This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 24

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Whew. What a week! A runny nose for our little asthmatic Benjamin turned into a relentless cough and a high fever sending him on a couple visits to the pediatrician and many, many breathing treatments at home. And I don’t know if you’re aware of that fun cough-induced vomiting trick some kids do, but if it was an Olympic sport, Benjamin would win a gold medal. Not to be outdone by big brother, Lucy decided to wake almost every hour three nights in a row. So we’re worn out over here.

It truly breaks my heart when my kids are sick. So many days I wish Benjamin could just sit still for one second, stop talking for one minute, and not ask for snacks constantly. But, when he’s a little pathetic lethargic lump of toddler sitting quietly and feverishly on the couch refusing to eat, all I want is my wild, crazy, hungry boy back. Except for a little congestion and cough he seems back to normal and we’re so glad!

Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: Next week are the feast days of two of my favorite saints: St. Augustine and St. Monica! Last week we feasted and celebrated the Queenship of Our Lady.

Daniel outdid himself with a feast fit for a queen: Rosemary Sage Pork Tenderloin, Baked Potatoes, and my favorite side dish of all time: Whiskey-Glazed Carrots!

It was also St. Rose of Lima’s day yesterday. Did you do anything to celebrate Our Lady or St. Rose last week?

In the Garden: Okra, Green Peppers, Banana Peppers! Check out this fried okra alongside a southern feast compliments of Daniel including local sausage, onions, and swiss chard over grits. Mmmmm!:

The weeds are OUT OF CONTROL and we’ve started pulling things out to prep for our Fall garden. What’s growing in your garden?


The Most Important Post Partum Skill: Nursing Lying Down: Mama and Baby Love (This is so true! I didn’t get the hang of this with Benjamin but I loved nursing lying down with Lucy and nursed in this position whenever we were at home for the first 5 or 6 months because it was most comfortable for both of us.)

A Reading List for Fifth Grade: Rockin’ Granola (I love a good reading list no matter the age group!)

How to Get Your Kids to Drink Water (in style): Simple Design (Benjamin would love the LEGO waterbottles)

Quick Back-to-School Lunches for Traditional Cooks: Life Your Way 

The Secret to a Perfect Home: Simple Mom

The Wonders of Raw Honey: Simple Homemade

How to Take Great Pictures of Kids: SlowMama (I wish I could take a photography class, but in the meantime these are some good tips.)

The Quotable Benjamin:

I’m talking to Daddy on Gchat. He says, ‘I’m just eatin’ up my work snacks and pushing lots of computer buttons and I’ll be right home! And we’ll eat dinner and have a family movie night and take a bath and read books and go to bed!‘” – Benjamin
I love imagining what he thinks Daddy does at work.

Is Jesus like a magical man?!” – Benjamin (apparently my three-year-old’s Christology isn’t as great as I thought it was)

Instagrams Worth Sharing: (I’m haleyweasley if you want to follow me)

Before and After I gave Benjamin a haircut. Sweet boy.

What is it, you ask? Why, Benjamin’s “lizard house” of course.

This girl. I can’t get enough of her. She’s doing a lot of standing by herself so we know that first step is just around the corner. And in less than 8 weeks we’ll be celebrating our Bright Star’s first birthday (on the Feast of Bl. John Paul II!). If she would just decide to sleep through the night, she would be the world’s most perfect baby.

Some weeding, some reading, and some sleeping and recovering is what’s on the menu for us this weekend. What’re your weekend plans?

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  1. says

    Love hearing kids talk about daddy at work. Always so sweet!

    We’re thinking about doing peas and lettuce for fall, plus getting in the garlic for next year. And I say “thinking about” because oh boy…we are busy these days. But I think it all comes crashing to a halt after this weekend. I hope!

    • Haley says

      I know! B’s explanations are always hilarious. He says that Daddy drinks coffee and turns computers on. Love it.

      Mmmm, peas and lettuce! Next weekend is little gal’s baptism?

  2. says

    Oh, I’d love to do some planting for fall. I even have an empty spot where we pulled out the squash after our total squash fail. Blerggh. I’ve never done a fall garden…it’s still pretty hot here in VA. Do I put seeds in the ground or transplants? Guess I should do done research.

    (Daniel’s meals always make my stomach growl, no matter what time of day I see the pictures!)

    • Haley says

      We had a squash fail, too. Probably only 4 trombocinos and one really good Green Cushaw Pumpkin. Other than that, nothing really worked. You can do seeds or transplants depending on when you’re planting and what you’re planting. I’m not sure what times things should go in the ground in VA but you can find climate guides online that are really helpful.

      Oh man. I count my blessings that D is a good cook. I can follow a recipe but he makes art, haha.

  3. says

    Thanks for the heads up about St Augustine and St Monica this week! I can never remember saints’ days–I should really get a calendar about it, I guess. But, since St Augustine is my son’s patron, I would really like to remember the date and celebrate!

    Very glad to hear your boy is on the mend. And happy birthday to Lucy!

    • Haley says

      I failed to get a liturgical calendar this year, Amy and I’m regretting it! I’ve got an iphone app but it’s not the same. And thanks for the well-wishes for Benjamin 🙂 So enjoying HEALTH!

      And great patron saint, by the way!

  4. Ashley says

    Speaking of Fall gardens…
    Does anyone have any good links or info on Apartment Gardening? I can’t stand the thought of having to wait until we move (could be years away) to start a garden and/or garden box.

    • Haley says

      I don’t know the first thing about it, Ashley. I didn’t start gardening until we had a place with a yard. My guess would be that herbs would be the way to start but I’m sure you can find some good advice online. Wish I could be more helpful!

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