Monday, December 17, 2012


We have been following the lead of another homeschool family (I love stealing ideas) and doing a hot chocolate and poetry session on Monday during breakfast.  It does make Monday more bearable and the kids have really taken an interest in poetry.  My Uncle Joe (a poetry professor and published poet) would be proud.  We started with Jack Prelutsky's Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry at the recommendation of a friend.  The kids LOVE this book and it has given them a great start.  We got it from the library and had to finish it more quickly than I wanted but it was fun anyway.

Sky Haiku
The sky is white-blue
And it is almost like glue
The clouds are cotton
By: Brianna

Coney poem
 One day, I asked my mother                                                            
While I was eating a coney                     
If I could have another                                           
Side of macaroni
Mama may I squeeze                                      
On my big huge coney                                            
A little bit of cheese                                 
With a slice of pepperoni

By:  Brianna

If you have read Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry, you can tell that Katelyn especially loves it because this was written in the style that Jack Prelutsky writes.  He tells about how he came up with the ideas for his poems.  

One day while we were doing school, an idea popped into my head.  I remembered the time that I was not in a happy mood.  I did not want to do anything at all so I decided to write a poem about it.  I kept thinking about what the title was going to be and figured it out.  It’s called, I don’t want to do that.  Here it is:

I don’t want to do that

I don’t want to do that
Oh nothing at all
Not school, not my board
Oh nothing at all

Oh I don’t want to do that
Oh nothing at all
Not math, not reading
Oh nothing at all

Oh I don’t want to do that
Oh nothing at all
Not cleaning, not eating
Oh nothing at all

By:  Kate

Thanks Angela!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

out of room

The blogger will no longer let me update the blog without paying.  I have reached my max amount of space.  Does anyone have a simple way around this?  Should I ditch this blog and start another or stop blogging altogether?  I can't do anything very time consuming at the moment.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

All Saints Party

All Saints Day is celebrated Nov. 1st.  We remember all those in heaven who have set a good example for us in life.  Halloween is All Saints Eve.  Here are our All Saints snacks: 
St. Bernadette's firewood
St. Francis' friends 
                                                                 St. James' Fish
                                                                 Juan Diego's chips and salsa
                                                     Saints cupcakes for the cupcake walk
                                                             Heavenly Halos
                     Tonsure Treats (for St. Francis and other saints with the Fransiscan haircut)
                                                            St. Gabriel's Trumpets
 We had a few families over to celebrate.  We love having other homeschool families that go to our church.  We had 3 families which included 11 girls, no boys over for the party.  Our homeschool friends with boys couldn't come.  Here are a few pics of the saints:

                                                              saint bingo

                                                                        crown Mary

                                                            Juan Diego's rose toss

                                                                    cupcake walk

 On another note... I walked in the other day and see Alex up on the windowsill.  They said they were pretending he was Jesus on the cross.  Then the 2 people on either side joined him on their crosses.

 Here is a neat experiment I found.  We are doing chemistry this year.  We added sugar to water and then used a dropper to layer them with the most sugar to least sugar.

 Alex insisted that this shampoo can not be used on people.  He said it was duck shampoo.  Then after I told him it was people shampoo he said, Oh you can use it on ducks AND people!  Maybe that is just cute to me but I miss those cute things they say as they grow up!

Halloween 2012

 Here are our costumes for Halloween 2012.  Little Mermaid, lion, purple fairy, Winnie the Pooh, "Cookie Monster" (even though the costume is the monster from Monsters, Inc. and pink fairy.  We went trick or treating on Broad Street with a couple other homeschool families.
 Here are the boys, no this is not Halloween but they found the swords with the Halloween stuff.  Then they immediately started sword fighting.  The policeman vs. the fireman...

 Decorating and carving pumpkins was the easiest ever.  I didn't have to do a thing but sit on the couch, hold Luke, and watch the kiddos.  They drew faces, emptied seeds, and carved by themselves this year.  They colored small pumpkins and we roasted and ate the seeds from the large ones.  We tried a trunk or treat at church that evening too.  We had plenty of candy to eat and send overseas to our troops.  Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Time Flies!

 Here is Luke at 3 months old.  Time is going by so quickly.  I can't believe how old he is already.
 Mom and dad came for a visit.  We always enjoy the break and being able to get some big things crossed off the to do list!
 Heath's birthday was October 19th.  We had pecan pie and cookie cake.  He is 39 this year! Only 1 more til the big 4-0!  I am so thankful for my husband.  What a great blessing to have found this awesome person to be my husband and father of my kids.  I am one lucky girl.
 These are our M&M experiments we are working on in Chemistry this year.  The kids had a great time.  They were all free on the American Chemical Society web site.  But once again, it is so expensive to print stuff out!

Here is a 2 month picture.
And here are a few pictures of his baptism.  So happy to have Luke baptized in September.  We love our church.