Sunday, November 30, 2008
Happy birthday!! Mom and Dad love you and are very proud of you!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Mom and Dad live in a very beautiful, remote area on the edge of the Olympic National Forest. They have a herd of Roosevelt Elk that enjoy the tender young plants in their yard and bears that patrol the area. We've spent hours watching the elk play in the field across the street and watched a bear meander across the road in front of our car just a block from my folks home. There have been cougar sightings in the area (that we haven't seen - thankfully!!!), bob cats, deer, bunnies, foxes, otters in the creek and a myriad of different birds. Such a beautiful place. It is easy to think about the Pilgrims and the challenges they faced when we are in such a remote area.
The wild and rocky Pacific Coast is just a few miles away. On days when the surf is high you can feel it pounding under your feet when out walking. Our visits almost always involve a wet and windy walk on the beach to fill our pockets with rocks and sandy treasures.
We are all looking forward to feasting. Feasting on delicious turkey and all the trimmings. Feasting on wonderful time to visit and fellowship together. Feasting on fun, laughter and game playing. Feasting on working together - baking, cooking, knitting and crocheting. This is going to be a rich and blessed time. I am incredibly blessed and am praising God for His many, many gifts!!! May your Thanksgiving be a wealth of blessings as well.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Outside my window..A hazy, chilly sky
I am thinking...about our drive to my parents home for Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for... our turn to visit Mom and Dad for this holiday - it's been about four years - I'm so very excited
From the learning rooms...this week a mini Thanksgiving unit. It will be a Thank you paper, some history - a couple of crafts, reading President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
From the kitchen...Preparing dinner rolls, veggie tray and other treats for the Feast
I am wearing...Denim skirt, soft brown long sleeve shirt, tank top and clogs
I am creating...working on the embroidery part of my Christmas gifts
I am going...to the library for more reading books for the long drive to Grandma's house and to the grocery store and to the gas station to vacuum out the van
I am reading...By the Shores of Silver Lake and John Adams.
I am hoping...Esther sleeps in the car to Grandma and Papa's house - its about four hours - we're leaving in the middle of the night to hopefully avoid the crying
I am hearing...kids watching a movie - someone getting in the fridge looking for a snack
Around the house...Tidying up, packing for our trip
One of my favorite things...Thanksgiving Day!!!
A few plans for the rest of the week...Packing and leaving for our trip, sitting down and really visiting with Mom!!! I can't wait!! Help prepare the Thanksgiving dinner.
Here is picture thought I am sharing... such great fun!!
To see other fun Daybook pages go to http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/ . There will be lots of other ideas to make Thanksgiving special!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
he brought his small chainsaw and turned this tall tree
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Antibiotics and ear drops for poor baby
She's doing good considering her owie ear!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Outside my window...The sun on the few golden leaves left - it was very foggy earlier I'm surprised it cleared up.
I am thinking...about menus for this week and about Thanksgiving
I am thankful for...getting my closet really tidy this weekend - it feels so good!!!
From the learning rooms...Starting a new unit this week - must gather supplies and make another trip to the library
From the kitchen...I am going to try a new oat bread recipe I got from a dear friend - nachos for dinner with homemade salsa ...mmm
I am wearing...a soft grey skirt and white shirt (crazy to wear white - but I like it!!)
I am creating...still working on Christmas gifts - getting out my sewing machine soon.
I am going...to take baby to the doctor to look in her ears - she's had a cold and seems under the weather (you know - that look around the eyes:0)
I am reading...Farmer Boy and John Adams.
I am hoping...the Doctor is not behind when I get there!!! and that Esther feels better quickly!!
I am hearing...Esther snoring in my arms and kids chatting in the other room
Around the house...I can't wait to get the broom in my hands and sweep my messy floors!! (the
kids tracked in a lotsa stuff on Sunday - when I DON'T sweep:0) also gotta get the laundry pile knocked back down
One of my favorite things...Children's books!! I love reading all those great series I read as a young girl!
A few plans for the rest of the week...get rolling well on our new unit, get to the library, get my floors mopped
Here is picture thought I am sharing...mmm good!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This often involves a spontaneous bathroom floor mopping (flooding really)
Ready for the second rising - then in the oven in the morning.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So I'm taking a few minutes to sit at the computer and relax. Well sorta, I'm doing this one-handed since the minute I sat down Esther woke up :0). Of course she would - that's a mom's life!!!
On Saturday we went to the aquarium. We are finishing up a unit on rivers and thought this would be a nice field trip - they have a nice freshwater section with river otters!
Even though we see many of these creatures in their natural habitat on the wild and rocky Pacific Coast at Grandma and Papa's house seeing them never grows old - even when they are indoors :0)
Monday, November 10, 2008
I am thankful for...the precious hour alone to converse with my husband this weekend. My sweetie asked me to go for a walk with him. When we arrived at the walking trail instead of getting out of the car my hubby produced some treats and we sat int the car holding hands and talking.
Outside my window...the sun breaking through the clouds... Yeah sun!!! We don't see much of it this time of year so I cherish every moment (I do love the rain also)
I am thinking...about the great sermon yesterday and how I can apply it to my life - Today!!
I am hoping...baby's cold gets no worse. She's cheerful but very congested. We both need more sleep - she was awake most of the night - again very cheerful - just her stuffy, congested nose keeping her awake.
From the learning rooms...We didn't quite finish our Lewis and Clark and river units last week so we will be doing that this week.
From the kitchen...Yummy pork chops and gravy in the crockpot. Fourteen year old son is making chocolate chip cookies - there goes my diet :0)
I am wearing...denim skirt and peach colored t-shirt and slippers (my uniform!!)
I am creating...crocheting Christmas gifts - I am using the softest, nubby, violet flecked cotton. I love this yarn!!
I am going...to exercise everyday this week again. I did it everyday last week Yahoo!!
I am reading...John Adams by David McCullough - good book so far
I am hearing...the kids playing a pretend vet game together (all their stuffed animals are out all over the kitchen table). Big boys talking while working in the kitchen... gotta hurry here...baby is starting to fuss.
Around the house...Got to tidy my bedroom, and of course maintain a respectable level of laundry - I've come to terms with the fact that until baby gets a little bigger there will always be a pile to fold.
One of my favorite things...hearing and watching my kids use their imagination.
A few plans for the rest of the week...must make a trip the the library before they think we are keeping their books forever!! Hubby has a church leadership meeting this week - dinners need to be early most of the week.
Here is a picture I am sharing: from our trip to the aquarium this weekend (I'll share more pictures tomorrow)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Depression Glass was given away by different companies as an incentive to buy their products during the 30's and 40's - much like toys in cereal boxes today. Some companies gave away coupons or points toward sending for glassware.
One of my cherished pieces is a pink cake plate that my Grandmother gave me - she had saved up 25 cents and bought it for her mother as a birthday gift when she was a little girl. My grandmother wasn't sure I would like it because the handle was chipped - silly grandma - I love it!!! It's the story. Picturing a little girl deciding which plate her mama would like and handing over her carefully saved dimes and nickles and toting that gift home is a sweet, sweet story!!!
Quite a bit of my glass lives up here on this shelf in my kitchen
My hubby gave me this pitcher some years ago for my birthday
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
And since my folks plane was late and the doggie left our house at 1:00am and Esther had a snuffy nose that kept her squirmy until 4:00am I will be enjoying a nap today without any snoring pups in our room!!!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
FOR TODAY November 3, 2008...
Outside My Window... a beautiful red and orange maple tree
I am thinking... about our missionary family that I committed to pray for
I am thankful for...a restful Sunday - nap with baby, a good time with hubby
I am hoping...that my husband has a good day at work!!
From the learning rooms...I'd like to finish our Lewis and Clark unit this week
From the kitchen... I haven't finished planning our menus for the week yet - I think chicken soup and homemade bread, as the weather is stormy
I am wearing...denim skirt and comfy top with slippers
I am creating... crocheting Christmas gifts
I am going...to try and exercise every morning this week
I am reading...Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (for about the 125th time:0)
I am hearing...rain drops on the trees outside the window
Around the house... tidy up from a messy, over sugared weekend :0)
One of my favorite things... stormy days
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...get caught up on the laundry (folding), get control of the dust (it's kinda bad!!), go grocery shopping
Here is picture thought I am sharing... The view from my backyard Mondays are great because it is a good time to start fresh. Begin new habits, start new things. I know most people don't like Mondays but I really do. It's good to come from a restful day into a brand new week!! Have a great Monday!!