Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summer, Paint and Rest

Well hello there.  Has it really been a month since we last chatted?  My, my.  Besides sleeping, eating, feeling nauseous, and sleeping some more, here's what's happened in our neck of the woods since we last spoke:

Honestly, I am only a fan when I have a vegetable garden, something missing from our lives this year.  I feel it's absence oh so much.  Around here, August is the hottest month of the year.  We're talkin' many, many triple-digit days.  I am most certainly not a hot weather person.  It's a dry heat, mind you.  But it's difficult to console one's self when you see so many digits in the daily forecast.  So we visited our local mountain top.  There was lots of glorious snow.  Even a frozen lake with brilliant blue tones.

Oh, how it felt good to feel the cold, icy ground this time of year!  I decided we need to live there every July and August until I get my veggie garden.

As the summer ended (at least the vacation part; the air is hotter than ever), I joined my fellow homeschooling mamas, endulged in curriculum resource websites, and chizled out our school year from the myriad of choices.  More on that later, but I had to share a new favorite schooltime motto discovered on Pinterest (also a great recourse for fun homeschool ideas):
An update on the home front:  Our little blue cabin, not painted since 1960, has been transformed into what we are endearingly calling the Christmas Cabin, thanks to Jeremy's hard, sweaty work.  The barns are next, which will be painted the color of the shutters (appropriately called "barn red").  Then we will be all sealed and painted, ready for the much-anticipated rainy season.

And me?  Well, when I'm not making snow angels in August, building a school year for three grades, sleeping, sleeping, and sleeping some more, I work hard on my physique.  No, I'm not 28 weeks pregnant.  I was 11 weeks when I took this (note to self: when taking a self-portrait using a mirror, look at the phone/camera, not my eyes, unless I want to go for the distant, what-is-she-staring-at look).  Folks. This is real life baby number five.  Your body is all too familiar with the process and allows you to enjoy the baby bump pretty much from day one.  There will most likely not be any 40 week belly shots shared.  I don't want to traumatize the children with my orca likeness.

Have a lovely week, folks.  The second trimester is just around the corner and I look forward to being more blog-concistent.  Also, there is an herbal giveaway coming ASAP.  It's going to be a good one, I tell you!


  1. My husband and I are expecting our first in February....I'm a tall girl with an extremely long torso, so my tummy just looks as though someone forgot to tell me to stop eating the cookies!

    You look great....hopefully you are getting some rest. Here in Texas, we have been triple digits since April. I think I will live outside this winter!

    Take care.

  2. I love the Pinterest Pin. I'm definitely making that my new homeschool motto. We go year-round, so I'm not having to hustle around as much as everyone else. What curriculum do you use? I have been a Sonlight fan for years but now have started changing it up some.

    Thanks for today's update! Love your blog.

  3. Your home looks lovely with its new paint job, glad you are getting it all done before your rainy season starts. Your barn will look wonderful too.

    Next year you can have another veggie garden.

    You look great.


  4. You are just too cute!! And I know you couldn't possible ever look like an orca!! lol Keep up the good work Katie...and keep cool! Hey, at least your heat is dry....this Florida humidity has me sweating gallons... =D

    PS The Christmas cabin is adorable!

  5. I'm glad to see global warming has left a few cold places!
    You're cabin looks great, too.
    Good luck with the new school year!

  6. Yay missed your posts and you!! Our my hero I tell ya home schooling and while pregnant! I love the Christmas house :)

  7. Great to gear an update Katie!
    I am 14 weeks with #4 and our tummies are just about identical!
    Your house looks adorable! Green and red are my favorite!
    I'm glad y'all have somewhere to get relief from the heat. Like another commenter said,
    It has been 100+ since April and without any rain here in Texas. I'm beyond ready for fall!!! I want to throw my phone when I look at the weather forecast everyday. I'm thinking maybe we should live somewhere else. This summer was almost unbearable!!
    Hope you start feeling better soon! I seem to be coming out of the fog some now!
    Bless you!


  8. Number 5 and you look like I did pre-pregnancy. Please tell me you're bottling whatever it is you're doing. ;) You're a hero mama--homeschooling and gardening, too? Wow.

  9. somehow I missed this email last week...but then my email has like 5000 some old ones that need cleaned up! I just googled your blog. It is really exciting to see...is that Mt. Shasta? My man is out at Bethel this week and we miss him greatly, but he is having such a great time! He drove up the mountain yesterday morning and took some pics so it was really neat to see in your post some of what he's seeing! It's funny, cause I wanted to send out a book called "Be Your Own Doctor" and have him give it to someone there to give to you. It's all herbal remedies! But I didn't because I wasn't sure how easy it would be for someone to get it to you. He's staying at Almond House. He's having a great time...wish I could be there with him, but we both sensed that this was a journey just for him at this time. I was hoping that he would get to meet you and Jeremy, but he's scheduled to leave tomorrow. Well, at any rate, I'm glad I missed this last week and came across it today! Seeing the photos help with Rob being out there

  10. He's staying until Monday now...missed his flight and next one out is Monday. I haven't heard back from him yet, but I think he may be coming back up for the weekend. So if by chance he's there and you meet him, tell him we MISS HIM!


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