For Halloween I carved 2 pumpkins and the kids each painted one. The kids will be welcome to carve their own pumpkins once they are old enough and able to do it themselves. I am just not carving 6 pumpkins. :)
On Saturday, Cecilia, Felicity and I went to the Women of Christ Conference. We went to confession, prayed at adoration, heard some lovely talks, enjoyed walking around the tables (Felicity could spot the candy bowls from 30 yards away) and got to meet some wonderful people, including Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle. Then we enjoyed the Eucharistic procession and James and the other kids joined us and we survived Mass. (By the end of the day, the younger ones weren't in the mood.)
On Monday, we went to our Catholic girls group. On Tuesday, there was nothing to vote on, but we did our religion lesson (on Matthew 11 for the older ones and the Holy Family for Teresa) and read in The World's Story and The Story of the World about Christopher Columbus. Since it turned so cold, I also went outside and pulled all the tomatoes I could and then pulled every plant in the garden except the grape plant. We will definitely be reorganizing next Spring, so there was no need to keep any plants where they were, except the grape plant as it can take more than one year to see any fruit from it and I didn't want to set us back a year on that one.
On Wednesday we read D'Aulaire's Columbus and Fritz's Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus? We also read the first 2/3 of our Zoology lesson all about bees. By Thursday we had finished Zoology and read Magic School Bus: Inside A Beehive.
It was really nice to finally have a week that looked like this: