Monday, June 27, 2016

Last week of June - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Sunshine and blue skies.  I LOVE summertime and have been really enjoying ours so far!

Those seven bushes in front?  After all of the spring rain came, they developed a disease and I thought they were goners.  David and I had to cut them down to the base, but look at how they are starting to fill out again!

I am thankful for ~

* a restful month of June

* a fun vacation with friends in Mississippi

* teens who are employed!!

* good health (for the most part that is; I did need my thyroid meds adjusted and did gain 4 lbs since October...)

What we are reading ~

I put up this post that shows the summer books in our book bin.

I am also part of an online book club for the summer.  We are reading ::

From the school room ~

* Miss Sally is actually working on Spanish III for the summer.  It was really difficult for her the last quarter so she set it aside until all of her other classes were completed.

* Miss Mabel is a little bored, so she started on a keyboarding class early ;)  She's excited because I received permission from Seton high school counselors to start the high school course in 8th grade and it will go toward a high school credit (elective).

I am praying for ~

* an end to abortion

* peace in the world  (Doesn't it feel more and more like a freak show??)

* priests

* for all of those who have asked me to pray for them

Around the house ~

(I bought this wagon for the summer.  Wowzer!  Walking to the pool with all of our junk just got so much easier!!)

(Swimming lessons for Miss Clementine.  She had been VERY ornery for her sister who happens to be a certified swim instructor, so I had to put her in one of the city classes.)

(Stan the man took a week long basketball camp last week.  He loved it!)

(I repainted this bench.  It was a LOT of work, and the Texas sun started bubbling the paint in one spot.  So I moved it to the porch in the shade.)

From the kitchen ~

Fresh from the garden!!

(The bird netting is working by keeping them away from my tomatoes.)

I am listening to ~

* Miss Ester play the piano

* Olympic trials on the upstairs t.v.  (My swimmer is watching the swimming competition of course.)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - Thursday - Swim class for Miss Clementine

Monday - I'm taking a friend out for her birthday lunch

Friday - Miss Sally and Ester are going to a lock-in with their youth group.

A final photo to share ~

Miss Sally was  part of a great opportunity by taking part in the North Texas Guard Games over the weekend.  I went for day 1 and chaperoned her overnight, (she was the youngest guard there).

This two day, rigorous competition with elite life guards across all of North Texas was amazing to witness.  Wow!

And guess what?  Our city won!!!

From the city's Facebook page ::

The City of McKinney Lifeguards competed in the 19th Annual North Texas Guard Games in Cleburne yesterday. 
For the 2nd year in a row and the 6th time in the last 11 years, they took home 1st Place! The top 3 teams qualify for the State Lifeguard Competition. McKinney has qualified for the state competition 13 times! 
Way to go everyone!

Isn't that awesome?!?!

Have a great week ahead, all!!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Books

These are the summer books I have for my younger kids ::

Happy reading!

~  Patty  ~

Books for Tweens & Teens (Easter Baskets)

I have put these books into my tween/teens Easter baskets in the past.  They are great for anytime of the year.

Happy reading!

~  Patty ~

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

West Ship Island

On the last day of our vacation, I took three of the kids on an excursion to Ship Island.  Ship Island excursions have been running since 1926, and it is a good, old-fashioned day of sunshine and seashell collecting.

We caught the passenger ferry out of the Gulfport Marina and took a 50 minute ride out to West Ship Island.  (Hurricane Camille broke the Ship Island into two, West and East,  in 1969).

Ship Island is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

There was a very affordable (and clean) refreshment stand, gift shop (where you could buy a little net to catch crabs), pavilions with clean picnic tables, showers, and restrooms available.

The historic Fort Massachusetts is also located on the island.

Construction on the Fort started in the mid-1800's.

It is huge inside.  The kids played hide 'n seek in it!  Ha ha.

(The bottom photo is from top of the fort looking over the north beach.  Beach service was set up on the south beach.)

Oh my gosh!  It was so incredibly hot that day!  For $20 I rented a beach umbrella and chair.  The kids had their beach towels to sit on.

We all agree it was the best day of the week.

I am so grateful for such a wonderful trip.  We miss our friends already.

Hopefully, we can do this again in a couple of years.

If interested, I posted our beach pictures here

and our trip to Beauvoir here.

~  Patty ~

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


"What a beautiful view!"

We toured an antebellum house that belonged to Jefferson Davis while on vacation in Mississippi.  I was pretty excited because I love history, especially the fashion and design of that time (although I would have died wearing so many layers in that heat).

Construction on Beauvoir was started in 1848 and completed in 1852.  The original owner was a wealthy businessman.  After he passed away, his wife sold the property in 1873 when she could no longer afford the property taxes.  The second owner, Sarah Dorsey, was a socialite from New Orleans who purchased the property 'Site unseen'.  When she arrived on the property and opened the front door over looking the Gulf of Mexico, she exclaimed, "Beauvoir!"  Hence the name.

In 1877, Ms Dorsey heard that Mr. Davis was looking for a quiet place to rent in order to write his memoirs.

She offered to rent her library house to him.

(The original library building was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and had to be rebuilt.)

She eventually sells Jefferson Davis the property (in three installments) and moves back to New Orleans.  After she receives the first installment, she revises her will and forgives Davis the last two installments.

(The ceiling were hand painted to look as though there was real wood trim / mouldings on the ceiling.)

Mr. Davis lived there until his death in 1889 at the age of 81. The property was willed to his daughter, Winnie, who then died from Yellow Fever in 1898.  The property then belonged to Mrs. Davis.

(A view of the back of the house.)

The top photo above is standing at the back gate looking through the garden toward the back of the house.

Mrs. Davis then sells the home in 1903 to the fourth and current owner, Mississippi Division of Sons of the Confederate Veterans with 2 stipulations::

1.  The home (and various buildings on the property) would be used as a retirement home for Confederate veterans, wives, and widows of veterans.

2.  Once the last veteran or wife leaves there, the property would become a shrine to Jefferson Davis.

The cemetery for Confederate soldiers and their wives is toward the back of the property.

Those top two images??  Wow!  That is the resting place of Samuel David, father of Jefferson Davis,  who is a veteran of the Revolutionary War!!

My daughter and I then took the path that lead us to the front doors of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library.  There were so many treasures and pieces of memorabilia there from the Civil War era.

It was such a fascinating day, especially since we love history!  Stepping back in history has almost been a love of mine.

The next post is about the amazing, out-to-sea excursion I took with three of the kids.  Can hardly wait to show you what we saw there. :)

Until then, you can enjoy our Gulf Coast vacation beach pictures here.

~  Patty  ~


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