Fall Family Update

About a week and a half ago, my husband and I were sitting out back together discussing just how perfect the weather was.  It had been cool and a little misty that morning, but the sun had come out and a few fluffy clouds floated through the sky.  We celebrated with our new fire pit he & Kaity put together in the back yard – roasting marshmallows, burning cedar that had fallen in our yard and just watching the fire burn.

i love fire

Fast forward to yesterday and it was an abysmal HUMID almost-90 DEGREE day!  In October!  

Personally, I think it should be illegal.  I think it is dangerous to pumpkins and other gourds (hey – maybe I am a PUMPKIN!!!)  and it should just be banned from the repertoire of fall weather.  I expect rain showers and thunder storms.  I expect fog delays and cool evenings.

Anyways, it looks like that typical fall weather is coming in the next 36 hours, so I won’t complain anymore.  I enjoy the colder weather and watching football and drinking hot chocolate…  

I got a sweet Facetime call from Porter on Sunday night.  Oh that little guy.  Can’t even believe how much he has grown since we got to see him in March!  His sweet Mama said “he has found his attitude” and I got to see it a bit.  Oh my I remember those days.  At least he is still cuddly.  Although I can’t complain, because when I let her, my 13 year old still climbs in my lap for a hug every so often.   He is saying several words (or NOT saying several words upon request. lol) and said “Gigi” a bunch – which obviously melted my heart!!!  

Flag football is in full force, and Sam is having fun playing!  He caught the first touchdown of the season – and since then has worked on trying to pull a flag and catch another ball.  He is definitely in second grade cuz he is torn between paying attention to the game or flossing between plays with his buddies…

He only has a few games left in the season and then sister Kaity will be starting basketball.  Kaity is in 5th grade and started band this year.  Claira decided not to continue playing flute, so Kaity is picking it up this year. 
The school got a new director who seems to have added some sass to the band’s performances -and she really enjoys her classes. She is excited about learning and playing and says she might play in marching band AND be a cheerleader when she is older.    For this basketball season, Dad will be assistant coach again, and apparently several of her teammates from last year are already asking when practices begin!

Greg started eating Keto about 2 months ago and is seeing lots of great results!  He has lost about 20# and continues to eat Keto for most meals.  It is somewhat similar to THM (S) meals, so at times, I will join him.  We have tried some really interesting recipes and he keeps finding more to try.  Some of them are great for the family, and some are just for him & me. 

As for me, I’m working more and staying busy, trying to get the house ready for cooler weather and keeping kids on schedule and on task.  Yep, I’m tired.  I recently won a little giveaway on Instagram from a Cleveland planner group (@CreativeClevelandPlanners on Instagram) and was SO excited to get my prizes!  I am using a TN (traveler’s notebook) and have been for months – this came in a different size with some CUTE accessories!

Right now I don’t have inserts that fit the planner cover, but now that I have it, I can make plans to use it next fall when school starts!  Who says Pumpkins can’t come til October??? 

It’s a fun time of year and we enjoy our Pumpkin spice lattes and hot cocoa with marshmallows, and will have many more cups to come.

If Teacups Could Talk

I have a small – but treasured – collection of books that are related to the taking of Tea. Every once in awhile, I like to pull them out, reread them, review the beautiful pictures and dream of afternoons spent enjoying tea.  Especially as the crisp of Fall weather starts to settle in.

I don’t even remember when I purchased my copy of If Teacups Could Talk, by Emilie Barnes. It is my favorite Tea-related book, and one I turn to often for inspiration.

It is so beautifully illustrated and includes some lovely recipes, but the thing I love the most about this book is how the author shares her love & passion for tea and tea parties. It isn’t just about drinking tea – but about using tea time as a means to building relationships.

It doesn’t REALLY matter if the liquid involved is Tea – it could be coffee, water, pop, etc.  It doesn’t really matter if you choose to have tea alone, with your children, or with friends.  The idea is to make taking tea a refreshing experience for the body and soul.

So whether you have an antique teapot with matching teacups and saucers handed down through generations of your family, or you have mismatched mugs collected over the years – consider inviting someone special to have some Tea Time with you.

And if you are looking for some inspiration, I recommend this book and others by Emilie Barnes. I have several of her books and reading them is like the practice of deep breathing for the soul!

I have included my affiliate links for Amazon.  If you click the link and decide to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission – but it won’t cost you anything extra!

Growing Times Three

Today Little Man is Two Months Old. TWO MONTHS OLD already!

I sighed as I typed that. It’s hard to believe he was born 2 months ago already. But I do think that is – at least in part – due to the fact that the first four weeks of baby-life is SUCH. A. BLUR! Lots of feeding, changing diapers, trying to sleep, trying to learn a new baby and adjust to schedules and everything else. The second month is spent getting to know this new little person, since the personality becomes more evident – and if we are so blessed, we moms get to adjust to our somewhat-rational mindset. (As rational as any mom can be I suppose. lol!)
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Oh What a Week! (CGC!)

Oh has it been a week. We’ve gotten significant amounts of snow – enough to delay 1 day of school – but enough to keep us from just getting out and going anywhere. It’s very pretty – but VERY cold. Hot Tea or Coffee is JUST right!!! Feel free to help yourself!!!

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Honestly – I’ve had some good moments this week – but we are dealing with some serious stress – that is really coming from external sources – and it’s difficult. I’m entrenched in my 3rd trimester – emotional and hungry – and it’s wearing on me. I’m trying to NOT let it wear on me – and have found that my praise & worship songs really do provide so much comfort and peace – especially when I can put my earplugs in and totally zone out…
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So I printed some coloring pages over the weekend to play with in between doing homework and running errands. Okay, I didn’t really “RUN” errands – but I am hobbling better every day and moving faster.

It’s amazing to see how much these “bumps” in life affect my kids. I don’t mean to say they shouldn’t be affected by life, it’s just interesting to see how they process these upheavals and changes in life. We’ve seen many twists & turns over the past several weeks, but mommy with a hurt foot, brace or ankle wrap, and crutches – really knocked them off kilter for a few days.
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Doing What I Can to Make My Home Sing

I’ve been VERY tired lately – and we’ve got a lot of “stuff” going on in and around our home and family.

Thankfully, Curly is done with soccer – but she had fun and made some new friends and rediscovered her love for digging up worms out of the dirt…

We were all kinda dealing with some crud yesterday – different for each of us – but we laid low and took it easy. Curly needed a few breathing treatments and Roy has been battling something for a couple of days. Georgie has been a handful cuz she’s got more energy than the other 3 of us put together – but she has been helpful and loving when we have been able to get her attention. =)
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Calling All Company Girls – Is it Due Season, Yet?

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And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

Although the Company Girls will be visiting today, I just want to thank all of my readers and visitors – again – for your comments and thoughts when you leave them. It is appreciated and I enjoy our interaction.

Can I tell you that I just feel beat down? This week has been full of difficult things. Intermediate Algebra being one (and I’m not joking when I ask for all of you to pray for me in this battle against algebra – a required class for my degree…) Continue reading

How I Manage to “Do It All”… NOT!

It has been a lot of fun for me to get to know more about Danielle on her Journey… While we were busy interns, we really didn’t have a lot of time for chit chat and I feel like I’m getting to know more about her now than I did then. Her explanation for her blog title – and the suggestions for starting a home business were great, weren’t they? She has some great resources on her blog for WAHMs or moms who WANT to be WAHMS! Continue reading

A Full Cup – Company Girl Coffee Time!

Happy Friday everyone – enjoy your Company Girl Coffee time today!

This week just flew right on by, didn’t it? School’s starting up in our area – Curly’s starts next week – and my own classes start up on Monday!

Can I just say – again – how much I love Home Sanctuary? I am so inspired – so refreshed every time I visit. I’m finding some motivation to accomplish some of the tasks Rachel Anne puts out there – and it feels good. Easy, accomplishable tasks – gotta love it. Don’t forget to sign up for her occasional newsletter! Continue reading

Curly’s Birthday Month

August is Curly’s birthday month. She is turning 4 years old! It’s hard to believe that my little Sunflower has grown so much – but she has!

Do you know the amazing and cool things an almost-4 year old can do?

Swing. Yes, that’s right folks, Curly can pump and swing herself now. And not only that, she helps push her sister on the swings, too!

Swim. Okay, so it’s not really swimming, but to her it’s a big deal. Putting her face in the water – well, she now believes she’s a Princess Mermaid! And of course, she is! Continue reading