Monday, October 20, 2014

Master Bath Vanity - Putting It Back Together (Part 3)

The granite & glass guys are coming today to install our replacement top and sink, and install our vanity mirror.

It has been a looong month since I posted  our remodeling hiccup.

I realized I never showed you the completed vanity pictures.  David did such a BEAUTIFUL job.  I requested drawers for storage, and boy! did he give me the drawers.  Check it out ...

(That picture above also give you a clear image of how off center the sink hole was cut.

I'm able to store our towels in that bottom middle drawer.

Those are 3" tab pulls that we purchased through a kitchen & bath showroom.  

(He fit the top two middle boxes to fit around the plumbing, gaining as much storage space as possible.)

We also purchased our new light bar.

It is a George Kovacs brand that we ordered through the same kitchen & bath store where we purchased the chrome pulls.

We are almost done.  Almost. Done.

Have to admit, I'm a little anxious about the replacement job today.  I made sure that they scheduled it on David's day off when he can be present to see how they will be cutting the old granite off of his vanity.  That part makes me nervous since he worked so hard on it.

Until then...

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Second Chances

Ever since we found out that we were expecting Miss Clementine, the phrase 'second chance' has repeatedly come to mind.  I've cherished so many second chances: newborn noises, baptismal gown and chrism oil, the smell of Dreft baby detergent, all the chubby fat and rolls, hugs from a little one's arms wrapped tightly around my neck as well as I love you's, bedtime stories, bath time fun, and funny toddler-sayings.

Speaking of toddler sayings, here's one for you:

Miss C. on the potty - "Mama, I'm making....(grunt)...poo!  It's a dinosaur! ...(3 second pause)... Oh no!  The dinosaur just broke!"

That child keeps me in stitches.

I think one of the most memorable 'second chance' moments was when David and I left for the hospital in the wee hours of that January morning.  There we were,  two, nervous 43 years olds, heading to the hospital to have a baby after all those years.

Our second chance.

With second chances comes another train of thought, 'If I only knew then what I know now.'  Ha ha!  That one plays through my mind all the time.  I thank God for the advantage He gave me to deal with motherhood this time around.  My confidence has been so much higher and more relaxed.  The stress that society places on new or young parents is downright horrible.  I feel bad for new parents.

When my oldest two were toddlers, I recall feeling the mounting  pressure of needing to 'keep up with the Jones'.  There's another phrase for you, and not a positive one at that.  (Sometimes, I'd succumb to it.)   Around that time, Little Tikes was at its height in popularity and every "good" parent would purchase the biggest and newest Little Tikes toy available on the market.  No matter the cost.  I tried to find our Little Tikes items at garage sales and was happy that my husband kept tight purse strings.  He NEVER caved to pressure like that.  (And he knew I would.)

Which leads me to my next second chance.

Reshaping gift giving.

I look forward to making some changes with Miss Clementine at this age especially with the season of gift giving approaching quickly.  She will be over 2 1/2 years old when Christmas arrives and even quicker at picking up on things.  I am really making a conscience effort to set an appropriate yet meaningful tone.  No.  I don't believe I made mistakes with the older kids when it comes to gifts, it is just that I want to fine tune things a bit.  A second chance.

Our society, as a whole,  is a materialistic one. Toys come and go so quickly.  They are played with for maybe one afternoon before being considered boring and then tossed onto a junk pile or broken into pieces.  Unappreciated. Okay.  I'm being a bit sarcastic, but you get the idea.

I want to pick out gifts  that will be used, cherished, loved, and appreciated like, forever (if forever is even possible.)  She is entering a fun age, and  I am really looking forward to her experience this year.  I think it will be a battery free Christmas.  (Think pretend play and make believe!)

I love this second chances thing!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, October 17, 2014

What's For Sunday Dinner?

Hee hee!

With this temperature drop, I decided to have a chili bar for Sunday dinner.

Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese
Baked Potatoes
Corn Bread

And y'all know dessert is my favorite meal ever, and since it is the season of everything-spice-and-pumpkin, I am going to whip up some  Pumpkin Squares, (recipe here).

What do you have planned for dinner?  Anything special?

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday~


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crock Pot Pork Chops

This is one of those go-to recipes when I am drawing a blank for my crock pot days.  I realized I never added it to my blog recipes.  Many of you probably already have a very similar recipe yourselves.

It's so easy to prepare that the kids can do it for me.

Crock Pot Pork Chops

Ingredients :

1 can of cream of mushroom (or cream of chicken) soup

1 can of milk

carrots, peeled (however many you prefer)

2-3 lbs boneless, pork chops

Salt & Pepper to taste, (and whatever other kinds of seasoning you like to use on pork chops)

Directions :

1.  Season your pork chops and lie them in your crock pot.

2.  In a mixing bowl, combine the soup and milk, mixing well.  Pour over the pork chops, stirring it afterward, making sure the meat is coated.

3.  Add your carrots, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours.

I serve mine with noodles or rice, whichever the kids are in the mood for.

See?  So simple!


~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pregnancy & Infancy Loss

I am thinking about, mourning the loss of, and praying for all of my babies in Heaven today,  my 3 siblings I hope to meet in Heaven some day, as well as any  babies my friends and readers have lost.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

We have had some rain recently with a drop in temperatures.  It is suppose to be back into the low 80's by mid week.

I am thankful for ~

Still having insurance.

Waking up today.

Having a roof over our heads and food on our table.

Warm beds to sleep in.

From the school room ~

* Sally takes the PSAT on Wednesday morning.

* The kids are working a day ahead in school this week in order to take part in our community garage sale this Saturday.  (We normally school Tuesday-Saturday.)

From the kitchen ~

Now that the temps are a little cooler, I'm looking forward to adding more cold weather meals...chili, soup, stews, etc.

What I am reading ~

I finished a book a little over one week ago and have had a busy home since.  On Monday, however, I did start perusing the Advent selections at a local Catholic book store.  I would like to finish my Advent reading plans for myself this week in order to be ready when November 30 (the start of Advent) rolls around.

What I am praying for ~

Health!  In the midst of this Ebola nightmare, I am quite nervous!  I friend emailed this prayer of St. Roch to me -

Prayer to Saint Rocco
O Great St. Rocco, deliver us, we beseech thee, from the scourges of God; through thy Intercessory, preserve our bodies from contagious diseases, and our souls from the contagion of sin.  Obtain for us salubrious air; but, above all, purity of heart.  Assist us to make good use of health, to bear suffering with patience; and, after thy example, to live in the practice of penance and charity, that we may one day enjoy the happiness which thou has merited by thy virtues.
St. Rocco, pray for us (say three times)
Saint Rocco is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as the protector against the plague and all contagious diseases.

Around my house ~

* Homecoming dance last weekend.

* I had to teach Little Flowers last Friday.  We studied St. Josephine Bakhita and the virtue of acceptance.

Her slave to saint story can be found here.

I found  a cute (and simple) art project for the girls to make on Pinterest ::

I also taught them how to play the African game Mancala.  (Although, we used beans and egg cartons.)

It was a fun night!

* Last Saturday evening, our homeschool group enjoyed a Rosary / Hot Dog roast.  One family generously hosted  us out on their land for the evening.

Coming down the pike this week ~

* PSAT on Wednesday
* Teach Confirmation Class Wednesday evening
* Mandatory catechist faith formation class on Thursday evening
* Garage sale on Saturday

What I am listening to ~

The three older girls chatter as they get ready for the school day and Stan munching on a piece of his thin bagel at the breakfast table.  (He's always the last one to finish a meal ;)

One final picture to share ~

Have a great week!

~  Patty  ~


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