I’ve moved, come join me!!

Last time, I promise!


Yep, dotcom, baby!  And I’ve moved back to blogger because its prettier.  Tres shallow, I know.

If you would, I’d love it if you’d follow me there.  There will be reno projects, painted furniture, and all the updates on all the crazy things my kids are doing.

See you there!!

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7 Quick Takes on Friends, Felines, and The Plauge that Keeps Finding Us

Joining Kelly for another round of Quick Takes!

1.   We have our first mouse in the house.  This isn’t new territory for us, no sir, as we did have a couple of run ins with mice in the old house.  When I saw this little guy run through the kitchen this morning, I did, however, yell “We’ve got a mouse!” loud enough for the Hubs to hear down the hall.  I was pretty sure he replied, “It’s about time!” but when I went to his office to see if he REALLY said that, I was quite happy to hear that he didn’t.  He did, however, snark that the mouse had plenty to eat.


I for one am glad that a)I’m not seeing things and b)the place isn’t haunted.  I mentioned this to The Hubs and he replied, “Nope, just infested.”

2.  Never missing a beat in her quest for feline companionship, Katie got a big, beautiful smile across her face this morning when she came down for breakfast and I told her about our newest pet.

“You know, you don’t have to set a cat!” she pointed out.

Tru ‘dat.

3.  I played house with Lilly today which was really a very interesting study in behavior.  Really, she’s mimicking me (nooooo pressure there!), from spooning out Lincoln Logs into 17 different cups (it does seem that way!) to the washing of the dishes.  This was my favorite part.  She stood there, at her play kitchen, for a good ten minutes, and boy hardy did I recognize someone there.  She used WAY too much pretend soap as she meticulously washed her dishes, stood with her weight on one leg with her hip jutted out (every chiropractor’s worst nightmare) and punctured the silence of her diligent work with a long, yet pointed sigh at one point.  Poor thing didn’t understand what I found so unbelievably hysterical.

4.  We’re having some serious, gale force Mary Poppins freaking wind out there. You know how wind occurs when cold air meets warm air?  Well, apparently the 35 degree weather is “warm” in comparison to the 5 tiny degrees its going to be on Sunday, and we’ll see if I even decide to leave the house.  Mass is going to be tough.  Right now, though, I’m wondering what kind of mettle this house is made of and I keep re-asking the Hubs about the state of the trees outside despite his reassuring words that “anything that looks like it might fall will surely fall on the neighbors first.”  And with that I’ll sleep well tonight.

5.  Wow.  I just blogged about the weather. I am so sorry.

6. I went to my first HOA meeting tonight for the ‘hood, and really, there’s nothing interesting to say.  I did, however, take some time to hit up Walgreens on the way home (pro tip:  that’s where you find Victor brand mousetraps), and eight traps, several office supplies, six Valentine’s candies and a new Burt’s Bees lip shimmer later (love these!!!), I arrived home just in time to stash the Valentine’s treats and say hi to the fam as they got back from Sea Scouts.  Of course, the boys went right to the traps, and at one point I heard a “Snap- OW!” from Alex.

“What are you doing?” I asked, not sure if I wanted an answer.

“I’m trying to launch a clementine,” he replied, with the citrus at his feet.

Ever the engineer, he is.

7.  I am super excited because we have friends coming over for dinner tomorrow night!  These are friends we haven’t seen since our oldest kids were the ages of our youngest kids, so its going to be all kinds of wonderful to see them.  I’m so glad I’m done with my Whole 4.

Enjoy your weekend, and for goodness sake, stay out of the cold!!!

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My Whole 4

So…  guess who started a Whole 30?

I’ll give you a hint:  its the same person who ended it four days in.

Yep. This Girl!!!

Now, before you up and “oh, you fell off the bandwagon” me, do realize, I did not fall.  I jumped. With grace and aplomb, I leaped from the bandwagon, turning a double somersault Mid Air, and stuck the landing worthy of a German Olympic Gymnast.

It was rather impressive.

So, yeah, I ended on Day 4.  While a part of me really wanted to complete this challenge, a much bigger part of me said, “really?  You know you shouldn’t be eating so much sugar.  Do you have to make yourself miserable for 30 days to drive that point home?”

Apparently not.

I came to this conclusion after walking into The Hubs’ office for the 83rd time in three days (clearly a benefit of working at home – NOT) declaring that this elimination diet was for the birds, and quite frankly, I’m not a bird.  Ever the patient man with me and my crazy ideas, he just looked up at me, reassured me that I could do it and took a sip of his gin and tonic.

How I restrained myself from reaching across the desk, grabbing his drink, and chugging it like a dying man in the middle of the Sahara, I don’t know.

So, why quit, you ask?  (Ugh.  I hate the word “quit”.  It sounds so ….quit-y.)  Really, it was more of a “conscious un-depriving” of myself.  Yeah, that’s it.

1. I hated having the,”you can’t have that!” feeling hanging over my head all. the. time.  While its “only 30 days,” its a long time when the first four feel like a week and a half.

2.  Its a pain.  You have to make up a second meal plan for yourself, if everyone else in the family is eating like normal humans, which mine were.  Not to mention, is a little spendy, even if you’re not purchasing only grass fed beef that was raised on the west side of lavender farms that listened to pan flute music while they ate.  Because I didn’t.  But, I did get organic chicken and wild mushroom sausages and they were rather tasty.

3. Its another thing to do.  Lets look at this for a second, because I didn’t really think this one through when I started.  Doing the Whole 30 is a project in its truest sense, because you have to take the time to make a meal plan, take the time to really cook and prepare food that other people are not having, you have to devote mental energy to thinking about whether or not what you are about to eat is “compliant”, and then you have to look pitiful and sigh deeply when you are serving pumpkin muffins to your children for breakfast that you aren’t allowed to smell.  I’m already underwater.  I don’t need another project, I need another glass of wine. (though I do want to make some quilts for the kids’ beds while its still chilly– wouldn’t that be adorable??)

4.  I’m still nursing.  While everything I read sounded like Tommy would be fine, (and really, aren’t I supposed to be eating the way Eve would have before The Fall, minus the organic chicken and wild mushroom sausages?) I still had a nagging guilt in the back of my mind that it might adversely affect the bambino, and I really don’t want that.

5.  I’m not entirely against the idea of comfort food.  Now, I did weather a very tumultuous discipline storm one evening when, after all was said and done, I would have happily chewed through someone else’s left arm to drink a chardonnay (and I don’t even LIKE chardonnay!).  That episode actually left me a little proud of myself, knowing that I didn’t have turn to food or drink to help me get through a difficult evening.  But, once in awhile, it would be nice.

I will admit, however, that this wasn’t a complete waste of my time.  In fact, I had immediate results.  Seriously, day 1 I was prancing around, chewing on carrot sticks and declaring that I’d eat like this FOREVER if it meant that I’d always feel this good. (young, naive me).  I had more energy, a bunch of random aches and pains had vanished, I no longer felt like my brain was wearing an itchy wool sweater, my demeanor was calmer and I lost 5 pounds.  Life was good.

But, I’m not good with the “there’s no way out, no end in sight, and you can’t have ANY of what you want, at all.” feeling.  And if its going to stress me out, then its just not time.

All that being said: there is far more room in my life for the good stuff.  Fruits, veggies, meats and good nuts, and limiting sugars and carbs.  I don’t want to give them up, but they need know their place.  Over there.  Just out of arms reach, so that I have to actually work to get them, and make myself think twice as to whether or not ingesting this (fill in the blank forbidden food) is worth it.

So, how about you?  Have you done a Whole 30?  Ready to take on the world now?😉

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2014 Recap, Rewind, Review and Relocation (that was August)

Hey there!

Linking up with Dweeja today to recap all that I managed to get onto this blog these past 12 months.

Can I just resolve to be a better blogger in 2015?  Amen.

Without further adieu, I give you:


(This did not happen in January)

I cvetched about the cold.  A lot.  And while I know in my hard of hearts that this area of the country isn’t “the Midwest” or “the Canada,” I just hate being cold.  And I hate trying to get kids to stay outside when they don’t want to be cold, either.  I’ll try to contain myself a bit more this time around.  I also gave some really great advice (not) on what to provide for when looking into life insurance with your husband.  (Note to self; make sure the rider for lipo is still in my policy). That poor guy from the Knights of Columbus didn’t know what he was walking into.



I reposted a post on my love affair with compression stockings while pregnant, did some quick takes about cleaning my bedroom (yikes, sorry!) and bringing my sweet baby girl to the ER on St. Valentine’s Day , took Kenny Roger’s sage advice on homeschooling, and dumped my purse out for the whole world to see.  I see the deep winter does not agree with me.  Duly noted.


(okay, I didn’t link to this post, just a bunch of quick takes, but this picture makes me laugh every. single. stinking. time.)

After an awesome homeschooling retreat with Aunt Lelia from Like Mother Like Daughter, I jumped on the 40 Bags in 40 Days bandwagon and started decluttering the homestead.  We saw the Lego movie as a family, which was huge, because we never take the whole fam to the movies (we may as well just buy a new tv for the price!) but I’m also surprised that it was March because “unseasonably warm” doesn’t begin to fit the description of the loveliness that was the weather that day.

God is good, and He loves us.  Amen.

But, it was Lent, so the weather must be gross, and it was, and Jesus asked me for my McNuggets.  I think.🙂


One. Single. Post.  I linked up with Kendra and talked about myself and Easter…snore….zzzzz……



Me. Pregnant.  With the Tomster.

So, apparently, the first time The Hubs leaves the country for work, I fall apart.  I am lame.  But thankfully, in the end, people stay in utero, on this earth, and out of jail, so I’m happy.  I waxed on, and waxed off, about motherhood on Mother’s Day, and discussed the physical joys of pregnancy that no one shares with you before you endure, ahem, experience them.



I announced that I was going to blog for a month straight (because I’m insane) and then didn’t (because I’m human), started nesting (why, Why, WHY do I miss this warning sign every single time???), begged for help to name our baby, (and I just realized that someone did pick Thomas- good job, Amy!) and then stopped blogging until July because I HAD THE BABY THREE WEEKS EARLY!  (but everything was fine.)



The month in which everything was insane.  We had a newborn and decided to move.  Doesn’t that sound like fun!  Blog dropped again….



We get the house set to sell.  That was …. insane.  And it was all I was talking about.



Found me in the throuhes of a new baby, a new house, a new homeschooling schedule, and carpooling like a maniac.  So I wrote down a couple of funny things my kids said that I wanted to remember.  We also went to a few farms and I was even more convinced that I was as rural now on a couple of acres than I’m ever going to get.


I prove I’m not a perfectionist by not blogging.  Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


You’d think I’d recap my awesome Thanksgiving or, anything else, but no, I showed up with  7 Quick Takes.  Just once.  I’m barely rolling by the end of the year here…


I talk a little about getting over my blogging perfectionism (heaven help us and save my readers from me…and take your own advice, Anne!), and remember that sometimes, we are being distracted from what is important in Advent.

Well, I’m three pictures off, so take a gander at these:




Happy New Year, friends!  Best wishes for an awesome 2015, and I hope to see you around the blog a whole lot more in the coming months.  Thank you so much for reading!!

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Taming the feast beast

It seems to hit every Advent.

The rush of last-minute shopping, the crash of the schedule as every. single. child is in a performance right before Christmas that requires multiple, non-excused rehearsals, colds, flu, stomach bugs, laryngitis, travel, delayed travel, cancelled travel, everyone you run into is on edge, expectations aren’t met, and these are things just in your life.

If you turn on the news… never mind.  Don’t turn on the news.  They’re in the business of selling doom and gloom, and “if it bleeds, it leads,” so you know what to expect there.

You just want it over with.  “As soon as Christmas is over,” I’ve heard people say, or, “If I can just  make it to January,” and I even heard someone refer to the “impending” holidays, a word I’ve usually heard followed with “doom”.

This is what I heard a priest refer to years ago as “the feast beast.”

Bottom line, the devil is going to do everything in his power to distract us from the truth of these holy days, keeping us further from God as possible.  It doesn’t matter if these are natural occurances, other people’s sins hurting us, or our own distraction from what is true.

The devil doesn’t care.  The lies and distractions and temptations coming from him only serve to keep our eyes off Jesus.

Christmas isn’t another obligation to get through.  Its the day that God humbled Himself so as to enter the world as the most vulnerable of His beloved creatures, an infant.  Born of a virgin, teenaged girl who was betrothed to a man who could only secure an animal’s habitat as shelter and comfort for her as she continued her “fiat”.  It was the day that had been promised by God to His Chosen People for thousands of years, the long awaited fullness of time, when God every so quietly slipped into our world in a way that He hadn’t before, to redeem His people, save us from our sins, and offer us the hope that while this world is a world of suffering, sometimes tedious, sometimes heartbreaking, that we can now look forward with joyful anticipation to Heaven, with God, for all eternity, in perfect happiness.

Its tough, but try not to be distracted from this.  You don’t need to take on new devotions or practices, because doing too much can still even serve as another distraction.  But when you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with the “stuff” of Christmas, take a minute, and look at the manger scene, or a crucifix, and remember, that Christmas isn’t about getting the house cleaned for guests, or finding the right present for someone, even if these things are important.

Christmas is about the radical love that God has for you, that He wants us to share with each other.  Don’t let that other guy distract you from that.

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7 Ideas for Overcoming Perfectionism in Blogging

Oh, the irony….. its dripping like, like… like the showerhead in our master bath.  It just keeps dripping, little by little, then stops, then starts dripping again when you least expect it….always a drip, always a little more…

Hello, my friends!  Welcome to my second installment for When Good is Good Enough, on overcoming perfectionism, and, oh, it occurred to me how ridiculously funny it was to decide to write on this.

You see, as I mentioned before, I’m the type of perfectionist who, when she doesn’t have the three hours it takes to get something done, will instead drop the whole idea, instead of working on it a little at a time.  Why?  I don’t know.*

But as you can see, its been, oh…two and a half week-ish since I last posted, and aside from the “I’ve got seven kids, and I’m homeschooling, and we drove home for Thanksgiving, and there’s always dishes to be cleaned, so something has to drop” excuse, there’s still that little buggar in my head saying, “you don’t have time for it now, so don’t even bother.”

And today, to that, I say, “Ppppfffttthhh.”

I’ve decided to get over my blogging perfectionism once and for all, and rather than just writing up a little list for myself to refer to, I’m going to wrap it up and disguise it as a brilliant post telling You, Dear Reader, about how you can overcome perfectionism in your own blogging, when in all reality, this is the sugar that is making said medicine so much more palatable for yours truly.

Still with me?  Fabulous.

1.  Open the stinking laptop.

I’ve become quite enamored with my cell phone and tablet lately, but there have been some serious drawbacks to those.  First of all, typing is a major pain in the nether regions, so I just…. don’t.  Most of the time.  Okay, okay, I’ll post a FB status or a quick response to someone.  But a well thought out, finely crafted email?  Nope.  And that’s why so many have up and gotten lost.  I’ve checked them on my tablet, but without the laptop handy, I can’t respond, put things on the calendar, etc..

Now, blogging?  Not gonna happen.  You saw my last post, right?  That was torture.  Little, itty bitty letters on a touch screen…. not even worth talking about.  Fingers flying across a keyboard at quick speed is like singing in the house when no one is home.  You hit a bunch of wrong keys, but it’s oh, so satisfying.

2.  Forget about taking pictures for posts.

Seriously.  Who do I think I am?  Yep, there are some seriously awesome blogs that have great pictures in every post with well dressed kids in natural light eating Paleo fruit bars made from organic produce that… oh, never mind.  You get the idea.  Its not going to happen.

What?  You still want pictures???

Sigh.  Fine.  Here.


Hey, look, we went to the museum!


Hey, look!  We went to Target!


Hey, look!  We went to the pumpkin patch!

None of these were taken with a DSLR, none were taken with the intention of going on the blog, and a lot of the clothes are not clean.  And NONE of the pumpkins are organic.

3.  Make a list and check it twice.

I wouldn’t say that if Christmas wasn’t coming.

What I mean by that it, make a list of all the conceivable things you can possibly blog about, then do it.  What kind of things?  Any.  Thing.

Birth stories, “how we met” stories, “how I organize my weekly meal plans and shopping” stories, “what we’re doing for Advent to make you feel better about what you’re doing for Advent,” …. you get the idea.  Have these been done before.  Yep.

Ad Nauseum.

But, when you hang out with the girls, do you have conversations where you all say something completely different, or do you relish those booze and chocolate filled evenings when more than eight times you hear the enthusiastically exclaimed words, “me too!” followed by their own story?

Me too!!!!

Time for another random photo that has nothing to do with this post, but is important because I read somewhere that posts have to have photos:


I know, right?!?

4.  Read for advice on how to blog, take it as ADVICE and then walk away.

Like the photo thing.  Sheesh.  Some of my favorite blogs don’t do photos.  At least, not many.  If this is about writing, then darn it all, get thy fingers to the key pad, woman!

5.  The blog doesn’t have to look perfect.

I spent a ridic amount of time getting  my blog to look the way it does now.  And I seem to change themes like most people change socks.  My apologies.

Much like having a friend over when the house isn’t “company ready,” my blog isn’t exactly ready for its closeup either, Mr. DeMil.  Oh well.  It will evolve.

6.  Everything doesn’t have to be timely.

So, there was a whole NFP awareness week a couple of months ago that I wanted to add to, but… never did.  Oh, and there was a bit of a brew haha over nursing in public that I wanted to share my thoughts on, but….. yeah….and EVERYONE got their Advent posts out AGES ago, and… heck, I’m still getting ready for Advent around here!

What I’m saying is, sometimes I’ll hit the mark, and sometimes I won’t.  Either way, if its something I want to add my voice to, its okay if the ship has sailed.  Maybe I’ll be ahead of the “hey, everyone is talking about it again!” crowd.

7.  Don’t over-think your audience.

Heck, I don’t even know who my entire audience is.  So, this is me.  Take it or leave it.🙂

So, there you have it!  Here are my ideas on overcoming perfectionism in blogging.  Do you have any suggestions to share?

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SQT Tablet edition, part Deux

Linking up with Kelly, in lieu of Jen, for the first time in a very long while.

1.  The tablet.  Ugh.  Back story :  I have had computer problems like most people have fruit fly pproblems,  where all seems fine for the longesr time and then BAM!  You find yourself screaming and flailing your arms like a drunk mupppet in the middle of the kitchen trying to adequately express your current state of consternation. I.  Can’t.   Win.  So, “the machine” is currently in the loving hands of the guys at Geek Squad, and I decided that the idea of tediously tapping out a blog post using nothing but the very tips of my fingers and the c3aziest misspellings you’ll ever have the privilege of reading is not going to stop me.

You’re welcome.

2.  Speaking of the Squad of Geeks, they’ve up and changed their uniforms!  Gone are the crisp white shirts and skinny black ties, now they’re sporting golf shirts and are like, “Look, dude, I’m  not a geek, I’m really more of a business-casual nerd.”   At this point, I don’t care if they’re sporting pink tutus with Darth Vader’s masks, as long as they fix my  stinkin’ laptop.

3.  One thing I can’t wait to share with you once I get my puter back is the “Pintrest-worthy, dramatic before and after shots of our family room,” also known as, “I paintted a few things and I’m prerty stoked with how it all turned out.”  Commence breath holding.  (Just be warned, the geeks, ahem, business-casual nerds, said it would take three to five days to get the computer back, so plan your breathing challenge accordingly. )

4.  The Tommy is 5 months old.  Wow.

5.  We’ve been installing locks with reckless abandon around here, only to find some of it to be futile.   There is the age old delemia of “how does one keep children from pilfering through the pantry all the live long day,” which I thought was solved by the installation of a couple of simple babylocks.  Ten minutes after I installed said locks and walked smugly away from the kkitchen, I  overheard the five year old instructing the 7 year old how to open it.  I think I’ll stick with my friend’s recommendation to only buy food they have no desire to sneak, so our diet will soon consist of not much more than wild rice, canned beans and liver.  Yum.

6.  The other locks I mentioned are for all outside doors as it seems we have a sleepwalker on our hands. New parenting territory, same basic idea: how to keep kids alive while they’re still under my roof.

7.  We’re watching Sherlock, true to our “18months behind in all the things” form.  For those who haven’t seen it, its the perfect mix of gasping out loud in astonishment,  laughing out loud at the clever humor and quickly asking, “what did he say?  because although you miss plenty due to the English accents, you don’t  want to miss what they say next.  Sorry Downton, Sherlock is brilliant.  I’m  just sad that I’m running out of episodes.

Have a great weekend!

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