|My homemade Alex's Salad: cut lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, bacon, ranch dressing and croutons. If you have a J. Alexander's nearby and have never had one, they are really good. And pretty too! :)|
|Clearly I need to get some boy sunglasses in the house.|
|Princess Teresa with her pink purse and striped kitty.|
|Brigid insisted on sharing her pizza with her baby.|
Thursday we read more Greek Myths and then I tried an idea I had of painting balloons to look like the planets after inflating them based on the size of the planet. Unfortunately I failed to take into account what wet paint would do should a balloon pop. So, after scrubbing down the wall, we switched to simply painting the planets on card stock. 6 kids painting adds up to lots of pictures and a lot of mess but they had fun and got to go over the planets while they did it.
On Friday we played Multiplication Bingo, where I call out factors and they have to figure out the product and then put a dot on their board if it has that number. Getting BINGO wins each child half a dozen M&Ms. Filling the whole board gets each a Rice Krispie Treat. The older three girls help Teresa and Brigid play along. Then we did the Stations of the Cross. I bought 8x10 pictures of each station and I lit 14 candles. After I say each Station I read a short reflection, Cecilia sings a verse from the Stabat Mater, we pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be and then they take turns snuffing out one candle for each station. Overall it went quite well though the younger ones played a lot through it.
|Disgust is Teresa's favorite character in Inside Out and so she insisted on snuffing out the green one.|
|I had both sauces and made "Divine Mercy" Spaghetti! :)|
Fortunately, the third week of February was a "Catch-Up" week, so Cecilia finished her English, Felicity got almost all caught up in math (I dropped the ball on the last two pages since the week ended with multiple unplanned doctor appointments), and we finished reading the Greek Myths. Thomas got a haircut and I cleaned up the basement, finally putting away the Christmas decorations I had just tossed down there as well as the dyed eggs from last Easter! I was so excited to have space again I began a 1000 piece puzzle of mine - I love puzzles. I set up dentist appointments for the 6 oldest people in the house.
|Brigid's sweetheart of a godmother crocheted her a little purple bear and a blanket.|
|She adores "Baby Bear."|
|My poor, sick Thomas curled up with his polar bear Marshmallow and his tiger Hobbes.|
|Brigid has been going through a puzzle sensitive period. She does puzzles all day, in ever room. Floor puzzles, wooden puzzles cardboard puzzles. From 15 pieces to 100 pieces she is puzzle obsessed and thrilled!|
|A 1000 pc puzzle I completed. I almost didn't want to put it away because I wanted to jump into it so much. Sigh.|
|Holy Father Benedict sent us a lovely note and holy card with prayers. We had sent him a Christmas card.|