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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Sorry these are hard to see, I copied them off Facebook. I will try to post some more tomorrow. Right now I am going to take advantage of the time change for an extra hour of sleep!






Thursday, October 29, 2009

Star Wars, Star Wars, Everywhere

If anyone was wondering what the kids are into lately, the answer is two words: Star Wars. Even Margaret can be heard "Da, DA... Da-da-da-dada"ing around the house as she sings the Star Wars theme song. Here is a little photo tribute to all the ways Star Wars makes its way into our lives. And if you were wondering how many times a five year old can ask if his $10 gift card will buy the Lego Death Star between the house and Walmart, the answer is 8 times in 12 minutes. Here is a rebel base.
Here is the place that Hans Solo got captured in The Empire Strikes Back. "Mama, do you know what I wish we could buy but I know that we can't? The Lego Death Star."

A clone trooper.


A Tie-Fighter.



An X-Wing Fighter. "Do you know what I really wish that we could buy? The Lego Death Star!"




Another X-Wing Fighter. "Mama? Do you know what I think is the neatest Lego thing? The Lego Death Star." "Okay, Isaac. No more talk about the Lego Death Star."


"Mama? Do you know what I would buy if I had a million dollars?"
"Isaac. No Death Star talk."
"Oh yeah. Nevermind."

Reading about Star Wars.


A Star Wars ship.



Double trouble Star Wars.

A Big Preview

Because Michael leaves for Mississippi tomorrow, and the thought of correctly dressing four children for Trick or Treating alone scares me, I thought I would post these photos of the kids all dressed up for the Boy Scout Halloween party on Tuesday. That way, if I don't even find the camera on Halloween, no one will miss out on the cuteness!Henry wore his costume for about 15 minutes.
Saint Patrick.

Cuteness in a kimono from one of my Mama's trips to Japan.


Saint James without the staff, bag, or water bottle. He looks so handsome!


Saint Patrick won Best Costume at the Halloween Party. Yeah Isaac!





Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

A spooky house for me.

The Young People's Book of Saints

Anyone who has been to my house knows we love books. But with nine sagging bookcases throughout the house, I have been forced to be more selective about which books we should buy to keep and which we should just borrow or send to other houses. In exchange for this review, I received a free copy of the book: The Young People's Book of Saints, by Hugh Ross Williamson. When I received the book, I could tell right away that this book was a keeper. The book is filled with 63 stories of Saints that are all about two to five pages long. It contains sections on well-known saints, such as Saint Patrick and St Therese of Lisieux, as well as lesser known ones such as Saint Germain, Saint Giles, and Saint Swithun. The stories, although short, are rich with colorful imagery. Each Saint story contains a simply-drawn pencil illustration, allowing the reader to create his or her own images in his mind. Since the stories are short, but meaningful, it would be easy for any family with children to incorporate learning about these Saints into family life.

Sophia Institute Press publishes this book. In general I have found this publishing company to be one of the best when it comes to Catholic literature for children. Their materials aren't filled with distracting graphics, or watered down. They are simply presented and highly educational. Perfect for a society where children are saturated with graphic imagery in every other aspect of life.

My only complaint about the book is that there is no index in the back. It isn't really needed for the list of Saints, as that is found in the front. But it would be nice to have a list of themes that are found within the book. So, for example, if I wanted to reference a Saint that dealt with poverty, I could flip to the back and see if any of the stories mentions poverty.

I completed this review as part of a reviewer program at: http://www.catholiccompany.com. As stated above, in exchange for this review I received a free copy of this book. For more information about this book, please click this link: http://www.catholiccompany.com/catholic-books/1002686/Young-Peoples-Book-Saints

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Telling it like it is.

Child: Someone who likes a clean house better not come to our house because they won't be happy.


Isaac's costume is done!

Introducing Saint Patrick!One down, three to go!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Homeschool Science Fair

Tonight was the First Annual Homeschool Science Fair. James and Isaac have worked hard over the last few weeks. James grew bacteria from taking swabs of common household objects. Isaac created and explored colors.


There were over thirty participants in grades 1 to 8.


Isaac won a trophy for most creative project.


Although James didn't win a trophy, he had a great time and got a neat medal for participating.

A group shot of most of the participants.



Fall Afternoon at Keystone Lake














Sunday, October 18, 2009

Virginia

We are in Virginia for a long weekend. It is gorgeous here and we are really enjoying it!It is still a constant fight to keep the ponytails in.

Perfect Fall weather.



Not his favorite tree, I guess.












Hiking.










This kid is totally cute!