Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Visiting Grammy

It's been one year since my mom had lung surgery to remove cancer.  After a couple of bumps in the road, she is doing better.  What a trooper!

The winter blues can be rough on folks, especially those who are home bound, so I thought since she can't fly down to the Texas sun, we'd fly up to visit her!

The crazy, cheap tickets on Southwest couldn't be passed up.  I flew Miss Ester, Mabel, and Clementine up, (Sally flew up at Christmas time, and Stan will have to go another time since he's in public school).

Miss Clementine was SO incredibly excited to see real snow (they had received a foot of snow the week prior, and it was snowing when we landed - which made me a bit nervous).

I rented a car at Midway, and then we were off to Grammy's house.  It felt amazing to be in her cozy sitting room chatting with her :)

We went to Mass in the morning at the church I grew up in and saw the grade school I attended AND taught at :)  I even ran into a former student of mine at Mass.  (I'm feeling old!)  

(Standing on her first snow pile!  Woot!)

I'm glad I kept the big girls' boots from when they were little.  I made sure to pack them in the suitcase for the trip - glad I did!

Then it was off to Grammy's backyard for snow angels and snazzy snowmen.  Grammy thought they were the coolest looking snowmen around :)

My brother has beautiful land down by the river valley with lots and lots of "snow toys".  He invited us over and the kids had a BLAST!

Miss Clementine went sledding for the first time!

They went snowmobiling, "What's a snowmobile?".

They went four wheeling in the snow, sledding, and even snowboarding.  Oh my gosh!  So much fun!

Five of my siblings live in the same area as my mom.  With all of my siblings married and with families themselves, my kids were able to visit with all of those aunties and uncles and cousins :)  Lots and LOTS of visiting, laughing, and catching up.  (Too many pics to put up here!)

One of David's sisters lives about an hour from my mom.  She is Miss Clementine's godmother.

Aunt Sara was sweet enough to come up for lunch on one day and brought her grand babies, (David's niece's kiddos) with her.

(Clementine with her godmother and her cousins kids - sometimes, when you come from a big family, you are the same age as your cousin's kids ;)

Miss Mabel even had a chance to bake with Grammy in the kitchen.  Grammy taught her how to make cream puffs.  So yummy!

We stayed three nights.  It was a short trip, but it was one of the best trips we ever had.  Just "snow much fun"!

I love my mom so much and was so full of joy to have had this time with her!

God is good, all the time!

~ Patty ~

Sunday, February 25, 2018

February Recap - Daybook Post

 Outside my window ~

The sun was lost for a week!  We had 6" of rain this week (almost 4" in one day).

Today was glorious however!  We had warm sunshine that just soaked into your clothes, right down to your skin.

I am thankful for ~ 

* a wonderful visit with my mom (A post on this is coming soon!)

* Lent (I use to dislike it as a child, but I've grown to really embrace it as an adult.)

* my husband and children

From the school room ~

Earlier in the month, Miss Clementine took a field trip to the zoo.  It was SO much fun!

From the kitchen ~

With a Russian tip that Miss Mabel received from her godmother, she made some pretty brownie bites for St. Valentine's Day :)

What I read ~


The plot was a little slow at first, but wow!  It keeps pulling you in and gets better and better and better.  The end is such a shock!

We added these new books to our Winter Book Bin.

Then we added this super sweet book to our St. Valentine book bin!

And just this past week, we pulled out our St. Patrick's Day and March Weather Book Bin.

Around the house ~

* A couple of weeks ago, Miss Mabel and I drove down to visit Sarah at school for the day.  (Sarah doesn't have classes on Fridays.)

We went into Austin for a couple of hours, taking in the sites, sipping on some of the famous Jo's coffee and hot cocoa, and then to take a walk around Lady Bird Lake.

After lunch, we hung out at Sarah's favorite coffee shop back in Belton.

It had so much character!

* Earlier in February, Miss Ester had another scoliosis check-up.  Her curves are holding steady; last year's x-ray looks exactly like this year's.

**She's been out of her brace for 1 1/2 years, and the point of bracing was to stop the curves from worsening and needing back surgery.  The only way to correct scoliosis is with surgery if curves progress far enough - so this is what her spine will look like the rest of her life.**

* David and I went on a recent date night; Confession then dinner, his idea.  (Does anyone else go to Confession before going on a long-distant trip??)

* DCYC.  Miss Ester and Mabel attended DCYC this weekend.  I love how they LOVE their faith!

(Photo credit: Anna, a mom-friend who snapped this before the youth left for DCYC on Friday.)

I am praying for ~

* an end to abortion

* our priests

* my family and all of their personal intentions

* for those who have asked me to pray for them

I am listening to ~

the electric percolator in the kitchen.  Nothing like a fresh cup of Jo in the morning.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - DCYC ends

Sunday - Miss Ester and David go to the American Rodeo (Miss Ester's Christmas gift).

Thursday - Ice Skating lessons

Friday - Little Flowers

A last photo to share ~

Remember all the rain I mentioned at the beginning of the post??  We found a small hole in the roof.

Y'all, this isn't even the worst of it!  The ceiling and 3' of wall on both sides including the floor has to be replaced.  BUT! The roofing company has been awesome to work with and will be here Monday to start clean up and repair.


As we prepare for March to come in like a lion, I count down the days till it goes out like a lamb!

~ Patty ~

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Peg Doll Exchange II

Last weekend, a group of moms in our homeschool group exchanged peg dolls.  This is the second time we've done the exchange, and the creativity is always fun to see.

One (hard-working) mama has coordinated it both times.  There were 20 who participated, but not everyone had there's completed in time, so pics of those will come later on.  For now, here's the newest group ::

St. Kateri and St. Jacinta

Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Jude Thaddeus

St. Maria Goretti and St. Anne

St. Monica and St. Dominic

St. Joan of Arc and St. Dymphna

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Thomas Aquinas and Archangel Rafael

St. Rose of Lima and St. Peter

St. Martin de Porres and St. Francis de Sales

Aren't they beautiful and creative?!  I look forward to adding the remaining ones soon and will share a photo of each when I receive them.

Our first saint peg doll exchange was in December of 2015.

She was more then thrilled to play with the new dolls.  (They were lined up here to meet Pope St. John Paul II - ha ha!)

All you holy people, pray for us!


Biscuit Poppers

Any When Calls the Heart fans out there??

We LOVE that series.  MiMi received all the seasons on DVD for Christmas and recently found a When Calls the Heart app for her phone.  On the app, they have Abigail's Cafe tab which hosts a delicious variety of foods one may have eaten "back then".

She made these Biscuit Poppers a couple of times now.  They are crazy easy to make (only 3 ingredients) and even easier to eat ;)


1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sour cream
2 1/4 cup Bisquick


1.  Melt butter and let cool a few minutes.

2.  Add 1 sour cream, stir.

3.  Add Bisquick and stir until combined.

4.  Use a small cookie scoop and place on scoop in a well-greased mini muffin pan.

5.  Cook in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.

6.  Once cooled, you can drizzle a little honey over each (or as Miss Mabel did, pour a little honey in a bowl and hand-dip the top of each - as to not waste too much of the honey).



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January Recap - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Thunderstorms (the nice kind)

Slugs (all the way up on the second story window)

I am thankful for ~

* brisk, early, morning walks where the quiet allows me to enjoy time with God

* youth who are pro-life : defending the rights of the most vulnerable; women (and men) in the womb as well as the sick and elderly.

* cheap airline tickets!  (I'm taking three of the kids to go visit my mom mid-Feb.)

From the school room ~

A look into our Chemistry class (Homeschool Connections)

For labs, Miss Ester first watches the teacher complete the lab on a YouTube video and then performs the lab herself.

 (At that point, I put the camera down and asked where the plastic table protector was??)

From the kitchen ~

I really dislike meal planning.

I try not to complain since we do have food at least.

Last year, I took the challenge of preparing a monthly menu for each month.  I had so many recipes that my monthly plans rarely resembled one another.  The best part is that I remembered to actually keep each one.

What I just read ~

SO good!

In addition to that, I  recently finished the book, Winter Garden, and I do not recommend it.

The story lines (there were two main conflicts going on) were real however, the one was so different from the other that my brain had a difficult time adjusting from one conflict to the other.  There was sex, and the sprinkling of elicit description really was unnecessary and kind of ruined the book for me.  I would not want my daughters to read this because of the descriptive sex scenes.

My plan is to read 25 books this year.  We shall see!

Around the house ~

I ordered our newest peg doll from my favorite shop on Etsy.  He is nearby as we read our St. Valentine books.

These two marched in the March for Life (Dallas).

A recent date with my man that consisted of Capri pizza and Pinot Noir.

We recently celebrated Miss Clementine turning 6!!  Oh my!!

I am listening to ~

the hum of the furnace.  Our mornings are chilly, but the afternoons are gorgeous.  Tomorrow, we are going to the zoo for the day.

Coming down the pike ~

Wednesday - Field trip to the Dallas Zoo

Thursday - ice skating lessons for Miss Mabel and Miss Clementine

Friday - basketball tournament for Stan the Man

A last photo to share ~

Bike rides.  Lots and lots of bike rides these days!

Can you believe that we are at the end of January?  Already?!

~  Patty ~


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