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Showing posts from May, 2012

School's Out!

Today is Girl of the House's last day of the schoolyear.  Yippee!  At her request, though, we will be continuing/picking up a few things through the summer.  She likes learning and sees no reason not to do what she likes over the summer.  How can I argue with that?

Here's a quick run-down of what she accomplished this year~

Math~ Not Girl 2's favorite subject, but she does like being tutored by her brother-in-law, That Boy. :-)  It's helped her tremendously to have someone who's enthusiastic about the subject and highly knowledgeable.  Math-U-See is the only curriculum we have found of the several we tried that she likes . . . well, okay, doesn't dislike.  She thinks Mr. Demme is hilarious!  She finished Zeta this year and has moved on to pre-algebra.  We are doubling up on math this summer so that she can begin Algebra I this fall.  She fell behind during that dreadful eighth grade year when she was so constantly sick, but we keep plugging away and making progr…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ May 19, 2012

We had a rough time at our house this week.  I had (and still have) the mother of all colds, and as we all know, if Mom is down for the count, things just don't go as smoothly.  I'm feeling much better today, but I'm looking forward to having my voice back at full volume!  Man of the House made many extra trips to the hospital to visit a critically ill parishioner whose time on earth was coming to a close, or so we thought.  He has improved over the past day and is being transferred to a bigger hospital.  On top of everything, Girl of the House's dance recital is tomorrow with the dress rehearsal this morning~too early on a Saturday morning when we all just wanted to sleep!  But there have been blessings as well, such as . . .

Look at all that lovely beef!  We bought a freezer last month in anticipation of buying a quarter of beef.  We picked the meat up yesterday, and look how pretty it is!  Now don't tell me that isn't a pretty sight; it is!  And the …

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ May 13, 2012

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter . . .


I love May because of the prevalence of "Wedgwood Days," which have thankfully been abundant this week!


Girl of the House finished this quilt last week.  She machine pieces but binds and quilts by hand.  She doesn't have a specific baby in mind for this one, so she thinks she'd like to donate it to our local crisis pregnancy center. 

The fabric has a fairy tale theme.  Isn't it adorable?  For the backing and binding, Girl 2 used a pale blue fabric with gold stars.  Very cute!

I'm always happy to see Girl 2 quilting!  I think it's important that young people learn how to do as well as how to think.  Using hands-on skills they have learned gives them self-confidence and a can-do attitude as well as allows them to bless others in tangible ways.  Well done, Girl of the House!

Wedgwood Day

It was a Wedgwood day, with white coulds delicately modelled in relief against a sky of pale pure blue.  The best of England, thought Mrs. Miniver, as opposed to countries with reasonable climates, is that it is not only once a year that you can say, 'This is the first day of spring.'  She had already said it twice since Christmas~ once in Janurary, when they had driven across the Marsh to the sea and it had been warm enough to lie on the sand without a coat; and once in February, when she had taken the children for a lunch picnic in Kensington Gardens.  The grass had been scattered with twigs from the previous night's gale, and by the next afternoon it was snowing: but while it lasted that day had been part of the authentic currency of spring~ a stray coin tossed down carelessly on account.~~Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ May 6, 2012

Lots to share today!

{Pretty} I made this skirt for Girl of the House this week following the same instructions I mentioned here. It's Girl 2's favorite design and since I've made at least a dozen of these, I can practically do it in my sleep. I hesitantly chose the fabric myself, and Girl 2 miraculously approved! Isn't it {pretty}?


We bought this patio set last weekend and Man of the House and his trusty sidekick put it together on Wednesday.  We've had dinner outside everyday since then.  In our previous house, the one with the postage stamp-sized lawn, there was no patio or deck or anyplace to put something like this.  We are {happy} to have it!

Here they are putting it together~

And here is Girl 2 with her vintage typewriter, Remy (short for Remington), getting set up for a writing session~

And here is the colorful brolly we got to go with it~

My father-in-law gave me reusable plastic bowl covers for Christmas last year, which I love …