Saturday, November 28, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND.....our thanksgiving table

Mom put green beans in one of MiMi's (my grandmother who passed away four years ago) beautiful china dishes, mashed potatoes are in a bowl MiMi gave me for Christmas about five years ago, stuffing in pretty green bowl I bought for my mom several years ago that we both love and...

gravy in a glass measuring cup - ahh :) oh well! I love meaningful dishware - maybe it will all be on Bria's table one day..

oh, and Bria made the pretty place cards and set the table with the napkins - sweet girl!

Always love to share at Tuesdays Unwrapped

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


yep. there we go - that is the way to make this homeschool mom feel good about taking the week off!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND....when the girl cracks me up

she saw the chair and decided she should pretend she was getting interviewed....bria shopDSC05553DSC05554DSC05550DSC05551DSC05557

'tis the season for shopping silly fun!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Veritas History Class - mummies part II

Here they are!
our crazy class

We take history VERY seriously...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Veritas History Class - mummies part I

We are studying MUMMIES! There are so many great books with excellent pictures and descriptions of mummification. Our class is going to try the process on our little game hens.

These were taken several weeks ago.... the kids each have a small hen to liberally salt and season in a large ziplock bag.

They took their hens in a bag home and were told to freeze and salt them (each week) and bring them back about 6 weeks later.

Well, today is six weeks later. Today in class we get to do the fun part - wrapping and stuffing the little guys with linen. Then, we will put them in our decorated, gold and glittery coffins.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND.......sip daily

sip daily

I kept eyeing this cardboard calendar at Starbucks and when they finally went on clearance for $3.99, I got me one...and one for a friend! The coffee picture at the top changes too! Good thing there is a picture of just plain black coffee since that is pretty much all I drink. Bria picked this whip with carmel 'cause it looks "fallish".

Oh, unfortunately though I have found that I REALLY DIG the pumpkin latte with double shot of espresso and only one pump of pumpkin....mmmm ooh its kinda perfect.

Friday, November 13, 2009




I love casual mornings, cloudy skies and waking up to smiles...even on the jammies

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

remembering them

If you live in my town - go see the flags by the police station and library! It makes you pause. Today is when we are supposed to pause and remember. It is really the least we can do.

Monday, November 9, 2009

oh bother!

Sometimes I feel stuck. (Mental obvious note to 40 year old self: Stuck doing the wrong thing is not as good as stuck doing the right thing.)

When school first started I was making it a priority to read and pray first thing in the morning, work with the kids diligently on their school and when they were on their breaks I would get to my list of work calls or spreadsheet edits.

My afternoons were spent picking up my highschooler and once home I made it a point to run/walk for an hour and read a chapter of a fiction book before starting on dinner. Sounds good. Was good. Lasted about two weeks.

Then I began missing the early morning wake up with God time. It was not the first thing to go. It was the run/walk and the fiction book that went first. The working at home and homeschooling thing gets a little smudgy here and there but I am used to that. What happens is that all that did not happen during the day gets pushed to the night. Then there is facebook time killer. The nights get later. Then I am in a hole - too much honey. I sleep it off.

Referring to Bible reading and prayer, John Piper says: “I earnestly recommend that it be in the early morning, unless there are some extenuating circumstances. Entering the day without a serious meeting with God, over his Word and in prayer, is like entering the battle without tending to your weapons. The human heart does not replenish itself with sleep. The body does, but not the heart. We replenish our hearts not with sleep, but with the Word of God and prayer.”

The great thing about falling or messing up a well laid plan? You can get back up again. The days I stick to the plan are a gift. They even prepare me for the unexpected.

So, this is me. Getting pulled out of the hole and back on track. No more waking up too late. Less oh bothers.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND....american girl dolls

she loves when the new catalog comes in the mail - it inspires her to change her dolls hair and make new outfits! of course, she has more than a few new outfits she wants for her doll for Christmas....

Thursday, November 5, 2009

just doggy

It was Snickers birthday! Matt made him a dog food sundae with puppy snack toppings...

This is the dog seen in the movie "That Thing You Do". This is at Mr C's records in downtown Orange where the movie was filmed.

Monday, November 2, 2009

it is only november!

Yet I am completely OUT of college ruled paper and No One can FIND a pencil. My teacher RED pens are GONE. Everyone's Yellow Highlighters - where are you? Playing house with the black socks and the guitar picks I am sure!