Plans and Projects

The good news? We finished our 180 days last month!

The bad news? I have a to-do list that’s a million miles long.

So… the trick this week will be to keep “doing school”—my plan is to do our science and social studies together and for each kid to do a bit of math and literature reading and then to also do read aloud and go investigate this amazing city that we live in—while making a dent in my to-do list.

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Blessed Sunday! I’ve been spending the day in bed with a head cold, cuddling various and sundry children as they wander in and out, and drinking some of my vice, Turkey Hill Iced Tea, which my husband lovingly brought for me to soothe my scratchy throat. I’ve also kept busy in between naps checking out this awesome Waldorf Inspirations website and creating my About Me page.

Sunday, September 16
Today is Katie Grace’s baptismal anniversary! She was baptized 11 years ago, one week following 9/11. I remember how much peace and healing there was in her baptism. She was baptized by her godfather, a Lutheran pastor. He and his wife, her godfather, are good friends who are dearly missed.

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Oh my goodness. It’s Monday. And not even the beginning of Monday, but almost Tuesday. For some reason I thought it was Sunday. Or possibly even Saturday.

This happens to me all the time. My husband shows up at 5:15, reasonably expecting dinner to be almost ready (or at least started) and I’m bopping around the house thinking it’s 1:oo, 2 at the latest. I don’t know why I can’t hold time.

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Oh. My. Goodness.

It’s been about a billion years since I’ve written one of these posts!

Well, not quite. But it has been a long time! I finally feel like we’re getting settled in our new home. It’s only been three months! One of the upsides to being in a big city is that there’s always something to do. One of the downsides? There’s always something to do besides that thing you should be doing. I am learning to pace myself and say “no thank you!”

So, what do we have going on this week?

Happy March Fo(u)rth— the only day of the year that is also a command! We read about this ideas years back in an old issue of Family Fun, so on this day we like to make plans for something we want to accomplish. For me, I would like to get through March without completely losing it.

Feasts and Festivals

March is, first and foremost, the liturgical season of Lent. Some of our Lenten plans include following our Lenten calendar and reading Bible Stories for the 40 Days, praying the Stations of the Cross, making personal sacrifices, fasting, giving alms, making sacrifice mice and a Lenten spiral, and learning some Lenten hymns. For more ideas, be sure to check out my Lent and Holy Week Pinterest board.

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Oh my goodness, how on earth did it get to be February already!!?!?!

Well, OK, it isn’t February yet. But it’s almost February, and we’re starting our February planning.

I have plenty of planning to do, too. Main lessons are as follows:
Seventh Grade- Renaissance, with a focus on individuals who made a difference and reading biographies.
Fifth Grade- American geography, which we’ll learn while getting to know some great American heroes
Second Grade- Celtic saints

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We’re several weeks into our switch to whole foods and we’re doing OK. Today I had a crazy need for chocolate so I used the last of my giftcard the hubby got me for the local natural foods store to pick up some yummy organic peanut butter cups. This way of cooking takes a lot more time and energy and intentionality. We’re getting there…

We’re taking a 100 Days of Real Food mini-pledge this week and having at least two different fruits and/or veggies at every meal. You might not see this reflected in the meal plan, but we plan on just throwing in what we can when we can.

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My lack of blogging speaks to two ongoing issues in my life right now.

First, no camera. It hasn’t been the same since Michael accidentally spilled his drink on it at the Little League World Series. It hung in there for a bit, but finally gave up the ghost right after Christmas. I had my eye on a really nice replacement until my hubby decided to renew his on-again off-again relationship with Dave Ramsey and pay off our two remaining credit card bills and the remainder of my student loan instead. So instead I have a cute little  purple point-and-click Nikon on its way instead. Ah well- easy come, easy go.