Hi there and welcome, friends~ !
Boy, it's been a ridiculously long time since I wrote a daybook. I so love blogging in daybook format! Don't you find it provides a solid thought-purge? Also refocuses my writing, homekeeping, homeschooling, family plans.......
Outside my window~ Snow, snow, snow, snow. Ice too. Gorgeous, really. But slick and pretty dangerous. Accidents and falls are entirely too prominent around here these days. Our "lawn" is glistening as one solid sheet of ice!
I'm thinking~ About soooooo many things.
*Today's my Mom's birthday....her 6th birthday in heaven. February 8th was always surprise and candy and flower and gift-filled. It was always a perfectly wonderful day. So there's no more of the tangible celebrations, just the prayers and the lit candles at mass and the reflections and the
knowing that there is a huge party in heaven tonight. And we miss her so very much.
* This blog..... As you can see, my home here on the web has gotten a bit of a renovation. It was all precipitated by the temporary demise of the company who offered my initial design. The company seemed to 'disappear,' taking my blog with it, sort of, I think. I'm not even sure.......Then I installed a new template, which I didn't hate, but certainly didn't love.....then I discovered that Shabby Blogs is back! woohoo! My original denim/lace background seems to be gone and this one is, well, something to get used to...I think I kinda like it! Three cheers for this generous company who offers free templates, buttons, blinkies and awesomeness!
I'd ask you what you think because I would like to offer a pleasant atmosphere to my friends and readers when they stop over to my virtual home, but design <blogs and otherwise) is so darn subjective. I'm finally growing to like this style and I guess I can only hope my visitors find it somewhat appealing...... and maybe even soothing? I don't know.
Also on the blog front, unintentionally less blogging..... Recognizing that I've been logging a whole lot less........I looked into the archives and found that in January 2014, I published 27 posts. This January, however, only 6. Priorities have shifted. Which doesn't mean my affinity for my blog and blogging and general have diminished. Just that the pull toward other pieces of my life is precluding time spent here.
*Also thinking about our February calendar and schedules and being sure that we have some time, some calm, that we don't spend the month flitting from activity to activity...especially since the lenten season begins in mid month. if not a slower pace, than a more intentional, measured focus to our days. I think it's been successful when we've tried this in the past, which is one of the reasons my blog has been hearing crickets of late.
I'm thankful~ For health; for safety, particularly in this hazardous winter weather; for the means to provide a lovely Valentine-special dinner - not to be taken for granted - and a few little gifts for the boys; for time.
Learning notes~ Well, the highlights? Hmmmmm, in Geography, more US states and capitals. Science~ central nervous system/brain study. Posts on some of the fun and awesome
resources we've used for the studies coming soon. Never one to say NO to cookie making, we made state as well as central nervous system sugar cookies this week:
And of course we had some extra dough left for a cookie TARDIS and dalek:
Math ~ Let's see we're following Math U See's Zeta right now so operations with fractions, percent and decimals, as well as lots of word problems are the order of the week. Next week, we're revisiting circumference as it turns up again in the curriculum. Here's a fun circumference study we did last year as well as a GREAT book to read as an intro or review of the topic.:
Reading/Phonics ~ Because my son is dyslexic, we don't adhere to a traditional spelling program, but use instead Orton Gillingham multi sensory resources. Since reading disabilities is my "background," I'm fortunate to have experience and knowledge in this area, though I'm ALWAYS looking to pursue better/different teaching techniques. These are our go to books due to their consistent approach to teaching/reviewing phonemes. Blast off to Reading and
Recipe for Reading .
Cursive, history, read alouds, Bible study/saint study, independent reading,
morning rosary too. LOTS more of those and I'll elaborate possibly in a future post.
Ah, February...Valentine's Day, Lent..... I love tradition. I love the comfort and the knowing that everything will be the same. Except nothing is really the same, is it? The best traditions for our family, it seems, must change by necessity. What once seemed like it would always be that way, isn't. And gradually, you realize year after year, it's never going to be the same again. The world has other ideas and pulls us outward.
Also, clicking over to these don't miss faith links~
I'm creating~ Hopefully, rhythm and warmth at home......
I'm going~ Let's see.... basketball practice and games, play rehearsal. Did I mention lately how much Arthur Miller rocks? My younger son is in a local production of The Crucible. Wow, the director? She's brilliant and the staging is sure to be unique and striking. We watched the movie, which was haunting and amazing. Did you know that Arthur Miller was involved in the writing of the screenplay? Once you've experienced Daniel Day Lewis bringing down the house as Proctor, there's just no other version of this classic that will do, you know?
Also headed to parish choir rehearsal, with my older son, who plays violin in the group; youth group meetings, a few errands and hopefully not shoveling this week!
I'm listening to ~ the cast of The Crucible as they breath life into Miller's words.
"We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling
the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!."
In print and online I've a lot to share with you! Who
among us doesn't yearn for more "downtime" to just revel in the printed word? I'm trying, lately, to intentionally weave family literary enjoyment into a few minutes before sleep at night, in between subjects during our homeschool day, while we wait at the dentist, mechanic, for play and choir rehearsal to begin and etc...... My little guy loooooves to cook and we're trying to squeeze literature into the kitchen too.... We get a heck of a lot read and enjoyed in whatever read aloud we're into while he scrapes potatoes or fries chicken! And then there are days when things run smoothly and we have the luxury of stopping time for books. Candle burning, snow tumbling, falling into classic literature. Yeah, it does happen, once in a while. My son and I are enjoying The Hobbit <again>. Really, is there such a thing as too much Tolkien? When we complete the novel, we're looking forward to a movie viewing. I know the whole world's seen
The Desolation of Smaug, especially those Sherlock fans among us.Well, not us.Not yet. We're a bit slow on the Hobbit movie viewing bandwagon, but we're getting there. And by the way, if you're not watching Sherlock, you should be. It's typically genius BBC entertainment. Period.
Now about Mommy-reading: I must read at night, despite how tired I may be. I feel as if I have to "take in" as a way to decompress by "giving" all day. Do you, too? Managing the home and hearth, chauffeuring, teaching, meal prep, laundering, you know the drill..... it's a lot of giving, a lot of "output." I love it and can't imagine doing anything else. Buuuut at night, when all is quiet, I do need that space for just me and the written word. Sooooo, right now I'm into the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber. It's simply delightful...... I so so recommend it. The characters are sweet, real, genuine. Add a star if you knit; you'll find out why once you start digging in. ALSO reading a delightful story about an Australian home educating family, The Angels of Abbey Creek, which, friends, is a don't-pass-up title. A year in the life. The highs, lows, the everyday, the liturgical year feasts. Really, this book needs to be on your shelf.
Links I love~Literary/homeschooling links. I' ve enjoyed these and learned from them a great deal -love to share with you:
Harper Lee's Long Lost Sequel
On the fitness front: AKA the I'm-attempting-to-firm-but-it's-a-Jack-London-novel-out-there-so--I-have-to-find-a-way-while-INSIDE front..... here are a couple of awesome, quick, free and no excuse fitness-y links for ya if you're in the same boat:
10 Minute solution
From the kitchen~
Simple, simple, simple. Lots of crock pot usage, easy but tasty pasta with french bread and sauces. Maybe a frozen pizza with a salad on the side on one of our buser days/nights. Definitely trying Tomato Spinach Egg Cups and Baked French Fries with Blue Cheese Sauce. I know, I know...they may sound sort of, um, not initially appealing, right? But go check out the how - to and the pics. Oh my goodness----love!
My recent posts:
I love organizing my posts at the bottom
of wrap ups/daybooks -- got the idea from my friend, Lisa:
|14 Things I Learned in 2014|
|Little Bighorn National Monument,|
MT ~ July 2012
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