If I Say Hello, Will It Echo In Here?

Hey ya’ll. Remember how I was doing better about posting back around the beginning of the year? And then this happened:

….and I went into a 4-month-long ¬†nausea-and-exhaustion-induced hibernation. Or something like that.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done this and turns out pregnancy is even more miserable when you’re almost 40 than it is when you’re not quite 30. Who would have guessed? But we’re super happy and can’t wait to have another baby in the house. He’s due in October. so just a few more months to go.

Between the constant nausea and ridiculous exhaustion (so much worse than I remember from the girls) I didn’t accomplish a whole lot other than survival during the spring months, but I thought I’d give a quick update on what we’ve been up to anyway.

Mad turned 8 in March and I threw her the lamest birthday party ever, in which I did almost nothing except bake a cake and took zero photos. Thankfully she’s a very forgiving person because I just couldn’t handle life at that point.She asked for a new journaling Bible and has been happily creating ever since. ūüėÄ

In April (armed with nausea meds from my dr, thank goodness) we took a trip through west Texas, which has been on Jerm’s bucket list for years. We drove to Big Bend for a few days, then headed to Balmorhea to see the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. We drove through the Guadalupe Mountains, stayed in El Paso, almost ended up in Mexico thanks to a faulty GPS, and detoured to Carlsbad to see the caverns. It was a fun trip, and we’re glad we did it..once. Probably don’t ever need to see all that again, though. Talk about your desolate, desert-y, middle-of-nowhere wastelands. I can definitely see why there aren’t many people living in most of those places.


We’ve had lots of family in town visiting. Ang, mom, and Heidi/Anthony/Malachai have all made trips down here this year and Jerm’s had lots of cousins, great-uncles, and aunt/uncles, etc. visit. It’s been fun to see everybody, but I didn’t get many photos, sadly. Here’s a super cute one of my newest nephew that almost makes up for the lack of evidence from everybody else.

Susannah celebrated her 10th birthday with a unicorn-themed party. I love that she still likes all things girly and frilly and sparkly.

Let’s see, what else has been happening…

Our floors flooded AGAIN while we were out of town so we’re once again replacing flooring. Going with tile this time and it’s suuuuper gorgeous, so I’ll be sure to share a photo when it’s down.

I’m actually making progress on my to-be-read shelves this year, largely due to my hermit status and refusal to leave the house unless it’s an absolute necessity. I’ve cleared probably 15 books so far and am plugging away steadily at several more. I’ll have to post a separate book update soon.

That’s pretty much our spring in a few paragraphs – what have yall been up to?

Week(s) in Review: October 1-15

It’s been for-stinking-ever since I’ve done a week in review, so long, in fact, that I don’t even think I ever shared Susannah’s birthday party or our summer road trip and maybe not even the big family reunion this past spring. (?) ¬†I obviously have some catching up to do, but for now I’ll just share a couple things we’ve been up to for the last few weeks.

School is trucking right along and I don’t think I’ve even taken photos to document the start of new grades this year. Bad mom!

Some highlights:

Susannah’s learning division and loving it, Madeline is all-around causing me to rapidly age because of her utter lack of interest in ANY subject and her closely-held belief that she’s just “too small” to do well in school. She has decided reading is worthwhile, though, helped along greatly by the Pizza Hut Book It program and the Braums reward program. Still, I count that as quite a victory from last year. ¬†We’re studying American history this year and I’m putting my own curriculum together, which is working very well for us so far and has been pretty fun. Here are a few of the drawings we’ve done to go along with our studies so far:


We try to go camping in October or November every year since *usually* the hot weather is calmed down to something manageable. I agree to one night per year. ūüėČ And obviously it wasn’t cooled off quite enough yet since we saw snakes…

Mad fell in right after I took this photo and gave us small heart attacks because the water is pretty deep right off the bank. Thanks a lot, kid.



I finally, finally, FINALLY made some progress on the quilt-a-long project that already ended months ago, but that I’m determined to finish NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES ME. It’s utterly ridiculous to me that I couldn’t keep up with one block per month, right?¬†Bad seamstress! Anyway, something went wrong on this block (not sure what exactly), but I’m so elated to have finished a few, that I don’t even care. (In my defense, I did try to fix it, but couldn’t figure out how.)


I saw this adorable woodland creature pumpkin idea here and knew we had to try it out for ourselves. I love pumpkins and we try something new every year. The girls loved making these little cuties.

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So that about covers it, I think. Okay, probably not really, but that’s all I have ready for now, so it’ll have to do. I do hope to catch up on some of what’s been occupying our time very soon.

Your turn! What have yall been up to lately?


Week in Review: May 31-June 6

So I’ll start with the happiest news first: my father-in-law, although still in the ICU, is doing much, much better than he was a week ago. We’re all so happy to see him waking up a little and responding to familiar faces and are anxious to see further improvement this coming week.

Next happy news: it FINALLY stopped raining so the flooding and ridiculous record-setting seems to be behind us. I was able to mow a few days ago since Lake Lewis had finally disappeared from our backyard. ¬†It was a little boggy still and I saw at least 6 frogs, 1 snake, and countless spiders running from the mower. ¬†It was a little traumatic for me, especially the spiders, but now we actually have a yard again. So that’s nice.

We enjoyed the first week of our mini-break immensely, spending a lot of time outside (it’s already really hot, but we can’t resist the sunshine after all the storms lately) taking walks, going to the park, etc. ¬†We baked monster cookies, worked on art journals, played all kinds of games, made up plays, and enjoyed each others company.

I’ve been without a vehicle so we’ve had to walk or bike everywhere we want to go, which has actually been kind of nice. Forces us to get out and exercise every day whether we feel like it or not. The girls had earned some chore money so we walked down to Dollar Tree (their fave store) and Susannah decided on the way there that she needed some shades. She found the perfect pair…check her coolness out.



Oh, and Mad bought party streamers. Don’t ask, cause I don’t know. Kids buy weird stuff. I have a sneaking suspicion that it has something to do with her determination to throw the cat a birthday party…

We had fun at our homeschool group’s field day on Friday. It was scorching hot but the girls played all the games, made friends, and loved their goody bags. I wish I was more like Madeline. She just plops herself down in the middle of a group and starts talking. Friendliest kid ever. Susannah is a little more shy, but she always ends up with at least one or two kids she hangs out with.

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Not a whole lot else has been going on. A lot of our spare time has been spent at the hospital and we’re trying to finish our last bathroom remodel. ¬†Jerm just has a tiny bit left on the floor and I need to finish painting, but that should happen this week sometime. ¬†We’re going to be so happy to have everything finally done.


Trying New Things: Day 8


Day 8: Start an Art Journal

Seriously, this has been on my list for so long that I’m kind of ashamed of myself for not getting around to it sooner. ¬†I had no idea which direction to go with this one, so I decided to have the girls do it along with me as an art course. We’re using the following¬†list of prompts, courtesy of Tinkerlab.


For now we’re picking one prompt and working for 15-20 minutes once or twice a week.

Here’s our interpretations of white on black.

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Susannah’s is the top, Madeline’s on the left, and mine is on the right. ¬†I hoped to have several pages completed before I got to this topic, but no such luck. I may include future pages in our weekly reviews.

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Whatever. It was a hard topic.

Any art journalists out there?  If so, do you prefer following prompts or working with no particular theme in mind?

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Trying New Things: Day 5


Day 5: Mother/Daughter Journal

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This one has been on my list ever since I first had kids and Susannah is writing and spelling well enough now to start. ¬†I wrote the first letter to her today and she’s already plotting what to write me back. ¬†I hope keeping a journal together will become a long-standing tradition. (Oh, and Mad is already wildly jealous, so as soon as she’s writing well I’ll be starting one for her.)

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I used a regular composition notebook and added some washi tape to dress it up a bit. My little Fancy Nancy loves it.

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Dress Review: Sara’s Fashion

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A few weeks ago we were contacted by Sara’s Fashion¬†and asked to review one of their dresses. ¬†Susannah and I perused their selection of dresses and after a rather lengthy debate, decided on the Pink Vintage Linen Plaid dress. ¬†It’s a perfect spring and summer dress, but substantial enough to wear during our mild autumn as well.

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Sara’s Fashion¬†specializes in flower girl and special occasion dresses and offers a beautiful and affordable collection to choose from. ¬†Susannah desperately wanted one of their¬†ultra-fancy white dresses (like this one), but I know my child, and until the need arises for a white dress it’s just not practical for her. ¬†She’s still a little too rough-and-tumble for me to trust her in white.

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We really love the plaid dress we were given and it’s perfect for church – fancy enough for Susannah and practical enough for me. ¬†The dress is well-made from quality fabric and comfortable to wear (which is wildly important to my picky child). ¬†The flower is removable ¬†so it’s easy to change the look and Susannah loves wearing it both ways.

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Be sure to hop over to Sara’s Fashion and peruse their adorable line of girls dresses. ¬†Which one would your daughter choose?



**I received product and/or compensation for this review, but as always, all opinions are my own.**

Week in Review: September 14-20

We enjoyed our first break of the year this week and I feel sufficiently sane to start up again on Monday. We stayed busy, catching up on a few things we’d fallen behind on, and having some fun days, too.

We snapped a few photos to commemorate the start of new grades:

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You guys…this is such a Madeline face.

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Check out these wild-looking, well wildflowers that I saw on a walk around the neighborhood the other evening. ¬†They’re translucent. ¬†Weird, right?



We were contacted by a girls clothing company to review one of their dresses, which we received in the mail this week.  Look for our thoughts on it in the near future.

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Also this week, we:

Mowed the lawn (yes, we endorse child labor),

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made lemon bars,

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jumped on our new-to-us trampoline (thank you, thoughtful neighbors!),



made videos to entertain you with some of our current memorization pieces,

and went on an awesome momma/daughter date at the mall. ¬†And seriously, I’m pretty much doomed if my girls already adore the mall with all their little beings, right?

Mad got a huge kick out of these "people with only half a head!"
Mad got a huge kick out of these “people with only half a head!”

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They bought hair curlers, hand sanitizer, a little bling, and….makeup. ¬†Doomed, I tell ya.

I swear, I didn't tell her to walk like that.
I swear, I didn’t tell her to walk like that.
The part where we ate lunch at ChickFilA and it was all fun until some lady let her kid pee all over the floor next to us and didn't clean it up.  Check, please!
The part where we ate lunch at ChickFilA and it was all fun until some lady let her kid pee all over the floor next to us and didn’t clean it up. Check, please!

What did your week look like?  Do anything fun?  See anything gross?  Force your kids to mow the lawn?