Tuesday, September 24, 2019

End of September Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

There's plenty of gorgeous sunshine along with tiresome heat and still no rain (by us).

I am thankful for ~

We divided and conquered this past weekend.  A few of us drove down to spend the weekend with Sarah for family weekend at her college.  I canNOT believe that we only have one more family weekend left now before she graduates. 

We saw where she spends most of her waking hours (at the nursing building).  That was exciting for this mama's heart.  Now I can really imagine her inside the hallways, lecture rooms, or simulated hospital emergency room during the day. :)

We attended (and had great seats at) the pre-game rally where Miss Clementine got her (yearly) photo with her favorite cheerleader, Lizzie.  We also ran into the mascot (who Clementine really isn't a fan of - ha ha).  Sarah had us sit with her in the student section to watch another football victory for UMHB.  I think Miss Clementine was dreaming of becoming a future cheerleader :)

Miss Clementine just adores (and misses) her big sister.  She called dibs on Sarah at the hotel.  The girls and I attended Sunday Mass, went out for lunch, and then said our "see you laters" before hitting the road for home.  We miss Sarah and look forward to her next visit home the end of October.

Last weekend David and Stan the Man were on their Troops of St. George canoe trip down the Brazos River.

They canoed, "10 exhaustive, unmitigated, horrific miles" ~ David.  Then they camped on an island overnight.  It was a rough one this year battling 20mph head winds.  Very tough trip.

From the schoolroom ~

Today's homeschool science / PE classes ;)

From the kitchen ~

On the first day of fall, we made pumpkin squares after an afternoon swim.  It didn't make it feel any less like summer though.

Miss Emma is boycotting Texas (the heat) in her own way.  She decided to put on a mock turtleneck on the first day of fall. 

What I am reading ~

Nothing at the moment

I am saving some books for a big road trip to Illinois.

However!  My hubby and I binge-watched every season and episode of Downton Abbey.  I'm going out with friends tomorrow night to see the movie in the theater.

Around the house ~

Since the skies have been so clear lately, David and Miss Clementine have been catching the International Space Station flying overhead.  He uses an app to find out when we will have a viewing in our area.

St. Andrew Kim Taegon's  feast day is September 20.

I recall a dark and rainy, early Palm Sunday morning in Seoul.  Via subway and taxi, David and I found our way to the historical Myeong-dong Cathedral to attend Mass.  St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, a son of Christian converts who were martyred for their faith, was the first Korean-born Catholic priest.  St. Andrew Kim died a brutal death as well because he spread Christianity in a Confucian Korea.  12-+ men, women, and children were martyred alongside him.

This saint and South Korea holds a special place in our hearts.  St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, pray for us!

St. Padre Pio's feast day is September 23.

I've had plenty of worries on my mind lately and this saint's phrase has been an easy one to remember during the day.

St. Padre Pio, pray for us!

I am praying for ~

* my mom's health

* the health of my dear friend

* for a special intention

* for an end to abortion

* for those who have abandoned their Catholic faith

I am listening to ~

the hum of the washing machine and dryer

Coming down the pike the rest of September ~

* homeschool party to celebrate the Feast of the Archangels

* a trip back to visit my mom who is ill

A last photo to share ~

I read a sign in an airport wine bar recently that said, Wine is like duct tape, it fixes everything!  LOL

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sweet 16 Movie Night Party

2016 and 2019

Then and now

Every four years, we give our kids a BIG birthday party.  This has worked out great for our family because the kids always know when it's their turn and they truly appreciate the party when it rolls around :) Birthday parties are costly.  On their non-party years, they get to invite one friend over for birthday dinner.  It's really nice getting to spend one-on-one time with that friend.

Miss Mabel turned Sweet 16 over the weekend and she had planned a movie night party theme.  It really was pretty easy to put together.

The best part was that sweet Sarah was here from Florida to help celebrate.  I got the last minute idea and text her mom.  The plan was we would send Sarah an invitation and then her parents would ask if she wanted to go.  She was super excited to find out she'd be heading to Texas to par-tae!!

We hit up Hobby Lobby for the paper products and decorations.

The teenager girls (16 in all) feasted on pizza and salad.

We had cupcakes for dessert.

Miss Mabel handed out an Oscar to each of her girlfriends.  There was something unique about each of them.  It was so sweet and kind of Mabel.  For instance, there was an Oscar for the most talented artist among her friends, an Oscar for most stylish, etc...

We can't forget the fun photo booth!

At sunset, I set up a popcorn / candy bar for the ladies before they headed outside for the outdoor movie.

We bought a bunch of fairy lights that we strung along the fence and back porch.  There were blankets on the ground as well as lawn chairs.  I borrowed a movie screen and purchased the projector.

The movie?  She picked Jurassic Park. :)

Oh my goodness!  It really was such a fun, laid back party.

The next day was her actual birthday. We snapped a few pictures after Mass, munched on cinnamon rolls for breakfast and then headed to the airport to hang out with Sarah until her flight left.

We are so blessed to parent this adventurous, creative, kind-spirited girl.  She loves her faith ferociously and is such a blessing to her family and friends.

Happy birthday, Miss Mabel!

Dad and Mom

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 Teresa, 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 :)


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. :)


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


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



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...



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