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He won!! He won!!

I feel like a little kid on Christmas!! After praying all day, my hubby called to tell me that Michael Steele was voted in as the RNC chair. I did a little "happy dance" when I found out. Since my hubby worked for his Senate Campaign in 2006, we have followed him closely. I am so happy for him and the RNC. Michael Steele is an amazing man of faith and has not wavered in his convictions. He is Catholic and does not apologize for that. Nor does he "leave his faith at the door" when he enters the political arena.

I love when the good guy wins!!

A Homeschool Review

Since we had our portfolio review this week, I think it is about time a give a review/update of how it is going.

We start our days with prayer, reading the Bible and read-alouds. J loves when I read to him and right now we are walking through the wardrobe into Narnia! We are also reading In Grandma's Attic.

We then head to the kitchen table for the rest of our work. We start with handwriting because this is what he likes least, and it is easier to get it out of the way first. We then practice our reading and phonics. J is doing so well with this. He really wants to read on his own and I have even caught him trying to sound out the words in the hymnal at church during mass!!

Math is going well too. I really like the Saxon curriculum. I love academics and tend to put a great deal of value on achievement, so when I started homeschooling, my biggest fear was pushing J too much. Saxon is nice because it goes at a nice pace and uses manipulatives for most things. J has fun with it…

Small Successes

Faith and Family Live is doing a new weekly blog called Small Successes. In honor of that, here are mine for today.

1. In an attempt to get my boys off of their morning cereal routine, I made the boys bacon and eggs for breakfast!!!

2. I played "tickle tackle" with the boys today.

3. This is no small success: Baby A slept through the night last night!! He had started sleeping through the night before his EEG, but since then, has not . . . two nights ago. He has now slept through the night two consecutive nights!!

A Matter of Semantics

While I had Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band music playing on our CD player, my two drummers were marching around the house. My 2 year old decided he wanted to take a snack break and he helped himself to Nilla Wafers that were on the kitchen counter. My older son then picked up the drum that my 2 year old was playing and proceeded to play with it.

My 2 year old came crying to me. "He's got my drum!!"

I said to him, "But you cannot play a drum. You are eating cookies."

"I am not eating cookies!" He said in a very stern tone.

"Then what are you eating?" I asked.

"I am eating Nilla Wafers."

Well, I guess this mom has been proven wrong. No cookie eating going on here!

Not Two, Not Four, but . . .


That is how many teeth my little monkey has coming in at once. This little guy does not like to do anything by the book!!

Simple Woman's Daybook - Januray 27, 2009

From the Simple Woman's Daybook . . .
Outside my window...
SNOW!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am to have snow. The Buffalo, NY girl in me has been wanting snow for a while and I am happy to have a little.

I am thinking...
I am very blessed with three wonderful boys. I just feel so lucky to have them. Even when they act or do not sleep though the night. Lately, all they have to do is smile at me or give me a hug and I forget all (well, most) of their imperfections!

Will I feel this way when they are teenagers????

I am thankful for...
Being off from tutoring today. The boys and I got to cuddle under a blanket this morning and finish reading The Chronicle of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew.

From the learning room . . .
We had out portfolio review yesterday. I am so glad it is over!! I did a lot of prep for it and I am glad I did, because she looked at EVERYTHING!!!

Today, we are labeling items around the house so J can know some more sight words and we are going to make some "…

Green Living

Jolly Mom and Go Graham Go are askingbloggers to blog about simple things they do to be a little green. Although, I am not a fan of the term being "green" (I have no idea why, I just do notlike it), we do a bunch of things to help conserve energy and save us a little "green" too!

Here are mine:

1. We use energy efficient light bulbs. Although I do not love the light quality, they last so much longer than regular bulbs and use up so much less energy.

2. We unplug "vampire" electronics when not in use. We unplug our microwave, TV, VCR, DVD, coffee pot, etc when not in use. After reading a bunch of articles about how much energy they take up even when they are not "on", we decided to keep them unplugged while we were not using them.

3. We keep our heat low. Our heat is usually set at 62-63 during the day and 60 at night. We dress in layers and wear sweaters. I will be honest, I have gotten so used to it, that I get hot if I am in a house that i…

Small Successes

Faith and Family Live is doing a new weekly blog called Small Successes. In honor of that, here are mine for yesterday.

1. In attempts to get my boys off of their morning cereal routine, I made fresh oatmeal (and not the instant kind!).

2. I had all the dishes cleaned and out of the sink right after breakfast.

3. The boys and I prayed a decade of the rosary before school for President Obama and for the March for Life.

Saving Time Ideas

Go Graham Go and Jolly Mom are running a Mom Time theme now. They are asking for ideas on how to save time. Here are some things I follow:

1. I use fly lady's plan for cleaning and organizing my home as much as possible. I do not follow it exactly, but I take the ideas that she gives and implement them in a way that fits our life, home and style. My favorite of suggestion from the flylady is keeping the kitchen sink clean . . . I really do feel so much better when it is clean and there is nothing in it.

2. I use a crock pot as much as possible. I love getting dinner ready in the AM. It frees up my afternoons to get cleaning done, or just to have "me time."

3. I go grocery shopping once a week. I will plan my menu for the week on Sundays and once the boys are down for naps in the afternoon, I head out to the grocery store.

4. I have a monthly calendar and datebook always handy. I try to have my days as scheduled as possible, meaning I know what I need to tackle every …

I am just not ready yet

Today is the March for Life . I really wanted to go, but there are a few reasons I did not. First, I would be going by myself. My husband is probably still helping to pack up from the Mass and Rally for Life. I would not have minded going down by myself, or with our parish. The boys are generally good and with a double stroller and a carrier for A, I could keep them well contained. Plus, I am sure I would run into several people I know that would be willing to give a helping hand.

Yes, it would have been cold, but the boys could have blankets on their laps and A would have been snug in a carrier, surrounded by my coat.

So, what is the real reason I did not go?

I am just not ready yet.

I am just not ready yet to shatter Joshua's belief that all mommies want the babies that are growing "in their tummies." I am not ready to shatter that innocence. It is too beautiful to shatter yet.

He is too inquisitive to not ask questions. And I know the questions would have come. &qu…

Simple Woman's Daybook - Januray 19, 2009

From the Simple Woman's Daybook . . .
Outside my window...
It is cloudy and cold. It is warmer than last week, but the coldness makes me want to stay home and drink hot tea all day!!

I am thinking...
About the inauguration tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about it and am not sure I will watch it. I am concerned about Obama's disregard for the Constitution and I do not think I can listen to him taking the oath of office without getting mad since he has made statements that show he may not uphold, defend and protect the Constitution. Yet, it is truly a historic event, so I am not sure what I will do.

I am thankful for...
For opportunities that God is bringing into my life. I am not sure where they will lead, if they will lead anywhere, but I am thankful to have them in this moment.

From the learning room . . .
We are plugging along. I will probably write a whole post later this week about our progress. For now, we are working at a good pace and I am so pleased wit…

A well balanced breakfast

This morning, since my hubby is home, I thought I would make bacon and eggs for breakfast. I asked the boys if they wanted breakfast and K replied with a yes. He then added a few requests . . .

"I want sugar."

Then,"I want butter."

This boy will have high cholesterol and diabetes by the time he is 10 if I feed him what he requests!!

Bumbleride Stroller Giveaway

Go on over to I Never Grew Up to enter a double stroller giveaway.

The cuteness factor.

A is not to be "outdone" by his big brothers when it comes to looking so cute while sleeping.

Camping In

On the Feast of the Epiphany, the boys got their final present, a Wiggles play tent given to us by someone (a little disturbing looking, isn't it?). They loved it! The first day, we had it in the living room, but it is large, and our living room is small and since it took up most of the free space in the room, I moved it to the boy's bedroom. After I got it up there, J asked if they could sleep in it that night. I was a little skeptical of J and K sleeping in such close proximity to each other. I figured they would either end up fighting and pushing each other all night, or they would be laughing and playing all night. But I said yes.

That was over a week ago now and they are still sleeping in there at night. There has been no fighting, no playing, just sleeping. K even sleeps in it at nap time. I wonder when the novelty of it all will wear off and they will go back to sleeping in their beds?

Saving some pennies . . .

The following is an excerpt from an article called Small Investments With Major Returns by Brett Arends. I thought it was pretty interesting. To read the full article go here. The article gives tips on "investments" and how they can save you money. The parts in dark green bold are my thoughts.

There's no such thing as a hot stock tip right now, but these small investments could add thousands to your bottom line.
Buy a bread maker. You can buy one for $55. If it saves you just $4 a week on store-bought bread, that's $208 a year. A 280% return. I have one and use it ALL THE TIME. I have not done a cost comparison, but I am sure that we have saved money this way. We do not buy white bread or even the whole wheat bread . . . we usually only get whole grain bread. So using a bread maker helps save a bunch for us. Just one tip: do not bake the bread in the bread maker. The bread comes out better when you bake it in the oven. Also, another thing I have learned;…

The Simple Woman's Daybook -January 12, 2009

From the Simple Woman's Daybook . . .
Outside my window...
It is sunny, but cool.

I am thinking...
The rest of today will be a nice day.

I am thankful for...
My wonderful husband! He is so wonderful and is so good to me!

From the learning room . . .
We have not done school yet today. A had his EEG this AM, so I am still trying to recover from keeping A awake until 2:30 AM and then having to watch him scream with electrodes on his head and being bundled and taped down (it was like a baby straight jacket!!) and me not being able to hold him.

From the kitchen...
Grilled chicken breasts, rice and peas for dinner (my boys favorite).

I am wearing...
Jeans and a green sweater with a white button down shirt underneath.

I am creating...
A plan of action for someone . . . . cannot share any other details

I am going...
To pray more this week . . . God is doing a lot and speaking clearly to Hubby and I on a few different things. I need more clarity and peace.

I am reading...
My Dearest Fri…

Amazing people that were homeschooled

My family does not say much about the fact that we started to homeschool J, but I have a feeling they are a bit skeptical. To ease their fears, and to show them how great homeschooling can be, I will often try to tell them about amazing people who have been homeschooled. I try to keep it current. No historical figures, etc. For all you football fans out there . . . this is one I have "name dropped".

Tim Tebow

Do you know who he is? I certainly did not until my husband sent me an article about him about a year ago. My husband said "I think he was homeschooled." After some research I did find out that Tim Tebow was homeschooled all the way through high school. Due to a Florida law, he was able to play football for the local high school. He was pretty good. OK, he was VERY good and now plays for the Florida Gators as their quarterback. In 2007, in his sophomore year, he won the Heisman Trophy. In 2008, he came in 3rd in the ranking for it. And last night, h…

Acrobat in training

I have often felt that our house resembles a three ring circus. Today was no different. Earlier today, I was sitting in the living room checking my email. J, must have been bored, because all of the sudden he came into the room and moved the coffee table that is between our two couches. He then proceeded to stand on the arm of one of couches and with an adventurous look in his eye, he leapt off that couch and tried to land on our other couch that is several feet a way. He missed, but was not discouraged and attempted this jump about 4 times. I just stared at him. Most moms probably would have stopped him the first time, but I think I was just dumbfounded. The only thing that was running through my mind was "What is he thinking?"

A boy and his blanket

My 2 year old son is in a love affair . . . with his blanket. It has been going on for two years now. It started Christmas 2006, when he was 6 months old. My mom, made him a no sew fleece blanket for Christmas. It is the cutest Winnie the Pooh blanket, with tassels on the end. It is made of fleece, so it was perfect for the winter. He would snuggle up with it, holding some of the tassels with his fingers while sucking on his thumb. After a few nights, he settled in and it seemed as if he could not sleep without it. When the summer came, I knew something had to change. Instead of breaking him of his blanket, I decided to make him a new "love". One that was smaller and lighter. His new no sew blanket was light yellow and light blue, with tassels all around. We would keep his blanket in his crib and he would only use it for naps.

That all changed when he began to walk. Once we has able to navigate the stairs in our house, he would go up stairs when I was not looking …

The Simple Woman's Daybook -January 4, 2009

From the Simple Woman's Daybook . . .
Outside my window... It is overcast and dreary outside. It feels colder than it really is just because it looks so depressing outside!

I am thinking...
That it is nice to get back into a routine again. School has started. Hubby is back to work. Kids are on their normal nap schedules.

I am thankful for...
God teaching me to relax a bit. For several months now, I have said to myself "once A starts sleeping through the night I will . . .(exercise, sleep, clean this or that, read more, etc) " Well, God has been showing me that it is OK that A is not sleeping through the night. I have had a hard time adjusting to three kids (I know those of you out there with many more than three are probably laughing at me right now). But I realized in the last week it is because I keep on wanting A to fit into our lives in a specific way. I wanted HIM to adjust to what I expected him to be. He is so different from my others. …