7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 108)
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It looks like I might be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of morning sickness. The nausea is slightly better; the exhaustion is still there, but I’ll take that over nausea any day. A lot of people have asked how I do it with four small kids. It’s definitely very hard. But, in some ways, I think it’s easier than if I only had one other one: since they’re all close in age, they spend a lot of time playing together. For example, this morning I got a full hour where I could pretty much sit on the couch while the four kids ran back and forth through the house in a herd.
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I just found out that I’m going to be at the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco on January 22! I’m heading out that way to meet with my literary agent, and the timing just so happened to work out for me to be at the Walk. (If you’re not familiar with my pro-life “conversion” story, you can read it here.) Anyone else going to be there?
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Anna Mitchell and I had another fun chat about children’s books on the SonRise Morning Show the other day. LNK Here’s the audio if you’d like to hear it:
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So we canceled cable. This is a big move for us. Not that I have much time to watch TV these days, but I’ve had access to cable television since childhood! Also, let’s keep it real: I use it a lot for the kids. I am not above dazzling the crew with Dora or Diego so that I can get a break in the afternoon. But our theory was that there are so many options online now that we wouldn’t even miss it.
We hooked up an antenna to get network channels, and replaced our cable box with an old computer from my husband’s office. We set it up with wireless and connected it to the TV, and now we stream shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, Clicker or EWTN on our main television! The total cost is less than $10/month, and so far we don’t even miss cable. What’s amazing is that the quality of the streamed shows: we’re watching a Care Bears movie from Netflix as I type this, and you’d never guess that it’s from a computer. It looks just like regular TV!
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In a spasm of holiday spirit, I bought this festive Christmas garland to put up around the house. I planned to run it along the mantle, or perhaps above the living room window, but I had to stash it on the pot rack for now so that the kids wouldn’t tear it up.
$50 says it stays right there until Epiphany.
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Homeschooling is going amazingly well. I know there will be challenges later, but right now it’s much easier than I’d expected. I’m surprised at how little time it takes to keep my son up to speed academically; in fact, without even trying, we’ve already moved past his current grade level. One of the biggest helps has been that his three younger sisters go to Mother’s Day Out a couple mornings per week — we tend to be much more efficient on those mornings!
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Confession: I have not started Christmas shopping yet. Haven’t bought a single thing.
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