Yarn Along and Tidbits



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Found this Star Wars blanket on Pinterest. Decided to be ambitious and make it for Johny for his birthday at the end of September. Jared {only half joking} asked me which year I was planning to give it to him.

But, hey. One square almost done, so only twenty-three more to go. Plus joining. Plus the border…


Not lately, but thought I’d go back and try to at least jot down a {very} few thoughts for things I’ve read in the past few months. {These books I finished reading in April}

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Heart wrenching, haunting WWII novel. I enjoyed it.

In This House of Brede by Rummer Godden
First book to make me have actual tears running down my face in a long, LONG time!

The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbit
Read aloud with the kids. I’ll be honest, at many parts in the is book I was like “where are we going…?” But, I kept on to the end. And oh my goodness. They get to the water, and it’s just beautiful and points towards Jesus as being what we most want and are seeking, even if we think we’re looking for something else.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Sometimes just need a good sci-fi book to read. I loved the writing style of the book, and that it was science-y while still being accessible to a lay scientist 🙂


{Other tidbits from the past week or so}

Cooking: Whatever I can scrounge up in the fridge. We’re still eating off the leftovers from the cookout we had on Saturday. Tomorrow we’re planning on a meal out with Jared’s brother, and I still have a package of pork chops in the freezer.

Really, the truth? I’m procrastinating going to the grocery store. I think I can make it till Thursday, or maybe even Friday… If only the kids didn’t need their milk in the mornings…

Wanting: Maybe one extra hour in the day to read the enormous amount of books I want to read? And another hour or two to tackle all the projects that I’d like to get to?

Loving: That Nicholas is sleeping 10-12 hours a night!!!!!!! And AirConditioners.

IG account you all should go enjoy:

My brother’s:. @mattiesandchezLovely Tidbits

I know, I know, I already shared it earlier this week (last week?) on Instagram, but…. he needs {another} older sister shoutout.


I came across this photo earlier today, and shared it on FB. It’s from my brother- and sister-in-law’s wedding last year


One of my aunts commented

Su amor de esposos es el mejor regalo para sus hijos.

And, I don’t know why, maybe because it was in Spanish and I had to actually think hard about what it said so I could understand it, but it was just so special to see *that* comment on *this* picture because I forget it sometimes.
Translation: Your love between husband and wife is the best gift for your children {or something to that extent – I’m bad at translations}

Working On:

My pile of books.

Project 366: Week 28, 29 {192-205}

Week 28 10 July through 16 July {192-198}

192 – Praying before Mass

193 – She has been wanting to give me breakfast (in bed) since Mother’s Day. (She also wanted to do it for Father’s Day…) But each day she woke up and said “oops, I got up too late”. So on this morning she came in while I was sitting on the couch with breakfast. She totally has the whole “presentation” thing down, but she didn’t learn it from me.

194 – Don’t know what’s up with the moths lately. But we’ve had quite a few this summer. But, come to think of it, I haven’t noticed quite so many this past week (this photo was from two weeks ago), so maybe the heat has something to do with them leaving?

195 – First corn-on-th-cob of the season.

196 – Yeah, so one afternoon the kids decided to play “Orcs” in the mud. I think it had rained earlier in the day so mud was abounding.

197 – Drive-through date nights. Alternate caption: Going on dates with a 4 month old.

198 – Nicholas.

Week 29 17 July through 23 July {199-205}

199 – Brothers just playing

200 – We “inherited” these old books from my father-in-law which we keep on the mantle (out of reach of little fingers). Well, Kat took a relatively long nap this day and so was up way after the other kiddos had gone to bed and she asked to see them. She enjoyed looking through them. Pretty sure she couldn’t wrap her mind around the fact that they over two hundred years old. {She kept asking if they were older than me}

201 (and bonus) – Zachary’s first time painting. Not sure he was too impressed with how it tasted.

202 – If the squirrels ever stop eating our grapes we will have a nice little crop in a few weeks. That would be great because I didn’t harvest and last year (or borrow from my dad’s and brother’s unused harvest), so our homemade grape jelly supply has long since run out and I’d love a resupply.

203 – He fell asleep this way. I just…. *sigh*…. 🙂

204 – Papa bought water guns. The kids had a blast from what I heard. (It was their evening to spend with them, so I wasn’t actually there.)

205 – Breakfast at Grandma’s. Doughboys, berries from the farmers market and cheese, all topped with powdered sugar. {If you’re keeping track: yes, the kids are at my parents Friday night, we go home, and we’re back there first thing Saturday morning for breakfast… not sure how that’s happened, but such is the way of things at the moment.}


Guys!!!!! I finished TWO WEEKS worth and it’s Saturday AFTERNOON!!!!! I feel… accomplished? Well, anyways they’re done for this week. Catch you all next weekend!

Real camera photos this week: 5 (between both weeks)

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Siblings {July}

Siblings July-2


My favorite of them all this past month 🙂

Siblings July-3

I had three unwilling participants for this here photo… I’ll let you guess which ones 🙂

Siblings July-5

Tried to capture them using the wide angle lens of my Olloclip. I suppose technically speaking I did get them all in, but the distortion is bad. But here they were all watching a much begged for TV show. {It’s a rare treat when mama lets them watch something mid-day}

Siblings July

I guess most of my photos are a lot of “big kids doing something – plop the baby in the frame”

Siblings July-4

This was on Nicholas’s 4-month birthday. I forget now what Zachary’s fuss was, but clearly he wanted to be doing something else.

Since I’m not sure when I’ll be back to write a “how are things going” update, I’ll just put it here.

When I wrote my last update with Five Kids, I basically said that I’m still figuring it out. And now, two months later… I’m still working on it. I mean, the crazy has definitely settled down. But this last month has been hard. Mostly because of Zachary. I guess he’s just at a hard age (or something). He wants to be one of the big kids – which he’s definitely not. He has so. much. energy – which I can’t always keep up with. And one of his favorite past-times/hobbies is escaping down the driveway, so I have to know exactly where he is literally every second of the day – and that’s not an exaggeration. So I guess my mental energy has just been very depleted lately.

But, overall, I mean, other than chasing Z. things are going well. We’re just hanging out basically at home. I’m too nervous to take all the kids even to the park on my own yet. We’ll get there. One day.


{This post is part of an ongoing project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Intro’s here}

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Project 366: Week 27 {185-191}

I *will* WILL WILL get this post written tonight!!!!! 😉

I posted last week this photo on instagram:

*Project 366 - Week 27 28 4 out of 6 library books currently checked out (the others are on the kindle). All due back within the next 3 weeks (one as soon as 2 days), none renewable on account of many holds in place #summerreadingoverload but… #challengeaccepted, so if you don’t see me for the next few days this is why 😉


…. And that’s literally where I’ve been the last week. Just couldn’t quite make myself get on the computer and every time I did it was just more hard news for the world, which didn’t exactly make me want to get on *more*…. Anyways. Finished three of the books, and returned The Gilded Years without reading as it didn’t grab me and was due back (and not renewable) and I didn’t want to rush try and read it through this weekend. One of these days I’ll do a little book post to, you know, actually post on what I’ve read since I know some of you enjoyed those when I did them in the past.

So. Here I am.

Week 27 3 July through 9 July {185-191}

185 – Every time Z takes a walk he stops and visits with St Francis a few houses down.

186 – On the 4th we went to the beach (note to self: stay home next year). It managed to wipe us all out for the remainder of the day. And part of the next. I totally spaced on the whole “lets do a cookout” thing. So we had hot dogs and hamburgers with no buns, generic bratwurst, and leftover potatoes. No pickles, no potato chips, no corn on the cob… I’ve got a baby, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. The big kids were able to go with my parents to see the fireworks, which they enjoyed.

187 – Kat came outside while I was putting up the laundry and announced that she was ready to go to work with daddy. She had on her “workbooks” “worker pants” (jeans) and “Casa Buena” Shirt and her backpack with miscellaneous necessities. {She didn’t actually go}

188 – Nicholas

189 – Nicholas and the sock monkey. Resemblance?

190 – We had been out in the driveway and Z managed to escape, while I was sitting RIGHT THERE (mostly because I couldn’t run after him because I was holding Nicholas )which ended up in all three of us just scrapping the whole “play outside” thing. All that to say, he was going into meltdown mode because he had to come in. I guess he was just exhausted though because he crawled up on the couch and fell asleep.

191 – Playing out in the driveway – the big kids.


And I got half of it done. Nicholas woke up. He’s been asleep for close to five hours though, so I really should go tend him. And hope he settles back down for the night. Maybe I’ll get this weeks photos up sometime in the coming week. If not, they’ll be here next Saturday!

Real camera photos this week: 0

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Project 366: Week 26 {178-184}

Week 26 26 June through 2 July {178-184}

178 – Flowers. I love flowers
179 – She wanted to “hold the baby standing up” (and dressed up, because… Monday)
180 – So not helpful, so super cute
181 – If you have an older sister…. sometimes she will dress you up
182 – Warm enough to go in the wading pool
183 – “Where’s Zachy?”
184 – 52-Pick-Up: Uno Style… which makes it what? 108-Pick-Up?



Real camera photos this week: 3 !!! I know, right? (Numbers 4, 5, and 6)

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