Choosing Catholic school

The Thing I Said I’d Never Do

Really. So many things. Before I became a parent my "List of Things I Will Never Do" would've paved the way to the top of Mt. Everest. Now, it's more along the lines of, "I will never willingly stay up past midnight" and "I will never cheer for the Longhorns." Because, kids. And priorities. At first, I said I'd never quit artificial birth control. Then that was followed by I'll never put my kids in timeout in a public place. Have a baby in the NICU. Go drug-free during a birth. Walk out of a bathroom with toilet paper stuck to my shoe. You know. Many things. I share all that because sometimes in life, you change. And, sometimes you don't. Thirteen years ago, when we had our first child we decided that our children would attend Catholic school for as long as possible. I believe I also said, I will never homeschool. To my best recollection I think that's the only thing - after 13 years of 'nevers' - that still actually holds true. But I have changed my mind about the kind of people that do choose to homeschool. I was not very charitable 13 years ago, y'all. At all. But, … [Read More...]

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HDYDI: Plan (and Capture) Rockin’ Family Photos

I am a believer that every family should take professional family photos at least once in your lifetime. Okay, that's a lie. I think you should take them way more than that. Let's chat about why I love family photos, how we plan for them and what you can do to fit them into your family budget. 1. In our house, we have the most lovely curved wall on our staircase. If ever, in the event … [Read More...]


7 Quick Takes: The word I must say, the boots I must have & the baby I adore

- 1 - This week's quotes of the week (QOTW) are, um, slim pickings. "Are you going to take her a bath?" Anna-Laura asks Scott this question EVERY night and his reply is always the same. "You mean GIVE her a bath?" Someday we'll figure out the difference between those two words! "Rainbow chicken!" Luke, he passes this metal chicken every day on the way to preschool and never misses … [Read More...]


To Infinity & Beyond: We Invade NASA

Do we have an astronaut in the making? Who knows, but what fun to find out! If you follow me on the 'gram or over on Facebook, you know that our oldest spent the day at NASA's Johnson Space Center last Wednesday. He was one of 30 4-Hers selected in the state of Texas to represent the organization and participate in 4-H's National Youth Science Day activities. Kids all over the country were … [Read More...]

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That Stranger and the Worst Thing He Ever Said to Me

I will freely admit it's been a big, fat ball of crazy around here. My grand plans of getting my "how do you do it" posts up on Monday, um, haven't happened. Now, if you were to ask me, "Hey, Kathryn, how do you not sleep?" That, I could answer. Have a sixth baby! Oh I kid. But in the midst of my sleep-deprived stupor, God gave me an experience and some time of reflection to process it … [Read More...]

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It’s Fall Y’all

And, in Texas that means we've finally hit the 80s. I do so love the fall for two reasons: 1) It's my happy decorating place. I tend to decorate with jewel tones and fall-ish colors year 'round so stepping into fall is like finding my favorite wool cardigan. It's familiar and cozy and inviting. Easter is always a stretch for me, what with all those pastels and light colors. I love color and … [Read More...]

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7 Quick Takes: A date with an astronaut, the pain of motherhood and the class frog

- 1 - This week's quotes of the week (QOTW): "I don't like boys because they pee up." Clare, I have to agree that's a real downfall, honey. "Will is going to SPACE?!" Anna-Laura, read below for more details. It's partially true. "Sister Maria Fatima re-poed a baby!" While technically not my kid that said this (it was one of Will's classmates), it was a classic. She stole Gianna from … [Read More...]

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Choo Choo! All Aboard for a Train Birthday

Is there anything more purely boy than a choo-choo train? Being the mom of three menfolk, I'm no stranger to some rough and tumble parties - from rock concerts to hunting and fishing and Avengers to cowboys - we've ended only one with a broken arm. When I read about this amazing place, I knew it was meant to be. Luke and trains are like peas and carrots. Time to chat all things steam and … [Read More...]

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