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  ~

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Back-to-School - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

We have experienced these AMAZING and beautiful pop up, cloud bursts the past few afternoons.  They remind me of what we see by the gulf coast on any given day.  Normally, we are dry. as. a. bone. at this time of the year.


I am thankful for ~

* new bedtimes and morning alarm clocks for some of the little ones

* coffee

* experiencing Pre-School one last time


I am reading ~

I'm still reading, Blessed are You.
 
From the school room ~

* Our first official day of school is tomorrow, Friday, July 29.  

* Although, a couple of the kids have already been schooling half days for two weeks now since they will be at music camp for one week in August.



*  I purchased this X-ACTO pencil sharpener on the recommendation from Jen.  We really like it so far.

* Miss Sally is now a Senior,  Ester is a Sophomore,  Mabel is an 8th grader,  Stan is a 5th grader,  and little Clementine is in pre-school.

(I plan to do a later post on what subject they are studying this year.)

I am praying for ~

* our country

* peace

* priests

* an end to abortion

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

Around the house ~


Math lessons at the kitchen table while another one nibbles on lunch.



From the kitchen ~

Last Saturday, my friend Jen posted on FB her meal plan for one entire month.  I was like, dang, girl, you rock!!

As I was being lazy on the couch, I thought that I should really do this (especially since I truly detest making up my menu every week).

I took her great idea and then tweaked it by assigning an ethnic theme to each day of the week.

Then I proceeded to use my recipes (you can find them at the top of my blog) to fill in each day.

Truly.  Honestly.  Easy peasy.

When it was completed, I felt like a rock star, too!

*Pizza night (on Wednesdays) are changed up a bit, too.  Sometimes we make ours, sometimes we use frozen, sometimes we order out if we have a coupon.

* Breakfast for dinner (Thursdays) are always welcomed by husbands, according to some friends.  But my hubs doesn't care as long as he has a hot dinner to come home to.  So it ends up working out.

I am listening to ~

* the hum of the a.c.

Coming down the pike this week (end) ~

Friday - first day of school

Sunday - Home school group pool party


A final photo to share ~


The night before school starts, I always leave an encouraging card on the kids' nightstands, something for them to wake up to.  :)

Another first-day-of-school tradition is a donut breakfast!

Wishing you all have a great rest of your week, a fun weekend, and a blessed Sunday.

~  Patty  ~



Saturday, July 23, 2016

Celebrating Our 21st on the 21st!

It was such a fun day!

My husband took me on a boat ride down the Red River.  The Red River is the natural boundary line for Texas and Oklahoma.

It flows into and out of Lake Texoma (90,000 acre lake), which borders Texas and Oklahoma.  It's usually extremely shallow with pockets of channels through sandbars, places where only special boats like air boats or jet boats can slip through.

The power plant had gates open that day while producing energy, so the river took on a completely different appearance as the waters flowed down from the lake.



He always launches his boat near the damn.  With the recent rain, the water was as clear as lake water!





(How I LOVE this guy!!)





Beer beak!



The next photo shows how shallow the river gets.  Usually, this section is completely closed.  We were only able to get through because he has a jet boat.




An old railroad bridge that is now a one-way, wooden plank, car bridge.


The only people we came across; new land owners checking things out.



Here I am, standing toward the middle of the river after we finished swimming.  This is normally a giant sand bar.

Check out the screen shot of the exact area from Google Maps::






Heading back toward the damn and beach/boat launch.  We ended up traveling 13 miles one way down river.


Oh my gosh, it was such a day!!  I'm so blessed to have the husband I do.  So grateful!

People ask us, "How did you two meet?"

In a bar. (Truth.)

I was 25 and he was almost 26, both of us had been previously engaged before to other people in our early 20's.  Our guardian angels sure had their work cut out for them during that period!  Ha ha!

My husband knew exactly what he wanted in a wife by then and without me knowing it, during our conversation in the bar, he pre-qualified me by casually and in no particular order asked me:

Are your parents married?  (This was EXTREMELY important to him.)
Are you Catholic?  (He only wanted to marry someone who was Catholic.  Life is difficult enough.  Throwing different religious beliefs automatically increases stress levels.)
Are you conservative?  (He is a political science major and this was very important to him.)

I'm SO relieved he did!  He was a very smart man for inquiring.  The Holy Sacrament of Marriage was/is mighty important to us.

Today, we pray for the future spouses of our children.  (If God calls them to Holy Matrimony.)  Who knows what difficulties they are undergoing in this crazy world and it's best to pray for them now. :)

Feeling blessed.

~  Patty ~

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Smorgasbord - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

The real summer heat is announcing its presence this week, but I can't complain because it is July in Texas.

Early last Friday morning, Miss Ester and Mabel got a partial riding lesson in right before a beautiful, summer thunderstorm blew in.






(The horses and riders are so fun to watch!)

I am thankful for ~

* my friends.  There are so many amazing moms in our home school group that I am abundantly blessed to call 'Friend'.

* my children.  They teach me so much, most importantly, knowing their eyes are upon me makes me want to better myself all the time.

What I am reading ~

Still in the midst of ...



Stan the man just finished Madeleine Takes Command.  


The book was on the selection list for one of the four required book reports coming up this school year.  He loves to read so I had him read this over the summer.

Here is an overview:

Madeleine Verchère's story is based on a true account of colonial French Canada of the 1690s. Harassed by Iroquois, the Verchère family's fort must keep a continual guard. 14-year-old Madeleine is left alone with two younger brothers and few others when the Indians attack. We follow the brave and determined stratagems of Madeleine and her small circle. Madeleine's youthful leadership, especially of her brothers, will win the reader's admiration.

From the school room ~

A day in the life of a homeschooler when the books arrive.















I am praying for ~

* PEACE

* an end to abortion (As long as a child can be murdered in the womb, no life will be held sacred.)

* police officers everywhere

* my husband who was elected Captain of our local Troops of St. George troop

Around the house mall ~

This past Sunday, I took all my girls to the mall.  (I  just don't do malls.  I haven't since I was a teen.) It was HOT out and we were all tired of the swimming pool and the hot sun, so I agreed.  It ended up being a fun day!

While the big girls shopped, Miss Clementine and I had fun discovering the mall from a pint size view.



And big sis took her on the carousel.  I forgot how much fun those are for little ones!


From the kitchen ~

I was needing a new rubber spatula for baking.  I searched top spatulas on the Internet and found this little bad boy.


It is worth every penny.  I purchased it on Amazon here.

Loving it, I then checked out their ultimate 13" flipper for my egg-loving, pancake flipping husband.


He said it was the best spatula/flipper he's ever used.  (And he HATES to buy anything!)  I found it on Amazon here.

GIR products come in a multitude of bright colors as well as plain black.*I'm not getting reimbursed in any way for this review.**)

I am listening to ~

A Christmas movie is being played upstairs by a little 4 year old who has a yucky, summer cold.

Coming down the pike this week ~

*The past 10 days have kept us incredibly busy with back-to-school type meetings, so much happening.

* Thursday - our 21st wedding anniversary!

A final photo to share ~


Trying out her new boots and umbrella after the storm last Friday. :)

Wishing you all a good rest of your week!

~  Patty  ~

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