around the house

“Peace – that was the other name for home.” ~Kathleen Norris

We had some snow yesterday afternoon and the children all came home early from school.  Jacob took the opportunity to take a long nap on the couch, I wondered how he could sleep with friend Dog so close?

And then, later on, the boys called to me to “come quick! and bring your camera!” 

They had found our cat, Spot, curled up in the sink.  He loves to drink water from the faucet and sometimes gets tired while waiting for someone to turn it on a trickle.

This poor boy cat has an appointment with the Vet this afternoon.  He’s been getting so thin, yet eats and drinks like he can’t get enough.  I’m concerned, and hope to get some advice today.



O U R   M O R N I N G

After the children left for school, Seth and Sarah played with homemade playdough.  I helped them roll it out flat so they could draw and make designs.

Then, Seth asked if he could take a bath in my deeper bathtub.  He filled it with bubbles and kept busy with an empty plastic bottle. 

I took the opportunity to snap a couple pictures of Sarah, because she was having a good hair day.  (it might be her very first)

Her front hair is almost long enough to stay tucked behind her ears. 

She ends up wearing crazy matched clothes because she’s being potty trained.  Sometimes she has an accident and runs upstairs to her room to take care of herself so I don’t notice.  It ALMOST works, but the clothes she puts on give her away.

She begged to wear one of my necklaces, and this one is just costume jewelry so I put it on her. 

I pulled out my STASH OF PRETTY from under the bed.

A “stash of pretty” begins with an empty box, drawer, basket, or what have you.  Then, throughout the year as I open packages and things, I put any ribbons (often used as bag handles–I cut them off and save them), tags, stickers, pretty papers, all together in one place.  This way the children and I always have little bits ready to play with, and be creative with.

I keep glitters and ink pads in the box, too. 

I got it out today, thinking about Valentine’s Day. 

I’m hoping to make some small cards for some of the people I care about.  heart

I like to cover old clothes-tags with designs or quotes, too.  They make nice little things to tuck away into letters.

But, even if I don’t get abundantly creative making cards or tags, it’s still nice to have a stash of pretty…..for the girls’ hair….

This brown bow came from a Stonewall Kitchen candy bag! 

Also this morning, we read books, they played with toys, raced around the house, Seth went outside, and we also mixed up a big bowl of Buckeyegirlie’s hot chocolate mix.

Sarah is wearing some of the powdered sugar (thanks, Seth).

Now we have enough mix for another month or more. 

I’m currently reading both Anna Karenina AND Charles Dickens’ BLEAK HOUSE, but I still couldn’t resist ordering these two books.  In Bible Study last week, our speaker mentioned a few testimonies from the book Miraculous Movements, and then this other one (I Dared to call Him Father) was recommended to me, as well.  I think they will prove to be very spiritually uplifting.


I currently have the dishwasher going, a fire in the fire place, dinner in the crock pot, a cup of hot coffee next to me, the dog curled up on the other end of the couch, and the small ones napping.

I think I’ll get busy reading, and rest up for another crazy and busy afternoon (life really picks up when the other five get home from school…I love it!). 


“I no longer feel that life is ordinary.  Every day is filled with mystery.  The things we know are only a small part of the things we cannot know but can only glimpse.  Yet even the smallest of glimpses can sustain us.”  Naomi Remen, M.D.

“It is so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and deep rather than the flashy and the superficial.”  Fred Rogers




15 thoughts on “around the house

  1. I have dinner in the crock pot too! Only I’m at work, having a date with my quarterly reports. ;)I LOVE your box of pretty. I think I may do the same thing. I’m going to have to find the recipe for this cocoa mix too . . . Things really do pick up after school, don’t they?

  2. I love your posts and reading about your day. The dog obviously loves Jacob, and he is content (and tired). I see you in picture 2, and Arthur in the play-doh- oddest looking aardvark ever since there is no long nose.There used to be one, but in time it disappeared. I used to love that show with my own kids. Having a craft box or ”box of pretty is always a good idea. That is a HUGE bowl of cocoa. I must’ve missed the blog with the recipe. Is it really cost effective since hot chocolate can be found at the $1 store? Since you have a big family, I am sure you are full of money saving tips and I’d love to read about. ( Maybe you could send a pm, or link to past blogs from before I knew you. Thanks)

  3. Awwww, what a sweet shot of Jacob and the dog! And oh, I hope the boycat is going to be alright. Your day sounds warm and cozy and comfy. Sarah looks SO cute. Her clothes changing is funny. Have a lovely evening!

  4. Love Jacob on the couch with the dog. So funny how he can sleep through that! Our friends cat had similar concerns and they found it was thyroid or something like that and just had to give her meds. Hope it works out easily for Spot.Cute little girlie. It is fun to think of the happiness you gave by picking out a pretty for her hair!You must have been in the mood for long, detailed stories! I have been picking purposely light and shorter ones to read while taking David to appointments or for when I need to put my feet up.

  5. I’m reading Anna Karenina as well.I told myself that when I finish it I can treat myself to the movie. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your box of pretty…and your pretty little girl! Yesterday when I was looking at your post and a picture of Sarah came up, my almost 2-year-old, Jackson, waved at the picture and said hi. He shares her blonde hair and blue eyes, and I think in about 20 years they would make a lovely couple. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I remember being amazed when my kids hit puberty by how much they were able to sleep! Hannah could sleep the whole of Saturday away if we would let her! I guess being that age is very tiring! Love your box of pretty!

  7. love it! Hot chocolate mix sounds fantastic! As does the fire, curling up, and reading some good books! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I totally understand about the afternoon getting more picked up with the kiddos coming home!! My days seem to begin at 3:00pm and it stays busy till at least 9:30 pm!!

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