Welcome to my weekly wrap/almanac!
In our homeschool this week~ Music, music, music as the boys prepare for their orchestra's Christmas concerts and even a couple of, "Can I practice violin before I do math?" queries......... Moving through the curriculum in history and geography.....In science, labs and hands on with both boys: K, Earth Sci and T, still a few phys sci activities...Mathmathmathmathmath like crazy. K, yes, algebra. New/review again, again, again. T, fractions like crazy with a focus on analyzing word problems, clues, key words and phrases. Soccer, violin lessons, a fun time at the park with friends one day, a Harry Potter fun and games program at the library one night, choir practice, youth group meeting.
Homeschool tip/trick to share?
Nope, not kidding...that's the kinda week I had.
That's my tip.
A don't miss link: You likely know my friend, Sheila, from her blog, "Longing's End"
.......But if you missed this beautiful post, of hers ( one of so many)~ Build a Home with hearts of Love and 29 tips for growing a lasting marriage, then click over now. You'll be soooo happy that you did! Her posts are poetic yet practical and always full of encouragement.... But even if she wrote about taking out the garbage, I'd click over and read her. Talk about style. Tell her I said HI. She's a sweetheart.
Also, friends I urge you to seek out the series Sheila wrote in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Longings End that is gripping and thought provoking. What a horrible, devastating topic and one that is never ever addressed. Simply by scrolling around her previous posts or by typing any one of the words related to the series in her search bar, you will find it. I was shocked to learn not only how prevalent domestic violence is, but that we all may know someone who is suffering in silence. Please read her posts so that you can be educated, as I was, on many issues such as the stats and how to offer the beginnings of help to someone who does not know where to turn, should the need ever arise.
Praying for~ um, more hours in the day! And since THAT's not going to happen, better time management skills....more of a focus on what really needs to get done and not what I feel like doing ( such as blogging!---but blogging's such a blast, isn't it?)
Thanking God for~ Can I tell you that I've lost count of the "almosts" on the road??? Numerous trips cross country, I mean 9,000 plus mile journeys, hundreds of times I just 'run' to the store quickly or zip just a few miles away to drop my kids somewhere and something "almost" happens on the road.
Last night on the way to bring my little guy to his library program, we were literally almost involved in a head on collision. suffice to say, we were minding out own business driving in the left lane of a two lane road ( commercial, not a highway) and a car swung madly from traffic going in teh oppostite direction ( there was no divider or anything, becasue apparently, he was too impatient with the slowness of the traffic. SWUNG across the double yellow line INTO oncoming traffic. Two. Carlengths. From. Us. With about 3 seconds to spare before we were hit head on, I pulled slightly to my right...could not move into the right lane...car there and HE swerved slightly to his right and HE DID HIT US....he took out my driver's side mirror doing about 80 miles per hour. And THAT'S IT. He kept going....gone. Unreal. I was So shaken....so was my son....Just breath. We pulled over when we could and collected ourselves. Do you know there was NO damage other than the mirror? None. I shudder to think of what could have happened if our guardian angels were not watching. My son said too, "We have a lot of people in heaven looking out for us."
Truer words ever? Don't think so. Thank God.
I'm creating~ advent plans, a birthday party for my son in a week....
This week's posts~
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Next week's postings will be light here on my blog because I'll be finalizing my kids' homeschooling quarterly reports due to the district AND preparing for our Time Lord's 11th regeneration party next weekend.
BUT, my "recipe" for a "Girl on Fire" Victory Tour Celebration cake just in time for the release of the Catching Fire movie AND my thoughts on reading the Hunger Games series with our kids is up now....... And I DID say reading the series with our kids. My post on my son's 10th birthday party, "Panem et Circenses" is here if you're planning on a little Catching Fire fun for your family and want to catch a glimpse of what we did.
Also, if you're prepping for a HG theme gathering or just a little fun for the movie opening, here are our Hunger Games Halloween cupcakes, which we called "Clove's Impressive Array Of Knives Cupcakes" for the party we held.
Can I ask you to do me the honor of voting for my blog in the
2013 HS Post Blog Awards?
It's really simple.
You click over to the links below,
click the little dot to the left of my blog's name, Campfires and Cleats,
and then scroll down to click the VOTE box.
One can vote once per day per device until November 18th.
Here we go:
My blog was honored by being nomianted in these categories~~~~
Lastly, check out my one year blogoversary giveaway! Just in time for Our Lady's feast day in December, you can enter to win one of a dozen scapulars!
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Weekly Wrap Up
Homeschool Mother's Journal
Catholic Woman's Almanac
Until next time,