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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 the arms of another mom at Mass. All the kids at school know SMF is the Baby Whisperer.
“So…where do you want me to put these?”
The poor lady at the dry cleaners, after taking a look at all the kids in the van, and realizing we might be short on space.
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I finally shared all the pretty, lovely and awesome about Luke’s fifth birthday party. For some reason the fifth milestone struck a chord this year. Pouring the love into the details did my heart some good. Power to the preemies.
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Our oldest really is going to space! Well, kinda. He was one of 30 youth in the state of Texas to win an essay contest through a partnership with Texas 4-H and NASA to celebrate National Youth Science Day. Next week, we’re heading to Houston so he can spend the day yamming it up with scientists, engineers and astronauts at Johnson Space Center. They tell us there is a rocket launch and some behind-the-scenes touring going on. Oh y’all. If you hear about a security breach it’s because I’m trying to crash the tour and take photos! Gianna and I have to sit on the sidelines for this one, but trust me, I’ll be quizzing that kid the whole three-hour ride home. NASA will be live tweeting and instagramming all day, so check me out on both because I will for sure be re-gramming and hashtagging like it’s nobody’s business. It’s so cool to be this kid’s mom.
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Speaking of taking the bull by the horns. Will was selected as co-editor of his school’s yearbook staff. Aaaand, my graphic design heart rejoiced. But, mostly? I’m beyond proud of how much he cares about the final product. How much time and effort he’s spent learning the lingo, researching photo tips and scouring the internet for the “just right” look for the cover. We’re blessed to have a new advisor this year and she’s really instilling some creativity, leadership and problem solving skills in our kids. It’s refreshing and I’m seeing the direct result of that already. Isn’t it awesome when a teacher believes in your kids and they believe back?
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The biggest news, really, is much more impressive than space and yearbooks. It’s Hoppy. The class frog. Clare brought him home last weekend and I don’t think that poor fella got any sleep. We were hauling him to football, then soccer x2, playdates and Mass. I’m pretty sure he was ready for a breather and a nap come Monday morning. Clare didn’t let him out of her sight. I do so love that about second graders. They take their stuffed animals seriously. Childhood sure is grand sometimes, isn’t it?
Who knew the twang would be so fun? Last week I ventured into vlogging and y’all were oh-so-gracious. I can’t say I’ll be doing it a ton more (I agreed with many of you that vlogs are so much harder to watch than a post is to read), but I’ll be doing them occasionally. I’m laughing for two reasons: 1) Amazon surely saw an uptick in order of that awesome cookbook and 2) after watching it myself I did sound quieter than I am in real life. I think that’s because my chicks were all sleeping and I didn’t want to tempt fate and be all KATHRYN and wake them up. No bueno. Next time? Look out. Oh, oh! If you live in Austin, I’ll be speaking at the St. Thomas More Mom’s Group next Friday morning, October 10. It should be great fun.
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My best read this week? A lovely post from Lauren about motherhood and Bl. Mother Teresa. I’ve been reading Lauren’s blog for quite some time. I think I originally found her because of her awesome husband (holla to the Aggies) and then discovered a deeper connection with her after their daughter, Kate, was born with Down Syndrome. Lauren’s writing is the kind that makes you want to brew a cup of hot tea and find a quiet place to read. She sees the beauty in the everyday and I did so love this reflection of hers. It’s worth the click.
Jen, you’re a great hostess.