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August List
August 1, 2015, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Life

I can’t believe it is August 1st.  This year is really flying by.  The summer especially so.


I have such a list in my head of what I want to get done before school starts, maybe, if I put it in writing I can get more done.


I must accomplish these things.

frigMake an inventory of the freezer, plan my menus, and make a shopping list of grand proportions to restock what we have devoured this summer.  I also need to pull out my crisper drawers and scrub under them.  Someone spilled a red pop I see.

vacuumGet the kids to go through their school clothes and see what we can resell and what we need to look for.  Then deep clean under their beds and their closet floors.  I tend to get this urge to clean in the fall, not spring.

quiltI have got to get those stadium blankets done.  And the twins first year quilt.  And a charity blanket.  And my Christmas quilt. And I know there are more on my unfinished project list.

tenniesGet new running shoes.  Register for the 5K.  Keep exercising four times a week.  Wait, did I say 5K?  Yes.  My friends have encouraged me that they will walk-jog-walk with me through a 5K.  It is a goal to work towards and motivate e on those days when my joints are aching and I want to just stay in bed.

vanIt is time to clean the van out very well.  After taking two trips this summer with one more in the works, and running kids back and forth to practices almost every evening…it is junked up pretty bad.  Even when I carry one thing in every time we get home, I am not making a dent in it.

school clip artFinish up buying those school supplies.

And what else am I missing?  So much to do with cheer this fall and with soccer starting back up.  Hoping for a church group to join.  Keeping John happy.  Taking care of me.  Babysitting.  Oh, the scrapbooks I need to do too. At least I have a place to add to my list, and hopefully check some things off over the next three weeks.  Wish me luck!


What I did this summer
July 29, 2015, 2:44 am
Filed under: Life, misc., Parenting - child, Parenting - teen, Wifedom

We took a FAMILY trip!!!!!  All of us together, in one place, at the same time.  We took the kids on a historical trip to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Valley Forge.  It was awesome weather, and my daughter, who loved the National Treasures movies was in “nerd” heaven (her words), plus my son had just read a book on the Liberty Bell and knew that on the real bell, Pennsylvania was misspelled.  It was so much fun.

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And of course if you’re in Philly, there’s only one lunch to be had….

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And a few shots with us in them….

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Happy Homemaker Monday
July 27, 2015, 2:11 am
Filed under: Life

Happy homemaker Monday To read more wonderful ladies, visit Diary of A Stay at Home Mom.

The weather in my neck of the woods:
SUN, glorious sunshine and well, humidity, not so glorious on that part.

Things that make me happy:
Fresh from the garden tomatoes!
Menu for this week:
Monday – Usually our pasta night.  Probably rigatoni and salad..
 Tuesday – Hoping for chicken on the grill with sweet and sour sauce, then rice as a side.
 Wednesday – Very busy night so probably ordering pizza
Thursday – One kid at camp, so hot dogs and macaroni and cheese for the one at home (requested)
 Friday – Grilled chicken and corn on the cob
 Saturday – Running around today, so probably Arby’s with coupons.
 Sunday – crock pot chicken and tator tot casserole. Repeat form last week.
What’s on my TV today:
I am so bad, but folding laundry and watching Dr. Phil.
Looking around the house:
I know that I am going t miss my daughter while she is at camp, and so will her guinea pigs!
On my To Do List:
Laundry – never ending cycle
Carrying over from last week:  Going through my deep freeze and making an inventory
Finish cleaning out my fridge shelves:  I’ve gotten three done and hate that the crisper drawers are so tough to remove and clean
New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
nothing new this week.
In the craft basket:
The stadium blanket quilt top is ready to be sandwiched and quilted. Hooray!

Looking forward to this week:
Getting into my closet and weeding out what I haven’t worn so far this summer.  It is getting crowded in there.

Tips and Tricks:
Line everything with foil!

My favorite blog post this week:
Anything that had Christmas In July.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
I love reading Following the Fowlers.  It’s about our local missionaries serving in Panama.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture):



Lesson learned the past few days:
Hotel beds are not comfortable no matter the price of the room.

On my mind:
Pouring out my heart to pray for a situation with my niece and nephew.  This is getting seriously time crunched, and things are not looking like they will resolve in time.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

Hoping to have something to share here for weeks to come about the Francis Chan book Crazy Love that my husband bought for us to go through together upon many of our previous church friends’ recommendations….keep watching – have you read it?


It’s a Top
July 24, 2015, 1:07 am
Filed under: crafted

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I have a top complete ~ all those rows together make a flimsy!  And yes, I hand sewed it all.  This is the one for my son.

Now it’s ready to sandwich, baste, and I’m not sure if I’m stitching in the ditch around the nine patches or tieing off the diagonals.  Opinion?

And I have started using the leftover squares for my own little stadium quilt, and guess who wants his own now?  Of course, my hubby doesn’t want to be left out.  He has drafted his pattern, given me measurements, and taking me shopping to pick out his fabrics.  He was a little shell-shocked at the cost of fabric! ooops.  I will really have to sneak my stash additions in the house now.

I hope you’ll take the time to say hi and let me know how you think I should finish off this first top.  Have a great one!

Linking up:  Finish it up Fridayfabrictuesdayfinalcopy Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, Tater Tots and Jello

Shhhhhh, I did something
July 22, 2015, 1:40 am
Filed under: crafted

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They were 40% off, I just couldn’t help myself after looking at all these quilt patterns in my old magazines and on Pinterest.  I have so many ideas floating around in my brain…I need to get them on paper before I lose them. I have never bought batiks.  I have had a few scraps passed to me before.  I love to look at them in the quilt store.  And now I have some lights and some brights of my own!

And I must keep myself on track with the stadium quilts.

But aren’t they just beautiful to look at!?!

Menu Plan for the Week
July 20, 2015, 5:27 am
Filed under: Menu Planning


Menu for this week:  Lots of evening activities this week, thinking about making lunch the big meal, and sandwiches for dinner on the fly.
Monday – pasta night.  My kids just like butter and Parmesan on plain noodles.  I don’t like pasta (gasp), so I will do a salad.
 Tuesday – chicken and asparagus on the Foreman Grill with Mrs. Dash on the chicken.
 Wednesday – hoping for clear weather to grill burgers and corn on the cob outside
Thursday – we are headed a few hours out of town for an almost staycation, so eating out tonight
 Friday – pizza from one of the local joints, they do an extra large cheese for 9.99 pick up, so worth it after traveling all day
 Saturday – grilling out again, steak! yum, yum.
 Sunday – crock pot chicken and tator tot casserole.  such a family favorite.  I have to use my big crock pot so there is leftovers for Monday lunch.

A Statement From Crystal – Mrs Happy Homemaker
July 20, 2015, 4:30 am
Filed under: Devotion, Life, misc., Parenting - child

MrsHappyHomemaker lost her husband tragically and unexpectedly. Here is a statement from her.

via A Statement From Crystal – Mrs Happy Homemaker.


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