Quick Takes {January Edition}

1. Ice Skating

Early in January, right before my sister returned to school in CA, she and my brother and their significant others, did the very auntie uncle task of taking the big kids Ice Skating.

I video chatted with them while they were there. My quick observations were: Katherine seems to be ok (definitely better than last year), Johny at least doesn’t fall too much, and Karl just goes for the outing.

Anyway, they had fun.

Here’s a pretty long video, but if you’re interested 🙂

2. Sick

The day after they went skating, Karl got sick. Then the babies. Then the big kids.

Oh. It. Was. Fun.

That continued for well over a week.

Then they passed it to me.

Blah.

It was just a bad cold and not a stomach bug, but still…..

Fortunately Jared didn’t get hit with it too hard, but he did manage to have a nice serious foot/ankle/gout flareup which kept him out of work for a few days.

3. My birthday is coming down!

Karl turned 5!

{Birth Story if you’re into that sort of thing: Here it is!}

He had been counting down his birthday since the bigger kids had their birthday last September and seemed to be getting the whole timing of things a little more this time around; at least in the general sense. For example, he finally got the concept that it was my birthday then Christmas then January then… still a few days till his birthday. He  basically asked every day since January began “what day it is?” {what date} and “how many days till my birthday?” He was in one of his frequent “talking all the time about the most random things” modes and “My birthday is coming down” came out of his mouth.

We managed to get just well enough from being sick to have a birthday party. He was thrilled. Had two cakes and everything 🙂

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{And also blew out candles on pancakes on his actual birthday breakfast}

4. Lack of Teeth

Nicki is now 10 months!

Crawling upstairs and onto low beds, however he has yet to master getting down, so that’s been a slight problem. We’re working on it, but he’s not really grasping the concept yet.

Attempting to let go of furniture and “fall-walk” towards another piece of furniture.

Pretty sure he says something like “Cahhhhh” and it means “Cat”, otherwise he doesn’t say much.

Weighed just over 20lbs (or maybe it was 21? I don’t remember) at his last appointment.

Pretty much will eat everything that’s given him. He especially seems to love finishing off Z’s juice/milk cups. So… yeah, he’s had real milk a full two months “early”.

Loves the vacuum.

No teeth. Poor guy needs to get them in ASAP because I think they’re making him super duper cranky and that’s just no fun.

5. New Hobby

I took up embroidery a few weeks back. I’m slowly working on a small sampler with a grand total of seven (that’s right 7) different stitches. But because I have so many hobbies it’s not moving very fast.

It has turned out to be simpler than I thought it would. I mean, I’m not sure exactly why I thought it would be complicated, but… I did.

Anyways, it’s nice to grab some thread and do a row of stitches. I just don’t pick it up very often.

6 Football

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Don’t know if I blog-introduced our kitty. But, in case I didn’t, we got a kitty for Christmas. Her name is Eowyn (from Lord of the Rings).

Apparently she likes football.

Johny really got into it too. He had to go to bed during the Patriots game last Sunday and first thing he did Monday morning (like, literally first thing – I heard him jump out of bed and run immediately downstairs) was ask who won the game.

Now contemplating letting his stay up and watch the Super Bowl.

7. 

Signing off now because I just realized I have exactly 13 minutes left of “nap time” and I had a few more things I kinda needed to get done before the chaos starts again.
You know, all that lovely stuff…

Order books from the library…
Pay bills…
Check in with a linkup I joined last week, but haven’t participated in…

Yeah, that’s so not happening in 13 minutes 😉 Oh well, life 🙂

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Linking with Kelly for Quick Takes

No school this week (QTs #31)

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No school this week

There were several reasons for this, but mainly I realized that we were going to have a few too many doctors visits this week, and days when there are doctors visits always mean school is kinda hit or miss. So, I’d like to think I have excellent planning skills and arranged this all to nicely coincide with the holiday on Monday… but… I don’t. All coincidence.

I did however notice that other homeschoolers are taking this week off too (pure chance). And I think I like the reasoning behind this, do six weeks of school, take one week off. Now, I don’t school year round.. well… not intentionally anyway, but I still think this schedule would work well for us.

2.
Mini (mini) vacation

We went away Sunday and Monday. (A few photos of our walk in the rain). It was fun. I tried my hand at Instagram Live… but that idea faltered once I realized we were out of cell phone service (and internet)… So…. yeah, that’s where we were 🙂

But the kids also got to fly their kites which they have been anxiously waiting to do ever since they received them, oh…. six months ago?

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3.
Doctors Appointments

I had a routine ultrasound on my thyroid (you’ll all be glad to know every thing came back with no change, which boils down to little concern for anything cancerous to be happening – always a good thing!)

Kat and Johny’s annual physical. They’re healthy. And growing. 🙂

4.
Nicki

Nicki turned 7 months this week too!14714802_10157519066585627_322769073644610387_o

He’s currently perfecting:

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Chewing on Cords to the Point of Breaking

Mommy is still trying to figure out how it’s been seven months. Like, for real guys, I still think it’s the beginning of 2016. It still feels weird to be writing 2016 on my checks…

5.
Basement

I’ve been slowly starting on working on cleaning/organizing a space for myself to have an office in the basement. This week I managed to get a few things tossed out courtesy of our friendly neighborhood curbside removal service.

I have ideas folks. But, the implementation is slow.

6.
Working on the company blog

I’ve been logging some serious (for me) computer time trying to figure out how to move websites around for my dad’s company’s blog (which I “manage”).

This is what my brain feels like after I do that

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But, I *think* I’ve got it figured out now (famous last words, right?), so just waiting on authorization to make the actual move. 😉

7.
Projects still waiting to be done during this week “off”

Hang windows shades in the big boys room, and Katherine’s room.
Work on the next square of Johny’s unending Star Wars afghan.
Plant more garlic.
Put away excess boxes of kids clothes

Good thing tomorrow is Saturday!

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Linking up with Kelly. Happy Weekend to all!

 

“that moment when…” {7QT #30}

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…you go to find one of the deuterocanonical books of the Bible and the Bible is laid out  in “order” (instead of all those books in one section in the middle)…

#MightbeaCatholicConvert. Anyone know any catchy kids song to learn the books of the Bible with those books included? (You know, like the ones all the Protestant kids learn in Sunday Schools… I learned one, but it doesn’t include the books…)

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…you go to begin a crochet project and your 6yo has been trying to make a blanket with your thread (and some knitting needles)


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…you send in your first official Letter of Intent {to homeschool}

{gulp} this is getting real. I mean, we did school this past year, but nothing registered anywhere, so it didn’t feel like we were going against any system. Now that the paperwork’s been sent, I feel like we’re in the system and going against it.

I know. I know. It’ll be fine….

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…you must just face the fact that the bouncy seat weight limit (11lbs I think it was?) has long since been exceeded.

Also, I’m pretty sure they aren’t supposed to be able to push their feet on the bottom and get to a nearly straight position…


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…you forgot the baby was trying out the bigger jumper and he fell asleep

it only lasted a few minutes. But am hoping he begins to enjoy this piece of equipment soon because the bouncy seat (in take #5) is just not going to last much longer.

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…your kids start talking (and talking and talking and talking) and you finally realize it’s about video games

…and you have no idea what they’re talking about. This has seriously happened to me multiple times this week.

Just not cool in that department 😉 But hey, I did agree to learn a card game based on one of these games… Gwent? from The Witcher? I think? {this is from Jared’s games not the kids game}

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…you remember its Friday and the kids go to grandma and papa’s and your husband makes dinner. 

#mombreak #datenightin

{Still have the littlest so, still feeding him when he needs to eat and all that…}

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Linking with Kelly for Quick Takes

Just things… {7QT #28}

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In which I attempt to highlight a few things I meant to highlight over the past week, but then lost energy to do and forgot about…

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Siblings February

Siblings Feb

Completely forgot to do this post until I saw another blog’s post on the topic show up in my inbox. Whoops. I really do try to make an effort to get at least one photo of them all together every month.

And, these kids and apples. The bag I bought yesterday morning is gone. All gone.

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

dear beautiful
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Cardiologist Update
Katherine had her annual cardiologist visit. EKG and ultrasound. All continues to look good. The main thing they are watching now is the aortic valve. Because of the location of the hole (right under the aortic valve) I guess it *could* cause there to be weakening in the valve and cause there to be back flow of blood into the heart. They didn’t see any of that, but that’s what they’re most “concerned” about. {And I use that word only because I can’t find a less scary word to use}. So we’ll just continue with yearly visits to see if it does anything.
For those that like these details the Z value for her hole is just above 2, which from what I understand is just a little above normal.
Katherine did great. She was most excited to watch “Elsa” during the ultrasound and to get stickers after.

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Last Week for Me…

So, I posted on FB asking for prayers that I would be able to sleep because Baby’s position was such that it was nearly impossible for me to lay down.

I should have clarified (because many thought that baby was breech) that baby is already head down, and fully engaged. It seemed to be better from this Sunday night through Wednesday/Thursday night, but then last night things started to get uncomfortable again.

So… we’ll see what happens. There isn’t a whole lot that can actually be done at this point. I may try to get another PT appointment if things get really bad again (there was one day last week where I could barely move), but we aren’t there at the moment.

I had decided at the time to offer these all up for your intentions, so leave ’em in the comments or send me and email (address to the right), or find me on FB or somewhere and I’ll add them to my list!

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Also last week…

My grandpa (my mom’s dad) passed away. He passed on Ash Wednesday, which really kinda made the entire Ash Wednesday service seem very real and “in your face”.

I was never horribly close to him, but I still feel his loss. I’ve become closer to my grandmother these last few years and I think I feel more for her loss of a husband of 65 years (please forgive me if I’ve gotten the wrong number of years, couldn’t remember what year you were married).

A cousin of mine put together a video slide show of his life. It can be found here. It’s a little lengthy, but was very nicely done. (His name is Aziel for those that are wanting to pray for him.)

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Theme Thursday contribution
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With Michaela @ California to Korea

Original:

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Edited:

Upped exposure a little bit, the contrast just a little less.
Also upped the shadows exposure and must have added just a little vibrance.

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As I stated in a previous post, I edit nearly all the photos that pass through the blog. Or, actually anywhere on the internet for that matter.

Micaela was talking about Instagram tips over on this week’s TT post. I actually find that if I’m going to be doing almost any editing on my phone I prefer to use a few different apps VSCO and Snapseed are my first choices, and Little Moments and ABM (A Beautiful Mess) are my secondaries. I personally feel they offer more control than IG, and that’s just a personal preference. But, I like editing. If I’m not going to edit a picture too much I’m more likely to just throw it up to IG!

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And just because every now and then your kids do something that makes perfectly good sense…. ????

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Now I’m off folks to find my second “after dinner” snack.

And, yes, I know. Totally fudging this last take. But, I’m out of words. And hungry. And tired. So to bed after this 🙂

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Linking with Kelly for Quick Takes

All about reading {7QT #27}

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I have been meaning to write a “What I Read in ____________” post for, um, three months? Or at least two. So, quick version of what I’ve read “recently”

{Full disclaimer: I started this post a week ago…}

Linking with Kelly, etc.. for Quick Takes.

Before I start if I could just ask for prayers for my grandpa who is has begun his final journey here on earth. And also for my grandmother and peace for both of them. As well as for the family thats traveling to be with them during this time.

It seems there are many things to pray for this evening. A few family members live in France, a little outside of Paris, I haven’t heard anything from them one way or another.. continuing to pray for all.

And, on a slightly happier note, we’ll be finding out Baby #5’s gender tomorrow so if you want to guess, place them in the comments 🙂 Also prayers that all would be well are also appreciated.

Now, what I’ve read.

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Outlander series… by Diana Galbadon

Dragonfly in Amber (book 2) and Voyager (book 3)

I mentioned in the last one of these posts I made that I really loved the Outlander book (first of the series). Probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve really enjoyed them so far. I am taking a little break from them for the moment because I can only read about two or three books of a series before I just need a change of pace. So I’ll probably pick the series back up in the new year.

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Fluffy Summer Reads:

*Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
I finished this book right at the beginning of July and I’m pretty sure my pregnancy brain erased any deep thoughts I had about this book (which may not have been there in the first place). But, needless, I enjoyed it. It’s a story about love (obviously), just not quite in the way you’d expect.

*The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
I’m pretty sure this gets classified as “fan fiction”. And while I’m not normally one to jump onto the “All Things Royal Family” bandwagon (nothing against them, I’m just not crazy into it), this was a fun read. Kinda fairy tale-esque but not too-too sappy, which I tend to enjoy 🙂

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Nonfiction:

*Teaching in Your Tiara by Rebecca Frech
I enjoyed this quick read about homeschooling. It’s set up in a super easy Q&A format and I think I finished in within two days. It would be really helpful for those considering homeschooling, but also it has a lot of great things for those that are already homeschooling…. like a way to refocus.

*The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
I forget where I first heard about this book, but I’m glad I decided to pick it up. It’s all about making your home beautiful and being content, using especially those items you already have. It’s not quite a “how-to” but more of “here’s an idea” kind of book. It’s pretty much not overly religious, however she summarizes at the end with:
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.” (Ps 23:1)
This struck me as so powerful. I’ve always taken that verse to imply that we have everything we physically need to survive (food, clothes, etc..), but I had never really considered it as applying to the “extras”. I think in this book she really does a good job of saying the extras, while, no, not absolutely necessary to survival are, or can be, a way to make a home a happy place and ultimately point towards God.

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Memoirs

For both of these books, it was pretty much the same thing for me. I really just love reading other people’s memoirs. I may get a few good quotes our of the book (My Life in France) or I may just be too absorbed in the story of their life to remember to write anything down (Something Other Than God). Either way, I really enjoy seeing life through other people’s eyes.

*My Life in France by Julia Child

*Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler
Side note story about this one: I brought the book home from the library and set it on the window sill (something “urgent” came up so I took care of  it). Katherine saw the book laying there a little while later and asked what it was called.. (I told her)…
She then replied: But, there’s nothing other than God.
Me:…..ummm… yeah…?

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Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood (Multiple authors) Edited by Roberta Cottam
This was a short little review book I read. And let me just say it was so great. It’s a collection of essays, stories and a few poems and felt like just being wrapped in a cozy blanket. It brought a feeling of camaraderie in a very gentle loving way. Very enjoyable.

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Reread:


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
 by J.K. Rowling

I’ve been wanting to reread the series forever. But once I listened to this podcast by Fountains of Carrots I actually picked up the book and started reading. Plan to reread the series over the next few months!!

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Didn’t care for:

* The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
This was totally a fluffy summer read. And while there wasn’t anything totally wrong with it, I just didn’t really like it too much. Maybe its because I listened on audio book (which I’m finding doesn’t always work out well for me). Or, maybe it’s because an address was referenced for here in RI that was just completely off, which made me feel that not enough research was done, which made me start questioning the realistic-ness of other aspects of the book. Too picky? Maybe.
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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
I just didn’t get this book. I tried. But I just didn’t get it. I heard somewhere it’s probably best to read this with a book club to discuss all the stuff that comes up. But…. I read it on my own and just… nada.

 

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