Friday, September 8, 2017


I'm linking up with Kelly at This Ain't The Lyceum   to give you this week's quick takes.  Are you ready?

It's been a hot minute. 
Three months, ish? 
Life is finally getting back to order. I got past those rough four last weeks of pregnancy, had a beautiful baby and moved through a REALLY slow recovery.  This is been my first really great week in a really long time. And I slept 7 hours in a row last night, which hasn't happened since last year at this time...
Here's some updates

Julia Grace

 She ain't nothing but amazing.
Her birth was wonderful, so much better than I thought it would be.
She isn't the most low-maintenance baby, but she's getting easier.
I am trying to soak up every last bit of this newborn phase because I am aware it IS going to fly by.
I'd like to write her full birth story one day.  But I'd also like to write Malia's birth story and order Malia's first year babybook, and order our year six picture book (marriage wise) and start a baby book for Julia.
Chances are about 1/2 of that will never happen.
I'm just being honest.
Joey and Aaron started school.
I love our school, so much... but I hate sending my kids to school.
It's bothering me more than ever this year.
No matter what questions I ask to try to see what their days are like...
they only explain so much.
And I just had 2.5 months of knowing what every moment of every day looked like for them.
It is SUCH an act of trust to send one's kids to a school for 8 hours a day.  SUCH an act of trust.
they love school
and we love their teachers
and their school
and a homeschooler I am not.
So I get used to missing them and wondering about them all day long.

Malia and John Paul.

Oh man. These two.
My days are now spent with them and Julia.
I'm trying to be really intentional with our morning time, then 1/2 hour of screen time, books and nap.
I love nap time.
All three are asleep right now.
 I am about to eat some roasted broccoli and salami.

Roasted broccoli and salami you say?
If you follow me on facebook, you know we are doing the Whole 30 again.
I'm so glad we are.  We are five days in and I can already tell a difference.
Plus, it's really fun to do with Aaron.
The plan is to eat Whole 30, then join the gym, and then, after that, use the Weight Watchers App to track food.
Time to get the ol' Bangin' body back.
Ideally, I would like to lose 85 lbs.
EIGHTY FIVE LBS?!?!?! You say.
Well, that's ideally. And I know it might take a really long time.  Like 2-3 years long. But, alas, I am going to work for it slowly.

I pretty much stopped commenting about the world/society/disasters on social media.
I just can't.
There are too many awful things.
I've decided instead to focus on the wonderful things I see every.single.day.
Not in a 'bury my head in the sand' kind of way.
But more in a, 'change the things you can, let go of the things you can't', kind of way.
But so many prayers.  And lots of IRL conversations about our world.  It's hard huh? 

It's hard to find time to blog, but I do miss it. I'm gonna try to do the Quick Takes every week.  Deal?

The reading doesn't have to stop here, head on over to http://thisaintthelyceum.org/ to read more quick takes!


  1. Oh my goodness, you have some amazingly cute kids! Congratulations on the beautiful baby girl! That's an awesome name! I hope you stay happy and healthy this fall.

  2. HI HI HI! That baby girl...man...so cute! And I am jealous of your seven hours of sleep. Our babies suck at sleep. Anytime I get that much these days I feel like crap the next day though. Oh well.

    As for the world? I'm just gonna get my butt to confession and try to stay in prayer for the rest. And try to do what I can to help. Probably just send some money to people who can actually go and help, but it makes me feel a little less twitchy.


  3. Congratulations on the baby!!!! She's beautiful, and I love her name-I'm guessing she's named after Julia Greeley, is that right?

    I pretty much do your tactic when it comes to the world and society. Occasionally I comment about the dire situation of stuff on my blog or facebook, but most times, I just try to focus on what we can do to build each other up and the positive steps we can take for change in our homes and communities (I think subsidiarity is an incredibly encouraging part of Catholic Social Teaching, because it reminds us that we don't have to change the high levels of government or society's problems, instead we need to focus on our little circle and community and city). Welcome back to the blogging world! It's good to have you back :)

  4. You totally can do it!!! What I love most about the WW app is the barcode scan which lets you easily scan things at grocery store to see the points instantly!

  5. Ugh I so relate to number 3... my oldest just started kindergarten. I'd like to install a secret nanny cam in his backpack so I can just watch him on a monitor all day... but I think it's not allowed