My Daybook :: July 7, 2010

by | Jul 7, 2010 | Baby "Rose", Daybook, Home Improvement | 11 comments

Outside my window… we have been seeing a momma turkey with all her little babies!  They are so cute when they are little. . .  Then they grow up!

I am listening to… the contractors hammering away while my children amazingly sleep through it all. (It is currently 6:30 am.)   I am so amazed at all the progress that they have been making.  The old exterior wall came down yesterday and I am pretty sure the interior framing will be completed today!

This is looking from new dining room towards the new kitchen.   I am very thankful for that big black sheet of plastic keeping the dust out of the rest of our home! 
I am sure once the walls are up, and all the cabinets are added, it will be a little smaller, but right now it feels HUGE!! 

And here is a picture looking the other direction towards our dining and family room area.  I love that it is going to be so nice and open! 

I am thinking… about all the decisions we still need to make.  We’ve decided to go with Tile floors in the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms, with Hardwood in the dining and living rooms.  However, we still have not decided on the colors/styles yet.  I also need to choose paint colors. . .

I am thankful… for the new associate priest in our area!   (I posted one of his homilies on Father’s Day.)  We got to meet him at a 4th of July BBQ.  He was ordained in our diocese a year ago, but did spend the past 5 years studying in Rome.  We really enjoyed visiting with him and hope to have him over for dinner a BBQ, soon!

I am hoping and praying… that we will not be without a kitchen for more than 6-8 weeks, as predicted by the contractor.  It is going to be a crazy summer.

From the kitchen…  Hummmm…  This is a hard one.  Currently I do dishes in the bathtub, keep all the food out in our detached garage (which isn’t sealed very well and has already been raided by animals a couple times) and we cook and eat on the front porch/deck or the back patio.   It has been interesting to say the least.

From the learning rooms… My children are LOVING Summer Bingo!  Our oldest three all earned Blackout’s last week and are already off to a great start this week.  It has been a little harder for Chiquita but I made her card a but easier this week.

Living the Liturgical Year at Home… I just posted the compilation of recipes for the month of July over at Catholic Cuisine.

I am creating… practice sheets for Captain.  He didn’t do as well as I would have hoped in some areas of the practice test for his state required testing, which is scheduled for next week.   We will be studying up on test taking skills as well as subjects, predicates, punctuation, etc. a little bit each day.

I am wearing… Teething Bling for my sweet teething baby!

I am reading… The Christian Mother: the Education of Her Children and Her Prayer a little bit each night.

On my iTouch… a new case, so hopefully it won’t break the next time I drop it in a parking lot! 😉

Our little Rose… is really getting around!  In fact just this last week, she started pulling herself up to a standing position in her crib.  Why, oh why, is she so determined to grow up SO FAST?!?!

Noticing that… I’ve had so little time for blogging and responding to emails since our remodel began.  I kept thinking things would slow down a little bit, and am now realizing that they probably won’t.  At least not for awhile!

Around the house… I keep finding staples and nails everywhere.  I wonder how long it will be before my “Swagger Wagon” ends up with a flat tire! I even added a couple squares on the girls Bingo cards this week for picking up nails.  ðŸ™‚

On keeping home… I love this idea for a “Cup Station.” Shelly even made one for my children and so far it is working great.  Thank you Shelly!

One of my favorite things… our little red grill!!   It was a gift from my Aunt & Uncle awhile back, along with the griddle accessory, and can’t believe we’ve been waiting for a camping trip to use it.  

Isn’t it beautiful?!?!   I just ordered a stove grate, which should arrive tomorrow, and I am actually enjoying life with out a kitchen.  At least some of the time!  ðŸ˜‰

A look at our week:

Monday: Work around the yard
Tuesday: Play Date with Friends
Wednesday: Meet with Cabinet Maker

Thursday Morning: Summer with the Saints (possibly?)
Thursday: 3 on 3 Hockey Game for the Boys
Friday : Mass & Benediction

A Picture thought I am sharing:

A few more pictures taken at my niece’s Baptism!

My Dad with his youngest two Granddaughters


  1. Robina

    your little Rose is really "on the move" as my kids say about their baby sister. I love my swagger wagon too. When we bought our minivan, my BIL framed this print

    for our garage as a joke gift to my husband for owning a minivan. Shhh don't tell anyone…but he loves it, so easy and comfortable.

  2. Aimee Landreneau

    Rose is GORGEOUS!!!

    I am so not ready for crawling! I'm so glad Annelise is taking her sweet time.

    Life's been crazy over here as well. Miss you!

  3. Nope

    Wow, so busy!! This summer is flying by me too fast and I have not yet figured out my homeschool plans this year:)

  4. Anonymous

    That necklace is great! She is so cute chewing away on it. Such a neat idea, since babies are always trying to chew on anything around our necks!

    Sorry about the animals! Yuck!

  5. Erin

    Love the building update, I'd say that's a big dining and kitchen:):)

  6. Kelly

    I LOVE the necklace!!!! Thanks for posting it. Such a cute grill too!

    Looks like the construction is coming along well too.

  7. mel

    Be smarter than I was and don't get light colored grout. Even if the floor guy says they can seal it and it won't stain. Lie, lie, lie….

  8. Patty

    You will just love that huge open space! Since we moved to TX and have mostly tile…by thoughts are always go with a darker tile and grout…the grout will never be clean again if it is light colored. Babies, oh how beautiful those grandbabies are!

  9. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you everyone! It is always so nice to hear from you all! 🙂

    Dessi ~ I haven't even started thinking about next year yet myself!! It's hard to believe that at this time last year I was almost done with my Christmas Shopping! lol!

    Mel & Patty ~ Thanks for the tips! Another friend of mine had mentioned the same thing (to go with dark grout) and we are also hoping to keep the grout lines small. What color is the tile that you have in your homes? We were leaning towards something in the Tans, but haven't been able to agree on one yet. We picked out the stain color for our cabinets today, so that should really help! It's still so hard making all these decisions!

  10. Kathryn

    I have an older son who is truly gifted and yet never tests well, never has. My second son isn't necessarily gifted in the knowledge of books but has loads of common sense and always scores amazingly on tests. It has been a constant challenge to get the tests to actually show my kids weaknesses or talents…I hope the testing works out for you, reading your sentence brought back lots of memories of frustration with tests!

    Goodluck with all your choices, I'm with everyone else when choosing colors…go with darker!

  11. Shelly

    i'm so glad your cup station is working well.

    It's so hard for me to get to blogs during the down summer time, don't know why. i don't have an excuse, just the way it goes i suppose.

    i am so looking forward to the photos of your remodel completed! (as i'm sure *you* are 🙂


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