(No More) All of a Kind Family

Our boys have loved listening to the All of a Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor, which were originally introduced to us by MaryAlice. We have definitely considered ourselves an "all of a kind" family of the opposite gender. We have very, very boyish boys. Sometimes we refer to the upstairs as the frat house. However, we have shocking (and soooo exciting) news that someone is about to break up the boy party!Our latest ultrasound showed that our growing little one is a GIRL!! The ultrasound … [Read more...]

Stroller advice

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After making it 4 kids and 9 years with my "Free with registry" umbrella stroller, I find that I need to purchase a new lightweight stroller for the first time. I love our double BOB for running, but at present I am not supposed to carry our 30+ pound 2 year old and I need a small, lightweight stroller that I can use just for  him. I have tended to wear our kids in the ergo until they don't need a stroller, because I have always found it easier (even when on crutches) but I can't do that at … [Read more...]

The Pope on Sports

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Pope Francis recently shared some beautiful thoughts on sports. Red alludes to this often...the great life lessons that we and our children can learn though sports. "Enter into the game with others and with God; do not be satisfied with a mediocre 'draw,' but instead give the best of yourself, spend your life for what it is really worth and for what will last for ever." Teamwork, discipline, effort, inclusiveness. As someone who grew up an athlete and also helped with Special Olympics, the … [Read more...]

Secret to Sanity

As summer beckons, I wanted to share our secret to keeping a (mostly) sane mom when kids are around all day every day. While our children are not exclusively homeschooled and attend some classes, most of my kids are home most days. With a hard working husband, most waking hours are attended by mom.Enter Quiet Time. Each and every afternoon, each boy who no longer naps is required to spend 1 hour quietly by themselves in their room. They may read, play with legos, or play a game as long as it … [Read more...]

Call Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!

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My 8 year old son recently told me I needed to be more like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who just understands children. In a certain sense I agree, I could be more patient and understanding at times, but with the huge caveat that I don't have a cupboard full of magic potions to cure many childhood bad habits.We have been going through a "Heedless Breaker" stage (if you are familiar with the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories), and, while I am all for natural consequences, the bill for all the things broken r … [Read more...]

Simple Meal for a Crowd

Somewhere in a giant stack of recipes I pulled out this oven-baked paella recipe. It sounded impossible to dump chicken stock on rice and bake it, but it turned out great and would be very easy for a large-ish crowd. We have many friend on different diets, especially gluten-free ones, so I am always looking for something not overly labor intensive for company that everyone can eat. These were the ingredients called for, but you could easily swap out proteins and veggies and spices. All you have … [Read more...]

Preach it!

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Whilst I am guessing that I do not have a ton in common with the author of this NYT Moderlode post, Shouldn't the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?, I couldn't agree more with her in this case. Having spent, to date, about 4 years of my adult life strapped to a pump 4-8 times per day due to a circulation disorder, I would love nothing more than a small, discreet, quiet pump. I field more questions about pumping, its challenges and benefits and logistics, than … [Read more...]

A Thought and A Hymn for Ash Wednesday

As I have spent many hours the last few days rocking a feverish 2 year old, I realized how easy it is for everything to come to a grinding halt when your little one really needs you. There is nothing I would rather do than put my cool cheek against his warm one as I rock and sing quietly to him. Instead of doing playdough, unloading drawers, or climbing bookshelves, he wants me to hold him and to be quiet and still. He is soothed by resting on me.As I have been contemplating the beginning of … [Read more...]

My Favorite Picture by a 5 year old

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Any guesses on what it is depicting?? … [Read more...]

Clean Sweep

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Is it just me or are norwex/microfiber cloths and homemade cleaning solution mops all the rage now? I am hearing about them everywhere!I admit I feel the urge to do some deep cleaning at this time of year. I think it is getting all the Christmas decorations packed away and seeing surfaces covered in glitter and pine needles that makes me want to shake up my cleaning routine. But do I need to run out and get Norwex/ecloth/flylady purple swipers? … [Read more...]


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