Weekends are for bread, brakes, broccoli

I honestly didn’t take many pictures this weekend.  We were so busy a didn’t even think to take photos.

We started with our oldest helping the Boy Scouts set up for the Community Expo that was held over the weekend.  He and dad got home well after the rest of us were in bed.

Saturday morning we finally made a trip to get groceries…yes, the whole family, three stores, much shopping and food buying!!  We were tired, but happy to have some food in the house again.

Prior to that I spent some time making the best of what we had in the house…flour….



A couple of loaves of white bread and a couple loaves of cinnamon bread.  Yum!






I also had some popcorn and some sugar, so….



Several bowls of candied/caramel popcorn were made and eaten!  Also Yum!



See all that shiny, sticky, yummy goodness!


We also had a wonderful visit with a family that arrived shortly after our major shopping trip.  Lots of great conversation was had and lots of wild kids running around, with an unexpected visit from our oldest and a couple of his friends thrown in the middle of the chaos.  Hence…still no photos.

Sunday was Children’s Choir Sunday again.  Four of the boys shared their voices with our congregation at noon.  Then run home for a bit and off to the next family rosary at another friend’s home.

In the meantime the brakes failed on the van on our way home from the monster shopping trip and those were fixed on Monday. :)

But..I did take photos of a beautiful sign of spring as it has burst forth a week early that expected in our hanging window garden!!



See that itty bitty little seed sprout under my misspelled label?



more little baby broccoli poking their heads out into the sunshine.



this one is a little baby cabbage.



More baby cabbage.  They are twice that big already today!




And in between running, shopping, and visiting, I worked on planning our new adventure in gardening!  Got to get these boys bellies filled somehow, and keep them busy and out of trouble in the meantime.  Yes, they will be gardeners this year!




Hope you were able to enjoy some of the beautiful sunshine this weekend!

Weekends are for birthday bowling, boy scouts, coupons, and nursing.


Nothing like celebrating a couple of birthdays with girlfriends at the bowling alley!

I must say that my phone failed me a bit in the building and the pictures are rather blurry, but the smiles and the love just had to be shared.

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And a very yummy extra extra chocolate cake.  Can’t ever have enough chocolate in one cake.066


Most of the gang was all here.  A couple beautiful ladies had already left and a few more weren’t able to come and were missed.


It was Scout Sunday at church and we got a photo of those who were able to make it. Don’t they all look so handsome?


After getting home from church and picking up a couple of newspapers, I decided it was time to tackle my growing stack of coupon inserts and get them filed.


This is my mess after throwing the scraps on the floor.  Just brought in the recycling bin and tossed them all in.


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After spending what seemed like FOREVER in my kitchen clipping and tossing and filing.  I still had four sets of inserts left, but I had no more time or energy and my back hurt.  So, they will wait for another day.


And what is a weekend post around here if there are no bunny shots?


They are beginning to tolerate each other.  We are still hoping for a friendship to develop.

The nursing part is for my poor dear husband.  He pulled a muscle in his neck on Tuesday night and woke up very very sore.  It has been getting worse since then. Lots of awful awful spasms and horrendous pain.  Trip to the urgent care resulted in some muscle relaxer and heavy duty pain killers, which almost touch the pain.  Three sleep deprived nights later and my brain is a bit of a blur.

Hoping and praying for some relief and healing.  (and sleep).

How was your weekend?


Is Virtual School For Real?

Oh, this Virtual Public School is the real thing alright! We  have every subject we love and every one we don’t!  We have teachers, and attendance, and field-trips, and standardized testing, etc.  Just like a real public school.  Within that seemingly endless list of structure and requirements is a TREMENDOUS amount of flexibility.  The kids are placed according to their abilities, they get as much one on one attention as they need from both me and their teachers, we determine the structure of our school day, week, month, year within general guidelines.  The kids aren’t distracted by the politics of schools, or of students.  We don’t have to wear the right clothes, or watch the right TV shows, or play the right video games to fit in.  We are home and we all fit here!!!  This is truly “real”.  Real kids being who they really are!

We aren’t running on all cylinders yet.  This is a rather slow process;  getting all registered, then getting our log-ins and permissions all set up, getting pc’s and printer delivered and set up, and getting our giant boxes of curriculum for each student. We began our schooling with just our online access and with both the math books and the science books online for most students we are able to begin there.  But even these will get easier with the actual books in front of us.  There are also extra practice pages and activity pages that will come with the books and will help to reenforce the concepts.  In retrospect it was good to start with just a couple of subjects for our first year in order to begin to understand the process of logging in, checking mail, and finding assignments for the day.  Less overwhelming I think.

Some of the biggest challenges have been to learn the “system” for each student.  Learning how and where to log in, and then what to do from there.  Swimming in an unknown and unexplored ocean of possibility on how to structure the day and how to attend to five boys who all need “teacher-mama” at the same time has been a struggle.  I think too, that emotions are running high because they are missing some of the regular back to school social excitement and it is always difficult to learn a new routine, especially when there isn’t a person who has “been there, done that” and set up some more specific rules.  We are definitely finding our way, and including them in some of the decision-making about peripherals like “gym” and “arts and crafts” has been a blessing and given them a sense of ownership and excitement.

The staff and teachers have been AMAZING!!  Kind, patient, responsive, and generally upbeat and happy to help, encourage, and answer questions!  They are truly a blessing.  There are only five people with whom we need to interact and once we were registered and set up, we truly just need to interact with our teachers.  Since we have a string of kids across different grades we have three teachers for the family.  All three have been very interactive with me and the students.  Very encouraging and positive, but also being directive when appropriate.  We are truly blessed to have these new women in our lives helping us with this new experience.

This whole process has been new to all of us.  I have homeschooled and the kids have gone to public school, but those really are rather different experiences than this.  This is new, exciting, intriguing, scary, and frustrating all at the same time.  We are finding our way and I am sure we will find our groove, which I am also sure will flow and sway and evolve and change all the time.  Flexibility within a structure is key here…but isn’t that the key to most things in life?