Monday, May 22, 2023

Happy Homemaker Monday: 5/22

   Happy Monday friends!  We are back from vacation and jumping in headfirst.  We have one more week of school left!  Then we test next week.  My kids are ready to be finished, and honestly- so am I.  I love homeschooling, but with moving and all that it entailed, its been one of those hard years.  So it will be nice to have a little break!

   We had a great vacation!  Stephen's phone completely stopped working on Sunday evening.  We couldn't get it fixed, so verizon shipped him a new one- to his office.  So he spent an entire week away from his phone.  It was glorious.  I so enjoyed the time we had together, and undistracted time at that!  I'm kind of bummed to go back to the world of cellphones, but it is what it is lol.  

  My journey of rebuilding my blog is going really well!  I lost all o my followers and I've finally started to get some more who have found or refound my blog and refollowed lol.  I've found a lot of my old blog entries and have been able to publish them, and I'm starting to find some fun blogs to follow!  So if some of you from this linkup get a new follower, it's likely me lol!  I haven't had a ton of time to visit and follow blogs, so that's my blog goal for this week!  I also have been chatting with someone about co-hosting a linky party, that would be so much fun!  I really want to put more into this blog, especially since its almost summertime and I'll have more freetime, yay!  

  So its Monday!  And I'm linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom!  I hope you will join the fun!  

♥♥ The Weather ♥♥

  Very sumer-y for our last week of school!  mid to high 70s and low 80s until Saturday, then a little rain and some mid 60s!  I will take it!  

♥♥ As I look outside my window ♥
   It's beautiful today!  The rain made everything so green and lush!  It is a perfect day!  
♥♥ Right now I am ♥♥
   Typing this post and having some breakfast!  We are all slow starters today.  Well, my husband has been up for hours, he's already been to the school for prayer and to the post office lol...  but even the cats didn't get up until about thirty minutes ago!  I guess we are still in vacation mode!
♥♥ Thinking and pondering ♥♥

  This is our last week of school for our school year!  My kids are excited and nervous about the test.  I'm ready to have some down time and try to establish a better workout routine.  I think it'll be nice for us since we have hit the ground running this year and haven't had a lot of downtime.  We need summer this year more than before!  

♥♥ How am I feeling ♥♥
  Very encouraged about the progress we made in school, especially since we moved early in this school year.  I think the kids will do great on their testing this year, and I'm ready to start planning for next year! I'm also thankful for the vacation that we got last week.  We needed it and it was so good for us to spend that time together.  I'm so blessed.  

♥♥ On the breakfast plate ♥♥
 I actually forgot to order my shakes on the grocery order this weekend, so I'm having cereal and orange juice.  Very unlikely for me lol.  I have to pick up my shakes today!

♥♥ From my blog ♥♥
  I haven't blogged much since I've been on vacation, but I did share a post with some vaca pics!  

♥♥ From a friends blog ♥♥
I found a really cool travel blog!  My hubby and I have considered starting a blog about traveling in North Carolina.  We have lived in seven different counties, in the mountains, the piedmont and on the coast.  It's a familiar state to us, so its something we are thinking hard about!  But in just searching I found an awesome blog to follow and she does some things in our state!  Her post about Jordan Lake was awesome, I'm trying to find some fun day trips for us this summer and I am excited to try this one!  

♥♥ On the lunch plate ♥♥

  I haven't thought that far ahead yet lol!

♥♥ On the dinner plate ♥♥
 I have hamburger helper for dinner, but right now that doesnt' seem very appetizing.  I didn't get to meal plan this weekend, I spent Saturday going to a friends mothers visitation service and doing laundry all day, so I need to spend some time today meal planning and getting back on track!  Back to reality friends!  

♥♥ What I'm wearing ♥♥
  A lularoe shirt, I thin its an irma?  I've had it for years lol.  Not all Lulas are made alike but this is a good one!  It's purple and green and I love it!  Paired with some leggings.  That will work until it gets really hot today.  

♥♥ On my reading pile ♥♥
Stephen printed us all out a "Read the Bible in six months" reading plan, so I need to start that this morning!  On our trip I started "An Unhurried Life” by Alan Fadling.   I liked it...  but I didn't love it.  I think its more of a book my husband would apprecaite.  So during the beach I didnt' get much reading in.  I started "Rhett Butler's People" and couldn't get past the bad language.  So I came home and dove back into "Becoming Free Indeed" by Jinger Duggar Vuolo.  This has been a breath of fresh air!  I wasn't raised like she was, but somehow along the way I did adopt some of the restrictive thinking that she talks about, and I'm so glad to have someone call it out!  I have enjoyed it so much!  

♥♥ On my TV this week ♥♥
Our family watched Cheaper by the Dozen II last night and I thought it was great that Lemon Breeland on it (Jamie King lol, she was Lemon in Hart of Dixie!) We don't have any shows right now, I need to check into the Disney plus Obi Wan series and see if that's worth watching.  

♥♥ On the menu ♥♥
  Haven't gotten around to making that last week!  We ended up only juicing once on vacation.  So I hope to do that more often!  I planned to have simple meals and ended up eating out a few times ;/.  Old habits die hard...  but it doesn't feel like vacation without Pizza, and it doesn't feel like the beach without seafood.  What's a couple extra pounds anyway.  Yikes.  

♥♥ Looking around the house ♥♥
  Needs some real TLC!  

♥♥ To Do List ♥♥
-Clean up and put away laundry
-Meal plan
-Get our final grades listed for my kiddos
-Check a LOT of Language Arts papers
-Grocery shop

♥♥ From the camera ♥♥

Peter woke up when I went to take it, but this is how I found him sleeping..  lol.  How
is this comfortable again?

We had an awesome trip!

The dance recital was pretty great too!

Kiddos with Callie's friend Darci, and their piano teacher Susie :)  Love them!

♥♥ Devotional ♥♥


  1. Seems like you had a great vacation. Good last week of school and I'm sure the kids will ace the tests. Have a great week

  2. Moving is such a chore! I'm so glad for you that it's done! Happy Last Week of School. Your cat is all kinds of adorable too!

  3. Looks like a great time on your vacation. Hooray for the last week of school! Hope all has gone well and you have a wonderful weekend!