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Category: Fahlman Happenings

7 Quick Takes vol. 4

Linking up with Kelly!

It’s been too long since my last Quick Takes post. Get ready for a truly scattered collection of quick-takes.

{one} I had a revelation a few days ago! It’s not actually profound, it’s more of a “duh” moment.

The mornings are for the kids!

As in, unless I get up before them, I do not try to fit in any personal prayer time (apart from a morning offering, which I usually pray before getting out of bed.), reading time, coffee enjoyment time, writing time, social media time, email time — you get the idea — until afternoon quiet time.

Why am I not prioritizing the morning, when the children are the happiest and their brains are the freshest, to accomplish school-time, read-aloud time, and just anything with the them time?!


Because I’m so selfish!

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Morning snuggles

Back in December I went through a phase of getting out of bed before the kids and I was amazed at how smooth the day would go when I got my grogginess dealt with before my children bombarded me with their own little needs. It was great! But, even though I was waking up earlier, I was still struggling to put myself to bed. Leading up to Christmas I burned myself out with too many late nights prepping for the holiday festivities, and so ended my early mornings.

Well, I shouldn’t say ended. I have had a few weeks of successfully rising early in the morning. But it hasn’t been the norm.

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2016 in a post

Since I barely blogged over 2016, I thought I would do a post compiling the highlights from each month. Here goes!


To kick off the year, I celebrated my 25th birthday. I had a Familia meeting that night and the church we met at had Adoration going on at the same time. Our meeting finished before Adoration was over, so I slipped into the Adoration chapel to say high to Jesus and literally tripped backwards into the confessional where a priest was patiently waiting for penitents. I took this as a sign that I was supposed to go to confession. It was a lovely way to kick-off my 25th year!! Apart from that, nothing extra special happened. Well, my parents kept the kids for that night, so I guess that’s something!

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Due Date!!!!

Yup, we’ve reached it. It really isn’t a surprise. I’ve never gone early, so I don’t know why I get my hopes up (every time!) that “this one will be different”.

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20 Weeks & 20 Weeks later (probably should have cleaned the mirror before I took that selfie

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Happy Easter Season!

Happy Easter Folks! I love Easter. And I love that Easter is a whole season! I know I thought Easter was pretty awesome when I was little, but I didn’t it LOVE it and appreciate just what it was all about until I was a bit older. Christ conquering death for our salvation. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Fahlman Family Quotables vol. 2

147 days since my last post. I’m very under the gun, but I wanted to squeak in one more before the end of the year!

… Well… that was my hope… But as with every other post I have tried to write since August, I didn’t actually finish it in time.

I guess instead of a farewell to 2015 post. This is a HELLO 2016 post. I’m really hoping that 2016 will find more posts going up on this here blog. But, I can’t guarantee that.

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Toddlers, Tantrums & Teeting

We are being taken over by toddlers in the Fahlman house. Incredibly cute, strong-willed toddlers. I guess Lew isn’t technically a toddler. He’s 11 months, but he might as well be a toddler. He’s as big as one and can throw a tantrum like one. Fine, slight exaggeration… He throws mini tantrums, but still.

The poor little fellow is also cutting all four front, top teeth at once. This has resulted in one miserable little guy. He’s very clingy, as can be expected. I’m always a little sad at first when they cut those two front teeth. The bottom teeth don’t take away their baby look like those big front, top teeth do. Just another confirmation that he’s more of a mini toddler than a baby now.

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Husbandless Weekend

This past weekend, Adam attended his Great Grandmother’s 99th Birthday (in another city, 3hrs away), and I stayed back with the babes. First time alone (not really, I still had help from my family) with all 3 kids for a couple of nights. It was good preparation for when Adam goes to the March for Life in Ottawa in just a weeks time.

I actually had a great weekend with the kids, and like I said up top, I had assistance from some of my younger siblings, so I really wasn’t ever alone.

First night, Marc and Clare woke up riiight after I got Lewis to sleep, so I just pulled them into my bed and we snuggled all night long — sardine like.

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Hello 24 {part 2}

(Soooo, I finally got around to finishing this recap — only took 6 months. Since it’s more for my records than anything, I really wanted to complete it — even though the timing of it is a little embarrassing. haha C’est la vie.)

Now to conclude the recap from year 23… I didn’t give much detail into July — except for eluding to the fact that Baby was due mid month — so I’ll begin with the account of that month… Prepare yourself for a photo dump.


Despite being pregnant, sore and tired, July had a lot of fun moments. We took the kids swimming at the outdoor pool in town and discovered that Marcus is in fact a fish. And a very brave one! This little guy tackled both water slides all by his lonesome. At first he let me catch him at the bottom, but that didn’t last long. During one run he yelled out to me as he was rounding the last turn, “Don’t catch me, Mom!” I was hesitant to step to the side, but in the end, I’m glad I did. He went under the water, but popped out quickly — thanks to his life jacket — and after a bit of sputtering he declared, “That was awesome! I’m going again!”

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