Monday, April 29, 2019

April's Daybook Post - 2019

Outside my window ~

Miss Clementine planted the packet of Mary Garden seeds that she received in her Easter basket.  Hopefully, we will have success and will see beautiful flowers blooming in no time.

I am thankful for ~

* opening night tickets to the Avenger's Endgame movie (woot!)  Stan the man and Miss Mabel brought along (die hard fans) friends. 

* Jesus' Divine Mercy!

We made our traditional Divine Mercy Sundaes on Divine Mercy Sunday. :)

From the school room ~

* Emma is officially done with senior year!   What an amazing and monumental feat to graduate from the Seton Home Study program.  Exciting times, folks, exciting times!

We fly out to D.C. for the Seton commencement over Memorial weekend.  Graduation announcements have just been ordered.  We will have a celebratory graduation dinner in June.

* We've had some fantastic field trips this month.  One was to the C.R. Smith (American Airlines) Museum.  The students watched a movie, toured the hands-on museum, and took part in a STEM workshop where they created and tested their own flying objects in the wind tunnel.  Super duper cool!

* One of our deacons gave a church walk thru for some of the younger children in our homeschool group.

From the kitchen ~

No new dishes to post about

What I am reading about to read ~

Defending Boyhood:: How Building Forts, Reading Stories, Playing Ball, and Praying to God Can Change the World

Around the house ~

Emma celebrated her Baptism birthday.  This child LOVES her some crazy socks, so I found these Our Lady of Guadalupe socks at Sock Religious.  Check them out!  They have so many styles to choose from and they make great gifts!

Miss Mabel is now employed with the city's aquatic department (following in her sisters' footsteps).

David and I are HUGE believers in teen employment.  Boredom  = trouble.  In addition to that, way too many teens have no clue how to really work for a buck, how to really sacrifice, or how to really deal with adulting situations (life).  David and I have followed our parents' way by telling our own kids (as we were told), we will buy the kids' needs, but they buy their wants. 

Some little girl got her summer hair cut and it looks so cute!

I am thinking about ~

Sarah's study abroad trip.  It's almost here.  She flies out early on May 10. 

I am praying for ~

* my brother who is dealing with his heart defect and will have a serious procedure performed on Wednesday, May 1

* an end to abortion

* for all those who have asked me to pray for

What I am listening to ~

Miss Clementine sing - She is ALWAYS singing and brings so much joy to our house.

Coming down the pike in May ~

* a beach trip

* Mother's day

* sending Sarah off to Europe

* Seton graduation trip

* Little Flowers' end of the year party

* end of school year

A last photo to share ~

I absolutely love a toothless grin and adore hers!

Miss Mabel continues to do so well with her student driving!

We are about to embark on a memory-making May celebrating some big milestones.  I look forward to the joyful times ahead and remind myself daily to be grateful for each day that dawns. 

Looking forward to May,

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lake Bonham State Park

I mentioned back here that we took the camper to a new-to-us lake on Easter Sunday after Mass.  We've really been enjoying the weather and tradition of picnicking on Easter Sunday.  With the new camper this year, it made it even more enjoyable.

Texas has (the last I counted) 95 state parks.  That is some serious outdoor time, folks.  Lake Bonham is small, with a very small lake, but it was close enough to haul the camper and enjoy it for a couple of days.

The older three girls only stayed the day on Easter, but David, myself, and the younger two stayed for two nights.

We just enjoyed nature and being away from the rat race for a bit.

The sunset view was from my camper door.  :)

Stan the man did not have school.  He hung out and read from the books he received in his Easter basket while Miss Clementine did her school work.

Two things:

No, those aren't real ants - ha ha! Those adorable plaid melamine plates and whimsical napkins were a birthday gift that I was so excited to try out!

That squirrel tho...

Our next BIG trip is coming up soon.  David's planned a fishing trip to Galveston Island and it'll be the first time we are hauling the new camper that distance.  Clementine and I have been trying to work ahead in her school work, but we will still have some subjects to bring along.  That's the beauty of homeschooling!

Until then...


Friday, April 26, 2019

Birthday Trip #2!

Back in early March, I turned the big 5-0 and I have to tell you, it's been pretty fabulous so far. :)

My sweet husband surprised me with a birthday trip that we just recently got back from!  He and some dear friends coordinated an amazing trip to the Texas Hill Country (wine tasting country) which included staying at a quaint and intimate bed and breakfast. 

On the way down, we stopped for coffee and then lunch at some unique spots before hitting a couple of wineries to do some wine tasting.  Yum!

Our B&B was simply stunning!

The guys booked the two front veranda suites upstairs, so we had the entire upstairs veranda to ourselves!  I was astonished by the scenery and the intimate space. 

There was time for a little nap before we headed out to enjoy (my first-ever) five-course dinner.

Day 1 was going to be hard to beat!

On day 2, as the guys went into Fredricksburg for a distillery tour, my girlfriend and I just hung out on the chaise lounge chairs on our veranda, drinking tea and chatting while enjoying the view and the piece and quiet.  I have to say, it was one of my favorite moments of the trip.  I felt like a queen!

When the boys got back, we all headed into town for lunch and to take a walk around the historic town of Fredricksburg, popping into unique shops as we checked things out.

We decided to take a short drive to the famous Luchenbach, Texas.

If you know anything about real country music, you know about Luchenbach. :)

That post office (now closed with a retired zip code) was from the 1860's.  It was a German settlement that was sold to a private owner in 1970.  The old post office is now a gift shop.  The saloon is still in back as well as the original dance hall.  The town is basically a ghost town.

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson catapulted this place into what it is today.  Other famous names that have come to sit and play a bit are: Pat Green, Lyle Lovett, Kenny Chesney, and Robert Earl Keen. 

On any given day, you can drive up, pay cash for a cold beer, and sit and listen to artists from around the area who just come to play. 

We headed back to our B&B for a special birthday celebration on the veranda, sitting up late visiting and laughing (like crazy), listening to music.

As Hank Williams Jr would sing, "Good friends - good whiskey - good lovins"

Day 2 was just as amazing. 

I snapped some pics at breakfast the next morning.

We packed up shortly after breakfast and started back for home.

The views though!!!

I've had the best 50th, hands down.  Celebrating with my children, my mom and sisters, and now hubby and dear friends, I have no words except sincere gratitude for all of these folks.  They batted a grand slam when it came to helping me usher in this monumental birthday. 

As I sit and type this post, I cannot stop thanking God for all the special people in my life.  I'm so grateful.  God is good, all the time.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

~ Easter 2019 ~

Jesus is risen!  Alleluia!

Easter greetings from our family to yours!

Pictures after 8am Mass on Easter Sunday

Backing up a little bit now, I have to share these adorable, saintly egg wraps that I found on Shining Light Dolls. 

Easy.  Colorful.  Fun.  Unique.  

Place a wrap on a hard boiled egg.  Carefully place it in boiling water for 3 seconds.  Presto!

And inexpensive!

We also colored eggs the old fashioned way.

Back to Easter Sunday...

The kids were up by 6:30am in order to check out what the bunny brought and be dressed and on time for Mass.

Clockwise from the top right::

Sweet packet of flower seeds for a Mary Garden, found on Shining Light Dolls.

Fairy peg doll set found on Punch and Judy Pegs.

The Beautiful Story of the Bible, by Maite Roche, found on Amazon.  (And is it BEAUTIFUL!)

Stained Glass Made Easy Butterfly, Melissa and Dough, found on Amazon.

Clockwise from top right::

Benedictine Medal water bottle was found on Shining Light Dolls.

Will Wilder, The Amulet of Power, by Raymond Arroyo, found on Amazon.  (Stan the man loves this series!)

Heroic Catholic Chaplains, by Thomas J. Craughwell, found on Amazon

Air Soft pellets, found on Amazon.

The older girls had a few things each :)

Narnia fans, this one is for you!!

Sarah received a travel pillow, a wallflower and scented plug-in from Bath and Body Works, as well as some car scents from Bath and Body Works.

Emma received a gift card to Panera (for a bite to eat after a shift at work), skin and hair care products from ULTA, and car scents from Bath and Body Works.

After Mass, we sat down for an easy but delicious Easter breakfast.  I love Easter breakfast, don't you?  Cinnamon rolls always hit the spot, especially with fresh fruit. 

We had fruit cups, cinnamon rolls, and egg & ham cups with orange juice and coffee.  Oh!  It tasted so yummy!

By the way, my mama's heart was feeling full having Sarah home and my family altogether for the weekend.  

Our tradition of having an Easter picnic at a lake continued.  This time, David took the new camper and set up at a site.  

I served chicken salad on croissants, a spring salad, chips, and fruit.  Dessert was cupcakes that we had baked the day before.

It was such a lovely Easter Sunday!  I really cherish these family times especially since I recognize how quickly life is passing by.

The older three girls headed back for home that evening while David, myself, and the younger two stayed and camped at this particular lake for two nights.  (A new camping trip post is coming soon.)

As we continue on in this Easter season, I pray for his peace to fill your lives for he has conquered death.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Emma's Senior Prom ~ 2019

Y'all!  This doesn't get any easier with each child.  It is bittersweet to see my babies growing up and moving on with their big plans.  I know this is part of the parenting gig, but oh my gosh.  This is hard and at the same time, so exciting. 

Over the weekend, Miss Emma went to her senior prom with friends.  She looked like a princess and had the best time of her life. 

Here are some photos I'm sharing from her special day and night...

(The temperature dropped the night before and the wind was crazy gusty. It was so chilly!)

It was the annual Texas Christian Homeschool Prom with 1,850 students in attendance.  Miss Emma wasn't shy, especially when she got on stage with the DJ and mic in hand to sing the song, Thank You, Next.  Hahaha!  That's my girl.

Senior year is rounding third base about now.  There isn't much left with maybe 5 weeks of school work and preparing for graduation.  We will be flying out to D.C. again to attend the Seton Home Study School graduation ceremony.

We are so proud of her!



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