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Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.

Truer words were never spoken, Mr. Twain.

Daniel has been miserable today. To replace the RSV/brochiolitis, he now has a snotty runny nose. I think he bopped his eye with a wooden toy, because it was all purplish today. His nails need clipped (OK, that makes me miserable, not him). AND he’s getting at least one new tooth. He just got a new tooth! How many new teeth does an eight-month-old need?!?!?

Despite it all, it was a pretty good day. It was our last “relaxed” day before we get back to work again. The kids wrote resolutions in their journals. Michael resolved to “learn more science,” which I thought was great.

Then we learned about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She is one of my favorite saints. I don’t know if there is a patron saint of homeschooling, but if there isn’t, she would fit the bill. Before I discerned my calling, I was looking into becoming a Daughter of Charity. And then when DH was called to become a pastor and we lived at seminary, we were just 15 minutes away from Emmitsburg. When I was pregnant, I spent many happy hours wandering around the basilica and grounds. I remember taking Michael to the Grotto when he was just a baby. I miss it a lot. Anyway, copywork was from a speech she made to the Diocese of Baltimore:
Live simply, so that all may simply live.

For math today, we updated our calendar. This was a huge project. I’d take a picture, but you know–no camera.

We skipped language arts. Wait, no we didn’t. We told and made up riddles. Then we looked over The Winter Book by Harriet Webster and picked out some science experiments we wanted to try.

We made New England Clam Chowder from The Boxcar Children Cookbook. While it cooked, we read a chapter from The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

After lunch we cuddled with the baby a little. Or, as Nicholas says, we gave “family sandwich hugs”. He has a little stuffed dragon that he kept drooling on, so we named the toy “Droobles.” I told them the story of St. Bernardine and where IHS (Jesu Hominum Salvator) came from.

After that, we really didn’t do much. We tidied up and had Quiet Time early. The baby was fussy and I was tired. After quiet time, we made a beautiful Holy Name of Jesus suncatcher. I used rings from Hearthsong’s window star kit and placed dark blue tissue paper in the middle. Michael painted the rings red and we sprinkled red glitter on the wet paint. I printed out this monogram and placed it under the tissue paper and Katie Grace and I traced the outline with glue and then used a paintbrush to fill the outline with glue. We then added a whole bunch of gold glitter. It’s beautiful. I’d show you, but… no camera.

Oh, and I hate glitter. I rarely use it and today I remembered why. Nicholas got into it while I was checking the pizza dough and it was all over his hands. I wanted to be upset but he was so sweet, holding his hands up to the light and saying in this wondrous voice, “I’m golden, Mama!” I’d take pictures, but…

3 Comments

  1. I love this blog post! I want to be in your homeschool!

    I love reading about saints. I’m inspired by their stories of faith in seemingly impossible moments. That bridges all religions, and I can’t seem to stop reading them.

    Family sandwich hugs…priceless!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    (Surfed in off the MDC blogging mamas tribe)

  2. Have you tried Hyland’s teething tablets? They worked when my little ones were popping new teeth.

    I would also love a copy of your chowder recipe. It is my favorite food, but I have never been able to get it thick enough.

  3. I’ve tried Hylands and prefer the Boiron chamomilia, but he was just in so much pain, nothing was helping. I finally resorted to Tyenol, and I don’t think I have ever given that for teeth before.

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