Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Outside my window...
*Fall! Well, Fall-ish, anyway. The temperature is in the 70s rather than the 90s :).

I am thinking...
*That it's so hard to get back to "normal" life after a week at the beach.

I am thankful for...
*Wednesdays--lunch out with the family & church tonight.

From the learning rooms...
*Trying desperately to get back into our school routine--tough after a week off.

From the kitchen...
*Indian food--I used a spice mix to make butter chicken last night and hubby picked up some pre-made naan & gulab jamen--yum!

I am wearing...
*Shorts & my Big on the Pig t-shirt...I will definitely be changing before going out to lunch. Also, my glasses...I'm finding them more and more necessary these days....

I am going...
*To eat Mexican food!

I am reading...
*The Bible
*Otherwise, I'm between books--any ideas?

I am watching...
*Phineas and Ferb

I am hearing...
*The clothes dryer
*Annie the bassett making rude noises

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Later Days!

Catching up...or not

Wow, it's been a long bloggy break, hasn't it? I find it very difficult to get back to blogging after a long break because it's daunting to feel like I have to catch up. I've found that procrastination works in most cases, which leads to more catching up....

So. I've decided to post a few pictures at a time of our recent beach vacation. That should keep the grandparents happy and will prevent me from having to actually think of something to write :). We're still trying to get back into the swing of school and home routines after our wonderful vacation so my few remaining brain cells are otherwise occupied.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Belated Quick Takes Friday....

Annie the Basset is recovering nicely from her surgery. She's greatly enjoyed being spoiled and cosseted the last few days and has worked those sad eyes to her advantage!

We enjoyed dinner with friends last night and the kids enjoyed the pool (too cold for adults). Why is it that kids don't seem to mind how cold a pool is? Why is it that the daytime temperatures are still in the 90's and the pool was cold???

We are about to embark on my favorite season--Fall. Or Autumn. What do y'all call it? I love the nip in the air (purely theoretical at this point), the changing leaves, and bringing out the Fall clothes (Obviously, I call it Fall).

In a week's time, we'll be on our way to the beach! It's a constant point of conversation around here these days. We love our yearly trek with all four grandparents!!

Many traditions have sprung up over the 16 years we've vacationed together: Krispy Kreme doughnuts after early service on Sunday (will that change now that many of our crowd are dieting?), Shopping Day on Monday, carousel rides at Barefoot Landing, Build-a-Bear Workshop at Broadway at the Beach, shopping for a family ornament at St. Nick's Nacks, Ripley's Aquarium....

Oh, we swim and play in the sand, too! And eat...lots.

Let's stop to remember the events of 9/11/01 and pray for the families of those who lost their lives or suffered injuries. Pray also for our soldiers and their families, as they have devoted their lives to providing freedom and security for our country.

Later Days!

P.S. A special Happy Birthday to Living Out Loud's son, C., who made September 11th a day of joy!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day!

I lost the post I originally wrote so I'm gonna do Take 2 in list form:
~We celebrated Labor Day by doing NO WORK OF ANY KIND, including school :)

~The kids and I went over to a friend's house to play in the pool--we had a terrific time but we all have various degrees of sunburn, with me being the reddest :P

~I got to go shopping by myself for a little while this afternoon! Piggly Wiggly grocery store has a promotion where you can trade in your Greenbax (their customer reward program) for gift cards. I paid 12.5 Greenbax (which I get just by getting my regular groceries) for a $25 Kohl's gift card...which I promptly used for some new tops :). They're going to repeat this promotion in November so I'll be hoarding my Greenbax 'til then!

~Hubby grilled steaks for dinner...yummmmmm!

~Our dog, Annie, goes to get "fixed" tomorrow. The hard part will be to see that she doesn't eat anything after 9 p.m. tonight!!

Later Days!

Friday, September 3, 2010


1. My parents are here for a visit and M. is enjoying being totally spoiled! We built a huge Lincoln Log/train set complex last night and right now, he has Mimi pushing him on the swing.

2. College football has begun--woohoo! In my mind, the beginning of football=fall, however, the temperature is supposed to get up to 98 degrees today :P.

3. The repairs and renovations at our church are underway. Several weeks ago, our steeple was struck by lightning and caught fire. We'll be moving back into part of our church building soon, though the sanctuary repairs will take a few weeks longer.

4. Anybody have big plans for the Labor Day weekend? We're getting together with friends...but most exciting--no school!

5. Our dog is scheduled for surgery next week. Some of you might remember that she was pregnant when we got her (unbeknownst to us). Her puppies were adorable. Also, smelly, loud, and irritating. We DO NOT want to do that again.

6. Speaking of school (was I speaking of school?)...we've completed our first two weeks and are still trying to find our "groove". Bouncing around between the four kids and their varying subjects is keeping me hopping.

7. Time for cellphone upgrades...phones are scary complicated these days, aren't they? Gone are the days when you only used a phone to make calls! I didn't think I was a techie-type, but I love having a phone that can access the internet--how did our founding fathers survive without being able to Facebook wherever and whenever they wanted?!?

Later Days!