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We interrupt this blog . . .

I have not had a chance to write in a while. I wish I could write about our week of school. Our fun trip to the Science Museum on Friday and how much fun the boys had. I wish I could spend a few minutes writing about how much I love Fall. I wish I could write about all of my favorite Feast Days of the Church happening this week. But, I cannot. My mind is a bit preoccupied.

Sunday baby A had a "fainting spell" (more involved than that, but I do not feel like writing exactly what happened). After a call to 911 and a visit from the paramedics, my little boy, who "came to" quickly, had to go to the ER to get checked out. We were there from about 6 PM till Midnight. After several tests and much waiting, I was told there were no major problems or concerns and we could go home.

Yesterday I had to take him to our pediatrician for a follow up appointment. I really expected our pediatrician to look at him, say all is fine and to send us on our way. That's why I …

My little political activist

Spidermen!!

Last week we went to our local Chick-fil-a. That particular night was Family Night. Kids get free kid's meals and they could get their face painted. Well, J and K wanted to be Spiderman. They were so cute. They ran around the play area "shooting webs". Joshua, who is normally shy, kept on wrestling with another boy who had his face painted like "the bad Spiderman".

Apples, Arrows, and Nature

It is hard to believe that we are already in week 5 of homeschooling. The days and weeks fly by and I now understand what many say when they say to treasure the time with your children because it will go by quickly. I guess that is why I am writing on this blog. So I can keep a journal about what we are doing. I look forward to the end of the year and review how far we have come.

I look forward to seeing J's progression. Last week we made a Nature Journal. At first, when I read that that would be a part of his work, I thought it a bit silly. He is 5, cannot write, and does not draw anything that is truly recognizable. So, on Friday, we put it together. Joshua was like a child on Christmas morning. I explained to him what he could do with it and what "Nature" meant. He could not wait to take it outside. As soon as it was done he took it outside and sat in the grass. He began to draw the clouds with his pencil. He also drew a cicada shell, a tree, and he collec…

Keeping up with the Joneses

Several months ago I read a book called The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey . It is a great book about managing your money and getting yourself out of debt (He considers anything that is not your mortgage that you are paying on, debt . . . some people do not see it that way). In that book, he says to stop trying to keep up with the Joneses because they are probably broke.

For some reason that stuck with me. I have always struggled with the desire to keep "up with the Joneses". In Christian terms, let's call it what it is . . . sin . . . coveting your neighbors' things. I have wished I could have someone else's house, their car, their husband's salary. Thanks to reading Dave Ramesy and some grace from the Holy Spirit, I gained a great deal of peace in this area.

But, over the last few weeks, I have realized that this mentality, "Keeping Up with the Joneses," can be found in any area of life. Homeschooling is no different, except that it coul…

Launchfest

This past Saturday, I took the boys to a special event at Goddard Space Center, called Launchfest. I originally had no intention of going. Matter of fact, I did not even know about it until about 11 AM on Saturday, after we had gotten back from CCD. I have been telling J that I would take him to Goddard for about a year now and this seemed like the perfect time to go. So, I got really excited and called my hubby (who had to work) to see if he thought I should go, by myself, with the three boys. He thought we should go (it is only one day a year after all). And I would be able to take the stroller, so I started to get ready to go. Right before we were going to leave, I started to lose my courage . . . take the three boys, by myself, to a place where there would be thousands of people??? Haul the stroller on and off a shuttle bus (with the three boys) just to get there?

. . . . Did I mention I would have the three boys by myself????

So, I asked J one more time if he really wanted…

Cute K

We call him K for short. He loves being in front of the camera and is never bashful about getting his picture taken!!!

Monet, Picasso, they are not . . . ok, well maybe Picasso

Since starting to homeschool, I have really tried to do more "arts and crafts" with the boys. This is a stretch for all of us. I am not crafty and cannot think of any fun craft on the spur of the moment. And the boys, by their nature, do not like to sit long to complete a craft. So, when I read on another blog, about how to make sidewalk paint, I thought we had a winner.

So, this Wednesday, J and I made the paint while K was napping. I headed out with J and he began painting. Within minutes, K woke up and he was painting too. Now, I had a picture in mind of what they would paint. Both the blog that had the recipe on it and the blog that I found the idea on had pictures of beautiful paintings that the kids completed. Flowers. The Sun. What beautiful creation would my boys come up with???????


Well, within 5 minutes all the colors were mixed into a drab brown and it was splattered all over our porch. K then took his sandals off and began to wiggle his toes in it. J furio…

2 down, 34 to go!

Weeks of school, that is.

Week 2 of homeschooling is complete and it went well. It was a shortened week with Labor Day on Monday and my "tutoring" at the homeschool tutorial on Tuesday. It was a bit hard to get into the groove on Wednesday.

By Thursday, I was already tired of doing workbook work for Math and Writing, so we headed outside to do a counting and adding "hop scotch" game. It was fun and even Caleb got in on it too! I think I may need to switch from the Miquon math to something else . . . Joshua likes the rods, but I am finding the rest of it tedious for his age.

Friday started off rough. I am realizing more and more that kids learn best what they like best. We started with our Bible reading and , to practice narration, I asked Joshua to tell me what we read about in his own words. He responded, "I do not remember". And no prodding or guidance could move him to say anything else. Next, a saint story . . . Mother Theresa. After reading it,…

Just Keep on Rollin'

My baby hit a milestone yesterday, September 4th . . . He rolled!! Good Job Baby A!!

Floor Cleaner for Hire

My two year old was lying on the kitchen floor, pulling himself along by his hands. Who needs to scrub the floor with him around . . . maybe I should throw water on the floor and attach scrubbers to his shirt!

He can come to your house too (for a small fee)!!

Palin Power

I know, I know . . . the whole country seems to be "a buzz" with this topic. I guess I am just one of the crowd.

I guess, too, I am somewhat of a political junkie. Ever since my husband and I bought a house, my husband has read up on local, state and national politics (so, really, he has pulled me in). We have volunteered for numerous campaigns and my husband even worked for a senatorial campaign. We were not too excited about this presidential election. We really liked Ron Paul, but once McCain won the nomination, we resigned to being inactive with this election, although we planned on voting for him because there is no way we wanted Obama in the White house.

This changed when McCain picked Palin as his running mate. My thought still is, "Boy, that was smart. He now has picked up fans of the ticket, where he only had passive voters before. It worked." I really like Palin for many reasons. I like her toughness, her strong beliefs, her stance on abortion (a…