Good morning everyone! Today is a beautiful day in New England! And it is my mother in-law's birthday and my grandmother's too. So happy birthday to two wonderful ladies. Thanks to Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for hosting this meme every week. Go and see her for lots of inspiration.
Wonderful!!! It is 70 degrees with a high of 81 and 70 % humidity. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and it couldn't be more perfect. August has given us wonderful weather.
My youngest is sitting next to me, working on his Algebra II summer packet. Before that he was working on his on-line Anatomy and Physiology class which he has to finish this summer as a prerequisite for AP Biology this year. My foster son is on the other side of him working on his Italian summer packet. They are both home from scout camp (finally) and getting things done. My daughter is in Rhode Island with her best friend, but trying to get ahold of her guidance counselor by phone to make changes in her schedule. The schedules came late this year thanks to the length of time it took to get the school budget passed. She has a lot of art electives and they didn't know which classes would make the cut. We are fortunate that my kids are starting school the day after Labor Day this year, so they have two weeks left of summer vacation. Most schools in our area are starting a week before.
How quickly time moves on. My daughter is now a high school senior and cannot wait to graduate and move on to college. She drives and is working part time. My oldest will be 20 at the end of the month. 20! My foster son needs to get his learner's permit. My youngest is already taking AP classes in school. They grow up fast. It is sad, but it is also exciting watching their lives develop and take off.
On My Reading Pile
I read 1984, and am working on Sense and Sensibility, but I do not know if I will finish it. My reading time is winding down. I never finished Howard's End, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
On My TV
Oh boy, I am in trouble. I started watching Friday Night Lights and love it, but there are five seasons! My kids are surprised that I like a "teen show", but what they don't realize is that I am interested in the dynamics of the coach and his wife. Now you know why I have slowed down in my reading though.
We also watched Cinderella Man, one of our last Netflix dvds. My father in-law remembers the fighters that the movie was based on.
What I Found While Surfing the Net
I don't have a specific link but I was able to deal with a fruit fly problem thanks to the internet. I have never had that problem before, but this year we suddenly had a bunch of them. I had to throw out some onions in my pantry and toss a garbage can outside. I threw out my sponges because they were hanging around them as well. I bought some cheap ziploc style bags, and starting putting my food garbage in them before throwing it away (I do not have a garbage disposal). Once I got rid of all of their attractions, I poured some apple cider vinegar in a cup with a few drops of Dawn dish soap. (That is what I learned on the internet.) In a couple of days I had a cup full of dead fruit flies and none flying around my house. Just yesterday I saw one fly. I put out the vinegar concoction again and in about an hour's time, it was lying in the bottom of the cup.
On the Menu This Week
Monday pasta with meat sauce, salad
Tuesday taco casserole with chicken, corn
Wednesday dinner at the mall: back to school shopping with my boys, leftover chicken soup for hubby
Thursday chili, rice, broccoli salad
Friday changing my shopping days to Fridays so that's as far as my menu goes for this week
On My To Do List
One load of sheets, one load of towels, school supply shopping at Walmart, a few groceries, returns. The boys have to finish putting their camp things away and go through their clothes to see what they need for school. Tuesday is house cleaning (DCF inspection on Wednesday), and a probable trip to the school to meet with my daughter's guidance counselor since she has not been successful at getting him on the phone so far. Thursday we head to our new host's house to set up our seminary classroom. We have to move furniture out and set up tables etc. Friday I get together with my co-teacher to go through some lessons.
Looking Forward to This Week
Mall day with the boys.
Looking Around the House
It's a bit messier now that the boys are home, but it will not take long to clean up. Real cleaning will happen tomorrow. Too many errands today.
From the Camera
My youngest doing his summer schoolwork.
On My Prayer List
My kids, especially my oldest.
I will not type the content here, but I will share with you my favorite Bible passage:
I don't think anything explains Christ's atonement more beautifully.
Have a wonderful week!