A Quote

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Friday, August 15, 2014

My personal goals for August 2014

My goals this month are pretty much all about Kayla.  That's because I really want to have her room done for the fall and the poncho finished so she can wear it when the cooler weather arrives.  Except by most of our "summer" days so far, she could have been wearing it pretty much all along.  Anyway, my goal list this month is rather short, but don't let that fool you. If you took a gander at this chick's room, you'd know there is a list and a half of things that need to be done.
Finish Kayla's poncho
Paint Kayla's room
Finish building Kayla's dresser
We've added nightly walks to our already full agenda and stopping at the little park that's close to us.  Elliot loves it!

It's Friday! ENJOY!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Currently . . .

. . . my absolute favorite time of the year is just around the corner.  The months September through December, for me, are the best!  Don’t get me wrong, I do love the heat of summer, but these next few months are the most fun filled, activity packed months for this family, and who doesn’t like sweatshirt weather (just a teeny bit??). 
Currently, we are finishing a school year (August 15 is the last day for K to get all her assignments in).  Her new school year begins the last week of August.  We have a planned school shopping trip scheduled this week.  Since she is cyber-schooled her new school outfits will mostly consist of new p.j.’s.  Funny, huh?  Actually, I said it as a joke and she loved the idea.  She’ll have four 1 hour virtual classes this coming school year, and I’m insisting on her attending a few of the social outings offered by the school, so we’ll also get a few new shirts and jeans, too.
I have the VA scheduled for a pick-up this Thursday and, oh my, I have at least four boxes ready to go and that doesn’t even make a dent in the STUFF we have accumulated! UGH!
Elliot is growing ever so fast and he is saying more words.  He also can show you where his nose is, loves dogs, birds and Thomas the Train.  Still dances as soon as any music is heard.  Still insists on feeding himself.  Still spills out his toy box as soon as you clean the room.  He is such an awesome little guy.  I can hardly wait til 5:00 to get home to him.
We have an action packed weekend planned, the drive-in Friday, the Science Center on Saturday, Church and Kennywood (for K and Carl) on Sunday.  I’ve also got to fit in grocery shopping and tons of laundry.

 I would ask that you please add Beth Orbin (Pennsylvania) on your prayer list.  She has received some horrible health related news and her children are only 7 and 5.  Thank you.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August 2014 To Do List

[ ]Look over previous To Do List, add unfinished items here
[ ]Write August Goal List 
[ ]Write budget; tally paid bills
[ ]Finish building dresser
[ ]Schedule VA pick-up
[ ]Write menu for week of C's visit
[ ]Schedule doc's appt. for K
[ ]Respond to Boro tenant letter
[ ]Continue work on poncho

[ ]Being putting together LSNED 2014 album

Now, do it! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Big Reveal

Last evening, the family gathered at my niece and nephew's home for the reveal of their first baby's gender. My other , Brian, along with the certain medical staff were the only persons privy to the color of balloons that were contained in the "reveal" box. After prayer and great food, the box was opened. Michael was heard to say, "There goes my checking account," followed by pink balloons floating up out of the box. Hooray!!!!
Congratulations, Mike and Jolene!!
The food 
The decorations
The Reveal

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My 2014 Summer Reading List

1.    #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso;
2.    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; and
3.    the adorable board books: Guess Who, A Merry Christmas, Mickey Mouse’s Haunted Halloween and It’s Pajama Time, each for the umpteenth time, because they are Elliot’s current faves.

My summer reading list seems short, I know, but add to that the latest issues of "Artful Blogging," "Where Women Cook," and HGTV Magazine, plus a handful of blogs each day and I think I’ve got summer reading covered pretty well.