May 27, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook.

May 27, 2010
A wee hours of the night daybook!


Outside my window...it is dark.  Very very dark.  The moon, however, is gloriously bright.  It is ridiculous how the porch lights don't make a dent in the darkness out here--you might as well do without them!  But the moon, especially on a clear night, is like a huge spotlight in the sky--you can see everything!  I'd take a picture but my camera just won't do it. 

I am thinking...that I am really tired and it is probably going to be a crazy day tomorrow.  I should go to bed.

I am thankful for...my husband.  As usual.  And for my children.  I love them so much.

From the learning rooms...math. Ugh.  'Nuff said.

From the kitchen...a beautiful princess cake for my sweet girl for her party this weekend.  And some party food.  And a spinach/strawberry salad and rice krispy treats to take to a graduation party.

I am wearing...a blue nightgown, a white fleece jacket and wet hair.  Quite the (un)fashionable combo!

I am creating...a chalkboard for the kitchen. 

I am going...back to the hospital in the AM.  My mother is suffering from pancreatitus.  It has been a whirlwind of a day and she is in a lot of pain.

I am reading...um, nothing.  I need to get to the library.  Next week, perhaps?

I am hoping...that my mother feels better tomorrow.  And that I can be there for her CAT scan.  And that my sweet girl can finally have the birthday party she's been dreaming of in spite of everything else.

I am hearing...the air conditioner running and the typing of my own fingers on the keyboard.

Around the house...I need shelves, shelves and more good shelves.  Oh, honey dear........  (Is he reading this?  Somebody send him an email...).

One of my favorite things...sleep.  I need more of it.

A few plans for the rest of the week...all of my plans for the week have gone out the window.  I had hoped to get some mulch and compost down in the veggie garden and get all ready for the party this weekend.  Now, I am just going to try and take care of my mom and my children the best I can.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

So, this is the best moon shot my camera could muster.  I tried to get a picture of the shadow, yes shadow, from the moon but it wouldn't take.  You'll just have to imagine.  To a girl who's lived in the city for the last 10 years, these kinds of things are amazing!  :)


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May 26, 2010

Cuteness.

Nick and his favorite little book "Circles".

May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Elizabeth!  You poor girl, being sick on your party day.  After enduring a whole day of a sick tummy you said, "I am the saddest girl in the whole wide world!"  with a true pout.  It isn't any fair to be sick on your birthday.  Especially when your party has to be rescheduled and your favoritest cousin can't come over.

But, I do think we gave it our best all things considered.  Even though I couldn't find the birthday candles and you had to blow out just one.  Nevertheless, you managed some smiles and even to eat a whole brownie and enjoy it! 

You bring us such joy with your happy smile and your sweet ways.  You have filled our house with pink and purple and we like it.  We are so thankful to have you in our lives and praise God for you are wonderfully made.

May 10, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook.

May 10, 2010
Trying-to-get-back-to-normalcy-edition!
Outside my window...Hazy Sunshine.  A little chilly.  Some frost overnight and I had to cover my veggies we just planted yesterday.

I am thinking...that I wish I had the house a little more together.  It is starting to get to me.  We are in a functional state, but not a peaceful one.

I am thankful for...a husband who knows how to make Mother's Day special.  And a Mother and Mother-in-law who were understanding when we didn't see them on their Mother's Day.  I really needed to be home with my family and it was wonderful. 

From the learning rooms...(sigh).  We aren't making much progress.  And I flip-flop between "We'll catch up on the hot days of summer when everyone is bored" and "We're behind!  We must do math!  Go! Go! Go!"  In reality, I'm opting for the first but inside my head the second one screams.  We are finishing up our history reading and working on math facts but that is it.

From the kitchen...fish tank still resides on the counter.  A pile of tools, paperwork, artwork, baby safety latches, etc etc resides on another.  Thankfully we have a lot of counter space!  But, nothing creative this week.  Just getting by.

I am wearing...grey yoga pants, a blue t-shirt, and a fleece jacket.

I am creating...peace and harmony.  Well, I'm gonna.  Really!

I am going...diaper study on Tuesday, make-up piano on Wednesday, personal trainer on Wednesday, to the last co-op day on Friday.  Grocery store in there somewhere.  Exciting, I know.  :)

I am reading...appliance manuals.  And the Catechism.

I am hoping...to eliminate all boxes from all living spaces and most of the closets.  No minor undertaking there.  But my sanity requires it!!  And in the process, I am hoping to find the random odd items we still can't find--legs for one of the couches, a missing foot for the dryer, parts to some shelving, my black dress shoes.

I am hearing...all the kids playing in the living room.  It is getting kinda crazy in there!

Around the house...we put our vegetable garden in this weekend and it is huge!  I'm so excited.  And we got a little landscaping down the side of the house with transplants from the old house.  It looks good!

One of my favorite things...people...my husband.  The man rototilled and dug his weekend away because he knows it makes me happy and a little more rooted (no pun intended) to have a garden.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  boxes, see above.  Finish hanging some shelving, install baby locks on cabinet doors, put up a fence around the garden, mulch.  Then on Saturday, we are having an Open House party with a little help from House Party.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...




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May 9, 2010

On a walk in the woods on Mother's Day Eve.

I love it here. 




And I love the trails my husband mowed. 


 And the purple wild flowers. 


And the thorny locust with their pretty blooms. 

Life is like that, beautiful and thorny.  And I've really struggled with the idea of we should cut down those thorny trees but I don't know that I can.  I like them too.  Painful and purposeful.  A small reminder that there is no Heaven on Earth.  It is good to remember that we can not physically make everything in our lives perfect.  To some extent, we must be content and thankful.  Thankful for even the thorns that come with the flowers.


May 8, 2010

Run for Life.

The 28th annual Run for Life hosted by the Cincinnati Right to Life.  Nathan and I ran our first 5K this year, I think this was our 5th year attending.  I'm just thrilled I didn't come in last!  Ken and the other kids participated in the Family Fun Run.  And what a positive way to show our support for the unborn!