Saturday, July 28, 2012

Our School Year 2012-2013

 I was wanting to hold out till July 30th to start our school year, but the since the girls were begging to start we went ahead and started our school year Monday the 16th. I know that July seems early to start school but since we do 6 six-week sessions with a week off in between starting early allows for us to have our off periods during Christmas and Easter. I like this format because it not only gives us mini-breaks throughout the school year but keeps summer to only 8 weeks (you know the saying about idle hands!)

This year Brianna is in the 3rd grade and Emma is entering 1st. And of course there is Victoria who is in tot-school. In fact, I'm pretty sure Victoria RUNS tot-school!!

Here is our curriculum for this school year:

Brianna:

*Spelling & Memorization:
                 CHC My Catholic Speller B
                 Scripture Memorization  

*Language Arts:
                CHC Language of God B
                Dictation                         
                Nature Journal

 *Mathematics:
                Modern Curriculum Press (MCP) Book C

*Religion:
                Faith and Life 3
                Living the Liturgical Year

*Handwriting:
               CHC Handwriting 3

*Reading Comprehension:
              Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls
              The Little Apostle on Crutches
              More Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls

*Literature & Composition:
                Charlotte's Web
                Little House on the Prairie
                Wizard of Oz
                The Moffatts
                Cricket in Times Square
                Mary Poppins
               
*Physical Education:
               Ballet
               Golf

Emma:

*Spelling & Phonics:
             CHC My First Catholic Speller
             Dictation

*Mathematics:
            MCP Book A

*Religion:
            Faith and Life 1
            Living the Liturgical Year

*Handwriting:
           CHC Handwriting 1

*Reading & Literature:
          CHC Little Stories for Little Folks
          Aesop's Fables
          Read Alouds

*Physical Education:
          Ballet

Together:


*Science: 
           Apologia Astronomy
           Astronomy Notebook
           Various Projects

*Social Studies: 
           CHC Tour a Country
           
*History: 
           Old Testament/Ancient World History

*Spanish: 
           La Clase Divertida 1

*Fine Arts (Architecture, Drama, Art/Music Appreciation):
           Handle on the Arts Time Traveler Volume 1 

Victoria:

*Read Aloud Books

*Puzzles

*Coloring 

*Songs ~ Wiggles

*Finger Play


This seems like a lot when I write it all out! However, this is a VERY LIGHT year. I omitted Latin & Shakespeare from last year, and I combined the girls together for Science, History, and Social Studies. Just those few changes and the fact that Brianna can do most of her schoolwork without my help has made the past two weeks flow smoother than previous years. Now if I can just get Victoria to nap in her crib we will be on a ROLL!!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Count your blessings!



I think there is a tendency in America today to focus on all the negatives in one's life instead of looking at and appreciating the many blessings that God has graciously given. Well, at least I have a tendency to do that! In order to counteract this tendency, I am going to post about all the many blessings I have in my life. Now I may not post daily or even weekly. However, since my goal is to become consciously aware of God's gifts I do want to post relatively frequently to accomplish this goal. Now these are in no way in order of importance. They will simply be as I think of them.

With that in mind, my first blessing God has given me is an easy one. God has blessed me with 3 beautiful and HEALTHY girls! (He has also blessed me with 2 wonderful sons, but that is for another post.)

It is so easy to take for granted that my girls are healthy. When pregnant there was always the fear that something may be physically wrong with the baby (especially during the 1st trimester),  but I don't think I ever believed the baby would be anything but perfect. However, so many babies are born with health issues that it truly is a blessing from God that my girls are healthy! I thank God everyday for this gift, but I know that at times (especially when they are not in the best of moods) I forget what a gift this really is. I get to watch my daughters grow in knowledge of God and the world around them. I get to watch them learn to walk, talk, pray, read, spell, & (eventually) drive a car. By the grace of God, I get to one day watch them graduate high school and college and hopefully be there when they walk down the aisle to get married! What a wonderful gift God has given me!

Now I understand that many of these gifts are in the future and I have no control over what happens tomorrow or the next day. However, there are many parents who don't even have the blessing of these dreams. I do! That in itself is a gift!

I remember before Brianna was born a friend of mine telling me something her grandmother told her. My friend was lamenting to her grandmother how FAST her son's first year of life had gone by and how she was sad that he was growing up! Her grandmother replied with "Yes, but wouldn't it be sad if he couldn't grow up." All I can say is AMEN!

Father in Heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege –to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven.
Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary, I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your Service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of you kingdom in heaven. Amen





Monday, July 16, 2012

I am NOT a country girl!

I have to admit I really, REALLY wanted to be a country girl. Out in my garden, collecting eggs from my chickens, milking my cow. It seems all so quaint and carefree. But alas, I am NOT a country girl. I hate nature. Yes I know hate is a very strong word but dislike is not strong enough.

I do not like digging in dirt - my hands and nails get dirty. I do not like handling animals - they smell. I do not like being outside - its too hot/cold/buggy/etc.

Also, there are too many critters in the country. Just today I had ants in the laundry room and this guy outside our garage.(see pic below)

I know he was only a baby but you know what that means! Where is his MOTHER?!?!

Ugh! I am tired of living in the country. I know I told Andrew I wanted a house with some acreage so I could have a garden and we could be self-sufficient, and Andrew being the great husband that he is gave me what I wanted. However, after these last couple of months of dealing with frogs, snakes, stray dogs, donkeys, & hawks (at my front door mind you) I am about TIRED of the country give me some concrete and a high rise!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dog days of summer

Things have been crazy around here! But that is good because it means that I have LOTS of people who love me!! We have been swimming ALOT and getting ready for our back to school. I was planning on holding out till the last week in July but the girls are ready to get started and I have everything ready so we will probably start in the next week or two.

Hopefully things will have calmed down and I will have more time to blog. So I will leave you a picture of a cute kid to tie you over till the next time.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pondering these words

"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."

~ St. Augustine

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Anniversary

Today is mine and Andrew's anniversary! I am truly blessed that God chose to bring him into my life! Things sometimes happen in your life that question what God's ultimate plan for your life is. Then something wonderful comes along and the picture is made complete! We have been blessed with two wonderful sons and three beautiful daughters! I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him experiencing all that the future holds! He is such a wonderful man and father and the girls and I are blessed to have him! Happy Anniversary Hubby!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I am so tired.

I don't know why but somehow God has chosen to give me three babies that do not like to sleep. I remember with Brianna being in tears because I couldn't get her to sleep longer than 45 minutes in her bassinet. I then discovered that if I put her in the bed with me she would sleep for 3 hours!! So began the cycle of co-sleeping.

Brianna would wake up every 2-3 hours to nurse. At that time, I thought she would outgrow it but she never did until I weaned her at 18 months!

Along came Emma who has been my best sleeper by far! She did not need to be nursed to sleep and she would want to go to bed early and take multiple naps during the day. But she too would wake up every 2-3 hours until I weaned her at 16 months!

And now we have Victoria. The child has been a horrible sleeper from day one!! Well, that isn't entirely true. She would give me one five hour stretch the first couple of months but that was after she would cry for two hours!!! A good night with Victoria is every two hours she is up. Those nights happen about every four days! The rest of the time she is up every one to two hours!

I know, I know. I created this myself. I shouldn't have let her sleep with us, I shouldn't have let her nurse to sleep, etc, etc, etc. But, in my defense I am OLD! This pregnancy, babyhood, and toddlerhood seem SO much harder this time around. I am too tired to fight the battles that need to be fought and I give into the easiest route. Which brings me back to the beginning. I am SO tired!

It's a vicious circle.