Virtual Eucharist Adoration

Virtual Eucharist Adoration
We adore You O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeeemed the world!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Long time no blog

And so it is in the world of blogging -- it has been like forever since I have blogged. It is crazy around my house - I have children on 5 different basketball teams. That is just the beginning of the craziness but enough if you know anything about basketball. Everyone has practices, everyone has games we could go to a ball game every night but Sunday some weeks. Sometimes I have to choose which game to go to. I do have an "away game rule" which I might have mentioned during football. I don't go to away games for highschoolers with the following exceptions: it is one of the 2 nearby schools, you are a Senior, or you are playing MY highschool and there is no other game that night. I MAY go - still no promises. My dh, he only goes to home games, once for the younger kids and then occasionally for the older ones.
More information than you wanted ---


Saturday, October 13, 2007

It was a bad football weekend here.

The Warriors lost, it started out a great game but we just couldn't hold them defensively. The ending score was 28 - 14. They played hard, one boy ended up in the hospital later. My son said later that night "I might have a concussion ......" WHAT????!!!!! What makes you think that? I nonchalantly asked and he said " oh you know, because I blacked out a couple of times during the game and that is a sign" gggrrrrrr teenage boys, they think they are indestructible. He is fine but gave me a scare.

ds3's team lost also, 20-7. That made them have the worst score in the league, but you gotta love it when they say "yea mom, I got some great tackles and we pushed them back a lot -- if only we had gotten an interception we mighta won!!" I love that child!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I am soooo bugged

My oldest son was featured on an interview at but I cannot figure out how to upload it to my blog. If you are interested, he is under sports videos, Woodlan Player Interviews. My son is the first boy who talks. I think he did a great job! Someday I am going to learn how to use this silly machine. Until then you will just have to hunt for my good stuff!

If his team wins Friday and the other team who they are tied with loses they will be ACAC conference champions - first time in 11 years! There is a chance for a total win, 2 way tie, 3 way tie and YES a 5 way tie. Don't ask me to explain - but it is crazy!


Monday, October 1, 2007

Happy Anniversary ME!

Just a quick post to say that on Oct. 1 My dear husband and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. I am so incredibly blessed to be married to this man. He works harder than anyone I know to provide a fabulous life for myself and my 8 chiklets. Thank you God for the gift of this man.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Surprise Fog Day

What is a fog day you may ask? Well in the area where we live (New Haven IN) when the fog is so thick you cannot see your car in the drive or whether a car is coming on the road they cancel school. That is right - no school due to fog. But wait, didn't I say I homeschooled? Well, yes that is a true statement but I have older ps going children who got the day off. Well, we decided it was only fair to take the day off also.

I went garagesaling with ds2 and had a great time. Then went and played tennis. We ended the lovely day with Conquest Boys Club and K4J (apostolates of Regnum Christi) at our house and then Football at the highschool.

Speaking of football my ds1 had a great game - he caught the ball in the endzone and scored a touchdown -- yes the crowd went wild and his momma rang the cow bell loud and long.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Your Superpower Should Be Manipulating Electricity

You're highly reactive, energetic, and super charged.
If the occasion calls for it, you can go from 0 to 60 in a split second.
But you don't harness your energy unless you truly need to.
And because of this, people are often surprised by what you are capable of.

Why you would be a good superhero: You have the stamina to fight enemies for days

Your biggest problem as a superhero: As with your normal life, people would continue to underestimate you

How to bake an Apple Pie and See the World

We are rowing How to bake an Apple Pie and see the World this week. We began today with map work, learning where the different countries are. We also went over some vocabulary words. DD4 dictated a recipe for apple pie, we will do another one at the end and see how different the two will be. We will be doing the following in the next week or so:

Graphing our favorite apples, after taste testing them.
Each of us will get a different apple to describe using as many adjectives as possible after learning about our apple with our 5 senses.
Play a game with pictures of the different ingredients - matching them to their country.
We MIGHT put eggs in a baggie and see how long they last - still deciding that one.
We will be reading about Johnny Appleseed and hopefully visiting his tomb at Johnny Appleseed Park in Fort Wayne, IN. (update - we looked and looked and couldn't find the tomb )
We will also go apple picking at an orchard down the road.
We will be doing an experiment about salt water.

Am I gooder at grammar? You betcha!!!!

Your Language Arts Grade: 100%

Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

Are You Gooder at Grammar?
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Webpage about St. Rose of Lima in case you are interested.

St. Rose of Lima

We began this book ages ago, on her feast day August 23rd. She was an amazing woman who suffered and sacrificed much to save souls from Purgatory. What struck us most was that when she was young she carried a large crucifix around her back yard on Fridays making the Stations of the Cross. Another thing we learned was that she was never taught to read - when she was small Jesus infused her with this knowledge. How cool is that. My struggling 3rd grader would love to receive that grace! After she became a Dominican Tertiary she built a hut in the back yard to live in. 4'x5'x6' Yes that is right. The door was on the ground and it had only one tiny window. She did this to discourage visitors. She often spoke with Jesus and Mary and her guardian angel. She was the intercessor for many miracles both in life and in death.

From her life we know the importance of prayer, sacrifice and suffering for souls.

St. Rose of Lima, pray for us.

Yellow -hmmmm I wanted to be purple. But yellow is great!!

You Are a Yellow Crayon

Your world is colored with happy, warm, fun colors.
You have a thoughtful and wise way about you. Some people might even consider you a genius.
Charming and eloquent, you are able to get people to do things your way.
While you seem spontaneous and free wheeling, you are calculating to the extreme.

Your color wheel opposite is purple. You both are charismatic leaders, but purple people act like you have no depth.

Monday, September 17, 2007


We did the cutest thing today. We made a Madeline out of a TP tube. Then we pasted a drawing of her insides to it which we got from . We all thought it was sufficiently gross!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

6 weeks into school

Well, the best laid plans of mice and men get me in trouble every time. We are moving ahead slowly but surely but not according to plan. Sigh. I don't think I have ever followed a plan. I either have toooooo much planned or not nearly enough.

We just began Latina Christiana last week and the son of a friend is joining us. It is rather fun, I get to teach for real, something my kids think is funny but something I have been training for since I was 7 and played with my sisters in the basement. I took 4 years of Latin in high school but don't remember much. That is my only real credentials. We will see if we get past : amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant.

I have been using FIAR for my dd4 and we have really enjoyed it. First we "rowed" Ping. A wonderful living book about a duck that lives on the Yangste River in China. We learned about China, went to the zoo and learned about ducks and geese and what makes them different. We also learned that ducks don't get wet. It was great fun.

This past week we rowed Madeline and have had great fun with this book also. We learned about France and the Eiffel Tower, appendixes and other gross innards. We learned about things that are asymmetrical and symmetrical. We counted to 48 by groups of 6 little girls in 2 straight lines. We multiplied up to 6x6 with these little girls. We even learned the following fractions: 1/2, 1/6, 1/12, 3/4, 2/3 to name a few. We will end the week on Monday by watching a movie about families in France.

DD3 is smarter than a whip and is doing most of her work on her own. She does resist reading real, wholesome, living books -- she discovered teen books this summer and now rarely "wastes her reading time" with the good stuff. At least that is my opinion.

DS2 Is learning about the solar system, partly motivated by his desire to build a rocketship and go into outer space when he is older. A time machine is also on his list of things to do. He is reading American History about different Indians. He has asked some very serious questions about how the white man treated the Indians. Questions I am not sure I answered well.

DS3 Is also learning about the Indians and also wonders about how they were treated. He is learning about ants in science and we just got our ant farm in the mail. We have to send away for the critters. I wonder how they come??

DD5 is only 29 months old but she is also learning many things. She can tell all her colors - who taught her I am unsure. She "reads" Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?. She even has her puzzles she works.

All in all it has been a good 6 weeks. Maths we are behind but that is it.

God Bless to all who may read this.
Your Brain is 67% Female, 33% Male

Your brain leans female
You think with your heart, not your head
Sweet and considerate, you are a giver
But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

School Thoughts

I have been working and organizing and attempting to get everything together for school. We have decided to begin homeschooling when the 3 older kids start at the local high school. That will be August 22nd. It will be a Wednesday which bothers my organizational midget mind but at least we will all begin and then end together.

I had hoped to follow modg syllabi but just can't seem to conform. I have too many other books that are near what they suggest and so am too tight to purchase the exact books. Some I have and will follow but the rest will be "on a wing and a prayer". I prefer this looser method, I just have to be vigilant that I don't fall into a "lazy unschooler", not to be confused with a real unschooler who could never be accused of being lazy!

In case you are interested:

8th grade dd will be using the following:
Saxon Alg. 1/2
Our Pioneers and Patriots -- from Civil War until the end and then will start Christ the King and Lord of History. I have many books from the Civil War Era up until the present time that she will be reading also.

Easy Grammar Plus

Wordly Wise

Latina Christiana
- we will all be using this level this year. I know it is recommended for the younger children but she has had no exposure to Latin and so this should be fine for her.

Science - still unsure but will be reading a book about lives of famous scientist.

The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide Spelling Power

: Baltimore Catechism, Catechism on tape by Fr. Corapi, National Catholic Register, the Catholic Bible.

Current Events: National Catholic Register

Lives of the Saints --
focusing on Modern Saints.

This is the plan so far, along with Greenleafs book about Rome and some different poetry and dictation and copywork.

Marie Bellet in Ordinary Time

Friday, July 20, 2007

Yet another fun link!

What Christy Means

C is for Charming

H is for Healthy

R is for Responsible

I is for Inspirational

S is for Swanky

T is for Tempting

Y is for Yummy

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Here's some Total Momsense

Countdown to School!

I know that we learn every day, and that we will be homeschooling not schooling at home, however, we like to take a first day picture of each student and make a big fuss of our new books and pencils and all that jazz. So, we have chosen August 13th to be the official day. Hurray! We all are excited. I have decided to put it off until then so we can all anticipate and look forward to the grand event! I am planning on taking pictures by our statue of the Blessed Mother, going to mass, and then having only a "half day" to ease into the routine.
God Bless!

Cooler than I thought! Only 24% white and nerdy!

You are 24% white and nerdy.
How White and Nerdy Are You?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Can You Pass 8th Grade Science??

You Passed 8th Grade Science

Congratulations, you got 8/8 correct!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Beautiful Daughter #4 First Holy Communion

What a beautiful day. The weather was beautiful. BD#4 looked like the princess she is, and mass was, well mass - awe inspiring and so spiritually uplifting. Someone said it lasted almost 2 hours. Fr. Steve was on a role! BD#4 has been so excited to finally receive Jesus in the Eucharist. We celebrated BD#5 2nd birthday also. She had a great day, however her mommy couldn't find the camera to document the day -gggrrrr!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Beautiful Daughter #1 gets her drivers liscence

liscence to drive!! Scary for mom but liberating for bd#1. She did awesome, only missing 1 question on the test. It would have been a quick in and out but the school had messed up and so we had to go all the way back to school and get a letter and transcript saying she had passed the driving part of drivers ed and take it back to the bmv. Then they wanted her to verify her SS# - thankfully her dad was home and could find it. That was a miracle - he is rarely home during the day. She was so thrilled to drive her dad's bmw to school. He wasn't thrilled however! I am excited to have another driver to help around here. She just might take over grocery shopping! Hurray!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Our Catholic Homeschooling Adventure

We home schooled for 2 years using an eclectic method leaning heavily on MODG the 2nd year. The kids went back to our local parochial school 2 years ago. For many reasons we are discerning homeschooling again next fall. I would like to blog the journey in case it may help someone else. I will be once again using MODG as a sort of spine for the journey but substituting when either necessary or availability is the issue. I get very caught up in the planning and can spend hours putting together a curriculum and then life happens and it all goes out the window. I hope to have an outline for the children before school will start. I need some serious organization this time. I feel like that was one of the main hindrances last time.

Trying something new!

Well here I go, I am not so sure about this whole blogging thing - I don't really understand it but I am excited to give it a whirl. (Good grief I sound ancient!) I went to high school in the early 80's and so all computer knowledge has been hard won by me. My goal is to not look stupid with these posts!
God Bless,

Today's Mass Readings