Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sally's Vision Update

Can you believe that it has been nine months since her emergency eye surgery for her Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma attack?

We are thanking God for healthy eyes!

Yesterday, Miss Sally saw her eye specialist, and he gave her a thumbs up.  She does not need to be seen for another year! Woot!  Both holes are still open (whew!), and both eyes look "healthy"  inside and out.  Back in April, she had a noticeable improvement and actually needed a new bi-focal Rx twice.  Each Rx was smaller than the previous.  She still needs bi-focals, but it's about half of what she needed post-surgery.

There were so many people, friends and family in real life and on the Internet, who prayed very, very hard for this young lady.  Those prayers and the intercessory prayers of St. Lucy have been heard!  God bless you all :)

~  Patty ~

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kids' Sports / Activities for the Fall - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Partly cloudy.

The intermittent shade from the cloud coverage is  welcome in our near 100 degree temps in North Texas.

I am thankful for ~

* the Sacrament of Reconciliation

We schedule ours once a month on the calendar.  As soon as I "don't feel like going," I know that's the devil trying to persuade me to stay home.  I try to focus on one vice at a time.  Ha! And boy some of those vices are hard to kick.

* living in an area that offers SO MUCH for families

* home school field trips

* great women/friends who have the same goal in life

What I am almost finished reading ~

I've really enjoyed this book.  Even the most seasoned veteran parent can gain amazing perspective and insight from this book.

From the school room ~

Sports this fall ::

Tuesdays - horse riding lessons for Miss Ester and Mabel (six weeks worth)
Tuesdays - archery for Stan the man
Tuesday & Thursdays - swim lessons for Stan and Mabel (once riding lessons are finished)

No more competitive swimming.

Two years ago, Miss Sally suffered a knee injury and has been dealing with it ever since.  She took this past summer off from the swim team to focus on physical therapy.  The second MRI showed problems with her knee cap and the cartilage around the area.

Swimming 10,000 meters a day would actually be counter productive to the PT so, she came to the conclusion that competitive swimming is over for her.

A very, very tough decision to make!

Activities this fall ::

Tuesday & Thursdays
- Miss Sally will continue to work with the city's aquatic department.

In the next six weeks...
Pre-school ice cream social (it's a girl thing)
Middle School bowling get-together
Home school Homecoming FB game
Home school Homecoming Dance
Field trip to University of North Texas Sky Theater
Back-to-School Mass with breakfast picnic on church grounds

Ha! And to think some people believe we are un-socialized ;)

Around the house ~

Guess who won Swim Instructor Aide of the Summer for the city ?? !!

(Miss Sally -left - with a co-worker friend)

All that amazing work ethic from her former swim team days carried over to her job.

Atta girl!

From the kitchen ~

I write out a menu once a week.  The majority of the time I just stare at the paper, drawing  a blank on what to write down.

Lately, for each dinner I make, I turn around and write down a dinner for the next week's menu.  That seems to have helped.

Tonight, I am making Quinoa and Black Beans (recipe  here).

I am praying for ~

* an end to abortion

* rain (it's been 40 days since we've had rain!)

* for all those who have asked me to pray for them

I am listening to ~

Miss Mabel and Miss Clementine.

Big sister is dressing up little sister as a butterfly.  Little sister currently thinks big sister is the ultimate friend ;)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - was our back-to-school planning meeting for the home school group.
Tuesday - Dr. appointment for little man
Tuesday - Eye specialist appointment for Miss Sally
Thursday - PT for Miss Sally
Saturday - Mabel's BIG birthday party for her 12th!
Sunday - Ice cream social for Miss Clementine

A last photo to share ~

Have a wonderful week!

~  Patty ~

Thursday, August 20, 2015

What's for Sunday dinner?

This Sunday, I'll be enjoying a potluck with the mamas of our homeschool group.  We are getting together Sunday evening to plan our social activities for the year.  I'm really looking forward to time with a bunch of great women/friends!

I am bringing a fruit tray with a Coconut  Cream  Fruit  Dip (recipe found here.)

and a Pina  Colada  Pound  Cake (recipe found here.)

(I love that stuff!)

For David and the kids, I'm going to make Baked Spaghetti (recipe found here) with garlic bread and a salad.

He is planning on trying a new, dessert recipe...Oreo Pudding Cake.  (Sounds easy for Big D.)

Do any of you have BIG plans for this Sunday?

Whatever your plans are, here's wishing you a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty ~

Monday, August 17, 2015

School Courses - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

End-of-summer, wilting flowers.

I am ready for a change, but it's still too hot to plant fall flowers down here in Texas.

I am thankful for ~

* a school year that smoothly picked up right where last year's ended

* inspiring homilies at Mass

* priests who support homeschooling families

What I am reading ~

Still on this...

From the school room ~

* This year's curriculum line up::

Miss Sally (junior)
Accounting (1st semester)
Algebra II
Marine Biology (with lab)
American Government
Logic (2nd semester)
Spanish III

Miss Ester (freshman)
Algebra I
Biology (with lab)
World Geography
Keyboarding (1st semester)

*She will take American Sign Language her Junior and Senior year at the Jr. College and receive dual credit.

Miss Mabel (7th grade)
PE (horse riding lessons)
Music (*Music camp fulfilled this requirement)

Master Stan (4th grade)
PE (archery)

* Living Liturgy -
September 8, St. Adrian (304)

Around our house ~

* David's brother, Daniel, was in Dallas on business and spent Sunday/Sunday night with us.

* This is SO my husband!

From the kitchen ~

We loved the new recipe, (crock pot) Shredded Tacos!  (Recipe found here.)

I am praying for ~

* a blessed school year for everyone

* all dads who work so hard to financially support their family's home schools

* homeschool mamas

* for all those who have asked me to pray for them

* for an end to abortion

I am listening to ~

Miss Clementine play with her toy kitchen. (She is making soup.)

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Sunday - Uncle Daniel visits
* Tuesday - Dental appointment for myself
* Wednesday - Dental appointment for all the kids
* Sunday - Back-to-School Mtg for our homeschool mamas.

A last photo to share ~

A couple of nights ago, I made a bed-on-the-floor, right next to ours,  for Miss Clementine after she had a bad dream.  I woke up to find her like this... I guess she needed to be closer to her mama ;)

Good thing I saw her before I stepped on her!

Have a great week!!

~ Patty  ~

Thursday, August 13, 2015

(Crock Pot) Shredded Tacos

SO good!  (And another one of those recipes that makes your house edible while its cooking!)


1 (2.5 lb) chuck roast
1 (14 oz) can beef broth
1 1/2 TBSP chili powder
1/2 TBSP cumin
1/2 TBSP onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Juice of 1 lime


1.  Place the roast in your crock pot and pour the beef broth over it.  (I always use the crock pot liners, btw.)

2.  Squeeze the fresh lime juice over the roast.

3.  In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Sprinkle mixture over the roast.

4.  Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

5.  Remove roast from slow cooker, shred beef (remove fat) and return shredded beef to slow cooker.  Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes.

6.  Remove beef from slow cooker with tongs to remove juices when plating or drain in a colander.  Serve with desired toppings.

I found this delicious recipe over at happilyholtsclaw.


~  Patty ~

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Preparing for the BIG Family Wedding

So it has been more than 12 years  since my BIG family (I am one of nine) celebrated a wedding, which was my baby brother's.  Getting together has proven difficult since half of us moved out of state.

In one month, we are flying up to Chicago for the first grandchild's wedding on my side.  To be honest, I'm most excited for my dear mom who hasn't had all of her children and grandchildren together at the same time since 2007!

To keep my budget in check and keep my sanity intact, I put a "plan of action" together, and it was simply to prepare and focus on one person a week.

So far, so good.

Miss Mabel's Week :

New jewlery  (Mixit from JCPenney)  and shoes (Kelly & Katie Becca Wedge Pump from DSW).

The dress (Target) and sweater (JCPenny) are from last Christmas...we were thinking ahead to the wedding when we bought them big.

New hair cut.


(I love her natural honey-color!)

We took stock and she has all other clothing items she will be needing.  Amen.


Miss Clementine's Week :

I ordered these shoes (Stride Rite Buffy Girls from DSW).

They will go nicely with this dress that I bought on clearance last January.

My mom refers to her as a "pistol".

I bought that dress one size bigger at Gymbore $13 last January!!

Miss Clementine also needed a new, youth booster seat for the car.  She has almost outgrown her convertible carseat, and we will definitely need something lighter to check on the plane.

It's a Graco and the height of the back/head can be adjusted as she continues to grow.


Next up :  Mommy Week

I found this Max Edition dress at Stein Mart on clearance for $14 last spring.  Since I own a pair of Aerosoles Sassy Plush Wedge Sandals, I only needed some jewerly to go with it.

I found this Serena Necklace set at Charming Charlie's as well as the Olympia Stretch Bracelet.

Next up:  the new do

Depending on what the weather is going to be like up north, I may need to add a couple of long sleeve shirts to my "needs" list.


3 down, 4 to go!

Woot!  Woot!

~  Patty  ~


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