Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Meandering

We remodeled all weekend. The weather wasn't very good so it was kind of a good time to work on trimming out the dining room/office area. As usual, my patient husband got the kids involved as much as possible. He's so good about that. Michael is teaching himself more about carpentry and it seriously looks like a professional trimmed out our windows and dining room. He makes lots of mistakes along the way but knows how to adjust and fix it. He has the patience of a saint! My patience level extends to staining trim, touching up paint and holding boards/trim in place. Michael and Hailey putting up the window trim. Michael got my chandeliers up this weekend, too. Love 'em!I happened on these rosettes in our local hardware store and thought they would look awesome in the corners of our window trim. We didn't want to do window treatments in this room because it would make the ceiling look shorter. These were the perfect solution. Gave the window trim a little decoration and dimension. Michael was happy, because he didn't have to miter the corners. We got our blinds up and I'm really like the way it all turned out.Michael is putting up a nice thick trim that kind of looks like like crown molding. This is as far as we got on it. Really like the way the beadboard on the ceiling turned out, even though it was a pain to install. At the last minute, we decided to resurface the support beam you see here in oak veneer, which will really finish off the room, since most of it is oak. So, we'll finish trimming the ceiling in the dining room when we get that done. Love the colors I chose, too.We have the most delicious radishes from our garden in our salad last night. So nice to be getting a little produce already. They aren't too hot at all. The kids love 'em! We also got our first three green beans. I guess I'll start a bag in the freezer and just keep adding to it until they really come on. I still need to plant some spinach to go with my lettuce. Our strawberries are starting to form fruit as well. Hope your gardens are doing better than mine. The cold got a bunch of peppers and celery. Still waiting to see if my other plants will germinate. Saw some broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage shoots yesterday.Hailey Baby wanted to wear Daddy's beret. Of course I had to take a picture. 

We had great family time working together. I got the lawn mowed and Josiah trimmed the lilac trees. My lilacs are in full bloom. I adore the smell of lilacs. Our town is full of them. Didn't do much playing this weekend, but sometimes you just gotta buckle down. Did some cooking too. Made three shepherds pies (two for the freezer) and a chocolate zucchini cake.

Hoping I'll have a better with week with Josiah. We ended up with four "Code Reds" last week on the Consequences Pyramid. He has hit a new level of development and it is time to crack down. He seems to have forgotten who is in charge. Trying to remain consistent and praying for him AND with him. I went to a panel last week and listened to veteran homeschoolers. The thing I took away was "character first, academics second". That is going to be my new motto. Another lady shared a wonderful chapter out of the bible (1 Thesselonians 5) that could be applied to homeschooling. It greatly encouraged and motivated me. Look it up if you have time. 

Hoping you all have a wonderful week! 

God Bless,


Andrea said...

Thank you for your prayers for my friend, MaryGrace!

Amy said...

My five year old is at a "If I ignore Mom that means I don't have to listen to her." My prayers to you.

Your remodel is coming along.

I am wanting to go away for a night or two by myself. I am past frustrated and am dealing with knots in my stomach. I am having trouble finding peace and comfort.

OurLilFullFam said...


The room looks awesome!! Those corners look so neat!

Girlie it is character first academics second. Remember that and you will do well. I "held back" on academics and concentrated on Bilbe and history through stories and it has paid off for my older girls! Keep on trucking on!!


Heart2Heart said...


Your new room looks simply amazing and I can't wait to add those little decorative finishes to our door ways and windows as well. They really do make it all look so finished.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Naomi said...

Your house is really starting to look so pretty. It will be a good feeling to sit back and think we made this together.

Have you read the book "Shepherding a childs heart? It is very much character first. I love it.

Anonymous said...

Remodel is looking good!

Stacey said...

Your remodel is looking beautiful. I love the rosettes on the wondows. I do not love when the kiddos decide to test me. :P I'm sure it will get better.

RaD said...

You guys have done a great job on your house! As I've stated before, I can't wait to see it. That and your garden :)

Love the picture of Hailey in the hat!

Elisha is mouthy a lot too so you are not alone. Thankfully, when he is in baseball he's not as bad. I think because he has an outlet for his energy (but I could be wrong!).

Catherine said...

The remodel looks delightful, and I'm onto some poor character traits in the last couple weeks in school too. I think it is more a matter of being finished in their heads, but not in reality. So, I've planned some fun activities for this week. Today, for example is an 'in-house field trip'. I have marshmallows to roast, chips, badmitton and big bubble activites AFTER we watch Man from Snowy River because we finished up a study of Australia. It is good!

Connie said...

Everything is coming together so nicely! Isn't it fun to be nearing the end of the project!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I have heard of that book. Haven't read it yet, though. Glad to see you back in Blogland. Missed you!

I only wish we were near the end. Alas, we are a long way from it. However, it is nice to see one room coming together :)

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Your in-house field trip sounds so fun! Love that movie. Never get tired of it! Did you get some Veggiemite? I had it once and that it was disgusting, LOL! Apparently that is a true-blue Australian food.

Heart2Heart said...


Please help me spread the word of a sister in Christ who so desperately needs help with a limited amount of time left.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

christy rose said...

Your remodel is looking so great!! The trim does look professional. Your husband does a really good job.
"character first, academics second" That is a great motto!! Hope you have a great week!

Jenn said...

Love the picture on your header! How cute! Looks like you had another busy weekend.

My garden is doing really well. I have beans and corn that are just coming up, my tomatoes and peppers are now in the ground and we will soon be harvesting, lettuce, spinach and tonight some radishes.

He & Me + 3 said...

I love that you are always remodeling something. That salad looks wonderful. Love the hat..
Hope the rest of the garden grows well.

Camille said...

Dear Jackie ~ Everything is coming together nicely! You will so enjoy it when it is all done and then you will have SO much time on your hands! :)

I noticed you were recommended the book "Shepherding a Child's Heart" is fabulous as is the book his brother wrote called "Age of Opportunity"...for the teen years. Such wonderful resources!

Have a lovely weekend!


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