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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Starting to plan? Nah, not yet!

I've always made my own planning sheets, and enjoyed it. But after getting like 20 emails about The Well Planned Day planner, I took a look at it. It is very pretty, which is a big thing for me if I'm going to use it. Each month's pages are decorated differently with monthly articles included, PLUS

. A Class Planner: Schedule each student's class assignments.

. Weekly Schedule: Organize your week with class assignments, weekly priorities, prayer requests, dinner menu, and notes.

. Semester Time Schedule: Track each day by the hour.

. Month at a Glance: Plan field trips, enrichment activities and books to read

. Semester Attendance & Progress Reports

. Transcript Evaluation Forms

. Menu Planning: Plan weekly meals and conveniently shop with perforated shopping lists.

. Family Worship & Prayer: Read through the Bible in a year and record prayer request weekly.

Sounds really good, I liked the samples. I bought it. I've never had a "real" planner like this, I hope it is actually useful.

PS for my DH, I got it on sale!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Weekly Menu

Spicy chicken strips
Roasted Chicken
mac and cheese
chicken nachos

This past week June 22-27

hhmm, it seems like I must be doing something since I've not been blogging much, but in all honesty
I've not done anything exciting or even remotely interesting.

Monday-Mom's Bible Study
Tuesday- Magic Springs- got rained out- girls only got to float down a "lazy river" once- this was a big waste of gas money
Wednesday- Bible Study
Thursday-Library, visited gramma, got shoes for Emilie, Faith Ladies Supper
Friday-Started 24 hours of prayer at church my hour was from 4-5
Saturday- grocery shopping, Alabaster Box concert at Church, kick off to Revival
Sunday (28)- Revival, potluck dinner

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This week's plan

Monday-Mom's Bible Study
Tuesday- Library and visit with gramma
Wednesday-evening church
Thursday-Magic Springs
Saturday-sale at Mardel

Even though I didn't win the "Biggest Loser" contest with my friends. I have lost some weight. Mom and I are working on this together. I was doing a strict eating program, but that didn't last. So now I eat anything, but much smaller portions, with more veggies and some fruits. I have increased my walking, I walked 5 times last week and have already walked and showered this morning before 9 am. WHOO-HOO for me! I'm also going to start circuit training with Lindy.

Olivia and Bella are going to start Ballet lessons in July. Olivia has also expressed an interest in cake decorating lessons. I could show her the simple fundamentals but she would rather go to a class.

I want to do some Letterboxing, I'm sure the girls would really like it. I got out the Bocce ball set I bought 2 years ago and never opened. Seems like a fun family game we need to learn together.

Olivia has been coughing for 2 weeks now, she is about to hack a lung up any time now. I'm thinking it is allergies.

Weekly Menu

Lemon Pepper Chicken
Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches
coconut chicken strips
some sort of mexican dish

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer School?

We have finished up with Into a New Land- The Beginnings of America. Except for a few Fine Arts lessons. We will work on those randomly through the summer.

I had planned to do a unit study on The Secret Garden, and I still want to, but not a real intense deep study. Something fun. Math we continue all summer.

We are gong to get season passes to Magic Springs/Crystal Falls in Hot Springs Arkansas for the summer, instead of our usual Galveston Trip. A couple good concerts are scheduled too. The girls of course want to see Barlow Girl, and Lindy wants to see Three Dog Night.

A trip to Illinois is planned for July. Hoping we get to see everyone and everything we want.

Recent Happenings-New Hair!

I love Olivia's new hair! It makes me want to get my hair cut too!

Sweet side

wild, spice side. It's so HER, sweet and spicy.

Recent Happenings-More Birthday Pictures

Recent Happenings-Bella's Birthday

Just a bunch of Birthday pictures.

Recent Happenings- AWANA Awards

May 27, was AWANA Awards.
Emilie received her second year service pin for being a LIT- Leader in Training.
Olivia earned the Third Book Award- which our church renamed the Barnabas Award. Cause Third Book Award is a boring name.
Bella earned her Sparky Second Book ribbon.  
We are very proud of their hard work.

Recent Happenings-Ladies Tea

May 17- Faith Ladies Tea
A wonderful tradition at my church, each May there is a different theme with decorations, food, door prizes and some sort of "costume/craft".  This year the theme was Aprons and being a service to others.  I suggested the Apron theme. We all wore aprons, and ladies could share a story  about a special apron.  Emilie, Bella and I wore aprons my mother made for us, Olivia wore the apron I made for her.  I was asked to read an Apron story.  I combined 2 different stories.  Here it is.

"The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material. But, along with that it served the homemaker and her family is so many ways.

 As a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, wiping runny noses, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.  The pockets seemed bottomless when filled with clothes pins while  hanging clothes on the clothes line.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. And, from the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. It served to wipe hands and jars during canning time.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. Those aprons were also ideal hiding places for shy children.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. 

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and then men knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.

When the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

Those old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

In today’s world you would go crazy trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron, but love.

Today, aprons are making a come-back. It will be a long time before someone invents anything that can replace that “old-time apron.” They served so many purposes.  What kind of apron will you wear and what kind of love will it bring to the hearts of others?"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Olivia and Bella


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Emilie and Olivia~~~

         Gramma and Mom

The girls and I were very happy that the "grandmas" could come.

Kaitlyn and Olivia with their cookbooks

Each place card was a different apron. Very Cute! Each table was a different color theme, pink, yellow, blue, green, orange.