Category: Seven Quick Takes

42 Things About Me

After a fabulous early birthday massage last Saturday that included the liberal application of scalding hot stones across my entire back, I’m “back” to normal. Thanks for the prayers! Tomorrow is my 42nd birthday! We’re going to celebrate with my parents, and Tony and I will get to attend an outdoor concert as well. On Read More

{SQT} A Field Trip Picture, an Invalid, and Don’t Skip a Lesson

Contractors came to install our roof last Friday morning so, in order to avoid the noise and music floating down our chimney, we went to the beach, which provided the perfect opportunity for those back to school photos I’m so bad at taking. It was cloudy and cool, but not crowded so we enjoyed salt Read More

{SQT} School, Saying No, And Saying Yes

1. Yes, we did school on Labor Day, and no I still haven’t taken any “official” first day, or 13th day of school photos. I have taken photos of some of our history themed art crafts, and items at JoAnn’s that I want to go back and snap up once Addie finally gets her employee Read More

Balancing Full-Time Work While Homeschooling

For someone like me who has always been fortunate enough to homeschool my kids full-time and not worry about needing a full or part-time job to help with bills, the thought of doing what I do PLUS working seems downright impossible, but there are families doing it, and doing it well. I tracked a few Read More

{SQT} A New Drug, Another Hug, And Record Love

Happy Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month! Last Friday the FDA approved a new drug for the treatment of SMA. This is the THIRD drug approved for treating SMA. I was talking with our neuromuscular doctor from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia about whether or not risdiplam (brand name Evrysdi) is a good fit for Fulton Read More

{SQT} Homeschooling and Weekly Adventures

I don’t always write about homeschooling, but when I do, it’s because it’s August and I’m usually thinking about how great the next school year will be. Never mind the challenges of the last school year, this year is going to be different- I’m going to be different! Everything is going to go according to Read More

{SQT} Jobs, Early Planning, and Homeschool Writing

I’ve been working on a crap ton of posts for next week (a.k.a. homeschool post bonanza!) so I’m not feeling the takes so much this week BUT I’m going to try to get something down anyway and stop when it gets rambly. First- Addie and Byron got jobs! WOOT! I knew I wanted them to Read More

{SQT} Surfside and Statues

We did things this week so it’s not such a struggle to type up some takes. What a relief. Last weekend I hacked down a ton of branches from the evergreen trees that border our backyard. They, like most of the landscaping, were very overgrown and much of our yard space was taken up with Read More

{SQT} How I’m Still Spending Time At Home With The Kids

The good news is, the air conditioning is finally fixed on our van. The bad news is, not having a van for the week meant no beach trip. But we’re planning on visiting the shore next Tuesday so hopefully the weather cooperates. (Affiliate links below- you’ve been warned!) I managed to get the kids hooked Read More

{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

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