Category: Seven Quick Takes

{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} 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

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