Convivial Chronicles

Capturing contentment by rightly interpreting everyday chaos. Pretty, Happy, Funny – Real Life We’re all living and learning and mostly getting along swimmingly these days, though sleep is not consistent and meals must be. I’m working hard at reimplementing routines and reinstilling my own housekeeping habits that I lost over the coarse of pregnancy and newborn stages. It’s tiring but worthwhile. Miss Poochy-Lips. Isn’t she the cutest little thing? She has the hugest round blue eyes. I rearranged the books … Read More

Convivial Chronicles

We’re on a break week this week from school. However, it’s not looking like I will have the entire house cleaned and organized by the end of the week like I’d been dreaming about for the last couple weeks. Still, all the clothes collections from baby/maternity/season switches are cleared out of our bedroom, and that feels good! Pretty: Big blue eyes and a big smile with dimples are oh so pretty. She’s three months, almost 3 1/2 months, old now, … Read More

Convivial Chronicles: Around Here

You do know Frances, right? I love Frances. Sometimes I feel a little like Frances, and not just when I thoughtlessly pop treats intended for other people right into my own mouth. I think maybe peanut brittle, but I don’t know how it got there. No, lately it has been a different sentiment of Frances’ that strikes a chord with me. I look around and grimace. “Things are not very good around here anymore.” The stockings are not hung (and … Read More

Convivial Chronicles

I am afraid they might not have been joking about C-section recovery really, truly taking a full 4-6 weeks. Sigh. It just seems like I should be able to at least do the laundry and make dinner. My floors are atrocious, but we’ve managed to keep the clutter from accumulating on horizontal surfaces, so my sanity is somewhat preserved. Maybe after this enforced time off I’ll actually want to do the housework! One can always hope, anyway. Well, with all … Read More

Convivial Chronicles

Life continued mostly as usual before the baby was born, with our annual trip to the pumpkin patch: But then we brought home a new baby and were all very pleased with her. She sometimes seems less than pleased with us, though. However, we are all muddling along together, this week with the daily help from my mom, Nana. We went out with her on Tuesday. This is my first postpartum attempt at an outfit other than sweatpants. And possibly … Read More

Current Convivialities

Another week! Because I’ll be doing the 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers in October, I won’t be doing these update posts again until November, when we will hopefully have a little baby! Then it will be weekly baby pictures, which are always fun. For the mommy, anyway. :) Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Well, I continue to be remiss in taking random photos along the way, but I did remember to snap one of Ilse & Knox. Ilse … Read More

Currently Convivial

Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life We’ve had a good week, with a quiet, restful Labor Day weekend. The local schools are all back in session now, so we get the excitement once again of the school bus stopping in front of our house during breakfast and the selfish pleasure of having the park crowds & grocery store traffic back down to a sane level. Being able to hit the stores at a quiet 9-10am, when only the moms of … Read More

Currently Convivial

Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Last week was fair week, so we took off Wednesday and had a grand time at the county fair. The kids got to climb all through a fire engine, watch all sorts of animals both at the petting zoo and in the 4H buildings, claim candy and trinkets from booths, eat elephant ears, and – through the sponsorship of my parents – ride their first rides. We had a good time, the kids were … Read More

Convivial Contentment

Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Knox likes to think of himself as one of the boys, so he is always in people’s business – or in their shoes. In fact, I am having to change the way I refer to my groups of children. For years now I have referred to Hans and Jaeger together as “the boys.” So the other day I called, “Boys! Would you please run this over to the neighbor’s house for me?” They love … Read More

Convivial Contentment

Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life I’m losing steam around here, and I’m only 26 weeks! I didn’t really take any pictures again this week. Sigh. But I do have a photo of a yummy, super-easy dinner I made: The post with “recipe” and narrative will be up at Simple Pantry Cooking next week! You can make sure you won’t miss it by signing up to get Simple Pantry Cooking posts in your inbox! We’re so close to having Simplified … Read More

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