Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mid-September Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Warm Temps!  I think we are suppose to have a break by the end of the week.  We haven't had rain in for-EVER and are currently under a no-burn ban.  I know this is Texas, but I'm afraid fall weather will pass us up this year.

I am thankful for ~

Visiting friends!

The daughter of my sweet friend Jen came to visit again.  It's been three years since Miss Sarah was here last.  She flew in to help celebrate Miss Mabel's 16th birthday!   (The Birthday post is coming.)  It was an AMAZING visit!


And Sarah survived our family!  Ha ha!

We took her straight from the airport to Reunion Tower observation deck for a sweeping view of the city and then we headed over to Bing Box  for a yummy break.


This place was soooo scrumptious!

On Thursday, we headed out for some retail therapy, sweet Texas tea, and (lip-smacking) apple, caramel crepes.


There was a great groupon for Urban Air, and so I dropped the girls off for the afternoon.  They had a blast and were rather sore the next day from climbing, jumping, and riding the zip line ;)

We all loved visiting with her.  Stan the man and Sarah discovered they were both left-handed.  We thought that was pretty cool. :)


Even Belle (our little dog) loved Sarah.


From the school room ~

* David and I couldn't be any prouder of our daughter Sarah (right side).  She received her white coat in the "White Coat Donning" ceremony last week!


* Miss Mabel, Clementine, and myself took the DART train into the city on First Friday for Adoration, Confession, and Mass at the Cathedral.


It was such a peaceful day.  And then we ended up going out for lunch at Whataburger before heading back home.


From the kitchen ~

I just put this new, Peach Cobbler recipe up.  It's easy and delicious!


What I am reading ~


Around the house ~

Our Little Flowers group started back up.  We hosted the September meeting, and Miss Clementine can hardly wait until the October meeting.


I am praying for ~

* my mom's health
* a very special intention
* an end to abortion
* for all those who have asked me to pray

I am listening to ~

Miss Clementine is having a tea party with dolls, and her conversation is the sweetest.  :)

Coming down the pike the rest of September ~

1.  TSG canoe trip
2. UMHB Family Weekend
3. Homeschool party for the Feast of the Archangels
4. Trip to visit my mom

A last photo to share ~


For the Feast of Mother Teresa, we prayed the Rosary at church with homeschool friends, donated food to the food bank, and read from this beautiful, new book.  Mother Theresa, pray for us!

I'm waiting anxiously for life to slow down!  Until then, I'm trying hard to take it one day at a time. That's all you can do. That and patiently wait for the next camping trip :)

Patty

Peach Cobbler

Cleaning out the pantry, looking for  items that I could use up or donate to a food pantry, I found some canned peaches.  My sweet tooth got the best of me that day, so I found this Peach Cobbler recipe online.

It was pretty easy to make and the taste hit the spot.  The only thing that I did not have was ice cream to go with it.  Ack!  Ice cream surely would have made it even that much better. :)


Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) sliced peaches, drained with 1/4 cup of reserved juice
1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

1.  Prepare a 2-qt. baking dish; set aside.  Melt butter in a pan on the stove.  Drain the peaches, reserving 1/4 cup juice.  In a saucepan, bring the peaches and reserved juice just to a boil. 



2.  Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. 


3.  Add the milk and mix well.


4.  Pour melted butter into the baking dish.  Next, pour the batter over the butter in the baking dish.  Spoon hot peaches over the batter.  Sprinkle with remaining sugar.


5.  Bake at 400 degrees F. for 25 minutes or until cake tests done.  Serve warm.


Prep Time: 15 min.
Bake: 25 min.
Yield: 8 servings

Enjoy!

Patty

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Labor Day RVing 2019

I have gushed over the state parks in Texas many times because we have so many (Texas is so big).  We went to one of our go-to's for a 4-night weekend.  The parks are so popular over the holidays and weekends that they book up rather quickly, and I booked this (last) site on July 1. 

It came with a beautiful sunset view!



Stan the man had a 4-day weekend (I don't get it since he just went back to school on August 14??) which allowed us to set up camp on Thursday evening.   There was fishing and swimming until an unexpected T-Storm developed Friday afternoon.


The main beach is currently closed for erosion control construction, but we found this strip of beach just a short walk from our camper. 

The rains subsided just in time for Stan's good buddy to join us Friday after his classes were over.  The boys pitched a tent and spent their time fishing and swimming.




I mentioned on my Instagram account that I think the boys were pretending to be Horatio Hornblower adrift at sea on the mast of a sunken ship (a couple of dead tree limbs they clung to as they crossed the cove) while Clementine learned to skips rocks.

The great outdoors is a wonderful place for the imagination!

After Saturday lunch, David took the boys back home and Clementine and I had the camper to ourselves for the rest of the weekend.  We found an old, charming Catholic Church in a nearby town for Saturday evening Mass. 


On Sunday, we baked cinnamon rolls and then went for hikes, followed by a swim in the lake to cool off. 

I cannot tell you how nice it is to be away from electronics (for the most part) and busy work when we take these once-a-month trips.  Life slows down and gosh! I love it!

Now that we are back into the school year, our trips are typically closer to home (usually not more than a three hour drive).  We have another one coming up in October, and the park we are staying at has been on my bucket list for some time!  I can hardly wait!

Until the next time...

Patty

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Our Craziest Back-to-School Year - 2019

Okay.  So this was unquestionably the most insane, back-to-school week we've ever had.  Ever.  Having two kids in two different colleges definitely mixes things up, and not to mention one student in a brick-n-mortar school.  Trying to be prepared, I had planned for this week back in July.  But you are never ready for those those loopy, curve balls that life throws at you.


I'm a planner folks.  If I don't put things on paper, my head is spinning out of control when I try to go to bed at night.  Emptying everything on a sticky note, into my phone, or in my planner brings me that peace of mind I crave at bedtime.



And what sweet relief it was when my emergency surgery came up unexpectedly.

On the Sunday, August 11,  we attend our last (for awhile) Mass together as a family.


It's not the best photo but it's real.  It's me wanting to embrace and hold on to the moment.

Our Sunday menu was NOT fancy, but heck! at least I got food on the table. :)   The gourmet dinner consisted of meatloaf, French fries, and buttered corn.

The dessert was fun!  Earlier in the summer, I saw the cupcake toppers over at Billie Jo's place.  I immediately ordered them from an Etsy shop.


The feast of St. Clare is on August 11.  Since our school celebration happened to be on her feast day this year, I had purchased mini Eclairs for dessert (she's from France).

St. Clare is the patroness of television.  Sounds a little strange, right?  Well, as a young nun, she was very ill quite often.  Due to her illness, she missed Mass many times.  She told others that while in her little cell in the convent she would have a vision of the Mass as the Mass was taking place!

We also watched a family movie that night in honor of St. Clare (Planes 2).  That is such a CUTE movie!

On Monday, our homeschool officially started.  Miss Mabel is a junior this year and will be taking a class at the local college as well.  (I guess that makes more than two kids in college??)  Miss Clementine is a second grader, a big year for the Sacraments!


On Wednesday of that week, I sent Stan the man out the door.  He's an official 8th grader (I still cannot believe that) and in another new school building.  This middle school is brand new and where I felt bad they moved him, (the pain of zoning) it's only for one year.  Then it is on to high school next August.

(Doesn't he look grown up?!)

It was Wednesday night of that week when Emma was in her car accident.  I'm so grateful that both drivers were fine.  It's a terrible call to receive from your child and thank God! the other person (who was at fault) had great insurance!

In Texas, we have a LOT of illegal immigrants and they drive without insurance.  I cannot begin to tell you how many people we know that have been hit by one.  Our friends and acquaintances are left holding the bag.  I'll leave it at that.

I felt awful the next day when I realized that, while in the aftermath of the accident, Stan hadn't said good-bye to Sarah before she left for college on Thursday morning. Life is too short and can change on a drop of dime.  Never forget to say, I love you!


I still find it crazy to think she is a junior nursing student this year.  She's pretty excited and was happy to be matched to the VA hospital for her clinical.  This young lady was made for college!

Last but not least, Miss Emma had her moment to shine.  At the end of July, after months of planning and preparing for, she had her entrance interview into the local EMT program at our local college.  The interview went well and she found out on August 6 that she was accepted!!  (They only interview twice a year.)


This six month program certification will allow her to apply for paramedic school next spring.  That is another two years.

Between shopping for a different car and her uniform and equipment, she also had to prepare for  orientation.  I think she looked pretty great!  We are super excited for her and this new chapter in her life!

And that's it.  It's a moment in time I really don't want to have repeated.  By the grace of God we made it through and are embracing the new normal.

Prayers to all students this year.  May you always remember that Jesus loves you!  Mistakes will be made, but we can always learn and grow from them.  Surround yourself with people who want you to get to heaven.  Never forget your guardian angel!

Patty

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jamaica Beach, TX 2019 - Part 2

Friends, I started this post back here (Part 1). 

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The surgeon said I could get into a pool on day 7 post-surgery. 

I did just what the doctor ordered ;)


It felt sooo good to cool off because it was sooo hot down there.  I wasn't swimming but just submerging and chilling out.

I was also able to walk around the resort a lot better by Wednesday and was grateful to be able to keep up with this little one. :)


I loved seeing all the bikes parked outside of the pools.  Nothing says island time like palm trees and bicycles. Right?

We had one more fish fry on that Wednesday night.  The black tip shark was blackened in butter and the whiting fish was deep fried.  I'm NOT a fish eater, but I did eat this fish - twice!  Fresh fish out of the ocean tastes so much better than what I have ever had.


And it's pretty cool to be able to watch a movie at night outside your friends' camper!

On our last day there, I got up early to watch David and Stan the man fish.  I was excited to be there to see David reel in a whopper, a 33" Black Drum.  He didn't keep it since they are not good to eat once they are that size.



On our last evening, a couple of the families went out for dinner together.  I love these people!


We bought a couple of Groupons for axe throwing and go kart riding.  Don't worry, I never participated in the axe throwing.  :)   Miss Clementine and I did ride in the go karts.  That was fun!  It was a first time for both of us.


On Friday we headed back for home.


I did not miss the traffic.  At all.

Miss Clementine suggested that we and our friends should move to the island and work from there.  I like her idea! :)

Jamaica Beach Part 1

As my friend said, "Another successful Jamaica Beach trip in the books!"  Here! Here!  Until next time...

Patty


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Jamaica Beach, TX 2019 - Part 1

On a Tuesday night, at the very end of July, I ended up in the hospital with appendicitis.  And if anyone is ever wondering which of the three is worse: appendix, kidney stone, or child birth, appendicitis is the winner.  Hands down.

I had an appendectomy on the following morning.  I cannot express just how awesome it felt to be rid of the horrific pain when I woke up in recovery.  The surgeon came in afterward and asked if we had plans for that weekend.  I told him we were to leave on vacation.  Since my surgery was performed through laparoscopy (3 small incision instead of a great big one), he said to go!  I was stunned.  We waited until Saturday to see how I would feel.

He told me about not submerging the incisions for a week, not lifting anything over a certain weight for 10 days, staying out of the ocean water, and making sure I took my antibiotic.  On Sunday, all tucked in with a blanket, a pillow to protect my tummy, a book, and my phone (of course), we arrived in Jamaica Beach, TX!


You see, our camper is like a second home.  Everything we need (except for food and clothes) is already inside.  Once we arrive to our destination, set up literally takes David 15 minutes.  My family was so good to me while I rested before we left.  They tolerated my coaching from the sidelines.  ;)

I'm so glad to have been able to go.  I really rested and relaxed.  Thinking back, I told David that I would have been a danger to myself if I would have stayed home.  Think about it.  What mom really recuperates from any big illness when they are suppose to be resting at home? None.





The first couple of days consisted of Popsicles, palm trees, and pools (I was the spectator but enjoyed being forced to slow down and take pleasure in their joy).

There was successful fishing, a fish fry, and a big group breakfast.



We went two other families.  The same friends from last year.  We were happy to know we hadn't scared them off!  Ha ha!


We even got to celebrate the birthday of two friends!


On day 3, I caught a breathtaking sunrise.




Miss Mabel baited, cast, and reeled in her first-ever stingray!  David and his buddy caught numerous sharks.

That Tuesday I was able to start walking a bit more.  It was hard keeping up with this little one!




We went down to the bay side on the other side of the resort and checked out an empty crab trap and ended up catching a sunset. :)

More to come! (Part 2)

Patty

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