Hospital Stays, Milestones, and Road Trips
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by kmantoan
3d ago
I’m finally coming up for air after a hectic few weeks. Some good stuff, some bad stuff, some planned things, some surprise things. Ultimately, I’m reminded how blessed our family is, and I’m coming out of all of this with relief and a lot of good memories. Fulton Was Hospitalized Spring is illness season in our home, and Tony and I were just saying we were due for a hospital stay when Fulton picked up a stomach bug at school. We tried our best at home, but things get dicey pretty quickly for Fulton and Teddy when they can’t keep anything down. We went to the CHOP ER Thursday evening April 25 ..read more
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2024 Goals: 1st Quarter Review
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by kmantoan
3w ago
This year, after setting my usual resolutions, I decided I would check in with myself quarterly to see how I was doing, and where I needed to make changes. This way my resolutions would stay in the front of my mind, and I could change things up if needed, rather than abandon a resolution all together and try again next year. So, Q1 was January through March and at the beginning of this month I tried to set aside time to review my resolutions. It was also a good time to see how I did with my Lenten penances as well, and reflect on my spiritual life. I also kept a reader survey open for a while ..read more
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Mantoan Family Traditions – April
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by kmantoan
1M ago
Combining a general update with some traditions. Since its within the Octave of Easter, I don’t feel like I’m too far behind in giving an Easter update. An update on everything else…well, I’m definitely behind there. Easter I’d picked Byron up on Holy Saturday around 8:30 a.m. for a 36 hour visit. He had to work Good Friday evening at Chick-Fil-A (c’mon Chick-Fil-A; you’re supposed to be the Lord’s chicken!!) On Saturday evening, Tony and Edie had attended the Easter Vigil Mass while I got the Easter baskets ready and cooked an Italian Easter pie for the next day. We all attended the 10:30 a ..read more
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Mantoan Family Traditions – March
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by kmantoan
2M ago
Just a reminder to take my reader survey! I promise the link works! It’s time for my third Family Traditions post! I’m really enjoying writing these up as doing so leads me down rabbit holes of old posts and events I’d forgotten about. And in the research, I’ve come across posts to add to previous month’s collections. I was notorious for giving my older blog posts titles and tags that contained little relevant information about the post’s actual content. As someone who loves to organize, and gets sense of peace from doing so, compiling these posts feeds my need to be in control with less mess ..read more
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A Look Back at February
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by kmantoan
2M ago
How about a general update? Nothing too major happening around here except a MURDER! …mystery dinner party! After our successful 80s party, I was trying to figure out another themed party we could host and settled on a murder mystery theme. My friend found a murder mystery dinner party game on sale and snagged it for the event. It provided the characters, clues and props. The mystery was set in a 1920s theater, so I encouraged all our guests to dress up and bring food from the roaring twenties. I prepared chicken a la king, deviled eggs, Waldorf salad and an ice box cake; all popular food from ..read more
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2023-24 Mid-Year School Review
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by kmantoan
3M ago
Even though St. Bruno’s has a small class this year (just Edie). I still wanted to do a quick update on how things were going, and also update everyone on her post high school plans. I’ll also share a bit about how public school is going for Fulton and Teddy. As for Addie and Byron, they’re really excelling at the whole adult thing. Addie is still set to graduate in May (family road trip!). Byron has an internship lined up for the summer, and is acing all his writing classes. The Cleveland State University Fencing Team at a recent tournament in Chicago. Addie is sporting the bright hair in the ..read more
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Mantoan Family Traditions – February
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by kmantoan
3M ago
As someone who abhors winter, February is always the longest month of the year. When everyone was little and homeschooled, February was the month when we all wanted to give up. It always seems more fitting to me when Ash Wednesday falls early in February so that Lent and the dreariness of the month occur simultaneously. Now that we live in a well insulated house, and the kids are older, and we watch more movies and shows together in the evenings, it’s not as rough. It used to be if we got a sunny day over 45 degrees in February, I’d take us all to the beach. That’s not an option now, but it wa ..read more
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Lent 2024
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by kmantoan
3M ago
A very solemn Ash Wednesday to you all. I’m happy to say my Catholic Valentines have been bringing in quite the traffic spike. It’s not too late to download a few to give to those whose eternal souls you’re enamored with….saving from the fires of Gehenna. And once again, it’s time for me to naval gaze, contemplate, and publicly proclaim what I’m sacrificing for Lent. Last year, one of my New Year’s resolutions, and something I really worked on during Lent was improving my spiritual life. I think what I realized was that I’m very immature and underdeveloped spiritually. I read things by the sa ..read more
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Mantoan Family Traditions – January
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by kmantoan
3M ago
In my ongoing desire to catalogue and organize a bunch of stuff I decided to do regular posts that record all (most? some?) of the traditions our family does each month, or season. Most will be liturgical stuff, some things will probably overlap with the online cookbook posts, and some will be collections of archive posts and ideas we did back when all the kids were little, but perhaps do less now. Regardless, this series of posts will be a collection of traditions that I might want to do with my grandkids, or hope to inspire my kids to do in their own homes. It won’t be like a book that conta ..read more
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What You Eat When Your Mother Is From Lancaster County, PA
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by kmantoan
4M ago
Because our family, and most modern American families, make so many different foods from all over the world on a regular basis, I forget how specialized cuisine can still be from one location or culture to the next. Nowadays its so easy to pull inspiration from the internet to make Chinese food, Somalian food, Indian food, Thai food or whatever, that we forget that these broad categories don’t reveal the wide variety of dishes across an entire country and its subcultures. It’s the same in America. There is “American food” like turkey on Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie, or burgers and hot dogs on ..read more
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