spring break day #2



Most of you know that I have a thing for fiesta ware……I have a confession to make.  I also have a thing for vintage Pyrex dishes.  Four days ago, on Friday the 13th (cue spooky music here) I found this dish at a local goodwill store and as I went to put it in my cart the top flew off and smashed to smithereens on the floor.  (end spooky music) I love those useful glass lids, too.  Oh well.  It’s still a nice, quaint piece, isn’t it?  I like the pictures on it.

Here is a picture of another pyrex dish that I use often;

This one is smaller and still has the glass lid (not in picture). 

BJ, I posted these for you, as I saw on your blog you also have vintage Pyrex. heart


Today is the second day of spring break.  I cut up a bowl of fruit for breakfast (as seen in first photo).

I did a ton of laundry.  The air outside is so dry and warm that they dried almost instantly on the line.

I watered my peas and radishes.

I cleaned up the house.

I sent the children outdoors.

I chatted with my sister on the phone.

The three little boys swam in our new pond.

This is David and Caleb in our newly dug pond…..this is a sneak peek, as I plan on doing an entire blog post about the pond eventually.  One note of interest:  the frogs are back in it!  I mean, a healthy community of them!  Are they the same ones that used to live here before their pond was drained?  Did they go away and then return?  How?  We wonder.

I walked to the chicken coop with my camera, and Ethan trailing me, asking if I could take them to the mall.

So I took a few pictures of him.  He got his hair cut yesterday and looks so handsome.  He is wearing the necklace that Gary (our pastor) gave him as a gift after being baptized.  It is from the annual Jamaica missions trip. 

He was 8 years old when I first started blogging here. 

Really, teenage boys are no trouble.  They just need LOTS OF FOOD to eat.  (He is 14).

We went back outside (with two eggs) and headed back to the house.  Little Sarah was watching us from the porch.

She was calling out lots of stuff to us but we could not make out anything she said, except, “MOM”.

I found the dress at a children’s consignment shop and you probably can’t tell from the picture, but I painted her toenails light purple.  SO darling.

Can I tell you?  I love her blond hair. 

Yes, we did go to the mall, but only because David honestly needed cleats for his game tonight.

Sarah fell in love with a pink helmet, it looks so smashing backwards.

(this is Gracie, in HER Jamaican necklace.)

Of course we made a brief stop at the bookstore.

Fact:  Grace read two books already this week from cover to cover.  And she’ll finish her 3rd and 4th today.  She’s also determined to write a short story during vacation, too.

After we left the bookstore, we headed straight to Sonic for their happy hour drinks, thanks to a heads-up from a dear xanga pal.

Half off all drinks!  All seven children got slushies and I got a strawberry limeade.


Now that we are home I have the children all resting, as we still have lots to do tonight with baseball and youth group.



0 thoughts on “spring break day #2

  1. Of course we stopped at the book store 🙂 that’s so us too! Half off drinks! Nice 🙂 we have baseball 4 nights a week and ballet one night a week! Thankfully we all enjoy being out at the ball field 🙂 enjoy the rest of their break.

  2. Had to come over from FB and see your 2nd day of break. I like the pyrex and fruit! Sarah’s little dress is sooooo cute, and it is a red cherry fabric!! Yes, teens are fun, so glad that yours are too. It is one of the blessings of loving on them when they are little and all those years of teaching. I am so glad cuz I have experienced it too. We are working on getting both brothers here for David’s graduation. Daniel is a for sure, and Nick we are working on. THAT is what David is excited about, more than graduating.

  3. oh, and thanks for the pond pic. Good to hear of the return of the frogs. David thinks it is because it is a “vernal pond” and they return there to mate (even if living elsewhere). Maybe someone there can research that? Love to you all from all of us!

  4. I had a stack load of those pyrex dishes given to me for shower gifts…back in the olden days. They are long gone. All I have left are two corning ware casserole dishes MINUS the lids. Guess that raising five was too much on such things as lids. Bet your mom got lots of pyrex when she got married. It was a popular gift then.Always makes me smile to see you youngins loving the vintage pyrex.:DMy oldest grandson just turned 14. Seems strange with his very low voice…and taller than I am now.

  5. I have some of those same pyrex dishes….my mom gave them to me when I got my own house (after the divorce) and mine too came from Goodwill. I will keep my eyes open for them for you. I prefer the pretty robin egg blue colored ones. ;)Hey!!!! What’s the deal? I thought you drove a Honda Odyssey? Why do you have a Toyota steering wheel?? 🙂

  6. Another lovely day! I love your vintage Pyrex!!! I bet if you did a full inventory of it blog-style, I’d be just beside myself, lol. Keep having a lovely spring break! And thanks for heads up on teenage boys 😉 If my son eats anything like his father did as teen (and realistically, still to this day) I’m going to have one heck of a grocery bill each week!!! lol

  7. I agree with you..teenage boys aren’t too much trouble, they do just eat LOTS! =)I was near a sonic today, but it was after a dentist appt. and I was alone. I would’ve stopped if I had my kids with me.Can’t wait to hear about your pond.Happy Tuesday to you. =)

  8. Shanda, I’m so enjoying your photos of spring break with your sweet children. I’m sure these are happy days!Love your pyrex. I love fiesta ware too! It’s so colorful.Sarah is cute as a button. I peeked and saw a faint hint of purple on her toesies ~Cinnamon

  9. what a cute little dress and she is super blond! So so cute! My little Ashley looked at Sarah’s picture twice:) Love the new pond…thats interesting that the frogs are already back!! I guess they hid in the bush watching the action all along:)

  10. @SpazzyMommy – LOL….actually we did drive a Honda O. for a while but when Seth was born we got a Toyota Sequoia.  Yes, I drive a big ol’ beast of a vehicle but at least it’s not a 12 passenger van.  (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)  🙂

  11. my hubby always has to stop at Sonic during happy hour…I would love to see a pic of the kids from when you first started blogging–next to what they look like today…would be so cool to see how much they have grown…

  12. Oooooh, I love your dishes! I like the little pictures on them both, and the pretty pink color of the one. I am going to keep my eye out for more. 🙂
    Seeing your 2 older boys together makes me think about ‘someday’ when my 2 boys are that age and what life will be like then.
    Your path and pond look like hard work and fun! My 4yo would love the frogs and turtles! We have some but few here that we ever see.
    Happy Sat to you! It’s garage sale weekend here and raining 🙂

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