A few weeks ago, I was trying to explain to my son that I try to give all of my children what they need, even though they don't get everything the same, so what I view as "fair" might not look fair to them. There are even times when things are totally "unfair" because I need other kids to sacrifice in order to provide a special situation for one child at one time, but that it will all even out eventually, hopefully. This was a hard conversation, so I went into metaphor mode. I told him that … [Read more...]

Blessing the Bread

Blessing the bread

Our two year old has a new tactic to prolong dinner time.  It is particularly effective.  He'll pick up a roll or a large bite of food in both of his hands, whisper a few words over it, and then slowly raise it over his head.  Remind you of anything?  Perhaps a particular moment at Mass?Once the bite/bread roll returns to his plate, I ask our son, "are you going to take a bite, Buddy?""No, no, Mommy," he'll reply, "that bite is for Jesus." He has me figured out … [Read more...]

The Disney Scoop

Our crew gearing up for the magic

It has been two weeks since our Disney getaway--just enough time for the "Disney amnesia" to set in (an amazing phenomenon that clouds all negative memories (like when your daughter had 3 potty accidents at Epcot) and highlights only the good, sparkly ones).  Whether the moments were all magical or not, the week was such a special treat for all of us and one that we will undoubtedly look back upon fondly. It will go down in Gasperini lore as some of our best and most fun times together.As … [Read more...]

A Winter Escape

Claire's favorite find!

It is not every year that we plan a winter vacation to Florida.  But, as luck would have it, this winter of all winters was the perfect year to escape the northeast.  We made the long 18 hour drive to Marco Island in Florida (as far south as it gets on the gulf coast), and boy was that time in the car worth it!  I hope these pictures make you all feel just a little bit warmer.Moments after arriving, I took this shot of Josie on the beach.  Nothing cuter than those bare baby legs on the bea … [Read more...]

This Olympic Moment Made Me Cry

We have seen the Proctor and Gamble "Thanks Mom!" commercials, as well as several mom-tribute copycats, and I do always appreciate that tribute to the hard work that an entire family does to get someone to the Olympics, but as someone whose life often revolves around getting young people to various (non-Olympic caliber) sports activities, I have to say that I was most incredibly moved and inspired by Noelle Pikus-Pace, the US skeleton racer who came out of retirement for one more shot at an … [Read more...]

My Favorite Christian Coloring Pages

My children love coloring pages. I also find that an appropriately themed coloring page can help me communicate something effectively to my children.  This is especially the case when I am trying to teach, emphasize or celebrate something having to do with our faith.  However, I have wasted my fair share of time searching the web at the last minute for coloring pages of a particular type or genre, often coming up empty-handed in the end. Right now, two of my favorite sites for C … [Read more...]

Disney Done Right


Take the most magical place on earth, add dear friends, spring-like weather, precious family memories, two of the greatest (most tolerant) grandparents in the world, and we've had a vacation close to perfection so far. Okay, minus bouts of whiny children, the potty accident(s) today at Epcot, 3yo implosion moments, tired kids, the 1yo who won't go to sleep as I type this…  You know how that goes. We expected these hiccups and are fighting to remain optimistic!  Thankfully the older kids are hav … [Read more...]

Thankful for Uncertainty

My son made his first penance on Saturday and I was blessed enough to also grab a few moments in the confessional.  Our family is going through a pretty intense time of transition, and so, among other sins, I confessed a serious lack of trust in God.  Trust is a real struggle for me.  Most especially, and perhaps not surprisingly, I struggle during times of change or uncertainty.  It is very hard for me to let go of control.  So I explained all this to the priest, and said that I really want to b … [Read more...]

I love it when a good plan comes together

On Tuesday afternoon my kind mother in law was at my house, planning to stay through the evening while my husband and I went out to eat with an anniversary gift certificate.  I was out picking up one and dropping off another, as I often am from 3-5 pm these days, when I got a gentle text:  Alice, is there a plan for dinner?Sheepishly I called her back.  Um, no, there is no plan for dinner.  I'm pretty sure there is enough pasta left in the pantry and a jar of sauce, and half a head of let … [Read more...]

The Downton Patch

Confession:  it turns out that I was more "addicted" to Downton Abbey than I thought.  It doesn't help that my husband still wants to watch, and so in addition to leaving the show, I am also leaving our date nights!  Just like with smoking, drinking or any more sinister addiction, giving something up takes levels of self control, but you can change the situation to help yourself.First, I told my husband very firmly that not only was I not going to watch, he could not watch it in the house.  I … [Read more...]