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Minutes – October 15

::faithful

Praying for

  • Mom Pea, as we make decisions regarding her living arrangements.
  • my students, that they all find a last reserve of brain power to finish their last semesters of college, and that they find work as graduation approaches.
  • a friend and her husband, as they battle the cancer dragon.
  • for Jen, for recovery from this round of chemo and for relief from the pain from the surgery to drain fluids from her heart and lungs.  She’s fighting a tremendous battle, breath by breath.
  • for Judy Darling – Please pray for Judy to bolster her courage as she marches forward into chemo.
Grateful for
  • drop cloths and blue tape
  • cooler mornings
  • Princess Grace
  • GORGEOUS days perfect for biking!

::healthy

Sleep will continue to be a priority this week, this time for Mr. Pea.  He needs some rest! Last week ended up CRAZY with meetings, school things and work, and menu plans went out the window in favor of soup and sandwiches.  This week I’m committed to relaxed family dinner time, a time to reconnect, laugh and plan together.

::creative

The Great Paint Toss was a SUCCESS!!  I was so skeptical, but willing to give Dirtbike leeway.  His older siblings all got to design their own ‘teen’ rooms, so I couldn’t deny him, other than to draw the line at painting the room black.

Before, with the Army themed walls. Then two hours of taping drop clothes in place and sealing off everything that wasn’t supposed to get splattered.

During.  DirtBike and the Bestie threw the paint.

None was spilt, and only a few drops got on the ceiling.

After.  I like it.

::delicious

  • Beef and Bean Chili
  • Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash (for real this week!)
  • Chicken Curry
  • Grilled Chicken, Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Hamburgers
  • Cajun Shrimp with Garlic Grits and Spinach

::fun

DirtBike’s Birthday!  Paint Throwing! – See Above.  He’s happy and it looks super cool. I’m hoping it will inspire him to keep his room tidy.  Huh.  A Mom can dream, right?

The Architect’s stitches come out this week – yeah!  We’ll have a small bike ride with him, just to feel it out.  He’s already griping because I’ve told him he’ll have to take the clips off and put regular pedals on until he’s completely healed.  Can’t take a chance of more damage.

It’s Homecoming Week, which means major Mum Making time.  When the girls were home, we hosted a mum-making party every year, and I’d cover the pool table with the hard top and set up shop.  Always fun.  The Architect doesn’t have a date this year – he didn’t know if he’d be able to walk/dance by Homecoming.  There are still a few days left, so I’m geared up and ready to make a mum if necessary.  Fun!

Other fun – I’m starting on *shhhhh* Christmas!  Yup.  Extra freezer meals stashed, cookie dough mixed up and frozen and making lists and filling the calendar.

::looking ahead

Stitch removal for The Architect, volunteering at the concession stand with DirtBike for the volleyball tournament, a slower week!

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Minutes – October 8

::faithful

Praying for

  • a friend who found out last week that her husband has cancer.  Praying for strength for them, for knowledge and understanding from their doctors, and for healing and recovery.
  • a friend who is putting down the cigarettes. Forever amen!
  • a daughter who is homesick.  Praying for some peace this week, for smiles and a few easier days in her classes.
  • for Jen, as this round of the leukemia battle with a trial drug is exceptionally difficult.
  • for Judy Darling – Please pray for Judy to continue to regain her strength and then some as she prepares to start chemo if a few weeks.
Grateful for
  • healing for The Architect!
  • a visit with my parents!
  • veggie lasagna!
  • banana bread!

::healthy

Sleep will continue to be a priority this week. We’re heading in to the busy time of year, and I need all the extra energy I can muster!

::creative

Painting on DirtBike’s room begins this week.  We’ll start prepping and taping tonight.  He’s inviting friends over on Saturday for the official paint flinging.  Promises to be fun!

The Architect is using his down time to upgrade his bike.  New frame, new parts.  I suggested a Batman chain guard, just in case he decides to fall on the bike again in the future.  He just rolled his eyes…

The Great Knitting Project is halfway finished.  It’s been enjoyable to hold and work on  these past few chilly days.

::delicious

  • Vegetable Lasagna
  • White Chicken Chili, Cornbread
  • Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash (didn’t happen last week)
  • Chicken Curry
  • Hoagies
  • Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes,
  • Cajun Shrimp with Garlic Grits and Spinach

::fun

DirtBike’s Birthday!  Paint Throwing!

::looking ahead

Wrapping up some projects this week at work, starting new ones.  A hair cut – the first in many months.  Sad, I know, but every time I had one scheduled, something more important came up and I needed to cancel.

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Minutes – October 1

::faithful

Praying for

  • The Tatum Family…the funeral was Saturday, a day of tears and sorrow.  Please pray for Tammy and her young daughters as they face the coming days with heavy hearts.
  • Judy Darling – her masectomy was successful and recovery is happening fast.  Please pray for Judy to continue to regain her strength and then some as she prepares to start chemo if a few weeks.
Grateful for
  • rain! rain!  It started raining Friday morning and didn’t stop until late yesterday afternoon.  Aaaahhhh…..
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Zataran’s dirty rice mix and gumbo starter
  • cooler temperatures
  • blue skies
  • The Architect getting to head south to Aggieland to see his sister!  They have been missing each other. 

::healthy

A few bike rides this week, still more veggies at the dinner table, and getting some sleep this week.  I’ve informed the resident men that I am going on strike every day at 9:00 pm and sitting down on my bed to relax, read and then go to sleep.  There will be no proofreading last minute assignments, no emergency loads of laundry, no trips to WalMart for whatever it is that you need for school in the morning and forgot to tell me about last week.  There will be no dishes washed by me,either, because the BOYS will be doing them!  Oh yeah!

::creative

We’re updating DirtBike’s bedroom.  He’s ready to retire the little boy G.I Joe Army Guy theme.  Most of yesterday was spent clearing and purging.   I could not believe the stuff I found hidden in the dark recesses of the closet and slipped behind the bed:  smashed lunch remains, moldering in plastic baggies, because it was too much effort to empty the lunchbox in the kitchen;  disassembled clocks, watches and toys, because he wanted to see how they worked; dog biscuits, because….he didn’t know why those were stacked behind the books on the book case; a pile – a PILE, I tell you! – of dirty socks, most of which were actually his.

AND!!  The Architect’s next engineering class project is to build a trebuchet!!!  I am SO excited about this.  Unfortunately, it will be a small one for class, BUT…we’ll have access to PLANS, so we can build a huge one later!  I have aspirations of launching pumpkins and watermelons from the back deck…

::delicious

I’m yearning for hot meals, and the temperatures are cooperating, so I’m cooking this week.

  • Steak, Garlic Potatoes, Green Beans and Salad
  • Taco Salad
  • Stuffed Peppers, Spinach Salad
  • Potato Soup, Grilled Turkey Sandwiches
  • Roasted Chicken, Peas
  • Fish Tacos
  • Ravioli with roasted Butternut Squash

::fun

This week, not so much.  Just ordinary life, which we will enjoy just as much as fun.

::looking ahead

Preparing for Fall Festival fundraiser next weekend, a race for the Architect, many little things at work than need attention, planning ahead for the holidays, delivering meals to sick friends, keeping up with DirtBike’s studies, making sure he’s not falling behind.  (DirtBike has dyslexia and an uncertain measure of ADD, both of which make school extremely difficult. Extra coaching for organizational skills is a constant in our lives, as well as an occasional flick on his forehead to remind him to pay attention to the book in front of him!)

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Minutes – September 24

::faithful

Praying for

  • The Tatum Family…my coworker Tommy Tatum died yesterday evening after complications from surgery.  Please hold his wife and daughters up in prayer.
  • The Rodriguez Family…my friend Katy lost her husband last week. They had just celebrated their 25th anniversary at mass a few weeks ago.  Please remember Katy and their four children.
  • My sister and brother in law, for safe travels to Europe
Grateful for
  • My own family, that they are healthy and strong
  • opportunities for play this past weekend instead of doing nothing but chores.  Yes, I rode my bicycle over that!!  Managed it just great, thank you, then promptly clipped a tree a half mile down the trail and went flying into the brush. *sigh*

::healthy

A few bike rides this week, [more] veggies at the dinner table, getting hydrated because it’s hot again!

::creative

I set aside my scarf to work on knitting a Christmas present for my Mom. It’s so pretty!  If you’re reading this, Mom, that’s all the clues you’re getting.  It’s knitted and pretty.

DirtBike is almost finished that V-22 model for his history fair project.  Mercy.  I’ll never understand how a boy can be so messy when it comes to his room and belongings, but can paint the finest, tiniest details that are perfectly neat, authentic and impressive!

The Architect has been working on a popsicle stick crane for his Engineering class.  This is version 2.0…his team is hoping to support many equivalent tons of weight today.

This is so Clever!!  And practical!!  And  it’s recycled!!  Off road biking is fun, but really, REALLY hard on innertubes.  (The Architect has gone “tubeless” for racing.)  I saw this and I would like to make one. It’s a rubber computer bag, made from recycled bike tubes.  The only issue would  be finding a commercial strength machine that could sew easily through the tubes.

::delicious

It’s hot again.  (Hello?  Weather Maker?  It’s officially autumn now. Please, can we cool off a bit?  Thanking you in advance…)

  • Moroccan Chicken over Couscous and Broccoli
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw
  • Fish Tacos with Black Beans and Guacamole
  • Hamburgers with Grilled Zucchini
  • Leftovers (yeah!)
  • Bean Burritos, Roasted Corn Salad
  • Pizzas on the Grill, Spinach Salad

::fun

Okay.  One of my kids – can’t remember which one – sent this to me, and I have giggled every time I look at it.

::looking ahead

Tree trimming, speaking at a leadership conference tomorrow about Effective Presentations and Overcoming Stage Fright, my Mom coming to Texas for a few weeks (she’s staying with my nieces while Sis and BIL take that trip to Europe), Fall Festival, more fall races for The Architect.

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Minutes – September 10

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Praying for

  • calm and rest in this busy time of year
Grateful for
  • Cold Front!! Oh the sweet joy of being able to go outside and not feel like my lungs are being scorched!
  • the amazing biking community that as a whole is so welcoming and encouraging to beginners
  • continued progress in Clearing the Decks
  • The Architect’s amazing biking skills!  He placed second at the Sansom Park Fall Series ride.  This trail is mean:  full of rocks, hard climbs loose gravel and sand traps.  He finished without incident – no blood dripping crossing the finish line! (Seriously – I won’t ride this trail – it’s expert rated, sort of like a black diamond ski run.) 

::healthy

More biking scheduled this week, as well as a few good long walks with Max the Dog.  I also intend to keep up with getting more rest.

::creative

The uniform pants are finally hemmed!  Yeah!  I’ve started knitting a new scarf for myself from some gorgeous cashmere yarn.

DirtBike is halfway through a V-22 model for his history fair project, and it’s looking grand.  He also brought me a sketch of how he would like to have his room repainted.  It involves splattering electric yellow, green and cobalt blue paint on one wall.  I like the idea!  Of course, it’s sad to see the little boy army camo paint theme go away.

::delicious

Yeah!  Still under the century mark for temperatures, so I’m still cooking!

  • Grilled Chicken and Broccoli Salad
  • Dirty Rice, Green Beans and Tossed Salad
  • Barbeque Dinner –  for the Stephen Breen Foundation.  The boys will be waiters…
  • Shrimp Gumbo
  • Turkey Sandwiches
  • Hamburgers
  • Blackened Tilapia, Zucchini and Corn

::fun

Weekly ride with the Mayor of Fort Worth, mountain biking on a local trail with a friend who is new to off road biking,

::looking ahead

Facilities Committee meeting for The Architect’s school, Stephen Breen dinner, teacher conferences, knitting, cooking, laundry, work, and cutting down a few dead trees.

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Minutes – August 27

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Praying for

  • what feels like a hundred different things this week
  • the Architect, who has been running a fever for several days
Grateful for
  • more rain! Unexpected and not predicted by Mr. Weatherman, it rained all day long yesterday
  • my Mom – Happy Birthday, Mom!
  • making a dent this weekend on Clearing the Decks
  • date night with Mr. Pea – DirtBike was away over night, and The Architect was at a school dance.  Since we had to wait until late to pick him up, we spent the evening  walking around downtown, admiring how much it has changed in the past twenty some odd years, eating ice cream and sipping Starbucks.

 

::healthy

More biking scheduled this week, as well as a cross fit session tomorrow. And sleep.  I’ve been stingy on my sleep lately and it’s showing in an overall lack of cheeriness.

::creative

Well.  Those uniform pants did not get hemmed and thanks to the rain, the paint smears did not happen on the garage door.  I did, however, finish clearing out the girls’ bedroom.  Mercy, there was so much in there that just needed to be tossed, like Cherry Ames’ test papers from the 4th grade.  There were also piles of clothing, including some little girls size 6’s that should have been given away years ago!  Both girls are packrats of the highest order. I then put it all back together so that they can have a restful place to sleep when they come home.  This included purchasing of new linens for the beds, as they took everything with them to college! It’s a bit cramped in there with two beds and three dressers (don’t ask) but it’s now clean and cozy. And the dressers are empty so there’s somewhere to put their clothes, instead of piling them on the desk, the floor, the window sills.

The Architect continues working on Cherry Ames’ bicycle.  He’s adding silver pinstriping to the frame.

Mr. Pea has *gasp* started tidying his tool pile in the garage.  Did I mention that the girls are packrats?  They are also lacking a “place for everything and everything in its place” gene.  They get it from their Dad.  I’ve offered to help him cull through his stuff, but he just shakes his head and replies, “I’ve seen you clear the kids’ rooms, and I don’t think Catholic Charities will accept the entire contents of this garage.”   Poor man.  I wouldn’t get rid of all his stuff, just some of it.  How many wrenches does one house need? How many electric cords?  Spools of weed eater cord? Tubes of dried up caulking? Lightbulbs?  Door knobs???

::delicious

Yeah!  Still under the century mark for temperatures, so I’m still cooking!

  • Homemade Pizza and Salad
  • Grilled Mustard Chicken, Cucumber Salad
  • Meatloaf, Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Eggplant and Tomatoes over Pasta
  • Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms, Green Pea and Mint Couscous
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Hamburgers

::fun

Weekly ride with the Mayor of Fort Worth, mountain biking on a local trail, canning some salsa, and a Star Wars Marathon with friends for the coming weekend.  Yes, we are dorks.

::looking ahead

Ah…the third week of school.  That’s when we all settle down and get back in the groove. There’s a half day of school on Friday and a THREE DAY WEEKEND coming up!!!  Yeah!!!

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Minutes – August 20

::faithful

Praying for

  • a Friend whose breast cancer has returned with a vengeance, that she is accepted quickly into a trial chemo protocol
  • for Jen, who had an unexpected relapse with her leukemia; that this round of chemo will knock it back into remission so she can move forward with the next donor cell tramsplant
  • for Lauren and Chris, that you are welcomed here in your new home!
  • for Cherry Ames, that you discern carefully over the next several months regarding your education and future
Grateful for
  • rain!  rain! rain!  Oh mercy, we got close to 4 inches of rain!!
  • cooler temperatures – it has dropped into the 60’s for the past few nights.  *sigh*
  • hatch chilies

Yes, Hatch chilies, the harbingers of the end of summer.  They have a very short season, so we grab them while we can and preserve them for summer goodness in the middle of winter. I don’t have a pressure canner, so I roast them on the grill, then pop them into freezer bags.  Yum!

::healthy

Cooler temperatures means I’m back outdoors and back in the [bike] saddle.  I rode 13 miles today at lunch and it was blissfully Not Hot!

::creative

Nothing more exciting than hemming uniform pants and maybe painting blobs of trial colors on the garage door so we can pick one.  If the weather holds – that is, if the temperatures remain below 100 – I plan to finally, finally paint the trim on the house over Labor Day weekend.

The Architect continues building Cherry Ames’ bicycle, and he’s working on a popsicle stick crane for engineering class.  I’m not allowed to help with that. Bummer.

DirtBike has started a model of a German WWI aircraft for his History Fair project.

::delicious

In celebration of cooler temperatures, I’m cooking this week!

  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Leftover Red Beans and Rice, Cornbread and Salad
  • Roasted Chicken, with Carrots and Asparagus
  • Leftover Roasted Chicken, made into Chicken Spaghetti
  • Hoagie Sandwiches
  • Fish Tacos
  • Hamburgers

::fun

Well…school has started, which means ‘fun hours’ are curtailed by ‘study hours’.  I’m sure we’ll think of something to do besides homework and chores. Like maybe some kayaking.

::looking ahead

 It’s going to be a busy week.  The boys are missing their sisters, and have been acting out with the upheaval in household.  Not just the boys, but Mr. Pea, too.  Every male member of the Pea Home was cranky and argumentative all day yesterday, including Max the Dog (whining) and Bob the Cat (clawing furniture).  By dinner time, I was ready to snap, so I sent the human family members on a bike ride.  I told them to ride towards Aledo and to not turn around until they got there.  Since Aledo is about 9 miles away, I bought myself about an hour and a half of quiet time.

I’m sure that in another week we’ll all be back into the calm routine of school, and everyone will be their usually cheerful selves.  Including me. 

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