Monday, July 16, 2018

Retail Therapy

Sarah is taking two summer college classes this summer.  In between session 1 & session 2, I made her take a weekend off to indulge in some retail therapy ;)

I found a Groupon deal at a beautiful hotel near the Dallas Galleria.  We walked the entire Galleria (and stores all around the Galleria), and she shopped for some new clothes and shoes. 

The next day, we headed to IKEA and TJ Maxx for some items she needed for for her (college) apartment kitchen.  I think she checked off almost everything on her list and what she didn't find I knew I had lying around the house.  She is so excited for her first apartment :)

I'm so blessed to be the mom of this young lady and enjoy watching her walk the path of adulthood.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

What's for Sunday dinner?

I haven't made this dish in awhile and forgot just how mouth-watering it is!  Your entire house smells good while it's cooking in the crock pot.  A blog friend summed it up like this, "My house smelled so good I could've eaten the walls."

Crock Pot Zesty Chicken BBQ is what's for dinner tonight!

With a side of steamed broccoli, this a winner.

And dessert is a recipe that needed to be baked tonight.  I was reminded of it when my blog friend Billie sent me a pic of the ones her daughter baked.  (I'm so proud of you, Peyton!)

Creamy Blueberry Pie is, hands down, the most delicious blueberry pie recipe you'll ever sink your teeth into!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday with family, friends, traveling, or at home in the a.c.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DIY: Patio Facelift

I really disliked how our concrete patio had been looking (stained and marked up).  My hubby had planned to paint it, and we were in the store looking at concrete paint samples when I came across a different product. 

Granite Grip Concrete Coating (Home Depot)

Over the course of two weekends, my hubby worked on the patio.

It needed (and was recommended for better bonding) 3 acid washes.

On the second weekend, he started the coating process.  It had to be applied under 90 degrees F.  So you can imagine how early he had to get up to beat the Texas heat!

At $50 a gallon, needing two gallons for 110 sq ft, we were keeping our fingers crossed!

He ended up putting on three coats.  I'm glad he did.

I LOVE the finished look and feel!

It looks like paint with a non-slip texture, but it isn't paint.  It doesn't hurt to walk on, in fact, it feels so good!  You can easily sweep grass and other debris from the surface.  There was a multitude of colors, but we went with a standard tan color.

I'm hoping it wears well! We have a lot of traffic on the back patio. 

Next step, we need to get that door painted this weekend.  It never ends!


Monday, July 9, 2018

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

This exquisite thunderhead was truly something to make us take pause last evening.  The pink was from the sun setting in the west.  The storm skimmed along to our south, so we were able to just be and admire God's magnificence.

Happy Monday!


Sunday, July 8, 2018

I Love Me Some Red, White, and Blue!

No-bake Strawberry and Blueberry Trifle recipe found here.

Happy Birthday, America!


Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Liberty Tea

We borrowed this patriotic tea idea from the book, Tea and Cake With the Saints.  It was easy to plan and was originally going to be for just Miss Clementine and myself.  However, once the rest of the family (those who were home) saw the festive look, they joined right in!  :)

After the Boston Tea Party (when the over taxed colonists threw all the tea into the Boston Harbor), the Americans would experiment with different wild roots to come up with a tea that was safe and  enjoyable to drink.  They would refer to the new tea as a Liberty Tea.

We decided to pray a Rosary for our country, especially for our religious freedom!

“Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.  Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.  Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  
Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.  Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. 
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness and in the day of trouble, do not allow our trust in you to fall; all this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.” 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

June Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

I have been seeing this little fella around my front porch lately.  I think he is kinda cute (from a distance).

I am thankful for ~

- being able to visit both sides of our family, here and here.

- David's garden

- the sale of our little tear drop camper (Yes! You read that correctly.)

We will miss it.  Knowing it wouldn't get much use (since we have the new camper), we thought it would be best to sell it.

It has been sold to a young family, and my heart is full knowing that it will continue being part of happy memories.

From the school room ~

Sarah moves back to college on August 12.

Our home school starts August 13.

Stan the man's school starts August 15.

I register with Seton Home School Studies this coming weekend.  This will be our 15th year with the Catholic program.

From the kitchen ~

Nothing knew lately.  With traveling and it being rather hot down here in Texas, I haven't cooked or baked much.

But we have made yummy homemade popsicles!

What I read ~

I love this series!

WWII history with mystery, murder, and light romance.  Easy summer reading.

Around our house ~

- a whole lot of swimming, including night time swimming which is on some of their bucket lists.

- Miss Sarah and Ester were part of the group of lifeguards that represented our city in the North Texas Guard Games last weekend.  The city sent (5) four-man teams.

My girls' team came up with this name and shirt idea - ha ha!

 (My Ester doing her thang on the obstacle course during the Guard Games.  She rocks!  Photo credit: NTTG)

I am praying for ~

- a very important prayer intention!

Coming down the pike this week ~

Fourth of July celebrations!  I pray that you all have a safe one.

Two last photos to share ~

I went all teary-eyed when I received this text from Sarah at the Guard Games

She works for every. single. penny. she needs for college.  The North Texas Guard Games awards one lifeguard scholarship each year.  My girl won it this year!

Sarah with her bosses after she was awarded the scholarship.  We are so proud of her hard work!

And that's a wrap!

Happy Fourth of July to my American friends!


Monday, July 2, 2018

Illinois Road Trip 2018 (My side)

I am so glad we made the long hard drive to Illinois to visit both sides of the family.  We did not have much time, but we still were able to see so many family members.  I am so grateful for that!

We spent the first four nights with his side of the family in two parts of Illinois before heading to my mom's and visiting family on my side.

David is the baby of six children.  Two of his siblings still live in Illinois (one near his mom).  I'm the youngest of nine children, five of my siblings live near my mom in Illinois as well.   Both of our fathers have passed away.

On Thursday morning::  we got on the road and started to my mom's house.  Oh my goodness!  I love her house!  It is like a bed and breakfast inside: the wallpaper, lace curtains, pine wood floors and doors and trim, pocket doors that hide in the wall to separate the sitting room from the living room, and I can't forget the upstairs bathroom that has a splendid claw-foot tub.

We slept with windows open because of the much cooler weather conditions.

On Friday, because of the rain, we stayed close to home.  Stan the man and Miss Clementine were able to play with first cousins close to their age all! day! long!

I really miss the corner taverns from my hometown.  We do not have those here in TX (at least where we live).  I'm talking about the kind where everyone knows everyone when they walk in the tavern door, you can order out delicious fried chicken, and maybe run into a family member or two!  Think Cheers!

(Left to Right: my oldest sister, Mary, her husband, myself, David is behind me, my nephew, and my oldest brother, Joe behind my nephew)

(Chicken and fries to go with my mom's homemade ravs & sauce - yum!)

Friday we took the two kids to see the Starved Rock Lock and Dam, hoping to catch a barge going through the lock system.  It is really a fascinating process to watch it!

Inside the visitors center, you can see an original pilothouse to a tugboat.  

This is to the tugboat, the John M.Warner.  The pilothouse sank in the Illinois Waterway in December 1982.

And when we went outside, there was a barge entering the locks.  What luck!  

We were able to see the barge enter the lock, watch the crew tie it up, witness the emptying valve engage (the water level inside the lock was lowered), the lower locks open, and then the barge move out.

The kids loved this little field trip!

We had time for a quick swim at my sister's pool before we washed up for Saturday evening Mass.

Pics with Grammy (excuse my sunburn!)  I love my mom SO much!

Sunday morning found us on the road heading back to Texas by 5:30am.  We drove all the way back just under 15 hours!!  Such a long drive.

We changed routes and instead of going through Oklahoma, we went through Arkansas.  Arkansas is such a pretty state.  Any readers from Arkansas?

These two kiddos were incredible travelers.  They did a great job behaving, keeping busy, SLEEPING in the car, and getting along (for the most part).

And wow!  Two kids are really so much easier to travel with.  That made a difference as well.  I mean, let's be honest, luggage for a week for 7 is a lot to deal with let alone traveling with 7 folks in a car.  Ha ha!

I'm feeling blessed to have spent the time with both sides of the family and returning home safe and sound.

To all of you who are traveling or will be traveling this summer, may your guardian angels keep you safe!



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