MSB {20}:  Adventures of Captain Surly and The Nanny Duck

My (Saturday Night) Sunday Best! We visited another parish this week for Mass on Saturday night, and Moe fell asleep on the 40ish minute drive there.  That meant he was still waking up during most of Mass.  He wakes up hard.  And slowly.  So although he looked surly, he was quiet and still for almost […]

SQT:  Unexpected Parenting Goals

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  Unexpected Parenting Goals for 2017: 1.  Not to accrue any library fees or fines.  I feel like we should have a chalkboard with “___ Days Since Last Library Fine” in our living room.  Do they sell those on Etsy?!?!   Might be a real motivator in preventing the destruction and loss of library books. […]

JEI:  A New Year!


Welcome to Just Enough Info (JEI).  The internets can be a great source of community, and I’d love to get to know you better!  Feel free to share your answers or a link to your own post in the comments. By now the dust has settled on All The Big Plans, and we’re left looking […]

MSB {19}:  Transition-y Decor

  This is me.  In my Sunday best.  The shirt is from Lands’ End.  The pants are from a magical Dia Box. Now that that’s out of the way, we can get on to the real stuffs.     We got a new hand-me-down couch that didn’t really flow with our current gallery wall, and […]

A Tuesday Haiku


Stomach bug is here. All plans fly out the window. Better luck next week. We’ll leave it at that, or I’ll risk crossing the line into “too much info.” If you’re looking for more to read, check out some of the JEI linkup greatest hits: chores, mom self-care, and school stuffs. We’ll push back our […]

MSB {18}: Christmas Program


For the past few years our parish has held the Christmas program at the tail end of the Christmas season.  Like today.  January 8th.  It’s nice because the rush, rush, rush of Christmas has passed.  It’s hard because lots of people have sort of moved on from Christmas already.  (While liturgically appropriate, it feels sort […]

Hiding from Quiet

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The Zelie Group is launching a monthly thematic linkup.  This is a much more open-ended way to stay connected, and I look forward reading different reflections on the same theme.  In January we’re talking “quiet.”  Feel free to link up your quiet post below.   I’ve heard whispers, legends, stories of moms who are able […]

A Staycation:  Africa!

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After the success of our first staycation to Australia, we decided to venture on to another continent this summer.  I finally chronicled our real vacation to Yellowstone, so next up for the blog archives is our staycation to Africa! We checked out all the books we could on the various countries in Africa from the […]

Library Love {9}: Jan Brett, A Chicken Dog, and Our First Fine

Welcome back to the library haul link up!   Here are some of the winners from our library basket from the last few weeks.  (Although the goal is to suggest materials for your family’s next library trip, if you happen to order something using these Amazon links, we receive a small commission at no cost […]

MSB {17}:  Christmas Repeat

Last week for Christmas I wanted to get a family picture next to the nativity at church.  But it didn’t happen.  We got one of just the kids, but David was preparing for his lectorly duties, and so the full family pic never happened. Here are the kids on Christmas Day: We decided to wear […]