Friday, May 27, 2016

Vacation Countdown for Little Ones

We are going on a beach vacation with friends this summer.  Woo Hoo!

Jen and I planned this last July knowing our calendars fill up lightening fast.  It was a smart move, too.

 My littlest is SO excited that I thought I should help her grasp the concept of time a bit better before she drives David and myself bonkers.  (When do we go?  When do we leave?  How many more days?)

I put together this vacation countdown.



I found something similar on Pinterest but put my own twist on it.


It was easy to do.  I went and bought two packages of beach-themed stickers and one little roll of ribbon.  I already had the large (4x6), blank index cards and a clothesline clip.


Each day she moves the clip to the number of days left.


I LOVE beach vacations!

~  Patty ~



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Cowgirls and Their iMovie







Goat tying is a rodeo competition.

You have to ride in on your horse, dismount, flank the goat, tie 3 of its legs, and make sure the knot holds for six seconds...all as fast as you can.








A couple of weeks ago, the girls participated in a talent show through our home school group.  They made this iMovie and shared it on the big screen at the talent show ;)

Oh my goodness!  It turned out great!

Check it out ...





~  Patty  ~

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Catching Up - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Rain then sun then rain and more sun.  Cooler than norm temps.  There's  a 50% chance of T-storms for Monday.

I am thankful for ~

* parishes that provide Theology of The Body / Chastity talks to teenagers (Kids cannot hear this enough as far as I'm concerned.)

* priests that support homeschooling and believe that the parent is the primary educator of faith

* that everyone in my family safely made it to wherever they had to be over the weekend and then back home again (jiggity jig)

What we are reading ~

Nothing.

But! Now that summer break is hear, I look forward to cracking open fun-to-read books once again.

In fact, tomorrow we are heading to the library :)

From the school room ~


These two finished up.

I snapped the photo of Miss Mabel carrying out the remains of her school papers and notebooks to the trash.  She is officially an 8th grader!

Stan the Man finished last Thursday and is an official 5th grader!

The high school finals are a LOT longer and (obviously) more difficult.  I believe Mis Sally and Ester each have a couple of things to type up and each have one more math test left.

I am praying for ~

* all those who have asked me to pray for them

* for a more quiet life rhythm this summer

* our country (Doesn't it feel like we are living in the Twilight Zone??)

Around the house ~

Oh my word.  Finals week was sandwiched between two incredibly active weekends.

* Last weekend, there was the talent show on Friday night (on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima)

Check out the dessert table some of the moms put together :


* Last Saturday, I needed to get the kitchen and dining room painted.  It's in preparation for Phase II of our kitchen facelift.


I painted the walls this Sherwin Williams Believable Buff color (originally it was a dark caramel color).

That shaker door is a sample of the new door and stain color David is putting in.

Since I had plenty of paint left over, I went ahead and did the dining room as well.

* Confirmation day.


Our parish had 110 students confirmed.

I also made the  decision to NOT teach Confirmation next year.  It is a huge job that has worn me out.  After four years, I'm ready to take the break :)


*  This weekend was crazier!

David flew to Illinois to attend his goddaughter's wedding.

* Miss Clementine was in her first-ever dance recital.

Here she is waiting to go onstage.  Her group tap danced to Chattanooga Choo Choo :)


* The Hughes sisters headed off to their summer jobs at the pool.  (Miss Sally is a certified life guard and swim instructor.  Miss Ester is a certified swim instructor aide.)


* Miss Ester and Miss Mabel attended their 3rd  goat tying clinic.




They had so much fun!

From the kitchen ~

I'm starting to look for some summer grilling recipes.

I'm listening to ~

Stan the Man brush his teeth as he gets ready for bedtime.

Coming down the pike this week ~

What an awesome feeling to turn the weekly calendar and see hardly anything on it!

Tuesday - Dr. appointment for Stan

Thursday - Mabel is hosting a swimming party for the middle school girls in our home school group.

Saturday - Mabel has a birthday party to go to.

A final photo to share ~

Check out my page views!!


That's over 1 million!

I need to celebrate that BIG number.  Somehow.  Right?

Have a wonderful week ahead, friends!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Missing Margarita

Today...

My husband is in Peoria, IL at his niece's wedding.

Miss Sally and Ester have to work from 10am-3:30pm at the pool.

Miss Clementine has her first-ever ballet recital (30 minutes away).

Later, Miss Ester and Miss Mabel are participating in their 3rd goat-tying clinic (it's an overnight trip)  30 miles away.

I am suppose to go to the grocery store, but I'm thinking about making a liquor store run instead because I have no freaking libations in the house, and I live in a dry county.

To top it off, my monthly friend made her appearance so, I sent Miss Sally for donuts.

Life is good.  We are alive and kickin'.



Happy Saturday, friends.

~  Patty ~


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Rodeo

Oh my gosh.  So we are in the thick of finals week here at the Hughes Academy ;)

Let me tell you, we are hangin' in there, getting tired, but still hangin'.

Everyone needs a study break, right?  So today, we went to the Mesquite Pro Rodeo Education Days.



Oh wow!  4300 students/teachers packed the place today alone.  (And it was crazy LOUD.)

I had organized this field trip for our home school group back before New Year's.  It's THAT popular.  My family took in our first rodeo with Grammy back in July 2014, and today was just as exciting as the first time.

(I forgot my good camera, so I apologize for the lack of quality.)

About 15 minutes to the start of the show, they let the herd of horses run.  Such BEAUTIFUL creatures!



Bubba, (that's is real name, folks), came over on his horse to talk to some of the kids before the start of the show.



Riding the bucking bulls is my personal fave, but there's no way in hell I'd be caught near one of them.

(There weren't any 8 second riders today.)



There were seven other families that joined us.  We had GREAT seats to boot!


And that's it for photos.  A particular 4 year old was very antsy, and hungry, and thirsty, and needed to use the potty.  And on and on and on.

But everyone had a GREAT time!

A little advice to home school moms out there.  If you are like us where the cost of activities adds up quickly, plan field trips with your home school group!  Seriously.  I have planned so many trips this past school year, and I'm going to admit, it was for selfish reasons.  You see when you get a group together, you get a great discount price.

Don't know where to begin?  Call the place you want to go to and inquire with their educational department or the front office.  These people are more than happy to assist you.  Or ask me.  I'd be happy to guide you.  Just send me a message.

Until next time,

Patty


Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Special Birthday Gift

With tomorrow being Pentecost Sunday, I thought I'd share this beautiful birthday gift that my mom gave to me when she came to visit the end of March.

She purchased it the last time she traveled back to Slovenia (her parents' homeland) and recently rediscovered it in the back of her closet, safely packed away.






The craftsmanship is just incredible!





~  Patty  ~

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Cloudy with a bit of drizzle every now and then.  We had planned to go on a picnic, but the weather isn't going to allow it.  That's okay.  We can picnic indoors ;)

I am thankful for ~

* my mother and mother-in-law

* the joy of being a mother

* the retreat I was just on for mothers, both physical and spiritual mothers

What we are reading ~

The next two weeks have us on a survival path since it's the end of the school year.  We really don't have too much time for extra reading at the moment.

From the school room ~

* Stan the man has finished with his vocabulary, Bible History, and Phonics for the year.

* Miss Sally finished up Logic and American Government.

(Classes are slowly being checked off one by one.)

* Miss Sally and I need to meet with an admissions counselor at the junior college to line up her dual credit courses.

I am praying for ~

* Those women who have lost their mothers in the past year, or those who have lost a child, and for those who desire a child but have been unable to conceive.


* for mothers everywhere

I read this quote over the weekend and needed to share :)

 "The most important person on earth is a mother. She can not claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral - a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body. The Angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They can not share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of Creation. What on God's good earth is more glorious than this... to be a mother?" Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty

Around the house ~

* My older 3 went to the premier of Captain America : Civil War  last Thursday.  They LOVED it and had fun meeting up with some friends.

Have any of you seen it yet?  (I hope to see it soon!)




* On Friday, Miss Ester and Miss Mabel had their annual end-of-the-year Little Women's tea party.


By chance, we came across that perfectly feminine dress for Mabel at Kohl's.  Isn't it perfect for a tea party??

* The pool opened this past Friday!


From the kitchen ~

Yesterday, driving home from a retreat I was in near Austin, my friends and I stopped in at Collin Street Bakery.

I brought home a delicious looking blueberry cheesecake for Mother's Day dessert.

(Photo credit: Collin Street Bakery)
I am listening to ~

* David assemble a new ceiling fan for one of the bedrooms

* the older three girls watching Ant Man upstairs

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - Mother's Day

Monday - Texas Rangers MLB game (Sally and I are going.)

Tuesday - Community college admissions appointment

Wednesday - Ballet,  last Confirmation class I have to teach for the year

Friday - Homeschool Talent Show

(Next Sunday) - Confirmation Mass / Pentecost Sunday

Final photos to share ~

So I went on this 24 hours retreat for moms down near Austin over the weekend.  It was put on by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of The Eucharist.

It was a.m.a.z.i.n.g.  and just the right amount of time for a quick spiritual refill!!

(Our "cabin," which had two separate rooms, each room had 16 sets of bunk beds and a shared bathroom.)

(The cafeteria, a short but beautiful walk from our cabin.)


(The caretaker's residents)

(The chapel and meeting hall)

(Walking paths with stations of the cross)

(These are 2 of my homeschool mom friends that I drove down from Dallas with. )

It was a beautiful retreat filled with, friends, food, May Crowning, 24 Adoration, Mass, Holy Hours, inspirational and uplifting talks about feminine holiness, and Vespers.

I look forward to making this retreat again next May!

Ending now with a HUGE heart felt Mother's Day wish to all of you women out there, both physical and spiritual mothers!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, May 5, 2016

To-ma-to To-mo-to

Our square foot garden is growing and today, we found cherub tomatoes!


We planted (2) Big Boys, (1) Heat Master, and (2) Cherub Tomato plants.




The above left picture shows (2) cucumber plants on the top and a baby cucumber plant sprouting.  The bottom (2) plants are green beans.

The above right picture is of our carrots.  We've never planted carrots before, they're growing
so I guess we are doing things correctly??

Moving on...


Those petunias you see?  Well those VERY pesky snails ate them over night.  I cannot stand the snails.  They're so destructive.

We do have (2) green pepper plants growing in the middle of the garden.  The other day I found a fat rabbit sitting and feasting on the leaves of one of them.   If I catch him again, he will be a goner!

David's green beans are doing fantastic!  Take a look ...


Remember that garden he made by up cycling some pallets?

Well, his cantaloupe aren't doing nearly as well.  They're growing, but not like the other garden areas.



This was an updated picture from two weeks ago ::


And the newest picture ::


It looks good, but the proof will be in what it produces I suppose.

Happy gardening, my friends!

~  Patty ~


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