Highs and Lows

Welp, it’s been a heck of a long time since I’ve blogged. And I’ll just put it out there for the 3 of you who aren’t members of my family and have been wondering where I’ve been: I’m not pregnant! That’s right, my 3 month blogging hiatus is not due to exhaustion and morning sickness. I’m just lazy. But we all knew that!

Now that that’s out of the way, I thought I’d use a certain, unoriginal, tried and true method of blogging to jot down a little bit about our summer and early fall: the highs and lows post.

July Highs:
Dave and I escaped and went out on a fancy, long date to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and then dinner for our anniversary.IMG_4572

The kids and I spent a week in New York while Jane was in town and all the sibs briefly got together (to take a picture).



None that I can think of… Well, July might have been the month that we let our tenant get a dog. Sigh…

August Highs:
The garden was in high gear giving us more produce than we could handle, especially tomatoes! I actually froze a ton of them this year and we’ve been using them in soups and chili. It makes me feel very Ma Ingalls-ish. Except she didn’t have a freezer.IMG_4779

My friend Annemarie hosted a FUS reunion that we made it to and that was a blast! It was nice to catch up with old friends and see our kids play together.

Sara got a tummy bug at the tail end of the month and it was so sad.IMG_4771

September Highs:
We took an epic trip down to Raleigh to visit some of Dave’s family and then to Virginia Beach to soak up the last bit of the summer. And I was able to reconnect with a dear college friend while in Virginia Beach! We went on a sushi date and it was glorious!IMG_4854

When we got back, our preschool co-op started back up, and Sara LOVES it. Her pre-literacy skills are just exploding. My former preschool teacher self is totally geeking out over her academic growth.

GUS FINALLY STARTED WALKING! Listen, people. The kid is 27 pounds. It was time he started pulling his own weight around here.IMG_4927

Everyone (except me!) came down with a stomach bug while we were on our epic trip. So. much. puke. And Sara had only gotten over her other stomach bug a couple of weeks before this one! I’m really trying not to let that whole ordeal color my impression of the entire trip but I’m not succeeding.IMG_4840

With the cold setting in at the end of September, some little furry friends decided to move on into our cozy house. We’ve had mice here and there over the last 4 years that we’ve lived here, but this is the first time that we’ve had some in the attic (how did they get up there????) as well as in our kitchen and bathroom. Any recommendations for your best traps would be appreciated! I’m really trying to fake it till I make it, because I know it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but! ! ! They’re gross.

Well, that kind of covers it I guess! I’m not going to make grand promises of more consistent blogging, but I don’t intend to shut it all down or anything. ¬†So if anyone is still reading, thank you. ūüôā You’re a very patient and charitable person, and I like you.



7QT: Blog Angst, Goals and Some Happenings

Here’s hoping that hopping on the 7 Quick Takes train will help me out of my blogging rut!

1. I’ve started and thrown out several posts over the past few weeks. ¬†I lost my groove! First I tried to write about my quest for cute summer sandals, but the quest came to an abrupt end when I succumbed to the siren call of Target’s shoe department.


Gus is unimpressed.

They’re cute, I like them. ¬†I just always do this. ¬†I cave for the cheapest, easiest buy because the nicer, better made and probably more comfortable pair is so much more expensive! No doubt I will pine over this pair for the rest of the summer. But I made my choice. (Aren’t you glad I saved you all from a post full of this nonsense?)

2. I thought about and even started writing a What I Wore Sunday post about how more often than not, my Mass outfits are not nursing friendly because I’m a heartless mom¬†because Sundays are the only days that I have an excuse to get dressed up nicely and it’s only for an hour, so I don’t see what the big deal is. ¬†And then I decided that, indeed, it is not a big deal, so I trashed that post!

3. I guess I’m having a bit of a blogging existential crisis.

Moving on!

4. Last week was Dave’s birthday, and I made him this cheesecake.IMG_4247

I don’t know which good deed earned me best wife award: making the cake or selflessly leaving the last piece for him. ¬†Anyway, I dun good.

5. The month of May so far has been positively magical. ¬†The garden is thriving, my lilacs are starting to bloom and we’re all beginning to shed our pale ghostly gray complexions and don our summer glows.IMG_4219 IMG_4244IMG_4234 IMG_4261_2

Or, in my case, my first sunspots on my forehead. ¬†Hello sunspots, you go well with my prescription sunglasses and forehead creases. ūüėČ

6. This month I set a fitness goal for myself: run 40 miles in the month of May. ¬†I got my 10 miles done in this first week, so I’m feeling optimistic that I can hit my 40 mile goal. ¬†I’d been plateauing a bit with running because my hamstrings have been killing me.¬†I think my lower back is a mess in general and that’s making my hamstrings tight, but I also have never been the best at stretching, so this week I really focused on stretching after running. I also started drinking coconut water again, since it helped my leg cramps and soreness significantly at the end of my pregnancy last year. ¬†Anyway, if any of you seasoned runners/fit people have any tips about stretches, etc., please let me know! I’m a complete hack at this running thing.

7. What I really need to do is set some housekeeping goals for myself! Gus is almost a year old, which means I don’t really have an excuse any more, huh? I mean, I figured once Gus was sleeping through the night, then I could really get my rear in gear and tackle more than the basics. ¬†Are you laughing yet? Have you figured out the punchline? Gus isn’t sleeping through the night. And the rare nights he does sleep all night, Sara wakes up screaming about losing Minnie or her blankets. ¬†As Jenny brilliantly wrote last week, when it comes to sleep training, there are no victors. ¬†Har har.

Anyway, don’t pity me, I’m not dying from lack of sleep. But I might die from lack of dusting in my bedroom. ¬†Oy! I finally deep cleaned my bedroom this morning and it. was. shameful. ¬†No more! Once a month (hey, maybe the Saturday that I go to confession since I actually have stuck to that New Year’s resolution!) I need to dust and swiffer the bedrooms. ¬†No more neglecting the upstairs since nobody sees it. As the internet is my witness, the dustbunnies will never get that bad again!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to click back to Kelly’s place for more Quick Takes!


7QT: Late and Messy

Linking up a day late and dollar short with the famous, published, and fabulous Jen Fulwiler, author of Something Other Than God. [Whew! Lots of words in that sentence!  But I had to get in my SOTG link; I need to win that banana suit!]

1. Right now, I’m lounging with my feet up, sipping a tall, cold glass of… water, relaxing after a full day of First Communions! It was such a great experience teaching 2nd grade this year. ¬†It’s very humbling getting kids ready for Confession and First Communion. Ultimately, the parents are the primary educators of their children (as we all know), but I definitely had a few kids who were getting 100% of their religious education solely during our hour long class on Sundays. And some weeks they wouldn’t even show up! It’s nerve wracking knowing that the only exposure to religion some of these kids get is from me but I feel pretty confident that all the kids were ready today and His grace just poured into their hearts. ¬† Not because I’m awesome, but because He is.

2. ¬†The kids certainly looked ready in all their finery today! ¬†Obviously, I didn’t take pictures of a bunch of other people’s kids, but I did snap a quick grainy picture of their feet. ¬†I swear I’m not a creeper with a foot fetish, I just have a question to ask all of you:¬†photo (1)

Do the little boys all wear white suits and shoes where you live? ¬†This is completely new to me. ¬†Growing up, the boys wore suits or a navy blazer and dress pants and normal dark dress shoes. ¬†Apparently it is very much the norm in this area for the boys to wear all white, including their shoes! ¬†I can’t get over this! ¬†Girls might wear their white shoes again for Easter and other special occasions, but when would a little boy wear white dress shoes again, ever? ¬†Anyway, what’s your experience/what do you think?

3. ¬†Before I delve into the messy portion of these takes, I have to show you exactly what I’m lounging on right now:

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The thrifting gods smiled on me this week when I found this leather chair and ottoman on craigslist for $500! ¬†We weren’t exactly in the market for a new chair, but it’s always been a goal of mine and Dave’s to own a nice leather chair one day. ¬†You know, one day in the very distant future when we’d have the $$$ just lying around for a leather chair of all things. ¬†I never even thought to check out craigslist until Auntie Leila shared her craigslist Pottery Barn chair a while back. ¬†Why hadn’t it occurred to me that this area is just crawling with wealthy folks redecorating their gorgeous houses and getting rid of their expensive leather furniture?? ¬†Anyway, I got into the habit of occasionally popping on craigslist to check out what they had and this week I lucked out! ¬†No, I really lucked out because Dave completely okayed the purchase. ¬†What’s gotten into that guy? ¬†Anyway, the brand is Storehouse which was apparently a nice(ish?) furniture chain in the south that went out of business about 10 years ago from what we can tell from the google. ¬†It’s really nice leather and in pretty good condition and it is so. darn. comfy. ¬†I forsee my little guy and I will be logging some serious hours in the chair this summer.

4. Now that you have this bucolic vision of me lounging in my luxurious leather chair, let me turn up the reality dial a little for you. ¬†My house is a mess! ¬†This week has been really busy with First Communion rehearsals, a preschool co-op meeting and mothers group, long-busy-exhausting work days for Dave, and I’ve let the house slide, partly out of necessity and partly out of laziness and/or exhaustion. ¬†It’s amazing what ignoring the sink for 12 hours will do!

I love how my owl cookie jar's big eyes are peeking out from the back as if to say "Save me!"

I love how my owl cookie jar’s big eyes are peeking out from the back as if to say “Save me!”

5. I know, I know, dishes in the sink are totally small fries. ¬†It’s not just that. ¬†It’s been one of those weeks where I had to re-run the washing machine on the same load 3 times because I just kept forgetting about it down there! My floors are all really groady and my bathroom needs serious attention, but every time I get a spare moment to think about all the chores, I suddenly realize that I’m exhausted and my feet are puffing up!

6. ¬†Along with feeling overwhelmed by house messiness, yesterday was Dave’s birthday. ¬†I always try to make his birthday special and really surprise him with a thoughtful gift or two, but it’s just so dang hard with men, isn’t it? ¬†I was planning on getting him a pair of Rainbow flip flops because he lives in his flip flops after work and on weekends from April to November. ¬†But then when I sat down to order them, I balked at the price tag (for flip flops!) and remembered that he’s been talking about getting himself a nail gun for all the house projects coming up. ¬†Now, I should clarify that when he “talks” about getting a nail gun, he really gushes about how cool it would be to have a nail gun and how DJ (Claire’s husband) has a nail gun and should he get this one or that one, etc. ¬†He was really excited about it! ¬†So finally I just asked him if this is what he wanted for his birthday and he said yes. Bada-bing bada-boom. ¬†Adult birthdays.

7. ¬†I also got him a bottle of Makers Mark, though. ¬†I figured a man’s 30th birthday warrants a $30 bottle of booze, right?

photo (4)I’m also linking up with Blythe, the veritable It-girl of the Catholic blogosphere. ūüôā I swear, I’m not trying to be a kiss-up to the cool kid, I just really dig her blog but more really? ¬†The woman who comes up with the BRILLIANT idea of a Hot Mess link-up is a woman I want to be friends with. ¬†Because my homemaking life = a hot mess.