My Sunday Best, Vol. 52: A New Family Member

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Well hey there! Happy Sunday from the whole family, including the newest member!

Nope, not a pregnancy announcement. That's a goat.

Week by Week, 16/52: Little Artists

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time and again, I've tried to entice John Paul into some sort of artistic venture. He sometimes enjoys drawing circuits, maps, architecture... But nature journaling? Not. His. Thing. And really, drawing anything was like pulling teeth.


That has changed, and rather abruptly!

My Sunday Best, Volume 51: Divine Mercy = Chocolate

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday! And Happy Easter!

Week by Week, 15/52: Tools, Tulips, and Fairies

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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After spending most of a week helping Andrew build the chickens' new coop, John Paul has apparently decided he needs projects of his own to do - he's been sawing and drilling various pieces of scrap lumber, and everyone is fascinated by the process, despite the fact that they don't quite have the coordination to imitate him. He's been kneeling on the ground, sawing wood between two cinder blocks, and it looks so pitiful that I think we're going to need to find a space in one of the outbuildings to set up a little workshop for him!

We got a small greenhouse to go on the porch and the seedlings are already much happier than they were in the bathroom - even though there's plenty of light in there, they just weren't getting as much as they needed... The kids love it. Peter has been dragging chairs in there so that he can look at everything, and thankfully he's been very gentle and hasn't killed a single seedling, which is more than I can say for myself! 

Then, of course, the greenhouse became their real house, and Peter had a bed and Cecilia asked him if he wanted her to put him to bed. "Yes, and a story and a song and a pwayer!!!" So she told him a story, and prayed with him, and sang him a song, and then I asked him if he wanted her to put him down for his real nap later in the day.


Game changer.

So when nap time rolled around, I changed his diaper and she got him down without a problem! Sure, he didn't sleep, but I didn't have to put him down for a nap! It was the sweetest, sweetest thing, and I love how close they are right now.

I'm not sure what inspired it, but they started coloring hickory nuts and acorns for "the fairy easter egg hunt." The girls all like to pretend that fairies are real, and they'll make fairy houses and put out food for the fairies and the like. But Peter is so confused. He keeps asking me, "But where are da fairies? Where are dey? Mom, do you know???" No, Peter, I don't. The fairies are pretend. Even though their "easter eggs" are real...

4 Mouth-Watering Recipes for Taco Tuesday (plus a shortcut you'll adore!)

Monday, April 17, 2017

With 8 people eating dinner at our place every night, it's not often that I can find a meal that pleases every single person. But tacos? Crowd-pleaser, every time. I've got a whole bunch of recipes at the bottom of this post if you're looking for a little inspiration for Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo, but tacos are good any day of the week, so give these a try soon!

A couple friends recommended these taco boats and they were so adorable I had to make little sails for them, obviously! They were so, so much easier to fill than the regular tortillas I usually use, so I was able to have them assembled for the kids so that they could add any extra toppings they wanted. Such a simple shortcut, but definitely one we'll be coming back to.

My Sunday Best, Volume 50: Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! He is Risen! Alleluia!!!

Still haven't painted that porch... And didn't exactly choose the best time of day to take a picture, lighting-wise, but look! Family picture!

Week by Week, 14/52: Violets, Bluets, and Elephant Rides

My Sunday Best, Volume 49: Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday! Woohoo! One week until Easter!!

Week by Week, 13/52: Poetry, Breadcrumbs, and Paper Scraps

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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My Sunday Best, Volume 48: Spring-ish

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Happy Sunday! Only 2 weeks until Easter! Does your parish have the statues shrouded? This Sunday is Passion Sunday, which is traditionally when the sacred images are shrouded until Easter. It's super-easy to do at home if you just get a couple yards of purple fabric that won't fray - no sewing necessary!

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