Monday, October 24, 2016

More Pics from Saturday

Mary holding a chicken...and sisters doing the same

Sunday, October 23, 2016

For the Beauty of the Earth (lyrics)

  • 1. For the beauty of the earth,
    For the beauty of the skies,
    For the love which from our birth
    Over and around us lies,
  • (Chorus)
    Lord of all, to thee we raise
    This our hymn of grateful praise.
  • 2. For the beauty of each hour
    Of the day and of the night,
    Hill and vale, and tree and flow'r,
    Sun and moon, and stars of light,
  • 3. For the joy of human love,
    Brother, sister, parent, child,
    Friends on earth, and friends above,
    For all gentle thoughts and mild,
  • Text: Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917
    Music: Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872

  • Said, "Forget cleaning up our dirty house. Let's make memories today!"

    We went out into the gorgeous southern countryside to bask in God's awesome Autumn day.

    Cotton fields

    Playing with chickens on a farm...

    Someone I've known from church (in the past) has a Pumpkin Patch, Petting a business.

    It was s great day for this Family Field Trip.
    Nanny Carol came, too.

    Isn't this a darling chicken?

    Sweetie Pie the Pig
    There were goats, too.


    Wonderful decision to seize the day.
    Dusting will just have to wait.
    Too much beauty to behold.
    Time to be together!

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Dishwasher Box Becomes Playhouse

    There's a sleeping child in there in the pink Hand me down sleeping bag -
    With Janice's quilt as the roof.

    Writing on the box:
    Mary Owns This House

    It also says:
    Ask Mary be 'fro' (not for) you get in this hous! 
    Plea Please and thank you!
    (spelling glitches are hers)

    Notice the cut of her door?
    Uhm...Miss Mary thought she should cut that with adult scissors and not mention it until later.
    She created her opening.
    Er - NO!
    Had to have a discussion about that.

    She's having fun with her big ole box.
    It's at the foot of my bed so she can play in it or sleep in it with me in the room to watch over her.

    In the way?
    Worth it?
    You bet.

    I'm having fun with a dishwasher that aids us all in the kitchen clean up time.

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Super Hero Saturday

    Mary went to Madeline's Super Hero birthday party.
    Mary made a card, we inserted cold hard cash for Madeline to "buy what she wants", and placed a homemade painted ceramic cross in the bag.
    It had a cute ribbon attached to cross.
    Mary wrote Jesus loves you on a tiny label, drew a heart on it, and Emily colored it in.

    Madeline is on the Batman tee shirt.
    Kennedy is on the left. 
    They're in the same classroom at school.
    Sweet girls!

    Mary made this cape -- at the party -- from an old tee shirt we swiped from Mr. Winston -- Cookie's hubbie. 

    The theme was in honor of Madeline's little brother - Taylor...sitting in chair.

    Madeline's parents are both hearing impaired.
    I know the dad from my being in my school's carpool line every afternoon.
    I AM the carpool lady...I call the numbers, get the kids out of the building.
    Got a team of folks who work with me.

    I've been waving at Taylor and letting him hold my walkie talkie in the afternoons since August, 2015.
    I'd wave at dad.
    3 days after school was out this year, the family was in a bad car wreck.
    Taylor almost died.
    He's having to learn how to speak correctly, walk, and use his right arm/hand.
    Batman has been his "trademark" super hero. 
    Today was the first time I interacted with this family on a really personal their home.

    They're from waaay up north.
    No family here.

    Please pray for them if you think of it.
    Dad stays home to care for Taylor and take him to tons of physical therapy appointments...the whole 9 yards.

    Mom works at a school for hearing impaired kiddos.
    They have a full plate.
    I want my family to be a witness to them - in actions.
    I believe we can make opportunities to do so.

    This is Mary and one of our Cultural School buddies from Taiwan. She attends the school for hearing impaired kids where Madeline's mom works and knows this family.

    I was delightfully surprised to see her and her mom at this gathering.

    Funny/Blurry picture of funny/blurry girl on the trampoline at party.
    Goin' up!

    Mary came home and ate Pho soup.
    Slurp. Slurp.
    I headed to Lowe's with Forrest to buy a new dishwasher -- finally!

    She had a great time at the party!!!
    I'm gonna have a great time loading this new dishwasher
    - at night
    - so I can hurry to bed.

    First Time to Taste Candy Corn

    -- Molly and Mary's 1st time
    Just had a few at Cookie's house

    Big girls went to a Fall Festival and Flower Extravaganza with Cookie.
    They took the photos above and below of


    ....and Banana Trees

    Mary was at school. 
    I ate with her in the lunchroom --
    National School Lunch Week.
    She was beyond thrilled!

    Thursday, October 13, 2016

    Those are roller skates on Mary's pic below.
    Merry Christmas - early.
    More on that later.

    When Mary was working on her cutie patootie project, she looked up at me and said, 
    "I have a good remem-bry...don't I?"

    Thought it was so adorable.

    Woke Mary up this morning by showing her a millipede.
    I found it crawling.
    Did the trick.
    Little M got up and at it.

    Mom said, "Not every mother wakes her kids up by showing them bugs."

    Gods marvelous creation!!

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    Ta Da. Owl Project Completed

    I LOVE to have the girls focus on the art component when completing a project.
    Different textures, materials

    I'm all about having a good time...and learning.
    I did get a little snippy toward the end of it all. Mary's been working on it for 2 weeks -- here and there.
    Haven't been home much.

    I was in the mode of...
    "Let's get this d-o-n-e."

    Been working (jobs) for 19 days straight AND working at 2nd job at nights during the week...after teaching all day.
    I'm there now.
    Oh yeah -- we did have a fall holiday.
    My bad.

    Parent-Teacher Conference Day was yesterday until 6:00 p.m.
    I had 32 conferences.
    The day flew by!

    I left work/conferences and headed to Tuesday night job. It's only for 6 weeks -- working with mom's and kids to develop "the love of reading".

    Inner city location 
    Maybe inner, inner city is a better description.
    I'm contracted by the state humanities council for this job, and I've done it before.
    It's a nice 6 week job...just stacked on top of other job(s).

    Not whining.
    Thankful for the opportunities.

    Did enjoy learning about owls!!

    Monday, October 10, 2016

    Having Fun Learning About Owls

    Making felt owls together 
    Mary's owl will go with the project she turns in at school on Friday.
    She did it by herself, but sissies did the hot gluing.

    Here's Mary's stuffed owl...before gold sequins were glued on.
    We started with white craft glue, but it wasn't doing the best job.
    Mary smeared some on the eyes as she attempted to work with that type glue.

    Em and M recommended hot glue.
    Worked famously well.

    Oh. I did help Mary with the feet...showed her how to make the 2 feet as one piece glued on the back.
    Googly eyes make anything look adorable. 

    Molly's owl, Emily's, and Mary's
    Precious, huh?

    Inexpensive learning craft - "together time" with sisters...who happen to be two wonderful helpers

    Sunday, October 9, 2016

    There's That Chalk Art That Mary Created at Cultural School

    We Love to Read!

    Reading Little Women

    Reading The Wind in the Willows