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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weekly Menu December 28-January 2, 2009

12/28-Porkchops and Rosemary Potatoes
12/30-Roasted Chicken
12/31-All Appetizers-Guacamole & Salsa, Artichoke/Spinich Dip, Cheese and veggie plate
1/1 Spicy Chicken Strips
1/2- pizza

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weekly Menu December 22-26

Leftover Mac and Cheese and Roast
Jerk Chicken Nachos
On Christmas Eve we will be with my gramma, along with her brother/wife, my mom, and Uncle/wife. Their family tradition is Oyster Stew (Soup) which to TOTALLY NASTY! Milk, cream, butter and oysters. So my family will be having Pizza.
Christmas Day- Turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, etc., etc.
Friday-hhmmm, not sure, pizza again? hamburgers?

Friday, December 19, 2008

A visit with St. Nick

Bella wanted to visit with Santa. He was a very good Santa, real beard and he took his time to talk and listen. He called me over to tell me what she had asked for, he was pleased that she didn't ask for a lot of toys, but felt that she should have something special. So if your family "does" Santa and you live in the Texarkana area, the Santa at the Mall is excellent.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Parental Rights

We apologize for the inconvenience of a second email, but many of you who tried to donate were unable due to problems at our website. To correct this, we urge you to give through the Home School Foundation instead, whose link is provided at right or in the text of Dr. Farris's letter (below). We thank you for your wonderful response this afternoon! -ParentalRights.org

A Letter from Michael Farris,
President of ParentalRights.org.

Dear Friend of Parental Rights,

I was in the United States Senate this past week meeting with lawyers for a Senate office. They told me directly what I have been hearing indirectly on a regular basis ever since the election.

Those who want to change family policy in America to comply with international law are preparing a full-scale effort to seek ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child during this next Congress. Barbara Boxer recently told a planning group that they intend to use children’s health care as leverage to seek ratification of this UN children’s rights treaty.

Please link to our website to see a succinct summary of the problems with this UN treaty.

The strength of their forces has been greatly increased with the addition of Hillary Clinton as the nominee for Secretary of State. She will have direct control over the submission of this treaty to the Senate and will acquire the authority under international law to sign any other treaty on any subject.

Hillary Clinton was the person who made the announcement for the Convention on the Rights of the Child when her husband’s administration signed the treaty. Seeking its ratification is a lifelong dream for her.

Our situation is grim if we were to look only at the position of the elected officials.

However, recent post-election polling demonstrates that almost 70% of Americans do not believe that the use of international law in American courts on such matters is appropriate. Less than 20% favor the use of international law. (The rest are undecided). Virtually every sub-group in America opposes this kind of use of international law.

America is on our side. However, we have to be able to get the word out to help people hear the truth about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Our proposed Parental Rights Amendment will permanently stop this treaty. So we have a one-two punch planned for the internationalists.

First, we must build a huge grassroots movement of patriotic Americans who believe that good families should be able to raise their children without worrying about compliance with international law.

Second, these same grassroots forces need to convince our elected officials that we are not content with defeating this treaty for today alone. We insist on a permanent solution. We need the Parental Rights Amendment.

I need you to do two things to help this become a reality. First, please send a copy of this letter to everyone you know who believes in parental rights and American patriotism.

Second, we need to raise a war chest to get prepared to launch a massive grassroots campaign. The other side has millions of dollars left in their campaign coffers, and they have the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and all the media waiting to carry their message.

We can win the debate because we have the truth on our side. And we have public opinion. But we won’t win if we can’t reach people.

Will you please make as big a gift as you can to support Parentalrights.org?

Here is what they are saying about us. At the hearing which featured Barbara Boxer, one of the speakers said that the people who will oppose this treaty are the “narcissistic sovereignty crowd.” In other words, those who love America first are so guilty of excessive self-love that he describes us as having the mental illness of narcissism.

This is their real heart. Not only do they want international law to control our families. They think that we are mentally ill for loving America.

It is time for those of us who believe in loving our families and loving America to rise up! We will not surrender this country or our children to such people.

Get involved today! The battle is about to begin.

For God, family, and America,

Michael Farris

Monday, December 15, 2008

Weekly Menu December 15-19

Vegetable Beef Soup
Chicken and Dumplings
Roast Chicken

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Lovely Husband

My husband gave up his usual Saturday plans of motorcycle riding so I could go out to breakfast with some ladies from my homeschool group. We met at Cracker Barrel at 9am and enjoyed a nice breakfast fellowship. I left there and dropped in to see my gramma for a few minutes and then it was off for "power shopping" for Christmas.

I wasn't able to find everything I was looking for, which is a bummer. I finally went hope about 4:30 with a headache. So the adventure continues this week. I need to take each girl out to buy something for the sisters, and finish up everybody else.

PS, he also did the grocery shopping, so I made chocolate chip/carmel cookies.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oven Chicken?

Someone asked me today what "oven chicken" was, so thought I'd let everyone know.

It is oven fried chicken. I have a large heavy baking pan, I pour oil in the pan and turn the oven on 400. I let that get hot while I flour the chicken with seasoned flour. Once the oil in hot I place the chicken skin side down in the hot oil, and let it cook. Don't ask for times, cause I don't time stuff. I turn the chicken one time, other wise the crust will stick, and that's the best part.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Mail Deadline

Don't forget the deadline for Holiday Mail for Heros is December 10! All cards must be postmarked by December 10.

Weekly Menu December 8-12

Chicken Pinwheels
Pork Chops
Cheeseburger Macaroni
Dinner out for husbands birthday

History Scribe Freebie

Grab this History Scribe freebie this month.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Weekly Planner

This is my Weekly Planner I keep on the refrigerator. Notebooks are nice but I don't find them very convenient. I like that I can look at one sheet of paper for a week. This page has Sunday-Saturday Daily spaces, a Menu space, Shopping List, & To Do list.
If you must have a notebook, these are easily 3 hole punched and placed in binder at the end of the week.

Over the River and through the Woods to Gramma's House

The girls and I went to my gramma's to clean and decorate for Christmas.

Emilie and I bringing in the tree.

Setting the tree in the stand.

Lights and garland.

Emilie and Gramma at work together.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This week's freebie at Currclick.com

"Naaseh Venilmad are the Hebrew words for “we will do and we will learn”- our motto. With detailed explanations, this is the only comprehensive Rosh Hashanah lapfolder that can be found online. Our special interactive-learning product teaches all about Rosh Hashanah, its customs, prayers and how we prepare for this Jewish holiday. It includes over twenty different activities for all ages that will teach your children in an interactive way, or you can work with them, and gain hours of fun quality time with them. Lapfolders are the best way for children to organize information. It’s been a while since they finished making the lapfolder? They forgot a specific detail? No problem- look for the right minute-book that will provide them with the answer to their question.

Enjoy making this lapfolder by Naaseh Venilmad!"

Another Charlotte Mason Freebie

Check out the Christmas gifts on the home page of Living Books Curriculum for many ideas for a Christmas to remember.

Daily Bible Study CM Style

Free daily Bible studies for children below 6-teens. I downloaded the Proverbs Study and the first 6 months of the 6-up study.
Check out other teaching tips at Peregrina blog
Looks wonderful and we will be starting both of these in January.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Notebooking Freebie

Here are some notebook / lapbook pages for Tchaikovsky and The Nutcracker. More will be added in the next week or so.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Weekly Menu December 1-5

Oven fried Chicken
Korean Beef Ribs
Homemade Mac and Cheese
Chicken Spaghetti
Pizza Night

December Book Bag

It's HERE the December Teacher Book Bag! I'm so excited. I love Teacher Book Bag products. This month the focus is on Cookies! Everyone loves cookies right? You'll love this too.

Featured Author: Jan Brett-
Two-Book Literature Study for Grades K-3: Jan Brett’s Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends
Compare and Contrast
“Hard g” and “Soft g”
Making a Gingerbread House
Gingerbread Notebooking Paper
Cookie Activities PLUS a whole lot more!

Sounds like a ton of holiday fun!