My Daybook :: June 29, 2012

by | Jun 29, 2012 | Daybook, Golf, Kids Artwork, Precious Moments: 07, St. Paul, St. Peter, Wildlife | 13 comments

Outside my window…
we have been enjoying watching these little twins.  Aren’t they just the cutest?!?

I am thankful…        
for fun summer activities, and multiple child discounts!

I am thinking… 
about ways to simplify.  So much for the “lazy days” of summer!   I’ve still been feeling overwhelmed lately, but it’s getting a little better and I (thankfully) haven’t had another panic attack.

Learning all the time… 
This week has been all about golf, but the big kids have all managed to complete a few math, spelling, and writing lessons as well.   My IEW order arrived and we couldn’t wait to dig in and watch the first lesson of the Student Writing Intensive.   The kids LOVED it and I am confident that this will be a perfect fit for our family this coming year!

* Rascal was awarded a Golden Putter for being the “Overall Camp Champion!”

Celebrating the liturgical year… 
with today’s feast of Sts. Peter and Paul!  Since it’s Friday, I think I’ll have Hubby grill some fish in honor of these great “Fishers of Men.” I might also whip up some sort of fish themed treat or cupcakes for the kids to enjoy while we play The Journeys of Paul Board Game after dinner!

From the kitchen… 
My new fave… Chipotle Black Bean Burgers topped with a slice of pepper jack cheese, guacamole, red onion, tomato and lettuce.  Oh. My. Goodness. are they DELICIOUS!  (Oh, and they are on sale/coupon at Costco right now… I stocked up!)   

I am creating… 
a unit study for this summer based on the Olympics!  I just ordered a copy of G is for Gold Medal: An Olympic Alphabet and downloaded this lapbook to start.

I am working on… 
making a few changes to our curriculum and ordering our schoolbooks for this coming school year.

I am going… 
through the piles that have accumulated in our schoolroom and filling a box with the books we no longer need or use for this year’s Online Curriculum Sale Blog Hop.  I’m planning on hosting the link-up here at Shower of Roses from July 16th-31st this year for all of you that are interested in participating.

I am hoping… 
that we will have some warm and sunny days over the next two weeks, especially since we begin swimming lessons on Monday.   It is raining again today and it just doesn’t feel like summer if our corner of the country.

I am reading… 
lots of books to the little ones for the library Summer Reading Program!  I also just received these two new-to-us books in the mail…  I just LOVE Paperback Swap!  Now I just need to find some summer reading for myself, especially for during our time at the pool these next couple weeks… Any suggestions?

I am praying… 
that the Lyme infested tick that bit my Hubby didn’t pass along the disease.  Not the best news to receive this past Monday, on his first day back at work after a week of vacation.  He has already started a round of antibiotics, and we are waiting on the results from his blood test.

Pondering these words…
from Through the Year with Fulton Sheen.  Doesn’t it make you so happy to hear that he was just declared venerable!  He has so many wonderful quotes, but this is my one of my favorites:

“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.”

I am listening…  
to The Four Language Arts by Andrew Pudewa.  Love it!

Around the house… 
lots of golf tees.  I keep finding them everywhere!

One of my favorite things…  
themed birthday parties!  We have a couple more birthdays coming up in July and August that I need to start planning.  Oh, speaking of which, I never did show you all the awesome little cars that Rascal made out of modeling wax for his little brother’s 5th birthday.  Didn’t he do such a great job?!?  I was impressed!

A few plans for the week… {and next}

  • 2nd week of Golf Camp for the 5 oldest
  • A 20th Anniversary Party {It was so much fun, and everyone brought International themed main dishes and appetizers to share! Yum}
  • Parade on Saturday morning, followed by BBQ
  • Mass on Sunday 
  • Swimming lessons begin Monday morning
  • 4th of July party and fireworks
  • Try and respond to at least a few emails…  I’m so behind and just haven’t had much time to spend online, as usual!  

A little peek at my day…

Bud is trying so hard to crawl.   It won’t be long!  In the meantime he keeps frustrating himself, by just backing up off of his soft blankets and away from his toys…


  1. Robina

    oh Jessica. bud is too cute.

  2. Unknown

    Those wax cars are great! I've got some IEW-love going on at my blog today too. 🙂

  3. CeAnne @ Sanctus Simplicitus

    What a lovely find on PBS, I love that spot too! I didn't think to look for those wonderful history books there!!! Thanks for the St. Peter and St. Paul ideas!

  4. JenniferM

    We just finished swim lessons. From my part of the world (TX), I preferred the rain. Week 1: isolated rain, but nothing was cancelled and watching from poolside was enjoyable. Week 2: 100+ degrees for four days straight!

  5. mel

    We made your fish snack mix yesterday…I'm sure my husband will be perplexed to receive it in his lunch today, hehe….
    You are welcome to come here and take away some of our summer, we have enough to go around!

  6. Mom2Seven

    The pictures of Bud are adorable! I also like the one of Snuggles! And, those wax cars are great! Happy weekend. +JMJ+

  7. Hope

    little bud looks so determined! happy 4th to you!

  8. sam

    we have used the freedom history books for about 13 years…i have the first 4 books and answer key if you want me to copy the answers for you i can!

  9. Jennifer Elia

    I have a book that I would love to send you. It was given to us as a present on MOther's day at my parish. I got an extra copy to share. If you send me your address, I will send it to you. Just can't guarantee that it will make it there by swim lessons this week 🙂

  10. P.Jay

    That pic of Snuggles is a prize. Looks so much like he is planning his next move! Adorable. Bud is adorable…you brought back memories. I also had one child that started out creeping backwards and it was so frustrating for him also. So funny to watch too. Beautiful fam as usual. Hope hubby is okay……blessings & stay cool! P.J.

  11. The Gingers

    Hi Jessica!
    A group of us from my parish are reading "The Reed of God" by Caryll Houselander. Last month we read, "Style, Sex, and Substance: 10 Catholic women…" I recommend both!
    Blessings~ Joanne

  12. Anonymous

    That picture of Snuggles is priceless. I bet some uncle of his would really like that one too! And Bud! he is getting so big. We need to get together again, I haven't seen you guys in forever!

  13. Grace K.

    I love Morningstar's veggie burgers…black bean ones are my favorite! And Bud is too cute. He's trying so hard!! 🙂


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