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...]

St. John Paul II on Everyday Life

Do you ever go through periods of time when your schedule is so carefully crafted that any unforeseen obstacle threatens to throw everything out of balance? Most of us can probably answer this question with a resounding "yes!", and some of us might even be feeling this way right now. Personally, our family has a lot going on for the next few weeks: we are in the process of moving, packing, and doing work on our new house, all while I am almost 7 months pregnant, and we are leaving for a family … [Read more...]

An American parenting “culture”?

For a somewhat lighthearted read I recently went to our local library and checked out "Bringing Up Bebe", whichcame out a few years ago and explores how the French parent raise children. Has anyone read it? As a spoiler for those who haven't (sorry), there is "one way" to parent (or, rather, "educate") in France. Most chapters conclude that almost all, if not all, French parents do "x" for any number of things, such as introducing food, getting wee little frenchmen to sleep through the night (he … [Read more...]

School’s Out!

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It's that time of year again - the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation! In all honesty, it starts feeling a bit like summer break once swim team starts in late April - the countdown begins when we start donning goggles and swimsuits every afternoon for swim practice. I told my son that I couldn't believe that he was going to be a 5th-grader next year, and that I was just getting used to the idea of him being a 4th-grader. He told me that I should start calling him a 5th-grader … [Read more...]

Screen Time: Where We Are Right Now

Just Dance game on the Wii

Since creating Building Cathedrals over 7 years ago, we have had several conversations about screen time. Each of our families has worked hard to find the balance that works best for our particular situations; our decisions have involved factors such as the ages and the personalities of our children, our own comfort levels with technology, sibling dynamics, housing situations, etc. Currently, my children are 10 (boy), 6 (girl), and 4 (girl), and our baby is due in September. We have typically … [Read more...]

Creation

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This weekend our family flew to Houston for my sister-in-law's graduation, and we had the opportunity to slip away for a few hours to take Pia to the zoo for the first time. I love zoos. As such, I know my husband thinks this trip was actually for me and not for our daughter, but I think it was actually for all of us. Not just because exotic animals are super cool (they are), or because we desperately needed some alone family time (we did), or because we needed fresh air and exercise (again, … [Read more...]

Moving Checklist

Moving in six years ago!

We are moving! After six years in our beloved house, we are moving just three blocks away to another home in our neighborhood that will give us some more room to grow. The decision to move was a tough one, especially because we have wonderful neighbors that have become great friends, but we saw this as a great opportunity for our family and we think that it is a good decision all around. Our move will happen in late-June, after a couple of weeks of minor renovations on our new house, and I am … [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 … [Read more...]

Changes

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Holy Week and Easter were very different this year than in years past, in large part because all of our children have passed the magical age of three and are now old enough to sit through longer (and later) Masses. In years past, my husband and I have split up for the Triduum - one of us would attend Holy Thursday Mass and the other would attend Good Friday. We learned our lesson after a couple of nightmarish experiences spent in the cry room with screaming toddlers - ours and about 25 others. … [Read more...]

Friends and Sisters

Celebrating Sisterhood, even in a weird alien space craft!

I think my sides are still hurting from all the laughter I shared with dear friends, Kellie, J', and K' this past weekend in Las Vegas. It has been going on fifteen years since Kellie and I roomed together at Princeton, but that girl still knows how to get me rolling. No sooner had we collapsed into bed Thursday evening our first night, but we were cracking up over some misadventure. We talked for a good hour lying there, giggling and reminiscing despite the 3-hour time lag.  Ahh… Sisterhood … [Read more...]


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