Happy Birthday to our little man, our Sparkly! Always full of smiles. He’s just 2 1/2 here.From a young age, we knew that this was a little man who required great order – even the blue Christmas balls had to be lined up in a neat row!He adores his daddy – and daddy loves his little man!Ok – so he… Read More
We’ve been really enjoying all of our Montessori materials as I introduce and present them slowly. My children love the Geography Cabinet, and we see so much potential in the beautiful maps. We’ve already covered the 7 continents, and Sweet Pea is moving on to North America. Sparkly is still working on his 7 continents map. We have some continent… Read More
This has been a weird year in terms of getting started with school, well getting any kind of routine going really. I’m still struggling. But, I’m finally starting (just starting) to get that “we’re starting to settle in” feeling. I’ve cut out almost all outside the home commitments (like our Monday homeschool co-ops) because I wasn’t doing a good job… Read More
Here is my 16 week belly in all its glory. Lovely photo compliments of the Sweet Pea. Some have questioned if I have gained any weight. Let me assure one and all that a substantial amount of weight gain has occurred – enough to make me nervous about this only being the 16 week mark, and knowing what those last… Read More
What a week this has been for me! I’m finally at the 16 week mark, and I wish I could say the nausea was gone, but it’s not. Still, it is manageable, and I am certainly functional. In fact, tonight, I am cooking my first meal in over 3 months. Mom cooked while I was sick. I’ve re-warmed leftovers like… Read More
Well, I am 13 weeks pregnant now, and just starting to come out of the green fog. It’s been a great labor day weekend for me. I’m not nausea free yet, but the last 3 days have been such a relief. It does give one reason to hope! Deo Gratias! I even made it to Mass for the first time… Read More
All, This is Jennifer’s husband. Thank you for your prayers. They are working. Jennifer had to spend 2 days in the hospital for hydration and observation because she couldn’t hold anything down. After the first 2 I.V. bags, she felt much better. They kept her on a clear liquid diet for the 1st day. She convinced the doctors to let… Read More
I am 8 weeks along and the pregnancy seems to be progressing normally, for me. I am quit sick. So far I have been able to avoid drastic medical intervention (PICC line). Mom is here and is a great blessing by taking care of the entire household. Any prayers would be greatly appreciated. I am looking forward to getting back… Read More
We are joyfully expecting a new little one sometime in early – mid March! We would gratefully accept any prayers. Thanks be to God – He is so good to us!
I think there are so many misunderstandings about Maria Montessori, her philosophies, methods, and materials. An open mind leads one directly to the source herself, and having read the simple but extraordinary observations, the Holy Spirit signals that this is something worthy of closer look, worthy of consideration. One’s mind must be open though. This does not imply that with… Read More
I’ve spent a great deal of time in the learning room lately re-arranging, re-organizing, purging, and adding new materials. The shot above is the geography/culture/science area. I’m very pleased especially with how the geography center came out! The science area will need some work. All of my nature materials, and science materials are on the shelf above the wall maps…. Read More
I just thought this bowl of eggs was lovely. Who would take a picture of a bowl full of eggs because it was the prettiest thing they’d seen? Me 🙂 God’s creation is so full of splendor in the most ordinary and humble of gifts. Behold – the egg…
This weekend my brother brought me the beautiful mini altar he made for the children and our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentations. This post is picture intensive, but I had to show all of the symbolism and thought that went into this piece! Here are all of lids, drawers, cabinets, etc. open. I’ll explain them as best I can,… Read More
I got tagged for a meme by Erin at Seven Little Australians. I’m supposed to name 4 things about myself and 4 new things done in the last 4 years. Here goes… 4 things about myself: 1. I met my husband at Space Camp! We were both counselors there for the kids that come through the week long programs. That… Read More
Years ago, my mom attended a class of some kind at Aquinas college in Nashville led by the Dominicans. I wish I could remember who led the class so I could give proper credit (Mom, if you’re reading this can you leave a comment telling me who the sister was?) Anyway, Mom shared a lot of great information with me…. Read More
I love my kitchen. It is bright and cheery, pretty roomy too. I do have a gigantic pantry – the saving grace of the kitchen. However, it was not designed for a family that actually cooks! I think perhaps it was designed for the “reheat your leftovers from dinner out because you never eat at home together” family. Counterspace is… Read More
I’ve been meaning to drop by one of my favorite thrift stores for some time now. There always seems to be some really great finds there. I was in search of baskets and trays for my Montessori shelves. I was not dissappointed!! Here’s my collection of treasures – spent $15 total for the baskets, 2 Pfaltgraff platters (these are for… Read More
Suzanne at Gladdest Hours is hosting a carnival of Everyday Summer Skirts and Dresses and I had a couple of thoughts to share after checking it out. I am every day astonished by the great gift of feminine dressing. The way we dress is so intimately linked with our idea of self. I have been contemplating that for a long… Read More
I’m very excited about bringing more Montessori into the home. I already have a fairly good area set up in the learning room for setting out activities as I present them. I am concerned by the potential for overwhelming the kids with all of the new activities. I also know that it takes the Peanut exactly a nanosecond to utterly… Read More
I hope this doesn’t gross everybody out! The tadpoles are growing legs! We’ve been watching every day, and most of the tadpoles have two legs. Rob found this one last night. He has all 4 of his legs and you can see he is trying to climb up the side wall of his bowl.
Sweet Pea has been reading in Nature Friend, and decided after several articles on keeping ladybugs as pets, that she too wanted to create a habitat for some ladybugs. She used an old mayo jar with a plastic petri dish cover for a lid. It fits just right over the opening, and Sweet Pea likes that it’s clear. See her… Read More
This past spring and over the summer I’ve been digging in to some Montessori activities. Some things will just be investment pieces, but there are some that lend themselves very easily to being built from home materials. The following activity is one I’ve wanted for Sparkly for some time. I showed Rob some pictures from a few Montessori sites, and… Read More
We put the pool up about a week ago, and though the water is still a bit brisk, the kids can’t resist.
Not bad for a first try. A whole wheat hot dog bun is much denser than a white one, so it needs to be thinner, or you won’t be able to finish half of the dog! You fill up too fast on the bun! I’ve made hamburger buns a few more times and we really like them. Still not sure… Read More