March 31, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook--Out like a lion.

End-of-March edition:  March 31, 2011

Outside my window...partly cloudy, some sun peeking through.  Frost, and I mean serious frost, on the ground this morning.  But the temps are warming so the day promises to be tolerable.

I am thinking...that no one told March it was supposed to come in like a lion, not out like one.  After a week of glorious 70 degree temps, this snow and cold is miserable!  I can't take it!  I am so ready for spring.  Not to mention all of the things that are hinging on good weather in order to get done.

I am thankful husband, who as usual, is working his butt off.  Especially since most of the work he's been doing is really just to make me happy.  Keep him in your prayers for the next 9 weeks! :)

From the learning rooms...we are trudging through, trying to get done before this baby gets here.  Starting a Holy Eucharist lapbook with Patrick this week.

From the kitchen...finishing off the last of the freezer meals.  And it is the end of the month so, there isn't much to choose from.  Trying to use what we have but that doesn't make for much excitement!

I am maternity pants, maroon top, and a hoodie.

I am creating...a baby.  And that is pretty much all I have the energy for!

I am going...oh who knows?  Piano tomorrow if Nathan gets some more practice in.  I really have a half-dozen little errands to run but just don't feel motivated to do it.  Partially, it is being tired and partially, it is the weather.

I am reading...the bible.  Trying to get caught up on my bible-a-day schedule--I'm way behind.  Lots of baby books.

I am hoping...for good weather.  The chicken coop depends on it.  The garden depends on it.  My sanity depends on it!

I am hearing...Thomas the Train on dvd.  Nick has a cold and that was the only thing that made him happy.

Around the house...a disaster.  Everything is a mess.  I have failed in my Project: Simplicity attempts.  Two birthdays, 11 chicks, 6 (now) puppies, 5 kids and a big belly pretty much drain me every day.  :)  I did attempt to deep clean the boys' room.  I got halfway through it and bailed.  I suppose that is something.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some major nesting to kick in!

One of my favorite things...puppies.  They are so darn cute.  But I am not going to miss them when they're gone!  Feedings three times a day and play time outside and cleaning up after them---whew!  We are keeping one, but I hope that is much easier than 6.  They are cute.  Follow you everywhere, so happy to see you, bouncy little antics.

A few plans for the rest of the week...hopefully, some help with the coop over the weekend.  These chicks need out of my basement.  Puppies going to their new homes, yay!  Actually starting my seeds, maybe getting some garden tilled for the seed potatoes, strawberries and lilac bushes that showed up yesterday!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
Nathan on Puppy Patrol yesterday morning.  See that white stuff at the bottom of the slide?  Icy snow.  Ugh.  At least Nathan was happy about it!  We consoled ourselves with (hopefully) the last fire of the season and hot chocolate!

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March 24, 2011

Birthday Boys.

Nick is happy to be two.

Jacob celebrating six.
Jacob and Nicholas have birthdays that are 7 days apart.  So, this year it worked out to combine their family party into one big ol' shebang.  I was worried that with so many people here for a birthday and two kids opening presents that it would be crazy.  Thankfully, the weather was awesome.  Jacob picked an easy "cake" this year--cookie cake. There was a trip to the creek.      Sneak-into-base after dark.  Party-goers hung around until almost 11pm.  And, both birthday boys had a great time.  I'm really thankful that everything went as well as it did!
Trains, trains and more trains for Nick.
Legos in abundance for Jacob.  He got a little shy while opening presents!

Happy birthday my March boys!  You both are so special and bring us all delight!

March 11, 2011

Project Simplify: Week One.

So, I jumped into Simple Mom's Project: Simplify and it was fun!  This week's challenge was my wardrobe and closet.  I really enjoyed this because it was on my mind as a "to-do" but I never really got to it.


I could barely get to my clothes because of the stuff piled on the floor!  My closet tends to be a dumping ground for the "I-don't-know-where-it-goes" and then I'm stepping and tripping over everything.  And the shelf up top was barely used except for a few hodge-podge items thrown up there.


Now, I don't think that my after picture quite does my redone closet justice!  And, it is really hard to get a pic of the closet!  Up on the shelf, from left to right--a basket for baby items as I find them, a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child items, on top of that short-sleeve shirts I didn't hang up, sweaters, long-sleeve shirts and shorts/skirts.  Hanging I have almost everything else I own.  Church clothes, jeans, summer t-shirts (some of them I still wear), fleece jackets (I like layers!), sweaters, and then maternity clothes--winter and summer.  I went ahead and got out the short sleeve maternity shirts since I'll be needing them soon (I hope it warms up soon!).

All this re-organizing and de-cluttering gave me ample room on the floor.  I can stand there and ponder what to wear with out feeling claustrophobic.  And I now have a home for my toolbox (yes, every mom needs her own toolbox).

Of course, I did go through everything in my dresser as well--and what is left in there is nicely folded and stuff I actually wear.  But I'm not going to show you a picture of that! :)  All in all, I had one bag of trash and almost two full garbage bags of giveaway.

Now, if my husband would do his side of the closet.....

March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday.

Just a quick note on getting our Lenten activities going. 

First, Stations of the Cross.  I printed these here and laminated them and hot glued them on party-pack votives.  The votives I bought (I was going cheap at the time!) were too small to just glue the labels on. Thus, the laminating and hot glue.  Which actually, works pretty well--they are durable and the hot glue actually came off this year but it was really easy to just re-glue them.

We have a couple of books, and we print off coloring pages every year.

Second, crown of thorns--I posted about this last year.  A very positive tradition!

Third, almsgiving.  We usually participate in our parish's rice bowl.  I'm not sure what else we'll do yet this year!  Hopefully we can decide tonight.

That's it for now!  Oh, and here's last year's Ash Wednesday post!  So much more fitting! :)

March 8, 2011

Shrove (or Fat!) Tuesday.

Spring is coming!

I was not really prepared for Shrove Tuesday.  The only thing I knew I was making was a King Cake!  I think I will pop a lasagne in the oven and call it a feast.  Does that count?

And, with any luck, my King Cake will come out better than last years! (I have lemon juice this time...).

Thinking upon Lenten plans... I need to get out our stations of the cross candles and such stuff.  Hopefully, I can post on those tomorrow. 

In addition, I plan on participating in Simple Mom's Project: Simplify this year.  In past years, I have done the 40 bags in 40 days.  Which is awesome.  But, I thought that perhaps one project a week might suit me better for the time being.  I didn't do so well with that last year either.  In my defense--I was under duress!  Moving and house-building duress, I tell you!

So, yes, more tomorrow.

March 5, 2011

First cake.

Nathan has expressed an interest in learning to cook.  I say, Yay!  Please cook, my son!  :)  He first wanted to make homemade french fries.  But time has been short.  So, the opportunity to bake a cake presented itself and he jumped at it!  It is great to see how much he does know about baking a cake but also to see what he doesn't know.  I look forward to many more cooking endeavors together.
Baking in progress.

The finished product.

March 2, 2011

Sad day.

Today, our sweet Blossom died.  This was the most recent picture I had of her.  Two stray dogs got her and my poor kids saw it.  I ran out to intervene but I was too late.  She was a good kitty.  She leaves us with fond memories and happy times.  Liz especially enjoyed having her around--and Blossom happily tolerated being toted, crated, cuddled, smooshed and chased.  Blossom had just gotten in the habit of sleeping on Nathan's bunk, which made him feel special.  She would often follow the kids on trails or hang out with them with they were playing in the woods.  I'm not the super-mushy type when it comes to animals but it is very, very sad to see a pet that brought so much joy end their life in such a tragic way.  So, this post is just a little reminder of the joy that one of God's small creatures brought to our lives.