2023 In Review

I’m taking a break from eating all the things to finally write my typical year end blog post. Even though I’ve posted the least amount of posts EVER, there was still plenty going on here. I think a lot of this info will be new to readers as I wasn’t blogging much, but journaling almost…

I’m Still Joyfully Killing Myself For Halloween, Among Other Habits

Welcome to November! Be sure to pray for some souls. I lost the rest of October in a blur of projects, the coolest being our Halloween costumes. We went with a family theme for the first time ever. It’s not uncommon for teens to trick or treat around here, but after heading out last year…

HOWDY! Welcome to October!

There’s a chill in the air and I’ve got an impressive stash of cardboard growing in the garage – must be October! How about a recap of the last few weeks? Edie and I flew to Texas for a whirlwind trip to visit Texas A&M’s Galveston campus. It offers maritime programs and was one of…

The Illusion of Fall Normalcy

I think we’ve finally entered back into our fall routine. That doesn’t mean that everything is going according to plan; one nurse has already called out due to illness, and there’s another day I’m not sure Fulton will have a nurse. We had a clinic appointment the first full week of school and Fulton will…

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Back to School 2023-24

St. Bruno’s Homeschool and its class of one, is off to a soft start this week. But, in keeping with tradition, here’s a brief run down of each child and their academic plans for the coming year. Addie, Senior, Cleveland State University Addie’s classes started on Monday. She’s in the Honor’s College this year, and…

2023 Summer Recap

While our family’s trip to Europe was the highlight of the summer, it wasn’t the only thing we did (even though it took months to blog all the details). We kept busy throughout July, and it’s only now that we’re coming up on the end of August, and a new school year, that I feel…

Rome, Part 2

Day 12 We had arranged private transportation to the Vatican Museum with the company that had picked us up at the train station. We did not arrange a tour guide. Although I think we would’ve enjoyed learning from a guide, we also needed to be flexible, and I was afraid a tour guide would not…

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….