Monday, August 10, 2015

My Daybook :: August 10, 2015


Outside my window...
Smoke!  It's currently fire season out here in the Pacific Northwest...

On July 30th, shortly after getting home from our road trip, we were visiting some friends for the afternoon when my husband sent me these two photos of smoke. He was overseeing a tree marking crew just a couple miles from where the fire was started and could smell it before he was able to see the smoke plume. That evening the fire quickly grew from 600 acres to 6,000 acres. By morning it had buried all of us down here in the valley under a thick layer of smoke.

My husband wasn't available for fires yet (he needed to catch up at the office after being on vacation for most of July, and meet with some contractors) but on Saturday night, after working overtime all day, he changed his status online and received a call from dispatch first thing Sunday morning. He picked up his Thermal Imager Infared device and left early this morning for his assignment - looking for hotspots. This particular fire is now over 22,500 acres and 40% contained.


I am thinking...
I miss him already. Please pray for his safety, and for the safety of all wildland firefighters!

I am thankful... 
that I was able to figure out how to jumpstart the mini-van using the motorhome. We made it to the library just before they closed on the final day of the summer reading program. That was close! 
Learning all the time
The girls pulled back out their State-by-State Notebooks to add pages for Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana following our recent road trip! I have a feeling they'll be adding a few things to my grocery list as well.

Celebrating the liturgical year...
On Sunday we attended the 2015 St. Anthony Festa at the fairgrounds. As always the boys served Mass and we enjoyed the delicious Portuguese meal afterwards. (I was daring and decided to try some of the meat from the Sopas, even though I didn't know how it had been prepared and with what ingredients and seasonings. It looked harmless enough. Bad idea. I'm still recovering.) 


We are also celebrating the feast of St. Clare this week! (It's celebrated on August 11th on the new calendar and August 12th on the traditional calendar.) I was so very excited to see that Regina Martyrum Productions has just released a newly remastered full length story of St. Clare of Assisi! They are also having a 48 hour sale Tuesday and Wednesday for the feasts of St. Philomena and St. Clare of Assisi. During the 2 days if you buy her story you get 40% off the rest of your order with code CLARE40. Now is a great time to build your collection!


You can find additional book suggestions for the feast of St. Clare and other August feasts here.

From the kitchen... 
I finally used my beautiful Cherry Red Dutch Oven made by Staub (it was my Christmas/Birthday/Mother's Day gift) for the first time this past week to brown and then bake some short ribs.   (Note: This post includes Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to click any of the links, then add an item (any item!) to your cart and complete the purchase, I will receive a commission. Thanks!)


This is my first dutch oven and I'm still learning how to use it... So far I love it!


I am working on... 
  • Little Flowers Notebook Pages - the actual pages are complete, now I need to start working on all the new sample pages...
  • Catholic Digest Quiet Moments/Celebrate submission for November 2015
  • Another blog post for TAN Homeschool
  • A review and giveaway for here at Shower of Roses
  • When did my blogging hobby turn into an actual job?!?  ;) 

I am creating...
Curriculum Plans and Checklists for our 2015-2016 School Year. You can find our past curriculum plans here. So much to do and so little time!

I am going...
to pick up some Hershey Kisses and Rolos to make this year's Patron of Students Back-to-School Treats for my children.

I am hoping...
to get back to posting about our trip! I still have pictures from Grand Teton, Yellowstone, the Catholic Summer Camps, and Captain's birthday to share.  Not to mention other past birthdays, more about my diet, and everything else I'd love to find the time to share on the blog.

I am praying...
the rosary each evening for a special family intention and Daddy's safety.

Sunday night: Meditating on the Coronation with the help of our Sacred Art Series Rosary Flip Book

I am reading…
reviews on High School religion/theology courses and trying to make a decision on what to use for our High Schooler(s) this upcoming school year. Our Quest for Happiness, the Fr. Laux Books (starting with Chief Truths of the Faith), the Didache Series... So many great programs to choose from, I can't decide!

Pondering these words…
from St. Clare of Assisi:


"What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step, and unswerving feet,
so that even you steps stir up no dust,
go forward securely, joyfully, and swiftly,
on the path of prudent happiness..." 

I am listening…
to The Story of the Bible. So well done!

Around the house...
I am dying to show you what Ranger has been working on since April. It is incredible! I was trying to wait for the finished version but, since we may never have enough bricks for that, I might just have to share "phase one" sometime soon.

At a local toy store filling a bag with some more grey LEGO for a special project he has been working on since April!
#neverenoughlego

One of my favorite things...  
morning snuggles.

9:00 am and my little night owl is still working on waking up

This week's plans
Continue enjoying our summer break and our fairly relaxed schedule. It's been a great summer!

A little peek at my day...

Completely content in his little chair with his stack of books.