Archive for July 29th, 2006

Kim at Starry Sky Ranch has a beautiful post entitled, "Just another day in paradise".   She so eloquently announces a call to count your blessings in motherhood:

"I am firmly convinced "happy" is a verb.  As my friend Elizabeth says it is a decision we make everyday to wake up and do it all over again. Not only to do it all, but to do it with the acknowledgment of the blessing hidden inside every trial.  We have to decide if this is "monotonous, lonely, and relentless" or if is it an embarrassment of riches.  We are swimming in blessing if we just open our eyes and embrace it. Shame on us when we neglect to notice."

Thank you, Kim!!

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Favoritethings5yodd :  Daddy?  What kind of meat is this?
Daddy :   Medium rare…
5yodd :   Well?… then…can my piece be High rare?

Image:   My Favorite Things   ~Morgan Weistling

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"Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man."
    Francis Cardinal Spellman

(This quote makes me feel good to be Catholic….I feel like everything has deeper meaning…most especially my daily duty…)

Do you suffer from educational printout clutter syndrome?
Well, I did!  (But I am now on the road to recovery.)
I HAD to make a few simple rules for myself regarding printouts for school…the baby kept eating and destroying my homework!  Really!

Let me explain!  I have a good excuse!  See, I would find something great to use in our notebooks or some other great educational page for school…pure paper gold!!  I would then print it out real quick intending to take care of it "later"  when "I have time"…what a great plan!  or so I THOUGHT…
Enter 18 mo old dd…the baby would climb up on the computer table…grab it with PB and J hands….throw it all into the air…and get down and dance on it, swim in it and spill something liquid on it…(and we DO have that rule about liquids near the computer…sigh)…often inviting others to step on the pages and crumple them in various geometric forms under the table and smoosh them against the wall…("oh, I’m sorry.  I didn’t see it.")

The NEW me….have a mommy binder for each subject. 
Start with a CLEAN work surface….(no tottering piles of very important stuff ;o)

As the golden printouts emerge from the printer:
have the binder open and ready
3 hole punch and insert in binder
label with a post-it
(remember all those great ideas regarding these printouts that will surely disappear in 5 minutes….now you can keep them!!)

So far so good!  I love the D ring clear view binders…they are great!
My categories (so far):
Montessori (Math, Language, Geography, Science, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and training manual- I am taking an on-line training course)
Religion (for ongoing lapbook project)
RC History
Living Math
Mommy binder (schedules, library lists,misc etc…this one has a clip board in it for quick stash items)
Household binder ( I still need remedial help in this area…ideas appreciated 😉

I have a shelf for just these binders…they look nice all labeled and standing neatly in a row….almost makes me look like I know what I am doing!…well, …almost ;o)

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