Monday, April 07, 2014

A spring break daybook

outside my window

It's raining right now.  We've finished dinner and Tommy has instructed me to enjoy a little quiet while he plays a video game with Paul gets the little ones ready for bed.  It's taken me a long time to even start this post though because I could watch the water drip from the bottom of the downspouts for hours.  If there is anything more calming for me, I'm not sure what it is.  So maybe I will.  Just sit, with my feet up, and watch.

giving thanks

Speaking of Tommy, today he passed the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification exam, which is a big deal for him professionally and a big deal for all of us psychologically.  You know, I don't personally care or mind what letters he could put after his name on a business card.  But I knew that it mattered to him whether or not he passed, and for that reason I was on pins and needles all morning.  Around 11 a.m. I started anticipating the phone ringing.  At 11:52 it rang.  I held my breath and answered.

Aaaaaaaaaaaah....exhale.  All good news!  So now instead of studying all evening every day, he can play video games get small people ready for bed and all is right with the world.

thinking about

The garden.  The new baby. Clearing out that area right down there for the playset I've started insisting we need.  Because summer.  And a newborn.

in the school room

It's spring break!  I mean, I know that probably sounds silly what with the homeschooling and all, but being able to not care that Lizzy slept until almost noon today (is that something I should be keeping under wraps?) and not worry about getting the schedule written up for the week and not needing to budget any time for anything today was...super greatness.


Um, another human?  Actually, my dream is to stitch along with Jenna over at Call Her Happy , but....let me explain.  She has this cute pattern and I was all "what can I stitch this onto.  OH! AN APRON!"  But of course I have no appropriate apron upon which to stitch said design, so naturally now I need to make an apron first before I can stitch any adorable design upon it.  And I have a pattern.  And I have the fabric.  And that's how far I got.  Dang it.

But hey!  Have you seen her Etsy shop yet?  I demanded she make me a button for it which I've stashed over there on the sidebar ----->  You will be enamored though, so don't say I didn't warn you.


Later this week I'll review and do a giveaway of A Little Book about Confession for Children.   But I have some other loves that are perfect for Lent and Easter, one of which is The Life of Jesus: An Illustrated Rosary 

and On Easter Day in the Morning, which I think I've recommended before on this here blog.

Both of these are so loved in the house that maybe I should devote an entire post to them, but for now I'll just say that if you get these two books, you can gift any child from zero to well, 99 I guess, because that rosary book has layers.  It is really remarkable.  Easter gifts, my friends!


For my Aunt Ann who has undergone some very serious, unexpected surgeries over the last few days.  I know so many of you are already praying along with me for her, but the situation is still potentially dire, so please keep her in your hearts.

around the house

Someone should really scrub my bathtub.  And paint our hallway.

a picture 

I wish this was clearer, but it's still sweet.  A kids' performance of Frog and Toad for Cecilia and her friend Belle who are almost-birthday-buddies-one-year-apart. 

 Belle's mama and I are due on pretty much the same day with our new babies.  Her husband insists it's a race and OH MY GOSH HOW WILL I EVER LIVE IT DOWN IF SHE BEATS ME????
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  1. Can you set up a baking soda and vinegar experiment in the bathtub for Paul and Cecilia? Or maybe "bath painting" with shaving cream? Cleans like a charm with no effort on your part ;)

    And I'm sure they'd be willing volunteers to paint the hallway, too!

    1. What? Tell us more about bathtub experiments! Don"t leave us hanging like that :)

  2. Enjoy your break! Thanks for those book recommendations, too.

  3. Yay for some spring break! And for him passing that test!

  4. I love good news! Glad your hubby passed. And enjoy your spring break, no racing aloud!

  5. Ha! I think you are gonna beat me lady. If I was a betting woman I'd put money on it in fact if only because I am due (ha ha, get it?) for a late one

  6. I had Jenna custom make me a necklace. It's just lovely and she's so talented!

  7. Oh gracious congrats to your husband on the PMP! My husband took it and didn't pass -- I think in large part because someone once told him it was "the hardest test I've ever taken!" and that freaked him out SO HARD -- and we're ramping up to have another go at it. This time I think I'm going to have to help him study because just as freak-out-ery is contagious, so is calm. :)


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