Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October Daybook Post

Outside my window ~



More rain!

This is our 12th Halloween in North Texas and the first time we had bad weather.  Trying to make the best of it :)

I am thankful for ~

Our daughter Sarah!

She recently turned 19 so we met in Waco, TX for a little lunch, exploring, and cupcakes for dessert.

Jake's Texas Tea House

What a hopping little joint that was; filled with memorabilia to look at while you waited for your num nums.  And the delicious food was served on hub caps!  How cool is that?!  There's more.  Miss Clementine's kid's meal came in the coolest food tray - ever!! - a paper Cadillac (which we brought home for Barbie to take a spin in).

After lunch, we took a little trip down memory lane.  We spent a little time at the Waco Mammoth National Monument.

The last time we were there was back in March 2013.  Miss Clementine was still in a stroller, so she doesn't remember anything.

After the monument site, we headed over to the Silos Bakery for some out-of-this-world, scrumptious and delicious cupcakes!

It was so NICE to just hang out and chill with the birthday girl :)

From the school room ~

* My homeschoolers and I took a field trip to see some Mayan ruins in Mexico!

This was back in mid-September, and we really enjoyed ourselves.  It was a five night cruise out of Galveston.  We stopped in Cozumel, Mexico and went to the same beach club that we went to 12 years ago!  Another stop was in Progresso, Mexico, where I took the girls to see the Mayan ruins. Boy did they love seeing the ruins in person!

* Recently, Miss Clementine and I enjoyed a field trip to the pumpkin patch with some of her homeschool friends.

From the kitchen ~

I love when this pops up!  Ha ha!

What I've read recently ~

Around Our House ~

* Miss Ester saved for and bought her first car!!  We are so proud of her.  She loves her stick shift, hubcap-less, manual window car - ha ha!

She learned to drive the manual AFTER she purchased it.

A manual means no texting and driving.

No friends will be able to drive her car - ha ha!

We are so proud of her hard work and dedication. :)

* Miss Mabel has worked hard to save for and purchase her newest set of skates (which are quite $$).

They are going to take some time to break in, but she is so excited to have them, and we are so proud of her hard work and dedication as well!

* Just in time for Halloween candy, Stan the Man got his braces off yesterday - woot!

Isn't he handsome?!

I am praying for ~

* peace in our country

* an end to abortion - I truly believe there will never be peace as long as we are allowed to kill unborn babies.  There will never be respect for any life, if we don't respect life in the womb.

Coming Down the Pike ~

Thursday - Feast of All Saints

Friday - Feast of All Souls

Saturday - Stan's adoption anniversary

A Last Photo to Share ~

Boo!  Happy Halloween!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

DIY Master Bedroom Make-Over

After severe water damage last February when the new roof leaked (yikes!), we finally got around to finishing the floor.

David had to cut out the wall to find the leak from the inside out.  It was such a mess!

3' of wall on both sides of this hole plus the ceiling area above that had to be replaced and repainted. 
We decided to forgo replacing carpet, so the roofing company gave us flooring money to put toward what we wanted to do.

The roofing company was fantastic to work with and we'd hire them again. 

Everything but the floor was finished last winter. 


Two weeks ago, we began our DIY floor project.

First, all the furniture had to be moved out and the curtains and wall pictures taken down.  Then David had to remove all the old base and door trim.

The typical Texas home is on a concrete slab since there are no basements down here (TX ground has too much movement for basements).

Nail holes from the carpet strips had to be filled in, and then the concrete pad was ready for sanding.

David took every precaution necessary to keep the dust to a minimum.  (Imagine a keg of fine baby powder exploding...)

Once the sanding was complete, we vacuumed the concrete floor multiple times to make sure all the dust and debris was gone.

Ready for the epoxy floor coating!

I did the cut in while David brushed on the main section.

We used Rustoleum Epoxyshield Professional Floor Coating

Before Epoxy ::

After Epoxy ::

The next step was dusting all the walls, the ceiling fan, and the blinds before putting in the base trim. 

**After the epoxy was applied, we could carefully walk on the floor after 12 hours.  It was dried in 36 hours.  We didn't move anything in until after 48 hours.**

While the floor was drying, David prepped and painted the trim in the garage.

He still has to make the threshold trim and do touch up paint, but otherwise it's finished, and we are thrilled with how it turned out!


After ::

It feels like a real master bedroom suite, someplace that is relaxing and quiet; a retreat space.

The prep work was the hardest part in this make-over.  We scheduled it on our calendars taking out furniture and trim on day one, sanding on day two, vacuuming and painting on day three, and starting trim placement on the evening of day four.  The evening of day five had us moving everything back in.   My husband worked so hard on this project!!

We are so pleased with how it turned out and grateful that David has the knowledge to do this kind of work otherwise, the hired labor would have been pricey.

I think I'm going to go sit in there now and enjoy a cuppa!


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Halloween Books for Our Bin

These two new books came in the mail.  They make a cute addition to our Halloween Books!

I hope your October is full of fall colors, sounds, and smell!


Friday, October 12, 2018

The Little Flower

I saw this sweet book come out a year ago and bought it this year to celebrate the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux (The Little Flower).  The gorgeous illustrations engage the reader and listener alike.

St. Therese's feast day is October 1.

St. Therese, pray for us!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Homecoming 2018

All dressed up and somewhere to go!

Last Saturday was the North Texas Homeschool Homecoming dance.

Miss Ester decided to forgo her senior homecoming dance to attend a concert with her dad as her date :)

I love her spirit!

She saw Aaron Watson, a native Texan, at the state fair.  Our family friends and a friend of Sarah's went with them.

Miss Mabel went with a very large group, and they all looked so classy!

They all had an amazing evening!


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Little Flowers - St. Lucy and the Virtue of Loyalty

Miss Clementine had her second Little Flowers Girls Club meeting of the school year, and it was a delightful one!  My friend taught this one.

She "taught the younger girls about the virtue of loyalty. We learned about being loyal to our family, the Church, our country, and God. The girls recited the Apostles Creed and the Pledge of Allegiance. I gave them poppy hair bows to wear in remembrance of loyal soldiers. They made St Lucy costumes and frosted cinnamon rolls for our snack."

All of my girls have participated in the Little Flowers Girls Club.  This is such a sweet program for Catholic girls, one of which I am so grateful for.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Stan Turns 13!

We have another teen in the house!

Stan had a pretty good day yesterday.  Once he was home from school, we celebrated with gifts, a delicious dinner that Dad made (steaks, jalapeƱo poppers, and tator tots), and this homemade Swiss Roll Cake, that he requested and Mabel baked for him (as a gift).

He was a pretty happy guy :)

Stan the man is a devoted alter server and loves being outdoors exploring, camping, and fishing.  He shares his birthday with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (which is no surprise).

We love you, Sam!!

Dad & Mom

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Early Fall Daybook Post 2018

Outside my window ~

We freshened up our pots outside.  We are blessed to have a warm season that nurtures summer flowers well into the fall.  This is lantana.  It loves Texas heat.

I am thankful for ~

F.A.M.I.L.Y. Weekend!

We had to divide and conquer last weekend. My boys had a camp out for Troops of St. George, so the girls and I drove down to visit Sarah at school.  But life is good!  Everyone had a great time.

By the way, I am feeling old!  Sarah served us dinner at her apartment, (crock pot salsa chicken).  It was such a surreal feeling :)  She's growing up fast.

Then it was off to pre-game activities.  Miss Clementine enjoyed herself every. single. bit.  And how fun is it to watch a college football game from the stadium?!  It's even better when the home team wins!

From the school room ~

Next week is our 9th week.  (That first quarter ALWAYS goes quickly!)

Field trips ::

We visited an historical farmstead where the kiddos sat and listened to the story, Farmer Duck.  After that, they were introduced to what farm life would have been like - back in the day ;)

They learned about milking cows and churning butter, and then saw a multitude of farm animals.

Then it was onto pumping water and washing clothes.  You can't forget about line drying!

It was such an enjoyable field trip!

From the kitchen ~

Miss Clementine helped me bake cut out cookies for the Feast of the Guardian Angels (Oct. 2).

What I have read recently ~

I read but do not recommend this one.

It's "a total supermarket romance novel".  I only finished this cheesy novel because I didn't want to waste my kindle cost - ha ha!

Now for this next one,  I really enjoyed it!

Despite some crude language that caught me off guard (and sprinkled throughout), I loved this book because of the suspense and history.  From Amazon:  "In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women - a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during WWI and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 - are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption."  For mature audiences due to the nature of this book.

Around the house ~

We had another tea party.  Those are so much fun!

Bringing our faith to life, we celebrated the Feast of Guardian Angels with cut out cookies (angel shaped), apple cider, books and a prayer.

I am praying for ~

* An end to abortion
* My mother
* For all those who have asked for prayers

I am listening to ~

* a loud house!  (David is studying with Stan the Man, Miss Ester and Mabel are doing the dishes, and Miss Clementine is running the bath water.)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Stan the man's birthday!

Homecoming dance!

Concert (Miss Ester and David are going)

A last photo to share ~

We are in the process of counting down 50 days to David's  5-0!

Every day, for 50 days, David opens up a little gift.  As Stan the Man said, "It's like a GIANT Advent calendar!"

Exactly!  It's definitely a labor of love, but he really appreciates it and looks forward to each day's surprise :)

Today we are on day 15 out of 50.  His birthday is November 9.  (I plan on putting a final list of everything we did when it's all over.)

Here's to a beautiful October, friends!



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