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Thursday, April 30, 2009



Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 - December 19,1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1911. As a candidate for President of the U.S. , Norman Thomas said, in a 1944 epoch speech:

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism", they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."

He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This is mine. I used a Kwik-Sew pattern #KS3396. I was able to add to the width of the bib. I think I did a good job. The design of the fabric really helped in hiding the seams.

This is Olivia's apron. It is a flat front "bistro" type apron. I made it up myself. The pocket and hem are trimmed with a black leather like grommet strip.

The fabric is black with cute pink, white, and lime green skulls with bows, and hearts.

I like this one too. It is available at Candle On the Hill.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sewing and Menus

I made Olivia a new apron today. It is cute.

I cut mine out, I'm disappointed.
I love the fabic, and I love the style, but the bib is to narrow, my boobs hang out the sides. I should have really tried to alter it before I cut it out I guess.

I'm thinking I can add extra width to the bib, it would look almost like "princess" seams. The bib curves to the apron/"skirt" part. So not real sure how that will work.

Breakfast Night
Beef Roll Ups
Roasted Chicken
Jerk Nachos

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Weekly Menu- April 20-24

Chicken Fried Rice
Shredded Beef Sandwiches
Chicken Cacciatore

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Routine and Tomatoes

Let's review my routine

Up by 7-check
1. Make Bed-check
2. Personal Care- dressed, teeth, no makeup yet
3. Coffee & Quiet Time-check
4. Breakfast and Devotions with Girls- breakfast
5. Start a load of Laundry-check

I've also got supper in the crock-pot

Now I just have to get the girls up and moving and starting school on time.

I'm reading Raising Godly Tomatoes and loving it! My timer went off so I can't comment too much right now, so go check it out right now @ Raising Godly Tomatoes

Monday, April 20, 2009

Morning Routine-How did I do?

How did I do?

My goal is to get up at 7am and wake the girls at 7:30.- Well I had a bad night, couldn't sleep until nearly 2am. I woke up at 7 but didn't get out of bed until 7:20. I had coffee and quite time. I started on the girls at 7:50. Bella got up first about 8, followed by Olivia at 8:15ish and Emilie, just now got up at 8:35. So right off the bat I can feel myself getting mad.

1. Make Bed- done
2. Personal Care- dressed is as far as I've gotten
3. Coffee & Quiet Time-done
4. Breakfast and Devotions with Girls- breakfast
5. Start a load of Laundry-done

PLUS I have supper in the crockpot already. We are going to be doing errands today. They don't know it yet but they will also have to do school today.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Morning Routine

Morning Routine! That sort of strikes fear in my heart. I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal, but ironically I also like my rut. Since I’m a rut lover one would think that I would have some sort of routine. I guess really I do but it isn’t working and I haven’t changed it.

So on to a new mind set! Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

A simple Morning Routine is a list of 5, and only 5, things that you plan to do each morning.
1. Make Bed
2. Personal Care
3. Coffee & Quiet Time
4. Breakfast and Devotions with Girls
5. Start a load of Laundry

See that is simple! It is sort of what I do now but I don’t get an early enough start. So my goal is to get up at 7am and wake the girls at 7:30.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Praying for my family

I pray this for my husband and my girls daily. It sums up just about everything.

Colossians 1:9-12
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

American Freedom

"A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical." ~Thomas Jefferson

"Freedom means self-expression and the secret of freedom is courage. No man ever remains free who acquiesces in what he knows to be wrong." ~Unknown to me

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." ~ Daniel Webster

"If you expect people to be ignorant and free you expect what never was and never will be." ~Thomas Jefferson

"Where men cannot freely covery their thoughts to one another, no other liberty is secure." ~William Hocking

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Clothesline

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way . . .

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!

~author unknown

I really like to hang our clothes. Not only does it save money, the clothes smell sweet, and just feel fresh. Want to share your clothesline pictures?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Special Day!

Today 14 years ago the Lord blessed us with a miracle!

¸.•*¨ ¨`*•.¸And she grew and she grew and she grew!¸.•*¨ ¨`*•.¸

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
My baby you'll be!

`•.¸¸.•´¯`•._.•´Happy Birthday!`•.¸¸.•´¯`•._.•´

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Living & Learning

Emilie and Olivia
Little Pilgrims Progress
History-Fur Trade notebook sheet, Native American notebook
Science- weather chart, cloud project
Fine Arts- Bach research
Technology- Computer research skills, Creative design (building blogs, websites, recording own podcasts, using special effects and features)
Free reading, writing
Life Skills- laundry, cleaning bathroom & bedroom, cooking

Reading-Bread and Jam for Frances, My Favorite Seasons, Beady Bear
Fine Arts- Bach
Technology- computer skills
Free reading, writing
Life Skills- laundry, cleaning bathroom & bedroom, cooking

Monday, April 6, 2009

Lunch ideas!

This is the cutest lunch idea ever! I did this a few times when Emilie was little. I almost wish I had some more littles around.

Weird Soup

I made Buffalo Chicken Soup for supper tonight. But it turned out weird. The broth wouldn't thicken up. I kept adding cheese which seemed to sink to the bottom of the pot and glue all the chicken pieces together. It tasted okay but eating it wasn't very satisfying.

Just a Monday

Emilie and Olivia
Literature- Little Pigrim’s Progress Chapters 16-18
History-Pilgrims and Massachusetts Indians, Native American Notebook
Science- Cumulus Clouds- Science Scribe Notebook, Weather Chart
Writing- essay
Fine Arts- Johann Sebastian Bach
Grammar, Spelling
Free reading, writing, art

Spelling-Explode the Code
Reading-Junie B Jones is a Party Animal
Fine Arts- Johann Sebastian Bach
Math- quarts and pints
Free reading, writing

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fell off the FIAR wagon

I don't know exactly when it happened but I fell off the FIAR wagon. I still love the the curriculum, but after a couple weeks of not being able to find the books at either local library, I just stopped trying. I didn't abandon 1st grade though. Bella read daily, did Explode the Code, copywork and math.

I had Classics At Home on the shelf so brought that down and started using it. It is very "Charlotte Mason" We read a story, do vocab aloud, do some narration, answer questions, do further research about animals, do copywork. At times other subjects like "social studies", and nature walks/journals are brought in. So I'm going to be going back and forth between FIAR and CAH.