Friday, September 28, 2012

7 Quick Takes: Myspace and That's Not Okay

I don't plan these in advance.  It's always a kind of stream-of-consciousness brain-dump.  Which explains why the word "quick" actually means "super long" most of the time.  Because my brain will. not. shut. up.  And also explains why there's not actually any theme the way there is....

Hold on. Before I forget. The boy just ran in here holding a penny whistle (if you're related to my husband, you'll understand the hate/hate relationship everyone except the males in this family have with the penny whistle) declaring that he's found the perfect way to wake up the big girls.

Lucky them!

Wait.  Where was I?  Oh yes...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

An Invitation. Because I Love You.

I've been wanting to say something for a while, but I didn't know where or how.  A quick facebook status update?  Send out a tweet?  They didn't seem like enough.  But do I really have an entire post worth of things to say on the matter?

Let's find out.

This crazy, wonderful, stressful, beautiful life is a fantastic one, there is no doubt.  My children are an incredible blessing, potty accidents, ridiculous tantrums and all.  My marriage, with its ups and downs (oh yes, there have been many of both) a true testament for me of Christ's sacrificial love for us.

Friday, September 21, 2012

7 Quick Takes: Alf, dumb ideas, and the greatest week EVER.

So I'm on Pinterest and it's way too late and I'm thinking I could go to bed or I could start writing these, (which you are now reading tomorrow, but really it's Thursday night) and suddenly I see this and I know I have to say something to the publishers of Real Simple magazine:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Curriculum Giveaway Winner!

The gods of have chosen a winner of the snazzy mcsnazzerson Twenty-six Letters to Heaven curriculum giveaway.....


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Science for the Verbal Set- Curriculum Choices pt. 2

Since the curriculum giveaway ends tonight (hint, hint), let's talk learnin'.

As you might remember, if you memorize my every move as you should and don't ever, not ever, get me mixed up with one of those other Catholic homeschooling moms who blog (I mean, how many of us can there be?), I got most of my curriculum recommendations for this year from Angelicum Academy.

Among the many things I like about them is that I don't need to buy the entire curriculum as a set- I can pick and choose based on my children's needs and strengths and go with something else for a certain subject if I see fit.

Which I absolutely did when it came to Science.  Their recommended science text was the kind of book that weighs 30 pounds and talks a little bit about everything a kid possibly ought to know but never really expects anyone to be very interested in what they're learning.  No thanks.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sometimes it sucks...and that's okay

Last week, a sweet mother, who clearly needs some encouragement and support, left this anonymous comment on one of my old posts, Pro-Life Means Pro-Child:

Glad to know even mothers of children raised in a catholic church have their moments. I am still pretty resentful that my husband chose to become catholic and force me to wrangle my 4 children into sitting through mass, when they are used to having sunday school and children's church in their protestant upbringing. They used to love church and now they pretty much hate it. My question is HOW IN THE WORLD!!!!! is a "good catholic" mother ever supposed to enjoy/listen/worship during mass? I just have more and more hatred and frustration. Would much rather stay home than fight the fight and have my children feel chastised for wiggling and not paying attention like adults. 

I started responding in the combox, but the response was so long that it started to look like a blog post.  So it became one.

To my anonymous reader, and any other mother who feels similarly exhausted and discouraged:

Friday, September 14, 2012

7 Quick Takes- Cuteness and Gratitude

Alright, I'm posting before we even start our day because I gotta get that frustrated complain-a-thon from yesterday off the top of ye olde bloggy.  Sometimes a girl's gotta vent, but geez, you'd think I could do it in less than three thousand words.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

That Crappy day and Feeling Discouraged

I'm just gonna tell you what happened yesterday, okay?

First, I awoke to Cecilia's singy-songy-song (as usual)...."moooooooomy, I'm awaaaaaaaaaaaaaake!".  Why she doesn't just exit her bedroom I will never know.  And when I went in there to release her, approximately 2.3 nanoseconds after hearing her, she had already peed on the floor.  And do you know what is particularly frustrating about that fact, besides the obvious requirement that someone (probably me) clean pee out of the carpet?  If you guessed "she has a little frog potty right there next to her bed and she just peed right on the floor next to it", you'd be right.  Don't you just love being right?!?!?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven Curriculum Giveaway

It is so, very schoolish around here these days, folks.  Complete with wailing and gnashing of teeth and discovering that the 10:30 a.m. dance class actually starts at 9:00 and it's 8:03 and your big 'uns are still in bed.  And then being reminded, as they careen around to be ready in time, that you've not sewn the elastic straps onto their ballet slippers yet.  So you grab the sewing box but there are no stinkin' needles in the pin cushion because certain children are constantly doing "projects" which involve taking my things and strewing them about the house like so many pieces of pointy confetti so you holler "And you wonder why I'm always telling you to put away your stuff!  Well you're gonna find out when you have to go to your class BAREFOOT!".

Yep, that just happened.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Homeschooling

It was Tuesday morning, the day after Labor Day.  The first day of our second year of homeschooling.  The very first day of kindergarten for my boy.  After the baby's usual 6:30 wake up for a quick diaper change and a first breakfast before her first early morning nap, I tip-toed down the hall to fire up the coffee maker.  The house was silent.  Outside a steady rain fell from the dark grey sky.

I was nervous.  Excited.  Ready.  Maybe not so ready.  Ready enough.  Yes, that was it.

The schedule for the week was printed out and each little science booklet had its own little staple on the spine, ready for four sets of small hands to read or color or shred, depending on the age of those sweet fingers.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A Beautiful Day

When I went berzerk last week, one of the things that was stressing me out was the fact that I'd still not taken two month old baby Mary in to the county clerk's office to submit her birth data so she would officially exist.  If you have a hospital birth, you see, they give you a whole stack of papers and sign off on them right there, and then your baby is a real baby, but since she was born at home, I had to do it myself.  In person.  And she had to come with me.

Boy was I dragging my feet.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

First Day of School and Curriculum Choices pt. 1

It is 12:15 p.m. on the first day of school, and I am giddy.  Giddy, I tell you!

You know what's awesome?  That planning things out actually helps to make them happen.  I made out a lesson plan in chart form for this first week back so that reading children could just look and see what was expected of them, and reading adults whose brains are fried from, I don't know, life and stuff, can also read and see what's on deck for the non-reading child.  And the 2 year old, who also thinks she's in kindergarten, can just pretend that one of the rows is for her.  Which it's not, but please don't tell her, okay?

Nasty-tastic Hair Update (and you could win!)

You know that thing about the squeaky wheel getting the grease?  Well consider me well-oiled, my friends.  Because first I complained about my atrocious Bride-o'-Frankenstein hair and then I got free Dove Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner in the mail.

They must have noticed that my plight was super dee duper dire.

Check it out.
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