Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend Update or Sat/Sun Daybook

Outside my window
...temperature is starting to creep up, then suddenly, we will be blessed with a beautiful breezy morning, or a non humid evening. It's spring in Texas, we have to enjoy the moments before humidity is 100%. 

Does every community have a saying like this?:
"If you don't like the weather in Houston, wait five minutes and it will change."

I am thinking....teenagers love the signs of passage into adulthood, or at least practice adulthood. Nicholas has definitely been feeling his status as a teenager. He has braces now. He now goes to the home school group teen night, and he received his very own debit card in the mail. He is thrilled. He loves signs of growing up. Maybe being the third, it just feels right to pass hurtles he saw his older siblings pass. I just want to whisper: Slow down sweetie!

I am thankful...My sweet Cecilia Marie had her first confession today!! Smiles all around. Father met with Cc and her classmate, and their moms, after this morning's mass to discuss Holy Communion and the sacrament of Penance. There were nerves, but still many correct answers. :)
(I was told there weren't nerves, but I think there was at least a mild case.)
Father showed them the confessional and the cool red light / green light that changed when someone knelt on the kneeler. Once ready, Cc bounded in there, and joyfully bounded out to do her penance. O happy day! What is better that seeing a freshly beautiful soul!

The girls then had their dress rehearsal for the ballet recital. Euly was moved to the front of the class, for all the youngers to follow her. She does very well, but she is ten and they are 5-7, so you'd expect her to be better. She is pleased to be able to mother hen them into doing their best. I think Miss Marie made a wise decision. One more month until the full recital!

In the kitchen...gosh, it's clean...I hate this category because it really shows I do not do much in the kitchen, except clean lately. Its clean right now. I think I need some ideas. Euly picked yellow squash. She is very proud because we grew these from seeds. Maybe I should make a squash casserole. Might go good with some fried chicken..?

I am creating...well, crafting, making, a satin pillow for Cc to carry the crown for the May crowing next Sunday. What??- I offered to actually sew something others will see?! What was I thinking!?

I am going..Back to this park again. I happened by it by accident. It is less than a mile up the road from where my kids have been taking math and science classes the past four years. Ah, the wasted time sitting in the car. The park is kinda weird- a obstacle course of tires, and hot. It is surrounded by lush green grass but it is mostly rubber, mulch and dry wood structures.
Kids had fun- will come again when it's not so hot.

I am wondering...what I am allergic to! The inside of my eyelids are swollen and scratchy. I finally went to the eye doctor and he has forbidden me to put my contacts in again, (not like I want to anyway since it feels like putting broken glass in my eye). I have four different prescribed drops and now, Day three doesn't feel any better. I am getting used to my glasses full time. It is an adjustment as I have worn contacts full time for thirty years. What is blooming different this year to be allergic too?
I am also wondering how these teeny tiny bottles of precious drops are so dang expensive - $60, with the discount prescription card for .05 of an ounce?!?!?

I am reading...Little Town on the Prairie with Euly & Nick, Blue Willow with Euly, looking for another distraction for me...maybe I'll borrow Molly's Hunger Games books to see what its about.

I am hoping...for no surprises in the form of illness or car problems, etc for the next two weeks. Too busy, no time for anything else! :)

I am looking forward week! Busy Saturday with a ground breaking at our church's property with a big celebration, Mass, procession, BBQ, visiting! Then next Sunday - may crowning with our own Cc as the lucky one to place the crown on the Blessed Mother's head. Plus maybe a day to play hooky and go see Max in Galveston (shhh!).

Around the house...peaceful, clean. We cleaned Friday afternoon so we are just relaxing with most chores already done.

I am praying for...the unemployed, burdens to be lifted, health to be restored, our country, estranged family members, marriages, the Holy Father, young Dominic all those fighting cancer and those supporting them, and for souls in purgatory.

A favorite quote for today...
from the Latin Mass, it bring peace to my soul:
P. Dominus vobiscum                                (The Lord be with you.)
S. Et cum spiritu tuo                                 (And with thy spirit)
p. Sursum corda.                                      (Lift up your hearts)
S. Habemus ad Dominum.                          (We lift them up to the Lord)
P. Gratias agamus Domino Deos.                (Let us give thanks to the Lord our God)
S. Dignum et justum est.                           (It is right and just).

Okay, favorite literary quote, from Little Town on the Prairie:

"This earthly life is a battle," said Ma. "If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another. It always has been so, and it always will be. The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and the more thankful for your pleasures. "

Two more, both from Mother Teresa:
"We can never know how much good a simple smile can do."

"The woman is the heart of the home:
Let us pray that we women realize the reason of our existence: 
to love and be loved and through this love become instruments of peace in the world."

One of my favorite things...being able to discuss a number of things with my kids! It is great to share this journey with so many wonderful, bright minds and big open hearts.

A few plans for the rest of the week...scouts, ballet, Galveston sometime, Craig is using vacation to spend time at church property to get ready for big weekend, maybe we should join him, nature journal class or girls group make up class, Molly's last math class, Euly dentist for filling, Molly ortho and she has a night out with friends.

Something that makes me happy...gliders. This huge glider was at the park mentioned above. This one was so big that it didn't get going too fast, but fast enough to be exciting and dangerous to stay on your feet while it was going. It was creaky and loud. But I love it. Such memories to the one my dad built for our backyard when we were kids in Alabama. I loved that glider, but greatly feared I would be knocked out by it. I don't think anyone was ever hurt.

balancing on the glider

A peek into my day...waiting our turn to rehearse

First time through the routine from Swan Lake:
This location is only for rehearsal, so we don't have punching bag Bob watching on during the recital.

Friday, April 27, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday: You might be ...

1. You might be a redneck...
when your old riding lawn mower breaks for good, and you decide to remove the mower deck to give your kids a new four wheeler:

2. You might be a redneck ...
if you wear whatever shoes are by the backdoor to make a run to peek at the garden, no matter how they fit: (to avoid the stickers, pokies, and burrs).

3. You might be a redneck ...
if you'd prefer to go barefoot anyway.

4. You might be a redneck...
when your nature journal excursions can be as close as ditches down the street.

5. You might be a redneck ...
when your PE includes balancing on a rope course in the back yard.

6. You might be a redneck...
if you have at least one broken down car in the yard that needs attention

7. You might be a redneck...
when you have Christmas decorations still up after Easter because you think they still looked festive.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

                                     ~ Capturing the context of everyday life ~
                              Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

 {Pretty & Happy}
The girls were invited to a fairy themed birthday party, where the older sisters helped make fairies for the girls. Mine are quite inspired to build fairy homes of their own.

Little Miss singing her Love song to her family. She sings "Love, Love Love," then names all of us in turn.
All her own composition.

Sometimes "child size" and "miniature" are interchangeable terms. 
Cute little hummingbird tea set for little Miss' upcoming birthday.

round button chicken

Monday, April 23, 2012

Life on the Rock discussion

Speaking of marriage discussions....
and what young people should think about and discuss while choosing spouses;
watch this Life on the Rock with Jen Fulwiler covering her conversion. She has a great way of explaining the ills of our culture concerning attacks on marriage and contraception.

Requirements for finding an exceptional spouse

To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women."
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

I'm a mom of four girls, two boys, wife of almost twenty five years, daughter of a fifty three year marriage, daughter in law of a fifty year marriage, closing only due to death of my father in law, sister to three sisters' marriages all longer than mine. What makes a good start to marriage is on my mind. I want my children to start off their adult life with these thoughts: marriage is a life time relationship. It is not only a contract, it has a higher purpose as a covenant. Who you marry will be your partner for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer. And we need to think beyond the feel good stage and try to think for life. Going into it with the mind that this is until my or his death, must be sobering.

I start talking to my kids while they are young, praying for their future life's vocation and future spouse. That young person is on the earth somewhere, and I pray he/she is enjoying a grace filled life. I encourage my children to start praying for this intention too, even though they protest that they will never marry...! well, you may, so pray anyway. Choices made which last your lifetime and impact future generations are worthy of much prayer.

 I pulled down a book that has been on my shelf for some time, homemaking advice by Miriam Lukken in Mrs. Dunwoodys Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping. She has a list to her children of what to look for in a spouse :

"1.  a sense of humor: 

2. A positive outlook: is that glass half full or half empty?

3 a strong belief in God

4 honesty

5 respect : "Respect, like trust, it is a very hard thing to win back "

6 hard worker

7 compassion

8 forgiving

9 generous: self and time

10 common sense"

I agree with all ten above, and I have more to our list of perspective spouse choices (for when the time comes):

11. A man your father will respect, a young lady who respects your mother.

12. One who genuflects in church and know why he/she does.

13. A man who opens the door for you; a young woman who behaves like a lady.

14 Notice how he treats his mother because that is how he will treat his wife.

15. Have life experiences together including spending time with family, witnessing interactions with siblings, seeing  how one behaves under stressful circumstances, experiencing how they drive in traffic and deal with rude drives, how they handle receiving sudden good/bad news, deals with frustrations, the under privileged and money.

 I look forward to meeting these future sons and daughters.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekend wrap up & Next week outlook

{Evolving from Sunday Day Book into something that works better for me....}

Outside my window...Magnolia trees are blooming. It is a beautiful spring day, cool and breezy. Good to open windows and air out house today, it may be the last chance until fall.

I am thinking....I am happy for recordings I found on the tv (especially good for insomnia): watched Masterpiece Theater's Great Expectations (loved it!) and 39 Steps with that English actor that was my favorite from MI5, Rupert Penry-Jones

I am thankful...every day - every ordinary day!

In the kitchen... Quiche

It's not Quiche Lorraine as I didn't have Swiss cheese or cream but made do with cheddar cheese I had and almond milk instead of cream- let's see how this tastes before we share with the neighbor that gave my kids a box of freebies....
Verdict - its great! I think someone might think it's a little much on the cheddar cheese flavor, but the bacon fills in any voids. Nice and fresh natural eggs with a store bought crust. Quite the mix, but worthy of sharing!
Cute to see Cc deliver it to her.

Activities in progress: still working on embroidered place mats, not ready to reveal.
Euly found tempura paints in the garage and we played finger paint:

Weekend Activities:
Best garage sale find, silver plated sugar & creamer straight from London, (my neighbor used to travel often to London):
So the girls wanted to have a tea party. Unfortunately,  Lilly decided to join and knocked one of Euly's butterfly tea cups and smashed it on the ground. Cc broke her tea cup at the girls group tea Friday. Looks like we need to start restocking our tea cups.

I am creating...plans for school over the summer & fall plans. It is hard to do when we are not finished with this year. Max will be back taking classes at the community college and I am going to see if Molly can take a few classes at the same time.

I am reading...yea, we are still reading the Little House series, except I didn't have Little Town, so I had to wait for it to come. We are also reading other books about George Washington, Lafayette, & John Paul Jones as well as a free kindle book from a blogger "In Name Only". I am sure everyone is tired of the Ryan Gosling Hey Girl memes, but this one hit me as I feel we have been immersed in Little House all year.

by Anne H.
go here if you want a laugh at some others...

or go here to see ones moms made using their own husbands - creative funny homeschooling moms!

I am hoping...for the best outcome of a stressful situation.

I am looking forward to...the next 45 days. We have so much to do, so many plans almost simultaneous, some wonderful things to look forward to! I hope we can enjoy what we can, instead of feeling its flying by in a blur. I think we only have one more math class, one more Sunday School class... 

Around the house...front door transformation in progress, now in hubby's hands when he has time.

I am praying for...peace, our leaders, success, souls, good outcomes, health.....for us and the whole world. :)

A favorite quote for today...
"Try to put in the hearts of your children a love for home. Make them long to be with their families. So much sin could be avoided if our people really loved their homes."
Mother Teresa

"Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy - let us pray."

The Joy in Loving- Mother Teresa 
One of my favorite things...sushi date night. What a treat to have some stress free time together. The kids were doing well enough for us to stretch out date together.

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Scouts, meeting in town (any prayers appreciated), ballet, piano, a quick run to deal with our business matters, get rv in shape to loan to the church, girls group, eye doctor, ballet recital practice, birthday party that was postponed and.... Cc's meeting with Father and her first confession. ( I am so excited for her!), maybe Max in for his last weekend before finals.

Something that makes me happy... my husband's optimism. It's contagious.

Something that made me laugh...
okay, I am really info needing distractions right now, and Molly sent this to me, I laughed with tears in my eyes.

Friday, April 20, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

Too many things scheduled for one day. We had to make hard choices.
And I am making all the easy happy choices I can.
Not that a four hour driving  round trip nature journal field trip wouldn't be a great experience- our girls group was rescheduled and had made plans for some friends to come over and play in afternoon, we'll have to make the next field trip.
Homeschool conference this weekend.
Not really ready to look at curriculum for next year.
Is it bad to go just to find old friends to reconnect with?
I don't know if it's worth going to be tempted to buy something I don't need.
Our local economy has done better than the rest of the country since the recession hit. But lately it's been showing signs of being hit hard now. My hair salon/ boutique closed. It might have been a little too trendy and a head of it's time for out semi rural/ suburban area with all organic products. But how about the little lady with he antique/ junk store we have found good items for tea before. And yesterday I received notice my property tax district appraised  my house's value lower without me having to fight tooth and nail. 
Decided to keep up my Lenten fasting from tv - mostly. Hubby has it on some so I see some in passing and I did look at recording that happened during my absence and watch masterpiece theater Charles Dickens movie The Mystery of Edwin Drood. My husband said while passing through, "Oh, an English show, your mom must be watching tv again."
Day of semiannual garage sale in our neighborhood - girls are up early to check out a few stops on our way out of the neighborhood. I cant imagine what we might need, so I am moving slow.
She has a lot to say, but it's mostly not English. We talked to her as if it is, and occasionally hear a word we recognize.

"Emem at um Sheshe Sheshe Sheshe?
Ah elum Ai"

Now we know "SheShe" is for her sister Cc.
She also loves to pick flowers and make me pick the ones up high.
I enjoy sharing them with her.

She is holding her arm funny because Tuesday night her sister popped her finger. It was a deep pop, so it must have hurt and she decided it was broken and I have had to hold her since the slightest movement brings on fearful screams of anticipated pain. I worried I should bring her to the doctor, but when she slept I could move the joints around and see all was really ok. I think there was a slight sprain but by today the pain should be gone. In her own language I heard her mention Cc so much I had the idea Cc should formerly apologize. She did and she kissed her wrist and all was immediately better. Crazy little girl.

more quick takes

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

~ Capturing the context of everyday life ~

Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

Such a great flowering plant for Texas. It always comes back after a winter's freeze and will  bloom through a drought. It has a bitter scent. But the little blooms are just the right size for a playmobil doll to hold as a flower bouquet. These plants put out so many flowers spring through fall, I am happy to have her pick as many as she likes.

For you. mommy.

Who doesn't like flowers in their hair?
Cc lost her sixth tooth. The first top four came out when she was one. The first bottom tooth was traumatic for her; you might have thought she was loosing a limb instead if a rootless tooth.
This last one looked like if had come out, then re implanted itself in front of the gum, and just sat dangling there for a couple of weeks. Sadly,
she swallowed it....... and panicked.....until we convinced her she would be ok.
The tooth fairy came last night.She is a happy girl today.

Mid way through April, and we already have a fat cucumber.

We spend too much time driving and sitting in my car for Little Miss sometimes. My car has an old tv VHS set up that was state of the art eleven years ago. Some time back, it started eating tapes so we stopped using it. Little Miss is old enough to need more distractions when bored and contained than we have energy to fill. I'd rather not use it, but life happens and I'd rather not hear screaming.
I suggested someone try it again and -nice surprise- it worked. I had donated most VHS taps when this thing was broken, but we scraped a few Veggie Tales, CCC saint stories and The Wiggles.
She is watching Wiggles in this picture. Her expression looks slightly terrified and fascinated at the same time. I guess The Wiggles doesn't have scenes from her every day life- with a human size dancing octopus and a dancing dog. Constant energy of singing and dancing, I think we should bring it in and use as an exercise video!
Poor dear, I guess I'll try harder to think of other distractions without videos.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Day Book

Outside my window...windy! Rain has been predicted just a few days off all week, never getting closer, always a few days off. And still no rain. (not worried yet).

I am thinking....It is nice to have our own ice cream lady:
If you want, read about our ice cream lady's visits
I am thankful...for my hard working husband. Everyone has found out how wonderful he is: handy, hard working, fun to be around, so everyone wants him to help with various projects and activities. He loves to help, and doesn't say no.

In the kitchen...our kitchen will be closed all today. Letting Sunday-morning-after- mass-coffee- and- donuts be breakfast and barbq for linner: lunch and dinner.

I am creating...embroidered place mats with my girls. My mom gave Molly a sewing project with canvas material already cut for place mats and the girls thought it would be fun to embellish them with various flowers.

I am the Waller County 4h BBq today. We are involved with the 4h shooting sports and are helping today. Looking forward to some good bar b q for lunch and bringing home brisket for later.

I am wondering...whats the best thing to do for allergies when you don't know what you are allergic too. Craig is allergic to something blooming outside. Sometimes just the smell of cut grass bothers his allergies. He's not complaining when he is awake, but the scream snores give it away when he is sleeping.

I am reading...Little Town on Prairie...Mondays With Mary, and randomly most other previously mentioned books that are unfinished, when I have a moment and if the book is beside me at the time. (is this category stressing me?)

I am hoping...I can know today about first communion so I can make plans for family to come.

I am looking forward to...a possible visit to San Antonio with hubby on business trip to go to river walk and Alamo...

I am use techniques used in Nick's therapy for Cc. She is having a hard time with reading. I pulled out Nick's metronome, removed all other distractions, focused with her, and it was an instant improvement. It worked through our whole phonics lesson to keep her focused, until she wanted to play with the metronome. ;) Will still use again to see if there is some magic in doing school to a beat.

Around the house...various small repairs getting checked off my list; feels good.

I am praying for...Cc's first communion test to go well.

A favorite quote for today...
Jesus, I trust in Thee.
I love Divine Mercy Sunday!

One of my favorite car - when it is behaving well. Lately, it has not been. It's been all about the tires and brakes for a while. Everything was fixed, and re-fixed, and yet I still have a jumpy steering wheel and a tire looking like its loosing air. The tire shop guys always look at me funny when I describe what it's doing, so my husband dropped it off the last time, and still I'm not happy. I just hate that feeling something isn't right.

A few plans for the rest of the week... same routine, maybe that's why I am looking forward to a mini vacation before our bigger summer plans. Scouts, piano, ballet, math, girls group &/or nature journal class field trip (deciding..), birthday party.

Something that makes me happy...hearing Cc tell me. "Mom, I'm glad you are my mom."
I am so glad just to know her, but to be her mom- that's a Gift!

A peek into my day...we love spring flowers: