Sunday, February 8th
We went to Mass at our usual 10am and the girls were surprisingly not bad, despite having missed Mass the previous Sunday. I even got to hear part of the homily, which had something I loved in it. He talked about how everyone has a calling, a universal vocation to solitude and while people can be called to varying degrees of solitude, everyone is called to some degree of solitude with God, to appear naked and alone before God and be transformed by Him.
After lunch at Chilis, the girls showed Grandpa some of their video games. They tried to get him to play them with them but video games are not his forte. And he had to catch a plane back home that evening.
Monday, February 9th, St. Apollonia
Monday was busy. We got the laundry sorted and started and then went to gym class. While the oldest three were in class, Teresa played with a group of other littles
Anyway, one of the things all the girls like to do at gym is pop quarters in game machines and get bouncy balls and bounce them all over the place. Unfortunately one little boy's bouncy ball bounced particularly well directly into Teresa's eye. She didn't take it especially well, so once their class was over, we went to the car and to perk Teresa up, I picked up Chick Fil-A on the way home.
After lunch I sat the girls down and had them do their Geography, Handwriting and History. They are starting to get a bit tired of WWII, but there was one half of a chapter left I wanted to touch on, specifically the creation of the modern nation of Israel and why there is such conflict about it. They colored a picture of the Israeli flag while I read.
Thomas got a bath and I kept the laundry moving. When James got home I ran out and got the extra ribbon I needed.
Tuesday, February 10th, St. Scholastica
I had plans to get more done today than I did but a rude headache hit me midday and lasted until evening. Cecilia did her English focusing on verb tenses and one math lesson. Elizabeth wowed me sitting down and doing all 10 pages of her math for the week. Felicity struggled but she finished the math from last week, which was 3 pages. She really didn't seem to be feeling well. I was very patient, never scolding but only encouraging and she was still on the verge of tears. So I took the 3 pages and let it go hoping she wasn't getting sick or anything. Maybe just those 7 year old mood swings? I did get all three of the oldest girls to sign a birthday card for their cousin and another for James' dad and make him some pictures to send him for his birthday.
After lunch I had planned to do religion but my head hurt so much I just let it go. I took two ibuprofen, got some hot tea and a shower, which helped enough that we got all the laundry put away, but after Teresa screamed at me for about 20 minutes it was back again as though I'd never done anything to get rid of it. I made the girls leftover spaghetti alfredo with broccoli and peas and read Pajama Time to Brigid more times than I can count. It is one of her current favorites along with The Going to Bed Book and I Like it When. Although just before bed she found the Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? book and seemed to enjoy it dancing as I read it.
Wednesday, February 11th, Our Lady of Lourdes
I was shocked that Thomas slept 8 1/2 hours and woke to James' alarm at 5, which annoyed me (I can usually sleep through such things) but I took the opportunity to grab Thomas and give him a much needed feeding before I fell asleep again for a little bit. I woke up at 6 when Teresa came to our bed and I could hear another alarm, this one much louder. At first I was worried it was one of the girls' alarms but it was coming from downstairs. On the kitchen table was Cecilia's new meteorological device with the alarm beeping so loud it was very audible even upstairs in our bedroom. Fortunately it didn't wake anyone else, though I still wonder if it woke Teresa.
Elizabeth finished her English and Spelling completing her individual work for the week. Cecilia did two math lessons, and Felicity did 9 pages of math. Felicity really hasn't been feeling well but I don't think she is sick. She has no physical symptoms. She is just very sensitive and emotional. She hid under a blanket and said she didn't want anyone to see her and began sobbing. When I asked why and what was wrong, she couldn't articulate an answer. She knows she doesn't feel happy but she has no idea why. Explaining hormones and mood swings to a 7 year old isn't easy but it does seem to start when my girls are 7. Nine pages of math though was pretty impressive, so I was happy she got that done.
After lunch, Brigid fell asleep on the sofa and I got Thomas asleep for a nap and then I ducked into the basement to clean some. The entire basement is an absolute mess from the kids lego-scattered corner to the toys and laundry to my fabric scattered project table and boxes added and moved and opened and Christmas stuff not yet put away. I spent about 2 hours putting away all the Christmas and Advent stuff nicely organized and labelled and reorganizing any and all boxes and sweeping about a third of the basement. The girls picked up some of the lego zone. Basically I got about 1/3 of the basement cleaned and organized which is a huge improvement.
Around 4 o'clock we sat down to do religion. We went over Commandments 6-10. We did 6 and 9 together focusing on marriage, family and purity. Then we did commandments 7 and 10 focusing on property, jealousy and respecting others and being grateful. Then we did commandment 8 focused on lying and loving the truth.
Thursday, February 12th, Lincoln's Birthday
Today was a field trip. We drove south passing the ever amusing sign:
After we got home, I cleaned another 1/3 of the basement.
Friday, February 13th, St. Catherine de Ricci
Cecilia jumped in during breakfast to finish her Spelling and be done for the week. Felicity did her Spelling and last page of Math before taking a break while I vacuumed James' office and the living room. Then when Thomas went down for a nap, I snuck down to the basement and began working on the final third that needed unpacking/cleaning/organizing. I made about an hour or so worth of progress before Thomas woke up and it helped that Felicity came down to help me. Once he got up, Felicity and I got to work on her English, which she finished.
The afternoon scored the victory of a shower for me and the finishing of the cleaning of the basement.
|The atrium finally unpacked and set up.|
|Pictures still packed, spare boxes and boxsprings, holiday decor, etc.|
|The dog cage, my project table and craft supplies storage cabinet.|
|Can walk to the laundry without tripping now!|
|James' extra books, keyboard and exercise equipment.|
|Train/Block/Remote-control Car station (with Felicity's art projects waiting to be begun.)|
Saturday, February 14th, St. Cyril, St. Methodius, St. Valentine
This morning I had arranged for Cecilia's Explorer unit and our one Pioneer girl from our AHG troop to receive a lesson at the Kenosha Bowmen. All the Explorers earned their Archery badges and had fun learning about bows, arrows and shooting about 20 per girl of their own. Afterwards the Bowmen provided cupcakes and a pin for each girl and they got to take their targets home. I'm so thankful it was a very successful outing and I'm going to look into maybe Cecilia and I taking lessons together.
There were 5 extra cupcakes leftover that were bequeathed to us, so the girls shared them when we got home as well as some candy treats I had prepared.
Happy St. Valentine's Day!
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