Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bunco Night Fever iMovie

Last Saturday, 29 tweens and teens (from our homeschool group) gathered together for a pizza night followed by an awesome game of BUNCO.

I put an iMovie together for the kids.  Thought I'd share with y'all!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mid Terms - Daybook Post

Outside My Window ~

Miss Mabel planted pumpkin seeds but grew gourds!  In my bushes!  (Things that make you go, hmm....)

The public schools in the state of Texas had their first day of class this week.  Miss Ester and Miss Mabel decided to wish the neighbor kids a happy school year (an idea I got from another home school mom.)

I am thankful for ~

ART 1 class through a co op near Dallas.

*Originally, just Miss Ester was going to take the course, with a girlfriend.  Then I realized that Miss Sally would need one Fine Arts Credit on her High School transcript if she ever wanted to go to a public college or university in Texas.  So Miss Ester and Sally are both taking this Art 1 class.

BTW, this co-op has nearly 600 home school students (grade 6-12) taking all kinds of courses!!

From the school room ~

*Last week was mid-terms.  Already!

Schooling in summer months really makes school fly by.

The kids do all the normal activities other kids are doing in the summer, but the golden rule is, you must get your work done first, even if it means working ahead.

*A field trip to Frisco Safety Town.  Are you familiar with the children's t.v. show Barney & Friends?  Do you remember the fire safety episode?  It was filmed at Safety Town.

I organized a field trip last week for 1st-5th graders.  They had a fire safety class and then went out to ride bikes and walk around the famous Safety Town.

So! Much! Fun!

I put an iMovie of the field trip together for the group. If you have little ones between K-5th, they'll love watching it!!

* Moms' Back-to-School rosary and planning meeting.  I am forever grateful for being part of a tremendous home school group!!

From the kitchen ~

Apple Oatmeal Crisp.

Oh my word!  To die for.

(I need to get this easy peasy recipe up on my blog.)

What I am praying for ~

* An adoption case that I am following.  Please keep the prospective parents and baby Marcel in your prayers.

* World peace

* Plight of the Christians, especially those in the Middle East.

* For a family in our home school group; dad left 10 days ago for a year long deployment with the Navy.

What I am reading ~

To be honest, I have had a pause in my reading since we started remodeling our master bath.

What I am listening to ~

The hum of my a.c.  It is still hitting the triple digits, which is normal for our neck of the woods.  Fall is a LONG way off.

Around my house ~

* A whole bunch of (outstanding) dental check ups!

* Social activities for the kids.

Last week, a very generous  (and courageous) mom  hosted a boys hot dog roast and movie night for 15-18 fellas between the grades 3rd-6th.

* Another generous mom put together a bunco game night for  29 teens & tweens in our home school group.

We continue to chug along very quickly in our first quarter.  And that's good!  It's hard to believe that we are on week 6, but there are no complaints from my students ;)

Wishing you all a fantastic week and a great weekend!!

~  Patty ~

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Master Bath Remodel - Putting It Back Together I

Wow!  Things picked up steam after I posted about the demolition of our master bathroom.

Flooring ::

Days 11 - 13  David tiled.

He did a FANTASTIC job, and it turned out beautiful!!!  (This labor intensive stage was the hardest part for him.)
The porcelain tile we chose is from the Koshi Collection.

Shower Prep ::

Day 15 - David started installing the green hardy board in the shower.  It's a special, moisture protection dry wall.

He couldn't install the bottom panels till the shower pan was installed.

Wall Color ::

This is the pebble tile that will go on a wall opposite the shower head.

Isn't she a beaut?

I was looking for a bluish-green paint color, one that would tie in with the pebble tile and the warm-colored vanity David built.

Wall color - Rookwood Blue Green, #2811  Sherwin Williams

The day after painting, David immediately installed the new toilet.  As my mom said, "Back in business!"  Ha ha

Dallas has a 1.2 gallon flush only, unless the stool has a dual flushing system.  (You know, one for the big job!  Ha ha ha!)

We purchased a TOTO brand, dual flush toilet.

That one sits 2" taller than a normal toilet.  (And my tall husband appreciates that nice perk!)

Shower walls ::

Day 19

This was the BIG day that he and I had been looking forward to!

We went with cultured marble for the entire shower.  We loved the look of it and when the estimate came within budget, we took a deep breath and went with it.

The color was called White On White, (which actually looks like a light gray on white), and we had ordered it in a matte finish.

We took it all the way to the back wall where the pebble tile will go (the green & white wall.)

We encased the window as well, to water proof it.  The glass shower curtain will take about two weeks to arrive, so the shower cannot be used yet.

In a short amount of time, this project has come a LONG way.  We are so excited about it.  David keeps saying, "Gosh!  I never imagined having a bathroom this nice."  Neither did I.  As I said before, he is quite blessed with some great talents.  If we had to pay to have this done, it would not be happening.

At the same time, he's getting very tired.  Being on the home stretch,  I think the next thing he plans on working with is the tile for the back wall as we wait for the vanity top to be completed.

Until then...

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mi Amigo Gecko

Stan the man was walking in the hallway (to our bedroom) when he looked up to find this little gecko in the ceiling light fixture.

Events like this trigger my sleep walking.

I think they are cute - when found outside the house.

I'll try to fall sleep thinking happy thoughts this evening.  God help me!

~  Patty ~

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Demolition Day

Two weeks ago today.


Looking at the shower (and closet door) from the reflection in the mirror.

From a distance (in a picture) the bathroom is rather pretty.  Up close.  Yuck.

David's biggest complaint?  The non-removable scum.  Within a few months of living in the new house, the (cheap fiberglass) tub and shower floor grew down right disgusting,  unable to be cleaned.  We tried everything; regular shower/tub cleaners, bleach, and even oven cleaner.  (At which point I told my husband to stop trying because he would probably end up with cancer if he breathed any more fumes!)

My biggest complaint?  The tub in general.  What a waste of space and water!  It took a TON of water to fill it, ( we never ever filled it up completely),  and one would freeze while in it during the cold weather.  We had to bring in a portable heater.  (I had nightmares of a kiddo accidentally electrocuting himself!)


A giant walk-in shower.

Our brains started turning when we saw my mother's new walk-in shower this past April.

(Her shower was put in time for her to recover from her very extensive back surgery last fall, and will now allow her to live in her house for many more years, God willing.)

Being 45 years of age, David and I thought if we were going to remodel the bathroom now, we must start thinking about long-term use.


Shower end from reflection in mirror.

I thought this part would take two days.  He had it completed in 3 hours!

(We decided to demo in stages, keeping part of the old tile, cammode, and the vanity/ sinks in until we absolutely had to remove them.)

By that Sunday night, David had capped off the plumbing to the tub and installed the new plumbing for the shower, and roughed in the threshold for the new shower and soap shelves.

(Underneath that mound of concrete is the old drain to the tub.)

(New plumbing in place for shower controls.)

The next day, Monday morning, the cultured marble guy was out measuring for the new shower base and walls.


Before tearing out the vanity and sinks, David purchased and installed a wall cabinet for the powder room.  This would be temporarily housing all of ours and Stan's toiletries.

Then out came the vanity, top, camode, and tile.

(He cut out some dry wall behind the vanity since he will need to move the plumbing for the new sink.)

Oh my goodness!  David has been working so incredibly hard on this project while juggling his customers.  I am so grateful for the handi-man gifts that God blessed David with!  It is saving us a fortune.

He built the new vanity.  Take a look at its early stages...

Cherry wood.  It's lying on its back, (the unfinished part is the bottom.)  It has all draws.  Wait till you see what we do with it!

Things are starting to go back in now.  For our scrapbook purposes, I'll be taking pictures along the way and post them later on.

Until then...

~  Patty  ~

Friday, August 15, 2014

Oh What a Feast!

We celebrated the feast of The Assumption of Mary today by listening to children sing at noon Mass.  It was the culmination of a week long music camp at our parish.

Miss Mabel was an attendee who absolutely LOVED the music camp :)

Miss Ester had signed up to be an helper at camp.  She enjoyed her role :)

Then it was back home for lunch.  Afterward, we made a quick and easy snack.

Assumption Parfaits!

My friend, Trisha, made these back in May and told me she found the idea at Catholic Cuisine.  They were perfect for this feast day (and especially refreshing in our Texas heat!)

After finishing a late school day, I made blueberry pancakes for dinner.

Cleaning out a cabinet earlier, I found these old Marian candles the kids made back in 2012.

So Miss Mabel lit them up and put them on the dinner table tonight.

It was a beautiful celebration of Our Lady's feast day!

Now for a couple of prayer requests ::

* Please pray for baby Marcel and the family that is trying to adopt him.  The birth mother has already relinquished her rights, but is throwing up every. single. roadblock. she can possibly think of to disrupt the adoption.  (Please trust me when I say, the absolute worst thing that could happen to baby Marcel is if he was placed with his biological family.)

* Please also pray for baby Katharine.   At only a couple days old, she has grown very, very sick.  It all happened while still in the hospital with her mama.

Thank you!  Thank you!

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Post Open Heart Surgery

13 years ago today...the picture of health!

(Thank you, Eleanor, for reminding me!  I can't believe I forgot!)

~  Patty  ~

Getting Acquainted With St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. Rose of Lima

August 14 and August 23 are the feast days of St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Rose of Lima, respectively.

I decided to pick these two saints for our August saints study because of this Glories Stories CD.

We have a handful of these Glory Stories CD's already, and I thought it was a good time to add to our collection.

St. Maximilian Kolbe was such an heroic man.  He was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger (who was a young husband and father) in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz. You can find more of his faith-filled life, here.

St. Rose of Lima was actually named Isabel at birth, but because of her extreme beauty, she was called Rose.  Rose had no desire to be known as beautiful, so she practiced severe self discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence.  This amazing lady was also known to care for the needy in her city through her own private efforts.  You can read more about St. Rose of Lima, here.

St. Maximilan Kolbe and St. Rose of Lima, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~


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