our price range. Thankfully, I was wrong! 1. We had great weather all weekend and we really enjoyed the convention. I like the Read More

{SQT} Missed and Anticipated Trips

The mid-Lent slump has struck; hopefully soon to be alleviated by our first trip to the beach since last summer. The week in a quick seven: {1} Monday evening our nephew was confirmed in VA. Distance meant only Tony, Edie and Byron could attend, but Tony was glad to be a sponsor and find one Read More

{SQT} From Home

Time for an old-fashioned Seven Quick Takes post. Just in case you need reminding, that means seven quick blurbs that don’t require a whole blog post dedicated to themselves. Nowadays, most of these get shared on Facebook, or Instagram, or the latest social media outlet I see scary warnings about. But today, I’m lumping them Read More

{SQT} Book Deets, Newsletter Fanatic, And Another Use For All That Cardboard In The Basement

I know I said I’d save updates for my newsletter, but I figured these were important for everyone. Please read with the appropriate level of enthusiasm. 1. My book, tentatively titled ‘Finding Joy in Difficult Circumstances: Equipping Parents of Children with Special Needs’, is being published by Our Sunday Visitor! They accepted my proposal, contracts Read More

{SQT} The Comforts of Home

We’re home! This week’s Takes are coming to you from the comfort of my favorite couch. 1. Fulton had some lingering GI issues, but we were discharged on Monday, GI issues being something we’re used to dealing with at home anyway. The strong pain medicines came with us, but everyday Fulton has needed a little Read More

{SQT} Fulton’s Spinal Fusion or My Boy’s Bionic Back

Thank you everyone for surrounding Fulton, and our family, in prayer this last week. If you haven’t been following along on social media (Pictures are all on IG.), let me bring you up to speed, and if you have, let me fill in the details for the last couple days. Saturday – I took Fulton Read More

{SQT} Teddy Is Not Happy And How To Get Rid Of Old Artwork

We are less than FIVE DAYS from Fulton’s spinal fusion surgery at Shriner’s in Philly. How have I been passing the time…when I’m not imaging worst case scenarios???? 1. We moved Teddy’s bed out of the downstairs bedroom. The idea was to have Teddy sleep upstairs in Byron’s room. That worked for about three nights Read More

{SQT} Piano, Party, And School Prep Without Pep

Well, I had three potential topics for this week, NONE of which panned out the way I expected. All were going to be very exciting and WOW inducing and I’m feeling a bit of, “Why can I not get my life together since I’m almost forty?” Not having control over several big projects in my Read More

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