Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

I wanted to post this much earlier, but I am bound and determined to follow my own computer schedule instead of scuttling it in the first few weeks . . .

FOR TODAY: February 23, 2010

Outside my window... the weather has been lovely for the past two days, at least by February in Pennsylvania standards, but now we have cold, cloudy skies and that freezy kind of rain. And I hear that there is more snow coming. Saints preserve me!

I am thinking... about how cool it is that my aunt just got a job as a cake artist with the bakery that is featured on TLC's Cake Boss. I have seen the show a few times, and I hope she loves her job. She's an amazing artist.

I am thankful for... a generous brother with mad computer skills. This computer clean-up would have cost us a bundle on the outside. He did such a good job that I am almost afraid to use it for fear of doing something bad to it. Almost.....

From the kitchen... I made a big pot of potato leek soup last week and it turned out so well that I am still thinking of it this week. I'll just have to make another!

I am wearing... my maternity yoga pants, a striped top, and big woolly socks. I can't even tell you how much I am going to miss these pants after I have the baby and I face the prospect of tucking my floppy tummy into jeans.

I am going...to arrange the kids' Easter outfits now. I am due on Palm Sunday weekend, and even if I go late (which I usually do), I will have little to no time or energy to make sure everyone has their Easter clothes in order. Plus, there is a killer sale going on in our local department store, so there's no time like the present.

I am reading... "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game," by Michael Lewis. I haven't seen the movie with Sandra Bullock, but this is the selection for our book club this month and I am really enjoying it. I thought I would hate all the parts about football, but it is extremely interesting. My husband's plan to make me a football wife is working . . .

I am hoping... this baby stays head-down -- no more time for scooching around, little one. No more room either!

On my mind ... we should really pull the car seat, bassinet, and other assorted baby gear out of the storage room and clean it up. I keep feeling like I have loads of time, but I have to take into account how slowly I move these days and how much the other kids derail my plans for doing anything in an uninterrupted fashion.

Pondering these words ... Rob leaned over to me last night, patted my belly, and said "I am getting really excited to meet the baby". I love that my husband is as excited and joyful about this baby as he was about the others. It helps make the long last weeks bearable. What a mighty good man.

I am hearing... brotherly love. The boys are up their room, and Fiver is crying about some lost Legos. Bun is right next to him trying to console him. It can be fleeting, but it's there.

Around the house... just waiting for Rob and the girls to come home from piano lessons so I can start dinner. I'm also wishing that we didn't give up take-out pizza as our family Lenten sacrifice since I am not in the mood to cook. I guess that would be the whole sacrifice part coming into play.

One of my favorite things... the beach! I just made our summer vacation reservations . . . it's nice to think of them during the long, cold winter.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

Ahhh . . . summer . . .


  1. Ahhh, summer! It IS coming, it IS! Although we probably won't make it to the beach just warm air and days outside sound delightful right now!

    Sweet brothers! Those moments of love are few and far between around here, but they are totally worth it!

    Hope you have a great week!

  2. Insanely jealous of a planned beach trip. Someday I'll go on vacation again.

    We have had our car seat in the entry way for months now. It has become a nice place to keep library books and such. ;)

    I can't wait to find out what you are having!

    I bought my girls skirts for Easter, not the fancy dresses I wanted, but something much more practical that will be worn often. Now I just need to get some shirts, and perhaps legging. The boys will get boring polos to wear with jeans or khakis.

  3. Just stare at the beach scene...don't look out the window. Listen closely...you can hear the waves crashing on the beach...smell the sea air.

  4. Awww! How sweet. I love that brotherly love thing but see so little of it. Where did you get your three column layout?! I "covet" it.

  5. So that last comment? From Sara? That's me. I just signed in as the wrong persona - the one that uses the computer to homeschool and not blog. (giggle, snort) But I still want to know where you got your three column layout...


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