Monday, June 29, 2015

Monthly Recap vol. 22 ~ June 2015 What I'm Reading, Funny Things They Say, Vacation, etc.

This has been a busy month. I can't believe it's about over. We've traveled, stayed home, cleaned and decluttered in preparation for the baby, and just generally kept busy.  I don't know why, but this month I'm particularly excited about the books I read.  I'm also all set to stock up via Amazon and the Library for July!  Let's just dig right into that, shall we?!

what I read...

I feel like I'm catching up in the reading department. Summer reading calls for a big stack of books.. one for the pool, one for the bed, one for the backyard + cup of {lightly sweetened, decaf} iced tea. I decided to forgo the kindle deals this month in favor of more "in my hand" copies. Seeing them on my bookshelf here makes me regret it for about um, zero seconds.

A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot

I really enjoyed this one. I was telling Stephen the night before I finished it that I needed help with the schedule, routine and cleaning/praying, and I was going to have to do some serious soul searching on the way home from our Disney trip. Enter A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot. Her intended pursuit is after a home life and mother's routine that incorporates the Liturgy of the Hours and Spiritual reading into her daily life of cleaning, cooking, homeschooling, and caring for kiddos, etc. It is extremely well-written and her charts and thorough and helpful. I've read some other homemaking books and this is unique because she incorporates the spiritual into all things.

Savor by Shauna Niequist

Good recipes, good reflections. I give it 4/5 stars, simply because I've read too many of her books for this to be all fresh material. But re-reading some of her stuff is worth it. So all in all, good and worth picking up a copy for yourself. Modern Mrs. Darcy recently had Cold Tangerines on her Great Kindle Deals. So keep an eye out! ;)

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

This book is hysterically funny, and it is a perfect read for Moms, Dads, kids who can relate to big family life, and pretty much everyone over, under, and in between.  I thought it seemed overrated when I read the reviews, but they're not lying, you guys. I laughed my way through it, and sometimes, I was crying from laughing so hard. If you missed it, I did a giveaway here. (Now closed, but you can still follow me and I won't be sad).

These Beautiful Bones by Emily Stimpson

I couldn't get into it at first, but it had amazing reviews from people I read and really respect (aka as Scott Hahn).  I kept plugging away, and I'm glad I did. This is a treasure of a book; it is mediations on Pope John Paul II's writings on the Theology of the Body (written in the early 80's, but as this author argues, largely ignored for all of its wisdom).  If you're in the dark about the Catholic Church's teaching on things like marriage, sex, the body, and the right relationship for these things in the context of our spiritual lives, read this book. Your understanding will be profoundly impacted.

Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses by Paula McClain 

Author of The Paris Wife, I knew I would love the writing in this memoir, and I was right. It is poetic and satisfying for a wordsmith's eye.  This book is a little dark and depressing, but it's a quick read and a very absorbing account of the foster care system in our country, including the less-than-perfect quirks and all that that entails.

Pope Awesome by Cari Donaldson

I thought of many people I wanted to share this book with, and I probably still will. I could relate to her conversion story and many of her thoughts/thought processes along the way. Good stuff, all told.

I love this book cover so much!

Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia

Again, like These Beautiful Bones, I found this hard to get into but it actually ended up being an easier read than the one from Stimpson.  I really, really liked this book and found myself underlining page after page.  As Jennifer Fulwiler wrote, this was a "wake up call," for people- like me- who find themselves  unwittingly entwined in the evils and idolatry of things like self, ideas, technology, and sex in our modern age.  Scalia really knows her stuff, being the Anchoress from's Catholic channel. Read it if you are a serious, faithful Christian looking to get a good, friendly wake up call from one of Catholicism's foremost writers in the blogosphere.

Boundaries in Marriage by Cloud and Townsend

Although this didn't make it to the picture, I also read this (it's on my nightstand, I'm not quite finished yet), at the recommendation of someone I really respect. I actually thought as I clicked "buy" on Amazon, "I don't really need to read this, but I will for my friend."  How wrong, how wrong I was. Why was I so "above" it all?  I've read Boundaries multiple times.  We have a pretty awesome marriage. Our bumps around our seven year anniversary (so typical, so typical: I see you 7 seven year itch) have completely resolved. But THIS BOOK is huge! It is so important! It is so good!  Even if you feel like you have tiny, minimal marital problems, or you don't have much room in which to improve, this book will open your eyes and help you to see how much better life can be if you just go to the root and rip out those teensy, pesky problems that you might be blind to. ;)

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what we watched...

We watched "The Imitation Game"and I sorta liked it. I thought about doing a recap or even a thoughtful essay post about it, but I felt it would feel too forced, since Stephen was the more passionate about it between the two of us. Let's just say: profound, very interesting, safe for all ages, and a little strong in the gay agenda near the end. Despite the adult themes (homosexuality), it was definitely a safe one for kids, although I'm not sure kids would even be very interested? Based on a true story, with a focus on the incredibly interesting Alan Turing. But yeah, big themes.

I'm still working my way through Parenthood.  I just started Season 2. I love Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and the bear live web cam, found at or simply search "bear cam" on youtube. Seriously: sooooo interesting. I have nothing much to report in the way of listening for this month, except to say that I'm still enjoying some of my old playlists and enjoying following some others on Spotify. ;) Family Circle has a nice, kid-friendly Summer playlist here: Goal for July/August: make a birth playlist! :-)

I thought- hey, since we have Molly out of school, and it’s finally Summertime- but we aren’t headed out of town for any serious traveling until the third week of June, why not plan a staycation?! It ended up being a lot of fun. On Monday, we did the CDM, Tuesday, the Coolidge Park fountains, Wednesday, a walk downtown and trip to get ice-cream, Thursday, the nature center, and Friday, Heritage Park and Chik-fil-a.

Like I said, on Monday, I took the kids to the CDM.  I parked at a meter and paid the maximum time- 2 hours. I learned from a friend while inside to next time park in the garage. Time flew by. While we were there, Madeleine pooped on the floor. To my utter shock, I had a completely stocked diaper bag with tons of stuff we didn’t need, but not a single outfit change or spare pair of panties. It got everywhere… all down her legs, shorts, water apron, the- fortunately plastic- floor, everywhere. A very “concerned” and “Well-meaning” mom reported me to the front desk and loudly proclaimed our errors to me and everyone around me. A few people, including a Mom that I knew but hadn’t seen since back in high school, were all watching arrogantly and not offering to help, except to offer me their extremely disappointed and disapproving looks. Thanks guys!;)

I went to the bathroom, washing her legs, and thought I felt helpless, changing her into the only thing I had- a diaper.  I then went to the front desk to apologize and tell them- at the same time as the lady trying to “tell on me,” fortunately- that there was a mess that needed cleaning up. I asked if they had extra 2T girl clothes on hand, and they did! That was the only redemptive moment, as I would have used up all of my meter time, not to mention cut into lunch and nap times, if I had had to return to the car for an extra pair of shorts (I learned later that there were shorts in the car, so that’s good… but not when you’re parked 2-3 blocks away.)

By the time we made it to the special exhibit, we barely had an hour left to play, and the time flew by. I was a little bitter at how long the fiasco ended up taking. The kids (and I- even!) had been looking forward to this day for a while.

After that experience, I was hoping deeply for a less eventful and less time-flying experience at Disney World/the beach!  Seriously, I was worried that if the time went by that quickly because of the fiascos of children or even lines, I would be very, very sad. I prayed for short lines, and also that we would have lots of time to do all.the.things with our kids. Well, God answered and far exceeded all of our prayers, above and beyond what we could hope for or imagine. Just read my post about our vacation and all of that loveliness. Definitely the biggest highlight of June was our trip to #DisneyWorld and #thebeach!  I wrote all about it here.

Funny Things They Say....

Me: Here, try some seaweed. (Eating a piece and giving her a smaller bit to try).
Molly: Now you’re an inch healthier, and I’m… less than an inch healthier.

Frances: {singing at the top of her lungs} My heels are alive... with the sound of music!
Molly: It's The Hills...
Frances (discussing it); No, Molly, it's heels, etc.
(They went on discussing it for quite some time :-D
Molly: You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit
Stephen: Where did you learn that?
Molly: School... but I changed it.
Stephen: Oh really
Molly: I always say 'You get what you get and you don't pitch a ball.' I made it up!!!!!
Stephen:.... hm....

Madeleine (Singing for a while...) Mommy, the song "The Sound of Music" is from Mary Poppins.
Me: Hm, Ok. What’s your favorite song in the movie?
Madeleine: All of the songs in Mary Poppins.… that are from the Sound of Music.

Stephen: Think of something but don’t tell us what it is, and we’ll try to guess.
Madeleine Ok
Stephen: Is it a person, place or thing?
Madeleine: Person
Stephen: Is this person young or old?
Madeleine: Just plain old trees...
Stephen: Okaaay…….
Madeleine: Just plain old people… but… we’re strangers.

Madeleine: I’m thinking of a person.
Stephen: Is this person in our family?
Madeleine: Nope
Stephen: In our city?
Madeleine: Nope
Stephen: In the whole world?
Madeleine: Nope.  ....It’s Molly.
Stephen: (to the family) I thought it wasn’t in the whole world!
Madeleine:  I thought it wasn’t in our family.

Actual Song: And the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep…
Molly: (singing) And the good shepherd has his mind on his sheep…
Frances: And the good shepherd lays down his mind for his sheep…


Ashley Sue said...

I love this idea! What a great way to preserve the small details that's what I like the best when re-reading diary entries, the small details.

Ashley Sue said...

I love this idea! What a great way to preserve the small details that's what I like the best when re-reading diary entries, the small details.

Tacy said...

Thanks! My kids say so many funny things everyday!;)