Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Five Faves: October 22nd

Linking up with Jenna of Call Her Happy the new hostess for Five Faves!!

  1. Liam (the little guy pictured above): loving being four, consistently and completely using the toilet since early this summer, fully energy, very affectionate though saves most of it for his two favorite people Daddy and Caitlin.  Such a fun age! Such the cool dude!
  2. Stella and Sam:A Canadian series that we can find on Sprout about a big sister and her little brother and their many adventures. Beautifully illustrated stories of make-believe adventures and sibling comradery that strike the perfect balance for me as my kids sit quietly to watch and then often with their imagination inspired go off and have similar adventures.
  3. Pumpkin Chai Mix from Trader Joe's (which I did blog about before): a wonderful balance of sweet and tart and just pumpkin-y enough to meet the season.
  4. My current TV obsession is Fixer Upper a HGTV show featuring a married couple from Waco, TX who together as Designer/General Contractor helps families get into sort-for neighborhoods by buying 'the fixer-upper'. Their love for restoring homes, helping families all while raising their own four kids makes this such a fun watch. Happily anticipating Season 2 this January and catching re-runs whenever I can.
  5. October: Amazing Feast Days (St Therese du Liseaux, Our Lady of the Rosary, St John XXIII, and today Saint John-Paul), the leaves turning colors but still largely still on the trees, Pumpkin Scones & Muffins.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Walking for Little Flowers

The third annual Little Flower Walk/Run was last Saturday. Knowing that we were already had a full day planned last Thursday after dropping Liam off at preschool Caitlin and I headed out for Valley Forge were I mostly walked with a bit of running ~ and Caitlin strolled with a bit of walking.

A lovely hour spent in a beautiful place ~ and a wonderful cause supported.
Win ~ Win ~ Win!!!

exploring the cannons

clearly taking a 'selfie' that shows off the t-shirt with a toddler is beyond me
Thank you to Katie of Blessed with Full Hands for organizing.
Please head over to Blessed to read more and wish them best of everything as they travel to meet their new daughter.

Friday, October 17, 2014

1 down ~ 1 up: October 17

1 down:
      A neck injury from a couple months ago reared its annoying head this week and is proving to be the greatest 'pain in the neck' at night when it wakes me and than makes it difficult to get back to sleep.
1 up:
   The brief warm-up allowed for such lovely activities this week such as reading outside and a taking a quick trip out to Valley Forge for a walk with Caitlin while the big kids were in school.

Extra happy note: Despite raining on & off all last weekend it didn't Saturday evening so we were able to go to Oktoberfest at Lisbeth's school where Lisbeth and Liam had a wonderful time and Caitlin rode the merry-go-round for the first time and had such a good time that she rode it two more times!!

Now please head over to Chrystina Noel for more of this week's round-up.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WWRW ~ October 15

   The good news is I'm reading almost everyday again (by which I mean books as oppose to web surfing which never stopped and still hasn't but is now perhaps in better balance), however am currently reading a couple 500+ pagers and at 10-20 pages a day who knows when I will finish ~ so done or not I'm sharing...

   In the category of better late than never we have Outlander by Diane Gabaldon which for the few of you who don't already know is about a young British woman who while on a second honeymoon in Scotland in 1945 finds herself having traveled 200 years back in time when she explores a stone circle.  Her experience as a war nurse helps her find some footing as a healer with the local clan.  I'm currently about halfway thru and am enjoying it enough that I have already bought the next book though time will tell if the series holds my attention enough to last the eight books the series currently stands at.

   And so while reading on the Kindle I'm transported to the Scottish Highlands of 1743, when I pick up a book it is only 1713 though I'm still surrounded by Jacobites in The Firebird by Suzanna Kearsley in which a couple minor characters in The Winter Sea (that I talked about here) are now our main characters and are bound for Russia but have only gotten as far as Belgium currently.  Similar to The Winter Sea the historical story is being told through the paranormal visions of a modern characters; I'm finding the device much clumsier this time around and am wishing the author would spend more time telling the historical story than focusing so much on the modern character's (an antiques buyer named Nicola Marter) anxiety about having visions. Time will tell.

Please head over to Housewifespice for more WWRW.
Also linking up with the Modern Mrs Darcy for Twitterature.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Quick Takes #163

  1. I'm a long time Patriots fan and so I was happy but not surprised by their show of support for an opponent's daughter's cancer battle. Was also glad that Cyndi Lauper/Sara Bareilles video got played during the game.
  2. If you are not already a follower of Passionate Perseverance please head over and perhaps become a prayer warrior for this amazing family.
  3. Overheard in the car ~ Liam: Catie what is your favorite color? Catie: Orange, Blue.  The fact that at 21 months she understood the question and answered appropriately makes me so happy and sad at the exact same time.
  4. Great weather recently; we been getting outside having some fun while still can.
  5. Little Flower Walk is coming up. Hoping for good weather and a fun walk with my littles.
  6. I realize it is a holiday weekend and all!! However what with both school's Fall Festivals and Pre-Cana this weekend ~ I may very well declare Monday a day of rest.
  7. Happy Weekend!!
Please head over to Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

31 days to write and read.

Happy October!
Happy Feast of the Guardian Angels!!

   The last two years I have joined the challenge hosted by the nester to write for 31 days during October and really enjoyed it both times. This year however I have other goals for the month like Finally getting a certain house on the market and making real progress on a certain 4!! year old's baby book.

But I did want to share a couple links for those who want to write and read along.

Jenny at Mama needs Coffee is writing on Church teachings.

Sara of Fumbling Toward Grace is sharing poetry.

Have Fun!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

New House: Liam's Room

   Will be sharing over the next month or so some of the fun we had this summer getting the house ready to move in.  All of the bedrooms were painted a dark taupe with a brown carpeting so it was always our plan to repaint the kid's rooms.

   First up Liam's: When asked what color he wanted his room he said "Geen" and with the help of Behr Color Smart and bringing home some paint chips we were able to narrow it down to three which we then bought samples and tried out on the wall.

the before shot...

my assistant posing with our trial patches.
  We settled  on Key Lime and got to painting; given that we were going over a dark color I opted for the fancy Paint&Primer and am very glad I did as it is a good size room and already the two coats it took was quite plenty (especially since I still had two more rooms to paint before moving).

We then headed to Tar.get for new sheets. Liam choice was Dinosaur sheets.

We are largely reusing furniture we had except for a Peel&Stick chalkboard and firetruck storage bench both new for his Dinosaur/Fireman room!!