Outside my window…lots of cheerful noise…birds, lawn mowers, and kids.  A lovely cacophony of sound!

I am remembering…lying on the picnic blanket after lunch, relaxing.  And then these two curious creatures interrupted.

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I am listening toSparkle stories these days as we drift off to sleep.  Here are some free ones for Valentine’s Day!

I am wondering…how we are already seeing mosquitoes around here…it’s only February!!!

I am thankful…for the week we took off.  Much needed.  Now we’re ready to move forward.

I am looking forward to…our next trip to the beach.

I am considering…grammar options to supplement our IEW writing lessons.  We’re currently using First Language Lessons by Jessie Wise.  We’re very happy, but I’m wondering what comes after level 4…any suggestions?

In the refrigerator…meatloaf, roasted veggies and mashed potatoes (simply so I can make Mom’s mashed potato pancakes).

I am wearing…jeans and a red shirt with red heart socks (okay, you caught me…I’m writing part of this Daybook on Valentine’s Day, but I probably won’t finish it until the day you see it posted…I write in short spurts, as kids, I mean time, allows.)

I am creating…the plans for the last 12 weeks of our school year.  We’re getting ready to enter the 2nd half of the year (so our 4th six weeks) but I like to get a little ahead on my planning so it doesn’t sneak up on me!

We are celebrating…Valentine’s Day, of course!  I know this is a little late to offer, but I love the suggestions of gifts for the 5 love languages here.  We got lots of ideas from here (Joseph was inspired by her ideas and even made his own list of clever sayings!) and each of the kids chose which one they like best and then they got busy and made their Valentines.  I found these adorable plates and cups at Pottery Barn Kids and transformed our dull, ordinary meals on Valentine’s Day into extraordinary meals.  I even got away without having to offer dessert…sweet!

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I am readingHome in Carolina.  My brain needs a break.  Although putting the link here, I just realized this is just one in a series…which would explain why I felt like such an outsider when I first started reading it!

In our learning room…back to school this week.

One of my favorite things…this hair.

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A peek into my day…Joseph and Katie reading together.

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Please visit The Simple Woman’s Daybook for more daybook entries.

5 thoughts on “Daybook

  1. I spy the Muddle & Match book 🙂   I’ve saved the Love Languages link to explore later.  My son introduced me to the very first Love Languages book, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  Good stuff!   Love Love Love your writing!   Is the mashed potato pancakes recipe a family secret, or can you share?   Please thank Daxson again for helping us get this house we love so much!   Thanks for sharing.     Blessings,  Sue Carden Educational Consultant 361-288-7966 EDC Publishing – Usborne & Kane Miller Books Books and Business Opportunity: School & Library Programs: Fundraising: Start your own business for as little as $69. No monthly quotas. More consultants are NEEDED across the country! Contact me for info.    


    • Thank you for your kind sweet comments! Yes, I will totally share the potato pancakes recipe but it’s one of those recipes that mom basically said “a little of this” and “a little of that” so it’s not terribly precise…it’s basically, leftover mashed potatoes mixed with an egg (or two), a little milk (unless your mashed potatoes are already pretty thin) and some flour (a couple spoonfulls) to thicken it up…you don’t want the batter runny but a little thicker than pancake batter. Then melt some butter and plop some spoonfuls in just like you do with pancakes…yum!


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