Category: Seven Quick Takes

Parenting Advice 17 Years in the Making

I’m just an average parent with five children, but I feel overly qualified to offer you parenting advice. A few friends agreed and asked me their most pressing questions. Here’s what they, and any parent fresh out of boxed wine, should do. I would LOVE advice on how to convince children (7 year old girls Read More

{SQT} Book Deadlines, Paperwork, and Enrichment Activities

The boys were off school this week so my productivity has been in the toilet, or at least it seems that way since now I’ve come to depend on those few quieter hours during the day to achieve anything. Welcome back ‘living in pajamas’! I’ve missed you! 1. When my post went live last Friday, Read More

{SQT} Costumes and a Launch

Happy Feast of All Saints! It’s November and I’m done making costumes- huzzah! (There is the All Saints party at our church this Sunday, but I believe only Teddy is dressing up and recycling a tunic and armor from previous years with Tony’s help- huzzah!) While there are still a lot of capital letters and Read More

{SQT} San Antonio and Adulting

Okay, last week, I finished up my Quick Takes from a very comfy guest bedroom in San Antonio. This week, I am at home and trying to still catch up on everything that October brings. But, I’m not complaining because it’s all good stuff. Onto some pictures! Friday, Addie and I spent the day exploring Read More

{SQT} Texan Takes

These takes are coming to you from the road…or air as it may be. Hopefully I post them at the right time seeing as I’m tired and in a different time zone (which shouldn’t make things harder but it does for me.) I’m using a Bluetooth keyboard and my phone, so I apologize for any Read More

{SQT} Miracles and Birthdays Edition

Look! I’m not dead! Everyone in my family is fine and not dead as well. Sorry to leave you hanging last week. In my effort to catch up from the previous two weeks of non-stop sickness and #hospitallife, I inadvertently didn’t schedule any time to write my Quick Takes. I sort of thought I might 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

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