last week in photos

I went to a place to buy rocks and sent the husband the picture above and the picture below. I wanted to get the ones labeled “Mexican Black Pebbles” and I went in to tell the guys. They laughed at me and said “how much do you need?” – apparently the one I wanted is $750 a ton. And the one below labeled “black granite” is $130 a ton. Most of the rocks were $90-160. I had to laugh and tell them the measurements that we needed to cover and then switch to the black granite.


Luisa with the rocks.

The big three and a friend cheered at the Pius game Friday night. Lots of fun.

monday: best of last week

:: finding your perfect rhythm – I just took the girls out of piano. And I’m seriously questioning everything else we do. And getting rid of stuff. Yes. This is so good. ::

:: when instagram ruins your day ::

:: tips for happier weeknight dinners ::

:: no one way to be a mom – I am/was a trained childbirth educator. I had big opinions about this. but then real life happens. I appreciate this perspective ::

last week in photos

The big news last week? We started school!

Della started 2nd grade and Cora started 4th grade. They were both super excited the night before – they are really happy about who their teachers are this year and we’re hoping for a great year.


Adelaide started pre-k (again). She turned five a week before the cutoff but would be the youngest in her kindergarten class by far. So we are sending her to another year of preschool.

Which means you will get lots of pictures of Luisa outside of the school while we wait for Adelaide. You’re welcome.

last week in photos

paper planners
I still use a paper planner. I have two planners for a month here while they overlap and I switch to a new one – mine follow the school year, August until August or July typically.

Oldest & youngest. Cora gave me a tutorial on how to fishtail braid and I’ve been practicing.

All four at the doctor for Adelaide’s five year well child. Not to be confused with a kindergarten checkup because she isn’t going. She had a few shots, as did Luisa. We are always behind until kindergarten as we don’t do them on schedule.

retreat house
I went on my first ever retreat from Friday night at 7 until Sunday morning at 11:15. So less than 48 hours. But so nice to get some time away. It was at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House.

retreat house
I loved this picture hanging in the room.

putting on a show
Sunday I got home and took a nap (I didn’t sleep much at the retreat house) and we went to the pool for a few hours. Then the girls put on a show out front. And then we went for a family walk and to the park. It was so great to be home.

on Wichita, aka: last week in photos

I thought I had already typed this post and scheduled it to go today but it never posted. So I’m writing it again. Because the trip didn’t really count if I didn’t blog about it, right?

Last Friday we went to Wichita for the Midwest Catholic Family Conference and it was great fun. Two other families from our parish went as well and we all stayed at the same hotel and got to have (some) meals together and swim together. Our kids really look forward to this weekend after we went last year and they loved it.

I only took a few pictures!

asleep Luisa

Luisa fell asleep right after we stopped at Freddy’s in Salina. We didn’t stop at Freddy’s in Topeka like I was originally thinking. And anyone who knows me can laugh along with me because I am exceptionally directionally challenged.

on the way to Wichita
The girls watched movies most of the way there.

matt maher
Friday night was the Matt Maher concert which I loved. The girls thought it was a bit loud. And Cora asked why he talked so much between songs.

I was able to attend talks from Simcha Fisher, Dr. Timothy Gray, and Dr. Pia de Solenni. The kids that are older than three get to go to classes in the morning and afternoon. Luisa stayed with us all day. The whole trip is a lot of fun and good for all of us.