Monday, December 21

Elf on the Shelf Decorates the TV

I haven't been posting a lot of our elf on the shelf pictures this year, so here's another.

Happy thought the television needed some bling ;-) The snowmen were happy to lend a hand, and their ladder.

Friday, December 18

Elf on the Shelf got a New Coat

Happy got a new coat and stocking cap this year. They were $3 each at Michaels (they were ornaments, normally $6 but on a 50% off sale).

The boys think they are pretty spiffy!

Wednesday, December 16

O Holy Night Catechist Blanket


Last one! Made for Tristian's catechist teacher for Christmas. The O Holy Night block is from one of Jody Pyott's blanket patterns.

Friday, December 11

Starry Night Catechist Blanket


Blanket made for one of Trace's catechist teachers as a gift for Christmas. Repeat block is an altered block from one of Jody Pyott's blanket patterns.

Monday, December 7

Cross Catechist Blanket


Blanket made for my oldest son's teenage assistant catechist teacher for a Christmas gift.

Saturday, December 5

Joy to the World Gift Blanket


Made this blanket using some of the blocks in one of Jody Pyott's blanket patterns. It's a gift for one of my youngest's catechist teachers for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 1

Happy December!!!

It's finally December and Christmas is just weeks away!

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by or all the changes it has brought us. 

May your Christmas Angel watch over you this December.

Wednesday, November 25

Tristian's Letter to Santa

We had a couple of the Dear Santa forms from Bass Pro last year and the boys wanted to write Santa letters. Trace didn't get very far on his (it's a process) so Tristian made sure to add what he brother wanted to his ;-) Tris also added some embellishments to the envelope side.

Friday, November 13

About Mizzou

I rarely post about political issues. I have strong convictions on many topics; however, they skip across the political lines far too often for me to identify with any specific group. Yet, living in Columbia, MO and watching as the situation at Mizzou unfolded and as the chaos continues to be sorted out, I find myself wanting to speak. Or rather write.

There are many common decency priorities I wish I had seen in my city during the protests. Now I wish I saw around the internet as people discuss this situation. I'm not going to comment on the situation directly, because it is what it is. The only thing that matters at this point is moving forward.

Doing so, people HAVE to stop alienating others based on any criteria, especially ones that are purely biological. We HAVE to start listening to one another, not just listening to argue, refute, respond. Actually listening. Comprehending, accepting and stepping into others shoes- on both sides. I've spoken so often to others, but I feel (especially after seeing the protests and things that went on in this city where I am raising my children) I feel many people, on all sides, don't get this. Maybe because of our inability to listen to hear one another ;-)

This is America, the melting pot. At this point nearly one and all have the same heritage!!! More importantly, we are all just human. Skin color means zip about heritage. White skin doesn't mean someone has no African, Asian, Hispanic, native, etc... heritage any more then other skin colors preclude Caucasian or other heritage. It is simply a physical trait that HAS to stop mattering any more then color of hair, shade of eyes, or any other.

Be proud of who you are and where you come from, but it needn't be at the cost of another's right to be proud of who they are. Your truth is not dependent on another's truth. You do not have to tear down another to build yourself up, nor should you desire to do so- in discussions or otherwise. Skin color should never matter more then any other physical trait, not for any reason.

Wednesday, November 4

Sight Word Go Fish

A game we've been playing to help with sight words. It's basically go fish but with sight word flash cards instead of a normal card deck. Printed out a couple of the pages from's sight word flash cards (link below). 

 Printed out multiples of a couple of the pages on card stock (printed an ABCs pattern on the back to make it harder to see through the cards in well lit conditions) and wrote the words on the corners for when we get a little better at reading (right now we are playing an abbreviated version where the cards are laid out in front of us to make it easier to read them). My son loves playing go fish but has his numbers down, so I thought this might make playing go fish a little more productive atm ;-)

Quick link to all the sight word flash cards together (the first grade ones are up front, the prek and kinder ones are further back) You do need a membership to print off. The free membership will let you print off several sheets a month for free.

Monday, November 2

Tris as St Isaac Jogues for All Saints Day

The older classes at Sacred Heart's PSR dressed up as Saints for All Saints Day (which was on a Sunday this year!). Tristian chose to be St Isaac Jogues. He was a big hit and got so many compliments!

Monday, October 19

Tristian got Glasses!

Tris had an eye check up today and needed glasses, isn't he handsome in them? Looks so much like hi daddy! Hopefully he got Daddy's eyes and not Mimi's ;-)

Wednesday, October 14

CHE Peach Tree Farms Field Trip

We had a blast this year at Peach Tree Farms with CHE!

They boys got to feed some of the animals

and be a little silly. It was lots of fun!

Wednesday, October 7


I'll have to let my husband know. Apparently he made the wrong choice encouraging our homeschool, since I liked him perfectly well before I was a hs mom. But if hs mom's don't like men.... well who can argue with that? *off to join the local chapter of hs moms against men*

Sunday, October 4

CHE Fall Festival!

Waiting for the hay ride to come around at the end of the night.

Picnic Time!

Making cards!

Candle Jar turned Candy Corn Dish

We bought candy corn today yum ;-)Unfortunately, I couldn't find our candy dish (no idea where that got put when we moved). We had an empty large Colonial Candle jar I hadn't found a use for but didn't want to throw away. I printed the free Got Candy printable from here- on cardstock and used packing tape to put it on the jar. Instant candy corn jar and thought it turned out well ;-)

Wednesday, September 30

Kittens and Crocheting Go Hand in Hand...

Lol, not very well ;-) They new kitten has been helping me to work on one of the blankets I'm making for the boys' volunteer catechist teachers.

Saturday, September 12

FREE Math Mammoth Curriculum (Rational Numbers ebook)

We use Math Mammoth (three of which have been available for a while for smartpoints in the vendors hall of the Homeschool Buyers Co-op- CLICK HERE). We use the Math Mammoth ebooks/pdfs printed out, along side several other math curriculums and supplements for my very into math oldest son. They are a great curriculum and the ebook downloads are very well set up to print. I just stick them in blue bracket folders, slap the cover on front and voila- instant workbook. So I couldn't pass up that right now, Math Mammoth Rational Numbers ebook is free at the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

to see the freebie page. The book is currently listed at the top of the Smart Points Vendor page and is listed as smartpoints price FREE. You will need an account, I believe, but that's free also (CLICK HERE then click the "Join Now- It's Free" button on the scrolling header on the main page of the co-op). Once you've logged in fill out quantity of 1 and scroll to the bottom of the page. Fill out your email address, under that select to pay with smartpoints then click that you've read and understand terms and conditions and submit the order. Make sure to confirm the order on the next page!

Thursday, September 10

Trace's New Room

Trace sitting at his desk in his new room that has a bed Daddy and I built for him (with cubby storage!) with a matching chair and desk (Mommy got bit by something while refinishing that desk and ended up in the ER with a nasty swollen hand). New carpet squares (love that concept, so much easier to install then normal carpet) and freshly painted walls. He loves it!

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