Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easter Season - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Over the years I have learned that not all Easter food or activities have to be prepared or take place on Easter Sunday.  It's actually important to drag these things out a little bit since Easter season lasts until Pentecost Sunday (June 4 this year).

Big sister Sally hid eggs for these two ::



I am thankful for ~

* my mom's cancer report.  She is in stage 1 but will need no chemo or radiation.  Thank you, Lord!

* my talented husband who put up the new front fence during Easter week ::


It still needs trim work and staining, but it is up.

On a side note::  The fence saga has been awful!!  The rest of the yard looks even worse then it did here.   We have a shared fence with four other neighbors.  We took the brunt of the damage, and for three weeks, tried to work with the other neighbors to move ahead on sharing the cost to have the new fence put up.  No one was in a hurry.  It did not effect them like it effected us.  This was so frustrating for us since we have had no fences (I didn't want Clementine or the puppy outside by themselves) and have had to look at unkept, weedy (as in a foot tall of weeds), trash, garbage, and junk for one month now.  (Where is the self-pride in the upkeep of your property people?)  It wasn't until two neighbors' dogs got into a fight that action took place.  Praise God! We now have all neighbors (except one) on board, contracts signed, and checks written out to a fence contractor.  We are due to have the new fence installed (it'll look like the one David built) in three weeks.

Now get this, no sooner did David finish this front fence then another whopper of a hail storm hit. Check out this hail!


Pretty but very destructive!  I hate Texas-sized hail storms. It was the third horrible storm to hit in three weeks.

What I am reading ~

We have read every Easter and spring book from our bin.  I love having a little one to read to (insert beating heart)!

From the school room ~

* Miss Sally will have senior pictures taken this Saturday.

* Miss Clementine officially completed pre-school.  It went terribly fast! :(

(This is pure sweetness and a beautiful beginner catechesis!  I highly recommend it!)

* Stan, Mabel, and Ester have about 2 1/2 weeks of school work left.

I am praying for ~

* my mom's continued recovery.  This surgery was a difficult to recover from, and she is still in the process.  With the top lobe of her right lung completely removed, she does not have the oxygen intake and therefore, still requires oxygen.   She does not have the energy and wears out quickly due to this lack of oxygen.  In your charity, please keep her recovery in your prayers.

Around the house ~

David had the honor of being this young man's Confirmation sponsor last weekend.


From the kitchen ~

Dessert this past Sunday was our snazzy-looking, blue-eyed, Easter lamb cake.  Ha ha!


I am listening to ~

Miss Clementine singing her little heart out upstairs.  (Insert that beating heart, again.)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - high school Bible study

Tuesday - Swim lessons for Stan and Clementine

Tuesday - Youth group for junior high

Wednesday - Children's choir practice

Thursday - Swim lessons for Stan and Clementine

Thursday - Ice skating lessons for Mabel

Saturday - Senior pictures for Miss Sally

Friday-Sunday - Troops of St. George camp out

One last photo to share ~


My nightly, under-the-pillow surprise.  It is Miss Clementine and I walking in the rain with our umbrellas.  :)

Wishing you all continued Easter blessings!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, April 21, 2017

One Hot Mess of Emotions

In a blink of an eye, we went from newborn to college registration.

(I choke up easily these days.)

Earlier in April, she and I made a trip down to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for freshman orientation and registration.


Her father and I canNOT be any prouder of her.  She's worked so incredibly hard to get where she is and will fit in beautifully at this university.

The campus is so pretty and charming, filled with Live Oaks and Greek colonial style buildings.  The faculty, staff, and fellow students we met were amazing and comforting.  Their pride in and love for UMHB is enormous.


Nursing is her chosen path, and what a noble profession it is!

We had a jam-packed weekend filled with all the info we needed to obtain, and she is even registered for her fall classes.  Oh my word... I choked back tears while talking to one of the lovely staff members. So emotional.  She will be in great hands.

And then this arrived in the mail last week.


This week, she turned in her last Seton (Seton Home Study School) assignment just the other night.  What an incredible journey it has been.  Words simply cannot describe what we are feeling.  It's been 13 years!

She and I will fly out to D.C. for a quick weekend trip (end of May) in order for her to take part in Seton's formal graduation ceremony.  Then the following weekend, our home school group will host its yearly baccalaureate Mass.  Fun times!!

Next weekend we meet a photographer for senior pictures.  Gosh!  Somebody please slow time down for me. 

I have a much greater appreciation for all the emotions experienced by mamas who have gone before me.

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter Picnic 2017

I get tired of being stuck in the kitchen on holy days and holidays.  Don't you?

For Easter this year, I requested a picnic.  I packed ham and croissants, potato salad, and homemade coleslaw.  There was water, lemonade, and soda as well as  mini cheese cakes with fruit for dessert.

We had a super, lovely day, and I really enjoyed being outdoors instead of in the kitchen!










And little Miss Britches even fell sound asleep on the car ride home.  ;)

Wishing you all continued Easter joy ~

Patty

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017


Happy Easter from Texas!  

I hope you had a beautiful day wherever it found you; with friends or family, on the road or in your home.


From the past week ...







Easter baskets this year ...



Since both my older two are lifeguards, I stuck in some things that they could use.

(Miss Sally's basket) Choosing Beauty, Texas Rangers visor, polarized sunglasses, notepad, and chocolates.

(Miss Ester's basket) Be Still and Know That I Am God coloring book, baseball cap, polarized sunglasses, notepad, and chocolates.


Miss Mabel received: The Legend of the Sand Dollar, swimsuit, iPod charger, gardening gloves, notepad, and chocolates.

Stan the Man received: The Very First Easter,  Will Wilder The Lost Staff of Wonders, flip flops, sports bag, and chocolates.


Miss Clementine received:  The Golden Egg, butterfly mask, jump rope, vanilla-scented macaroon erasers, crayon rocks, a retro 6-puzzle set, and chocolates.



Belle had to have an Easter basket as well!  She received a Peeps squeaky rabbit and a new, chew rope.

A closer look at those books ...








We had a wonderful day today out at a lake for a picnic.  Unplugged, too!  It was so much fun and peaceful and relaxing.

I hope you all had a wonderful day as well, wherever it found you.

God bless!  Happy Easter!

~  Patty  ~


Monday, April 3, 2017

A Crappy Crap-tastic Week - Daybook Post

That's what my friend Sarah called it.

Outside my window ~






(We don't own a trampoline :0)

Massive, severe, spring storms ripped through our area last week.  We now need a new roof, gutters, shed roof, screens, and fence.  David's truck looks like a pocked-mark mess as well.

It'll all be okay.  Eventually.

I am thankful for ~

* all the prayers that have poured in for my mom

* my mom's recovery (as I type, she is still in the hospital).

* fresh flowers in the bedroom


What I am reading ~


(I'm just about to begin this.  It was the companion to Angel on the Square that I read and loved.)

From the school room ~

* We have only six weeks left!  It's coming to an end quickly, and I think it is that way because Miss Sally is a senior.

* Getting ready to order graduation announcements. (Eek!)

* Heading out to freshman orientation this weekend.  (Wish I could slow things down a bit!)

* Field trip :: Miss Clementine was an astronaut last week!


* Rainy, Sunday afternoon at the library to pick up resources for her research paper.


I am praying for ~

* my mom's continued recovery.  She has a very large (my sister thought 12")  incision from back to front where they had to operate  through the ribs.  They successfully removed the upper right lobe of her right lung.

Around the house ~




From the kitchen ~

Kentucky Derby Pie


Oven Steak Fries



I am listening to ~

... the kids cleaning up the kitchen after dinner.  They rotate who washes, dries, and vacuums the floor each month.  It's a BIG help!

Coming down the pike this way ~

Monday - Meet the farrier to have Penny's hooves trimmed.

Tuesday - EDGE youth group

Wednesday - Children's choir practice

Thursday - Ice Skating lessons for Miss Mabel

Thursday - Field trip / Severe Weather Safety Class

Friday - Little Women's Club

Friday - Honor Society luncheon for Miss Sally

Friday - Saturday - Freshman orientation with Miss Sally down at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Saturday - Choir sings at 5pm Mass

Sunday - Palm Sunday

One last photo to share ~

Siesta time


May your week ahead be full of sunshine!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kentucky Derby Pie

Miss Mabel made this pie last Sunday for dessert and it was scrumptious!  Next time, we need to make two ;)

Kentucky Derby Pie


Ingredients ::

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
1 frozen pie crust

Directions ::

1.  Mix butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
2.  Add salt and flour, and mix well.
3.  Fold in pecans and chips.
4.  Pour mixture into defrosted pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
5.  Let cool for 1-2 hours before slicing.


It was so delicious!!  Kind of like a chocolate chip cookie pie, but with more heavenly gooey-iness to it.

She plans to bake this again on Kentucky Derby day this spring.

Enjoy!

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Oven Steak Fries

David made these for the first time this past winter, and oh my gosh!  They are SO good!

Oven Steak Fries



Ingredients:

3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4-6 potatoes, cut into wedges

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine oil, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.  Place potato wedges in the bowl and coat with spices.

2.  Transfer potato wedges to a large non-greased baking sheet (do not overcrowd).

3.  Bake until the potato wedges are golden and crisp (about 40 minutes).  Serve immediately!


We dip them in ketchup, ranch dressing, or sour cream with some shredded chedder cheese sprinkled on top.  Yum!

He found this appetizing recipe here.


Enjoy!

~  Patty ~

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