Monday, April 21, 2014

Dreaming of International Travel ~ My Daughters’ Modest Monday

I dream of overseas travel someday. We’re saving our pennies and making our lists for where we would visit first and second and third.

First, England and Ireland.

Second, France and Switzerland, maybe Germany and Italy and the Netherlands. Why not make it a European tour? J

Third, New Zealand. Do you think we could stay in a hobbit hole?

That’s why these shirts that the daughters are wearing for today’s post caught our eye at the thrift store.

And yet, as I write this, I remember the readers I have here and the friends I have on Facebook that are already living in some of those places. One friend lives in France and sometimes leaves her comments on my updates in French, a challenge to my memory of my high school French class. J {Bonjour, friend!}

Would they find these shirts funny? J

All together now ~ it’s a small world after all…. J


What better place to take photos of our international-style shirts than a hotel lobby? J I took these photos the day we attended the Abeka Materials Display. I apologize for the graininess. Right after I took these, my iPad decided it needed an update and the camera quit completely.


What the 14yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ hand-me-down from me
Paris shirt ~ thrift store half-off day
Navy Mary Janes ~ Payless sale


What the 12yo wore ~

Beige skirt ~ thrift store half-off day J
Rome shirt ~ thrift store half-off day J
Brown Mary Janes ~ Payless sale ~ Love. These. Shoes. J


The 14yo ~ half-up in the extra-small Lilla Rose Copper Rose flexi

The 12yo ~ oblong bun in size large Lilla Rose Freestyle Tiara flexi ~ a little windblown and off-kilter from our activities that day. J








Have you traveled internationally or are you still dreaming? Where have you been?



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Fabulous Friday ~ Our Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! What a weather week it has been…. J



We are blessed to be close to an excellent public library. As a Christian mama, I’m still careful of what we check out and in what we participate. But our library brings in some excellent programs and groups, like our local jazz orchestra! J


Nine members of the jazz orchestra came to the large community room and performed for an hour and a half. I knew several of the songs from my childhood, since my parents met in 1953, married in 1957, and lived in downtown Chicago for several years, going to various clubs to hear musicians and their groups. Both of my parents loved music, and I have memories of my mother {and even my father} singing snippets of these tunes. The children even knew a couple from listening to me.

So we heard the wah-wah-wah of the muted trumpet, the boom-ba-da-boom of the drums, and the plunk-plunk-plunk of the electric string bass. I wouldn’t want the razzmatazz of jazz all the time {an hour and a half was plenty for me}, but it was a great opportunity to hear some live music and see the instruments up close…for free. Homeschooling at its finest! J


We also had our regular day at the library, plugging away at the books to be able to finish in a little over three weeks. Yahoo!!! J




Also this week, our church had a little Easter party, complete with egg hunt, for the children. The sun went down fast so it was pretty chilly, but if you’ve read here for long, you know we like it cold. J



The 14yo and the 12yo were more than eager to help their little brothers collect eggs. J You’re never too old for the thrill of the hunt….


On the blog this week…




Building our home this week…

Priming and painting through this coming weekend….



We’re getting closer to done! J



Prayers for a fabulously blessed Resurrection Sunday!







How was your week? What are your Easter plans?




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