Friday, February 15, 2013

Seven Quick Takes


We've known there was a bird of prey living near our yard but for over a year I'd been unable to get a good look at him. He finally landed on our fence. May I introduce our local hawk, who I believe is a Red Tail Hawk though he looks a bit like a Broad Winged Hawk too. 


We are plugging along with homeschooling. Brigid still sleeps a lot, so she is pretty easy to manage even during school, but when she is awake, she enjoys joining us. 


For Our Lady of Lourdes we made Rice Krispie Treat grottos, courtesy of

I'm afraid I wound up eating too much of it but Teresa really liked it and munched on chunks quite a bit!


Teresa the troublemaker seems to be improving in terms of how much trouble she gets herself into. I'm hoping that means she is past the worst of it. Unfortunately, while she has been sleeping through the night, she seems to think night ends between 4:15 and 5:30am. It seems the culprit for this may be some incoming second molars. Needless to say this makes for a bit of a tired Teresa. And daddy. And mommy. 


Brigid is working on her baby chin ups and getting fairly good at them too. She can't hold her head steady for long, but she can hold it for a little bit before it goes all floppy. 


Just in the nick of time, I finished painting our letters for Lent. I also painted an extra P, an A and an extra R so I have "PREPARE" ready for Advent later this year. :)


Cecilia opened her birthday present, the RootVue Farm. It was the perfect time as we just began doing her plant chapter in her science book. We planted radishes, carrots and onions and the idea is that, as the plants grow, you can see their roots through the glass. I'll post an updated picture when we've made some progress. In the first 3 days, we already have a radish up. 


I knew she was getting close. Brigid has been becoming more aware when she is awake. Here is her, "Whatcha talkin' 'bout, Mom?" face:

But the highlight of my week had to be her first smile. I admit the picture isn't perfect - sue me, I was looking at my smiling baby and just hoping the camera was aimed right. But boy it sure was a nice way to start off Lent on Ash Wednesday! 

More Quick Takes at Jen's Conversion Diary!


  1. I love the idea of the letters for Lent AND Advent - brilliant! And that root viewing is pretty dang cool.

  2. Thanks, Ann-Marie. Nice to meet you and congratulations on your beautiful daughters!

  3. Love the rice crispy grotto! What a great idea!

  4. We haven't yet done 'tummy time' with Caitlin, maybe I will try this weekend. Glad everyone is settling in well and Brigid enjoys attending classes sometimes.

  5. Beautiful pictures! I love the mantel letters :)