September 18, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm thinking about...

...Packing. Because we are heading to the BEACH! Yes, this weekend we are heading out for a week at the ocean. The ocean is Steve and Madison's very favorite place on earth. One of the homeschooling perks we enjoy is the ability to work ahead and free up a week in September so that we can travel to the ocean in the fall. We love it then for the obvious reasons...The weather is perfect. For us. Meaning low seventies with less heat and burning sun. And no one else is there. Which comes in handy for people like me. You know, socially awkward people.

...My mother. And how happy I am she is coming with us. We always took my parents with us to the beach. They loved it. They had never been until Steve and I took them when Madison was but one year old. They came every year after that until my father's illness made it too difficult. I know it will be hard for us, but perhaps a bit healing as well. I can almost hear him telling us to get going already!

...My bestie Marian. She is coming too! We are all so happy!!! And I'm pretty sure she is too. I'll let you know how she feels after spending an entire week with us. In an enclosed area. With no escape. ; )

I will be checking in with you all from time to time. And I have a post or two ready to share as well. In the meantime, here is a peek at the past week in our home. I hope you are having a blessed and cozy autumn as well!

We were very excited for our Steelers to play last Thursday night.

Luckily, Peyton and I prepared a really yummy spread. Because that was the highlight of that game. We made Pizza Stromboli, baked Taco Dip, and really yummy brownies.

We posed for some pictures Saturday before Mass. It was really windy, and someone thought it was really funny. I just adore her happiness. : )

Steve managed to get a decent one...of me and my life. : )

On Sunday, my sweet little lady brought me coffee and toast in bed. With a little help from Daddy, of course. : ) She wanted to make my birthday special. Yep. I turned forty five this past week. And I couldn't be happier or feel more blessed. : )

There was cake. Pumpkin cake. With cream cheese icing. And it was good.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!


  1. Enjoy the beach! Fall at the beach is my favorite time as well. We normally go for a long weekend in the spring and in the fall but we were able to make it happen this year. So very sad about that but I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures!!!

  2. Enjoy the beach! I've never been to the beach in the fall but it sounds right up my alley.

  3. The perks of homeschooling! Enjoy!

  4. Oh what fun! I know ya'll will have a blast. I didn't get my beach trip this year. Now I'm ready for the mountains.

  5. Happy belated Birthday!!! I do believe you are forgetting me (trip to the beach), LOLOL. Have fun. Blessings

  6. Billie Jo, a very happy belated birthday! Have a wonderful holiday at the beach!

  7. I am late reading blogs tonight, but I hope you and your family have a restful, wonderful vacation at the beach. A late happy birthday to you too! Will look forward to all the pictures when you get back home. God bless.

  8. You are blessed. Happy Birthday 45!! I wish I could have stayed 45 forever but some how I turned 46 and I am almost 46 1/2! The years with kiddos do make it go even faster. Have a great time at the beach...wish I could come too!

  9. Happy Birthday!!! I hope it was a good day. How sweet Flynn made you breakfast.
    I think it sounds like a great time for the beach. Enjoy!
    That is a great picture of you with the kids. Definitely frame-worthy.

  10. Happy birthday to you!!! Wishing you abundant blessings, especially on your trip! BTW, I think Rhett is your height or very close to it ;)

  11. Have a wonderful vacation!! I love the beach. How wonderful that your mom will be there with you.

  12. Hi Billie Jo!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I love making new friends!

    What a fun blog! Happy late, birthday wishes to you. I hope you have a wonderful time at the beach, with your adorable family!


  13. Welcome to 45!! Happy birthday!! Looks like you had a wonderful day!
    Our birthdays are so close, I knew they were...just had forgotten!

    I can't wait to see pictures from your trip to the beach! (because I love the beach too!!) Have a great time!!


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Billie Jo