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Seasonal Skirts
I joined a group of ladies to share what we wear during the seasons, skirt or dress-wise. This blog hop is hosted by Dusty at To The Moon and Back.

I wear skirts most of the time with the exception of a comfy pair of sweats when I feel like lounging around the house.

My decision to wear mainly skirts was more of a personal decision than a religious one. During the last seven years, I have found them to be quite comfortable and I now prefer them over pants. I never did like how I looked in jeans and especially slacks. I don't have much of a backside, so pants just hung.

Skirts actually add to my figure and I don't have to be self-conscious of my rear.

I also chose to switch from short skorts to longer skirts when it hit me that I am the example of what a women should look like for my daughter. And not only my daughter, but my son also. Ouch! Out went the short shorts and skorts.

Here are a few outfits I wore the last few months. The day I wrote this post, 04-19-14, it is still chilly outside, so long sleeve shirts or sweaters are still in. I *think* the chilly season is at a close though. Yay!

Spring Skirt

Don, my husband, likes me in collar shirts. I have this shirt in a few colors. My wardrobe is fairly simple.

Spring Skirt

Jean skirts are my thing! They are so easy to dress up or down. They are also comfortable. During the late fall, all winter and into spring, I wear mostly jean skirts. They are heavier which keeps me warmer.

MaryEllen wears leggings under her skirts to stay warm, something I haven't tried yet but should.

Spring Skirt

Trying to make this fun. I am not much for taking pictures of myself. Being part of the Seasonal Skirts group definitely is not easy because of that, but fun nonetheless.

Sorry about the blurry picture. Not sure what happened.


We had a few 'teaser' days when it was just beautiful outside, reaching into the 80's. But, they only lasted a few days. I am so waiting for summer.

Spring Skirt

Argh! These pictures came out a little fuzzy, but they will do.

I don't tuck my shirts in my skirts (hey it rhymes) because I am tall and it just looks weird. Because of my long legs, I need my torso to look balanced. Tucking in my shirt will make my torso too short.

That is one thing I hated about the work world when I had to wear uniforms, slacks and a shirt tucked in. Yuck! Glad those days are over.

Spring Skirt

Spring Skirt

To stay warm around the house, I will wear a thin sweater over my blouse. It allows me to easily shed it if I get too hot or add it if I get too cold. I don't like stuffy houses, so I like the windows or front door open even though it is cold out, at least for a little while.

This is our land line phone for when the electricity goes out and our wireless phones stop working.

Spring Skirt

I just noticed I didn't do any back shots. Oops! Maybe next time.

That is pretty much my dress for this season. Hopefully next month it will warm up a little more.

This is where I get my jean skirts. They send out coupon codes often when you sign up for their newsletter.

Visit my fellow bloggers as they too blog about seasonal skirts.

Dusty at To the Moon and Back
Erin at For Him and My Family
Laura at Raising Soldiers 4 Christ
Kyndra at Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones
Selena at Look! We're Learning!
Mrs. Warde at Sceleratus Classical Academy
Melissa at Life Off the Paved Road
Dawnita at Fogleman Forerunner
Hilary at Our Homeschool Studio
Annette at In All You Do

If you wear mostly skirts and have blogged about it, let us know by adding the link to your post below in the linky. We would love to visit you.

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A relaxing week with one of my favorite magazines and puzzles. A little sickness crept in, but thankfully it was only for a few days.

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This week we had a little sickness creep in. MaryEllen felt under the weather with chills, a temperature and throwing up. It began Monday while running errands. We headed home early so that she can be more comfortable. Tuesday she was ill all day.

{Sunday, March 2nd}

This was a relaxing day. My Homeschool Enrichment magazine came in a few days prior, so I was able to sit down and read the March/April issue.

If you haven't yet subscribed to a homeschooling magazine, you should try HomeschoolEnrichment. You can see their digital copy online. You will need to sign up to their website to view it.

Homeschool Enrichment Magazine

{Monday, March 3rd}

I love puzzles! Sudoku is one of my favorites. My grandma actually got me into puzzles. When I lived with her, she would spend her evenings doing puzzles, even while watching TV.

Don thought of me when he found this electronic Sudoku on clearance for $5 at Staples. It is pretty nifty! He will usually bring home small books of Sudoku or crossword puzzles for me. I enjoy doing them before bed if I am not in the mood to read. They come in handy during doctor visits or any other place where you have to wait.


{Tuesday, March 4th}

This is the day MaryEllen wasn't feeling well. She was feeling a little sore in her throat when she woke up, so I made her some tea with ginger and garlic. This tea is actually pretty good. I put the tea in her mug that features her kitten, Little Miss. We don't have her any more, just her memory.

She is feeling all better now, but her appetite still has not recovered fully.

Sore Throat Tea

{Thursday, March 6th}

Sundance's excitement for the day was a beagle. We do not know where he came from, he just showed up in the neighborhood this week. She would run from window to window following him. She looked so cute. The beagle did not even know he was being watched.

Sundance watching  a Beagle

(He looked when the flash went off. Busted!)

Sundance watching a Beagle

{Friday, March 7th}

My head is spinning with thinking of high school next year. My planning should be done, and I thought it was, but I once again am thinking. Maybe I am thinking too much. 😉

I've read Lee Binz's book on transcripts and am now reading her other one on college preparation. They are great books and I recommend them both.

My Arts of Language catalog came in from Excellence in Writing, so I am now planning a few courses from there.

High School Planning

{Saturday, March 8th}

Chocolate! Who doesn't like chocolate. I've been thinking of my mom a lot lately. It is hard to believe this month it has been FIFTEEN years since I last sat and had a cup of tea or coffee with her.

I bumped into this recipe for Eskimo Cookies in my recipe box, and like a lot of things lately, it reminded me of her. I had copied it from her recipe box after she died.  My dad let me go through her recipes and I copied (or kept) a few. This was one of them. It was a favorite when we were still at home.

Eskimo Cookies

I hope y'all had a great week.



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I cannot believe we are entering March! Anyone else ready for spring?

{Sunday, February 23rd}

The kids took Sundance a bath. They tell me she is getting better at tolerating her baths. MaryEllen wrote a nice paper on how to take a cat a bath for writing this week. If she allows me, I should post it. I enjoy reading her writing.

They gave her treats for being such a good sport and to keep her still so MaryEllen could brush her.

Sundance Bath

Sundance Bath

The neighbor girl, we'll call her Alex, had a birthday on Valentines day, so the kids got together a box of goodies for her. MaryEllen's wardrobe consists of mostly t-shirts that she decorates with iron-ons of her drawings. Alex asked if she could make her one, so MaryEllen made one up for her birthday.

When the kids gave her the gift, she was SO excited. She ran home to show her dad and nana (I am guessing as they are the only two there). Later her dad came by to thank the kids. I thought that was nice.

Birthday Gifts

{Monday, February 24th}

Don was off Monday. He and Donnie took the Marietta trip alone because he had to repair his sister's porch. It was a long day for both of them.

MaryEllen and I stayed home and enjoyed a game of Scrabble. We didn't play for points, just word building. 🙂 It is a game we both enjoy.

Playing Scrabble

{Tuesday, February 25th}

We had Alex over for a little while on Tuesday. She was telling us how she wished she had a Bible to take to church with her, so MaryEllen thoughtfully gave her one of hers. For Christmas, the kids got new Bibles. I wanted them to have more of a study Bible. MaryEllen said she had thought about what to do with her old Bible. The Lord opened up the perfect opportunity and I am proud of MaryEllen for blessing Alex. Alex was SO excited. I snapped this picture for MaryEllen so that she will remember to whom she gave her Bible and how happy she made this young girl.

MaryEllen noted that you never know where it will lead. 🙂

I wish I could post Alex's smile as it is a beautiful one as well as a super happy one, but since I didn't get permission from her parents, I cropped the picture.

Bible Gifting

Our family movie for Tuesday night was Thor: The Dark World. We watched this movie when it came out in theaters in December, but it was still like watching it for the first time. I am sure the kids remembered more of it than I did, them being young and all.

The kids were super excited that we purchased this while out running errands on Tuesday. It was an enjoyable movie with lots of action.

Family Movie Night: Thor

{Wednesday, February 26th}

The day was drawing to a close and I hadn't snapped a picture yet. Donnie was posing his action figures on the dining table. I was in my room thinking of what I should take a picture of when it hit me. Donnie had just posed his action figures neatly on the dining table...why not? I went to take a picture and I found them all knocked down. He had used his figures as target practice, using one of the shooting thingys from one of the figures arsenal.

I told him I had come to take a picture and so he offered to pose them once again.

Super Heroe Toys

Avengers Toys

Iron Man Toy

Iron Man Toy - Tony Stark

He will sometimes drill me on these characters to see if I know them all. I get more confused with the Transformers...they all look alike. One time I told him, I'll name them when you can name the twelve disciples. He can name the twelve disciples, but I still can't name them all. lol!

{Thursday, February 27th}

I entered this giveaway saying, 'If I win it, I win it. If I don't, I don't.' And I won! I was telling my husband that I get a lot of books to encourage me on my motherhood and parenting journey or my growth in Christ, or for my own self-betterment, but I rarely, if ever, get books on marriage. This will be a treat. I'll start it when I finish one of the books I am currently reading. 😉

No bills in this bunch of mail, just good stuff. I like mail days like that!!

I Won This Book!!

{Friday, February 28th}

MaryEllen is in Algebra 1! I wanted to see if I could still do a little Algebra. The kids find it weird that I enjoy doing math. I did pretty good. A few times I had to research a little by reading a previous lesson...I was doing MaryEllen's current lesson.

Donnie likes it when I race him with his lessons. He is in Saxon Algebra 1/2. I don't do it often, but sometimes I will to motivate him (he's my dawdler). Before, I would have to wait for him, we do one problem at a time, but now sometimes I am still doing a problem and he is waiting for me.

Can I Remember Algebra 1

{Saturday, March 1st}

What to snap today? I was cleaning the laundry had gotten out of hand. My washer and dryer were piled high with folding that needed to be done. I was having a hard time putting the ironing board back. It was time to tidy up. This is when I found a mailing box full of these...vacuum bags and belts. This is the boy scout in my husband...always being prepared. This runs into all aspects of our lives. I have a years worth of laundry detergent too. lol! It is one thing that I love about Don, but it can also drive me nuts because our living space is only 900 sq. feet. I am running out of 'hiding' places.

I don't like the bagless vacuums. I hate emptying them. It doesn't help with my allergies either. So, we searched for a vacuum that uses a bag. I am much happier. 🙂

Vacuum Bags and Belts


See ya next week,




One of our favorite breakfasts is Volcano Pancake. It is one recipe that I make that uses white flour. I tried other flours, but it just doesn’t come out the same. It is mostly egg, so I figure it isn’t too bad. I do try to balance out the flour the kids eat throughout the week. They aren’t completely wheat-free.

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We had a good week here in the Albright household.


One of our favorite breakfasts is Volcano Pancake. It is one recipe that I make that uses white flour. I tried other flours, but it just doesn't come out the same. It is mostly egg, so I figure it isn't too bad. I do try to balance out the flour the kids eat throughout the week. They aren't completely wheat-free.

Volcano Pancake


We drive up past Atlanta every week to visit the kids' grandma who is in a nursing home. Unfortunately, with the weather being what its been, we haven't made it up in three weeks. I'll admit, that it isn't the most exciting thing to do for the kids, but they sure do bring a smile to grandma's face. We have been making these weekly trips for 5-1/2 years with the occasional miss because of weather or illness.

The kids' aunt also lives up that way and we visit her too sometimes. Donnie is here helping Auntie out by putting air in her Jeep's tire. While he was doing that, MaryEllen was saying hello to Sammy, Auntie's dog.

Putting Air in Auntie's tire

MaryEllen Sammy

For the hour ride one-way, we listen to audiobooks. We began Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson. This is our first autobiography.


Every week, usually Monday or Tuesday, I iron Don's uniforms for work. It usually takes me an hour to an hour and a half. During this time I listen to my favorite preachers on the radio, Adrian Rogers and Charles Stanley.

Ironing use to be a chore! I did not look forward to it at all. There are still some times when I don't feel like ironing, but I have a different attitude about doing it and getting it done now.



MaryEllen's past-time is drawing. She has been drawing since she could first hold a crayon. I have saved most, if not all, of her drawings. If you like, you can see some of her recent drawing here. 🙂

It is so fun to watch her start with a blank page, then add shapes lightly, and soon it is an image. The Lord has really blessed her with this talent.

MaryEllen Drawing


Two books that I have been wanting came in today. I already started The Five Love Languages of Teenagers. I am terrible with reading too many books at one time. 🙂 I am trying to limit it to 3 or 4 at a time.

Teenage Books For Mom


I made a couple grain-free desserts this week. These grain-free 'oatmeal' raisin cookies were pretty good. The kids will eat what I try out and Don has even tried a few, but he can't get use to the coconut or almond flour texture. (I also made these Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes.)

Grain free oatmeal raisin cookies


Because of a dessert I made a while back using coconut oil, Donnie will sometimes have a hard time using the toothpaste I make, so I bought Earthpaste for him. If he tastes the coconut oil in the one I make, it sometimes makes him gag.

It is so hard to find a natural toothpaste out there. A lot of the ones that claim to be natural still have undesirable ingredients in them.


That was our simple week. I find I take more pictures now that I am part of the Let's Click 365 Days. I have never been good at taking pictures, even when the kids were small. Don is the one you will find with the camera.

The kids actually didn't mind me posting these...too much. 🙂

Have a great week,

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Who is ready for spring? I know I am!! I am ready to garden and get outside.

Monday, February 10th, Don and Donnie worked on the car. Don replaced the water pump. Donnie supervised and got whatever Don needed. This is great because he learns the ins and outs on how the car works. Together they have done a few projects on this van. We are not sure how much longer we can keep mending her. Next year will be 10 years since we bought this car, used of course.

Working on the Car

Working on the Car

Tuesday, February 11th, I made some coconut milk. I have been making my own for a few months now. I actually like the flavor better and I still get the cream on top. I use this recipe. I find it does cost less than the cans, roughly $.041 for as much as a can will hold. Not bad!

I've been drying the coconut to grind into flour, but was thinking that it might not be a good idea since all the oils and such are taken out when made into milk. Does anyone know or have ideas on this?

I love the ReCap lids. They make pouring coconut milk, salad dressing, and honey so easy. They also come in pink, but not in the wide mouth just yet. I love the pink too.

Coconut Milk

Wednesday, February 12th, as I was taking down a bowl to put fruit in, I noticed it was cracked. We've had this bowl for over 10 years. I bought it when we lived in Brunswick, GA. The kids were toddlers back then. It came in a set of three, so I still have the other two. I like the country look of it. 🙂 I clicked a picture before I put it in the garbage. 🙁

Cracked Dish

Cracked Dish

On Wednesday, we lost power at about 8 am because an ice storm was going through these parts. I didn't even get to check my mail or the latest and greatest on Facebook. I was hoping it would be out for a few hours at least, but it was a few days. We got power back up on Thursday evening about 6 pm. I say a few days because it was pretty much all day Wednesday and all day Thursday. 🙂 Those were some long days.

Thursday, February 13th, I snapped these from the window when I woke up. We are all electric, so we had no heat or stove. Thankfully we had just gone grocery shopping and I had baked a chicken on Sunday night so we still had some in the refrigerator. The kids and I ate that with fruit. We also had cereal. It has been forever since I had cereal. I had mine with coconut milk. I have to say that I am thankful too that our temps could have been worse. We got down to 30 degrees at night and in the 40's during the day.

We were double-socked and clothed. We pretty much camped out in our beds. The laptop had some juice so the kids watched a movie. It is so amazing how much we depend on electricity.

Once the electricity came back on, we scrambled to make hot tea and turned on the heaters. Oh yeah, and flushed the toilets! We are on well water, so if we lose electricity, we lose water too. Thank the Lord we have two bathrooms.

Ice Storm

Ice Storm

Ice Storm

Friday, February 14th, the girl next door brought us a valentine. I thought that was sweet of her. She is in third grade and I feel for her when the school bus comes to pick her up at 6:45 am. A THIRD GRADER!!  She is one of their first pick-ups, so she spends about 40 minutes on the bus.


Saturday, February 15th. Donnie has been so sweet to let me use his lap-desk he got for Christmas to do my morning Bible Study. I have been doing it in my bed these days, except when Don goes in late and is still sleeping. I try to sit at the feet of Jesus first thing, usually about 7 am.

Right now I am doing a study on Revelation. Have you heard of Catherine Martin? The study is A Heart To See Forever: Embrace the promise of the eternal perspective. I have been learning a lot and really trying to focus on what is important.

Quiet Time

I've been wanting a lap-desk for like forever! After using Donnie's, it convinced me to order me one too. So, I did and the same day I clicked the above picture, my lap-desk arrived. Isn't it beautiful? (MaryEllen also got one for Christmas. Ours are the same.)


So that was my week, simply. I can't believe February is already half-way over. I am almost afraid to blink.

Have a blessed week. See ya next week,


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