Sunday, February 26, 2017

It's March (and Lent)! - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

What I am thankful for ~

* Texas blue skies

* natural vitamin D (thank you, Mr. Sun!)

* ice cream trucks that announce their arrival with that old-fashioned music

* new sidewalk chalk

What I've lined up to read ~

Here are Other Lenten resources we use if you are interested.

From the school room ~

This is our last week of the 3rd quarter.  They have been working hard and will enjoy a week off for spring break.

PE - I just signed Miss Mabel up for 8 weeks of ice skating lessons.  She is SO excited! :)

I am praying for ~

* my mom and a friend (with a novena to St. Peregrine)

* my husband (with the novena to St. Joseph)

Around the house ~

This is happening on Wednesday!

We hired painters to do our entry way, living room upstairs and downstairs, staircase, and all the hallways.

All the same color and it is just to freshen the walls up.

This little lady LOVES to sunbathe.  She knows all the "hot" spots in our house throughout the day as the sun moves.

From the kitchen ~

I just uploaded this recipe for Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup.

I am listening to ~

The planes flying in overhead.  We live in the flight pattern for DFW airport.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - Dr. appointment for Stan

Tuesday - Swim lessons for Miss Clementine

Tuesday - Edge youth group

Tuesday - Fat Tuesday

Wednesday - Ash Wednesday

Wednesday - Painters come

Thursday - Dental appointment for Sally and Ester

Thursday - Last swim lesson for Miss Clementine

Friday - Sunday - Sally and Ester leave for the Dallas Catholic Youth Conference

Friday - Sunday - Two of my seesters fly in to celebrate my birthday.  We are SO excited!

2 final Instagram photos to share ~


(Photo credit: Miss Mabel)

And for any Twenty One Pilots fans...

Check out who popped up for a surprise appearance 10' in front of Miss Ester and her friends (way up in the third level), lead singer, Tyler Joseph!!

(Photo credit: Kathy B. - my friend who took her two daughters and Miss Ester.)

Have a great week ahead, a fruitful Lenten journey, and plenty of sunshine!

~  Patty  ~

Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

So this is one that I completely forgot to put on my blog, and, oh my gosh! It is SO good!

Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup ::


1 pound ground beef

1 cup onion, diced (I substitute with onion powder.)

3 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups of very strong beef broth

(1) 28 oz can  chopped tomatoes

(1) 28 oz can whole tomatoes (I put mine in the blender a little bit since my family doesn't like whole tomatoes.)

1/2 cup ketchup

1 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce

1-2 TBSP brown sugar

1 tsp Italian seasoning

2 cups dry macaroni to add in at the end


1.  In a medium frying pan, brown the ground beef, onion and garlic until ground beef is no longer pink.  Drain the grease and place in large crock pot.

2.  Add the broth, cans of chopped and whole tomatoes, Worcestershire, brown sugar, and Italian seasoning.  Add more sugar and Worcestershire to taste if needed.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

3.  When you are ready to serve, dry macaroni and let cook for 20-25 minutes and then serve.

I was trying to figure out where I found this recipe, but the page I printed out doesn't have the blog name, only the name Karlynn.   So thank you, Karlynn!

Enjoy, all!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Our First Trout Derby

Last Saturday, the city and Texas Parks and Wildlife teamed up to put on an incredibly fun trout derby.  This was the first year any of us went.  It's an annual thing for the city.

Miss Ester had to work it.

Miss Mabel competed in it.

Stan the man and Miss Clementine took part in the "casting contest".  

And the weather was just delightful!

David dropped her off and got her registered by 8am (on his way to work).  I showed up just after 9, but my little lady had already caught the maximum to enter.  She was allowed to keep fishing, but it had to be a catch and release.

I envy a girl who enjoys fishing.  I don't. like. to. touch. fish.

Big sister was working and taught her how to cast.

This young man ended up winning a trophy!

He took 2nd place (for his age group) in the casting contest.

The place was a packed house.  I never knew how popular this Annual Trout Derby was!

I am so glad we participated.  You have to love "free" family entertainment!

~  Patty ~

Monday, February 20, 2017

Clementine's Baptism Birthday

Celebrating Miss Clementine's Baptism birthday on February 18, we gifted her with her own Rosary holder kit.  She has always admired her sisters' and brother's holders so she loved receiving her own.

She colored the image and then applied the floral stickers.  Big sister helped her put the Mod Podge on.  Once it dried, it was ready for hanging (right by her bed).

God bless you, Cecelia, now and always!

We love you,
Daddy and Mommy

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hodgepodge - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Redbud tree, day lilies, and square foot garden that is ready to be planted soon.

What I am thankful for ~

* getting a few things done on the honey-do list

* the bluest of blue skies

* children who like to be outdoors

* friends that surprised Miss Ester with a ticket to see Twenty-One Pilots this Wednesday (as part of a her friend's birthday and her own upcoming 16th birthday).

Miss Ester is a huge  huge  huge  fan of Twenty-One Pilots. (Her and her friends are going to dress up like the lead singer.)

And then there's this young padawan ::

What I've been reading ~

I finished reading, The Family Nobody Wanted.  LOVED it!!  The memories that Helen Doss wrote about, oh my goodness.  The woman is a saint!  Imagine raising 12 children (all adopted within 10 years)!

I have been watching and loving, Victoria.  (Masterpiece theater)  It comes on Sunday nights, 8 pm, CST.

From the school room ~

* We have two weeks left in the 3rd quarter.  A couple of the kids have wrapped up a few subjects.

* I have two weeks scheduled in for spring break.  Not sure if we will take them back-to-back, or save one of them for Holy Week.  I'm thinking it would be nice to have Holy Week off to concentrate on services at church.

* Living Liturgy (Religion).  Looking forward to focusing on Lent and the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph.  

I am praying for ~

* my mom

Around the house ~

I could not wait! to take down the snowmen that could be found around our house!  Our winter has been so warm, they looked seriously out of place.

In their place, you can find a few Lenten / spring things ::

Our collection of St. Patrick's Day and March Weather books can be found here.

From the kitchen ~

Corn dogs for dinner this past Saturday night.  Ha ha!

But! Can I play my redemption card with this fun game we played?

Table Topics brought to you by Chick-fil-A kid meal.  The most awesome, kid meal toy ever!

I am listening to ~

Stan the man watch you tube videos on drones.  He received one for Christmas, but it had to be returned since the dog-on thing would not function properly.  So, at about the time my husband was about this close to pulling his hair out trying to figure it out, they just packed it up for a refund.  Stan's new one came in and oh my gosh!  They are having so much fun with it.  Stan the man likes to see what other people do with theirs.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - High school youth group

Tuesday - Swim lessons for Clementine

Tuesday - Junior high youth group

Wednesday - Children's choir

Wednesday - Concert for Ester

Thursday - Swim lessons for Clementine

Friday - Ice Skating

Saturday - Service project hours for prom (Each parent has to donate 4 service hours for prom prep).

Two last photos to share ~

These shoes!

FYI They are like walking on clouds!!  I don't really like Skechers, but these.  These Sketcher Go Steps, I like.  (And about $20 cheaper than a pair of Sperry's.)

And this::

When you find your alma mater at Goodwill.  (It's a  private university up in Omaha, NE.  Chances are really slim that you'd find this shirt down in TX.)

Here's hoping you all have a great week!  Take care!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Scoliosis Post-Brace Check-up #1

It's been 9 months since she was released from her brace!  That time has just flown by.  Since then, she's been dealing with back discomfort, so we were glad to go back in for a post-brace check-up last week.

Her curves are holding steady, (no progression which is what we were hoping for)!

The brace would never permanently straighten her spine, just prevent the curves from worsening.

It did the trick.

The next photo is of her spine and a funny meme that she put together on Instagram.

Those are her curves and that is her humor.  ;)

(The doctors, for some reason, flip flopped her numbers, so the bigger curve is actually on the bottom measuring at 34 degrees and the top measures 27 degrees.)

Over time, she has come to embrace what God gave her and wants to help other young girls with their own self-image.

I love her for being so brave and posting this on her social media!!

As for the discomfort?  Well, that's everything setting in.  She does physical therapy now to help strengthen the core muscles.  She is one, tough cookie!

Her doctors have always been amazed at how well her body hides her curves.  And we are so grateful for the amazing medical staff that has worked with her at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Dallas.  So grateful!

~  Patty  ~

Mid-February Already! - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Our temps have had the same pattern all winter.  Warm at the beginning of the week, (warm as in turn on the a.c. warm), followed by chillier temps where you turn the furnace on at night.

Seriously.  It's crazy.

However, this past Saturday was near 90 degrees!! Cray-cray.   There are daffodils blooming, trees blooming, and my tulips and day lilies are popping up.  I was able to fertilize my spring plants.

What I am thankful for ~


So many people have it SO HARD.  I am trying to focus on the moment at hand and just be grateful for the simplest things.

What I've been reading ~


From Amazon::
Doss's charming, touching, and at times hilarious chronicle tells how each of the children, representing white, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, and Native American backgrounds, came to her and husband Carl, a Methodist minister. She writes of the way the "unwanted" feeling was erased with devoted love and understanding and how the children united into one happy family. Her account reads like a novel, with scenes of hard times and triumphs described in vivid prose. 

The Family Nobody Wanted, which inspired two films, opened doors for other adoptive families and was a popular favorite among parents, young adults, and children for more than thirty years. Now this edition will introduce the classic to a new generation of readers. An epilogue by Helen Doss that updates the family's progress since 1954 will delight the book's loyal legion of fans around the world.

From the school room ~

Tons going on.  Recently, however, we took another field trip.  I love our field trips!

Field Trip!

I took Stan the man and Miss Clementine to the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas with our homeschool group.

It is a small, hands-on, educational experience.  The best part is Sting Ray bay and being able to pet and feed the sting rays.

Personally, I love to check out the jelly fish!

The last time I took the kids to this particular aquarium, Miss Clementine was only six weeks old!  They were so little!


Stan the man finished basketball season with Upward Sports.  It's a Christian-based program that is more low key, working on not so much the competition, but giving everyone a chance to grow and learn the sport.

They practiced one night a week.  Games were ONLY on Saturday.  (8 games only)  Win! Win!
His team placed 3rd for the season.

And this child is enrolled in winter, swim lessons now.

I am praying for ~

My mom.  She has a health issue that will be more definitively outlined the the end of the month.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Around the house ~

Miss Ester and Mabel belong to a Little Women's club (an offshoot of Little Flowers Girls' Club).  They made homemade valentines for residents of a nursing home.

Today (Sunday afternoon), our homeschool group had a family, service project.  They delivered valentines to the residents of the nursing home.  It was such a beautiful experience!  (Our group did this last year as well.)

Afterward, they exchanged valentines with their friends.

Miss Clementine was so excited to write hers out!

Two weeks ago, we had a nasty cold running through the house.  David was the sickest.

(David drinking hot tea and watching a movie while Miss Ester was doing homework and listening to her favorite band.)

From the kitchen ~

With our warm winter, I thought the melting snowman paper plates were fun to use.

We have also been eating (way too many) valentine treats.

Just last night, Miss Mable made these ribs in the oven.  So good!

I am listening to ~

Noise.   A lot of it!

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday:  Homeschool service project - pass out valentines to the residents of a nursing home.

Tuesday:  Swim lessons for Miss Clementine

Wednesday: Children's choir practice

Thursday: Swim lessons for Miss Clementine

Thursday: Moms' Night Out for our homeschool mommies

Saturday: Fishing derby

Saturday: Miss C's Baptism birthday

One last photo to share ~

From my instagram.  Little girl Easter dresses (found at Sam's Club).  Having a hard time choosing.  May need to keep both ;)

 Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

~  Patty  ~


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