Monday, July 24, 2017


W stepped on a bee.

I panicked internally; he's a peanut allergy kid, his grandfather was epi-pen allergic to bees, and I have been dreading a moment like this happening.  It's heart-stopping when your kid has one scary allergy that may or may not predispose him to other scary allergies and he somehow takes in a new, scary allergen. That's a whole unknown world I want no part of.

He ended up with a teensy weensy welt.


No swelling, barely any redness, no hives.  Just a tiny welt.

I, on the other hand, ended up with a handful more grey hairs.  Wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


I started putting up some of W's shorts, the ones that are still too big for him now.  I'm hoping to prevent too much wear and tear on them so I won't need to buy him summer clothes next year.  As I looked through them, pulling out all the size 5s, it occurred to me that this time next year I'll be doing the same thing, except I won't be saving those 5s and that thought was followed by an even scarier thought! This time next year I'll be 4 months away from having a 6 year old.  (Typing that made me tear up.)
It's the downhill slide to 10! then there will be tweendom and teenage years and I can barely handle his grumpy butt now, what am I going to do when he's hormonal?! Gah!
I'm going to go knit him a stuffed animal and will him to stay 4 just a while longer yet.

PS: When did this little chunk turn into this^^^^^?

PPS: Yes I'm a grown up with sock monkey sheets.  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Crocus Pants

That's what I'm calling these stripey longies I've in the works for darling A.  I am doing my best to destash yarn, but the kids are getting past the point of one skein projects so stripes for everybody!

I still have about 8 or 9 projects that need finished (and that's just knitting projects!) and hopefully after that I can get a start on Christmas knitting.  Part of me can't believe I typed that, but Christmas'll be here before we know it, as it always is.

Anyone out there make a priority of reading the biographies of the saints? I found "Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska" for 50 cents at a yard sale and I was moved to buy it because I realized I've never read a saint's biography.  It's a bit of a doorstopper though, I haven't even cracked it yet.

Currently Reading: For the Children's Sake - Macaulay
                   Knights in Training - Haupt

Monday, July 17, 2017

Progress, Projects, Illness, School

It's been such a busy Summer!

I'm not sure how other moms do it, but that's my ultra-introvert nature coming through.  Speaking of that, W starts school in September!

After finally getting my hands on a copy of Raising Your Spirited Child, I had to quickly come to terms with the fact that I've done W a major disservice keeping him home all these years.  I fully believe(d) that a child's place is in the home with his parents and siblings, but apparently there are people out there that actually like being around other people (who knew?!) and apparently my eldest is one of these people.  (I seriously had to ask my husband about this, whether or not being with other people "charges his batteries", and he said it does.)

To be clear - I'm about two steps removed from finding a nice Georgian re-enactment couple to let me live in their garden.

I figured since I've tortured the boy enough these past 2.5 years, we could throw him into a pre-K program for a year.  He's thrilled, and hopefully my stress levels will drop.  Significantly.

Even V is old enough to go to the Pre-K enrichment program at the local college, so she'll do that once a week in the fall.  Girly was so motivated to do that program that over winter she potty-trained herself! Unfortunately she was too young for the Spring session by 1 day, but she's been waiting patiently for the fall session to start.

In the mean time, while we wait for school to start, we're decluttering every last inch of our home in preparation for a big yard sale in September.  I've been slowly minimizing for a year or so, and this has accelerated my project in a big way! I'm excited! I'm also a bit of a dork.

It's been a strange summer, a fast summer.  I don't know if it's this season of life with a handful of little ones, or if there's some sort of time paradox where summer days are both longer and shorter than winter days or what.  Maybe time is speeding up because A is about to turn one? All I know is I no sooner celebrate her being another month older and she's yet ANOTHER month older! Gah!

It's time to knit new longies, but it's time to knit a great number of things, if I'm honest.  I'm hoping to finish a handful of little projects so that I can move on to bigger things, things needed more things! Not for me, but for very dear friends that have waited and prayed for over a year for this little one.  I'm so excited for them.  She's due in very late fall, so I don't have a whole lot of time...there it is again! The wheel just keeps turning...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rainy Days

Day after day after day of rain with a few sun shiney days sprinkled in between.  Unfortunately those sunny days were not the ones we spent camping! The kids and I made do, baking cupcakes, playing in the mud, and squeezing in a bit of nature study.
I tried convincing Chris that we should downsize to a cabin much like the one we had rented, but he looked at me like I had two heads.  I guess he isn't ready to have an outhouse.  Where's his sense of adventure?!

Monday, May 22, 2017


It's late in the day, past bedtime for the big two and the little one needs woken from her nap.  The sun is slowly setting somewhere behind a thick mantle of clouds, casting a grey blue haze everywhere.  

The rain comes and goes as I re-situate myself again and again, trying to read the last pages of a new-to-me magazine.  

I don't want to turn on a lamp, I tell Chris.  I don't want this late spring halo of mist and light to be disturbed by the orange glow of our budget CFLs but, it had to be done; the trees becoming nothing more than a silhouette on a steel grey sky.  

This weekend had been the slowest weekend we've had in months.  Maybe years.  

Even though my to-do list is a mile long, and even though this weekend mostly sans-kids would have been the perfect time to check things off that list; I let it go.  Choosing instead to appreciate the weekend for what it is: a chance to relax and recharge.  And I wonder, not for the first time, what I can do to make every day like this? 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Just Keep Crafting

So this just happened.  Yep, I guess I'm a crochet-er now? (a hooker, perhaps?) I'm not a fan of crochet, generally speaking, but I love granny squares and I've been sitting on a massive granny-square tute for a couple years now so I decided it's time to learn.  I picked up some cheap hooks and an instructional booklet from Volde-Mart and now I've got the world's wonkiest dishcloth.  Love it!

What else do I love? This book, next to wonky-cloth, A Mother's Rule of Life.  It's amazing.  Life-changing even.  At least, it's working its magic in my life from the moment I finished the first few pages of the first chapter.  It's as though everything I had searched (for a couple years now!) for online in regards to rhythm and scheduling a day just couldn't get me over the hump the way this book has.  Maybe I ordered a special edition; "Holy Spirit, now included!" All I know is that something has lit a fire under me, and that's the most likely culprit.  Thank God!

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