Thursday, February 28, 2019

What I Enjoyed This Week and Last Week: Time with Rachel


Last week turned out to be a little bit quieter than usual.  Rachel had a low-grade fever Wednesday which cut piano lesson time in half, and Mary's ballet class was cancelled because so many children in the co-op have been sick.  So we had a little extra time at home this week, and we used the time on Thursday to go to the library.  What a wonderful place!  :)

Then Friday I took Rachel north of Houston for an appointment, and I really enjoyed that time with her.  We ate at her favorite restaurant, Red Robin.  Since we don't have one anywhere near us, it is a special treat.

On Saturday, our whole family visited the George Ranch.  I had not been there since before Hannah was born, so it has been a long time.  John has never been.  We managed to slip in with a group from Galveston which was led by the great-grandson of one of the owners, and his tour was amazing.

This week we got back to our normal schedule with no sickness (yea!), but oh!  the rain.  Neither of my two girls who play soccer had practice this week because of the rain.  They were disappointed.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed these two weeks:
  • The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron.  This wonderful book tells the fictional stories of three young women who are joined by their love of a castle in France.  Aveline is caught up in the French Revolution; Vi joins the French Resistance in World War II; and Ellie tries to figure out what her grandmother with Alzheimer's wants her to know.  Reading this book was such a treat!
  • a day off from school Wednesday because I could hardly talk.  Teacher's sick day, you know!
  • being done with birthdays for a while.  In case you were not counting, we had three birthdays in less than three weeks.  
John and I are running a 5K tomorrow morning.  It should be a lot warmer than my last one!  Since Rachel has her first soccer game of the season, we look forward to cheering her on!

What did you enjoy these last couple of weeks?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Book Review: Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas by Ace Collins


As the title suggests, this book contains the history behind many of the traditions we hold dear at Christmas.  Including the Nutcracker ballet, why we use stockings, and the beginnings of the nativity scene, the contents of this book seem to combine all of the wonderful things about Christmas into one book.

Although I knew a little of the history of some Christmas traditions before reading this book, I learned much more as I read through it.  The author is thorough in each chapter about each tradition, and I enjoyed learning new things about Christmas as I read.

I want to thank BookLook Bloggers for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Friday, February 15, 2019

What I Enjoyed this Week: Daniel!


This week started off with Daniel's birthday which we celebrated Monday although it was actually Tuesday.  Since we have CC on Tuesday and we always get home exhausted after a full day, we figured it would be better to celebrate a day earlier.  Especially since I made the cake on Monday.  Who wants to wait a day to eat birthday cake after it is already baked?  :)

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:

  • Murder at the Courthouse by A.H.  Gabhart.  After reading River to Redemption, I decided to check out some more books by this author, and this murder mystery which takes place in a small town was very entertaining.  
  • doughnuts for Daniel's birthday.  This recipe is so good!
  • While I did not enjoy taking all four of my oldest children to get evaluated for braces, I do enjoy the fact that Rachel does not need them -- yet.  
  • a day off from school.  Yes, we take birthdays (or celebrated birthdays) off from school.  :)
  • my dryer working again!  It stopped heating up Monday, so the repairman came out and fixed it today.  Hooray!  The laundry was piling up.
It looks like another quiet weekend for us.  Some people may not appreciate quiet weekends, but I sure do.  It gives me a chance to relax after busy weeks!

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?  Do you enjoy quiet weekends like I do, or do you prefer more adventure?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Daniel's Eleventh Birthday!


Today is Daniel's birthday!  He is so much fun to have around!


He participates fully in everything he does!


He is a great big brother!


It has been fun watching him grow this year, and I look forward to seeing him mature over this next year, too!

Friday, February 8, 2019

What I Enjoyed This Week: Hannah's Birthday

Hannah enjoyed her ice cream!

Hannah had her third birthday this week, and we all enjoyed it.  We took the day off from school, ate lunch out, and visited the library.  (John said that only my child would want to visit the library on her birthday.)  After supper, we went out for ice cream.  Yum!  It was a simple day, but Hannah seemed to appreciate it which was the point.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • Hidden among the Stars by Melanie Dobson.  This book tracks the fictional stories of several young people in Austria in the late 1930s after Germany occupied it along with the contemporary story of a bookstore owner.  As the author reveals more information through the story, the reader can see how their lives intersect.  I enjoyed this book more than I initially thought I would.
  • meeting friends to get ice cream yesterday afternoon.  Ice cream twice in a week!  But seeing friends was even better.
  • having a week off CC.  As you know, we love it, but it is also nice having a week when we don't have to rush off to CC and be gone all day.  I felt like we had an extra day in our week!
  • because of that extra day, the rest of my week felt more relaxed and less rushed.  
It looks like another quiet weekend at home -- after my 5K in the morning.  It is supposed to be cold, and I am not looking forward to that although it is good running weather.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the week?

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hannah's Third Birthday!


It's Hannah's third birthday, and she is very excited about it! 


She is a fun-loving, little girl


who brings smiles to our faces.


She is a great sport about all of these trips that we take.


And she is always ready for an adventure!


We are so thankful for Hannah, and we look forward to watching her grow and mature!

Friday, February 1, 2019

What I Enjoyed this Week: Friends!


Last Friday afternoon, we threw a birthday party for Rachel.  Several of her friends from our CC campus showed up and made her day.  She was so excited to finally have a birthday party!

This week ended up being busier than I expected, but some good things happened.  We met some friends at a museum in Houston.  We had not seen them in a while, so it was lovely to catch up with them again.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:

  • last night, I drove up to Houston and met a friend to hear Jen Wilkin speak, and it was absolutely wonderful!  She has an amazing ability to cut get to the heart of the Gospel, sharing the truth of the Bible in a winsome, engaging way.  
  • having a little extra free time today since we do not have CC next week which means that I do not have to work on lesson plans.  ;)
  • having my sink work properly.  It had a slow drip and did not drain well, so John fixed it.  I do not know if a dripping sink bothers you or not, but it does me!
We do not have any plans this weekend.  After a busy week, I will be glad for some downtime.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?