Advent Preparation

It is important however that what we propose, with the help of God, should be profoundly rooted in contemplation and prayer.  Ours is a time of continual movement which often leads to restlessness, with the risk of  "doing for the sake of doing." We must resist this temptation by trying "to be" before trying "to do." In this regard we should recall how Jesus reproved Martha: "You are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful".Excerpted from  APOSTOLIC LETTER NOVO MILLENNIO IN … [Read more...]

Be Careful What you Threaten

I was joking with my son today that if he didn't behave during schooltime he may find coal in his shoe from St. Nicholas tonight.To which our avid rock collector replied, "Great! I don't have any real coal. Oh! And we can see how it burns and if it is hard and if it writes...."Anyone know where I can find coal on the eve of St. Nicholas? … [Read more...]

More Gift Ideas :-)

This is a fun post from the GeekDad blog.Top 5 toys ever.All free. All time tested. All in high demand in our household. … [Read more...]

Stroller of my dreams?

For those of you who don't get bogged down in the minutia of baby gear, you may want to skip this post. But here it goes. It has been almost 7 years since I have shopped for a stroller.Our 2005 Bob double jogger broke on Halloween this year. I'm not has served me very, very well for the last 6+ years. I contacted the company and it looks like it may not be worth our while to repair it.I would LOVE to replace our BOB dualie (which I loved, but didn't fit in many indoor … [Read more...]

Confession–How we roll

There is nothing like trying to keep 3 energetic, active brothers quiet in a chapel for the 10 minutes needed to go to the Sacrement of Reconciliation to make me lose my sense of peace and recollection. And, so, this morning, I am very, very thankful for Angry Birds and Doodle Jump and anything that begins with a lowercase i. And, of couse, for the grace from Our Lord to begin again. … [Read more...]

Epic October

Since there is a noticeable dearth of October baseball posts from MaryAlice and Red this year and we all miss Mr. MA's poetry, I will fill in the void before it's too late.I grew up in St. Louis, my husband was born in Dallas. Our family has an AL and an NL team that we root for...the Rangers and the Cardinals. So this World Series  is epic...determining bragging rights for all future family Thanksgivings, Christmases, etc. for possibly the rest of our lives. There is a lot riding on it!I … [Read more...]

Fall Celebration

The boys and I have spent the last few weeks reading through our apple book basket and since, to my great dismay, there is no apple picking in our area, we decided to have our own apple harvest party. I bought a bunch of different kinds of apples we invited some grandparents and we had an apple tasting party. Simple, easy and sweet, and so much fun!  … [Read more...]

For MaryAlice on Michaelmas

Unsurprisingly, we have been slaying cupcakes for years on this feast day  at the Incredible household.Here is a requested picture. This is Incredibaby at 14 months in 2009 (apparently we also painted that day!): … [Read more...]

Ode to My Husband’s Risotto*

Last week we had a joyful day While Mr. Incredible worked far away. We wanted to share it while he was far from home, so we emailed him pictures to his iPhone.The three happy brothers reacted with glee to see our new little one floating on the little TV! That's right....we have a tiny new one who just can't wait to join the fun!For weeks now my stomach has done flip flops And sometimes there is just one thing to make it stop. Last week the baby wanted risotto at nine o'clock. My husband … [Read more...]


Inspired by temperatures that have dropped below 100 (and perhaps some wishful thinking), we spent the weekend cleaning closets, trying on, sorting and handing down winter clothes.I realized that our infant car seat had been in the closet for several years and a google search told me that it would have an expiration date on it. Sure enough. It expired in 2010.So what am I supposed to do with it? The internet says to cut the straps and throw it away so it can't be reused. This seems like an … [Read more...]