This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 81

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All of the sudden, our Gwen Stellamaris is displaying so much personality. It’s so strange when the baby who wakes up in the morning seems like a completely different baby from the one I knew last week. She’s changing so quickly that I don’t feel like I can keep up. And she’s just…..gah! The most adorable thing ever!

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See what I mean? Can you even?! She’s still waking up at the crack of dawn, but now she’s miserable until her big brother and sister are up and at ’em, too. I guess the sort of baby that starts walking at 7 months is the sort of baby that’s dying to be smack dab in the middle of everything her older siblings are doing. But the 5am wake up thing…….let’s stop torturing mom and dad, ok? *gulps third cup of coffee*

Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: LENT! I am getting all geared up for Lent. If you’d like to know what I’m giving up, sign up for my newsletter on the right sidebar because that’s what I plan on chatting about when I send out my next one early next week. Like it seems to do every year, Lent is sneaking up on me! That’s the way it always seems to be.

Schoolin’: It’s funny how homeschooling these days can feel like a fail some weeks and then like total win the following week. I can’t find any rhyme or reason to it. This week was a win, though. We had a really fun “field trip” to marine lab of sea creatures from the Gulf with lots of touch tanks the kids could explore. And Benjamin is taking off with his reading and watching his excitement is so fun!

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Checking out some crabs!

The Quotable Benjamin (age 5):

Benjamin: “Are you the prettiest lady in the world?

Me: “Well….*smiling* what do YOU think?

Benjamin: “Dad said you are but…..that’s probably just an expression. You’re not actually the prettiest in the world. It’s a nice thing to say, though.

Me: *crestfallen*

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She was quite happy just looking at the horseshoe crabs, thank you very much.

The Quotable Lucy (age 2):

Daniel: “Close up the art cabinet, Lucy, and finish your breakfast.

Lucy: “It’s ok. I’m just coloring.”

Daniel:  “You still need to sit down and finish your breakfast.”

Lucy: *closes cabinet* “I think I’m just gonna go outside.”

Daniel: “Not until after breakfast.

Lucy: *opens back door*  “Hey! It’s not too bad!

(These days no matter what the weather is like, according to Lucy, it’s “not too bad!”)


I added Bonnie’s newest Knot Bad vlog about getting ready for Lent to my Liturgical Living at a Glance (March) post. Keep ’em coming, Bonnie!

It was fun to read Jen’s A Day in the Life post. It’s been a long time since my last A Day in the Life post. Anybody up for an updated one?

I wish Kelly’s parody lifestyle “magazine” was available in print.

This is an interesting web site for Catholic women: Conversation with Women

There’s only five hours to enter Kate’s Giveaway and Fundraiser so that she can get Creighton certified as an instructor!

And don’t forget about the two giveaways I’ve got going this week! The short story collection and ebook of Feast! giveaway ends tonight at midnight EST and the A Little Book About Confession for Children and ebook of Feast! giveaway ends Monday at midnight EST.

I’m joining Jen for the 7 posts in 7 days challenge. Are you sick of me yet? Only two days to go!

I know I have NO ROOM to complain because we live in Florida, but we had another cold snap and I am READY for Spring. Here’s to warmer weather coming soon!



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  1. Carolyn says

    Lucy’s quote reminds me of my younger brother when he was little. He had a stage where he’d come downstairs in the morning and the first thing out of his mouth was always ‘Mommy, it’s a bright sunny day outside!’ no matter what the weather actually was. He was probably about her age at the time. Super cute!

  2. Marta says

    “Not too bad”… Ahah!That’s sooo British! It’s probably your fault, reading all those classics at home! 😉 Love for you all from COLD Amsterdam!

  3. Karissa says

    LOL at Benjamin’s comment. The 5 year old boy I nannied told his mom that the girl in the VS clothing magazine looked “Just like Miss!”

    … Flattered that he called me a supermodel, but the reality in my head told me Girl with long brown hair & wearing Aviators = looks just like me.

    On the subject of “just expressions”, it was fun to tell said 5 yr old that I take “my face” off at night, and a lot of other women do that too. Took a good couple of months before he dared to ask if I “really” meant that I take my actual face off at night. Ah, idioms.

    Have fun! 😉

    • Haley says

      Oh that is so funny! I sometimes find myself saying an idiom he’s not familiar with and then he looks at me with the most quizzical expression. Love it.

  4. Alicia says

    I feel JUST like that with my kindergartener–first class homeschool one week, complete and utter lack of education the next. My husband reminded me the other day that I pretty much felt the same way when I taught a classroom. Life is just never steady, right? I suppose we’d be bored if it were!

  5. says

    Your kids are stinkin’ adorable!
    I have been thinking a lot about what to do for my first Lent (in RCIA now converting from, I guess agnosticism, perhaps secular humanism?) I actually just posted about Lenten resolutions, but I talked to my priest today and wants me to email him my plans because he is afraid of me trying to do too much.
    *I* would would love another Day in thr Life post. I am a total creeper and love ever minute detail of other people’s lives. I am always eager to see how my days match up to other people, moms especially!
    Also, I have never seen a picture with your tattoo before! Love the colors! What is it of? I have read you mention Daniel’s tattoos, but somehow missed anything about yours! Have you blogged about it (them?) before?

    • Haley says

      Aw, thanks, Amanda! I have definitely made the mistake of taking on too much and getting burnt out. Trying to keep it simple but intentional this year.

      I will have to try another Day in the Life post, soon! The tattoo is of Our Lady, Star of the Sea (Stella Maris). It’s newish and I’ve been mostly wearing long sleeves due to weather. Haven’t really blogged about it, but I’ll email you a pic 🙂

  6. says

    I love Benjamin- just an expression- how hilarious!

    I did a Day in the Life post recently, and decided that (after reading yours and Jen’s and lots of other folks’) that I can never ever complain ever ever again.

    Ever. Seriously. Reading about your days make me tired. =)

  7. says

    Haha, kids say the darndest things! I love your “quotable” posts. Also, we need more info on that gorgeous tattoo! I’d love to see it in full, and think you should do a tattoo post sometime!

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