Friday, December 19, 2014

Worst Advent Ever - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

45 degrees and light rain.   (Kind of reflects my mood.)

I am thankful for ~

* That Confirmation class is done for a few weeks!  Thank you, Jesus!!!

(Half of the kids in this class are absolutely horrible, disrespectful, disobedient, just...just nightmares.  It takes every.  ounce.  of my being to keep them in control AND teach something.)

* Speech therapist that come to the house


* Speech therapy is finally over (after 3x's a week for six months.) It really took a chunk out of my time.

* The extremely rare moments I have to myself these days, (the bathroom...ummm...the bathroom?...yeah, pretty much when I use the bathroom.)

From the school room~

* Edgar Allen Poe was on opium when he wrote his poems (historians believe).

* I'm has to be on "something" to decipher some poetry??  Just sayin'.

* Helping Sally catch up with the last of her school work, I have gone back over the last two weeks of material with her.   

* The other kids, (bored after one week off and not wanting to get behind when Grammy comes in January for a week), have agreed to get in another week's worth of school.

* Note to self:  We do not need 4 weeks off for Christmas break next year.

* High school youth group Christmas party...white elephant game...check out what these two got!

She's been wanting a pet!

Readers, meet Mikey.  Mikey, readers.  

Mikey is named after their St. Michael's youth group ;)

Mikey even came with the tank, plant, and fish food!

Have I ever mentioned she is an Avengers' fan?

From the kitchen ~

For the first time in 20 years, I have not baked any Christmas cookies.   I cannot believe it.  I have had NO time at all.  Zero.


Childhood story:  (If you have a moment ;)

We were the youngest family on our block when I was a little one.  During the early December days, after mom sent the kids to school, she would bake glorious magic in the shapes and smells of every decadent Christmas cookie imaginable.  I remember arriving home from school to see the wonderment of the day spread out on the counters waiting to be packed away.

They were  kept safely frozen in big containers out of the reach of little hands and mouths.  (Although, I remember sneaking down there to snag a cookie or two, thawing it in the palm of my hand till I could sink my teeth into them ;)

The big delivery day would arrive.  All the cookies would be beautifully displayed on special Christmas trays, then wrapped lovingly with syran wrap, topped with the perfect bow.  She would line us up like little soldiers, all bundled up for the snow and cold, and send us out to carefully deliver the cookies to all of the elderly neighbors.  "Your mother's cookies are so delicious!  Thank her for us.  Merry Christmas!"

The happiness these cookie missions brought really resonated with me.  This year is my 20th year as a married woman at Christmas time.  I have been delivering cookies, albeit not as grand as Mom's, to friends at work, at church, in the neighborhood, since I was first married.  Except this year.

There will no delivered Christmas cookies.  With all of the stress and health issues from the past month, I am stretched super thin.  And you know what?  It will be okay.  I know that.  Christmas will still come.


He bakes!

He suggested we make our own bread.  (Dude, I don't have anymore time on my hands.) So, he and Miss Mabel took to the task.

This was actually the second batch.  (We wolfed down the first one at one setting!)

This one insisted on using the left over Christmas plates and napkins from the Confirmation class Christmas party I had to throw this past Wednesday.

(I love little girls in nightgowns!)

What I am reading ~

Well not what I had planned.  That's for sure.

I have tried to read Christmas books to the younger ones on feast days or randomly at bedtime, but not nearly enough.

The Lord knows what I need, and he has provided.  This is where I must point you in Nancy's direction.

I am thoroughly enjoying all of Nancy's spiritual posts on Christmas here and over here!  She has been a source of great spiritual food.  I've been too tired or run down to open my book.  When I quick click on her blogs (she has two), I feel like she is my mother, making dinner for my very hungry tummy!

Around my house ~

* A terrible, nasty, cold virus.  My gosh, it hit all of us over the course of 12 days.   I felt like we were  just recovering from Miss Sally's eye emergency when this virus struck.  Cruel joke.

Although my virus is gone, I feel like....10 miles of bad road...emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

* Moments that bring a smile to my face...

Stay.  Stay.

I am thinking about ~

Riding Old Man Time's back.  What the hell??  Can someone tell him to slow down already?

Miss Sally's LAST test.  (Poetry...30% of her English grade this quarter.)

Keeping track of gifts....I didn't make any secrets lists this year....(that won't happen again!)

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Survival

* Sunday is my goal to really start my own spiritual Advent.  (Not joking.)

A final photo to share ~


A traditional, Mexican Christmas cookie.  One of my superiors at church, Sr. Yolanda, gave these to all of the catechism teachers.

Aren't they beautiful?


Advent blessings to each of you!  No matter what worries or stress may be living in your home or heart, the birth of Christ will still be celebrated.  Know that He loves you in whatever state of preparedness you are in!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vision Update

This makes me happy.

100 Back (at the start)

3 weeks post eye surgery, she swam another swim meet.

She was not happy with results from 3 out of 4 events, but considering she almost lost her sight 22 days before this moment, I thought she did pretty damn good!

There was another eye follow up last week.  All good news.

* Eye pressure is normal.  There was a difference between the two eyes which would not be normal for other folks, but considering what she went through, the doctor was accepting it.

* Pupils are starting to react to light.

* No more medication.

* No improvement in sight yet, but hoping it will come back sooner than later.  Still so grateful for her bifocals.

Her next follow up in early January.  At that time, we are going to create a game plan to see if we can further check into what was the cause of her attack.

Until then, I will enjoy this moment in the pool, and thank you, again, for all of your prayers!!

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Horse Lovers and A City Slicker

In hopes of attempting a laid back group snapshot for Christmas cards, I took all the kids to the stables when I dropped Miss Ester and her padawan Mabel off.

So how'd that work out for me?  Well, let's just say, thank God for digital photography.

One of two photos that ended up being acceptable.

I thought I'd give you a view of one of the pastures that is home to some beautiful animals.  (The horses, not my kids ;)

So these photos you see?  They are real north Texas country photos, and my kids are country kids at heart.  They want to live in the country so bad, but land is $$$ in our neck of the woods.

Myself?  I'm a total city slicker.  Totally.  I was standing behind the camera in my black velour pants and hot pink velour jacket with flip flops.  Total city slicker.  

But it takes all kinds to make the world go 'round, right? 

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hangin' With Dad

Last weekend, David's little buddy helped him test out the new tarp and hammock he sewed.

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Luces de Navidad

Christmas lights.

In honor of the feast of St. Lucy (Lucy means light, and St. Lucy is the patron saint of sight), we headed out on this evening to view the Christmas lights.

Such a fun tradition!!

The boys?  They are setting their sights on a beautiful meteor shower tonight at their Troops of St. George camp out.

St. Lucy is the light bearer who guides us through the winter nights of Advent.

(A couple of our Norwegian books we like to read on this day.)

Quoting a friend, "This week is the feast of all feasts for Catholics!"  What a great week of feast days it has been!

St. Lucy, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The day has me moving in many directions.  I saw on the calendar it was going to be a fairly active one, so I planned ahead.

Keeping it simple.

Another book to add to our collection in honor of this beautiful feast day.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, patronesses of the Americas and the unborn, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~


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