My Daybook :: March 8, 2010

by | Mar 8, 2010 | Daybook | 3 comments

Outside my window… it is surprisingly sunny right now, considering our forecast. Apparently it is going to be the coldest it has been since December and we are even supposed to get snow.  Wouldn’t that be a great way to start “S” week!  I guess we will see!

2:16 PM UPDATE:  We were suppose to have “Snow Showers mainly before 4 pm.”  Yet, here’s what it looks like “outside my window…”

I am listening to… the boys singing Hockey Songs.  They have been having so much fun learning how to play on Saturdays.  They have played a few scrimmages after their lessons, and once in between periods at a game, but (since they are picking it up quickly) they were invited to participate in a game yesterday afternoon and had so much fun!  I wish I would have sent the camera with Hubby!

I am thinking… about yesterday!  I didn’t attend the boys Hockey game since it was my sisters (the twins) 18th birthday.  Our boys and my youngest brother went with Hubby to the rink, Twinkle Toes and Chiquita went home with their Grandpa, and Rose and I went out for a delicious Brunch with my mom and 3 of my sisters.  It was so nice!  Originally it was just going to be the twins, mom and I, but my sister Jennifer drove most of the night to surprise the twins for their birthday.


I am thankful that… everything is coming together for our remodel/addition.  I spent most of Friday afternoon on the phone with the Mortgage Company, Appraiser and Appliance Store, but I made quite a bit of progress.

I am hoping and praying… that the county approves our plans.  We ran into yet another hurdle last week when Hubby tried to apply for the permits…  Originally our plan was to add on to the left side (looking up from the road) of our home, but the county would not allow us to add any more living space (we can build a detached garage) any closer to that property line due to zoning restrictions for “Woodland Resource.” NOW, after finally figuring out how to go through our kitchen (thankfully it hadn’t been remodeled yet) they have recently added another zoning restriction which won’t let us build within 100 feet of the other property line on the other side.  Argh!!   We do live on three acres, but it is long and rather narrow.  This gives us a small are directly off the back and we weren’t sure if the plans we just had made would fit into this area.  Hubby came home to measure and it is exactly 100 feet, from where we think our property line is located.  Praying!!!!

Anyhow, here is a peek at the finished plans.  Our existing kitchen and laundry room/bathroom will be completely remodeled (making my kitchen wider and the existing bathroom narrower, with a pocket door going into a new laundry room) and we will be adding on a dining area and living room!  It will add about 560 sq feet to our home.

* The sink and toilet are actually switched around in our final plans, with the sink immediately inside the bathroom door.

From the kitchen… dreaming about the good things to come in the not too distant future!  Yay!!!

From the learning rooms…  still working on that schedule.

The girls will slowly start “S” week Along the Alphabet Path.  I have a feeling we may be here for a few weeks with everything else that is going on… We’ll see.  I’m not going to stress out about it! 😉

I also need to schedule the mandatory state testing for Captain.  This will be a first for us, since testing isn’t required until 3rd grade.  I am so nervous!

Living the Liturgical Year at Home… still focusing on our Lenten Activities and looking forward to Laetare Sunday next weekend (and remembering how special last Laetare Sunday was for me!), followed by the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph.

I am creating… a clean and organized home.  All of my craft projects are on hold as I work on filling those 40 bags and organizing the rest.

I am wearing… a nursing top handed down from my cousin.  Thank you Bethany!

I am reading… lots of picture books including Little Rose of Sharon (A Story of Self Sacrifice), Children’s Stations of the Cross, and The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children.  All beautiful books to read during Lent and perfect for “S” week!

Pondering these words… from St. John Vianney.

“Oh! How easily we could win Heaven day by day just by doing what we have to do–but doing it for God!”

Our little Rose… is rolling over!!!  I noticed her on her tummy last night and thought perhaps I left her on her side (I had just finished nursing her), but then this morning she was clearly on her back when I left and once again I found her on her tummy (crying, since she hates being on her tummy).   Slow down baby girl!  I’m not ready for you to start growing up already…

Noticing that… I never did have a chance on Friday to participate in Emily’s March Favorite Fives.  I’ve been thinking about it though and am noticing that their are so many little things in my day to day life that make me smile.  It is going to be hard to narrow it down to just five.

Towards personal care… I’m still working on that mile per day.  I usually take Sundays off, but since I was a mile behind walked with my mom at her house yesterday afternoon.   My parents live on 10 acres and there is a trail/road which goes around the whole property.  It is beautiful to walk.   I also did a workout Saturday morning using EA Sports Active.  I am still having a hard time standing up from the Squats.  Ouch!

Around the house… lots of candles!  Now that some of the surfaces (ie: bathroom counters and coffee tables) have been de-cluttered I am lighting my candles a bit more often and just love how they warm up a room and make it feel so much more cozy!

On keeping home… I filled up one more bag for the 40 Bag Challenge with a few more of my own clothing items and a number of puzzles from the school room.  Nine more to go!

One of my favorite things… RAINBOWS!!  We were hoping to get to see one during “R” week and ended up seeing quite a few.  Here is a picture (taken by Hubby) of one of the rainbows we saw at my parents home yesterday afternoon.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Monday :: Home Appraisal (the Appraiser just left)
Tuesday :: Bunco
Wednesday :: Doctors appointment for Rose
Thursday :: Little Flowers;  Pro-Life Dinner/Fundraiser
Saturday :: Hockey Lessons
Sunday :: Mass (Don’t forget to Spring Forward!)

A Picture thought I am sharing:


  1. Holly

    what a gorgeous view! I've been following your blog for awhile now and have been so blessed! I am a homeschooler from Chicago…

  2. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks Holly! I love visiting my parents home.

    I remember back when I was about 13 and my parents were considering purchasing the property, it was SO thick with poison oak, buckbrush, and trees you never could have even imagined the view that was hiding behind it all.

  3. Kelly

    Great rainbow photo!! I can't believe she's rolling over already. Too fast!


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