Taking a Break

We’re taking a break from blogging while we work through some big changes at home. We’ll probably be back eventually. Thanks for your understanding and support.

Why Do I Write?

It’s 11:45 pm, and I should be asleep right now.

A younger me would have laughed at that sentence. I’m sure an older me will laugh even harder, considering how young I still am. I have a tendency to fall fast asleep with my little one promptly after reading bedtime stories, which usually ends up being somewhere between 7:30 and 8:30 pm.

So why am I writing when it’s way past my bedtime?

Oh, you know, just dealing with some meta questions.

Like why I write. [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap Up #11

Hmm, is it too late to say where on Earth did January go? How is it possibly the second weekend of February already? I started school on Monday, and this week has been a bit of a blur.

I truly feel for those on the East Coast right now. Snow storms are no fun, and I hope everyone out there stays safe! On the bright side it seems that with everyone trapped inside, there’s plenty of time to make Harlem Shake videos. [Read more...]

January Twitterature: Book Reviews in 140 Characters or Less

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Linking up with Anne (with an e!) of Modern Mrs. Darcy for the very first Twitterature Link Up. You can read all about the link up here.

I know we’re supposed to keep it to 140 characters or less, but that is just way too hard. So, here are my books of 2013 (so far) in 140 words or less! [Read more...]

How I stopped being a hipster & finally gave e-books a chance: Part I

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Lately, it seems like everyone has been writing about what books they read in 2012, what they want to read for 2013, and all sorts of other wonderfully bookish topics. I love it!

I’ve been a bookworm since I learned to read, and haven’t stopped since. When I was younger, maybe around 3rd or 4th grade, we used to make trips to the library almost every Saturday. Those trips weren’t nearly frequent enough for me, and I would spend hours making lists of all the books I wanted to check out. I would also pour over the huge city street map we had, planning the best route from our house to the library – on my bike, of course. Although I never had the chance to ride my bike to the library when I was younger (my parents thought a five mile bike ride, which included crossing a highway and two other very busy intersections, wasn’t the best idea for a girl of ten – how terribly unreasonable! ;) ), my love for the library, and all things involving books, was kindled.

Over the years, my life changed drastically, full of ups and downs, but there were always books to come back to. Books to read secretly under my desk during class when I thought I already knew everything the teacher was going to teach. Books to hide under my pillow, pretending to be asleep when my parents checked in on me at 9, only to pull out my book light and stay up for hours reading as soon as they had shut my door. It wasn’t just the stories, although that certainly is the main reason for my book love, but the books themselves were something I held dear. There’s just something so perfectly beautiful about opening a book, maybe well worn with age, maybe so new the pages still stick together. To this day, I am unable to pass by a garage sale without stopping to at least look at the books they might have.

You can imagine my dismay and hostility with the advent of the e-books. There was no way an e-reader, or a Kindle, or a Nook, or what have you, would ever sway my love for a real paper and ink book. No sirree  No e-books for me! I’d rather have a beautifully bound book. Preferably something old, (a first edition? my heart flutters at the thought!) with lots of character, and signs of wear from being read and re-read. I may have been a bit of a hipster about it, actually. I liked books before they were electronic.  [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap Up #10

If a wreath is left unattended, it will end up on Aiden’s head. No exceptions.

First week of 2013, what happened to you? The flu. That’s what happened. What started as a nasty cold a day or two before New Year’s Eve turned into Influenza B, and most of us (myself included, but Aiden and Sean were spared, thankfully) have been miserable since. Yes, we all got our flu shots, but those only immunize against a select few strains, and even then there’s the chance that you may get it. Hopefully, we’ll all be better in a few days.

So what have we been up to this past week? Well, besides lying in bed, eating chocolate and saltine crackers, and catching up on Downton Abbey (or maybe that’s just me?), we’ve spent a quiet week around the house. Clare and John went back to school on Thursday, and Tav and Mary will go back on Monday, when they’re feeling better.

Our New Year’s Eve was a happy one, since nobody had been hit by the full force of the flu yet. Dad organized a treasure hunt for Aiden, John, and Clare, complete with rhyming riddles. The final treasure was a new Lego set for them to share. This was the first time we’ve had a treasure hunt for New Year’s Eve, and I think it is a tradition we’ll be keeping around. I just have to share some of the clues: [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap Up #9

Happy Sunday! Can you believe Christmas Day came and went so quickly? Thank goodness for the 12 Days of Christmas; we’re still in the Christmas season until Epiphany on January 6th!

We put up our tree last Sunday. I can’t believe we made it that long! But just like we hoped, abstaining from Christmas things during Advent made it that much more special when we opened the candy cane and mistletoe flood gates of all things Christmas-y!

Breakfast at St. Clair Broiler

On Monday morning, we went out for breakfast at a favorite local spot, the St. Clair Broiler. It’s very close to our house, the service and food are always great, and the waitresses were all wearing Christmas sweaters. It definitely got us all in the Christmas spirit! Sean is still recovering from his jaw surgery (hence the swelling and bandages) but discovered he could eat pancakes if he cut them up into tiny bites and just swallowed them without chewing. Success! [Read more...]

The Gift Grab Dice Game

On Christmas Eve, Sean, Aiden, and I went over to Sean’s Aunt’s house. Besides the usual gift giving, all the cousins participate in the “gift grab dice game.” This is always everyone’s favorite part of the night, and a game we play for New Year’s Eve, wedding showers, and baby showers, too! We love it so much; I had to share it with you, dear readers!

Gift Grab Dice Game [Read more...]

Learning How to Celebrate Advent: The Post Game Review

Before Advent even began, we wrote about how we were learning what it meant to celebrate Advent. We had our pretty Advent calendar, stocked with 24 wonderful ideas that would help us celebrate Advent meaningfully. We planned on keeping things simple, but making it meaningful by explaining the history and reasoning behind some of our new traditions. We also planned on saving the Christmas stuff for Christmas. No Christmas music, no Christmas cookies, no Christmas movies, no Christmas tree during Advent, no Christmas decorations. We also wanted to keep this season ‘green’ by making sustainable choices with our food, presents, and other traditions. Finally, we wanted to begin celebrating the Little HolyDays throughout the liturgical year, and picked Advent as the time to start. For us, this included celebrating many different Feast Days that we never had before.

So how did we do?

I am extremely proud of our efforts, and I think we truly learned what it means to celebrate Advent meaningfully. Success! Now there’s just one problem… [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Weekend, everyone! In the past when we’ve done a Weekend Wrap Up, it’s been more of a link post, but we want to try something a little different. Due to requests from our family that reads the blog, we’ve decided to include some more personal details and updates about what’s been going on in our family during the week. Not only will this benefit our extended family that lives far away, it will benefit you, our dear readers! We can’t wait to share a little more about our daily lives with you. [Read more...]