Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fifth Grade and Feast Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Recent cloudy skies have knocked out the 100 + degree temps that we've been dealing with.  It feels heavenly!!

I am thankful for ~

* a new science book that Stan is using in 5th grade this year.

* some decent sleep lately.

* a new homeschool PE class  that opened up through the city.

I am reading ~

I am currently looking for a new book but I am not sure what I want.

From the school room ~

5th grade for Stan consists of the following::


His morning work consists of doing math, religion, science (we LOVE this new Seton Science!!), vocab, and English.




The afternoon has him working on history and phonics as well as spelling and reading.

The two books he chose for the mandatory, quarterly book reports are::


(He already wrote and turned in the first report on Madeleine Takes Command.  He's now working on Father Damien and The Bells.)

I also signed him up for a homeschool PE class that will be local.  He's really excited for this and will be going on Thursday mornings.

In addition to that, he looks forward to joining the children's choir at church this year.


I am praying for ~

* our priests

* our country

* an end to abortion

* our school year

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

Around the house ~

* For the feast of the Assumption of Mary (Aug. 15),  Miss Clementine pulled out a couple of her favorite Mary books.



The super, sweet discussion the ensued after reading those books lead Miss Clementine to playing with the "Bethlehem set"  as she calls it.

So I got down all of our toy Nativity sets that I usually have put away until Christmas.


 * Music camp at church was a success last week.  Miss Mabel was a volunteer again, and Stan the man was a participant.  They both loved it!!




Miss Clementine and a sweet friend enjoyed the presentation on the last day of camp.


From the kitchen ~

In honor of  feast of The Assumption of Mary, Miss Mabel baked some cupcakes in these pretty blue/purple cupcake holders we found.



I am listening to ~

...a wild bath time upstairs.  Miss Ester is bathing Clementine for me and oh my word!  It sounds like they are having a great time.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Wednesday - Ballet begins for Miss Clementine for the fall.

Wednesday - Information meeting for parents to meet the new Youth Group Director at church.

A few last photos to share ~

We had our first field trip of the school year.  I took Stan and Clementine to see Snakes Alive! It was a very informative presentation put on by a Park Ranger.

Texas is home to  4 venomous snakes :

Coral Snake
Pit Vipers: Cottonmouth, Rattlesnakes, and Copperheads




Enough of the snake talk.

Wishing you all a great week!!

~  Patty  ~


Saturday, August 13, 2016

What's for Sunday dinner?

Any big plans for the weekend??

One teenager has to lifeguard for 8 hours and two other teenagers have a party to go to.  David is working on an install for a customer, so that leaves the two littles and myself.

Tomorrow's calendar is empty.  And I'm more than happy to keep it that way :)

I am planning on a crock pot meal for Sunday, using this Zesty Chicken BBQ recipe.


As it cooks in the crock pot, it makes my house smell edible!!



I'm planning on making a Creamy Blueberry Pie for dessert.


Which reminds me, I need to pick up some fresh blueberries at the store today.

Hope you all have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, August 11, 2016

3-Car Family


A couple of weeks ago, we broke down and became a 3-car family.  It was completely out of necessity since we have two teenagers (one drives and one is learning to drive) who both have jobs.

Speaking of learning to drive...


Do you think she is excited to have her learner's license (permit)??

~  Patty  ~

Monday, August 8, 2016

Excited for Pre-School - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Blazing heat.

But I do not complain because it's August in Texas and that's life.

We sure had a great time with home school friends  at the pool party last week.


There were 92 of us that were able to make it (that's not even half of our group)!!


We rented one of the city's facilities for a private party.  It was such a success that it was requested for next summer as well.

I am thankful for ~

* our home school group.  There are currently 37 families who are members.

* the chance to enjoy a little one in pre-school one more time.  This makes my heart very happy!

I am reading ~

* I have two chapters left in "Blessed Are  You."

From the school room ~

Pre-School this year consists of::

A few books to work in -


I purchased these pre-school books at http://www.setonbooks.com/

Along with some cutting, pasting, and coloring ~



BTW, I LOVE those Melissa and Doug crayons!!!!  I'm not getting paid to say that either.  They are triangular shaped so they won't roll off the table and your little one learns to naturally hold a pencil properly by gripping around the edges of these crayons.

There will also be loads of pretend play allowing for her imagination to grow.  :)


(Big sisters love to braid her hair!)

Right now we are warming up to the alphabet with some of our alphabet books at home.


And since "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" is a favorite in the house, we had fun making a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree.


(I found the tree idea on Pinterest.)

I am praying for ~

* a successful school year

* our country

* and end to abortion

* our priests

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

Around the house ~

We went to First Friday Mass last week as a family to kick off the school year and receive a blessing from Father.


From the kitchen ~

Delicious Coconut Cream Pie!  I ate the last piece for a snack this morning ;)


I am listening to ~

some of the big kids preparing their lunch.

Coming down the pike this week ~

 Monday-Thursday - Music camp at church in the mornings.  (Mabel and Stan actually started school a few weeks ago in order to take this entire week off to attend camp.)

Friday - Retreat planning meeting for the older three girls and myself.  (We are making a retreat with a bunch of other young ladies at a convent in October.)

Saturday - Birthday party the older girls are attending.


A final photo to share ~

On the way home from Mass yesterday, Mabel saw this like-new bike on the side of the road and a sign on it read FREE.  After double checking with the home owner, sure enough, the bike was FREE (the homeowner was moving.)


It's a Mongoose and in fantastic condition!!

 Have a great week!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, August 6, 2016

What's for Sunday dinner?

How are your plans for the weekend coming along?  

I'm looking forward to a fairly calm, Sunday afternoon down here in Texas.  The kids seem to have more of a social life this summer than David and I, but I suppose that comes with having teenagers.

I am planning on making this awesome Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ.



It's so easy, especially since it cooks in the crock pot all day long!

I was going to make a side of these delicious, southern-style Easy Lima Beans to go with it.  Cooked in chicken broth and butter, oh my goodness, they are so good.



My favorite part of any meal is the dessert.  This Sunday I'm making homemade Coconut Cream Pie.



Wishing you all a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, July 30, 2016

What's for Sunday Dinner?

It's been quite some time since I had a Sunday dinner post.  Life has grown so busy that I have not been blogging as much.

The new, monthly menu planner I am utilizing is u-ma-zing!  When I sat down to write out the grocery list, my meals for the week were already planned,  (fist bump moment).


This Sunday we are having Crock Pot Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and green beans on the side.



Our homeschool group rented out a pool through the city and is having a private pool party on Sunday night.  I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to get those incredibly tasty, 1/2 price shakes from Sonic afterward.   Yummy!


Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

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