Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Minutiae vol. 16 ~ Another Sunny Day, Sacraments, Feast Days, + More


On Monday we did our usual thing, except without Lynde, our sweet babysitter. I took the kids on a playground picnic. It was so nice to see the kids playing on such a nice day after barely “coping” through cold weather/first trimester cabin fever.  I’m feeling better, and according to my doctor, 16 weeks, and you’re golden.  We'll see. And everyone said Amen. :-)

On Tuesday, we met my friend Rochelle and her kids at the playground after Storytime (Reading Group).  It was HOT. Monday and Tuesday it got up to around 78 degrees. Good grief! Shorts get pulled out much earlier here than they did in Maryland, that one thing is for sure.  I am feeling a lot more hope about my current condition. I have great sympathy with those who struggle with blood clots during pregnancy. I've heard it is extremely painful and scary.  I got a  bruise on my leg, and I've had trouble with good circulation, so my heart goes out to people who have suffered in that way!

Our new babysitter started was supposed to start on Wednesday. I was was not able to get writing and errands done like usual.  We had a rainy day at home, replete with another tea party, decorating colored eggs, and reading some books.

We also downloaded ABC mouse app for the girls earlier in the week. We’re doing a one month free-trial just to see how the girls like it. So far, it seems really good.  They have lessons and a whole curriculum for ages 2-7. That covers all three of our girls! They each have an account.  It is very different from other apps, so if you have ever thought about it, I would say definitely download the app to learn more. The commercials on TV, that I’ve seen at my doctor’s office, don’t really do it justice. (As far as I know, the app is mostly if not exactly the same as the website, but I’m not 100% sure).

We also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday) and St Joseph’s Day (Thursday) this week. Feast Days!

I made homemade Irish Soda Bread using this recipe.  We ate it for Breakfast, and the kids all got a special gift. Lessons learned: lollipops for Anders as a breakfast gift? BAD idea.  Getting a toy for only one child (Madeleine, who woke up first and had breakfast and opened her doll...) and books for the the older two? Jealousy will ensue.  But considering the toy, understandable. If you are looking for a good toy for Easter baskets, consider Shining Light Dolls- available on Amazon. They're adorable, Madeleine loves playing with and talking about her St. Patrick doll, and she also learned a lot about the saint from the package card that comes with it. So all in all, a win!

I didn’t have any original ideas myself, so I heavily imitated Kendra Tierney’s (from Catholic All Year) recipe for St. Joseph's Day, because Solemnities are not for being solemn. ;)  We had Butter and Parmesan Pasta, Proscuitto, and Melon (on crostini), and White Wine. YUM.

When Stephen and I went out to eat Friday night in celebration of my birthday, I thought it very funny that, after marveling at the idea of eating off a table (re: Kendra's recipe), Stephen's dinner came out on a wooden plate.  (Salmon with horseradish crust and potato fries with dijon sauce~Stephen, bacon wrapped scallops, mushrooms, garlic butter risotto, and other veggies~me//  a la Terra Mae).

We are really enjoying this nice weather. We have daffodils, narcissus, and crocuses sprouting and blooming in our yard. Today's my birthday, so being home in the South makes it feel like it really is a Spring birthday.

Book Update:

I decided to put a few more things in the rotation. I needed some “nightstand” reading.  I’m slowly reading For the Life of the World by Alexander Schemann. It's been since college classes since I've done any heavy theology reading, but I think it is good for my brain.  It’s about the sacraments and orthodoxy, from an Orthodox perspective. We had it on the shelf; I think Stephen bought it a few years ago.  I’m enjoying it. From what I know, the Orthodox perspective is almost identical to the Catholic one on the issues of the sacraments, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Anyway, it's really good.

I finished rereading St. Catherine of Siena, by Sigrid Undset (so good!) and I'm still reading this one (Team of Rivals) about Lincoln, and I'm listening to an audiobook of The Wind in the Willows on free books. Since it is a free recording, people take turns reading different chapters. It actually doesn't bother me; sometimes I get tired of a reader on audiobooks, even if they are really, really amazingly good. So, I call it a win.

I listened to five chapters while I was organizing baby clothes via my new app. Highly recommended! I also downloaded the Librivox app, and the jury is still out on which one is better. I'm following along (read: skimming along to supplement my listening) in the book.

Guess which one is better ?  
Kenneth Grahame vs. Disney? *cough cough* ... ha.

I’m also starting The Kalahari Typing School for Men, and I’m hoping to finish it before we leave for our Easter/Spring Break trip to Texas. (Texas!) I've never been, so I'm excited. We're driving through Mississippi and Louisiana on down to Dallas to visit our sweet friends the Aparicios. God's grace for traveling mercies! Also, just FYI... my blog will be out of commission for at least a week (Good Friday- the following Friday)!

Still plodding along with some of my other {longer} books.

And! While cleaning out the attic, I found some baby girl remnants that made me excited. :-) 

Funny Things They Say:

Black Lady at the dollar store : He has HIS hands full *in reference to Anders*.

After playing it the ABC mouse app, Madeleine said: “I can spell my name. ABC”

Molly: (While riding in our rental car while the other is in the shop): Daddy, I think we should go ahead and get another car.
Molly: So that when I learn to drive, I can have one. . .
Molly: I think we should just go ahead and get another car.

Me: Madeleine, do you know who St. Joseph was?
Madeleine: No.
Me: Mary and Joseph had... who?
Me: Baby Jesus?
Madeleine: (very seriously) Did they have wings?
Me: Well, no...
Madeleine: Were they fairies?
Me: No... this isn't a fairytale, it's a true story, right?
Madeleine: (disappointed) Yeah.

Frances: Guess the animal I'm thinking of. It starts with a G.
Molly: Giraffe.
Madeleine: Guess the animal I'm thinking of, it starts with Giraffe.
Everyone: ...

Madeleine: (after eating her dinner) Mommy, can you make some more cantaloupe?

If you missed it, I was at Real Housekeeping last week, writing about turning my closet into a space for craft storage, and did some link-love last Friday! And don't forget to subscribe to the RH newsletter if you get a chance!

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Also, please check out my Guest Post today at Rosie's blog for her "Crafts for Lent" series. It is an Alleluia banner (easy, so that you can make it with your little ones) to add to your Easter decor!
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Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Spring!

Tacy said...

Oh thank you so much! That means a lot!!

Karen Reep said...
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Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

Your weather sounds amazing! My husband and I have a pipe dream of moving south and lately TN has been our state of choice so you're making it sound all the more attractive!

Glad you are feeling a little better and getting closer to reaching a more stable time period in your pregnancy. Even without any issues I still worry throughout but especially in the beginning.

I like your St. Joseph's Day food of choice. Have you ever had St. Joseph's Cakes? (an Italian pastry) That's our tradition.