Friday, May 27, 2016

Vacation Countdown for Little Ones

We are going on a beach vacation with friends this summer.  Woo Hoo!

Jen and I planned this last July knowing our calendars fill up lightening fast.  It was a smart move, too.

 My littlest is SO excited that I thought I should help her grasp the concept of time a bit better before she drives David and myself bonkers.  (When do we go?  When do we leave?  How many more days?)

I put together this vacation countdown.

I found something similar on Pinterest but put my own twist on it.

It was easy to do.  I went and bought two packages of beach-themed stickers and one little roll of ribbon.  I already had the large (4x6), blank index cards and a clothesline clip.

Each day she moves the clip to the number of days left.

I LOVE beach vacations!

~  Patty ~

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Cowgirls and Their iMovie

Goat tying is a rodeo competition.

You have to ride in on your horse, dismount, flank the goat, tie 3 of its legs, and make sure the knot holds for six seconds...all as fast as you can.

A couple of weeks ago, the girls participated in a talent show through our home school group.  They made this iMovie and shared it on the big screen at the talent show ;)

Oh my goodness!  It turned out great!

Check it out ...

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Catching Up - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Rain then sun then rain and more sun.  Cooler than norm temps.  There's  a 50% chance of T-storms for Monday.

I am thankful for ~

* parishes that provide Theology of The Body / Chastity talks to teenagers (Kids cannot hear this enough as far as I'm concerned.)

* priests that support homeschooling and believe that the parent is the primary educator of faith

* that everyone in my family safely made it to wherever they had to be over the weekend and then back home again (jiggity jig)

What we are reading ~


But! Now that summer break is hear, I look forward to cracking open fun-to-read books once again.

In fact, tomorrow we are heading to the library :)

From the school room ~

These two finished up.

I snapped the photo of Miss Mabel carrying out the remains of her school papers and notebooks to the trash.  She is officially an 8th grader!

Stan the Man finished last Thursday and is an official 5th grader!

The high school finals are a LOT longer and (obviously) more difficult.  I believe Mis Sally and Ester each have a couple of things to type up and each have one more math test left.

I am praying for ~

* all those who have asked me to pray for them

* for a more quiet life rhythm this summer

* our country (Doesn't it feel like we are living in the Twilight Zone??)

Around the house ~

Oh my word.  Finals week was sandwiched between two incredibly active weekends.

* Last weekend, there was the talent show on Friday night (on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima)

Check out the dessert table some of the moms put together :

* Last Saturday, I needed to get the kitchen and dining room painted.  It's in preparation for Phase II of our kitchen facelift.

I painted the walls this Sherwin Williams Believable Buff color (originally it was a dark caramel color).

That shaker door is a sample of the new door and stain color David is putting in.

Since I had plenty of paint left over, I went ahead and did the dining room as well.

* Confirmation day.

Our parish had 110 students confirmed.

I also made the  decision to NOT teach Confirmation next year.  It is a huge job that has worn me out.  After four years, I'm ready to take the break :)

*  This weekend was crazier!

David flew to Illinois to attend his goddaughter's wedding.

* Miss Clementine was in her first-ever dance recital.

Here she is waiting to go onstage.  Her group tap danced to Chattanooga Choo Choo :)

* The Hughes sisters headed off to their summer jobs at the pool.  (Miss Sally is a certified life guard and swim instructor.  Miss Ester is a certified swim instructor aide.)

* Miss Ester and Miss Mabel attended their 3rd  goat tying clinic.

They had so much fun!

From the kitchen ~

I'm starting to look for some summer grilling recipes.

I'm listening to ~

Stan the Man brush his teeth as he gets ready for bedtime.

Coming down the pike this week ~

What an awesome feeling to turn the weekly calendar and see hardly anything on it!

Tuesday - Dr. appointment for Stan

Thursday - Mabel is hosting a swimming party for the middle school girls in our home school group.

Saturday - Mabel has a birthday party to go to.

A final photo to share ~

Check out my page views!!

That's over 1 million!

I need to celebrate that BIG number.  Somehow.  Right?

Have a wonderful week ahead, friends!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Missing Margarita


My husband is in Peoria, IL at his niece's wedding.

Miss Sally and Ester have to work from 10am-3:30pm at the pool.

Miss Clementine has her first-ever ballet recital (30 minutes away).

Later, Miss Ester and Miss Mabel are participating in their 3rd goat-tying clinic (it's an overnight trip)  30 miles away.

I am suppose to go to the grocery store, but I'm thinking about making a liquor store run instead because I have no freaking libations in the house, and I live in a dry county.

To top it off, my monthly friend made her appearance so, I sent Miss Sally for donuts.

Life is good.  We are alive and kickin'.

Happy Saturday, friends.

~  Patty ~

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Rodeo

Oh my gosh.  So we are in the thick of finals week here at the Hughes Academy ;)

Let me tell you, we are hangin' in there, getting tired, but still hangin'.

Everyone needs a study break, right?  So today, we went to the Mesquite Pro Rodeo Education Days.

Oh wow!  4300 students/teachers packed the place today alone.  (And it was crazy LOUD.)

I had organized this field trip for our home school group back before New Year's.  It's THAT popular.  My family took in our first rodeo with Grammy back in July 2014, and today was just as exciting as the first time.

(I forgot my good camera, so I apologize for the lack of quality.)

About 15 minutes to the start of the show, they let the herd of horses run.  Such BEAUTIFUL creatures!

Bubba, (that's is real name, folks), came over on his horse to talk to some of the kids before the start of the show.

Riding the bucking bulls is my personal fave, but there's no way in hell I'd be caught near one of them.

(There weren't any 8 second riders today.)

There were seven other families that joined us.  We had GREAT seats to boot!

And that's it for photos.  A particular 4 year old was very antsy, and hungry, and thirsty, and needed to use the potty.  And on and on and on.

But everyone had a GREAT time!

A little advice to home school moms out there.  If you are like us where the cost of activities adds up quickly, plan field trips with your home school group!  Seriously.  I have planned so many trips this past school year, and I'm going to admit, it was for selfish reasons.  You see when you get a group together, you get a great discount price.

Don't know where to begin?  Call the place you want to go to and inquire with their educational department or the front office.  These people are more than happy to assist you.  Or ask me.  I'd be happy to guide you.  Just send me a message.

Until next time,


Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Special Birthday Gift

With tomorrow being Pentecost Sunday, I thought I'd share this beautiful birthday gift that my mom gave to me when she came to visit the end of March.

She purchased it the last time she traveled back to Slovenia (her parents' homeland) and recently rediscovered it in the back of her closet, safely packed away.

The craftsmanship is just incredible!

~  Patty  ~


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