Monday, October 07, 2019


I am 41 weeks and 4 days pregnant today. And I have an article about it!

Friday, September 13, 2019

September AYOPS

Some of September's activities so far from "A Year of Playing Skillfully" by the Homegrown Preschooler

These past three weeks have been crummy, this last one in particular, with Tommy constantly sick. He got over his rotav√≠rus last Thursday only to start with fever and laryngitis on Friday. Davy got laryngitis and tonsillitis. And I am always bragging about how we never get sick…

Of course this ruined my perfectly concocted plans. Basically it was three weeks in which I wanted to meet people and get our activities and the ball rolling. And instead we have been confined to isolation and a miserable baby who lost a lot of weight. So hard to accept when things don't go my way. When life isn't ideal. Still working on it. 

At least the perfectly concocted plans for our preschool (see activities above) have been fun, and that has saved my day. I have a couple more weeks until our baby Rosie arrives and that never gets any less scary. Here's to relaxing and enjoying our last days as a family of five instead of panicking and trying to tick things off my checklist as usual...

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Planning this year's school year

This is the first year I have actually planned our school year. I feel frustrated most of the time because I am always planning and never executing. So I decided, I will plan, print and buy in the summer months and try to make lists of things I want to plan, print and buy for the next summer during the year. So that I can get a rhythm going. Get some habits going. Actually do something. 

I made my own planner for this school year. I devised a new schedule. And pray for me, that by the grace of God, I may actually get something done!

Other than a monthly book basket and coloring pages for saints' feast days I have already printed out, the materials we will be using are above. We will try to sing a song with Tommy (19 months) and read a board book a day. I will possibly try to focus on some vocabulary, like body parts and animals. Pictured above are animal flashcards from super simple learning. 

Other than the SUPER WONDERFUL, SUPER FUN, SUPER COMPLETE preschool curriculum called "A Year of Playing Skillfully", which we will do one or two activities from a day, Davy will do a page a day of a number book (made by yours truly) and then a page a day of an alphabet book (alphabet craft book by fun with mama, from teachers pay teachers). 

Adelaide has a new drawing book, and handwriting and math books from Simply Charlotte Mason. Also, she has a sketch book ("Adelaide's Bible Art Book", pictured) which is an idea I got from Laura Bernquist's book: one day we will read a story from the Jesus Storybook Bible. The next day she will narrate it back to me and draw a picture in her sketch book. 

Finally, we have flashcards and a couple of worksheets called "What's inside a church" from teachers pay teachers.  

Thursday, September 05, 2019



I have an article up today called:

The Devil's Fake News

Happy St Teresa of Calcutta day!

Saturday, August 31, 2019


Pictures from our trip in Spain.
At the DinoPark in Lourinh√£, Portugal (which I highly recommend!)
A few days up north, at the village where my mother-in-law was born
A failed glamping trip

So our summer vacation is officially over. We spent two weeks in Spain on a "Family Enrichment Holiday", where we met fifteen other families from Europe and the US and did in part training, in part leisure activities. It was all part of the International Federation for Family Development (, which organizes great courses for couples. You should look one up in your area! It was a ten-hour car trip there, pretty hot and I had to cook and clean so it wasn't the most relaxing vacation ever, but it was worth it and I learned so much. I am still gleaning all the lessons I learned from that trip. 

Last week was our last hurrah of a vacation out. We spent a few days in the north with family, which was great. That was just a four-hour car trip… I say "just" with some sarcasm… but again, it was worth it. Then we went on a glamping trip that we had envisioned would be the best part of our summer and the only actually relaxing part of our vacation, when in fact it was the opposite. We all got a stomach bug right before going, and cancelled one night. Then we went anyway, but were pretty tired. Tommy is still sick. It wasn't as glamorous as we were expecting. Just kind of overpriced and very hipster. 

Well, I guess life is like that. Never like you plan. 

I am excited to start our new schedule and our new plans for this year. I am excited for us to add a new baby to our little family the first week of October and pretty scared about it too. I still have a million things I want to do this month before she gets here, as usual. 

How was your summer vacation? Or staycation?