Daybook – June 30, 2008

Outside My Window…
the afternoon sun is setting and the air is cooler today. We’ve enjoyed temps in the low 80’s today. Nice! We had a tremendous storm last night so the air seems clearer today.
I am thinking…
about my dear sweet neighbor that fell in her yard today. She’s 86 and her injuries are very serious. More later.
I am thankful for…
time at home after an incredibly busy week.
From the kitchen…
NOTHING – ALL IS CLEAN. As much as I love to cook, I love clean countertops and a shiny sink.
I am wearing…
khaki shorts, pink t-shirt, Chaco sandals.
I am creating…
plans for the rest of the evening as well as for the July 4th holiday.
I am going…
only to pick up my daughter – and then we’re coming right back home! 
I am reading…
Starburst by Robin Pilcher. Rosamunde Pilcher is my very most favorite author of all times. Robin Pilcher is Mrs. Pilcher’s son and has a few novels under his belt. However, his talent is not yet comparable to his mother’s (in my personal opinion). I think I read and enjoy his books simply because I want another book from her. She retired from writing in 2000 much to my dismay. In my opinion, Coming Home and Shell Seekers are her best works.
I am hoping…
to come up with something different for dinner.
I am hearing…
NPR on the radio out in the laundry room.
Around the house…
we’re decluttering. I have several little piles waiting to either be put on Ebay or simply thrown out. The longer these itmes sit in piles, the easier it is for me to part with the item.
One of my favorite things…
is a clean, clutter-free floor. A path from one place to another without stepping on or around things that are out of place, waiting to be put away.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
not much – some school for the girls, swimming, laundry, quiet time with a book.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
Big Guy\'s Big Fish (Bull Red?)
Big Guy’s Big Fish – a bull red?

Knock, Knock, Knock – Everyday…

Each and every morning, there are knocks on my door. My children, one by one, visit the bathroom when I am showering. Now, they have access to three other bathrooms in our house – they don’t need the facilities. They need to talk to me about one thing or another. For some time, this really bothered me and I was a bit more than testy about the constant interruptions. Could I have any solace, any privacy, any minute alone! Then…they all went away for a few days and I was alone in this big ole house and my shower was very, very quiet. There were no knocks on the door. There were no conversations from the other side of the curtain. No peeps out to see if an outfit matched – there was no need to referee. I have decided I want to hear those very distinct knocks. I want to relish each need they have through those curtains because one day, there will be no more knocks.

My children each have a very unique knock, much like their personalities, and I know who is there before they ever speak.

-Oldest Child – very hard and purposeful. The knock comes from very high on the door – he’s 6’5.

-Oldest Daughter – light knocking – “I don’t mean to bother you.”

-Middle Daughter – rhythmic happy knock – always a rhythm to her knocks.  🙂

-Youngest Daughter – quick, almost banging – “I need you now….RIGHT NOW!! ”

So now – we have fun with the knock, knock, knocking at my door. They try to fool me but rarely succeed.

Daybook – June 23, 2008

Outside My Window…
the sun is breaking though our jungle. I haven’t been out yet but the early morning does look inviting. I may go sit on the porch swing with my cup of coffee.
I am thinking…
that we spent 14 hours at church yesterday preparing for Vacation Bible School. Every year I am amazed at the heart of volunteers. We put on a massive VBS for about 200 children and it takes much planning and work. Yesterday I looked around to see men and women working diligently for this opportunity to bring children in to a fun atmosphere with Jesus. It makes me very happy and blessed to know these people.
I am thankful for…
both incredible volunteers and my incredible family of volunteers. My sweet son and husband worked, worked, and worked yesterday doing anything and everything I needed doing. I chose them for the task I really didn’t want to ask others to do and they smiled and gave with giving, loving, hearts – precious.
From the kitchen…
thankfully – a huge pound cake given by a friend.
I am wearing…
pj’s still – need to get moving.
I am creating…
my plan for the day so that I don’t get overwhelmed with it all.
I am going…
to the church to tidy up last minute items. 
I am reading…
nothing, I’m afraid and that almost never happens. I’ve started two novels and I put them away. It may be that I’m just too busy to focus – but actually, I think the two books just aren’t particularly great books.
I am hoping…
to feel peaceful and calm throughout this day.
I am hearing…
music – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
Around the house…
oh – lots of laundry that will continue to pile up this week. I’ll wash a load or two each day but that will barely put a dent in the piles.
One of my favorite things…
is my husband’s smile.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
to enjoy watching the faces of children learning to love Jesus while having fun. I want all children to know this precious love and to think of Jesus smiling and laughing alongside them.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Dance, Dance, Dance!

Did I mention we have dancers in this family? I mean, people that can actually move to the groove, keep a beat, smile while dancing? Oh – not me but my two youngest love it. A couple of weeks ago, their annual dance recital/performance was a source of entertainment for 2 days. I do have one daughter that, like mom and dad, doesn’t particularly care for the “shimmy” or the “step-ball change”.  All in all, we enjoy watching the girls dance. It’s so evident on their faces how much they love it.

 

The Ability to Ride – Or Not

One of our summer day trips with the children at church is to a theme park/water park. Yesterday was that day. We gathered around 8:00am and headed out with 49 people in tow. The trip to the park was fun with lots of laughter, singing, etc. This was our first time to this particular park and we were pleased. The water section opened first and so we spent the first hour sliding down water slides and playing chase in the lazy river. It was all good – and then the theme park opened…

Long gone are the days of riding every ride in the park. Oh no…I made it on one and then had to seriously consider passing off my little charges to another chaperone. Yuck! It wasn’t even a seriously sick ride. It was the ride that we, long ago, called the Flying Dutchman. It’s the boat that goes back and forth until you feel as though you’re going to pitch forward and fall out! Oh my. Luckily….my oldest daughter also has this problem and was already feeling the affects of the log (flume) water ride. My poor family – from the dear hubby down the line of children, we’re just not theme park thrill seekers. I have laughed for 20 years as my husband hasn’t been able to attend on these trips – and if he did, he tried very hard to keep his eyes averted from any ride that went in circles. Then, my oldest child decided, after many sick moments, that he too should just stay away. And, now my poor daughter…tsk, tsk.

What’s interesting to me is that this family actually seeks out thrilling, out-of-the-ordinary play. We really don’t sit back for much of anything. I guess all of our activities are more of the work/play variety and not the swing-my-body-to-and-fro-so-I-can-throw-up type. Oh, enough of this. I’m not feeling well. 

Venturing Out with pics

I haven’t posted any pics of the family yet due to internet security concerns. I think I’ll venture out a bit and post a few here and there. My original purpose for this blog was to journal (somewhat) our daily lives. I’d like to have a book printed at the end of each year and I don’t think it’s going to be very interesting or fun to look through without pictures…

This picture was taken the day before the girls went to soccer camp. They have a wonderful time together!

 

Daybook – June 16, 2008

Outside My Window…
our new baby kitten, Ice, is already playing, it’s still dark, no birds yet, it’s a balmy 68.
I am thinking…
about conducting my own give-away from my blog. I’ve seen several do this and it seems like it would be fun and a great way to meet others.
I am thankful for…
this family that spent Father’s Day completely at home – with daddy.
AND…AIR CONDITIONING!!
From the kitchen…
all is clean and ready for the day. I made a loaf of whole wheat bread last night so the smell lingers throughout the house.
I am wearing…
pj’s and NO shoes!!
I am creating…
ideas for the give-away on this blog, and new ways to be a frugal grocery shopper. The rising costs at the grocery are becomming evident in our budget.
I am going…
to the office this morning for some serious work on our VBS. We’re in countdown mode at this point and it will be a very busy week. 
I am reading…
through the book I’d like to give away – Apples & Chalkdust – Inspirational Stories and Encouragement for Teachers
I am hoping…
for a positive, happy day.
I am hearing…
the morning news.
Around the house…
lots of little jobs to do. While we were home yesterday, we create as many messes as we clean up. We’ll get after a few of these before leaving this morning.
One of my favorite things…
is to see the sweet angelic faces of my children sleeping as I make my final rounds at night for one last kiss.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
Continuing to strive at simplicity. I started working on our huge bookcases last week. I cannot believe how much stuff came out from under these shelves as well as from the shelves themselves. I wish I had taken a picture of the before and after – oh well… on to the next cluttered area.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
Some lovely fresh tomatoes on grandma’s plate. I’m looking forward to our own tomatoes from our garden. Dear hubby staked up the plants yesterday and there are little blooms – won’t be long now!

It is hot, hot, hot!

Oh my – no air conditioning in the deep south is just NOT going to cut it! For some insane reason, I decided to stay home today with no air. I’ve been going in to my office at the church each day and coming home to a house that had remained closed all day. Oh not today – I thought I’d catch up on some laundry and bread baking. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?

On a good note, the girls have been out in the sprinkler playing and having a ball most of the day. And…we adopted a new kitten. I am terribly allergic to cats and thought I’d never have one. Now we have two. This little fella came to us out of urgent need. Friends of ours had this litter of kittens (5, I think). They live down on the lake beside a large german shephard and another dog or two. As nature would have it, the large dog found the kittens in the boat house and managed to end the lives of two baby kittens. Our friends found homes for two and we couldn’t leave the last one to live in fear of the “dog next door”! So, we now have a solid black cat (Inky) and a solid white kitty (Ice). He is cute and ever so playful. I’ll post a picture we took this afternoon of him playing in the monkey grass. We presented Ice to my youngest as her very own pet last night. She has spent the entire day with her new adoptee. She has taken him for walks, tried to bathe him (didn’t have time to Kodak that moment – the cat was in and out of the bucket so quickly), she has fed him, given him more water than he could possibly drink, and sat with him in the porch swing. I think Ice would simply like to take a “cat nap” HA!

As hot as it is, I am scheduled to bring a Pineapple Upside Down Cake to my daughter’s writing class tomorrow. I haven’t made one with my grandmother’s recipe in a very long time. I hope all goes well and the cake doesn’t end up in the floor when it’s time to flip it upside down. If everything turns out like granny’s cakes, I’ll post the recipe. She was an INCREDIBLE cook!

May post more to catch up as per my note to self. It’s too hot to do much else.

Something is eating my pepper plants!

I feel so violated! Something is eating away at my two little pepper plants. Whatever creature is snacking in my mini-garden is rather greedy. Several stalks/leaves are sheared off at the base of the plant. What on earth eats red and green pepper plants! Maybe this is why I haven’t spent much time gardening before now – this is just awful!

Note to Self

I’d like to catch up my post/memories for the last week.

-Memorial Weekend play at the lake

-Mom’s Soccer Practice/Game against the girls soccer team.

-Daughter 2 takes standardized test.

 

Must go for now and begin this busy day.