a sequence + a question {for you}

24 August 2014

Phoebe is four months old! Or was, as of yesterday. To celebrate we lived dangerously with a little bit of toddler led weaning and let Theo attempt to get some avocado in her mouth. Here's how it went down over the course of a million photos ...

(and for the Bumbo Po ... I was standing rightright there the whole time and moved her to the floor after 43 seconds ... silence those sirens)

Okay. Here we go for real ...


Phoebe loves a good fist chew and was seriously frustrating Theo so he spent a lot of his time pulling her hands out of her mouth and disciplining her via glare ...

... which worked really well 
right back to it.

She played along for a minute ...

but when it was all said and spilled she may have gotten this much down the hatch ... maybe
nope.

nope, again.

and nope, for real.

and right before WWIII after I peeled him away from his prey.

the end.

of THAT.

And now a question for you (in case post title reading isn't your thing). I can't exactly hide behind the, "just had a baby!!" blogging excuse anymore and am hoping that you'll lend your reading wants and needs to my eyes and ears. In the very blessed event that Phoebe starts regularly napping when the other three nap and I can resume typing with both hands a few days a week ... what are your favorite types of posts? I'm well aware that everyone loves sponsored content (WINK, MANY WINKS) but maybe you'd prefer I just hand the reins over to Simon completely after Friday's post? Or maybe there's a whole new world of post ideas I haven't visited before? Or ...  I don't know. You tell me, pretty please!!

If you have trouble commenting (why my blog hates comments from phones will forever drive me crazy, I'm sorry!) feel free to ship an email my inbox. I'd love your input! And if you don't care, that's fair too. Completely.

And now I'm off to make Phoebe a birthday cake for the rest of us to enjoy while she chows down on a hand sandwich.

Happy Sunday.

106 comments:

  1. Simon says is always my fave!!

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    1. MINE TOO. I need to be better about writing them down!!

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  2. I feel like Bash needs some dedication! We have Julia style and Simon says, but I know Bash is getting to that ripe old age where he must be having some funnies!

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    1. stay tuned!!! this is his week!!! so glad you mentioned it though!

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    2. Ditto that! So glad it's on the docket already :)

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  3. Umm I love all your posts. I actually think you do a pretty good sponsored post, I have unfollowed blogs before because they became what seemed to be only sponsored posts and really didn't write anything of interest to go along with them. You do a great job of keeping them balanced.
    I am a big fan of just the funny stories that go a long with motherhood. I also have like your "health" posts. I am always looking for new ideas for healthy foods, exercise, and things like that. I know that you want to cater all of your blog posts to me, so I will be waiting with bated breath.

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    1. I know I emailed you back but just wanted to thank you again!! And yes, cater cater ;)

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  4. I would love a post with exercise and meal tips. I'm struggling to find healthy kids for my 3 kids that all of us are willing to eat:)

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  5. hi grace! i'm newish to your blog and absolutely love it. LOVE IT. i'm a youngun in the city and so my life is a bit different than yours but i love your recipe posts/ baking (mis)adventures which i can totally relate too, any and all "julia says" "simon says" or "funny happenings" type post. and the theo+phoebe love affair is so cute! so i love pictures of that.

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  6. Did it eat my comment? I'd love to know what you are reading, in your five seconds of spare time.

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    1. yes! I did a post a few weeks ago with the books I read in July. Will do another soon!!!

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  7. Julia Styles, Simon Says, or any post about how you get your hair to always look so fabulous!

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  8. Keep bogging about your life with 4 kids. I think we can all relate and let's face it - kids do and say the funniest things, and it's SO easy to forget why we had so little time when they were young. The messes they get in to, their personalities, the general life of a mom of 4 young kids is very entertaining. Keep posting about that (along with Simon and Julia says)!

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  9. Julia styles! I love to hear her pearls of winsome!

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  10. I was thinking the same thing about bash, he must be getting some good ones in there. Julia posts are my all time fave. I actually really appreciate the beauty tips (I've been meaning to ask for a mascara recommendation, I can't remember which one you liked in that post a while ago). My kids are getting old enough that their convos are starting to be hilarious to ease drop on... I bet yours are too. You haven't done any yummy easy snacks lately, like those date cream cheese things.... That's all I got.

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  11. Julia Styles posts are my absolute favorites but I agree with the earlier comment about wanting to see some posts about Bash's comments and happenings :) I think you have a wonderful blog and I look forward to continue to read!

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  12. This may sound a little, I don't know, invasive and strange? But, I've wondered what your breastfeeding stories are for all four of your little ones. You have mentioned before that you have had supply issues and some other challenges and I've just wondered how long you breastfeed each and any tips, advice or stories you may have. I know breastfeeding is a personal thing so I completely understand if you are uncomfortable writing about it! I am a first time Mom of a 3 month old and was totally blind sided at just how challenging breastfeeding can be (mastitis, blisters, a 2 week breast strike, I've had all the fun!) and I sort of enjoy reading about other moms experiences.

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    1. oh gosh. I don't think I'm brave enough to dedicate a post to my battle with breastfeeding - people get so fired up on both sides. I don't have any advice ... only war stories ha. I know there are so many great posts out there with successful stories that will probably help many struggling moms! But, I haven't lasted very long with any of the kids but if we are lucky enough to have more kids I will keep trying to go as long as I can!! I think that's all we can do!

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  13. I love how much Theo adores Phoebe!

    As for post ideas, I always enjoy day in the life posts and Simon Says and beauty posts. Oh and outfit posts!

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  14. Did you ever struggle to get your kids to eat solid foods? Ted is 16 months, still only has four teeth and is super stubborn about eating certain foods. Most of the time he won't even try it...just picks it up, examines it and chucks it across the room! Would love to hear about other experiences :-)

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    1. My kids are certainly picky about some things (Theo is JUST now coming around to bananas) but there are a few things they all love (beans of any kind, corn, most fruit, cheese, rice, avocado, and I won't list everything ha) but maybe I can post about this .... thanks Kellie!!

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  15. Pretty much everything. I know that's seriously unhelpful. Sorry. Julia Styles/Says posts leave me in stitches every time. I love posts that include product recommendations because I feel like I'm always buying the wrong stuff. Love Costco posts (I know) because I just got a membership and given that I don't need a lifetime supply of quinoa, what do people buy there? And what do you feed toddlers? I've got a newly minted one-year old and she wants everything on my plate. Just write about the everyday. Because whether we've got one kid or ten, life be crazy for us all. Oooh and a kids in church post. And eBay. I'm still terrified to shop there, but you always are buying shoes and awesome things for the kids. How do you know who to buy from? Etc. Okay, this is way too long. Sorry.

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  16. i am dying at 'bumbo po'.. ha! theo's adoration for phoebe is too stinkin' cute!

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  17. Like I've said before I'm reading all your posts backwards and now I'm at Julia around Phoebe's age and I like the alteration/sewing posts. Like you have time for that now...

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    1. hahaha. Ah. I cringe at those posts. I know! I want to sew more -- I do alter a lot of my clothes still but never snap photos. I really need to try! Thanks Jess!

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  18. I love toddler led weaning! Something so sweet about them interacting in a [relatively] constructive way. We have had to work on important lessons like "don't feed raisins to the baby", so now he just shows her each one before proclaiming "no, Annie" and eating it himself. If he tries to spoon feed her a look of primal fear enters her eyes!

    Julia Styles & Simon Says always cheer me up. And I like your book reccomandation posts as I'm always looking for new things to read.

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    1. ha! I'm cracking up over the toddler led weaning. It does kill two birds with one stone .... but Theo is always trying to feed Phoebe his almond milk .... which I don't think she minds. So terrible.

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    2. What is it with kids and almond milk? Walter won't drink chocolate milk, although he loves chocolate & milk, but if it's one of those skinny shakes made with cocoa, almond milk, and banana he's all over it.

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  19. I'd like to hear how you handle church. Mass can be so stressful with just two, I don't know how you do it with 4. Any suggestions you have would be great. I would also like any tips you have on how to get in shape after having a baby.
    Thanks for writing this blog. I love reading it!

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    1. oh thanks Laura!!! If you sat behind us for 5 minutes at Mass you might retract that question!!! And you're too kind ... I'm still working on getting back to some semblance of pre-baby shape-age. Maybe I'll share what I've found helps me and is realistic in this busy time of life :)

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  20. I love reading about how you wrangle all 4 kids to go places. I can barely wrangle the one, and he's not even walking yet. Also love anything that comes out of Julia's mouth, she's hilarious like her mom. :)

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  21. I like your day in the life posts, updates on how it's going with 4 kids (also liked the 2 under 2, and 3 under 3). Am interested in preschool and if it's made things easier? or is it one more thing to do? Honestly though I just love the funny or hot mess or cute "every day" type posts. I can relate to those the most. And I am interested in what type of outlets you have for yourself? Reading books/book club, exercise sans kids, do you do stuff like that? Or is it more like go grocery shopping alone when Simon's off work? You don't talk about yourself that much.

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  22. My favorite posts are definitely Julia Style posts, but I'd love day in the life posts. I have three little ones - an almost 4 year old, 2 year old, and almost 7 month old. I have no clue what to do with them and most of the time we watch way too much tv. I'd like to see what your day normally looks like or maybe a post of ideas on how to keep them entertained! Your blog makes me feel less crazy, less alone so I would appreciate thoughts from you!

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  23. Conversations between Julia and Sebastian, and Simon Says :) honestly your kids are hilarious and always make my day a million times better!

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  24. Just wanted to say I love your blog! Is it weird I want to be your friend in real life? haha. I agree w/above comments re: diet/exercise routines - how do you look that good after 4 kids? jeez.

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  25. Please please do a post about how you find time to blog. Do you do it just during naps? Crack of dawn? Midnight? I have one year old twins and struggle so much to find consistent time!

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  26. I love our blog and all your posts! I would especially like to know how you keep your hair looking so fab with four kids! Also a day in the life posts are always interesting and fun to read...

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  27. NFP tips? Haha, just kidding!
    I like your fashion posts.
    Really enjoy reading your blog. I find most mom blogs borderline unreadable, but love when a new post from you comes up in my feed

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  28. More Simon Says and Julia Styles!

    Also would love to see some feature of Bash or Theo or Phoebe. Because they have to be just as entertaining as the rest of you, right?

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  29. Keep doing what you're doing! I'm always entertained by your posts, whatever the subject.

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  30. Ohhh I am excited to see some "Bash Says" or whatever clever name you give it. :)

    Even though I am still single (feeling the call to marriage... one day, I hope!), I love hearing/learning about keeping relationships with your hubby in the forefront of life! I know that its uber challenging with 4 littles and Simon's residency, but I am curious what things you and Simon do to stay connected, remind each other of your love, etc. :)

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  31. How in the world do you clip 4 kids worth of finger nails and toe nails? My son is 7.5 months and I trim his finger nails twice a week! I can't imagine doing it to more than 1 kid! (but, God willing, someday I will!!)

    I love your blog and everything you write...so just keep going :-D

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    1. HA. I do have a post somewhere in my drafts starting with something about clipping 80 nails that day. We don't do it as often as we should but it helps that Julia is totally OCD about her nails. Always asking to have them clipped and constantly cleaning underneath them .... so funny.

      But thank you!!!!

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  32. make-up and hair posts...more julia styles/bash says..i miss mass grades..more theo/phoebe haha....more reflection type posts (like the one about how you had fun living it up in DC and raising kids is hard but you still love it and wouldn't trade it for anything?...bad summary)

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    1. yes, good idea! I think I'll have more time for those now. I know ... I was scared the Mass posts were getting a little irreverent and that I sounded bratty. Maybe I can do them monthly or something. I do still mentally grade the kids!!!

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  33. I love everything you post - it is the best! Someone else already mentioned taking the whole fam to Mass - how do you guys (or should I say, how do the kids) do it? I would also love to hear more about faith, teaching the faith to your kids, etc, but realize this may not be something you're interested in as it's somewhat personal :)
    Whatever you decide, I look forward to reading {and clicking for those amaaaaazing sponsored posts.. ;)}

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    1. hahha I hope you're being facetious about the sponsored posts!

      And -- we really barely make it through Mass. We definitely hit up the 30 minute hospital Mass a lot esp when Simon is just off a 24 or in the middle of a shift. There are a lot of really awesome veteran Catholic moms in my "better blogs" list (Martin Family Moments, Fountains of Home, The Fike Life) that could help so much more. But I'll happily share our experiences as we go!!! Thank you!!

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  34. Sorry I'm going to be one of those people that can't suggest anything as I love all that you write about! Keep on, keeping on! Most of all I love your dry wit and ability to view the challenging but fabulous job of being a stay at home mum as amusing most of the time. One suggestion though - maybe state is your giveaways are open to international readers or not. I never know if I can enter or not as I don't live in the States. Personally I think you're amazing to blog as much as you do with four little people!

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    1. ah. thank you! You are so right. I need to start asking the vendors. I've only had two Canadian winners and they had no problem shipping there but I'll start checking and noting it on the posts!

      I'm so sorry.

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  35. Man, that Theo is diligent. I love how much he loves her.
    No suggestions. Just keep up the keepin' up.

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  36. I think those photos are seriously amazing. What a good little boy you have there! Such a sweetheart. I do miss you posting more often but hey. I get it. I'll take what I can get. I love reading about just day to day life because you tell every tale in such an entertaining way. It's quite wonderful really. And always funny.

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  37. Julia Styles posts are my favorite! Any stories of the day to day are wins...good to know someone else is in the trenches!!!

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  38. I love everything about your blog, but I would like to see something about being Catholic, maybe, please.

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  39. You could post every minute of your every day and I'd think it was amazing. I have 2 kids and can't manage 1/2 the stuff you do with your 4. (COSCO!?) I also have a husband that is around more than 6 hours a month(more like 10)...so I'm sure I'm just a bit spoiled compared to you! I just love hearing/seeing your kids interact. Mine just started to smile at each other and carry on one-sided (toddler rules) conversations. I feel like I'm getting a glimpse at my present (Phoebe & Theo) and my future (Julia & Bash) through your blog.

    OH...I just thought of one. How do you manage to get such great photos of your kids/self all the time. As a DSLR wanna be photog...I always end up just missing the mark.

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  40. This post is so awesome. Theo rocks! I love the updates on the kids. They are so amazing and I love to come over and read about them. I love Julia Styles posts and the Simon says were awesome. I think you can keep the same flow of posts. You are funny and witty and really have this blogging thing down!

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    1. oh thanks Ida!!!! I don't totally have it down by any stretch of the imagination but I appreciate you saying so!!! :) And yes, all the kids, all the time! ha!

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  41. Day in the life, logistics of having 4 kids - mealtime, bath time, how you got them on same nap schedule, bedtime, playing etc - , how you try to balance things (time for yourself ?), how you discipline... Basically more about motherhood!

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  42. Any blogging tips? Writing/editing tips?
    Your blog is awesome. I love reading your posts, especially when my hubby is on night float... like tonight. We've got two kids, 3yr and 6mo and it his intern year. It helps me remember to see the beauty in the mess.

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  43. This (http://www.camppatton.com/2012/11/exercise-and-supplements-in-pregnancy.html#.U_qNLICwLNQ) was your most helpful post for me so far. I bought blood builder when I found out I was expecting, and it helps! So I guess I like your tips and tricks for everyday life and momhood. Thank you!

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    1. oh, good!!! I've started taking BB even when I'm not pregnant (like now!) - it's helped so much. I'll keep that in mind. Thank you Emily!!

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  44. julia styles post are my favorites. i even read them to my mom and sister.

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  45. Honestly, I love reading about your day to adventures; what your family is doing or not doing, what you're wearing, where you're going. I also love that your posts generally come thru later in the day; just as i've hit a wall around here....ah, a post from Grace! Motivation! It often helps me change my perspective and to just take a deep breath.

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  46. How about a house tour? Too creepy? I'd settle for just a play by play on how bedtime goes down in your house. Or a list of what's in your netflix/amazon cue for trashy reality tv.

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  47. I miss when you did "Seven Quick Takes" on Fridays. I really loved those posts! I'd also love to see a post on 3 kids vs. 4 and how things are easier/harder. I've heard people say that 4 is actually easier than 3 and I'm wondering if you've found that to be true. I always love when you share humorous accounts of the crazy things going on in your house. I can really relate to those. Also, I'm really curious about what it's like being married to someone who delivers babies for a living. I'm sure you can't share too much about Simon's patients but I'd love to hear more about some of the experiences he's had. I'm sure he has some hilarious stories.

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  48. Oh shut up. You just had a baby. HIDE AWAY.

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  49. I'd love to hear more about your college years or any nostalgic stories you may have (mostly because that's where I'm at in my life, but ya know). That's a little personal so I totes understand if that's not your thing. I'm going to keep reading your blog regardless, so whatever you do would be fantastic! I, likewise to some previous comments, appreciate Julia Styles and Simon Says, but I also love when you talk about going to mass and the mass grades.

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  50. One word: marriage. And I know that's probably the most personal of all and I know that's something that you and Simon would have to very much be on the same page about, but the past year as a first time parent while Jacob was in a crazy intense year of graduate work meant our young marriage took a beater and we are realizing now what kind of work we need to put into it simply for "us time." I guess how do you and Simon stay connected? How do you keep marriage a priority especially when kids are so time consuming? Would love some more insight into that part of your world. All the best!

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    1. I think grad school/grad work, especially when coupled with kids, beats on a marriage like almost nothing else. We need a support group, ideally with free sitting and wine.

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    2. Good call, Martha! I second these questions. :)

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  51. Any sewing lately? But more Julia styles and really anything about kid craziness/hilarity to make me feel like I'm not the only one going crazy sometimes.

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  52. My favourite type of posts? I love reading about 'crazy life phase with just little kids' posts, I mean I still have little kids too and medium kids and big kids and adult 'kids' but..reading about crazy life with just little ones makes me nostalgic and treasure my little ones a little more cause sometimes they can get a little lost in my crazy life with all types of kids phase.

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  53. I love your blog! I have been following you for a couple of years now. I love your posts and all the suggestions people have given. Could you also do a post about potty training?

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  54. I love all of your posts, but Julia Styles are ones that always without fail make me laugh the hardest.

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  55. I love all your posts! The Julia Styles ones are my favorite :-) I'd love to see a Sebastian or Theo one

    I'm so glad to have found your little space on the web and I love your honesty and wit and hearing your stories. I am about to become a mother and I honestly find myself already appreciating how you do it all. Like 4 kids at mass? I am struggling thinking about how I'll deal with 1!

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  56. Grace and Simon answer reader questions! Just video and throw it up - no typing required!

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  57. Julie Styles and Simon Says are my favorite!

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  58. I recently found your blog and love love love it! You have an awesome sense of humor! This is maybe a little too personal, but I'd love to hear how you balance being a stay at home mom with four little ones while your husband is still in school. My husband is in PhD school and we have two little ones. It's hard to make ends meet sometimes and I'd love to hear any tips you have!

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  59. Just to jump on the band wagon, over here we love Julia Styles. There's a totally normal (questionable) series of texts that get sent among a large group of college ladies to alert each other as soon as one goes up. We also always love a good video!

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  60. Grace, I'm coming at this from a different perspective - I was you 40 years ago . . . Loved (most) every minute of my 13 year 'maternity leave' and so enjoy the glimpse you give us of how you are coping. Back then there was no Internet or blogs so I sporadically kept a journal - always thought one day it might be a book! Keep on writing whatever the Spirit inspires. . . you have a captive audience!

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  61. I could read Julia Styles posts allll day long.

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  62. I like some of the older stuff you did - the fashion, sewing, NFP. I know a lot of people like you being funny but I also like you being serious. You're kind and never haughty when you're serious and not a lot of people can pull that off.

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  63. This is wildly unrelated but I have 3 boys. 4, 3 and 1 and a half years old...is there a magic ''something''? to keep the fighting under control? I feel I've tried everything...maybe I'm missing something? seems like there is an ultimate fight to the death over any random object throughout most of the day...:s
    I loved your 'surviving 3 under 3' post...I re-re and re-read it often. Keep up the good work. :)

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  64. Camp Patton is my favorite blog of all times forever and ever. I love all your posts but like every other comment on this post, my favorites are definitely Simon Says and Julia Styles. Would love to see more guest posts from Sime!! And videos. Those are the best. I remember when you did a Q&A vlog before, those were fun to watch :)

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  65. "Conversations with Julia" always have me laughing out loud! And "Simon Says"... and you gotta love "Julia Styles". Of course those Costco trips always make for interesting reading too. Basically Grace, you write and and we will come!

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  66. I second the requests for marriage advice and nostalgic college stories, as well as general stories of you and Simon growing up! Your fam sounds so great (as does Simon's) and it would be fun to hear about how your parents did things when you were kids. I'm sure there's some pretty hilarious memories!

    Also, this might be more of a guest post from your mom, but I would love to hear about your parents' experiences in the Integrated Humanities Program. I've heard so many cool and interesting things about that program, but never a first-hand account from someone who was in it.

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  67. I love some Julia convos. She is too funny!

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  68. I say the more personal you get, the better! I love when bloggers dig deep down into their personal lives...or talk about things we wouldn't think you'd talk about...like how much money you make blogging! Ok, I sound like a freaky stalker maybe...but I think others would agree with me that that stuff is interesting to read.

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  69. i love julia coversations, and just hearing about your daily strggles to get kids out of the house, etc, you are so funny and cathartic. and i love your survival tips (sooo helpful), and pix of your adorable kids, and you and simon with the kids too, and your ramblings about life, and even your residency posts...and the pictures of the kids at Simon's work. Tell Simon there should be more pictures of you adn the kids :)
    I guess what comes through all of the chaotic posts, is the grace of God, and how much love there is in your family, all mixed up with kid messes and the craziness.
    It seriously makes me feel like there is hope for this earth after all....
    I love your blog. All of it. I know this is kinda weird, since we've never met, but I love your family.
    God grace comes through your blog, it really does.

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  70. Looks like I'm late to the game and everyone already took my answer: Julia Styles and Simon Says for the win. And I just love your humorous writing in general.
    Maybe a post on what it's like to be the wife of an OB (in residency). There's lots out there on personal preference and "why I had this type birth" - it'd be interesting how much Simon contributes to the whole pregnancy/delivery decisions since a fair amount of husbands are generally clueless when it comes to these things.

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  71. Love your blog and your ability to provide comic relief to my day!

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  72. You capture "toddler talk" better than any blogger I've seen. Love those little kid conversations! - nancyo

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  73. I love anything that contains fat baby pics. Mine is sofa cruising and I swear his thighs are shrinking every day. I need something to sustain me.

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  74. I love all of your posts and check your blog daily! I would love to hear about what you make for meals, beauty products, what you do to get back in shape ( you look so amazing!). Any advice on how to handle kids in Mass. I'm so terrified to go to Mass with my 2 yr old and 5 month old! My 2 yr old is cray-zay. The last time we went it was a disaster. Any budget tips too would be awesome! We would love to have 4 kids so any budget ideas would be great! I find your blog really encouraging and so much fun to read!

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  75. Maybe more about YOU? Personal likes and dislikes, thoughts on movies, restaurants you like, how to take the kids out to eat? Ok now that's getting off-topic. Love your blog, I read almost everything you post, which rare- very rare- for me and blogs!

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  76. Their relationship is just SO CUTE!!! Seriously... what a little sweetheart Theo is.

    Honestly, write whatever. I enjoy it all!! I know that answer doesn't help. Ok I will try to be more helpful...

    I love reading Julia's conversations. She is a riot.

    That's all I've got. Keep up the good work!

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  77. I like Julia Styles and Simon Says. Maybe A Day in the Life post once a week? Your views on parenting are hilarious and wonderful to read.

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  78. Remember one time you said that "4 kids is easier than 2, I promise!" ?? I want to know more about that! Because mine are a barely 2 year old and an almost 8 month old and I want a few more! But some DAYS man, I tell you. SO. It would be really interesting and informational to hear about the differences between 1 kid, then 2 kids, then 3 kids, then 4, you know what I mean? What was harder/easier about each stage of your family? Got any tips as my family grows?

    I'm counting on you, Grace, NO PRESSURE :)

    www.horneymomtellsall.blogspot.com

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  79. Didn't read all of the above comments so not sure if this has been said but if Simon does a post every other week or even does a random "Grace says" (or some other fancier title) because you both are freaking hilarious!

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  80. The bumbo po!! Hahahahahaha!

    All you do is rad, just keep on doing your thing girl.

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  81. How to survive residency, keeps your kids alive, and still like your spouse? ; ) I'm married to a first year resident, so our long journey has just begun! Survive? I think we can. Thrive? Probably not. You're a complete trooper and I'd love to hear if you and Simon have any practical tips and tricks or traditions that help your family trudge through the missed holidays, long days, non-existent date nights...thanks!!

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