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Monday, August 18, 2008

I have so much to share.....


I will start with the fact that I have been so incredibly busy with the starting of the Spencer family homeschool for the 2008-2009 school year. We have been homeschooling for years but I feel an increased since of pressure this year. That sweet darling in the yellow is now in the 11 th. grade. I only have 2 more years to instill all of the many values and lessons I still have for her to learn. I can not believe time has gone this fast. I remember when she was just a tiny thing that I rocked daily. I want these next 2 years to go at turtle speed and be filled with lots of fun and tons of memories!!!

So the last few weeks I have been readying myself for this school year. I have been pouring over teachers manuals and writing lesson plans. I have also been doing a ton of organizing, as in our move, I lost a school room. Oh how devastating. I hope to get one back in our kitchen/ school room remodel but that will be a while. So for now I am making do with a dining room/ school room. So far so good.

Here are my reluctant pupils on their first day. They have been sleeping late all summer and Monday morning Hubby and I got them up at 6:30 to pray and get our day started. Trust me the day went great!!!
Now, here is some of my other exciting news......... My honey is putting up the light fixture that I won from Our Cozy Nest. It came in the mail yesterday and I had it all ready for Hubby to put up when he got home from work. You didn't think I could wait did you?!

Oh, and by the way, I know those blinds are hideous. One thing at a time.....



Isn't it just lovely?!

Now for my next little lovely.....
I got my tassel from Susie at Bienvenue on Saturday. Now let me tell you, I have been doing some coveting over these tassels. I have wanted a Susie Harris tassel or a Nester tassel for quite some time but I just can not justify $25-$30 on a tassel when I am redoing a whole house. Then Susie goes and does a thing like offering these for next to nothing. What was she thinking? Well, I had to grab it and grab it I did. It came in the mail Saturday and here is her new home. Isn't she lovely?!


And she came with these little cuties. I almost want to frame them. Susie what would you suggest I do with them?
I added these last couple of pics. for no particular reason. This is the sky this past week before one of our many storms we have had lately. I just thought it was a beautiful.

And last but not least, this one just cracks me up. My children had friends over all weekend and this was my son and a friend taking the ladder to our pear tree to climb. How inventive.!

I hope you all have a great day. I will be catching up with you all this weekend. Bless you!!!

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24 comments:

Empty Nest Full Life said...

That light fixture is beautiful! I am so jealous, but I forgot to enter. Of course the tassel is spectacular too. Love your wall color. Happy homeschooling. Jackie

The Berry's Patch said...

Your kids look ready to get started with school...which is a very good thing.

The new light & tassel look great. Got to love Susie! She is a sweetie.

Brandee :-)

Susie Harris said...

Oh Miss Trixi.... You are such a doll! Im so glad that you got your tassel and tags. The tags are just a bit something extra. I use them on gifts or whatever... Thank you so much and Im so glad that you finally won! Go Girl!

Charm and Grace said...

What a great start you had to the homeschooling year... very inspirational to me. We started last week and so far things have gone smoothly. My oldest is a senior this year, and I really empathize with your wish for turtle speed for this last year. Your new things all look great!

Blessings,
Christi

Nicole said...

I'm so glad you got your chandelier alright. I looks so good in your dining room. I just bought the exact same one to put in my entrance way. Love your tassel, I REALLY want to buy one of Susie's tassels, they are so cute.

Shannon said...

Your chadelier looks like it was made for that room!! Looks so good!

I used some of the tags from Susie as bookmarks. She is so sweet!

Sherri - KaysvilleMomma said...

I love the light fixture!! I am impressed with you in your homeschooling. It is somthing that I have thought alot about - especially since my daughter has some issues.

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Wanted to say thanks for stopping by and leaving me a litte blog hug...you have a great blog...congrats on the light fixture win..it looks great

Rue said...

Hi Trixi :)

Your kids look about as ready for school as Annie was this morning when she was woken up at 6:30 am LOL

The chandelier is perfect and I love your new tassel :)

rue

Gettysburg Homestead said...

That light looks beautiful above your table. I wouldn't have noticed the blinds if you didn't point them out.

It likes like your kids are so excited to start scholl. LOL.

What an awesome tassle. I like it on your lamp.

Joy said...

Susie's tassel looks right at home in your house and so does that lovely light fixture. Isn't it fun to get new things that just seem to liven up a room.

Screaming Meme said...

I love the fixture! Very nice...Happy School Year to you! If you want to go to school,too, stop by my blog...I started a class on Faux finishing....:)

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

The kids look so studious and so well behaved. Oh my, you better not read my latest blog post... Well I must say that those photos made me home sick, but it's the good kind.

charsethman said...

I love that light fixture!...I homeschool as well..and we start right after labor day...so, the kiddos are NOT going to be happy getting up early again either!...LOL

1215656559s20768 said...

I will miss home schoolinng...my daughter is in college now.

Loved your blog! Happy schooling!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Oh, I am feeling for you and the lack of a school room. I had my oldest guys start this past week, but if you check out my recent post you will see why I can't possibly start with my younger ones...AHHH! Total disarray, but I am working hard. I want summer to last just a little longer. I am having too much fun. :)

Picket said...

I commend you on home schooling your kids...what a huge responsibility that must be but also what a blessing knowing they are safe and secure in the home with you...That light fixture looks beautiful and I love the tassel..I want some of those! lol I want to thank you for your kindness in lifting me and my family up in prayer last week...I am rejoicing that God has touched me and things are looking better for the company...they are still talking about the contract...thanks for calling my name out dear friend and I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday!

HeathahLee said...

I hope you and your kids have a great school year! Kiddo and I start our 4th week tomorrow, and I'm still not prepared enough!

I'm also trying to figure out what to do with Susie's happies myself. I saw on someone's blog (can't remember whose off the top of my head) that they had put them in an apothocary jar, and I liked that idea. I'm going to try to put them in a bell jar I have, I'm just not sure how it will look yet. They are too cute not to display!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Trixi, you were asking my opinion on your brick fireplace & after lookin at the pics, I would definitely say to paint the brick in the same color as the wall. That soft creamy beige would really blend it all in and I would paint the mantel black. If you can talk your hubby into it, I think that would look great! I'm going to do a fireplace post one of these days soon.

Rhoda

a day in the life of bella said...

Hi Trixi,

This is what I did with my Susie Harris gift tags:

http://bella1104.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-dining-room-all-dressed-up-for-fall.html

Your kids are beautiful and I hope you have a really great year of school ahead of you:)

Your tassel is so sweet and I love that pic of the storm rolling in, too :)

Take care,
Bella :)

a day in the life of bella said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh....CONGRATULATIONS on winning that light fixture, it's GORGEOUS! Bella:)

Kitty Scraps said...

Your new chandy looks great! And of course Miz Susie's tassel is just gorgeous.

Happy homeschooling!

Angie said...

Your new chandelier and tassel look great! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a message. I am going to show my kitchen soon. You know how it is - you want everything to be perfect, but it never is. You are to be admired for the devotion you have to your family. I have a friend who homeschools and I am a former teacher, so I know it is a very difficult and yet rewarding job. Hope you have a great year!

Kelli said...

We are busy getting ready for school too! I love your new light fixture and your tassel is beautiful!
~Kelli