Hoo hoo! Look who’s TWO!

Collin turns two this week so hows about giving you an exclusive interview with the noob two’b?  Sure, you say? Okay then.

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Begin interview with a fresh 2 year old:

How old will you be tomorrow?


How old is mommy?


How old is Daddy?


What is your favorite color?


What do you like to eat?


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What does Daddy like to do?

Go. Car. Bye. work. Oh-no.

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What does Mommy like to do?

Cut. Apple?  ‘kay!

What is your favorite animal?

Meow meow!

What animal is scary?


What is your favorite movie?

Wee-gull-why. (SuperWhy)

What is your favorite toy?

Plane. Ball. block. Juice. Pool.

Where is your favorite place to go?

Pop. Nan. (My parents’ house) Nene.  (Craig’s mom’s house)

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Collin with my Dad -and actually, this is at my sister’s house.

What makes you happy?

Wee-gull-Why. (SuperWhy)

What makes you sad?

cry-cry. boo-boo.



While he’s the little bro, in many ways, Collin is a big brother.   Although it kind of breaks my heart to watch Collin grab Emmett’s hand and help guide him to me when I call for a diaper change, or when Emmett’s having a mini-meltdown, I’m grateful he’s up for the brotherly challenge.

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Collin’s talents:

  • Tattling on everyone, including himself.
  •  Giving me smiles and hugs every single morning  …until recently: opposite world.
  • Putting things away
  • …and then dumping them out immediately.
  • Sneaking food right out from under the nose of each brother.
  • Watching me change Emmett’s diaper from point two inches away and talking about the contents, and repeating the subject matter over and over again until he’s gotten eye contact from me.
  • Overly eager to throw diapers away to the point that if I’m not vigilant, he’ll grab the soiled diap before I’ve wrapped it closed.
  • Has the volume level of a banshee, and exercises his ability half-hourly. Sometimes 5-minutely.

Collin is still my little attached baby.  He still has lingering separation anxiety, though not nearly like he did exactly one year ago.

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Meet my Granny!  (my Dad’s mom)


He is still nursing!

Collin is the first baby of ours which I can proudly say I’ve breastfed in the way that I’d hoped.

I’d half-heartedly hoped I could nurse my boys until two years old, but after struggling so awfully with Lexington, I gave up all expectations, and all hope.  So, at two years with Collin continuing to nurse, even as I expect my supply to dry up any week now, from pregnancy hormones going through the roof, I feel triumphant and so proud of myself for battling through the rough patches of learning this (unexpectedly) difficult mothering job. And a JOB it is, indeed.

Collin is also the first med-free birth I’ve experienced. If you’re feeling like going on that crazy ride, here’s his birth story.  
And lastly, a little throwback to his 4 month old hairdo:

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That’s it!  Happy Birthday, little boy! You’ve got my heart forever and ever.

10 Books Which Have Stuck with Me


Another Friday wiz-banger for my party people!

My childhood friend, Betsy, tagged me in one of those “list 10 books which have changed your thinking/stuck with you” and I thought it’d be a shoe-in easy post fun post to write. Haley also wrote one this week- I love book reviews from her.  I’ve quickly learned that reading blogs with book recommendations when already knowing the writer and his/her reading taste is just the best thing ever because I’m almost guaranteed to enjoy that book.  I stopped blindly asking for book recommendations on FB after Fifty Shades of Gross came out.  Learn me once.

My list definitely isn’t as unique as Haley’s but hopefully, some of the titles listed will get you all nerdy and excited for something new and enjoyable too! The links I give below are Amazon affiliate links- thank ya much for clicking ;)


The Eyes of the Dragon, Stephen King

Oy, Stephen King? Really? You’re gonna bash 50 Shades and then turn around and talk Stephen King?  Yes, but just this particular book. The Eyes of the Dragon is one of the first books I truly enjoyed as a young teen. Don’t yet write the book off as grotesque and horrific, per the norm of King’s works. This one is more classical and no where near the horror fiction for which he’s famous.

I was captivated by the narration, and drawn in to the world of  two young prince brothers who learn the secret passages inside their castle; one brother, insecure and jealous, who witnesses the murder of their father, the king, behind a wall on which the head of a Dragon is mounted; and the other, much beloved brother, falsely convicted of this murder, is locked up in a tall tower with nothing, it seems, to give him hope for escape or vindication. It’s a classic tale of good triumphing evil (an evil magician, of course). I have to admit this book set me up for my love of Harry Potter, many years later.


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (S.Clemmons).

I grew up taking twice-a-year visits to my extended family in rural Kentucky. By rural, I mean, we used a real, wooden outhouse, and at night had to be accompanied by our parents for fear of bears. By rural, I mean we weren’t allowed to wander through the woods without our parents because of known, unseen sinkholes in which we would be lost forever. And by rural, I of course mean visiting family members who stumbled around half-clothed, half-toothed, carrying a bottle of alcohol and a loaded handgun or shotgun while showing us their pride and joy: A barn full of drying tobacco. That smell is immortal in my memory.

Huckleberry Finn gave me somewhere to place this distant world I knew into real history. It gave me some of my first glimpses into reflecting on human dignity.
Twain’s use of southern dialect made reading it an absolute hilarious delight (having only ever heard the language used by my relatives from the hollers of Kentucky), and something I’d never come across in literature.


The BFG, Roald Dahl (and the rest of his books)

The BFG, being the first of Dahl’s books I’d read, captured my attention as a young girl who’d begun to feel negatively about reading in school.  I think it is also Dahl who hooked me into british literature. How Dahl just flat-out makes up words, writes in dialect, and had me laughing out loud (I’ll never forget the surprise of hearing my own giggle as I quietly read his book), taught me that writing and reading is not necessarily mathematical, and following the rules of it will only take an artist, and especially his or her readers so far. Apart from Twain, I had never read anything as fun from American writers. Scrumdiddlyumptious.


Go Ask Alice, Anonymous

Based in the 60’s, this book (although fiction) is written in diary format by a teenager.  Reading it as a teen myeslf helped me understand how easily someone can fall into the trap of drug addiction, the stifling black hole of consequences which accompanies it, the enormous circle of people affected by it, and how almost impossible it can be to climb out.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone , J.K. Rowling.

My little brother began reading these books and I resisted in annoyance for probably a year before I cracked open the cover. I was bound to fall in love with the british author’s wit, her diverse and well-developed characters, but what lost me forever to the world of Harry Potter was the triumph of an ordinary boy, who willingly sacrifices himself for his friends. The Christian allegory -and profoundly Catholic ones if you know where to look- have made me a forever diehard Potterhead.


Sense and Sensibility , Jane Austen

While I’d have to say Pride and Prejudice might be my favorite, Sense and Sensibility was my first Austen novel.  My favorite kind of book seems to be one where the central characters struggle to control their own senses, while graciously dealing with ridiculous, selfish people who provoke a justified retort. The hilarious, awkward moments thrown back to the English 18th century are refreshing to read in a culture full of obnoxious cat-fighting.


The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

A satirical fiction which gives an eerily conniving -yet still comical- voice to the devil’s demons and demons-in-training into our every day thinking.  It’s a chilling thing to consider that while we go along knowing we’ve got our guardian angel protecting us, there may conversely be dedicated servants of “the father below” who vie to claim our souls for Hell.  When we rationalize our actions into something less than good, when we allow ourselves to ignore injustices for the sake of our own personal comfort and convenience, when we seek what is easy instead of what is right, that is where the demon-in-training, named Wormwood, makes great strides in chipping away little by little at a human soul.



Architects Of The Culture Of DeathBenjamin Wiker

At my Dad’s recommendation, I read this book as a side project while writing a college essay on historical figures in the progressive moment because I tend to make things harder on myself.  Wiker discusses a number of historical figures whom our culture currently celebrates or just plain ignores in formal education, and how they have contributed to a culture of death by denying the sanctity of human life in their philosophies.  It’s eye-opening, it’s shocking, and it’s quite frightening to look around today and see the movements put forth by those individuals engrained into our culture so deeply, that we don’t even recognize it.


A Refutation Of Moral Relativism, Peter Kreeft.

Kreeft- Hilarious, thought-provoking, and quite easy to read all at the same time, is one of my favorite apologists. 

Therefore, I want not just to present a strong case against moral relativism, but to refute it, to unmask it, to strip it naked, to humiliate it, to shame it, to
give it the wallop it deserves, as they say in Texas [...]”
And he does. 


The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins

This British mystery took me by surprise, and I did not want it to end.


Whew! Crazy Friday night book recs, right? Just nuts.  
Okay, so now you know two things about me: I super stink at brief book reviews, and I’m possibly a Britlit-o-phile.  Or would that just be an Anglophile?
Share your list with me!  (cause I know that’s how you’re gonna spend your Friday night. right.) 

7 Quick Takes Friday vol #many


Reeel quick today -but I’m getting the feeling that I snuck a big piece of news into my post last week and not many of you noticed because it was upstaged!


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The big news? Voila:

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YES!  A teeny tiny little human person is happening in my belly!  New-to-me pregnancy symptoms?  On top of ye olde unpleasant nausea: HEADACHES!  EVER-PRESENT!  A cup of coffee helps a ton, but the throb is basically always there in the background.  I am not a headache person, I don’t ever get migraines.  So, now I guess I have a new group of people to pray for, because those who suffer chronic headaches or migraines- HOW DO YOU EVEN THINK?  I’m prayin’ for you. Oy.

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How on earth did I miss this announcement? You might be wondering.  Well, if you’re family (hello there) I sent out a mass snail email, so it’s your fault for not checking the inbox ;)  Second, I’m shifting what information I share via facebook from my personal page, to mainly my Svellerella Page. Go follow so you can keep up to date with us.  Third, you most likely might have missed this info because you were mesmerized by my hysterical hand-dancing for Kelly’s Lip Sync contest.  I posted the announcement after the video.   I understand.  The hands are just too much to care for my writing that might follow.

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Not nearly as exciting, but still fun, I posted a How To make your own t-shirt yarn for you all, if you’re wondering what to do with old, raggedy t-shirts served with a side benefit of environmental sustainability.  Enjoy!

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I have some exciting things to share about Emmett (age: 3, with Autism) and his amazing word recognition and retention. It’s too amazing for me not to dedicate a separate post to it, so stay tuned, and in the meantime, SHARE(s) DRINKS.

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Looking for a women’s daily devotional which is easy to access from your phone?? Blessed is She launched this week, and it is a view for sore eyes.  Created by mastah-mind Jenna, and including contributing writers who make up just about my ENTIRE Bloglovin feed, these girls put together the Bible readings which we’d usually hear in Mass that day, and then reflect, accompanied with gorgeous graphics.    When you subscribe, your daily devotionals will be delivered straight to your inbox.  If there’s one thing I love, it’s email subscriptions to sites I actually like with stuff I actually want to read; and as a mother who sometimes find it hard to keep her eye on the grander, Heavenly picture after she just discovered permanent marker on her keyboard or a large ant invasion around the front door (which the children are delighting in stepping ALL AROUND) , this is a beautiful reminder.  You will so, so enjoy it.  Go check it out!

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AND!  I added a media kit under my CONTACT tab!  I’m looking work with YOU, so here’s a micro Svellerella page I sketched up, showing you my style, what I’m about, and how to contact me if you want to team up/trade/do pretty and Holy things.  :)
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