On Kids and Boredom

Along with the discussion of providing meaningful work for little ones, I though this newsletter recently sent out by Catholic Heritage Curricula was thoughtful and also has some great ideas. I really enjoy CHC's E-newsletters, which I think can apply to bringing up children in the faith whether or not you homeschool (you can subscribe here). Also, a lot of their books could make great First Communion gifts!The Dignity of the Child and the "I'm Bored: Entertain Me" SyndromeThe dignity of the … [Read more...]

A little abstract…

But just melts my heart!Titled by the artist: A Very Boo-ti-ful Picture of Jesusby Incredibaby, 2 1/2 … [Read more...]

Meet our new friends

May I introduce you to some of our new friends?Meet Elephant and Piggie:We first met them over Thanksgiving when I blindly put a ridiculous number of books on hold so that we would have oodles to read when we were  in St. Louis visiting family. I just looked up some authors that we like and clicked away, never hitting any sort of limit. (Our main library in Texas only allows you to put 10 books on hold at a time. But they do allow you to check them out from your car window and not unload 3 … [Read more...]

Flip Diapers?

Has anyone used the flip cloth diapers?Our velcro is wearing out on our BumGenius 3.0 diapers and, while I know it can be replaced (by someone else--I don't sew), I am intrigued by the new Flip system, which seems to be what the BumGenius has morphed into. I definitely wish we had gone with a snap closure versus the velcro. And the flip system is a LOT cheaper than regular all-in-one cloth diapers.Anyone have any experience with the flips? … [Read more...]

Peace for the New Year

Consider the surface of a lake, above which the sun is shining. If the surface of the lake is peaceful and tranquil, the sun will be reflected in this lake; and the more peaceful the lake, the more perfectly will it be reflected. If, on the contrary, the surface of the lake is agitated, undulating, then the image of the sun can not be reflected in it.It is a bit like this with regard to our soul in relationship to God. The more our soul is peaceful and tranquil, the more God is reflected in … [Read more...]

For Lego Lovers

Here is  a link to instructions for a full lego nativity scene.Looks like a fun holiday project for some stir crazy boys!(H/T Kathi from our homeschooling group) … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Red and Mr. MaryAlice

So rosy is the glow of the season that we'll send Cliff Lee back to Philly with a big bow on top while we drown our sorrows in Texas in a big mug of egg nog. Red and the MaryAlice family will have much to rejoice in this Christmas (and baseball) season. And now, we humbly give you the claw (at least he didn't go to the Yankees...) Make sure you text Mr. Incredible from the World Series next year to thank him for his magnanimous gift (or at least update your facebook status with a picture of … [Read more...]


I adore this time of year...gathering my boys under the Christmas tree, letting them explore the boxes of ornaments, sitting on the cozy polar bear rug reading Christmas books. All should be peaceful (at least as much as possible with 3 small boys).However, our 2 year old has a meltdown Every Single Time we mention Baby Jesus. He emits loud, piercing cries of, "NO! I'm the baby!" punctuated by emphatic gestures to himself that I'm worried may injure his eye.He also starts hyperventilating … [Read more...]

Speaking of Haircuts…

After Juris Mater's hilarious post last week, I thought I'd post our latest haircut escapade (this one with pictures).We were all sick last week and Mr. Incredible even stayed home from work one day. And, while we were happy to have him covalescing at home, his weekday presence does throw a monkey wrench into our routine.Especially when he decided that it was time to give the baby (ahem, more than 2 year old) his first haircut. He had been thought a girl at least half a dozen times in the … [Read more...]

In November

There is something I find strangely refreshing about the month of November being dedicated to the Holy Souls in purgatory. It is so, so easy to get caught up in all there is to be done at this time of year. There is a whirlwind of planning, gifts, decorating, and baking, all of which can be good and sanctifying, but only if done in the right mindset, with the right intention, for the right reasons. Remembering from where we come and to whom we are going helps keep an eternal perspective amidst … [Read more...]