My Daybook :: Oct 20, 2010

by | Oct 20, 2010 | Baby "Rose", Daybook | 9 comments

Outside our window… the squirrels have been busy!  We’ve been enjoying watching them from the windows, in our new dining room, as they prepare for winter.

I am We are listening to… The Story of Bach. We are studying four composers this year, one each term, beginning with Bach.  It is playing on the laptop while the children complete a couple worksheets at the table and I work on this post at the counter.  Now that we have so much room in the kitchen and new dining area, we are rarely using our schoolroom.  

I am thinking… about my inbox and how I could possibly get so behind in responding over the past year(s).  I currently have just under 200 emails from the past 13 months which I “saved to respond to later.”  At what point is it just too late to email back?? 

I am praying… for the soul of LTC Robert Balwin, his wife (my friend Danielle) and their four precious children.  Thank you to all of you that contributed to the Spiritual Bouquet for them.  Please continue to remember their family in your prayers.

I am thankful… that the construction is coming to an end.  I am finding it SO hard to keep up with school when the contractors, inspectors, or pretty much anyone, is here during school hours.

From the kitchen… creative cooking…  I’ve been postponing grocery shopping for a couple weeks now and am coming up with all sorts of interesting meals.  I’m hoping that I can make it till next week before I absolutely have to go to the store.   I just haven’t had the time while Hubby has been home, or the energy to go with all six children.

From the learning rooms… It has been somewhat of a slow start this year, but we have been plugging away and, despite my lack of planning over the summer, everything seems to be falling into place.  I know many of you have emailed and are curious as to what we are using this year, so I will try and post more soon.   Real quick, my favorite change this year has been with English/Writing (this was a weak point for my boys on their testing last year).  We are now using Writing with Ease and First Language Lessons, in addition to Winston Grammar with Captain.

Living the Liturgical Year at Home… Now that we are finally able to sit down and eat all together once again, Hubby has resumed reading a little about the saint of the day each night at dinner.  The girls have completed their St. Therese Lap Books and the boys are just about finished with theirs.  We are also looking forward to our upcoming All Saints Party!

I am creating… plans for our first Little Flowers Meeting for the year, which will be at my home on Friday afternoon.

I am wearing… warm socks and slippers.  It is cold this morning!

I am reading… Small Steps for Catholic Moms (I finally have a copy and love it!)Smart Martha’s Catholic Guide for Busy Moms, Island of the World, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I am also reading quite a few books to the children:  Twelve Bright Trumpets and Founders of Freedom  each night after dinner for History; Exploring Creation With Botany (Young Explorers) for Science;  Paddle-to-the-Sea (Sandpiper Books) and G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet for Geography; and quite a few picture books about the Vikings (more History), various Saints, and Bach (Music) as well.  It has left little time for reading anything else, particularly blogs.

On my iTouch… Words with Friends!  Now you know the real reason that I haven’t had much “extra” time for blogs, including my own!  ðŸ˜‰

Pondering these words… found in my new book yesterday afternoon, which had just been delivered while I was at the track exercising for the first time since my fall this summer and in desperate need of getting back into shape, when I opened it up to the page for October 19th:

“But truly, you cannot at first arrive at such consolations without struggle and labor that must precede.  Your old habits will somewhat forestall you, but better habits can overcome the old ones.”  Thomas A Kempis

Our little Rose… is 10 Months old!   How did that happen so fast?!?  She has been a bit cranky this week, but, if you look close, you can see a third bottom tooth breaking through.  Poor baby!

I purchased her cute head wrap when it was offered at Kid Steals last month!
  Isn’t it cute?!?  It is made by Ruby Love Fashions

Noticing that… our little Rose had another little tooth break through on the bottom yesterday, which explains her recent crankiness.  Poor thing!

One of my favorite things… my dishwasher!!! I am still learning how to use it, and already ruined my favorite bibs (I picked up more asap!), but even still, I LOVE it!!  (Any tips on soaps, etc?  This is all so new to me!) 

A few plans for the week:

Monday ::  My Dad & Brother were here finishing up most of the Electrical and we got the final Electrical Inspection!

Here is my Monday Morning Facebook status for your entertainment:   😉 

Next time, Brian (aka my brother), you might want to make sure that no one is in the shower, with their hair completely lathered up with shampoo, before cutting the power to the water. There is nothing like a brain freeze, from the ice cold water that your husband finds in the garage and pours over your head to attempt to get the soap out, to start the week!

Yes, Monday was a long day… 

Tuesday ::  Meet sister (home for Fall Break!) and sister-on-law at the track to walk.   Rose enjoyed “visiting” with her little cousin!   Also, stopped by library to pick up our books on hold.

Wednesday :: Final Building Inspection.  (We are getting closer to being completely finished!)

Thursday ::  Cabinet Maker coming back to install knobs and pulls. (Yay!)  Hopefully he will have the last couple shelves and the front for the bathroom cabinet, as well.

Friday ::  Mass and our first Little Flowers and Blue Knights Meetings for the Year

Saturday :: Trip to the Pumpkin Patch followed by an Ocktoberfest Dinner at our Church

Sunday :: Mass

Somewhere in there we need to squeeze a full week of school, planning for Little Flowers, and (hopefully!) Grocery Shopping! 

A Picture thought I am sharing:

Rose is getting a bit spoiled by her afternoon naps. 
She sure loves her big brother…  And he loves her just as much! 


  1. Erin

    For the dishwasher, a lot of people like the tablets that you just unwrap and drop in… that is what we use (they can be bought more cheaply in a large can at Sam's or Costco-type places). We used powder before, but the tabs don't cost much more when bought in bulk.

    I have been looking for more bibs like those Kangaroo bibs!! I had two that I got on eBay years ago, and I don't know what brand they were, but they lasted for 3 or 4 years before they got cracked. Then I got a replacement (Pelican bib), and it cracked within a year. Do the Kangaroo bibs hold up well over time? I always wash mine by hand… I don't know if the ones I have are dishwasher-safe!

  2. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks! I purchased a small bag of the individual tablets and I really like the convenience, but not the price. I will have to look at Costco on my next shopping trip.

    As for the bibs, I purchased 3 Kangaroo Bibs about 8 years ago and have used them non-stop since. I did throw one out last year – it still worked fine, I just couldn't get it clean (too many Spaghetti dinners, I suppose, it seemed to be greasy all the time). Other than that, I've never had any problem, until I melted them on the bottom rack of my dishwasher! 😉 Apparently they ARE dishwasher safe, top-rack only. They are the *very* best bib imho. 🙂

  3. Unknown

    I recently heard about an economical way to get meat, fish, gourmet pasta, organic veggies and a few other treats delivered to your home. I don't know if it would work for you or not. Here is the link just in case you would like to explore this further:
    1-800-651-3663 ext. 590

    A bit on dishwasher detergents:
    I've read that phosphates, chlorine, and artificial perfumes (phthalates) come with health consequences.

  4. Lena

    rose is a doll! nice to see the sibling love that would not be possible if you weren't homeschooling.

    praise be to God!

    pax Christi – lena

  5. Lenetta

    I use a 1:1:1 combo of washing soda (NOT baking soda), borax, and cascade powder. 1 tbs in the prewash cup, 2 tbs in the main wash cup with about half the cup full of Lemishine since we have super hard water and get an awful film otherwise. Our little grocery store carries borax and w/s in the cleaning aisle for not too much.

  6. Lenetta

    PS – I also use a 1:1 combo of borax & w/s in my laundry and then I can use much less detergent. I use a tbs of the combo and then probably a couple of tbs of Tide. Double both for Hubs's farming/cattle clothes. No fabric softener, and either line dry or wool and aluminum foil balls in the dryer to help with static.

    I add this because it's nice to have the mixture do double duty. I think I mixed the last bunch about 3 months ago, though it's only hubs, me and the 3YO.

  7. Kelly

    Sounds like your week is off to a great start! Well, except for the shower incident. 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing the Bach worksheets. We have those same composer cd's. They're wonderful!

    Oh, and Little Man has his third tooth breaking through now, too. Poor babies!

  8. Robina

    I love Mrs. Meyers and 7th generation basic detergents.

  9. Kelly

    I love the last picture! So sweet! Make sure you rinse tomato sauce/ketchup off the plates etc before you wash them or your plastic containers will be pink 🙂


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