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The Law Of Entropy

There is a law in physics that is called the Law of Entropy. Basically put, it states that the universe tends to go from order to disorder. Anyone want to see proof of this law can come to my house.

(A disclaimer: Before reading the following. I may not be the best housekeeper in the world, but I do try to keep it clean, neat and sanitary . . . this little guy just flies under the radar!!).

I have a very special entropy maker: my 2 yr old. He thinks our kitchen floor is his second plate, that he can leave food on when done eating a meal, and come back to it later and eat off of it if he wants a snack. Because he has the charming habit of leaving food everywhere, I try to limit him to the kitchen while eating, but sometimes he sneaks it out without me knowing. Usually the food that escapes is the perishable kind.

A few weeks ago we were cleaning the play room. This room gets cleaned several times a week, but I rarely inspect the toys to make sure food is not stuck in them. Well, w…

School on Vacation?

A friend asked me yesterday if we plan to do any school while on vacation. My answer: yes. We were a bit sporadic with school while waiting for baby A's test results, so I need to make up a little ground. I have simplified our plans, so I do not need to bring tons of books, etc, but it should be fun. These our our plans:

1. Handwriting: I am sticking with Handwriting Without Tears, I am just not bringing our wood pieces
2. Reading: Alphaphonics
3. Math: I am bringing a set of dominoes . . . someone taught me a great game to teach counting and addition using dominoes. We will be doing that all week.
4. History: Thanks to my friend Sam who is lending me tons of books, The American History Lesson at Serendipity and the Library, we are spending the week learning about Colonial times and the Revolutionary War.
5. Science: No formal plans . . . that is the beauty of being a science teacher, I can make it up as we go along!!
6. Saints/Bible: We will continue to use Sonlight and Saint of th…

Getting Ready to Time Travel

Almost two weeks ago we got back Andrew's 24 hr EKG results . . . they came back normal. It looks like he does not have Long QT Syndrome. As soon as we heard this, Pete and I looked at each other and said "We need a vacation." The stress of not knowing if Andrew had a serious heart condition had gotten to us and we needed just some good, family time away.

So, in just one day, we are headed to Williamsburg, VA. We have gone there every year for the past 3 years.

The house if filled with excitement . . . each day for the past 5 days, J has done the count down to Williamsburg as soon as he has woken up.

And, no, we have never been to Busch Gardens (the amusement park). Although, I have heard it is a lot of fun. We go to all of the historical attractions. Believe it or not, my kids love it! I think if we could go to Colonial Williamsburg every day we are there, and see the fife and drum band march the streets, my 5 year old would be perfectly content. So, this time, we w…

How to teach this homeschooling mom to "chill", in 100 easy lessons

I think if there were a book like this, I would buy it and read it from cover to cover as soon as possible.

If I wrote it, it would go something like this:

Lesson 1:
Part 1: Buy a bottle of wine
Part 2: Pour a glass of wine and drink it.

Lesson 2:
Part 1: Make a list of all the things your child struggles with in school.
Part 2: Make a list of all the things your child does well in school
Part 3: Burn the first list and put the second on therefridgerator so you can focus on the things your child does well.

My biggest struggle with homeschooling is worrying that I am not doing enough with J. Is he where he needs to be in reading, writing, math? Is he learning discipline and hard work? Is he learning that learning is fun?

When we are doing the lessons, most days, I love it. He does his work well and it is fun for me too. But, there are times when I begin to take it all too seriously. I wish he had a magic switch that I could turn on and that he could instantly know how to read, write his le…

I think Rich would like them better.

I told J to clean up his toys and if he did not, I would clean them all up, get rid of them, and give them to charity. While cleaning, Joshua said, "I think Rich would like them better." When I asked J who Rich was, he replied, "A boy at soccer practice."

I was confused. So, then I asked him, "Why would Rich like your toys better?" J said, "Because Rich is a boy, Charity is a girl."

The election, voting, and Our Lady

This past week has been a disturbing one for me as I read or listened to the national news about the election. According to most new programs, web news, and polls, the election is "over". A winner has been declared.

I had no intentions of watching the debate this week. I know who I am voting for and listening to both candidates dance around answering questions, did not seem appealing to me. So, I went to bed early. Once in bed, I could not sleep. The outcome of the election weighed heavily on my mind. I began to pray. I got concerned when I thought about the future and what this nation will be like when my sons are adults. I think this election is critical. After praying for a half hour, I jumped out of bed and went downstairs. The debate almost over, I sat with my husband and we talked about it all.

Since then, I have seen headlines of how McCain has dropped in the polls, seen the news where they say that Obama will win the election, and, unfortunately, watched the …

Girl Power

I am a day late in posting this, but Happy Feast day St Teresa of Avila!!

In a time when so many talk about how women are advancing in political life, etc, I thought about all the strong women in the Church. St Edith Stein (Benedicta of the Cross), St Catherine of Siena and St Teresa of Avila. I am reading Interior Castle right now, and yes, she is truly a strong woman of God. If we women are looking for role models, we need look no further than this amazing woman. Go here to read about her life.

A Movie Worth Watching

I have been quite sleep deprived lately. Baby A wakes up about every 1 1/2 -2 hrs at night, so I am a bit blurry eyed by 9 PM. So when Pete put in a movie called Saint Anthony at 9 PM on Saturday, I was less than interested. I was sitting reading a book called Why Gender Matters and I did not want to watch a movie, plus I just wanted to go to sleep. I had every intention of leaving Pete to watch the movie by himself. But, within about 15 minutes, I was hooked. Maybe it was the fact that the movie was in Italian and I had to read the subtitles to know what was going on, but, whatever it was, I go very involved in the movie. By the end of it (and we stayed up way too late to finish it that night), I was surprised at how much I liked it.


I am usually not one for movies about saints' lives. Maybe, I have not seen enough of them, but the ones I have seen depict the saint as too "saintly" and not real enough.
(They are cheesy . . . Brother Sun, Sister Moon is at the top …

Simplicity

I was reading this blog that I stumbled upon a while ago. The blogger was writing about the financial crisis and her worries and how she and her family are trying to live more simply. It got me thinking.

I have never been one for simplicity when it came to living life and finances. At least, I never thought myself as a thrifty person, that tries to live simply and cut corners. Over the last several years, and again, over the last several months, I find myself just naturally tending toward simplicity. I must admit, I like it. Because of it, I feel a real rhythm to life and and increased closeness to God. I am not sure where it it coming from. Maybe it has to do with doing HIS will for my life.

Do not get me wrong, I have never been an extravagant person. Growing up, we couldn't afford to live that way and when I got my first real job, I was really only getting paid pennies. By the time I got married, I had a pretty good sense that, although I would love to have a big house …

Lord Grant Patience Now, Please!

Patience is not a virtue that I have a lot of. I have grown very patient with my children, but when it comes to other things, I usually do not have much patience. Waiting for answers is hard for me.

I got a call from baby A's cardiologist's office today. The pursuit to get insurance to pay for the very expensive blood test to see if he has Long Qt syndrome is set in motion. The very nice woman on the phone said I should get a call in 2-3 weeks with the final "offer" from insurance. If we agree to pay the rest, we then can have the blood test done. 2-3 weeks???? I was a little surprised at that. I knew that paper work and hoops to jump through can take a while, but I was really envisioning taking baby A this week for the blood test. I was discouraged when I got off the phone.

In an earlier post, I said not knowing was the worst, well, I think this is worse. Now that we have a name to what he could have, and I have read about it, I am quite jumpy. J and K ye…

Rhythm

Lately that word has been so much a part of my life. Since homeschooling. I have felt us, as a family get into a real daily rhythm. When in it, I feel at peace and close to my family and to God. It is further confirmation that we are on the right path.

In the last week I have come to realize the importance of rhythm in another area . . . baby A's heartbeat. Since my last post about this, we have seen a cardiologist. A name was given to what was thought to have caused his fainting spell. Long QT Syndrome. I still do not know much about it, except it can be life threatening and cause sudden death. Baby A's preliminary EKG shows that he most likely does NOT have it. The measurements were borderline and got better at rest. I must admit, hearing that set my mind at ease a bit. He is, most likely, OK. He finished his 24 EKG test and will have a blood test soon. Hopefully, Long QT syndrome can be completely ruled out in the next few weeks. That is my prayer.

Although all thi…

The Power of Prayer

This is a post I did a few months ago on a marriage enrichment blog I am helping my husband with. I have temporarily "shut down" the blog since I do not have time for it.

Since I am still a bit out of it and backlogged on everything around the house . . . I do not have time to write a post here either, so here is a re post from Felicity.


I love to pray. Years ago, when I was single, and had no children, I thought nothing of going to adoration at 1 AM. I could spend hours in front of Our Lord. I miss those times and I often yearn for them now. But, life has changed. Now, with three boys, I find myself praying throughout the day when washing dishes, changing the boys, doing laundry, or nursing Andrew. I will admit, I do not get to pray as much as I would like (or probably need too!!).

Pete and I give a talk to engaged couples on prayer in the family. We talk about individual prayer, couple prayer and family prayer. The crowd is a mixed crowd . . . some couple go to holy hours to…