Favorite Toddler Activities

I know I am probably the last of the families here to return to school, but we did finally return to school this week.  It has been a wonderful week for my two school-age children.  Even our kindergartener who started half-day kindergarten today was beaming ear to ear.  The week has been a bit tougher for my three year old and me, however.  We both miss his older siblings and wish they weren't gone for most of the day.My three year old is not going to preschool this year, so we, along with hi … [Read more...]

Adoration with children

We are fortunate enough to have perpetual adoration at our parish.  In addition, some very devoted mothers have arranged a children's adoration hour once a week.  During this time, parents with young children are encouraged to come to the adoration chapel, knowing that some additional noise and wiggling won't be distracting, but rather expected.One of the commitments that we will take on this school year will be a regular adoration slot during the children's adoration hour.  It is only a twen … [Read more...]

Encouragement from Chaput on Daily Life

Recently, Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, offered this address at a "Faith in the Public Square" symposium.  Far from being a lofty, academic, theoretical piece (which have a place and can certainly encourage as well), I found his comments to be poignantly practical and encouraging for even the mundane moments of my daily life.  I found his quote of Pope Benedict's depiction of the original Benedictines to be particularly inspiring; I think of St. Benedict as a titan of a Saint: a her … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Thursday

What am I cooking?Quinoa muffins from Vegetarian Cooking is for Everyone.  My wonderful husband brought home a three pound bag of organic quinoa from Sam's Club (!?), which has sent me searching for all manner of recipes for this ancient grain.  It is so fun to develop a new ingredient recipe repertoire!  Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe?  I'd love to hear about it.What are my weekend plans?My grandmother turns 93 three this weekend, and we'll be going to a family birthday cele … [Read more...]

All men are created equal….

Our children are still quite young (7,5,3 and 1), but for them the Fourth of July is already synonymous with fireworks, flashy parades, and fabulous summer food (s'mores!).   This year, I have modest hopes of instilling in them a nascent appreciation of what the Fourth of July really means for our country, as well as some of the principles that it represents.  I bought a few vintage books at a used book fair to read to them this week, including The Story of the Declaration of Independence by No … [Read more...]

Sometimes it is hard to be quiet at Mass….

Our youngest is almost 14 months, a tricky age for weathering Mass.  I find myself getting more and more annoyed with squirming and squealing during church.Tonight, while attending a feast day Mass together as a family, I once again found myself walking in the back of the church with our squirmy squealer.  She squirmed so much in my arms, I finally had to put her down on the ground, feeling more than a bit annoyed.Our daughter hasn't taken more than one or two steps on her own.  But su … [Read more...]

Another reason not to dwell

"In this world you will have trouble, but take heart!  I have overcome the world." John 16:33  Some days, I find myself perpetually dwelling on the troubles of the moment or what just happened rather than looking ahead.   That was so offensive.  Why is it so hot today?  This traffic is so unpleasant!  If only I had remembered that sooner!  Why didn't I prepare better?  On such days, I fall behind and often feel full of anxiety, disappointment and unrest. Today, I found gre … [Read more...]

Mundo Proof

Queen B's Mundo Crew

 Here is proof that we really did get the bike.  My husband rode it home from the store with the three oldest this week.  The verdict? "This bike is so fun, Mom!"  So that I don't go all Polly Anna on you, the bike will admittedly take some getting used to.  It is HEAVY with all the kids on it!   And, the kids feel super secure on the bike, which can give them a false sense of security.  I don't want them climbing in and out of the monkey bars without me, because of the danger of tippin … [Read more...]

A Summer Ride

I has been over 10 years since I owned a bike.  We are about to make a serious upgrade. I don't enjoy spending time in the car, but that is tricky with four kids to transport.  We are fortunate to have many of our destinations within close proximity in our neighborhood.  Still, little legs can still only walk so far and even if I have the energy to walk, I can only fit so many kids in our double stroller.  Enter the Yuba Mundo bike.  This cargo bike is awesome. I met the … [Read more...]

Another One Year Old

Today, we are celebrating our daughter's first birthday.  She is our fourth child, so we have a first birthday or two under our belts.   Yet, every time we go through the one-year mark, I am amazed by how much I still have to learn about this stage (or every stage, for that matter).  Is our house child-proof?  I thought so, until two weeks ago when our little lady started furniture walking.  What foods can make her choke at this stage?  Never mind my medical training.  Can I possibly make it thro … [Read more...]


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