Monday, April 30, 2012

I am still counting . . .

I have not published my One Thousand Gifts list lately.  It is not that I have stopped, just that I have not transferred it here.  Since my last posting of the list, I have counted up to 799 (so close to 1,000!).  As I looked over the list, here are the ones that stood out:

 - A quote from my son, "I am trying to color this the best I can because it is Jesus."
- Science lessons at breakfast
- freckled faces
- popcorn made on the stove and the memories that come with it
- basketball game with my boys
-scooters on the porch
- the boys singing the Divine Mercy Chaplet (Little A leading!!)
- dish towels becoming pirate bandannas
- little toes on the windowsill

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Living in the past - Part Two

As if our journey through one of the first settlements were not enough, on Saturday we decided to spend some time "marching through" history.  We attended a local event called Marching Through Time, which includes re-enactors from ancient Rome all the way up through the modern wars.  We went to this event last year and the boys loved it, so we went again this year.  We enjoyed every moment.  The boys love trying on armor and talking to the re-enactors.  I love history too and am amazed by the wealth of knowledge that these men and women have to the particular regiment that they are "re-enacting."  They truly make history come alive.

Roman soldiers


Celtic nomad soldier dwelling
Another Celt, later century

Viking Ship




German Mercenary 15th century
Training to be a German Mercenary


Long Bow
Ready for battle
Wearing a gauntlet

The privateer trying to convince us he is not a pirate!
Union Civil War soldiers




World War I Soldier from the Ukraine

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Living in the past - Part One

It seems our family likes to live in the past.  My boys love history and we take every opportunity to do more, hands on learning.  Last week we went to Historic St Mary's City for their home school day.  The first settlement in Maryland.  It also is significant to the Catholic History of America as well.  Catholics came to St. Mary's City because it was one of the few places in the colonies where they were allowed to practice their faith (at first, at least).

Although it rained ( a lot) when we first got there, the rain subsided after about an hour and the rest of the day was nice.
Ship similar to the Dove

Chapel built on the original foundation of the Catholic Chapel in St. Mary's City

Making corn cakes, a staple of the diet of those in the settlement

Jewelry making, Indian style

Planting corn on the plantation

Working the printing press

Learning how to use a quill pen

Writing with a quill pen
Learning about the cash crop of the settlement, tobacco




Monday, April 23, 2012

I have the best job in the world!

To all you moms, out there . . . watch this video for the Olympic Games.  It will make you cry.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Seven Quick Takes- Randomness and a Tale of Two Halfs


1.  I do not like the new Blogger!  I miss the old format.

2. I read this blog post at (in)courage this morning.  Escaping the rut of want.  Boy, did it speak to me today.  The past few weeks have been hard spiritually and emotionally and I can totally identify with what Lysa shared in that post.  I have thrown temper tantrums in hopes to get God to see it my way. Do it my way. And it is embarrassing to admit that.  I would have hoped, by now, that I would be more spiritually mature than that, but I, shamefully, am not.  God is still working on this child of His.  And I pray He does each and every day.

3.  A few weeks ago we went to see October Baby.  I loved the movie and suggest that everyone see it.  It is powerful.  And I loved the music too.  I downloaded the soundtrack the day it was released on iTunes.  My favorite song is Life is Beautiful by The Afters.  Listen to it.  I was playing it while typing this post and once the song was over, my 5 year old said, "Play it again, Mom.  Don't you know we like that song?"



4. I run two half marathons a week a part next weekend and the weekend after that.  I thought my reasoning, at the time of registration, was sound.  I would have just run a marathon, so I would be race ready to run two halfs in a row.  But, I am not sure what I was thinking, again (did this last year after my first marathon, too . . . you would have thought I would have learned my lesson).  While I have bounced back from this marathon much better than the first, I am still not back to normal.  I have been having thyroid issues again (which are leveling out now) and I can tell my body has not fully recovered yet.  So, I am just going to try to have fun with these two halfs.  No PR pressure.  Just run.

5.  Anyone know how to interpret elevation charts?  I cannot.  These two halfs are both hilly, but can anyone tell me which one is more hilly? I think it is the Iron Girl Half.

Columbia Iron Girl Half

Frederick Half


6. What to learn?
My personal trainer certification is up pretty soon.  I need to complete so many hours of CECs before the fall.  But, I am not sure what classes to take.  If you were me, what would you like to learn about physical fitness and personal training?  Or, if I were your personal trainer, what new exercises would you like me to know so that I can get you in the best shape of your life?

7.  New diet.
I have not updated my eating tab yet, but I have given up all grains and have done so for several weeks (with the exception of Easter).  And I love it.  The few times I have eaten grains (especially wheat) in the last few weeks, I have felt bloated and gross.  I am working my way to implementing this style of eating with the whole family.  My hubby is on board and I think it will be great for all of us.  My goal is to transition us all to more of a Paleo diet by the end of May.  Pray for us!

Have a great weekend everyone!




Thursday, April 19, 2012

Have not blogged in 20 days!

And this post will not inspire . . .

More coming at some point.   We have just been busy around here!