It has been a busy two weeks. The extent that schoolwork was done was basically 3 math lessons by Cecilia the previous week. Other than an astronomy lesson, we are all caught up in our schooling, which, considering the last few months, is downright miraculous in my opinion. Between packing, moving, unpacking and a new baby, we could be so very behind and yet we aren't.
We are, however, a bit burned out. I know I am fried and these last few months have been somewhat stressful for the kids as well. So... I have been thinking about how we have been doing school and and I've decided to make a few changes for the remainder of our school year.
First, we are ditching our poetry book and our latin book. Latin, poetry and music will be, for everyone, learning the Salve Regina, which obviously will benefit religion as well. But it is a beautiful prayer, in Latin, that is usually, although not always, sung and we pray/sing it every Sunday at our parish Mass. It will give us a break from the bookwork but we will still be learning some Latin, singing, memorizing, and becoming better prepared for Mass on Sundays.
And finally, I'm ditching Cecilia's handwriting book and she will write a letter each week - to a friend, to a pen pal, to a relative... I don't care, but to someone. She honestly doesn't need the book anymore. She has been doing script for over a year now and it looks pretty good. She just needs practice and we might as well make that more fun where she can write what she would like and maybe get some mail at the same time.
|Yes, he desperately needed a diaper change but he fell asleep before I could do it.|
Anyway, with or without school, learning continues and we have been very busy the past two weeks. On Tuesday, December 9th, we drove up to Holy Hill, a beautiful Basilica and Shrine northwest of Milwaukee. The primary reason was for James and I to be able to go to Confession before Christmas but during the day on a weekday. We had never been before though and it was really beautiful.
All these have been left just outside the chapel doors by those who have been healed kneeling before the Blessed Mother.
Brigid before a very beautiful and unique altar.
|"...Our life, our sweetness and our hope..."|
A small side chapel to the Sacred Heart:
Felicity looks ready for her own motorcycle. LOL. Yeah, right!
Then Teresa took up at the Real Estate Office making phone calls.
She really loves that bus!
The Pocket Park section had slides and a rooftop garden where the kids could either velcro fruit to little trees or deliver them down the shoot to a basket.
There was also a block play garden, projected pond you could hop in and even a sandbox I was thrilled was empty. :)
They all had an absolute ball playing roles of the various jobs around the town and pretending to have a rooftop garden, slides and buttons galore. There was also a special exhibit on the 50 states based on the Trivial Pursuit game that lead to a ball maze, which I had to climb into to get Brigid out of when it was time to go. We spent 2 hours there and they have been begging to go back.
|Apparently Grandpa needs to hit up the bank.|