Monday, September 7, 2009

Daybook-- Labor Day edition

For today...September 7, 2009

Outside my is a beautiful day and there is a slight breeze blowing through the trees.

I am thinking...Duh! I was wondering where my Godson and family are today then I realized...Oh yeah, probably getting his free stuff at Disney! Happy Birthday TJ!

I am thankful...for free chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-a.

From the kitchen...more chicken tonight...chicken and chips with green peppers and corn on the cob, not sure about the rest of the week, long weekends kind of get you out of the everyday meal planning habit.

From the learning off today, except for Jonathan who will be taking a science test later so he can start his new unit tomorrow.

I am reading...nothing else today...I FINISHED two books today...The Secret Garden this morning, and then I read all 280 pages of Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech--it was a GREAT book!! Madi and I will be discussing it with other mothers and daughters at bookclub tomorrow (she finished it last night). The new Nicholas Sparks book also comes out tomorrow, so I will probably be buying it on the way home from bookclub. His are the only books I buy new and I buy them the minute they come out. I am reading Ramona the Brave to Jake. We had been reading the same three Berenstain Bears books over and over everynight (the Sitter, the Doctor, and get the gimmies per his request) and last night while I was talking to Caryn on the phone I was sending him to bed and said I'd be in in a minute to read...she asked what we were reading and I told her about the same three books over and over, she said she and Sara were reading a Ramona book, so I convinced Jake that we should too, he fell asleep last night before the end of the first chapter.

I am praying...for our country...primarily for all of the negativity to know how much I try to avoid political posts, but I just can't deal with all of the negativity surrounding the president's upcoming speech to is about setting educational goals for goodness sake!

Here's a quote to ponder...You can't keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair. This is from Walk Two Moons.

I am listening to...Madi and Jake playing the wii, they've gotten far too much screen time today!

Around the house...what would you expect when I've been reading all day, Jonathan and Mike are working in the yard, Madi and Jake are glued to the screen, AND we cleaned out my car earlier (read-- brought all of the junk from the car into the house). Oh, and 4 boxes of Pampered Chef stuff arrived the other day!! On a positive note I moved the couch in the library (front room), it doesn't necessarily look that good, but I was ready for a change.

In our yard...the never ending mulch pile is ALMOST gone!!

One of my favorite things... reading.

I am "googling"...we googled a "star chart" last week so Madi can pick out some of the stars in the sky as part of her Astronomy.

I am go for a walk at least once a day until our cruise.

A few plans for the rest of the, bookclub, Theatre (Madi got the lead--Ti Moune, Jonathan is her father Ton ton, and Jake is Daniel's son), AWANA etc... Thursday we are taking Jake to my parents and Mike, Jonathan, Madi, and I are going to Night of Joy Friday and Saturday.

Some picture thoughts...


ann marie said...

Have you ever read the Nicolas Sparks memoir, Three Weeks with My Brother? I own it and you can borrow it if you would like. I have never read any of his other stuff but I bought that on a whim and it is SO good. He has had an interesting life. You have to read it if you haven't. He is such a nice person. He and his wife opened a Catholic school on his own dime - an ENTIRE school all from his own money. Maybe I'll read some of his other books.
And I don't like dabbling in politics either and am always mad at myself when I take the bait as I have unfortunately done in the past. I have found myself saying the St. Francis Prayer over and over and over and over. My mom's best friend told me to recite it daily and it works. I recently taped it to my board above my computer.

Shawnie said...

I love your life!!! And, I love reading Nicholas Sparks too!

Julie said...

Trying not to take the political bait, either, except to say that I don't like govt interfering with what I think is a parent's role...values.

MelissaB said...

If you don't already know about it, you may want to look at It is a free computer program that you can use to see what the sky looks like now, in the future, or in the past-exactly where you are. It's pretty easy to use and can help you pick out constellations and find nebulae if you have a good telescope. My girls aren't as interested in astronomy as I am, but that's one of the great things about homeschooling, they don't have to do what the teacher wants all the time. :)

DebiH. said...

I loved Three Weeks with My Brother! It was strange to read a N. Sparks book that was not fiction but, I agree, it is a great story!

Tiffany said...

I want to borrow the new Nicholas Sparks book after you and Mike have read it.
That's a lot of reading in one day! I'm jealous. It's 10:30 pm and I haven't read a word today!
Can't wait for my PC stuff.

Tiffany said...

I want to borrow the new Nicholas Sparks book after you and Mike have read it.
That's a lot of reading in one day! I'm jealous. It's 10:30 pm and I haven't read a word today!
Can't wait for my PC stuff.

cdgantz said...

Ok, I have to confess that I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book. And Daniel will be glad to hear about the car. He is always worried about it--as you know! :)

Have a great week!

Julie said...

Caryn, your missing out, you'll have to borrow some Nicholas Sparks books!

Julie (B), personally, I'm not afraid of my kids hearing about values from the president or anyone else because we are together so much of the time, we talk about things like values all the time, and they know what I value.

Tiffany said...

You've got an award on my blog!

Smith Schoolhouse said...

I love that last picture!!!

Smith Schoolhouse said...

you should frame it!