Thoughts for Thursday

What am I cooking?Quinoa muffins from Vegetarian Cooking is for Everyone.  My wonderful husband brought home a three pound bag of organic quinoa from Sam's Club (!?), which has sent me searching for all manner of recipes for this ancient grain.  It is so fun to develop a new ingredient recipe repertoire!  Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe?  I'd love to hear about it.What are my weekend plans?My grandmother turns 93 three this weekend, and we'll be going to a family birthday cele … [Read more...]

Dental Boot Camp: Brushing Up on Kids’ Oral Hygiene

On her first trip to the dentist...

I had the privilege of hauling my crew of 5 into the dentist for our bi-annual check-up yesterday. You might have heard us as we paraded down the hallway and into the already-packed waiting area. I could hear the minds of the people there buzzing with questions and comments, but I chose to keep my head held high and delighted in the energy of my wonderful crew. They played nicely in the corner toy area as we waited. A few minutes later, four hygienists showed up at the door and in went my four … [Read more...]

Vinaigrette Idea

We are having crab cakes this 4th of July, and I am going to serve corn on the cob and a big green salad. As a change for our standard balsamic-dijon, I thought the flavors of this citrus vinaigrette looked great, and will work nicely with the the seafood. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/citrus-vinaigretteI love planning big family meals like this, and having time to put some attention into the details! … [Read more...]

All men are created equal….

Our children are still quite young (7,5,3 and 1), but for them the Fourth of July is already synonymous with fireworks, flashy parades, and fabulous summer food (s'mores!).   This year, I have modest hopes of instilling in them a nascent appreciation of what the Fourth of July really means for our country, as well as some of the principles that it represents.  I bought a few vintage books at a used book fair to read to them this week, including The Story of the Declaration of Independence by No … [Read more...]

Sometimes it is hard to be quiet at Mass….

Our youngest is almost 14 months, a tricky age for weathering Mass.  I find myself getting more and more annoyed with squirming and squealing during church.Tonight, while attending a feast day Mass together as a family, I once again found myself walking in the back of the church with our squirmy squealer.  She squirmed so much in my arms, I finally had to put her down on the ground, feeling more than a bit annoyed.Our daughter hasn't taken more than one or two steps on her own.  But su … [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...]

Small Changes for Modesty and Dignity

Ladies, I am finally willing to admit that I have entered the middle phase of my life. My life revolves around parenting, house maintenance and hoping to get today's bills paid before something else breaks tomorrow. All in all, it is a good phase of life, I am happy, and I am making an effort right now to embrace it with dignity and grace. I am of that indeterminate age, somewhere between 35 and 50, and I have noticed that I can't tell anymore whether the other parents around are older or … [Read more...]

5 Things in Summer

I am all about structured freedom these days, for myself and for the children. Menu planning and my grocery shopping system have totally changed my life, and more order in other areas has been very liberating.  I will have lots to say in the coming weeks about the new way that we are structuring household chores, but in the meantime, what about a little structure for summer?  I know that summer is the best time for my kids to have lots of free time, but I also want them to use that time pretty w … [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...]


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