My Daybook ~ September 22nd

by | Sep 22, 2009 | Daybook | 12 comments

FOR TODAY: September 22, 2009  

Outside my Window… it looks like fall, but feels like SUMMER!  The high today is suppose to be nearly 105 degrees (with a low of 50 tonight!) and the rest of the week should be pretty warm as well.

I am thinking…  about how active our new little one has been lately.  I’ve been feeling quite “lived in” and I am even more anxious for this little one to make her arrival!

I am thankful… that I was actually able to find my mom a birthday gift which she LOVED!   Yesterday was her birthday and so we took a drive out to my parents home to drop off her gift, which was a gorgeous Seven Sorrows Chaplet, and a whole bunch of handmade cards.

From the kitchen… leftover Butternut Squash Ravioli from Costco.  It was so delicious!

From the school room… Yesterday we started “F” week which will include Fairies, Flowers, Forest Fires (I couldn’t pass up including a favorite topic around here!) and St. Francis!    I couldn’t have planned it any better when hubby called yesterday afternoon to tell us that a big fire had broken out on the outskirts of our nearby city resulting in an impromptu field trip to his office (which had a great view) for the evening!

Living the Liturgical year at Home… We will begin the Novena to St. Therese this week, leading up to her feast day!  (Hopefully I will have a few minutes to post the daily prayers again this year.)  We will also be celebrating the feast of St. Padre Pio on Wednesday.   After the children go to bed, Hubby and I will probably watch one of our wonderful movies about this great saint.

I am creatingSaints n’ Stiches! As well as plans for a Fire Safety Lap book. 

I am reading… I happened to stock the basket in the living room this past Sunday night with lots of books about Forest Fires and Firefighters, which resulted in lots of excited children!  We will be reading them all this week.
I am going… to charge my camera battery.  I couldn’t believe it when it died a few pictures into the fire yesterday and my backup was still at home in the charger. Oh well!

I am wearing… maternity clothes that is already getting too tight this time around… And I still have just over 13 weeks to go!

I am hoping… that I can catch up on the laundry today.  We had such a busy weekend that I am now quite behind.
I am hearing… my children getting up, finally!  We had a late start this morning after being out till nearly 10:00 pm last night.

Around the house… I hung a lovely new wreath on the front door for Fall.  It makes me smile every time I open the door.  Isn’t it pretty?

One of my favorite things… Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks.   YUM!!!  But even better is my Cocoa-Latte Maker with which I can almost replicate them at home.  Almost! 

A Few Plans For This Week…  Oh, it is going to be a BUSY week:

  • Monday – Mom’s Birthday
  • Tuesday – Birthday Party for a very dear couple (The children’s swimming teacher and her husband.) 
  • Wednesday – Doctors Check-up for me and Errands afterwards
  • Thursday – Little Flowers Meeting and Pizza Party 
  • Friday – Mass & Benediction, Coffee/Lunch with Father
Plus, I need to manage to keep up with all of our school work too.  Looks like I won’t have time for much else!

A picture thought I am sharing:

A little guy that was watching us watch the fire yesterday! 

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  1. Aubrey

    WOW! I can't believe that it's going to be so hot there today! We've got the heat on, as our high is only projected to be 66! That's backward!

    It's wonderful that your little girl is kicking around. All of that movement is so reassuring. Can't wait to see her!

  2. Anonymous

    IF you love pumpkin spice lattes then you will love this homemade recipe from Lisa at Are We There Yet? The recipe uses real pumpkin unlike Starbucks and it is so much cheaper to make. The pumpkin muffin recipe she has is also yummy! Here is the link for you to check out.

  3. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you Natalie! I am going to have to try her recipe too, to compare! =)

    The one I've been using is from Mary Ellen's Blog (Tales from the Bonny Blue House). Here's the recipe:

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

    2 cups milk
    1 cup very strong coffee (using organic decaf these days)
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    2 teaspoons sugar (or one packet of Splenda)
    1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus extra for dusting)
    2 heaping spoonfuls of pumpkin (canned is fine)

    Pour all of the ingredients into a pot and heat over medium-high heat until the coffee is steaming hot. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream & cinnamon.

  4. Amy Caroline

    Don't you love Fall? It is my favorite season. I am very excited, lol.
    I am now running out to my pantry to see if I have any canned pumpkin! I have been thinking about those lattes since you mentioned them the other night.
    Too bad it isn't "p" week, lol.

  5. Pamela

    It is cold and cloudy where we live. We just went apple picking and put out our fall dec. 105 that just sounds way to hot for mid September.

    Love lattes I must now go serch in my pantry as well for the canned pumpkin.
    We have had the Butternut Squash Ravioli they are wonderful.

    Do you wake up your kids in the morning for school? We have a plan to but it is so nice when you can just let them wake up when they are ready. I love home schooling:)

  6. Jessica Gordon

    Yes, this year I have been waking them up at about 7 each morning. That way we can begin school at 8am. Today was an exception, since I wasn't even ready to start school at 8 this morning, plus I didn't want to have cranky children all day, so I just let them sleep in. Yes, homeschooling is wonderful!

  7. Danielle B.

    That is a beautiful wreath Jessica! I just purchased a new one from SAM'S Club, but I do like yours better. :o) SO happy its fall. Thanks for sharing your pumpkin latte recipe. Just yesterday I was telling myself to do an online search for recipes. I'm going to go try some now. :o)

  8. Sarah

    Oh, I *love* pumpkin spice lattes, too. They are SO good! I will have to try these recipes, though, as it'd be great to find one I can make at home for (ahem) cheaper … That wreath is gorgeous, too! I really like it! Fall is definitely my favorite season, but it hasn't felt like fall here yet, either. It's been kind of muggy … I can't wait to wear jeans and sweaters (but NOT jackets … I'm not ready for THAT yet!)

  9. elm

    At Starbucks, I ask them to put the pumpki spice into their Creme base… yum yum yum!!! They have "Blended Cremes" in their non-coffee section – like a frapuccino. Anyway, it is like drinking a pumpkin pie!! If anyone has a recipe for THAT?? You will be my new bestest EVER friend and I will surely kiss your cheek!! I will probably love you forever and ever and you will always wonder just what is "up" with that crazed preggers lady who wants pumpkin pie through a straw at all times! I do have some pumpkin that I roasted, pureed and froze last fall still in the deep freeze… I NEEEEEEEEEEEED a recipe!!! 🙂

  10. Margaret

    Fun fun fun and busy like always. Sounds like my life in that way. 🙂

  11. Shelly

    Amy, fall is my favorite season as well!

    So jessica, which of the 2 padre pio [ahem, st. pio!] movies do you like better? now you know i've seen 'the miracle man' one – and i can't see anything being better than that one!

    🙂 you busy supermom!

  12. Jessica Gordon

    Only hubby has watched the second one, Padre Pio: Between Heaven and Earth, of our two St. Pio movies, but he personally thinks it is better than the Miracle Man. I can't quite imagine that, so I am hoping to watch it tomorrow, if we have it — I know it was loaned out at one point…

    Anyhow, he absolutely loved it and posted the following review on his blog:

    The most authentic and accurate portrayal of St. Padre Pio put to film. Not shockingly dramatic or overdone, this film inspires rather than entertains. Any student of the Saint will quickly acknowledge the movie's authenticity – from the monk's stigmata (the physical bearing of the five bodily wounds of Christ's crucifixion) to his gift of reading souls and to his physical altercations with Satan (not over dramatized); from his relentless and devoted efforts to build a hospital for children to his suffering amidst false accusations from inside the Church.

    At 2 hours and 40 minutes, the movie keeps the viewer engaged with the amazing life of this monk. Based entirely on historical and eyewitness records, the movie is so true to reality that I personally felt like I was in San Giovanni Rotondo following the very footsteps of our hero saint.

    The movie doesn't latch onto any one dramatic theme, nor does it embellish the true story with thematic elements. Rather, the film underscores, with convincing detail and authenticity, those major events in the monk's life that made him such a beloved champion for Christ. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and walk away truly knowing our bigger brother in the family of God. Most of all, this movie will inspire one to want to become a saint.


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