Of Boys and Bacon…

... Boys are fantastic creatures. They seem to derive simple pleasure from the most unexpected things.Me: Wait a minute! Where do you think you're going with that plate of bacon? The Boy: To the bathroom. Me: With a plate of bacon? The Boy: Yes. You told me to take a shower. Me: With a plate of bacon? The Boy: Yeah, I wanted to eat bacon in the shower. Me: But.... I.... I actually have no argument against this. Carry on. … [Read more...]

Older and Wiser…

... It's hard to believe my son is almost a teenager. It seems like just yesterday I was able to get away with lying that I got him fireworks for his birthday.Happy birthday, Kiddo. Mama loves ya. … [Read more...]

So You Want To Be A Blogger…

... Answering reader email.Dear Crescat,I started a blog a few months ago and already I'm struggling with staying motivated and finding fresh material to write about. I heard some writers have certain rituals or routines. I've also been told it's important to keep a designated writing space available. What's your creative space look like?Sincerely, Bummed BloggerDear Bummed,My designated writing space is anywhere in my home where the wifi reception isn't interrupted by … [Read more...]

I’d Like to Celebrate This Moment With a Little Song…

The Boy left for Scout Camp this weekend. He'll be gone for an entire week.Summer Camp... and the parents of the world rejoiced.The Boy, pictured doing some weird squat-y thing.Thank you to everyone who helped make this trip possible.You guys are seriously awesome. … [Read more...]

The Superiority of the Convert Catholic…

... I like to think converts are a special type of Catholic, and I'm not just saying that because I'm one. Converts intentionally seek out Catholicism and ultimately choose a faith that others are born to. Sometimes choosing Catholicism comes at a great price for the convert and much effort is required -- like in my case, two years of touchy feely kumbaya RCIA and one ex-husband. Those cradles take all that for granted. They don't know how easy they have it made.Only my poor son is a … [Read more...]

Halloween for Lazy People and the Crafty Challenged…

... Like everything else in my life, I wait to the last minute to post some Halloween stuff that probably could have been useful last week. You know, food treats to take to a party or your kid's class -- stuff even I can't ruin.And just look at these super cute costume's for All Saint's Day. I love them all.It pays to plan ahead. However, if you find yourself in a pinch or not quite that crafty, might I recommend a St. Sebastian costume. All you need are some Nerf gun darts, … [Read more...]

Glad It’s Him And Not Me…

... I don't mind camping. I actually enjoy it. I enjoy it more so in an air conditioned RV with running water and comfy beds. I'm the girl that packs lip gloss and eye liner in her backpack. I love being outdoors, I just like to look fabulous while being out there... you know, in case I get lost and need to be rescued by that handsome and totally single forest ranger or airlifted out [which is more likely due to my chronic and debilitating clumsiness] by the equally handsome and available … [Read more...]

Catholic Nerdom…

... The Boy has been altar serving two years now. Two years; it's hard to believe how quickly it all flies by. Last night he learned he got a promotion of sorts. He is no longer the lowly torch bearer. That position is for the newbies. No, now he is training for the position of cross bearer/ book bearer/ bell ringer.Upon hearing the news of his advancement, The Boy declared "Huzzah! I leveled up!".This from the child that kicked, wailed, and screamed when I made him start serving. … [Read more...]

Ah. America’s Favorite Pastime…

... You wanna know what it's like to watch kids play baseball? More specifically, your child play baseball.Let me break down.The other team has boys on first and second. The kid up to bat hits a line drive straight to your kid in left center field. Your kid catches the hit and throws it to third like a boss. And the kid on third ... yeah, he catches the ball alright. And proceeds to throw the ball to first. Without even touching the base or tagging the runner.And I was like ... … [Read more...]