Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
6:30 - 7:30 - I woke to find DH up and watching a little morning news. Lee was already up and having his first breakfast of 3 pieces of cinnamon sugar toast and water. I washed up, dressed, made the bed, opened some shades, folded a load of laundry, checked emails and started on making pancakes. DH shut down the sprinklers; it was a frosty night on the cranberry marsh.
7:30 - 8:30 - The girls and Ray got up and joined us at the breakfast table. Lee was having his second breakfast of 4 pancakes and juice. Ray helped me make a Mickey Mouse pancake using blueberries for his face. We all ate. Cranberry juice was spilled to the floor. The kids did their morning jobs. They dressed, made beds, brushed teeth, put away their clean laundry, fed the animals, folded socks and collected dirty laundry and practiced instruments. Lee and Ray finished quickly, so they headed out to check their chipmunk traps. Grace joined them for a little morning bike riding, while Lou stayed in to practice piano. She's a little slow in the morning, therefore, not getting much play time before school. I tidied up the kitchen, loaded the dishwasher, made some mental notes regarding a lunch menu, brushed my teeth, started a load of laundry and read a few blogs.
8:30-9:30 - DH did some paper work and then left for a weed management seminar. I balanced the checkbook, switched over the laundry, filled out a rebate form, and filled out the registration form for Something for Summer. Grace settled in to do math and spelling. I helped her with an estimation problem, otherwise no concerns. Lee worked on language arts and spelling. Lou and Ray played babies with all the new baby gear - car seat, bouncy seat, baby swing.
9:30 - 10:30 - I gave Lee his spelling test and checked his language assignment, folded laundry and put it away, started another load of wash, wiped down the bathroom sink and toilet and suggested the kids have a snack of cheese and crackers. They all took a break to snack and check on the baby chicks. Grace and Lou collected trash and took it to the dumpster.
10:30-11:30 - Lou and Ray played music and danced, dressed up and played with their dolls outside and checked on their pet turtle, Rocky. Grace biked to the mailbox to send out my rebate and then read a couple chapters from her current Narnia read. Lee read 10 pgs. from his current book and then started math. I wiped up the cheese and cracker mess, swept the kitchen floor, placed a few more items in the dishwasher and did a quick pickup around the dining table.
11:30 - 12:30 - Reheated leftover soup, applesauce and chip salad for lunch. Definition of chip salad - a mixed variety of chips and crackers in a bowl, usually the bottom of the bag chips which have been hanging around in the pantry for a few weeks, also usually eaten with a spoon due to small size of chip pieces. DH got home just in time for lunch. Grape Kool-Aid was almost spilled. The kids had ice cream for dessert while DH and I read through the mail. I tidied the kitchen, loaded the dishwasher and started it and washed remaining dishes.
12:30 - 1:30 - DH headed out to work. Grace started mowing the lawn. Lou did her math. Lee continued with his math. I explained the terms: average, mean, median, range and mode to him and then he finished his assignment. Ray played outside. I basically helped Lou with her math.
1:30 - 2:30 - I started typing up this blog post. Grace continued mowing. Lee and Ray caught a frog and worked on setting up a habitat for it. They found some info in the Creepy Crawlies book. Lee complained that his aquarium isn't large enough and tried making a case for us having a kiddie pool in the porch for critters. Case denied. Lou wanted to do another math page so I helped her with that and answered many questions regarding frog habitats because I must be the expert.
2:30 - 3:30 - The boys continued working on their frog habitat, digging up some dirt, collecting cattail leaves, searching for worms, finding just the right rocks, etc. Ray and I made peanut butter cookies. Grace finished mowing and had a snack.
3:30 - 4:30 - I unloaded the dishwasher, made a few phone calls and then called everyone in to get ready for a funeral visitation.
4:30-5:30 - We all went to the visitation and then Grace and I left for violin.
5:30 - 6:30 - DH sharpened the mower blades. Lee peeled oranges for supper and the others played. Grace and I were in town for violin.
6:30 - 7:30 - Grace and I returned home for pizza and movie night. We had freezer pizzas, orange wedges, water and peanut butter cookies while watching National Treasure.
9:00 - Kids went to bed and DH and I attempted to watch 27 Dresses. We both fell asleep on the couch and finally woke and went to bed around 11pm.
So that's one day in my life. Not a very exciting day, but a very average day.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Last Saturday night we were having a late dinner without dad, which meant we were probably having something like toast and apple slices or cereal and milk, I can't remember. Anyway, talk about the next day's activities came up and I mentioned first off was church. Grace said, "You know, mom, we could just stay home and watch TV mass. It'd be a great way to save gas." Lee piped in with all kinds of ideas about making our own hosts and how "we must have something around here we can use for wine".
Nice try, kiddos! High gas prices is not an emergency.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I have boobs in low places. (I didn't even get a chance to read the inside to her when she quickly responded)
Lou: That's not funny. I thought we were in the funny section.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Many other birds have been visiting lately, including the Rose breasted Grosbeak, Goldfinch, Red - winged Blackbird, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch and House Finch, various Sparrows and Swallows. The following pictures are from a while back, but wanted to share anyway.
Monday, May 12, 2008
My very first quilt project ever started. Began 1999 - Finished March 2008
Our bed quilt; I started this when our wedding quilt started to shred at the seams. Began 2006 - Finished April 2008
A Valentine table runner. I fell in love with the fabrics at a quilt show back in February. The dark red is a tone on tone heart print. Began April 2008 - Finished May 2008
Sweet Grace made a matching pillowcase for her bed quilt, which I finished many years ago. If I was a good quilter, I'd make tags with the date and name of quilt and affix them to the backside of the quilt. But, by the time I get a quilt finished I am so excited to get on to the next project that I just skip the quilt tag part.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Now for the coffee cake recipe. While perusing the latest edition of our family cookbook I ran across this recipe and starred it immediately. Simple ingredients and no nuts or cooked fruit. I have a 9 year old boy (name withheld) who likes simple desserts without nuts or cooked fruit. He will eat plain nuts and plain fruit, just not cooked and definitely not together.
Rippled Coffee Cake
1 yellow cake mix
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup oil
In a mixing bowl, combine above ingredients and beat well. Spread 1/2 of the batter into a greased 9x13 pan.
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
Stir together above ingredients and sprinkle over batter. Carefully spread remaining batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Mine usually takes about 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool until just warm. Make icing.
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup milk
Combine above ingredients. Drizzle over warm cake. I make a 1/2 recipe (1 cup powdered sugar) of the icing because the full recipe, although extremely delicious, is a little too sweet for the average coffee cake lover. What I love about drizzling the glaze over the warm cake is that it soaks in a bit, especially around the edges. Ooohh, it's so good. Allow the glaze to dry before cutting into the cake. Serve with tall glasses of cold milk or large mugs of hot, black coffee.
So what do you do with cake mixes? Share.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Back to planning for next year. I have a $500 wish list of materials, which I will be paring down significantly. I've already secured a few items used, through Cathswap and I'm so happy to borrow Saxon 6/5 from a friend. So far I've saved $83.40 off my original total. Preparing early has always allowed me to just sit back and enjoy the summer without worrying about placing orders for materials or planning our lessons for the next year. I know that come September I can pull out my notebook and within minutes we are ready for another school year. Besides the planning is the fun and easy part, implementing the plan and schedule is the hard part.