Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Chores & Swimming & Dr.'s Orders - Weekend Rewind

Monday ~

Can you guess what her new fetish is??  Ha ha!

Chores -   That's how we spent our Monday morning.

BIG - BUSY week coming up....checking off the list while we can.

A quick trip to the pool for a swim before dinner and dessert...

Cupcakes - compliments of Miss Sally :)


Tuesday ~

Doctor Doctor

Doctor's visit this morning.  My swimmer has a bone contusion.

A what??  Here's a definition.

Treatment ::  Prescription (to take the edge off),  different knee brace,  at-home exercises to "loosen up" the painful stiffness.  Follow up next week.

BTW - this injury can take up to 12 weeks to completely heal.  Yikes!!

Washington D.C. trip ::  His thoughts echoed mine.  She will be in pain which may make the trip not-so-much-fun.  Postpone if possible or get to work on the exercises and keep up with the meds.  She should be feeling better by this weekend.  And ice.  Ice it down each morning and evening at the hotel.

Thanks for the prayers.  Now to think about getting the family ready while momma is away  (which is ALWAYS a bigger chore than packing and walking out the door!!)

PS - We've put some serious thought into what her goal is on the trip and where to cut back.  This will be my fourth trip to D.C. so I'm fairly confident on our  "game plan"!


Wednesday ~

Rehearsal for the Baccalaureate Mass.


Thursday ~


Meal planning for David while I'm gone.

Friday  ~

David's niece visits.

Baccalaureate Mass for 8th grade homeschoolers.

Dinner (at our house) with our Pastor.

Saturday ~  

Leave for Washington D.C.


Hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend!!!

~  Patty  ~

Splish Splash - Weekend Rewind

We went for the morning, on Sunday.  (It gets SOOOO crowded on holiday weekends.)

Ester and Mabel wanted to go tubing afterward.

And Miss Sally was happy being the spotter up in front.

Back home, rinsing the sand off in a sprinkler was a big hit!

It is always more fun with neighbor friends :)

And the cutest bum in the world needed the sand washed out....

What is Memorial Day or the Fourth of July without these bomb pops??

Watched some vintage planes practicing for the air show over our heads ~

David fried up the bacon for a BLT dinner ~

Every Memorial Day weekend, we watch the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C. on PBS.

A huge fave of ours...because we LOVE our military men and women!

We ended up the night at Sonic buying our 1/2 price shakes!

You don't know about Sonic's 1/2 price shakes??  Oh honey!  EVERY night (till Labor Day), you can get 1/2 price shakes after 8pm.

Beware, they can be addictive!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, May 27, 2013

S'more-licious! - Weekend Rewind

Happy Memorial Day to you and your families!  Our service men and women, past and present, and those who gave their lives protecting our American freedoms - thank you!!!

Saturday ~

We invited the neighbor brother/sister over after Mass for some sticky, chocolatey awesome-ness!

And someone tasted her first-ever S'more!!

(Do you see her little tongue licking away at the top lip?!)

Definitely a right of passage...don't you agree?

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Swim Party - Weekend Rewind

Friday ~

Our annual Little Flowers - Little Women  tea party  swim party &  luncheon.

I tried to get a group shot of all of our little ladies ( minus one ).  They are amazing young ladies in the making!!

And here is one of the mothers ( minus one )...

 (Some more of the greatest,  home schooling women  I know AND  blessed to call friends!)

After an hour of splashing in the pool, we all feasted on a yummy lunch prepared by the Little Flowers and Little Women.

The day ended with some fun games to play.  One in particular...

Pass the Parcel Game.

As in hot potato - the kids pass a package, and when the music stops  the child caught holding the parcel rips off the top piece of wrapping paper.  There is a set of directions that the child must follow....bringing lots of giggles.


While blind folded, feed a cupcake or cookie to a friend.

So cute!


Jump up and down 20 times while holding a cup of water on your head.

The object of the game is to pass the package till a bazillion pieces of wrappers with instruction are torn off and to win the final wrapped "prize".  (i.e. candy or  lip gloss ).

* I am kicking myself for not getting a picture of the projects the Little Women worked on all year long.

The Little Women each worked on putting together a baby layette for the White Rose Women's Center (A Crisis Pregnancy Center).

They did such a beautiful job!!   Each packaged layette was gathered together with loving hearts and hands.

Works of Charity in action!

So glad my girls are part of these Catholic programs!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What's Happenin'?

What we've been up to...

Finals week.

Holy! Toledo!

Tomorrow is the last day.  Praise be to God!!!

(Honestly, I have never been more ready to be done with school then this spring!)

What we are doing this weekend....

Honoring the men and women who have served and still serve to protect our freedoms!  God bless you all!

Next week...

Working on my annual Summer Bucket List.  (More to come!)

Eighth Grade Graduation Mass!  So excited!  So grateful for priests who support home schoolers!

....hoping this guy...

will give Miss Sally and I the green light to go on our planned 8th graduation trip (mother/daughter) to here...

Yeah.  We have airline tickets for next Saturday, June 1.

A few Hail Mary's would be nice, ya'll...because after 9 years of homeschooling....that's something to celebrate!

We will know more next Tuesday afternoon.

Have a blessed Memorial weekend!

God bless our troops!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Well, hello!

Sending you some sunshine from Texas!

(Big sister dressed her this morning.  You think there was a plan??  Ha ha!)

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Severe Weather in the South

Last week, 16 tornadoes ripped across North Texas.  In ONE night!

One was an EF-4 (Joplin, MO was and EF-5, the most severe.)  It slammed into Granbury, Texas (southwest of Forth Worth, TX) and six people lost their lives.

Then there was yesterday - Moore, Oklahoma.  No words can express the horror they went through...and all those lives lost.  All those children killed while taking cover in a well-built school.

The south does not build basements in homes (usually) because of the ground problems.  There is too much movement with expanding and contracting as the ground swells from rain or the lack of.  Very unstable ground for basements.

I am tired of being scared to death, totally freaked out, when severe weather breaks out across the south!!

I moved from the midwest and had a basement that was 1800 sq ft!!  When we had storms up there (and I have been in two tornadoes), we would hide in the basement...sleep in the basement if necessary.

Severe weather in the south is very frightening.  There are thunderstorms and then there is Severe Weather.    When it arrives at bedtime, there is NO sleep for weary mamas and papas.

I kid you not.


We have "storm rooms" in our homes.

Trust me.  I have NEVER felt safe in it.


This is our "storm room"....under the stairwell.

Behind the coats, you duck to walk back.  When you get to the back, you can turn to the left.  When we aren't in severe weather season, I usually store bins of clothes back there.


We have pillows and blankets, water, shoes, a pan to bang (in case you needed someone to hear you), working flashlights, baby diapers, shoes (if bad weather hits at bedtime), and the kids hang their rosaries.

I must add, I never prompted them to hang the rosaries.

Today was another nerve-wracking day, to say the least.  There was plenty of warnings put out about being prepared for severe weather.

We "readied" our storm room and waited.  No tornadoes with the storms that blew in, praise God!  But there was a lot of wind with these thunderstorms - 68 mph gusts in the city I live in.

Those storms that fired up in Texas today are now moving east.  I pray for all those in the path.  And may God bring comfort and peace to those who have lost their loved ones and those who lost their homes.

P.S.  My husband and I are more serious than ever about looking into a REAL fortified storm shelter (underground).

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Confirmation Day!

50 days after Easter is Pentecost Sunday.  Today.

This feast day marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles, who were hiding (and praying) in the upper room.

I know I would have been hiding, too!  Seriously!  

Let's rewind a bit....

First, the soldiers put Jesus to death.  The apostles are petrified and hide in the upper room.  

Then, Jesus rises (Easter Sunday) and hangs out with the apostles for 40 days.  

At which point, He ascends into Heaven on a cloud and those poor apostles are left "alone" again.  

They pray for  9 days in the same upper room (the FIRST EVER novena) until the Holy Spirit arrives, day 50, Pentecost Sunday.



What better way to celebrate Pentecost Sunday then to have the (Auxiliary) Bishop lay his hands upon you and call down the Holy Spirit, confirming you in the fire of God's Spirit, making you a Soldier of Christ?

Can I get an "Amen"?

It was a beautiful day!

Since the Mass didn't start until 5pm, we went out for lunch to the Olive Garden.

We gave her a gift to celebrate her Confirmation.

She chose St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini) as her Confirmation name.  I had this exquisite rosary made especially for her.

I purchased it through Melanie at www.trendytraditions.bigcartel.com.

Oh my goodness!  As you can see,  Melanie does beautiful work.  (You must check out some of her fine handiwork for future gift ideas.)

(I just love my little man's pose in that picture :)

The Confirmation class was H.U.G.E. - 106 young adults!!  

Because of the size of the group, they did "small group" pictures with the Auxiliary Bishop afterward.

The Diocese of Dallas has 2 auxiliary bishops and the main bishop.  Auxiliary Bishop Mark Seitz (pictured above)  will  soon be heading to the Diocese of El Paso, Texas as their new bishop.  Very exciting for him!

**My dear girl injured her knee in swimming.  The pediatrician referred us to an orthopedic surgeon...but we cannot get in until May 28.  It seems so long away especially when pain is involved!  

Never the less, it was a truly special day for these young adults.

A wonderful way to mark Pentecost Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bloomin' Cactus

I had to show you my Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom.  I planted it 2 years ago and it is finally blooming!

Bright yellow AND orange.

The blooms will turn into a fruit, which is used in jelly.

Hope your day is filled with lots of sunshine and bright colors, too!

~  Patty  ~


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