Our magnum opus, or 'our great work', is raising and educating our eight children in the beautiful, Catholic faith. This huge undertaking involves daily joy, laughter and challenges. We hope to share some of those here.
We were very excited that lower Michigan was getting an aquarium. A field trip was booked immediately. (By a more organized mom than myself.) We met up with several families for the morning event. I think we all decided it was fun, but there was too much sensory overload for real learning to happen. It was more of an edutainment experience. Small, dark spaces, flashing lights, echoing, excited children and a constant stream of music and nautical sounds. Still it was fun and we can use some of what we saw as a learning 'peg' on which to hang future information.
Dominic earned the Arrow of Light Award and is officially finished with Cub Scouts and Webelos. Whether or not he continues in scouting, we are not sure yet. But he learned a great deal as a cub, had a grand time, and did it all with dad as his den leader. Well done Dad and Dom.
In spite of the bitter cold and high winds we had the loveliest Valentine's weekend. Some years we're lucky if I remember to pick up some conversation hearts and find odd scraps of red paper for card making. It wasn't one of those years. :)
We also made the best ever sugar cutouts but forgot to take pictures.
The Girl Party at the H.'s Home
The Anti-Valentine Party at our house ~ watching Avengers and building Lego Avengers
Kevin brought roses for me and each of his girls. And made breakfast!
Having not had TV for many years, the guys were happy to have a couple of Super Bowl party invites but it looks like we are pretty snowed in for the day. Anticipating the snow we attended the vigil Mass on Saturday. Blaise and Dominic ended up serving the Mass. I was a little worried because they had been at a fencing tournament all day and hadn't eaten lunch, but boys are tough, they were fine. :)
Blaise on the left
Blaise placed third out of twelve in his pool. The first and second winners have been fencing five years, Blaise has been fencing five weeks. We are very excited for him!
Monica is cooking dinner ~ black bean chili, sweet potato fries, and berry crisp
Regina opened a beauty salon, Maria was her first customer
Blaise and Dominic on the second round of driveway shoveling
Break is over, Christmas is mostly packed away, just the nativities remain up to remind us of the splendor of the season. Kevin J. is back at Christendom in the final leg of his journey there. We miss him.Alex is home doing some IT training, fencing, helping me homeschool, and discerning his next step.
As every mother knows, getting the homeschooling train up to speed is much easier in the fall than it is in the January re-start. After partying for weeks, we are all tired and sluggish and sleep in much too late. January is dark and cold. Sometimes we're snowed in. Though not much this winter so far. We went into debt to buy good snow tires for each vehicle so naturally, it's been a mild winter. You're welcome.
I have learned not to change course drastically in January, but a few tweaks and fresh checklists help us get going again. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth encouragement and a few new books, our schooling is gathering steam. My hope is that my checklists will keep it so till late spring when all the big events happen. Those little boxes neatly checked off should keep us on track.
(Thus endeth the train metaphors.)
when you're in kindergarten, play dough still counts as school