Monday, August 31, 2009

Daybook August 31, 2009

FOR TODAY... Monday August 31, 2009

Outside My Window... dark. I need to get to bed, but thought I could bust this out quick.

I am thinking... about making earrings. I had fun learning how to wire wrap. I'd better start wearing these earrings I'm making.

I am thankful for... a great One-to-One session at the Apple Store. I feel like I got so much accomplished and learned a lot.

From the kitchen... soaked steel cut oats for breakfast. I made a huge pot this morning but it was thin like gruel. Who wants to eat gruel? Thankfully it thickened up and we can enjoy it tomorrow.

From the schoolroom... Kindergarten seems to be going well. He brought home a book that he made and "read" it to us. We are finishing The Glorious Flight and will be starting Grandfather's Journey soon.

I am wearing... blue pants, striped tee and my favorite suede mocs that need to be replaced because they are falling apart.

I am creating... movies. I just learned iMovie and am having fun filming whatever I can.

I am going... to finally throw away those tuberose from a couple of weeks ago. They are pretty ugly by now and not so smelly.

I am reading... a new Karen Kingsbury book that I can't remember the title of yet. I barely started it last night. I read right before bed and actually fell asleep reading this big book (it's actually 2 books in one). I dropped it on my face.... y'ouch. I'm also reading The Writing Diet: Write Yourself the Right Size.

I am hoping... I don't wake up at 4am again tonight. I have the past few mornings and then I lie in bed believing I'm not sleeping, but probably am. I think it's making me have weird dreams - like a grocery store that only accepts paper cash (no coins). I kept trying to explain that it didn't seem right that they were rounding up to the next dollar amount. They never rounded down and acted like I was crazy.

I am hearing... TV from the other room.

Around the house... paint chips on our bedroom wall. We are talking about painting this weekend. I'm not thinking it's going to happen (at least right now). Regardless, it's fun looking at all the pretty colors.

One of my favorite things... playing dog with Grom. When he's Maui he loves to be scratched behind his ears and play fetch. For some reason Maui the Dog talks in a really high pitched voice. It makes me giggle inside.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Back to School Night, Surferman's Birthday!, All Church Picnic and a birthday party

Here is picture I am sharing...
How you can be praying for me and mine... consistency and follow through. Boldness.

Read other Daybook's at Peggy's Blog, The Simple Woman.

What's for Dinner - Week of August 31, 2009

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Grilled Corn on the Cob with garlic and parmesan cheese

Vegetarian Moussaka
Garlic Bread
Tomato Cucumber Basil Salad

~Sister Cooks~

~Back to School Night~
Chicken Caesar Salad

~Surferman's 44th Birthday~
~Home Group~
Ravioli and Cheese Bake
Green Salad

~All Church Picnic~
Sausages and Corn to BBQ

Veggie Scramble

~Friends Birthday Party~
Raw Veggies
Yogurt Dip

Get more menu ideas at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Wheels on the Bus

Three days in and Grom was ready to ride the school bus.
Truthfully, Grom said he was ready on Monday.
It took me a couple of days.

We waited at the bus stop with the other kids. His nose itches, promise.

"Bye, Mommy"

After he got on the bus, I hightailed it to school.
I knew he'd make it, but wasn't sure what he'd do when he got off the bus.

He kept walking and pretended he didn't see me.
I stalked him all the way to his classroom.
Of course, he did great.

I think this going to school thing might be harder on me than on him.

I didn't follow the bus today.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Daybook August 25, 2009

FOR TODAY... Tuesday August 25, 2009

Outside My Window... it's late, so it's dark.

I am thinking... about going to bed. I'm yawny.

I am thankful for... tuberose. My mom bought me a bouquet almost two weeks ago and they are still smelling up my studio. I wore tuberose in my hair so their odor brings back fond memories.

From the kitchen... a really yummy tuna noodle casserole. I can't remember the last time I made it. Grom liked it. We may be having it more often.

From the schoolroom... Our FIAR book this week is The Glorious Flight. We are reading about the history and pioneers of aviation.

I am wearing... black pants and my lemon yellow Power Lab VBS t-shirt from last year. We didn't get shirts this year... bummer.

I am creating... hopefully some earrings. I'm learning how to wire wrap tomorrow. I'm very excited.

I am going... to put Grom on the school bus tomorrow and then secretly follow him to school to make sure he makes it to his classroom. I feel like a dork, but at least I'll be at peace.

I am reading... Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin. I'm finally almost done.

I am hoping... to get our freezer and pantry cleaned out a bit in the next couple of weeks. I think I've said this before (maybe a few times), but it really needs to be done.

I am hearing... Surferman shredding. Unfortunately for him, it's papers and not waves.

Around the house... trying to settle back into routines. As I speak lunches are ready for tomorrow in the fridge and the coffee pots are ready to go first thing.

One of my favorite things... my nine year old Honda Odyssey. We've been some great places together. It's reliable, roomy and handy.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Lunch and Park with friends, Grand Opening to show off the remodel at Grom's new school, Grom's first "real" gymnastics class, Farmer's Market, Parents Night Out = Date Night with Surferman and other fun stuff. I have a bunch of phone calls to make.

Here is picture I am sharing...My pirates!

How you can be praying for me and mine... My time with the Lord has been sporadic and unfocused. Pray I would have sweet times with my Lord in His Word. We are settling into a new schedule. I'm good at filling up time... let it be productive and for His glory.

Read other Daybook's at Peggy's Blog, The Simple Woman.

What's for Dinner - Week of August 24, 2009

~Sister cooks~
Garlic Bread

Tuna Noodle Casserole
Cantaloupe, Blueberries & Strawberries

Soup from the freezer

~Grom - Gymnastics~
~Dinner at Farmer's Market~

~Parents Night Out~
~Date Night~
Picnic & Movie at the Beach
Turkey Sandwiches
Tomato Soup
Corn on the Cob

~Friends for Dinner~

~Pasta Dinner at the Arnold's~

Join the meal planners. Post yours at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Grom the Kindergartner

Monday was the first day of school for Grom. After much going back and forth, Surferman and I decided to give our local elementary school a try. It was a really hard decision, there were good reasons on both sides.

Grom and I are going to continue reading and discussing our Five In A Row books. We had settled into a nice habit of reading first thing in the morning that we plan to keep.

Please pray for Grom's transition and that we'll both make some friends.

Watch for pictures tomorrow of Grom's first school bus ride. Yikes!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Daybook August 10, 2009

FOR TODAY... Monday August 10, 2009

Outside My Window... dark. We've been having our normal inconsistent summer weather - fog, cold, hot, beautiful. Not much wind though.

I am thinking... my feet hurt and I should take off my sneakers.

I am thankful for... turkey sandwiches on baguettes without tomato from the French Bakery on the front steps at church with a great friend in midday sunshine that felt more like sunset. It was a great lunch break.

From the kitchen... We been enjoying Soaked Oatmeal from the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook. It has a nice tang to it and doesn't need salt. I've been adding a spoon of brown sugar, some cranberries and nuts. It's very filing and holds me until lunch. yum!

From the schoolroom... Grom earned a week to study whatever he wanted. He chose volcanoes. I found a couple of story books, some science books and few movies. It looks like a fun week. I think we'll save the exploding model of a volcano for when he's a little older. Instead we might make a volcano sundae.

I am wearing... hoo haw! something different today... grey trackpants, white tee, trainers. I had on a track jacket earlier, but I got warm. Tomorrow I'm wearing black capri pants, natch.

I am creating... nothing. I'm hoping to learn how to wire wrap beads soon. I'd like to make some earrings and other pretties.

I am going... to make an appointment to get my hair cut and colored this week. It really needs it. I can't tell you when I had it cut last and it's getting a little more grey than I'd like to admit to on top.

I am reading... Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin... still.

I am hoping... to sleep through the night. Last night I woke up at 2:30 and toss and turned for "hours" before really getting back to sleep. Everytime something popped into my head, I prayed and gave it to the Lord. I had a lot on my mind I guess.

I am hearing... a huge Surferman yawn from the other room.

Around the house... We got a Wii... well my mom did. She'd be happy to tell you that her Wii age is 6 years younger than her actual age. Grom is quite enamored even though he's not quite coordinated enough for Wii Sports. I don't like game systems. I'll let you know if this changes my mind.

One of my favorite things... Free music suited to my taste (which is weird). If you haven't checked it out - go there as soon as you finish here.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: I hope to get a One-to-One lesson at the Apple store. I'm having some pesky problems. Eating lots of veggies, drinking lots of water and going for a few walks. Surferman and I need to finish our Family Mission Statement.

Here is picture I am sharing... I'm sure there is something great on my iPhone, but it's in the other room. I'll post something tomorrow.

In the meantime, here's a great local sunset...
photo by mikebaird

Did you know that Morro Rock is an extinct volcano? It's a volcanic neck... all that's left. It's the first in the series of volcanoes that formed the Seven Sisters. Mommy learns too.

How you can be praying for me and mine... Surferman has a new job. I have some health issues to deal with that I'd just as soon be healed of. And Grom has been emotional and bossy lately - almost like a teenage girl. Please pray for my family.

Read other Daybook's at Peggy's Blog, The Simple Woman.

What's for Dinner - Week of August 10, 2009

There are a lot of ??? and veggies in the plans for this week. I'm back to trying to use up our CSA vegetables before they turn and our freezer is packed full again. Those ??? should be replaced by yummy stuff from the freezer. Honestly, I'm too lazy to go see what's out there right now.

~my sister cooks~

Veggie Fritatta with Ham
Strawberry, Cucumber & Basil Salad
(recipe from our CSA - I'll post it if it's delicious)

Macaroni and Cheese

Corn on the Cob

~dinner for friends with new baby~
Easy Ravioli Bake
Garlic Bread

~watch the Girlies~

~family dinner~
my folks cook

Happy Eating!

Check out more menu plans at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday carnival.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Daybook August 4, 2009

FOR TODAY... Tuesday August 4, 2009

Outside My Window... grey foggy sky... it's summer here at the coast

I am thinking... about change... about friends who are perservering through tough situations and trials... about a cup of coffee...

I am thankful for... Surferman... for too many reasons to mention... well here's one... he made me a latte this morning.

From the kitchen... I don't really feel like cooking, so I'm not very inspired. Sandwiches and eggs sound good to me.

From the schoolroom... Mike Mullligan and His Steam Shovel. We get to visit Popperville and learn about stewardship, steam engines, flexibility and more.

I am wearing... lime green capris, grey t-shirt, flip flops

I am creating... another name meaning gift for a friend who had a birthday on Sunday. I need to post pictures of these things. I also have a washcloth on my knitting needles. Surferman and I have been working on our Family Mission Statement.

I am going... to the doctor today. I don't like going to the doctor.

I am reading... Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin. The jury is still out... My next book needs to be non-fiction.

I am hoping... to bang out my to do list this week.

I am hearing... quiet. I love quiet.

Around the house... the pursuit of order and routine.

One of my favorite things... bananas. I just ate some perfectly ripe perfection. I don't know why I don't eat them more often.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: library trips, doing something with friends, Home Group, Celebrating with our friends their new daughter (from Foster Care and 11 years old), new routines and organizing.

Here is picture I am sharing from our visit to the fair last week.

How you can be praying for me and mine... It looks like Surferman has a job! Past the job you could be praying for Surferman and I as we finish our Mission Statement, that we would be inspired and realistic, but at the same time uncompromising in the things we need to do / change to be the family we want to be. Also we have to make a final decision about Grom's schooling by the end of the week.

Read other Daybook's at Peggy's Blog, The Simple Woman.

What's for Dinner - Week of August 3, 2009

Ham and Cheese Panini
Carrot Soup
Tomato, Cucumber, Avocado Salad

Turkey Chili
Spinach Salad

Ham and Spinach Crustless Quiche
Warm Beet Salad
French Bread

~unknown plans with friends~

~Couples Home Group~
~Date Night~
Out to Eat?
Picnic somewhere?

LO Veggie Soup
Turkey Sandwiches

~Family Dinner~
my folks cook