How fancy are we?

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We're so fancy, our leather couch has built-in cup holders for my evening wine. How fancy are you?  … [Read more...]

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12+ Scary Movies Our Kids Loved (including at least 5 “hells” and 2 “bollocks”)

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By Screenshot from "Internet Archive" of the movie Dracula (1958) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Because we are integrated Catholics, we observe All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and Halloween -- the latter, by trick-or-treating, putting the little guys stickily to bed, and showing the older kids a scarier movie than we normally allow.  And because I'm still in denial about just how many outrageous promises I carelessly made about costumes I'd be happy to whip up, I'm thinking hard about wh … [Read more...]

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The lady was sad, and MAD. (We showed the kids an opera!)

don giovanni

My kids' experience with opera comes entirely from Bugs Bunny, and we really wanted them to branch out. So, with great trepidation, we showed them Don Giovanni last weekend ... and they loved  it. More or less.We did it in two nights. The first night, I set out some trays heaped with treats in the living room. We had brie, havarti, and honey goat cheese and three kinds of crackers, red and green grapes, mini chocolate eclairs, and sparkling cider. So the kids were all excited and cheerful, an … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 2, now with link up!

inapwopwo potato

 What's for supper? So glad you asked!Last week, I said:While I’m no cooking jainyus, I do manage to feed twelve people, seven days a week, without spending a million dollars and without anyone getting rickets. I’ll list our dinners and include any recipes that might be interesting, and I hope readers will share their menus and recipes, too, so we can all get some good ideas from each other. If there’s enough interest, I may start a weekly blog link-up.There was interes … [Read more...]

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How to organize lots of shoes and water bottles, plus a love letter

shoe bins now

The main reason we home schooled for six years was because home schoolers don't have to know where their shoes are. Ditto for water bottles. Need to go outside? Lie down with a manga until the feeling passes. Thirsty? Just drink directly out of the faucet like my son -- or, like my son when he's being fancy, drink out of a plate.I have failed.Anyway, now we have to be shod and watered every morning. Behold, I have some solutions for you, especially if you have a lot of kids and not much s … [Read more...]

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10 rules while I’m in Wichita

kids on pier

Far from this opera for evermore. Actually just for the weekend, for the Midwest Catholic Family Conference! My kids have been extra, extra squirrelly the last few days, and I've had to make a few new rules, which I can only hope they will abide by while I am gone:No spreading peanut butter on balloons. No snapping while saying the rosary. No sucking on the dog's tail. No more calling Donald Trump. No propping ladders against the house to spy on your brothers while they do . . . … [Read more...]

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7 video games, reviewed by my kids

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Hey, who wants to talk about SOMETHING ELSE?How about vidya games? My kids play games on the Wii, PS2, and occasionally the iPad and PC. We have tons of the Lego Wii games, and they were all the rage at our house for a few years. These are cute, clever, and not too noisy or violent (people just turn back into separate pieces when they get killed). Have't found a bad one yet.Here are some of my kids' other current favorite games. I asked them to give a quick description, plus their f … [Read more...]

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