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You know you are living the simple life when your kids are happy to sit forever just watching tiny sugar ants come through a little crack, then smooshing them.


(not to self, they aren’t going to go away on their own as longs as crumbs are picked up!)





“Hey mom, I think one just stood up and waved at me!”  Smoosh….poor little guy!




You know you are beginning the warning signs of MSO (Mom Spacing  Out)

When you go to put your almost 3 yr old in her pj’s and lift her shirt over her head, but it gets stuck. You think to yourself…..I know she has a kind of a big head..but dang….it can’t grow in one dayYANK…YANK!!  Then you hear her say “Mom…Buddom…Buddom!!!” Translation- Button, Button!!!  Oh…oops…that’s right,this shirt has a button in the back!  Poor daughter!!!  Bad mommy!

You know you are having another MSO moment when:

Son- “Mom, can I get a drink?”

Mom- ” Sure, you can have some T.E.A.” but don’t let your sister see, she has all ready had her tea for the day.

Daughter- “I want tea”

Mom- gasping in astonishment “How did she know I spelled that?”  wow, I must be doing a great job homeschooling if my almost 3yr old can spell !!!

Son- “Duh, the letter T alone says TEA!!”  

Mom- I am a Goober!


You know there will be no sympathy for you and temptation will not get easier. When you are coming home from the first meeting with your friends, doing the lightweigh program to loose weight, and your family calls you and ask you to stop at sonic for some strawberry malts on the way home! 

A wise man once said something like “Your loved one’s may be a pain in your side to help get you to overcome and to earn sainthood” LOL Father Corapi 🙂   I guess redemptive suffering can come in small ways too 😉 

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Everyone in the house is coming down with a cold or something.  So far I am ok, thank God! Hubby is home sick, so everyone has been camping out in the living room glued to the T.V unfortunately! 

We did manage to get some school work done and do some fun activities 🙂 I had my eye on this cake to do, but we are still eating our cake from St. George’s Day.  So, I looked in the pantry to see what I could come up with for lunch. I shocked myself with an original idea! But, I admit I was Inspired a bit by Jessica’s day and a post by Mary on Catholic Cuisine.

We started the day with our regular school day lessons and chaos routine. We read today’s Gospel reading–  and focused on Mark 16:15-20

We talked about what we read about this feast day and how much we learned!

I didn’t know that the Gospel of Mark was written mostly for the Roman Gentile converts, that is why in his Gospel he is careful to explain Jewish customs, rites and words. The Evangelist Mark is represented as a lion because he begins his Gospel in the wilderness, “The voice of one crying in the desert: Make ready the way of the Lord,’ or because he presents the Lord as the unconquered King.”

Our lunch was PB&S (peanut butter and syrup instead of jelly) My nanny gave this to us in our school lunches when we were sick of PB&J’s. They are very yummy! You just add a bit of syrup to the peanut butter to make it creamier and easier to spread.

I looked at what we had and thought…hhmmm this could work! I used a cookie cutter to make the shape after I made the sandwich. I spread the peanut butter mixture on, some in the middle of the bread and some on top also. Then the goldfish, pretzels, granola, chocolate chips and twizzlers. It turned out sooo cute! I couldn’t get a great pic of it though, my camera battery was dying and had to snap quick! They were actually very yummy for such a strange combination!









After lunch builder drew a pic of this symbol. We haven’t been able to use our printer forever a while now, so we are limited as to what we can draw or color. He can copy from sight pretty good I think. He loves to draw! Here is is drawing.

So, that was our day! I hope you all had a good day. I am going to go make my family gargle with salt water and stick vicks up their nose!! OH the fun a friday night brings to my house 😉






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My lil sweet monster needs to be busy during lesson time with Builder.  She is very hands on and fights for my attention when I am teaching him.  This worked wonderfuly! We started off with me helping her.  I would grab one macaroni and tell her to grab one.  Then I tell her to put one in the with the red A. Then I grab two and tell her to grab two also, then we put one, two in with the orange B, and so on.  Then I worked with Builder and she continued on her own, counting and say letters and colors out loud.  Worked really well for her, and frugal to boot!  Macaroni was one dollar, cups I have had since I worked at a mexican resteraunt when I was 20, and the letters were a great Christmas gift from family. Inexpensive yet very effective, my favorite kind of homeschool materials!

builder at work

What do I hear from builder as I am working with Lil monster with Macaroni?…….

He is doing his Spelling lesson, one of the lessons are putting his words in alphabetical order. This is how he narrates the entire workbook page. He is pretending to be a high-tech homework machine, speaking in a robotic voice.

Scanning for S’s:  Five  S’s detected

Scanning complete.

homophones detected from scanned words are: Bare-Bear, Where-Wear, There-Their, Pare-Pair, Stair-Stare

Scanning complete

Me- “Ok, hunny……is there a silent mode?

him- “Must  press pause or mute”

me- “Ok, mute!”

him- “Well, actaully I finished so I am done now.”

My patience lasted the entire assignment….Huh.  I guess that prayer for patience was received, tested, and approved!  Thanks God for the exercise, I am happy I passed!


This is was builders choice for indoor P.E. since it is raining and sleeting outside.  He quickly drew the bulls eye and everytime he went to retrieve his ball, lil monster jumped up there and put her art work on it 😉 

Thank you to a dear friend for the Birthday Party favors we received this weekend from a party he attended!  He loves the sling shot!

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Just combine the two!  Legos are great fun and really help to bring multiplication skills to his level.  Now I have a happy builder, who says…..ohhhhh, got it!

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Saint John Bosco

St. John Bosco

(click on the image and it should link you to a page about the life of St. John Bosco) 

We love St. John Bosco in our house.  We began a special love for him on all Saints day this past year.  EWTN aired a movie about him that was wonderful! (I think this same show may be on EWTN tonight)My son said that same night, he prayed for God to show him if it was his will for him to become a Priest.  Then, when he woke up, he felt that he did want to become a Priest. He told me this the next day, and of my heart skipped a beat with joy and excitement!   When he told me I was so happy and supportive, but at the same time let him know that he has a long time to choose what he wanted to become, but that I would be so proud if he served God as a Priest.  I told him just always pray for God’s will.   A few weeks earlier, we had a visiting Priest that was so reverent, inspiring and sang mass so beautifully.  After Mass we waited in line and shook his hand.  He looked at my son and said “and are we going to have a little Priest here?”  My son just giggled his shy little laugh and didn’t say anything. I told him we have a long family history of Priests.  Several Priests and even a Bishop, whom is now retired but we visit him still in the nursing home. We also have other ministers and preachers from the other side of the family.  So this has been a prayer of mine, for God to show me how to nurture and feed that seed if it is planted in my son.  So my husband and I were pleased to hear he thinks of it. 

Recently, hubby and I were telling my son to participate in Mass more by singing.  During the hymns, I always have to nudge him and tell him to sing.  And then he does nothing….  He still wont sing in Mass!   My hubby then said ” You know, priests sometimes have to sing in Mass, so you better get some practice in.”   Now, my son has told us he is back to wanting to be a Carpenter…..   (sigh) I guess a mother can still dream.

Any who, Say a prayer asking for St. John Bosco to pray for my boy. It was he that inspired him in the first place.  Say a prayer of thanksgiving for this wonderful Saint that did so much with so many obstacles.


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My budding Artist

Builder’s Drawing of our Mary Statue

Just wantedto brag for a moment about my little builder.  We chose to do a drawing of one of our statues of Mary for an art project.  He just sat there and looked at it and drew it by sight! This is outstanding to me because I can’t even draw stick people….LOL  Maybe I should start him in drawing lessons…you think?

Mary Statue

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