Saturday, January 30, 2010

Homemade Valentines Day Card Ideas????

Since February is practicly here, that means Valentines Day is fast approaching as well. Setons requires 1 hour of Art per week. We usually do ours on Fridays, as the last class. Setons does have an Art  textbook, however I was not impressed with their crafts for Valentines day. I also have The Giant Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6. Again, not impressed with their Valentines selection either. So I starting surfing the web. There are a lot of nice ideas, however not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for an easy craft idea to make homemade cards for the boys to send to Grandma. Declan and Cian both drew pictures and wrote letters to my Mom a few weeks ago. She loved them so much she took them to work with her and has them sitting on her desk. I thought it would be a wonderful idea to have them make her and Aunt Rene Valentines Day cards. I just can't seem to find a good pattern or idea. I am not a very "creative" person, so I need a little help. If any of you homeschooling Moms and teachers have any ideas or sites in mind, could you please send them my way. Thank you!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Term 1 is Done!!!

Well, we made it through the first term of 1st Grade! Declan did very well on his tests. He should have 5 or 6 A's and two B's. Sean gave him the Science and History tests. He got a few questions wrong on the History exam, and forgot quite a few parts of the eye in Science. He also forgot the amount of servings per food group, per day. I was a little disappointed with that, but his other class grades will make up for that. He did wonderful in Math, Phonics, Spelling, English, and Handwriting. All should be A's!!

All in all, we are very proud of him given the broken up first term. (Birth of Elizabeth Maureen) He did a wonderful jub and I couldn't be more proud!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Finals, Finals, Finals!!!

All this week Declan has been preparing for his finals on Thursday. We have been going over adding 0-6 numbers, Handwriting with the entire ABCs, Spelling words, History and Science (The human eye, sound, brushing our teeth, and the Food Pyrimid.) We have also gone over Homonyms, Synonyms, Antonyms, Rhyming Words and Contractions for English. He has read his first reader and knows all letter sounds as well as letter sound combos (CK, CH, OO, ING, AN, TH, ect.) for Phonics. He has all his required prayers memorized (Guardian Angel Prayer, Glory Be, Hail Mary, Lord's Prayer, Act of Contrition, Apostles' Creed and proper Sign of the Cross) and chapter questions for Religion. All in all, I think he will do great on his finals tomorrow. Sean and I have to give him the required tests and send them to Setons' for grading. We have the option of grading them as well for 50% of their grade. (We get a say in 50% of the grading on subjects like, Math, English, Phonics, Spelling, and Religion) I am going to have Sean give him the History and Science tests since he has not taught him these subjects. I think he would be a better grader then I. (We give the grades for subjects like Science, History, PE, Art and Music) As I have said in a past post, we can either mail in his tests or scan them to the school. Sean has yet to buy me a new scanner, so I will be using snail mail.

I am a little nervous about the testing, as this will be his first year that the grading isn't by myself or Sean. For those of you who aren't fimiliar with Setons, they have a more advanced educational program then any public school and can hold its own with any Catholic day school. There grading system is much higher and more advance. I know that he knows everything on the tests. I am more worried about the grade I will get as his teacher. I hope I am doing a good job teaching him. It's not easy and I give great respect to ANY parent that takes the time to home school their children. So I guess my point is, I'm the one getting the WISH US LUCK!!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

What could have been so bad??

I have a very good friend whom I grew up with in AZ. She, like myself is very religious and has a large family. In fact, her first girl was due yesterday. (She has 3 boys) The only difference between us is that her husband is in the Army. They are stationed in TN. Last night, she was up cooking homemade chili and corn bread. She was also on Facebook. Now, it was around 11pm my time. So I messaged her to find out what time it was there and why she was still awake cooking when she is due to deliver ANY DAY. The conversation went something like this...

Me: Hey Sweetie, what time is it there? It's 11pm here.

Friend: It's

Me: Why are you up cooking at 1am when you should be getting your rest?

Friend: I can't sleep, so I decided to try my hand at homemade chili for my husbands lunch!

Me: Why can't you sleep?

Friend: I have a good friend who recently got married to a guy in the Army. They were just stationed here and she lives two hours from us.

Me: Thats cool!

Friend: Well, yesterday she walked into her bedroom and just witnessed her husband killing himself.

Me: OMG! Why, did he leave a note?

Friend: Nobody knows. He didn't let on at all that anything was wrong. We think he might have been stationed in Iraq or something and didn't want to go.

Me: I am so sorry. How is she?

Friend: She was in shock and flew his body back to AZ yesterday. Thats when it finally hit her. I haven't spoken to her since.

I was so shocked when she told me that. She said it's actually very common in millitary families. I just can't understand what would bring someone to such a "final" state. Did he even think about what that would do to his family and new bride. In a way, it makes me angry. God did not give him life just to disrespect him and throw it away. That poor family he left behind may never recover from his actions. His wife, who witnessed him take his own life, will need theropy for many many years. Did he thing about that before he decided to blow his brains out? I think not. I know I have no right to judge him. I have no idea what caused him to do such a thing. However I do have the right to my opinion and what he did was dispicable. He may even go to Hell for what he did. I sure sure hope, where ever he has landed, he regrets what he did,

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Popping in to say hello!!

Not too much has been going on with us, so I thought I would pop in just to see how all my Blogger friends were doing. I have to say, I have the most interesting group of people I follow. I have millitary friends, home schooling friends, Catholic friends, mommy friends, and friends from all over the world. How lucky I am to have such a great group of people to get to know. If you guys have a few minutes, take a look at each others blogs. Maybe you already follow each other, or maybe you can make new friends. This world needs more friendship ans less war!!!! Have a great day everyone.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My new obsession....

I just realized this morning I have not posted a new blog in a week. My reason, I have a new obsession.....I admit, I am adicted to Farmville on Facebook. I know, I'm pathetic. My husband gets mad at me because I spend so much time playing the game. I can't help it, it's FUN!!! I discovered the game about 6 or 8 months ago, but when we moved, we didn't get internet right away, mainly because of our old crappy computer. We both had G1s, so we had full internet access on cell phones. Well, a few months ago, Sean broke down and bought a new laptop. We get free WiFi from his work, so why not take advantage. At first, I could play Farmville and any other app on Facebook with no problem. Then Sean did something to the computer and all the sudden, I couldn't access any apps on Facebook. It wasn't until last week that I discovered what he did. There was a security setting the had to be disabled in order for me to play. So, as long as I'm not surfing the web with it off, I can play Farmville.

A little update on whats going on here, We are starting a new term in school. Sean has decided to start teaching two classes in the evenings with Declan. Religion and History/Science. He loves those subjects and can teach them better than I can. He is also starting to teach Declan to speak German. Sean speaks it fluently and wants Declan to get a head start on his foreign language. (He starts that in second or third grade) I will be mailing Declans tests to Setons next week. I will post his grades when they return!

On a sad note, today is the 9 year anniversary of my Grandmothers death. She was a wonderful women and ment the world to me. I do hope she has made peace with her life and is happy in Heaven with our Lord!! God Bless you Grandma, I love and miss you!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

A mystery bug, and the naughty crew.

As I was cleaning up the kitchen and getting the kids breakfast ready, Sean came into the kitchen to tell me Fionn felt like he had a fever. Great...I thought out loud. I went in to see for myself. Sure enough, he was pretty warm. 101.5 was his temprature, but he was still acting normal, jumping around, playing, asking for food. By time breakfast was over, he wasn't so perkie. Instead of jumping out of his chair, he sat there like a slug. Yup, Fionny is sick. So I had him go lay down on the couch and watch PBS Sprout.

The older boys were cleaning up the kitchen and their room when the doorbell rang. A women was at the door. She introduced herself as our neighbor to the right of us. She was pretty upset and said that our children were throwing toys, paper, and trash over the wall into her backyard. Declan and Cian were standing behind me at this time, I turned and looked at them both....guilty as sin looks on each of their faces. I asked Declan, "Who was throwing papers and toys over the wall?" He instantly pointed at Cian. I apologized to the women, but all she wanted me to do was look over the wall at the mess. She said she would not return the toys and turned around and walked away.

I proceeded to yell at both Declan and Cian, but more so at Declan as he is old enough to know better. I asked him, "Why didn't you stop them from throwing things over the wall?" He didn't answer me..."Were you throwing crap over the wall too?" I asked him...."yes" in a very soft voice. Well, at least he didn't lie to me again. Needless to say, they got to spend the rest of the day in their room after they cleaned up the backyard. No Wii or outside play until further notice. Just wait until thier father gets home from work!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Declan says the 6th!!

A few days ago, Sean asked Declan what the date was. This was his responce...

Finally finishing up term 1!!!

After what seemed like the longest 9 weeks ever, Declan is finally just about finished with his first term of first grade. We have one week left of learning and then it's reviews and tests. I have been looking over the tests myself, as I was afraid with so much time missed, he didn't learn as much as he should. I was pleasently surprised!

For those of you who aren't familiar with Setons Catholic Homeschool, here is a brief rundown of what a 1st grader is learning.

1. Religion 1 for Young Catholics (Comes with textbook, lesson plan, coloring books, and three Catholic readers. Grade given by Setons'.)

2. Mathematics 1 for Young Catholics. (Comes with 2 textbooks and lesson plan. Grade given by Setons')

3. American History for Young Catholics Grade 1. (Comes with textbook, Maps, charts and graphs text book, lesson plan and two reader, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and Blesses Kateri Tekakwitha. Graded by parent)

4. Science 1 for Young Catholics. (Comes with textbook and lesson plan. Graded by parent.)

5. English 1 for Young Catholics. (Comes with textbook, and lesson plan. Graded by Setons')

6. Spelling 1 for Young Catholics. (Comes with textbook and lesson plan. Graded by Setons')

7. Handwriting 1 for Young Catholics. (Comes with textbook, writing tablet, and lesson plan. Graded by Setons')

8. Phonics 1 for Young Catholics. (Comes with 2 textbooks, three readers, and lesson plan. Graded by Setons'.)

9. PE (Comes with lesson plan, graded by parent)

10. Music (Comes with CD of 24 Catholic Songs for Children and Lyrics. Graded by parent.)

11. Art 1 for Young Catholics (Comes with textbook and lesson plan. Graded by parent.)

Some subjects like Math, Phonics, English, Spelling, and Religion come with an end of term test that your child must pass for their final grade. I looked over the tests and was pleased that everything on these tests, Declan could answer without a second guess. So I guess the time gap didn't really effect him. The only requirement in our state for home schooling, is that the child must complete 180 days worth of schooling for the entire school year. That includes field trips. It doesn't matter how long it takes, just that its all completed.

A parent has three choices on how they wish to submit their childs work. The easiest is to simply submit all paperwork and tests through the mail. You can also submit grades on their website or scan your childs work to there grading department. I don't currently have a working scanner, so I will be mailing it. It does take longer to get your childs final grades and report card that way, but Sean is too cheap to go out and buy me a new So, here are a couple of pictures of Declan and Cian that I took in school yesterday!

Declan in Handwriting

Cian dressing his Joey stick man.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Back to the real world.

Well, the holidays are officially over here in our crazy world. Here is a rundown of the last three days...

Thursday-New Years Eve....Let me think about what actually happened that day, it's kind of a blur.....What I can remember, Sean took back my Samsung camcorder/camera because it didn't work properly. We tore the house apart trying to find the reciept. No such luck, (I think I might have thrown it away by accident.) so he went to Walmart without in hopes that they would just let him exchange it and pay the difference for another camcorder. YA, that was a total debockle. He had to go all the way up the store chain of command just to exchange it. Everyone he talked to said they couldn't exchange an electronics product without the reciept. Finally the GM gave in and allowed him to purchase the difference for the FlipUltraHD. He then headed to GameStop to find the gift we couldn't find the boys for Christmas, the New Super Mario Brothers Wii game. Four stops later, he found it at a Target. We had planned on playing the game later that evening and ordering Chinese food, but then we saw there was a Doctor Who marathon on for New Years Eve and New Years day, so we watched that instead. (We did let the boys play the game for about an hour before bed that night.)

Sean and I planned on trying to stay up until Midnight, which is a streatch for us. (We're usually asleep by 10pm.) We sat and watched more Doctor Who until just before midnight, then Sean popped open a bottle of champagne and we had a little toast at midnight. We then moved into the kitchen because he wanted to listen to a song before bed. Well, one song turned into two songs, which turned into three, four, and so on. Now, also on his venture out that afternoon, he bought a 30 pack of beer, which he had been drinking throughout the afternoon. I had decided, since we were up, that I was going to buy a Wii game for Jazmin and send it to my Mothers house. I was looking for Mario Kart. Sean was playing with my new camcorder, which had been charging all afternoon. He started video taping me shopping online. At first the video was ok, but then he started to get a little "fresh". (Keep in mind, he had been drinking most of the afternoon and was now well into the bottle of champagne) What started off as him admiring my face in HD, soon turned into him admiring....certain anatomy parts of his own, in HD. Then proceeding to try and admire my anatomy parts in HD. I wasn't going there. LOL, I played back the video this afternoon and about died laughing. I would post the video, but my blog is rated PG, not XXX. Anyway, he bought me a few new outfits from Victoria Secrets and JC Pennys. By time all that was done, it was almost 5am. GOOD GRIEF, the kids would be up in an hour or so.

Friday- New Years Day, we woke up around 8:30am. Started watching more Doctor Who in bed. Sean got up to take a shower and I headed to the other bathroom to do the same. I joined him in our bathroom about 30 minutes later to find that he had thrown up. He felt awful and thought he was coming down with a stomach bug. He got out of the shower and headed back to bed. We had planned on a big turkey and stuffing dinner, but that was now a no go. He stayed in bed for the entire day. I had the TV on in the living room for the boys (They love Doctor Who as well) as I started to take down Christmas decorations and clean the house. I noticed the box of beer on the kitchen floor...only 1 left. The bottle of champagne, empty....OMG, he doesn't have a stomach bug, HE'S GOT A HANGOVER!!! He drank 29 beers and an entire bottle of champagne in less than 5 hours. What a dope. He finally started to feel better by dinner time and decided he wanted to order pizza and wings. We put the kids to bed around 7pm since Sean had to work the next morning.

Saturday- Sean gets up at 6:45 and starts getting ready for work. I stayed in bed and soon realized I wasn't feeling well at all. In fact, I felt like I was going to be sick. It felt like someone was sitting on my chest and i couldn't breath. I tried to get up and start making the kids breakfast, but the more I move around, the worse I felt. Sean saw how awful I felt and offered to take a day of PTO. I said no, it wasn't nessassary, but he called his boss and did it anyway. So, I laid on the cough for a bit, watching more Doctor Who. Sean and the boys got dressed and went to Target and Vons to pick up some groceries. I was starting to feel a little better after I ate something, and started taking Christmas orniments off the tree and walls. I was hoping to be done by time they got home. I soon noticed that Liam had a little stomach issue. He had a bad case of the poops. YUCK! I went through 9 diapers with him that day. After I got everything off the tree, Sean and the boys came home. They went to go play while Sean and I dragged the dead tree outside and attempted to vacuum the pine needles off my floor. (I desperately need a new vacuum.) Sean made the boys a quick dinner and we had the little guys in bed by 8pm so the big boys, Sean and I could watch the final episode of Doctor Who with David Tennant as The Doctor. By 10pm, the big boys were in bed, and we were headed there as well.

Sunday- Sean was off again and ready to watch the Patriots at 10am. We got up and made the kids breakfast. I was determined to gut my house and put our lives back together after Christmas. I also had a plan to rearrange the kids rooms. while Sean was watching the game, I bleached my kitchen and the dining room. Had the boys clean all the bedrooms, (Declan was not happy about being put to work at all.) so I could vacuum out there rooms and move the little guys beds into the big guys room. I moved the girls two cribs out of my living room and into the little guys old room. Sean came running in, saying Welker was hurt. It looked to be a knee injury. Oh no, there goes the Patriots chance at the super bowl this year. We had to wait and see what the verdict was. In the mean time, they lost again, and Sean was pretty bummed, but ready to cheer on the Celtics. I finished up the kids rooms and had high hopes for the new arrangement. Sean and I put all four boys down around 8pm and the girls as well. Mary was a little scared of being in the new room, but fell asleep quickly. Sean and I went to bed after watching a new episode of The Simpsons. 1am rolls around, and we are awakened by Fionns screaming fit. He had the stomach bug all day Sunday, so I thought he was a poop again. Instead, he wanted a glass of water. His screaming woke up Liam. Liam begins to scream. His diaper had leaked, so I had to change him and his jammies. I got his settled back down, but no such luck with Fionn. He screamed and bashed his head on the wall for about two hours. Sean had to go back to work the next morning. The boys and I had school the next morning as well. Needless to say, non of us got a good nights sleep.

Today- Sean went back to work and Declan and Cian, back to home school. I was expecting the day to be unproductive, but other than the occasional interruption from Liam, it was pretty good. So, here we are 4pm on Monday evening and I have yet to start dinner. Fionn is in the shower, he has a bad rash from his stomach issue. Declan, Cian, and Liam are playing happily in their room. Mary is playing happily in her room, and Lizzie is sleeping in my room. The landscapers finally took the decaying rat from our front yard away. (Curtesy of PT the Cat) All is right with the world!!! Have a great evening!!!