Monday, April 26, 2010


#15 for 2010
Hosted by Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook ... visit her site to begin daybooking or to find other daybooks to visit.

Outside my window ... it has been a beautiful day.  The smothering heat and humidity of summer haven't arrived yet and the lovely spring weather sent the kids and me outside this afternoon.  We rode bikes together for a little while (yes, I rode mine, too!), then I mowed the front yard. I would have done the back, but the lawn mower ran out of gas, so we headed down to my parents' house to work in the garden and ended up eating supper with them.  Overall, a really great day!

I am hearing ... Ronnie and the kids watching their favorite TV show up front.

I am wearing ... purple jammies.

I am going ... to need to grow wings to keep up with the rest of the week.  This week is completely filled, but with stuff we are looking forward to doing.  In other words, not bad, just very busy.

I am noticing that ... the garden is coming along great ... LB and Papa even found a couple of tomoatoes today.

I am thinking ... that I really want to go ahead and order my curriculum for next year ... new books are so much fun!

I am hoping ... to have time to buy myself a new pair of tennis shoes tomorrow. 

I am reading ... A Tapestry of Hope by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller.

I am creating ... scrapbook pages.  Our last Keeper's project was to create a scrapbook page that would be framed ... I really liked LB's and decided to do one for each of the boys, too.  I finished JW's today, using pictures from his baseball party last year.  I'm not sure what D's theme will be, but I hope to finish his this week, too.

I am remembering ... lots of little things that are bugging me ... most I should just let go since there isn't anything I can do about them.

On my mind ... what devotion I should share on Wednesday night.  I think it will come from Spurgeon's Morning and Evening book of devotions.

Words that I am pondering ... "the enemy of kindness is busyness."  I used this a few weeks ago, but I have recently been reminded that even during the busy weeks I still need to be aware of opportunities to show kindness to others as I go.

Counting my blessings ... a great afternoon and evening with my parents ~ which included a couple hours of chatting with Mama while the kids played and helped Daddy outside.  It is unusual for Mama and me to get time to talk without the kids listening in, so today was a rare treat.  It is also a blessing that Daddy is able to be in the garden more this year.  He is enjoying teaching LB about the process of gardening and she absolutely loves it!  These are memories that I will cherish for years to come.

From the learning rooms ... we are moving into a summer school schedule where we will focus on the three R's.  I am working on setting specific goals for the summer and am looking forward to charting our progress.

From the kitchen ... Ronnie cooked chicken strips on Daddy's griddle tonight (while Daddy was cooking yummy sliders) and we will have those for lunch tomorrow on mini hamburger buns ... beyond that, I really don't know.

A few plans for the rest of the week ... JW &  LB have an extra play practice tomorrow, LB has Keeper's on Wednesday, Thursday night the older homeschool kids will be putting on their play, and D is invited to a birthday party on Saturday.  JW has baseball games tomorrow and Friday.

One of my favorite things ... reading for pure pleasure.

A picture to share with you ... JW with his Mike Mulligan sock puppet.  The kids all enjoy the story of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and I love to read it to them.  I remember Mama reading it to the boys and me when we were little.  I have since discovered other Virginia Lee Burton stories and they are all pretty good.

Thanks for stopping by ... have a great week!


Felicity said...

I also think that new books are a lot of fun! Enjoy ordering your new books. Do you follow a specific curriculum, or just do your 'own thing'? It sounds like you had a good day - what are 'sliders'?
Enjoy the rest of your week.

Patty said...

Oh, how our grass needs to be mowed. The recent rain has delayed that. Finding new materials for the next year is always exciting. I have already ordered and received most of what we will be using. Now I need to get the scheduling finished.

"The enemy of kindness is busyness" ~ how true. We can get so busy with doing that we forget the importance of relationships. What would all our doings be worth without the people in our lives.

I hope you have a great day. I enjoyed reading your daybook.

Jennifer said...

Felicity ... I kind of just do my own thing. I do use specific curriculum, but I use something different for every subject instead of buying a complete package from one publisher.

Sliders are very small hamburgers, this website tells a little about the history of sliders, in case your interested....

And yes, we did have good day, Thanks!

Beth said...

New follower. Found you through the Daybook meme. I miss those days of planning and purchasing curriculum in the Spring. :) Our baby is 20 now so life has changed. Not bad. Just different!


KTElltt said...

Great daybook! I love that you love your parents so much. Love reading for fun too. Have y'all read Katy and the Big Snow by VLB? It is my favorite of hers -- I still have my copy from when I was four and I read it to my little girl all the time...

Donna said...

Hi, Jennifer,

I absolutely love to read for pure pleasure as well. That season of life is on hold right now...

As I was reading your Daybook, I became filled with joy knowing that you have such a good relationship with your parents. I have that kind of relationship with mine. So many people don't, and it's not something that I take for granted! How close do they live? Mine live about an hour away.

I also enjoy purchasing the new curriculum/school books for the next school year. I'm supposed to do that tomorrow.

Enjoyed your daybook. Have a great afternoon!

Hen Jen said...

love the quote, it's so very true. Also love Morning and Evening, I used to have a copy a decade ago or I'm wondering where it went!...

much grace and peace to you this week,