Answer Me This {Still on Vacation edition}

 1. What’s currently on your To Do list?

Absolutely nothing. #StillOnVacation
(Unless reading books counts)

2. Better type of superhero: magic/radioactive powers? Or trauma/gadgets/hard work?

Ummmm……Basically Superman or Batman? I really don’t have a favorite superhero or superhero type…. so…. since Batman is a current favorite around these parts I’ll go with option number two: trauma/gadgets/hardwork.

3. Finding out if baby is a boy or a girl before birth: Good idea? Bad idea?

Good idea. All the way. We’ve always found out with all the kids. I could give the usual reasons:

* Can’t stand surprises
* Want to be prepared

But I really just can’t wait to find out. We usually have a name settled by that point in the pregnancy so I like to be able to call the baby by his/her name.

That and it helped a certain little girl be prepared for a brother instead of a sister (as was the case when Zachary was born).

4. Have you ever appeared on a stadium jumbotron?

Not that I’m aware.

5. Are you more book smart or more street smart?

I think that depends on the situation.
In Motherhood and all things household related: Street Smart.
In anything else: I probably lean towards Book Smart.

6. Have you had that baby yet? (Feel free to skip this one if it’s not applicable to you.)



~Ruth Anne


Answer Me This summer

Linking with Kendra @ Catholic All Year

Weekly Photo Roundup {207-213}



{207/365} – Visited the in-laws church. So I took the opportunity to snap a picture (or two) of the decorations
718-2-2{208/365} – Monday we headed out to a local Nature Center (wildlife rescue center)… and the kids were fascinated by the replication outhouse:



{209/365} – Tuesday we, and by we I mean the kids and my mother-in-law made “Cow Shirts” for Cow Day at Chick-fil-A. (dress like a cow, get a free meal).

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{210/365} – Wednesday we headed out to Callaway Gardens. This guy was finally glad to be out of the stroller.

And bonus we got a family picture (not taken by me), but still sharing because… 🙂

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{211/365} – We found a batman mask and cape and the boys thought it was the greatest thing ever.


{212/365} – All the kids “helped” with making the pancakes for breakfast.


{213/365} – I found my shoes for the wedding. Sparkly and Silver. Check and Check. Goodwill. $6. ‘nough said…


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Answer Me This {summer #3?}



This week’s answer me this is brought to you by #insteadofEdel. {Edel for those that aren’t in the know is a Catholic women’s conference started originally for bloggers, but I don’t think they’re too strict ;)…. link to their info site} This year it was in Charleston, SC and we were *this* close that I very seriously considered going, but….. just didn’t work out. Maybe next year it’ll be even closer and it will happen? New England? Yes Edel planners? Or even New York or somewhere Mid-Atlantic and I could probably swing it…..

Anyways…. instead of that, we’re hanging out in Georgia with family 🙂

If I could switch gears for one minute though and ask prayers for some very sweet friends who are having a memorial service this morning, for their baby boy, Desmond, who was born into heaven on Jul 3. I grew up with Ethan (the dad) and while I don’t know Nicole (mom) as well, it’s still weighed very heavy on my heart. If it’s hit me this hard, I can’t imagine what it is for them. Prayers for them would be so greatly appreciated.


1. At what temperature do you keep the thermostat set? Summer, winter, day, night?

We have only heat in our house (no AC, except for a window unit in our room, which I’ll get to…) In the winter it’s kept no higher than 66 (gas is expensive!) during the day and it’s 62 at night (can’t go too cold with the babies). In my experience 66 is on the chillier side and I would LOVE to have it set higher (like in the 70s) but, it just eats up too much gas… I mean we already can have gas bills in the winter upwards of $400. So multiply that by four or five months of winter-like temps and… yeah, just won’t happen over here.

Summer: in our room we have an AC because Jared can’t stand being hot and sweaty, especially after being outside working, which he does on occasion. That’s just an old window unit kept on “HIGH COOL”, no fancy thermostat for that 😉 I usually run cold so I’m always under a comforter.

2. What is your favorite frozen beverage?

I usually don’t drink frozen beverages. See above statement about me always running cold. Very, very occasionally I will get a coffee frap drink at Starbucks or something, but I hardly ever do that because I’m not really a Starbucks addict, only when someone I’m with insists on going…

And grown up drinks: I don’t go for them either. That’s more because I don’t really drink (anything: frozen or not) though.

3. Where do you keep your keys?

Well, we have these nice little pegs right near the back door which are supposed to be used for the keys. About half the time I get half my keys there. A while back I took the van key off the main ring once the mechanic told me I could do some damage to the ignition switch because of all the weight dangling off. So the van key usually goes straight in my purse/diaper bag. Which totally works until it’s time to go somewhere and I can’t remember which bag they’re in.

(And we have two van keys and they’re both usually in one of my bags)

4. Have you ever really been lost?

Probably not. I’ve not known where I am exactly. But I usually have some idea, so it’s not a hopeless situation.

I can’t give you directions because I don’t pay attention to things like street names or exit signs, but I can pretty much get where I need to go.

Jared has Providence Rhode Island figured out like the back of his hand (complete with street names, etc…) and I still can’t tell you anything more than the main roads. He’s lived there 6 years compared to my 20+…

5. What is the last movie you saw in the theaters?

I feel like I’ve answered this question here before? Maybe? Or was it about TV shows? Either way: I don’t remember.

I know for sure we went to a movie right before Karl was born (in 2012), and it seems like we should have gone to something since then, but *shrugs shoulders*


Now to feed some children who *insist* on getting food by 8:00 AM….

~Ruth Anne


Answer Me This summer

Linking with Kendra @ Catholic All Year

Weekly Photo Roundup {186-206}

No the title is not a typo. I’ll break this into weeks to make it more manageable (three weeks total –  most details on week 3, which was this past week)

Week 1 {186-192}

{186/365} – Raindrops on Roses
{187/365} – Sitting pretty
{188/365} – 8 months! Wow!
{189/365} – Finishing his nap outside because…. that just seemed right
{190/365} – Art project
{191/365} – Getting ready to go (in his skeleton shoes)
{192/365} – Three boys getting squeaky clean

Week 2 {193-199}

{193/365} – Study in black and white (aka: very last minute photo of the day)
{194/365} – Tomatoes – which’ll ripen while we’re gone, but still glad to know they’ve grown 🙂
{195/365} – Holding Z, while standing up! (Note: pony tale in Z’s hair… tell me O Wise Internet People: What do you do with little boys’ hair that’s so long? No hair cuts before age 1 over here…)
{196/365} – Practicing balancing on the garden box
{197/365} – Apparently Katherine draws credit cards now
{198/365} – Pinball on the PlayStation
{199/365} – Happy belated 4th to all you. Best I could do with my phone. Also, side note: it’s super inconvenient to try to leave on a three-week trip when the day before is a national holiday….

Week 3 {200-206}

{200/365} – On the road. 15 Hours. RI to SC. Everyone did great. Hashtag on Instagram #Zs1sttriptothesouth (feel free to follow along there as blogging seems to be sporadic)
{201/365} – Amongst other things we did during our one-day stay with my family was introduce the kids to a trampoline. They were nervous at first, but soon warmed up, and proceeded to jump on it for the entire day!
We also got to see many, many family members who we haven’t seen in what feels like years, and celebrated my uncle’s birthday
{202/365} – Relatively “short” trip from SC to GA (*only* 3.5 hours in the car). Highlight of the day was getting to go in a “real” pool and the water guns.
{203/365} – Blowing bubbles with Uncle Jojo (also birthday wishes from afar to my brother)
{204/365} – Wedding prep (boutonnieres) while Katherine is trying to patiently wait to go into the pool…
{205/365} – Rocking in the rocking chair that belonged to Grandmama when she was a little girl. Have so loved watching Z bond with her. They’ve been so sweet together, and he’s absolutely loving snuggling with her ❤
{206/365} – Cleaning out the gutters on the house. Karl was super interested in “helping”. Other “chores” done this AM, crawling around in the crawl space to see what was up with the AC (it hasn’t been working properly), come to find out… it’s disconnected… so um, yeah. Jared rigged it to work a little better than it has been, but it’ll need the professionals.


Thanks for sticking with the end of this super long photo post. If you have any questions about the trip feel free to ask in the comments, etc… I’m always up for answering. 🙂

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