Research and other things

Last week we went into the psychology department on campus so this little guy could be a bonafide research assistant for the infant studies lab. It was a nice little outing, especially for Ryan because the playroom in the building has quite the selection of fun toys that we don't have at home. Anyway, if you are local and you have a fourteen month old or a baby who will be fourteen months old, I highly suggest it! You'll be one cute tshirt and $15 richer, too. Conor has yet to decide what to spend his big earnings on. 

---  I saw this 30 minute bread recipe on Pinterest and then promptly made it, which is not my usual course of action when it comes to pins. I'm glad I didn't wait because it was delicious; I'd describe it as a mix between Irish soda bread and Irish brown bread. It was perfect with butter (generously for me) and drizzled with honey. Both boys asked for more so this recipe will be repeated. 

--- The other night Chris brought home the song program from a prayer service he went to so we could start singing the Canticle of Simeon he saw in it with the boys before bed. "Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake, watch over us, as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace," sounds much better than other prayers that include, "if I die before I wake ..." ha! Anyway as unlovely as we may sound singing, it is a lovely song to include at bedtime.

--- And then, to go along with the peaceful mood of that song, Ryan requests the Victory March every night before Chris leaves the room, which is more rousing of the spirit than calming, but who am I to complain about rousing Irish spirit at a young age? 

--- Netflix #StreamTeam - 
     - So thanks to a certain little Mrs., I somehow started watching, okay wait, pretend I'm whispering it ... Hart of Dixie ... and I sped through the first two seasons as my background nonsense while I did busywork. You know you have a bad addiction when you pick up the iPad, see that your husband was watching something maybe a tad more edifying, and switch it to your mind-numbing show with no sense of remorse. Someone pry me away from Bluebell, Alabama! 
     - Baby Genius: Favorite Nursery Rhymes is the only show that Conor will actually sit (stand and sway) through. Since he is currently smack dab in the middle of the clingiest stage, it is my best friend right now. 

--- What a few weeks it has been in the world of pregnancy announcements! Grace, Jenny, Lauren and Amelia all shared their news, and I am so happy for all of them. New life is so good. 

--- Did you see Design Mom's room tour of her four daughters' room? I love that they chose to all share a room. They were so creative with the space.

--- If you want a good jam, let me introduce you to this song as introduce to me by my sister-in-law, Annie. It really is a mood changer!

--- I've been on a major tabbouleh kick lately which brings me back to my study abroad days. I loosely use Ina Garten's recipe

--- I've been so moved and inspired by the Coakley Family story, as I'm sure everyone has been. It is such a joy to see that over $100,000 has been raised to help Ann who not only is mourning her husband, but is eight months pregnant and caring for their older three children.  Not only that, but their house is being built from the goodness of volunteers' hearts. Amazing. Pray for them!

--- I haven't read The Temperament God Gave Your Kids, but it's on my list. I loved the face-off Kate wrote up about the different temperaments between Jake and Lucy June. Have you read the book? 

--- Bonnie's honest post about her son's allergies made me cry. My heart goes out to all those dealing with food allergies. 

--- Jenny is such a writer. A hilarious and spot-on writer who doesn't cut around the bush. Whenever I read her posts, I imagine her as a big sister (I don't have any - not even a big sister-in-law!) telling me to straighten up, but in a loving yet frank manner, of course. Her post from yesterday is a gem

--- Ryan has just started to enjoy audiobooks which is music (errr, I guess, a book) to my ears. I was happy to see Janssen, my go-to for kid book recommendations, wrote a post on how her daughter got hooked on audiobooks

--- Since the extent of Ryan's responsibilities currently include putting his dirty clothes in the hamper, taking his plate to the sink, putting toys away (ha) and peeling his own clementines, and Conor's includes being my alarm clock, I love getting peeks into life with older kids. Kendra always does a superb job describing why her family does what they do, and this post on helping at home is no exception

--- Two Jenna's have new blogs! Here is Wilber Huset's new look and Jenna Guizar

--- Also - Blessed is She Lenten journals are on sale! 

--- Can you believe how gorgeous my sister-in-law is pregnant?

--- And this is a polite nudge to Regina to say that I miss your blog!