October 17, 2013


round button chicken

All of my pictures this week are pretty, happy, funny, real.  
I'm down to just the camera on my phone so I have pics from just one day.
The weather has been so beautiful and such a treat to be out in the afternoons.
We are all enjoying these fall days.

To jump with such abandon!
Such a pretty fall backdrop!
Peter is so sweet with Caroline.  Always showing her stuff.
Happiness is a good friend!
In this case,  he found a wooly bear caterpillar.
Carrie really wants in the sand box.
But eating the sand will make her happy enough.
I think this is just the funniest face!

October 14, 2013


round button chicken

(I had this post all ready to go last week.  And then, I forgot to "publish" it.  Oh well.  Better late than never!)

Water drops in ornamental kale.
Birthday flowers from an out of town husband.

When books show up from Amazon.
Especially this one.

The excitement over a real telephone booth.
Everyone (almost) had to pretend to make a call.
Caroline just waking up from a nap with crazy hair.

The two little ones sharing a book (and a mess).

October 4, 2013

Celebrating the Saints.

It's been a saintly kind of week, hasn't it?  Lots of fun!  One of the commitments I made to myself this school year has been to get back to really celebrating the liturgical year.  Last year, I felt always behind and like feast days slid past with just a little mention.  I would usually at least read the blip of the saint of the day from this book or this one.  (I like Saints: A Year in Art because not only does it have a saint for every day but also a picture.  Though, there was the occasional one I passed on showing to the kids.  I like the second because it gives more detail and is specifically for kids).  I literally have gone through the calendar and picked the saints I want to make sure we celebrate and put them on the family calendar (we use Cozi).

At any rate, for this week we have celebrated a baptismal birthday, a birthday, and the feasts of The Archangels, St. Therese of Lisieux, Guardian Angels, and coming up St. Francis.  (And Our Lady of the Rosary on Monday....but that is next week and all!)  What a wonderful week to live the faith.  But I kept it simple.

For the feast of The Archangels:  Mass and ice cream sundaes.

Elizabeth showing off her coloring page.
For St. Therese of Lisieux:
Holy Heroes has their Glory Stories which my kids really enjoy listening to.  And they have this PDF to go along with St. Therese' story to color.  Or you can watch this video on Vimeo.  You can also get The Story of a Soul for free on Amazon and read it on a kindle or download the kindle app to any device.

"Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them." --St. Therese of Lisieux
 (and gosh, it looks way better in person!)
For St. Francis we will make a special treat for our feathered, furry and scaly friends.  Catholic Heritage Curricula also has this ebook available on the life of St. Francis that my kids have been working on coloring all week.  We have also been reading Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi by Tomie de Paola.

So, that has been our week.  Lots of good learning!

October 3, 2013

8 months.

Caroline turned 8 months this past Tuesday.  She still just has two teeth.  No official crawling yet but she manages to scoot around on her bottom and get to what she wants! 

I love this age.  She loves being outside and really intently studies everything.

Best of all, she is everyone's favorite baby!

October 2, 2013

Tour a Country: Canada

This year Jacob is using Catholic Heritage Curricula's Tour a Country for geography.  I remember doing this with Patrick a couple of years ago.  Even though it was included in the curricula then, and isn't now, I much prefer the new option because it literally comes with everything.  (Love that!)  Since I'm sure I will be doing this with Elizabeth again in two years, I thought I would make some notes for myself here.  My one beef is that they didn't seem to update links (or they did and the links have since expired).  Hopefully, my links will still be good or at least jog my memory enough to find something similar.

The last four weeks have found us studying Canada.  Which is great, except....

The library and I are currently not talking to one another (as in, I can't seem to find the time to get there) and I don't have many books on Canada.  And they are so close.  Go figure.  So I began looking to the internet for help with supplemental materials.    Yay, Youtube!  (and for the record, when I turn these on I make them full screen so none of the related images show on the sides.  you never know what might be there!)

We watched this video on Saint Kateri Tekakwitha:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HptpEQn80g (pretty long)

and this one too (just a quick little tidbit by Rome Reports):

We checked out this link on the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre:
Which, unfortunately, the 360 views are "under construction."  Darn!

And, for learning some about Canada itself (we did have a few books and of course, maps for this part) we watched some of this one (Jacob says it is ridiculously long and it is and is mostly about changing residency to Canada):

BUT for some beautiful scenery watch this one: