Sunday, February 24, 2008

Good Times

What an amazing week!

My 8 year old got her first fillings done. I was afraid she would cry and not tolerate the work, but thankfully she surprised me and did great.

I babysat my cousins children 2 days, from 5:30 a.m. till 5 p.m. They are 3 months and 4 years old. I thought it might be mind blowing to have 6 children all day, but things went shockingly well. The 4 year old had a few melt downs, but she isn't used to our rules, so it was expected. I think I actually maintained better with them, as I kept my cool. Isn't it funny that I wouldn't even yell around some one else's kids, but am willing to yell at mine quite often. People are so weird!.

I had all 6 children with me for the home school groups boys/girls club. Then I took them all with me to confession. Another mom and I took turns with the children. I am so happy I got to go. The neighbor children came over to play for a few hours yesterday. At that point I had 9 children, and I wasn't freaked out!!! Thank you, Jesus, for that grace! It made me believe that I can handle having more children, which we hope and pray we will get to.

Today the children and my sister and I went to 2 festivals after church. The first was The Scottish Highland games. We watched a few bands. Oceans Apart, and The Wicked Tinkers. I love live music so much! We watched a few caber tosses, the kiddos played on inflatable slie thingy's (the technical term), and we saw some drum and pipe bands marching. Oh, they are so cool and make me want to get into that.

Then we went to the Matsuri festival. It is a Japanese event where we heard great music, saw sword fighting, and a lot of really great art. Of course, both plces had a million things for sale. We only got a few.

We must have walked 5 miles today. All the children are asleep, and I am good and tired.

I am planning on going to pray at the Planned Parenthood tomorrow. We will see how that pans out.

Friday, February 8, 2008


Another beautiful day.
The children had a great time at their homeschool kids' club.
I got an anonymous note in the mail saying I was being thought of and prayed for today. That was so nice and thoughtful! I love little mysteries like that.
We hung out at home, I did some painting, then went to our friend's house for a great meatless lenten dinner and some great company. I yapped on and on. I guess I may need some more adult contact!
Again a late night.

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My sweet, angelic mother came over today and helped me clean and organize. We got a lot done, so I am feeling better. I was so crabby this morning due to the mess.
We hung curtains, she hemmed them. Got some stuff organized in the shed. Pretty dull day actually. The 2 big boys made "inventions"which are basically cake and used WAY more chocolae chips than they should have.
Leave it to my off-spring to find a loop-hole for their Lenten sacrifice. Sure, they haven't eaten any candy, but they sure are making "inventions" every day.
Hey, maybe one of them will be a chef when they grow up, and attribute it all to being given creative license in the kitchen as children. Now I just have to work on getting them to do a good job of cleaning up afterwards!
Tomorrow is boys' and girls' club, and we are all excited. It is always nice to see the other home schooling families.
Is home schooling one word or two? I see it so often both ways!

Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Today was great, almost.

We started out wonderfully by getting some school work done as well as some planning for the abinet shelves I am putting in the kitchen. The children then played well together until we got ready to go to Mass at noon. The were pretty well behaved, until time for the ases. For some reason ds 4, freaked out. I picked him up as he was holding up the line, and the deacon put the ashes on his head while he was yelling and hitting me. Yeah, nice.
"You are dust and to dust you shall reurn"

Then we went to Costco, and got a lot of wierd looks, like "Why do you and your children have soot on your faces?" I did hear several people say, "Oh, it's Ash Wednesday" after seeing us.
We played at the park, then went to swim lessons, and Walmart. Well after walking though Walmart for a million hours(Does Walmart always feel like that to you too?) we were all cranky and tired, so things went downhill. We just had a hard time getting dinner done and to sleep, but it is now quiet. I am going to slap a coat of paint on the shelves, and go to sleep

Happy Lent!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

So, here I am . It is 11 something and there is finally quiet here at our home, my only time alone. I have 4 children who keep me busy. They are DD 8, DS 6, DS 4 and DS 1. We homeschool, home birth, and keep things natural. I really have the life I have always dreamed of. My husband and I have been married for 9 years, and I get to stay home and raise our children.

My #1 goal is to raise our children in the love of the Lord and that our family will serve Him.
I am so far away from that goal right now- mostly because I am not a very good example. I have a lot to work on, specifically I need to control my emotions, speak in a calm voice, take better care of myself, and get organized. I need to lose about 50 lbs. Boy writing that number is shocking to me! I am so sad that I have let it get this bad with my weight. I have been working out though, and am making strides in the right direction. Mostly I need balance in my life, putting God first and allowing Him to lead my actions. Pray for me.

This was a pretty good day. The children and I talked about what we would like to do for Lent. They decided, with some nudging on my part, that they would give up candy for Lent. We will also be continuing our sacrifice beans. At the end of the day they will tell me if they sacrificed somthing for Jesus, and then we glue 1 bean for each act to a poster of a cross. We try to fill it in before Lent is over. I have only one tiny hesitation about this, and that is the idea of sacrificing for God, not for the reward or praise from man. Maybe that is something they grasp when they are older. We also pick someone to pray for every day. I will be giving up soda and adding some prayers and at least one daily Mass a week. We are joining some friends for Friday dinners in Lent. I am really looking forward to that!

What do you do for Lent?

I took the children with me to vote today. I was shocked that it took an hour and 15 minutes! They were amazingly well behaved. Gabby happened to be wearing a shirt that said "Cool to be Catholic" Thank goodness they were well behaved. Usually it seems like whenever I am identified as a homeschooling Catholic, the children misbehave, or I am impatient, and we are not a good example!

Better go to sleep, as it all starts again in just a few hours. Praise God!