Friday, May 30, 2014

SQT: Seven Amusing and Relevant Mom T Shirts

I haven't blogged in a while. Even though the extracurricular activities of the school year have been winding down, and I have ended our homeschooling for the semester, there has been a lot going on. This week I have a special concern, and a prayer request for anyone reading this: would you pray for Lily, my niece, to be filled with healing, health and peace, and for her body's immune system to return to normal? Thanks.
My Hermione, being the cute and sassy pre-teen that she is, likes to wear cute and smart t shirts. We were joking together about her shirt, and we ended up googling t shirts for me! It was really fun. Here are my seven favorites. (I am not being paid to promote any of these, but if you want to buy me one, that would be cool. Ladies size medium).
Here is a fun Supermom t shirt. This is what my daughter and I were initially looking for.
It can be found online thru google pretty easily. Unfortunately, some of these t shirt sites have some crummy content as well as fun so I'm not linking.
This one is cool too, like the nerdy chic math shirts that Hermione and I also like.
I LOVE this motherhood one. Yep.
Love this pic. And this particular shirt does not include "see also 'masochist'". So, that's a good reason to buy this one here:
As we were looking, I got a kick out of this one. Anyone who has ever been in public with a child will get it.
(Oooh! I just got a good idea for pregnant women! You could make a shirt with your due date on it; so people will stop asking! I wonder if someone already makes one...)*
Can be found at They have some other cute ones there. Like "Mommy Needs a Beer" or "Mommy Needs a Cocktail". (Please do not buy the knock-off of this cute baby shirt from Target!)
Maybe you've seen these superpower shirts. They make them for everything! I looked it up to show my daughter the "I Make Milk" one.
I think this design is particularly cool. I would def wear it.
Do they make a Homeschooling superpower one? Why, yes they do:
How cool is this?! Not sure if I would wear it out around people I don't know. Maybe I would... Maybe just at home when I want to feel like a superhero.

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Last but best: Breastfeeding themed T's for mom and baby!

I found these adorable images, and I don't know whose they are. But, kudos to these and all nursing moms! This principle of s&d will get you far. (looks like you can buy shirts like them here:

This isn't one I would personally wear, because no one in my family needs to be told to ask me about everything all the time. They do it already! But, amusing; and very relevant.

*Lo and behold: Too bad I wasn't the first one to have the idea.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Socks, Nursing Attire, Bloggy Authenticity and Catholic Diversity (and more Socks!)

7QT is awesome, because I have ideas for blog posts that will probably never be adequately developed to be posts, but they fit in here great! One idea I had was to talk about socks. No, really. It is a daily battle to fight against them taking over my house. So with each Quick Take today I will share a pic of socks in a different part of my house. (And not even bedrooms, because that's a given, right?)
Ah ha! socks in the schoolroom

I really want to read Something Other Than God, (which I think is an awesome title, by the way) and I'm going to ask my library to buy copies. I need to make a list, actually, because it seems that most of my fave bloggers are publishing books.  In case anyone is reading this post (hi Mom!) you can buy the book at lots of booksellers, including Amazon. Raised by an intelligent man with a great sense of wonder and love for science, Jen grew up an atheist. She is a really enjoyable writer, and a super intelligent, articulate and funny convert to Catholicism. I learned about her when another blogger mentioned her reality show. I cant wait to dig into the book!
Socks in the kitchen??
I was writing a Take on breastfeeding, but I think it turned into a post. Yay! (For this take, suffice it to say that low-slung jeans are not a helpful style for people who are trying to discreetly lift the hem of their top. But never fear!) I'll finish that and post it on its own soon. (I did it! Read it here.) Here, have some more socks.
No, not the rocks. Over there; see that little baby sock? 

Kendra was talking in her Quick Takes about bloggy friendships and being authentic in our blogs.  She has a point. When we are meeting people we want to be open to developing relationships with, friendship will not get anywhere if we are holding back. One reason I started this blog was a desire to be included in the awesome sisterhood of bloggers that I love and admire! But I am with Jessica Housewifespice when it comes to the kids' names. I want to share my life, but not share too much about my children that will become attached to their names on the interwebs forever! Or, as Jessica says 'I use fake names for my kids so that if someone googles my son's name the story about how the inside of his cast smelled doesn't pop up'. Yeah.
Another baby sock! Where's its partner?

I let my three oldest kids (ages 12, 11 and 8), go exploring on their own all the way up the road to the ravine and pond past the cemetery! We just usually all take walks together. And, frankly, I am not immune to my generation's fearfulness about our kids' safety. Deep down, I value freedom, and I loved to explore as a kid. I love the books in which kids have adventures without the help or interference of grownups. And I was really impressed by this article in The Atlantic called The Overprotected Kid, (Pretty long, but very good). But it was still kind of hard to just say "have fun! Come back for lunch!" and let them go that far. They had a great time. Got drenched by rain and all muddy and everything! Successful adventure, high fives all round. I meant to take a photo of them when they got home, cuz I knew they would be a sight, but I forgot. They were eager for warm showers, and all I got is this:
Yep. Shoes and socks.

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 Oops, I almost forgot to flesh this one out. But who wants to hear it? I'll just give you a fun song: 
And a sock...
I see it! There's the match!
Here's a link to a great little piece called Here Comes Everybody. When it came out, I could really identify with the first paragraph:
"We envy our Evangelical friends for the vibrancy of faith in their communities. (Causing our Evangelical friends to wonder whether we're been hitting the communion wine too hard.) We envy our friends in the historically black churches for their great preaching and singing... We envy our Eastern Orthodox friends for having a beautiful liturgy. We envy our Orthodox Jewish friends for understanding the value of tradition....' Not that I exactly envy; but I see things going right in certain respects in many different faith communities. I am part of an ecumenical community because I value what I have in common in important areas with all other Christians. But I do love the Catholic Church, and thank God for the stability of the teachings and tradition that have stood the test of time, even when we humans in space and time have messed up (sometimes very badly). And this: "Sometimes, one notices the little things that make it great to be Catholic. Like diversity". I personally experienced the joy of sharing our daughter's First Holy Communion day with many diverse families in our parish. Nothing brings out people's cultural flavors like the chance to dress up for a sacrament and a celebration! It was a joy. I particularly treasure the sweet interactions between my baby boy and the big strong Hispanic man, someone's godfather, in the pew behind us.

Have a great weekend! Excuse me while I do some delegating, and keep these socks at bay for another day.

Yes, front stairs and back stairs. Thank goodness sandal weather's around the corner!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Shabby Chic and Photobombers

Linking up with Rosie at Like Mother Like Daughter!


A little vignette I like to look at by the window over the kitchen sink. I cut out these vintage ads from an old rusty tin and made this, very shabby, little hanging thing. The colors in there are the palate for the kitchen, now that I think about it! And there is our Lady of Guadalupe, whom I love because she told Juan Diego that she is "She who Crushes the Snake". And that is just too cool. (What else is cool here is the tiny pot my daughter painted which has celery re-growing *from the cut end* that one normally throws away!) Little green growing things are always pretty to me.

Go Mario!
The kids are into Mario Bros. right now. Fyodor downloaded a fan game that is an homage to well loved old computer games. The kids love to watch each other play Mario during their computer times. This picture is a good snapshot of our life because it includes Haldir in his baseball stuff; he made majors in little league this year and is pumped. Also, beside Luke are some drawer fronts I stripped and whitewashed. The cardboard in the background is what I used to spraypaint the hardware. And there's little Leia, who is so into drawing, as always. Now she pretty much sticks to paper (rather than walls, her body, etc.)

Stand there and smile for Mommy??
Here's my little one in my kitchen posing with my whitewashed, "pickled" cupboard doors. Making progress! I have a few drawer fronts to go to have this side of the kitchen done. This was her idea of looking pretty for the camera that day.

What's more real than a sick kid on the couch with a bucket? I'll say no more about that. After big sister helped get Leia settled and cozy, she thought it seemed time for a photobomb!

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