Monday, August 31, 2015

Monthly Recap vol. 24~ August 2015~ Nearing the End, Good Music, Funny Things They Say and the like.

Madeleine with her chubby, slightly ugly turtle that she was really, really proud of! cutie.;)

Fortunately this past weekend, the kiddos spent the night with their Grandparents, so I was able to catch up on some reading and writing.  This might be my last post for a while....but it's the last Monday of the month of August, so that means: time for a Monthly Recap because that's what I do.

To fill you in on my recent posts (and so that I can avoid some redundancy if I can!), I wrote...

and finally, I answered some reader's questions about everything from faith to birth, and I also have to mention my post about why it's not okay to be apathetic about a culture of death.

It has been a good month with some good posts! I didn't want you to miss out! ;)

Books I'm Reading or Have Read:

I've been reading some good stuff this month. I had a good mix of fiction and nonfiction this time, I think.T he purple iPad case represents the one book I bought in Kindle for iPad, Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman. In that, she mentioned that her favorite book is The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning (a late Catholic priest) I found it for free in the bin outside at McKay's, and it is so good (reread). The one by Elizabeth Pantley (which you can't see) is called Kid Cooperation: How to Stop Yelling, Nagging, and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate. It had so much good food for thought, I think I'll have more thoughts to share about this in a future post.  FYI: she doesn't believe in spanking/corporal punishment. I'm on the fence, but I really like Shepherding a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp, for disciplinary strategies, and especially for general and very clear parenting advice. I can tell Pantley is a warm, engaged mother, but the other one gives a more clear perspective of discipline vs. reactive parenting than this new book, (not that she doesn't go into the problems and problem solving of combatting parenting with/in anger) that I just really like and can't let go of the less-legalistic (tit-for-tat) style of loving your children into good morality, love for God, and obedience in the spirit of love rather than fear.  I heard about the The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate book from The Art of Simple as well as MMD, so I'm giving that a run for it's (used bookstore) money. ;) It seems quirky and nutty and fun for kids. Although beware of the agenda (lots about Darwin, some of it interesting, some of it misapplied and some weird relationships going on in it as well). And the book you've already heard me write about wasn't in the picture, because I put it in last month's post, but I wrote about In This House of Brede. Finally, I've had Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Ferber (once again, full of good info, but I'd say go in the direction of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child  by Marc Weissbluth instead). and the Songschool Latin (Book 2... the first one is so good;) on my nightstand.

We had a huge haul of children's books from the library (as per usual). Really enjoying A Pocket for Corduroy, the original Amelia Bedelia picture book, The Berenstain Bears and the Big Question, a bunch of Dr. Seuss, and I let the girls get a Frozen picture book, as their fluffy pick.  Good for rest time looking and hey, I read fluff sometimes too so it's all good, I personally think.

In September (well, hopefully, within the next week!;), I'm going to have a baby, so...  I'll be taking a break from blogging, aside from a birth announcement, maybe *hopefully* a good birth story, and a series I've already gotten mostly finished, in which I share some of my favorite writers' best quotations. I'm excited.  And hopefully that will give me the needed break (three weeks? a month? I'm not sure) and the chance to recover from having a new baby.  There may be a guest post sprinkled in the mix, as well! :-)

For now: my BIRTH LABOR PLAYLIST .... woo hoo for good music, finally! I know it's short, but there's a reason for that. Can we clink our glasses and say our prayers for a shortish labor this time? ;) haha. :-)

Summer Vibe: Walk Off the Earth
The Lonely Mountains: Kim Janssen
Transatlanticism: Death Cab for Cutie
re:stacks: Bon Iver
Saving Us a Riot: Phoria
Love Like Ghosts: Lord Huron
Oyoste Aina: Takagi Masakatsu
Sing It All Away: Walk Off the Earth
Until the Night Turns: Lord Huron
Jealous: Labrinth
Down Down the Deep River: Okkervil River
Home We'll Go: Walk Off the Earth
La Belle Fleur Sauvage: Lord Huron

Basically the standards were: pretty. Ignore some of the intense themes of these songs. They're just pretty. :0);) :-)~  I have been in such a dry spell with music recently. Thank you to my friends, these bands, for renewing the music love. ha.  I absolutely demand to be listening to the second to last song - soo good- as we peel out of the hospital parking lot with our precious cargo in tow. ;) Five kids. whoa. Hasn't sunk in yet, much really at all.

Funny Things They Say:

Stephen: (on a Sunday at lunch) My main goal for today is to take a nap.
Molly: My main goal for today is to play with the dollhouse.
Frances: My mango for today is... what's a mango? (she knows what a mango is, btw)

We had our parish priest for dinner, and in attempting to say his name Father Carter, Anders ended up  saying something like "fada cada" or eventually just calling him "avocado"-- very apropos, as we were serving a Mexican fiesta for dinner. ;)

Madeleine: (that same night)  "Father Carter will have to tell the Church 'I'll be right back,' so he can come to our house for dinner."

{Stephen told Father Carter and he responded: I don't do mass 24 hours a day, but some kids might think so!}  ;-) lol.

A Couple of Good Reads:

I Don't Want to Talk About Gay Marriage
I Still Don't Want to Talk About Gay Marriage
by Beth Hersom

These will definitely make you think.

God bless you!
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Kathryn Whitaker said...

I am a huge fan of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. My go-to book. And, best wishes on a beautiful delivery. There is nothing quite like the anticipation of meeting your new baby. So much love. Lean into it all!

Tacy said...

Thanks, Kathryn! We really are so excited! I'm glad I'm not the only one who is a fan of that book, btw. It is so valuable to have on the bookshelf.