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a new homestead

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way back in the third week in Advent i posted that our house was officially on the market. and here we are, all the way into the fourth week in Lent. i can finally say that we have sold our house! even though the past 3 weeks have been a rollercoaster of ups and downs waiting for an offer to come in (it came in three weeks ago), waiting for the inspection (2 weeks ago), waiting to hear from the buyers what they wanted us to do (that came last…read more

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more hair and irish jiggin’

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since my mom asked for pictures from last night’s post (i’m hoping it was pictures of sawyer’s new haircut, and not the bathtub incident), i pulled a few from this week and took one this morning. also, heather mentioned in a comment below about using clippers on her two-year-old’s hair. heather, i would LOVE to use clippers. i think it might be easier, and i’m not opposed to shorter haircuts either. but kenny has the aversion to clippers simply from experience. he grew up one of four boys who all…read more

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toddler haircuts and sharks in the water

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kenny and i just spent 20 minutes wrestling and pinning down sawyer so we could cut his hair. why don’t you read about the horrors of cutting your toddler’s hair in all these parenting books? are we the only ones who have a screaming, writhing child once we get out the scissors and comb? do we have special children who actually have nerves in each of their hairs that make haircutting painful? rowan is the same way. it’s impossible to cut his hair. he screams. i hold his head still….read more

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bobas

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last summer, i discovered boba teas. fortunately it was just when they were hitting it big in pittsburgh-area asian restaurants, so i had a lot of places to find them. a “boba”, or “bubble tea”, or “pearl tapioca drink” is a flavored tea or fruit drink that is served with a big fat straw. the “bubbles” or “boba” or “pearl tapiocas” are soft, larger-than-tapioca-pudding-tapioca, black spheres that you suck through the straw, and then chew on (like really soft licorice). kenny describes drinking a boba tea as “disturbing.” he hasn’t…read more

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my husband rocks

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he bought me a flute for my birthday! it arrived last night at 7:30 by FedEx, and it’s beautiful. i had been lamenting the fact that i sold my old flute several years ago. i played from 4th grade all the way through 12th grade and admittedly, never became really good at it. i wasn’t challenged by the band teachers in school (i didn’t take private lessons) nor did i really care about challenging myself (i was more obsessed with “fitting in” than learning in junior high and high school…read more

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influences

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here’s an obvious statement: when two people become friends or spouses, they influence and introduce each other to certain things, habits, or tastes. i’m thinking mainly these days about how we influence our children’s tastes and preferences and how they make their own (or what they’re born with). i now watch football on sunday afternoons, which was unheard of before i met kenny. although he’s not a sports kind of guy, he enjoys football and golf. i don’t understand the golf thing yet, but i get why he likes football….read more

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just some pictures

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these have nothing to do with my bread-making-in-Lent, but they’re just fun photos from dinner this evening. kenny made his famous (well, it’s famous now since we all like it!) pizza crust and we all got our own mini pizzas to roll out and bake. the boys love it. emma is my mother’s helper and the boys love her, too.[link(pics/march_06/sawyer_dough1.jpg)][thumb]pics/march_06/sawyer_dough1.jpg[/thumb][/link] [link(pics/march_06/sawyer_dough2.jpg)][thumb]pics/march_06/sawyer_dough2.jpg[/thumb][/link] [link(pics/march_06/rowan_emma.jpg)][thumb]pics/march_06/rowan_emma.jpg[/thumb][/link] when we were all sick a month ago (was it really that long ago already?), sawyer’s normal active personality took a back seat to his lethargy. kenny took…read more

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Pancakes, Lent, and Bread

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a little over a year ago, i wrote this post about Shrove Tuesday, or the Beginning Of Lent. It was written on February 8th – almost three weeks earlier than this year. today is Shrove Tuesday and we decided to join the masses in the parish hall to eat pancakes and sausage. and so here we are in Lent again. i recently read this description of Lent, which i like: “Lent is a time of discipline and preparation. Lenten disciplines are those which we undertake for a journey. Lent has…read more

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