Friday, October 29, 2010

Wrapping Up Our Week 10/29/10




Off-balance...but stabilizing...I think :) 

Monday:   Thyroid check-up for me and  Grandma Clare's birthday.

Tuesday:   Sally's Birthday,  and the stomach bug for ME - ugh!  I went to bed feeling perfectly normal and then BAM!  I woke up sick in the middle of the night. 

Wednesday:  S.L.O.W. moving for Mama!  No Little Flowers nor Little Women,  and no choir. 
They didn't understand because they felt good.  I just would hate to bring it to someone else's household.

What is with this stomach bug that is ever-so-slowly making its way through one family after another???

We managed to barely make it through the school day. 

Thursday:  Kids' dentist check-ups.  All received an A+ from their dentist!  Yeah!  We concluded our day with Thursday evening Mass followed by Adoration. 

I was rather tired and contemplated canceling our regular Thursday evening Mass routine.  That is when I realized THAT is when I really need to receive Christ the most.

Friday:  Future plans - I really need to pay more attention to my scheduling.  We have had way too much happening lately.  It always looks good on paper, but...

Hubby took me out for lunch...what a sweetheart!

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Now for the interesting items in this week's academics...

Math:  It was a good week!  It clicked for all of them...yeah!
1. Mabel mastered adding three addends at a time and regrouping when necessary. 
2. *Sally scored a 100% on her test! 
3. *Ester scored a 100% on her test!
*They both use Saxon math.  Ester is taking the 5/4 course and Sally is taking the 7/6 course.  (The link shows their scope and sequence.)

History:
1. Ester finished studying about the Jamestown settlement.
2. Sally had an interesting chapter on Mohammed and the rise of Islam. 
3. Mabel briefly studied St. Stephen and his ties to the history of Hungary.  We had fun looking at the pictures of the Crown of St. Stephen.


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Walking On Sunshine!

She had a grand day indeed! 

Her father and I gave her an iPod Shuffle...beside piano and Mom's Playlist...this is her "first" introduction into the world of music. 

We feel she is finally old enough...and it totally rocked her day!


























She and I sat down to pick out music with her iTunes gift card.  (I want to make sure I know what is going on in her head!)

And after most of the country almost blew off of the map last night...(how 'bout it?)...we spent a sunny afternoon at a local park. 

This particular park has a gorgeous pond filled with ducks and geese...the kind that are well trained to receive food from mankind.









































And before we knew it, it appeared the every bird heard of our arrival!  Yikes!






What a brilliant boy I have!






And where is Mabel in all of this, you ask?   Suffice it to say she doesn't feel the same toward feathered friends like her siblings do.

Take a look...









































I've suggested to drop the bread...








































...but she freezes in fear each time...










































...and I'm gonna get the picture!  (Terrible, aren't I?!)

She has learned to settle for feathered friends who appear smaller than her ;)


































































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Back to our birthday girl...

Her dinner guest this year was Miss C. (another beautiful young lady, I may add.)


 






































Dinner was at Fuddruckers...yum!







...followed by a pumpkin cake.  (This was rather easy to decorate since I followed the instructions right off the Wilson's pumpkin-shaped pan.)










It was a grand day indeed...full of sunshine and simple pleasures! 

(The next birthday in our house is in two weeks...I'm almost too pooped to pop!)

Our Little Girl...

...is





And I still cannot believe how fast that happened!

After a very bumpy ride, Little Miss Sally came into the world weighing 8 lbs 12 oz.  She never slowed down...walking (practically running) at 9 months of age. 

Her daddy named her...and from the moment they met, they became the dynamic duo.





























At the age of two, she had become a big sister and developed a fondness for Elmo. 

By the time she turned three, she was all about Barbie.  The Happy Family Barbie line...it was her favorite and she still has the house.


























When Sally turned four, she was a big sister for the second time.   We put her in pre-school at the local, Catholic grade school. With a new house being built and a third baby...I didn't have enough confidence in handling homeschooling at that moment in time. 

That all changed by the time she turned five years old.  And we've never looked back, praise God!


























Sally inherited my eyesight...poor girl...with glasses by the age of six.  She inherited her daddy's unnatural upper body strength and received her first compound bow at that same time. 

She went on to make her mark in the local area 3-D shoots...winning two "gold" medals by the time she was seven years old.



 




Shortly before turning eight and moving south, Sally started bow-fishing with her dad.  (Below is a picture of her first short-nosed gar.)


























 Sally had been growing  into a confident and mature young lady.  She turned nine too quickly and double digits came even faster!


























At the age of  11, she continues growing into quite the soldier of Christ.  Her faith is so much stronger and deeper than mine was at that age.  It blows me away.  What a blessing to be able to home school!

Next to her faith, what impresses us most is her beautiful ability to converse with any person of any age.  She has an awesome personality.

We are in awe of the person she has already grown into.



























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From this morning....









And now we are off to have some birthday fun!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Birthday Girl

Happy Birthday to Grandma Clare!








































My mother-in-law...she is such a lovely person...a pillar of faith...and gentle woman that the kids just love to hug and kiss (when we get to visit her.)

Our Sally turns 11 tomorrow.  Grandma Clare told us that she turned 11 during WWII.  And here is a beautiful story she shared with us:

"Everything was rationed during the war.  Sugar.  Coffee. Even shoes.  You could only purchase one pair each year.  The leather needed to go toward the boots for the GI's.  So, I saved my  tickets one year, and instead of purchasing shoes, I purchased a brand new pair of shiny ice skates.  To this day, I still have those ice skates!"

We love you, Grandma Clare!  Happy Birthday!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Boys and Feathered Friends

This really needs no words :)
















































































































Fall Cooking/Soup

Here is a quick and easy, warm and delicious crock pot soup I tried last week. 


Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:
4 cups cooked chicken, chopped (picked up a rotisserie chicken at Sam's Club)
1 cup onions, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
4 (14 ounces) chicken broth *
2 (10 3/4 oz) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 teaspoons herbs (chives, parsley, and tarragon -  which I didn't have and it still tasted good.)
salt to taste
pepper to  taste
2 cups egg noodles, cooked

Directions:
1. Remove skin from chicken and chop the meat.
2. Put the chicken into a slow cooker with the onions, celery, carrots and peas.
3. Stir in broth, mushroom soup, and herbs.  Season with salt and pepper.
4.  Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 8 to 9 hours.
5.  When soup is finished, stir in egg noodles.

*I tried a new product from Sam's Club...Tone's Chicken Base for ($3. ??)...on the recommendation from the lady ahead of me in line. 






This is fabulous!  Directions on the back for broth or gravy...and for large quantities as well.  I haven't used chicken bouillon cubes since, and it comes in beef.


The final product....(drum roll please.....)





The gang just loved this dinner!



Pumpkin Patch Texas Style

Scarecrows.  Long horn.  Wrangling cattle.  Horses.   Hay piles.  Hay rides.  Friends.  Laughs.  Germ X.  Vitamin D...(lots of it.)  And 1 Farmer Rick stuck in a hay bale.  Did I say Germ X?!


With homeschool friends and neighbors, we headed to the pumpkin patch.




















Smelling soapy-clean and fresh from our baths, I noticed that everyone even had a bit of color on their cheeks.  Suntans in October! 

Hope you all are  soakin' up your fall!  Go Rangers!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wrapping Up Our Week 10/22/10






On top of our full load of schooling with Seton...

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Student Picture Day (last Friday):   I grow so anxious before each shoot...never wanting to make a mistake; to disappoint a family. I always ask God to help me...and He always does. 

I shot photos of some absolutely, beautiful children!

Fast forward late Monday night...

Feeling totally restless, I stayed up till 1am editing all the student photos.   I really felt it in the morning...but Girl, let me tell you.  That  rare "alone" time was totally worth it!


The verdict on the proofs?  Let's just say, it is awesome when it all comes together!

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Field tripsYup... I know....just back from a nice two week break and we are doing field trips already!  You are probably thinking...."Crazy woman!  Poor kids!  Aren't they ever in school?"  (To the schooling question?  I am a super strict Mama when it comes to academics being completed.)

Tuesday:  Actually, our field trip to UNT Sky Theater was scheduled way back at the beginning of the school year.  I coordinated it for two homeschool groups...close to 100 people....lots of fun.  We viewed Solar System Tours.

Two thumbs up and  very educational!

Thursday:  Pumpkin patch.    What kind of mom would I be if we didn't go?!

I found that it is best to do it late in the season down here.  The heat has bad effects on pumpkins...they turn down right nasty by Halloween.

To make it even more fun, we brought our lovely neighbor, Cay*, who is from Seoul, S. Korea and  met up with a few other families from our group.  (More pics to come this weekend.)

*Cay is on the hunt for a statue of St. Andrew Kim Taegon for me!  She has connections you know (wink).

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Extra Curricular:
Monday & Tuesday:
Piano lessons for the girls.  All are advancing so nicely.  I'm really proud of the dedication that they are putting into it.

Stan is taking an interest...hmmmm....we shall see.

Wednesday:
1.  Our Little Women's program (Catholic version of Girl Scouts) and  Little Flowers group  (Catholic version of Brownies) were canceled two weeks in a row now.  Some yucky stomach bug is making its way through a handful of families.  (Praying it passes us....shudder....)

Since I had already scheduled the "free" time in, we decided to head to the local park.  The weather has been nothing short of  crazy gorgeous

We were able to meet up with a few other home schooling families who live in our area.

(This would be Mabel, monkey-ing her way up the rock wall.)











































2. Children's Choir.  Ester and Mabel have choir practice every Wednesday.  They seem to really enjoy it and Ester is old enough to have received  her recorder

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Reading:
Sally finished her required book, The Winged Watchman.  (That child can digest a book so fast!) 

Ester is working her way through Augustine Came To Kent.  I think it may be just a bit too much for her, but I'm helping her through it with daily review questions on what she read the night before.

I'm trying not to second guess my decision on making her stick with it....(sigh...)...but she hasn't complained yet.

Religion:  Stan has taken such a liking to his new books, including his religion book, he announced at lunch the other day, "I know ALL about God!"  When we asked what he knew, his cute and humble reply was, "I don't remember."

History: Ester finished up on a part of history that I just LOVE!  The early Spanish explorers in the new world.

I love teaching my children about the Spanish missionaries and the important role they played in bringing Christianity to the New World. 

She is now starting the 13 colonies!  That is always a great unit.

**Any great book ideas that I could supplement with?**

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