Thursday, August 21, 2014

Theme Thursday: Google Image

Joining in with Cari of Clan Donaldson for another installment of Theme Thursday.

This week the challenge was to Google Image yourself and post the first picture...well when I google myself not a single image of myself comes up (at least on the first page) and the first several are people I don't recognize so didn't want to post on here.

But thought this image about four rows down was sweet and oddly very reminiscent of an image I used on an English project when I was a junior in high school.





In the second row was also this image which I have pinned onto a Pinterest board of mine so that's something I suppose.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

5 faves: kids special


  1. Fubbles bubble wand: amazingly big bubbles and a wand both big kids can manage. I love watching Lisbeth  run, giant bubbles streaming behind. The 1$ price doesn't hurt either.
  2. We had read a couple of the series before but this summer Fancy Nancy and her many adventures became a regular at bedtime story time. Sweet stories well told and a wonderful way to introduce new vocabulary in a fun and accessable way.
  3. Caitlin ever trying to be like her big sister and brother has started to bring me the iPad and open the youtube app and say 'abc' meaning:
  4. or 'four'

5. Favorite new snack; Go go Squeez ~ something I had seen before and I believe even offered Lisbeth but...this summer was the right moment, right time etc and has been such a hit that she and her far less picky brother will now eat applesauce even when it does not come out of a tiny pouch.



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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

So much to write ~ no time to write


Please pardon the brain dump which I'm sure will read like a rambling mess but a large pocket of kid- free ~ put thoughts in order and then edit time will not likely show up anytime soon so....


  • Project ignore the remaining boxes and focus on daily life went well and after the break I'm now again motivated to get thru the boxes and get them out of the living spaces.
  • Playground camp has ended but overall went very well with the kids enjoying the trips and time playing with friends ~ and me enjoying the time to run errands or unpack with only one little in tow.
  • Caitlin continues to change daily more and more into a toddler with improving language, insistence on performing tasks herself and more of a temper to prove it.  This is all very bittersweet for me; so cute and so much fun to watch and yet losing any aspect of babyhood a bit quicker than I expected.
  • Managed to get the two older kids enrolled in swimming lessons and after some initial complaints and tears they are both doing really well and making wonderful improvement.
  • So I am very curious to see how they do swimming spontaneous in G-ma's pool on vacation
  • Vacation ~ so excited ~ so much to do before we leave plus we are bringing furniture back so I'm trying best I can to have the spaces reasonably clear.
  • Vacation!!!  Time to read, relax, and play ~ yes!
 (some pictures from last year's trip)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Answer me this: August 2nd




1. When driving, are you more likely to listen to the radio, to CDs or an iPod, or nothing at all?
      When driving with kids ~ their CDS, when traveling by myself ~ radio or silence!!

2. Do you prefer window or aisle?
        Window

3. Do you fall asleep on your side, back, or stomach? What position are you in when you wake up?
         I fall asleep on my left side and almost always wake-up on my left side too, as in I assume I move in my sleep but am not really sure.

4. When is the last time you attended a zoo, circus, carnival, county fair, or parade?
Parade on the 4 th of July, carnival was last fall ~ zoo was a couple years ago.  Can't honestly remember the last time I went to the circus or a country fair.

5. Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational saying?
The Serenity Prayer for the longest time; and of late this attributed to St Teresa of Avila:



6. What's the best thing about summer?
      Sunshine, homemade ice cream, family time at the beach

Thanks to Kendra for hosting such a fun link-up!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Quick Takes #159: the many link edition



  1. Wishing everyone headed to Edel this weekend safe travel and a wonderful time. Truly wants this conference to be a fabulous success ~ in small part so that there will be another that perhaps I get  to go to.
  2. Please head over to Lisa Jo's for a big announcement re: 5 minute friday
  3. Another excellent post by Laura about pulling together a stylish summer uniform.
  4. Moving has had the interesting effect of having me rediscovering some summer stuff I haven't seen in years and a few of my planned core pieces have yet to resurface 3 weeks in. 
  5. As NFP Awareness Week wraps up here are a couple of my favorite posts by Kendra and Rosie
  6. Free one
  7. This week's link-up hosted by Carolyn Svellerella ~ please head on over.
Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WWRW July 23rd





     Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley: Another recommendation from my mom and another good one! Winter Sea similar to the Pink Carnation series tells a historical and contemporary love story intermingled; the story follows novelist Carrie McCelland as she moves to the Scottish coast to write her latest book a story based on the events surrounding the failed attempt of James Stewart to reclaim his throne in 1708.  That story is told through the eyes of Sophia Paterson a distant cousin sent to live with family after her parents death.  She is pulled into the politics of the day since Earl of Erroll and his mother are Jacobites and have opened their coastal castle to members of King James court at Saint Germain in France as they travel back and forth in preparation for the invasion.  Including a soldier John Moray with whom Sophia forms a deep attachment.

    Coincidently while working on the book Carrie also starts a romance with her landlord's son who also happens to be a lecturer in history in Aberdeen.  The book moves smoothly between the two stories, each interesting in their own right the combination made for a very enjoyable book.  While I did miss the comedy of manners which often comes with books placed in the Regency period I loved learning about another part of history especially this was one I didn't know much about.

Would recommend this one to anyone mid-teens or older who enjoys a good historical romance and will be keeping an eye out for other books by this author.


Also reading Organized Simplicity and will report back soon.

Now please head over to Housewifespice for more WWRW hosted by Jessica

Friday, July 18, 2014

Quick Takes #158



  1. State of the house is actually ok; there are still many boxes to open and not enough pictures on the wall but overall we are settling in well and making it our own.
  2. Caitlin is currently a bit miserable getting four teeth at once but also marking the milestone of 18 months with a language explosion, starting to go down slides by herself and insisting on feeding herself ~ which while cute is also turning almost every night into a bath night.
  3. Had fun 'interviewing' the kids for this post.  May attempt to make this a yearly thing.
  4. My sister release her latest book this week; with the moving craziness starting to calm down I'm looking forward to reading it soonest.
  5. Yay for summer produce; while the mess of fruit salad and smoothie prep is a bit annoying I'm so happy to see my kids happily eating so much good stuff.
  6. Weekend plans include anchoring some bookshelves, emptying boxes and if the kids have anything to say lots of sprinkler time.
  7. Some latest pictures:


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