Nature Journals: Yellow Roses

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I have a rose bush next to a small tree in my side yard that has refused to die in the past six years.  When we first bought the house, the side yard was terribly overgrown and we had to rip out almost all of the vegetation to see what we had to work with.  Hubby thought he removed all of this rose bush that is stuck right up against a tree, but apparently not.  It grew back, and has become bigger each year.  This year it grew almost six feet high and has dozens of blooms.  I guess I should figure out some kind of trellis and let the survivor thrive. … Keep reading…

The One With the 1st First Communion

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Last week ended with a bang as Alex, Ryan, and Daddy went to the end-of-the-year cub scout cook-out party.  Ryan has been going to several of the cub scout meetings the past month and is super excited about it.  He has been looking forward to this cook-out for two weeks. The highlights were retiring a flag in the fire pit and roasting s’mores.  They didn’t get home until well after bedtime, but still had to take baths and showers because they smelled like campfire.  Everyone slept well that night. Now for this week. … Keep reading…

The One With the First Dual Birthday Party

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When it became apparent to me that Josh and Cooper’s birthdates were going to be two weeks apart, I declared that they would celebrate together from here on out.  This year, they also got to celebrate with the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I hope they weren’t jealous. I haven’t the slightest idea what happened on Saturday, so skipping ahead. … Keep reading…

Nature Journals: Our First Steps

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I have ventured ever so slightly into the world of Charlotte Mason over the past few months and feel that I am ready to bring some of her ideas into our homeschool.  With four active little boys, we are constantly outdoors and it is second nature to them to find bugs and birds and flowers. Charlotte Mason has latched onto this incredible appetite that children have to the world that God created and looks to use their curiosity as a way to ever so slightly and slowly focus their attention and create a habit of observation.  She does this by having the children keep a nature journal. Typically I tend to dive headlong into a new homeschool idea and then burn out on it.  I am trying to curb this flaw with nature journaling because I feel that it is an important learning tool.  You can imagine that if I … Keep reading…

Goodbye Second Grade And A Seton Review

We did it!  We made it through second grade with two babies and a preschooler in tow.  I would say it was actually more successful than the pregnant/baby/preschooler first grade year.  It really was all thanks to Seton Home Study. Seton gave me the structure that I desperately needed to keep us moving ahead.  On days (or weeks, or months) when I just couldn’t get my act together, the lesson plans told me what to do and the workbooks were ready to go. As we adjusted to having two little ones, we shed off the layers of structure and the pieces that were just not working for us.  And now, with only three weeks left in our school year, we are down to just reading whatever strikes our fancy and doing math.  The boys spend most of the day outdoors. The very organized and rule-following part of me is a … Keep reading…

Why I Don’t Eat Meat on Fridays of Lent

It really is quite amazing to me that I chose to be a Catholic.  I am the first to bristle at any kind of authority telling me what I can and cannot do.  Maybe it is that inborn American desire for rebellion.  More likely it is my own pride and arrogance.  But when it comes to the Church, I submit to her teaching authority.  It is through the Church that Jesus instructs and leads his sheep to heaven. … Keep reading…