Samster the Hamster: New Media Babybook


  In Ellen's first year of life, I dazzled you with monthly updates on all of the (amazing! exciting! hilarious! smart!) things she was up to. Sam? Sam is the second child, so you know.   But there are things I don't want to forget about "Umma's" boy. Like how whenever he gets his hands on something desirable he says, "Got it!" Or how he points at everything and asks, "Wussat?" Or his favorite (and only) words: buh! (ball), bey-bo (belly button), Nyen … [Read more...]

7QT: then she says, “No!” but, like really sassy-like

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-1- Took the kids to the park yesterday morning. There was a preschool using it (it is technically theirs). I was told I couldn't use the park at the same time the school was using it for "safety reasons." I get it. I kind of figured I was going to be told that. BUT, does anyone else think that sometimes our world is too concerned with rules and safety and blah blah blah? Or maybe not. I don't know. Maybe I'm a loose goose. -2- I'm making apple pies all day today with Anna. Tis the season … [Read more...]

Warm Beet Salad (kid un-friendly!)

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Sometimes you just have to buy the kids a TV dinner, and make yourself something grown up. And, while the kids munched on microwaved corn dogs and french fries (surprisingly they weren't fans, which, I guess, is good?), I treated myself to an iron fest. Call me iron woman. Ingredients: 6 beets including stalks and greens one large onion pkg sliced mushrooms 2 cloves diced garlic crumbled goat cheese salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Roast your beets in the oven. I like this … [Read more...]

Jumping on the Potty Wagon: The Un-Method


This is a sponsie, but truth be told, I am in love with Pull Ups, and we use them each and every blessed night. This article is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Full disclosure: this article is financially supported by Pull-Ups® Thanks to Pull-Ups® for sponsoring today's discussion Do you know I actually drive a potty wagon? I cart dat froggy around for convenience, my friends. And, while we are all on the topic, I'd love to give you my unsolicited advice on what worked for us. And by "worked" I mea … [Read more...]

7QT: This IS my life. It’s MY life. THIS is my life.


-1- Do you ever look at your life and realize that you spent the morning chasing a baby around a park while he covered himself in mud, meanwhile your toddler decided that she would just poop herself because you didn't bring a change of clothes, and then you're all, "This IS my life. It's MY life. THIS is my life."? Do you ever do that? -2- Things Left in My Feed that I NEED to Read: Listen Daughter Help Me: Journaling Trigger Points -3- InstaLife: throwback to some … [Read more...]

Daily Mass with Your Kids…By Yourself


One hobby (?) I picked up while on my hiatus is taking the kids to daily Mass. We don't go DAILY, but we try to make it a couple of times a week, so stop thinking I'm all dat and a bag of chaplets. First, we had to find a church that offered it at a time that worked. Our parish has daily Mass at 6:45 am. Even if we lived closer than 30 minutes to it, this would be a never ever no way time. Even if my kids got up at 5am, I would be too busy wallowing in my pre-dawn misery to pull it … [Read more...]

Ellen Chatter


"Dad! Last night I fell asleep like you taught me. I closed my eyes and thought of all my favorite things!" "Awesome! So proud! What did you think of?" "Pink kitties laughing and eating ice cream, blue watering cans and Sam." Me: Ellen, you're pretty darn cute. Ellen: Mom, you have pretty darn eyes and pretty darn teeth. After grandpa's birthday party: "We forgot to get balloons. Grandpa is going to be so appointed! WE CAN'T GIVE UP!" You know your kid is Catholic when … [Read more...]

7QT: but she holds the things like weapons

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-1- You know, it was kind of scary taking a blogging break. I ended up needing it, loving it, and will probably do it again. But, it's hard to come back. You get that nagging feeling of, "Are people still there?" So, thanks for being here! -2- It's been on my heart lately to ask y'all to pray for Ellen. She just needs some prayers, and I'd love if you would send some up for her and her health, happiness and holiness. -3- Instalife -4- Do you have to teach your kid how to hold a … [Read more...]

Granny Panties


I am many dazzzzze away from the joyful experience of birth (no joke; I hate being pregnant so birth is bomb), which means I am far from the humbling experience of the hospital granny panty. Ooh and the diaper pads. Somehow you are able to simultaneously feel geriatric and neonate all at the same time. I'm certain this is what they mean by the circle of life - or something like that. And, if the granny panties aren't enough, picture this: I'm sitting at home with my newborn with toddlettes in … [Read more...]



I was going to write this whole What I Did on My Blogging Break post for you, but I thought I would try to salvage the few of y'all who've stuck around since my abrupt hiatus. Instead, I will tl;dr it for you even though there was nothing to r so it couldn't have been tl. I'm, like, 16ish weeks pregs with this kid. Sam had salmonella poisoning, and I got to chat for a nice many moons with CDC about not eating raw chicken or licking turtles. Ellen is potty trained which means … [Read more...]