We are off to the Holy Sacrifice of the mass! Check back with us later, and don’t forget to use MassTimes.org to find a Catholic church anywhere in the U.S., and see what time those churches offer mass, confession, and more!
From time to time we get some delightful crosses to bear, but there is no reason for anyone to not have some fun while carrying them – like our narcissistic family members and friends or enemies. God loves you too, believe it or not, and we pray for you.
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Megan’s Ryan’s Voice – Murphy’s Law of Homeschooling States: Once you get into the swing of things something will happen to ruin it. Last week the big boys caught the colds from the wee ones. Since I am not a MERCILESS slave driver I gave them a bucket next to their desks in case they had to stop working long enough to toss their cookies. No, we took a couple of days off but now they will have to do some catching up since some of their classes are online and therefore less forgiving.
Kindergartener promptly contracted the same cold back from them and got sick again. Fortunately that doesn’t phase his school work since he still has just as much energy as always. It’s turned out pretty nicely having him on a schedule of work rather than the very loose lessons that comprised his preschool education. He is old enough now for me to tell him to complete X Y and Z before leaving his place at the table. That leaves me a few free moments to attend to Toddler 1.1 or do REALLY important things like…take a bath.
Liam Marcus’ Voice – Homeschooling is the kewlest thing one can ever do for their children, bar none – period. Those individuals who argue about, “Well, how about their social skills?” and this and that don’t know squat. Peons of a communistic educational system – indoctrinated zombies thinking in the same manner. Unfortunately, these are the individuals whom we need to be careful of. The may stop at nothing to destroy our right to educate our children just because they think they can do better.
Neither here nor there, it is exquisite to watch our children growing right in front of us. It is a treat to be able to teach them everything we know too. Oops, we get in trouble for that.
Megan Ryan’s Voice – I still have the teddy bear I cuddled as a child. We put one of Toddler 1.0′s newborn dresses on it and call it Mother Bear now that Kindergartener 5.0 loves the Little Bear books. I’ve been hunting for the perfect doll for Toddler 1.0 for a long time now. Call me sentimental, but I never had any dolls to play with growing up, only stuffed animals. That’s not so terrible, but a little lacking in encouraging my nurturing side. I want a cute little Catholic nun doll to compliment Kindergartener 5.0’s Catholic priest doll (aka Padre). The company who makes his doll has a nun doll, but frankly, she’s not very cute. Plus we prefer the traditional habit like that of the Poor Clares seen on EWTN. I’ve kept my eyes peeled on the internet but come up empty so far. If any of ya’ll know of one, please tell me about it in the comments section of this post.
Liam Marcus’ Voice – Padre is awesome. He loves the little plush thing. Perfect for imagination games, and for sleeping company at nap time and night time. I used to have a Sello Rojo as my sleeping buddy when I was Kindergartener’s age. It was neat. It was the pet rice grain of one of Puerto Rico’s major rice producers. I wonder what happened to it.
In any case, I loved the little grain of rice with a chef’s hat, until I started watching GI Joe on TV. My mother helped me get this GI Joe figurine through the mail. It was an advertisement thing for the support of the show, not that it needed it. I got the evil doer, Cobra Commander, though, it was lots of fun because unlike the stiff looking Star Wars figurines, GI Joe action figures could move at every joint. Awesome!
Megan Ryan’s Voice – I have been experimenting with Kindergartener 5.0 for about six months now. All his life he had these strange bouts of what I called the Screaming Meemies approximately once a month, sometimes more. He would wake up in the middle of the night crying uncontrollably. He would sob and sob but any attempts to hold and cuddle him and he would start flailing his arms in a ‘don’t touch me!’ way and not allow much physical contact. He would be hysterical and unable to tell us what was wrong, and inconsolable for upwards of twenty minutes. Eventually Marcus figured out that if he told him a story, usually made up right there on the spot, he would gradually calm down enough to listen…if the story was interesting enough! Afterwards, or the next morning, he would tell us he didn’t know why he was crying, and that we was ‘just crying’ because he had to.
One day it clicked for me. Maybe he was suffering from the same manic type of restless leg syndrome I sometimes get late at night. I only suffer from it when I’m not getting enough magnesium in my diet. So to test my theory I instituted Magnesium Monday in our house, this helps me to remember. Every Monday I make sure the children and I get magnesium. My preferred method is eating swiss chard or other magnesium rich foods, but second best is a bath with epsom salts. I’m happy to report he has not had an attack of the Screaming Meemies since his first Magnesium Monday. Thank You Lord for the insight into his/our problem, and the natural means of curing it!
Liam Marcus’ Voice – Magnesium is the key? Well, I’m dumbfounded, but hey, if it works it works. However, don’t stop telling him those awesomely made up stories. Remember, as soon as he wakes up, he will remember the story line and then start telling you, “Remember when the bad man was put in jail by the good guy? Good guys always win.” In our stories, yes, good guys always win.