Friday, October 25, 2013

Seven Quick Takes vol. 64

So happy to be joining Cari at Clan Donaldson, who is hosting the Great Takes this week!

I'm so looking forward to Cari's new book, but apparently we get pre-sale books here in Canada years later than in the States?? Hopefully I'll get it in the mail before winter sets in and we're snowed in for six months unable to make it to the post office...


Well, I'm mining one boring week for takes this week. Nothing too adventurous happened. Which is probably a good thing as compared to the alternative! We plugged away at school, read a fair amount, still got outside which was great, and got by on very little sleep. Ok, just me got by on very little sleep. Nora's nighttime sleep is absolutely the pits and I'm trying more and more techniques that have yet to be too successful. I'm getting a little doubtful that there is a magic Nora sleep recipe. I'm still partly sure its teething but she's got to be the longest teether I've ever had before they sprouted. I'm just starting to feel all around exhausted. But this is pretty normal non-newsmaking baby stuff. In newsworthy mom news-I've survived the week on coffee and donuts. 


I'm guest posting today over at Messy Wife, Blessed Life for sweet Mandi! 
It's a post on saints for the multi-tasking mom - because, is there any other kind??
Please come on by and say hi!


Any crafting officinados out there want to give me suggestions for their favourite yarn? I'm just looking for a nice quality wool blend with decent colours that doesn't cost more than a good bottle of wine. 
 I love yarn and choosing but the choices out there are crazy and sorta overwhelming! I had flashbacks to looking at homeschooling curriculum from the summer when I looked at all the beautiful yarn brands yesterday. 
And I've forgotten what my favourite ones have been in the past. This is what happens when I only craft between babies. Big breaks. I'm just looking to make some scarves for the kids. I feel like store bought scarves for kids are either too wide or too short and not warm enough. And its a project not too outside of my limited scope and talent.


I caught the boys playing with their foam swords the other day and over heard Luke telling Dom, "You've got to pray to God now!" in a fairly commanding tone of voice while dangling a plastic rosary from the end of the sword in a threatening stance over Dom's head. Dominic went on to tell me he had just killed someone so now needed to pray to God. And Luke was just pushing him in that direction because he was the King. It all made so much sense. It makes me wonder how teaching about the Crusades will go over...I'm thinking pretty well.


I don't know if everyone read this post from Deacon Greg this morning but I just loved this quote from Pope Francis: 

“When I hear the confession of a young married man or woman, and they refer to their son or daughter, I ask, ‘How many children do you have?’ and they tell me. Maybe they’re expecting another question after that, but I always ask, ‘And tell me, do you play with your children? Do you waste time with your children?’ The free gift of a parent’s time is so important.”

I just love it because it's so very true and beautiful.


If you could spare a quick prayer for home education in Alberta that would be much appreciated! The ridiculous provincial government is trying to make wide ranging regulatory changes that would dramatically impact the freedom of how homeschooling works in the province through a committee that won't even be open to voting by the legislature. Its all so cheery isn't it? Anyway, I'm getting in such a bad mood having to email all these politicians about their stupidity. I'll take some prayers for my foul mood, too.


I swear I had something in mind for a number seven and its completely and utterly left me. I blame this ridiculous case of baby brain. Honestly, I can't even go half an hour without forgetting something. Its killing me! 

Oh! I think it was this - because I just love them!

I wish I wore more hats to my children's baptisms...

Happy Weekend everyone!

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  1. 4. We have a 70s Australian cartoon version of Ivanhoe that my kids love, and our favorite part is Ivanhoe's comeback to his adversary that he's better prepared to meet death AND less likely!

    7. I hadn't seen that picture yet. I love it so much. I, too, need a hat. Where does one even get hats? I haven't seen many haberdasheries about.

  2. Cascade 220 - runs about $8-$9 a skein on average in the US and is good quality and you can use it for a wide variety of projects. =D It's not a blend, but a nice wool that comes in a wide range of colors. The Cascade line does offer some other blends, but I can't vouch for them directly.

  3. I'm praying that you get some sleep! Lucky for you, Nora is one of the cutest babies ever (no really)!

  4. Hello! I am visiting from Messy Wife, Blessed Life. I really enjoyed your guest post, it was just what I needed to read today.
    Nora sounds like my Eleanor. She is seven months old and today I was at my wits end after trying everything lately to get her to sleep! I pray that we both find some solution!
    Anyway, I am so glad to have found your blog and look forward to reading more!


  5. I tend to like Knit Picks for any yarn that doesn't cost more than a bottle of wine, lol. And that baptism picture! Wow! Gorgeous people.

  6. At Madonna House they sell their own well for $6 a skein and it's rather lovely (at least I think so, but I am no expert not being a knitter). They don't have many colour options though.


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