March 23, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook.

March 23, 2010


Outside my window...the sun has finally come out and it is turning out to be a beautiful day, weather-wise.  Rain can be cozy and is nice for a day here and there.  But sun is glorious and just fills me with happiness!

I am thinking...about my beautiful little boy who is one.  And about my husband who needs some encouragement from me, especially since we've been a bit at odds with all the chaos going on around here.

I am thankful for...no more showings!  Our house is pending!  Yay!

From the learning rooms...nothing.  Too many birthday parties, too many boxes, two houses means I need to be pared waaayyyy down right now.  We are still focusing on our Lent lapbooks and we will be doing some math and reading but that is about it.  We will pick back up with full strength after Easter.  I need this right now and I think the kids do, too.

From the kitchen...chicken pot pie, homemade brownies for Nicky's celebration with just us tonight.  Pulling things from the freezer for the rest of the week.

I am wearing...my pink co-op t-shirt and grey sweats.  Interesting, I know.  Also, not so flattering.  Oh. well.

I am creating...a cookbook, still.  And a lot of mess with boxes.  I created a monkey cake for Nick's party and I'll have to check and see what Jacob wants for his this weekend.

I am going...nowhere today.  The usual for the rest of the week.

I am reading...Nathan's history books.

I am hoping...there are no problems with closing on this house.  And that we can close on the new one first.  We'll see!

I am hearing...quiet.  Nick and Liz are napping.  The three boys are building forts (quietly, I hope) in their room.

Around the house...trying to finish things here that have to be done by closing.  Finish painting at the new house.  The boys room needs trim done and the laundry room.  If we can get those done before we move in, I will be very pleased. 

One of my favorite things...birthday cake and my thighs show it!

A few plans for the rest of the week...fun, fun, fun!  Easter shopping, birthday shopping for Jacob, working in the yard, and co-op.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

                                               Now.                                             Then--so tiny!
Oh, a mother's heart!  Full of joy and wistfullness--happy to see them grow and missing when they were tiny!

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Happy First Birthday, Nicholas!

What is this stuff?  How come I've never had it before?

Our sweet baby is growing up all too fast!  I love first birthdays.  Nicholas was amazed at the commotion over him.  You could see it dawning over him throughout the day.  And, it always cracks me up that they get it.  Those presents--theirs.  That cake--for them.  Singing?  Wow, for them!

Just like a boy!  Loves his new wheels!
Happy Birthday, Nicky!  This next year is an exciting one for you.  The year when your personality and abilities will really begin to shine.  We love you so much and thank God for you everyday.  May you be blessed this year with good health and the light of Christ!

March 18, 2010

Silly conversations.

Liz: There is a comet gonna hit our house and make it a sandwich!!  (said with glee, no less).

How does she know about comets anyways?

In a separate unrelated conversation about lego slides, I asked if the lego people had fun going down the slide.  The lego people most used are Star Wars characters.

Nathan:  You know, Clones, they really don't smile much.  (said with utter seriousness, followed by snickering-rolling-giggles).

And, no, Clones--they really don't smile, do they?

March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This is a very lengthy, picture-filled post.  Sorry!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Here is an excerpt from a poem by Patrick.  You can read the whole thing here.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.
 
I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.
 
Here's a little of what we've been doing to celebrate today:
 
 
My very own Patrick working on a shamrock.

My kitchen helper who helped make these:

Except I didn't have the patience to follow the recipe exactly so I put three chocolate chips for the Holy Trinity instead.  Mini chips would have been even better.

Shamrock window clings.  This one isn't quite dry!


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
 
Many blessings to you!  I'm off for more fun....

March 15, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook.

March 15, 2010

Outside my window...it is dark and the dog is barking.  I should go get her!  It is drizzly and yucky and I'm missing all of that gorgeous weather from last week already.

I am thinking...about boxes.  And to pack or not to pack?  I think that if I pack, I surely will need whatever is in them out.  But if I don't pack, moving day will be here all to quickly.

I am thankful for...my children.  How much they teach me!

From the learning rooms...back to basics, trudging through as much as we can.  Lent Lapbook.

From the kitchen...homemade pancake mix needs to be done this week because we're out.  Otherwise, it is a quick and easy kind of week.  Chicken nuggets, oven fries, and chili from the freezer this week.  Ken is out of town so it is best to keep it simple!

I am wearing...pajama pants and a pink t-shirt.

I am creating...cards!  I went to a Stampin' Up! tutorial at a friends this weekend and it was a lot of fun.  I want to do more.

I am going...somewhere every day this week.  Ugh!

I am reading...nothing but the Bible.  My swirled mind can't handle anything else.

I am hoping...the home inspection goes well tomorrow.

I am hearing...the cat crying at the laundry room door.  First the dog, now the cat!

Around the house...home inspection!  boxes!  but, most excitedly, birthdays!  Nick's first birthday party is this coming weekend and then Jake's is the next weekend.  That is lots of fun.

One of my favorite things...the internet.  Where else can you find great book recommendations, research your choices for homeschooling next year, read your church bulletin, watch a hummingbird hatch, check the weather, catch up with a friend, be inspired, find a recipe, and read me ramble? 

A few plans for the rest of the week:  home inspection, co-op, diaper study (again), grocery shopping, celebrating St. Patricks Day and St. Josephs, washing machine repair on thursday (the part is now in).

I.can't.wait.till.we.move.   I'm ready for some PEACE!  :)

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

They're trying to train him young in the ways of the Wii.



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March 14, 2010

Recipe of the week!

It's called a "Recipe for Disaster".  Really, it is.

First, you take ONE sick baby and fold in the installation of ONE really big wood floor.  For FIVE days.

While folding in the wood floor (remember that this requires ONE husband and FOUR brothers day and night with ONE faulty compressor and TWO nail guns), sprinkle in FOUR more children who miss their dad and have cabin fever. 

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix FOUR house showings, homeschooling, housework, and ONE faulty washing machine.  Then beat in TWO pediatrician visits, TWO antibiotics, and slowly add in the ONE baby who won't eat with an ear infection and a rash (from the first antibiotic) and the wood floor.

Mix well and stew on high.  By Saturday, you will have ONE tired, grumpy, and worn out Mom.  No one in the family really likes this recipe a whole lot.  :)

March 11, 2010

This girl....

...is not afraid of dirt.  Unless it is on her baby.
...likes rocks in her pockets.  Mostly pretty ones.
...is sunshine dressed in pink.
I am so thankful to have a beautiful girl amongst all these handsome boys.

Things homeschoolers do...when they have spare wood....

Make a seesaw, of course!  Out of wood from our old fort.  They also converted it into ramps for bikes and scooters and a picnic table so they could eat outside.





March 8, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook.

March 8, 2010


Outside my window...it is bright and beautiful.  I love the sunshine!  I am so happy to see it return again and I have so much energy.

I am thinking...about second showings (St. Joseph, pray for us!), feverish babes, all the work to be done.

I am thankful for...my hardworking husband and all my in-laws who devoted so much time this weekend to install the floors in our new house.  We had no idea it was going to take so long. And it still isn't done.

From the learning rooms...sigh.  Unfortunately, when everything else in my life is chaos--schoolwork suffers.  So, we're just maintaining this week.  I had wanted to work on lapbooks today but poor, sick, Nick wouldn't allow for it.  And that is learning, too.  Learning to be present and sit and hold a sick baby if need be.  And oh, how I am enjoying the sweet, sunny smell of him as we sit in the sunshine, swinging and singing.  Alliteration, anyone?

From the kitchen...tacos, Chicken Tortilla Casserole, leftovers, Chicken pot pie (from last week's menu), a birthday party on Saturday (so I don't have to cook), Salmon on Friday.

I am wearing...jeans, a black t-shirt, a ponytail, and my silver hoop earrings.

I am creating...boxes, boxes, and more boxes.  And destroying more than I am creating anything.  We dismantled the boys fort this past weekend.  Very sad to see it come down, but exciting too for a new beginning.

I am going...to the house today to unload our dismantled fort.  To piano tomorrow, maybe the pediatrician.  To diaper study wednesday, co-op on friday (hopefully, we missed last week), birthday party on saturday.

I am reading...who knows.  I have various assorted printouts and books and such distributed around the house.  Mainly I don't have time to read them so it is little bits here and there.

I am hoping...this house can become a cute little home for a young couple.  Soon.  Very soon.

I am hearing...the dog bark.  Kids playing legos two floors up.

Around the house...Wood floors to be finished there.  Threshhold and porch painted here.  Washing machine (which is new) to be serviced here.  Boxing, packing, cleaning, purging, stashing, dashing, washing, and so on.  I'm ready to go back to a normal life.  :)

One of my favorite things...sunshine and kids playing outdoors.


Here is picture for thought I am sharing...




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March 2, 2010

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March 2, 2010

Outside my window...it is dark.  I did see a glimmer of sunshine today and that made me very very happy.  I'm really tired of clouds.  I can't wait for spring (although I would gladly pass on the mud).

I am thinking...that I am not going to be able to start seeds this year.  That the next four weeks are going to be crazy nutsy crazy.  Yep.

I am thankful for...my husband and answered prayers, even if we totally don't understand the big picture yet.  And, we got confirmation today from Compassion International that our sponsored child in Haiti is indeed safe and sound.  His home however is damaged or destroyed but we don't really know the extent of that.

From the learning rooms...plugging along.  We're making good progress and I'm trying to keep it going until everything falls apart with the move.

From the kitchen... well, we had stuffed peppers and Hearty Chicken and Noodle Casserole already this week.  Oven baked chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, homemade pizza and BBQ sandwiches are on the menu for the rest of the week.  I actually made out my menu for the month!  yippee! I haven't done that in a couple of months (and it shows---we've been eating out way too much.  No room to wiggle this month.  Must.stay.on.budget.).

I am wearing...workout capris and a white long sleeve t-shirt.  I just did some Wii Fit Plus.  I like that in the evening because I can hear the baby monitor (I can't if I get on the treadmill).

I am creating...a recipe book for co-op.  Also, organizing my own recipe book (more on that later).  Menu plans and grocery shopping lists are in the process too.

I am going...ugh.  Do you really want to know?  Too many little places.  I don't even want to think about it!  And everything that should have happened last week spun out of control when the furnace went out.  We have heat but I feel like to suppose that I know what this week will be like would just be silly.

I am reading...Sarah, Plain and Tall with Nathan.  Just because.  The Bible.

I am hoping...for happy house endings.

I am hearing...the dryer.

Around the house...ugh, again.  Too much, too much!  Finishing details here.  Working on more for the 40 bags in 40 days challenge.  Floor, paint, etc. etc. at the new house.  Trying to keep in mind that God doesn't give more than we can handle and that all things happen in His time.  Not mine.

One of my favorite things...baby snuggles.  Did I say that last week?  I still can't get enough of them.  Or that sleepy stretch they do and how warm and soft their cheeks are after they've been snuggling under the covers with you.  Sigh.  I just love to breathe them all in.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  diaper study, wood floor has to be in by Monday, painting bedrooms in new house, cleaning up outside of this house if the weather warms, co-op, picking up boxes from a friend, working on recipe book and anything else that gets tossed at me this week.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Spring is coming... spring is coming...spring is coming!!



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