Thursday, January 31, 2019

Outer Space, Astronauts, and Birthdays!

We love our sweet Clementine to the moon and back!!

As much as I find it hard to believe she's officially 7 years old, we were still very excited to celebrate her :)

She's recently been into space and talking about becoming an astronaut (like most kiddos) and asked for a space-themed birthday.

On non-birthday party years, the kids have always invited a friend over for some one-on-one celebrating.  She and one of her best girlfriends started out the day painting before coming back to our house for lunch, playtime, and birthday cake eating.

The fun (and easy to make) moon cake idea came from, The Nerdy Nummies, by Rosanna Pansino.  Miss Mabel received that cute cookbook some years back as a gift.

The decorations and party ware came from different sellers on Etsy.

This get-together was a week prior to her birthday.  We went camping on her actual birthday.

She has always been a special little gift, surprising us later in life, and has always brought such joy to our family.  We cannot imagine life without her!

We love you, sweet Cecelia!

Mommy & Daddy


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January Daybook Post 2019

Outside my window ~

A quick and abbreviated recap of our January -

Where most of the nation is blanketed in an arctic freeze, I have this outside my front door.

I am thankful for ~

* Sarah's official acceptance into nursing school.  The day before she headed back to school earlier this month, David was sewing on her student nurse patches, and I was able to catch the sweet moment on camera.

* It made my mama's heart happy to see the teens playing a game of dodge ball in the street the night before Sarah left.  They use to play this all. the. time. as children.

From the school room ~

May graduation will be here before we know it!

* Miss Ester started working toward her degree this month via the dual credit program at the local college.  We are incredibly proud of her, and let me assure you that she is counting down every single minute until high school graduation day :)

* Field trips are always the best!  Our home school group took a field trip to the local In -n- Out restaurant.  That's always a fun and yummy trip!

From the kitchen ~

Compliments of Miss Ester and Mabel (and Pinterest)!

This soup (from my Vitamix cookbook) is so delicious!

What I have read recently ~

On December 31, I finished up the HUGE challenge of reading the Bible and Catechism of The Catholic Church - in one year!

Around the house ~

A couple of weeks ago, we had our first "snow" in a year ;)

Just enough to build a teensy, weensy snowman - ha ha!

Some little girl in our house recently turned 7 years old and celebrated with a space theme :)

I'll put up a separate post for this soon!

I am praying for ~

* our nation and that we will turn back to God in all things

* an end to abortion - May God convert the hearts of Gov. Cuomo and the state legislatures in NY.

Coming down the pike this week next month ~

* St. Valentine bowling party

* home school talent show

* DCYC (Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference) for my high school girls

One last photo to share ~

We went camping last weekend to celebrate Miss Clementine's birthday.  The state park we went to was GORGEOUS!

A post on this trip coming soon!

And just like that, January is over in a blink of an eye!

To all of my friends and family in that Arctic blast, stay inside (if possible) where it is warm and safe.

~ Patty ~  

Monday, January 14, 2019

Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken

We recently tried a new crock pot recipe.  It was an easy, go-to meal that satisfied the family.  Honestly, this crock pot Hawaiian Chicken wasn't my personal favorite of all meals, but I am still putting it here so my college student can easily access it.


4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, drained
1 bottle (16 oz) BBQ sauce


1.  Place chicken in crock pot.
2.  Combine drained pineapple and BBQ sauce in a bowl and pour over meat.
3.  Cook on high 3 hours (4 hours will dried out my chicken) or low heat for 6-8 hours (probably 6 hours).
4.  Serve over rice and I added steamed broccoli to it.

Yields: 4-6 servings



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lost & Found

Christmas ornaments ~

The older I get, the more my memory plays tricks on me.  Good grief!

Hanging up ornaments, I was asking the kids if they recalled me buying any other ornaments from our travels during the year.  I only had this one on the tree and swore that I had purchased at least one more ornament from somewhere.

Isn't that frustrating when you cannot recall something you did and you just KNOW you did the thing?!

Purging this past week, I found a gift bag that had 2 ornaments in it.

The "fishing bouy" ornament came from our trip to Jamaica Beach and when Miss Mable and I toured The Bishop's Palace.

The cute little Santa came from Cozumel, another stop on our cruise last fall.

I was so relieved to find these, just to prove that I wasn't going batty!  Ha!

They'll just need to go in the main ornament bin and wait until next year to go up on the tree.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Epiphany 2019

I love this feast day, a gentle reminder that we should never cease to seek Him. :)

We celebrated by crafting and feasting!

David was an all-star daddy and helped his little girl with these adorable Wise Men.  I found the project on Pinterest, here.

Our feast was a new crock pot recipe I tried, (recipe coming soon).  Miss Mabel made mini bundt cakes and decorated them like crowns.

You'll have to excuse my valentine table runner though!  Ha ha!  It's all I have for winter (for right now).


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Christmas Ornament

Each year, I love to get a picture of all the ornaments I collected from our travels.  They bring back so many warm memories of the places we went to and the things and people we saw.

This year, I only purchased one.  This beautiful, hand-crafted ornament came from a little village in Mexico where we toured when we took our cruise back in September.

The images painted on depict the market square in the village.  I love the color!  Isn't it beautiful?

I have a BANNER year coming up and look forward to collecting a few more!


The Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is the patron of our home school.  She was a widow with five children, a convert, a nun, and she started the first parochial school in the United States.  Calling her courageous is an understatement!

Clementine had a play date at a friend's house that day, and my friend (the mom who hosted), had a sweet way (excuse the pun) to celebrate the feast day.  The kids frosted the cookies black and white, a representation of St. Elizabeth's habit.

I LOVE how tangible the Catholic faith is!

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!


Overnight on the USS Lexington

My guys and a couple of their buddies planned a fishing trip to Padre, working around a scheduled overnight camp out on the USS Lexington (in Corpus Christi) with their Troops of St. George group.

They had an incredible trip, and the stay on the Lexington was something the boys will remember forever!

A few pics from the ship...

(Pool table photo credit: a dad from TSG.  Photo credit for the rest: my hubby)

The boys checked in around noon and then had a few activities they could participate in (like a scavenger hunt), and free time (checking out the planes and playing pool).

They stayed not quite 24 hours, but were able to eat 2 meals in the mess hall of the ship.  Sleeping quarters were the actual berthing areas of the ship.  Isn't that cool?!

Stan the man hopes they can do it again someday!


The 12 Days of Christmas

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, dolly and doggy went for a walk.  (That fresh air felt wonderful since I had been sick the day before.)

The 3rd Day of Christmas found my guys back down at the seashore for a long fishing trip.  They went to Padre Island this time (the north side of the island).

We decorated Christmas cookies on the 4th Day of Christmas.
One must wear red lipstick to see, Mary Poppins Returns, on the 5th Day of Christmas :)

On the 6th Day of Christmas, we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family with these precious cookie cut outs.  Miss Clementine received them in her Christmas stocking.  St. Joseph and Mary with Baby Jesus can be used for play dough fun as well!

The stars at night, are big and bright....  On the 7th Day of Christmas (New Year's Eve), the girls and I packed hot cocoa and headed out to a park outside of the city to view the gorgeous night sky!

The 8th Day of Christmas, New Year's Day, also the Feast of The Solemnity of Mary, we worked on a special booklet celebrating The Blessed Mother as the Mother of God.

I enjoyed a lunch date with my hubby on the 9th Day of Christmas.

It was board games on the 10th Day of Christmas!

On the 11th Day of Christmas, we went to First Friday Mass, Adoration, and then Starbucks with friends.

And today, the 12th Day of Christmas, we took our decorations down!

I was going to wait and have Sarah help during the week next week, but she received a job offer and will leave back for college on Monday.

And tomorrow we celebrate Epiphany Sunday!  I have a cute craft project ready for Miss Clementine.  I hope it keeps her busy while I help Sarah gather her things and pack up before she heads off early Monday.

Continued Christmas blessings to you and yours and Happy New Year!



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