Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Quick Takes

1. Babies everywhere. My baby turned one. A dear friend at church had the most beautiful baby boy. Another friend from the first place we started attending mass had a gorgeous baby daughter and smiled during labor! And another blog friend had a baby boy.

2. The Adams' School will be starting up again soon. Since August weather in Tennessee isn't pleasant, we usually start up then, which gives us more wiggle room to goof off when the weather is more conducive to outside activities. I can't believe I have a fourth grader, a second grader and a child that may or may not be a Kindergartner.

3. My children have been on a Star Wars kick of late. Despite our telling them that the prequels do not exist (or at least we prefer to think so), they some how finagled us into letting us watch episodes 1 and 2 (I consider 3 to be too scary and violent -- I am one of those overprotective homeschoolers after all). And I was impressed by just how bad the lines and acting are. My memories weren't playing tricks on me. Those movies were that bad. Being some what influenced by their parents' opinions, or their own good taste, the kids prefer the older movies. My six year old is partial to Han Solo and I think she has good taste.

4. Just because I love the smell, I planted lavender in the garden this year. It's doing quite well and blooming. But other than sachets and herbs de Provence, is there anything I can use it for?

5. When doing my lesson planning, I've been very frustrated with the Catholic history programs out there. The two that I most like and would love to use History Links and Connecting with History don't get much past 1066. I've been using the M.B. Synge books and before that the Story of the World books, but neither suited my most fidgety child. Most of the other options out there that sound great are also so heavily Protestant in flavor that it makes me tired to think about adapting them to suit our needs. I finally bought Bishop Furlong's book Pioneers and Patriots and plan to use a lot of living books, which we always have, but why can't what I want be out there waiting for me? Hmph!

6. In order to better organize for the school year, I wanted a filing cabinet drawer of my very own. In order to get one, I cleaned out a lot of old papers. We usually hang on to bills and such for about a calendar year, but we hadn't cleaned things out in a while (since before we sold our old house in 2007) so I had a lot of papers to go through. In the end, I sent 3 big bags of stuff to my husband's office for industrial shredding. It felt great to get all that done, which makes me wonder -- why did I put it off so long?

7. This NFP stuff would be a whole lot easier if I worked like a textbook. And I'll leave it at that!

Quick Takes hosted, as always, by Jen.

13 comments:

effulgent7 said...

Had to laugh at #3- I don't have kids yet but have the same opinions of the prequels. Glad to know that kids can pick up their parent's good taste!

Lori said...

Do we need to discuss #7 over a Margarita tomorrow evening?

This Heavenly Life said...

You're not kidding about the bad acting in the prequels. It takes so much away from the movies...not that I'm a huge fan anyway. But one notices these things :)

And as for #7 - ME. TOO. I just had a 77 day cycle. No textbook for miles (Light years?).

Carrien said...

lavender in earl grey tea is wonderful. So is lavender sugar, lavender flavored custard, french cream, apple crisp...

I think you get the idea. :)

il postino said...

#3 made me reminisce about when my wife and I saw one of the prequels (maybe the first one?) in a pretty small theater in our area of rural Colorado. Not long into the movie, there was what we thought was a really cool special effect that made it look like the image on the screen was melting from the center out. After a few minutes, everyone in the theater realized that it wasn't a special effect-just the image on the screen (or the film itself, actually) melting from the inside out. Bummer!

Kathy said...

Lavender is great in honey, too. Just put some honey in a small canning jar, submerge a few sprigs of lavender buds, and wait. It's delicious on fresh bread.

Leisa Hammett said...

Jordana. I love your smile. I first saw it at Blissdom 09 then at Meredith's and then last night at Margarit-Her. Next time we meet up maybe we can do more than smile from a far. Your profile and all are interesting! Best,

nicole said...

Ah yes, NFP. I just posted about our struggles a couple of weeks ago. And I do pretty much fall into the textbook pattern, but it is still hard.

Kim said...

Does this mean congratulations are in order??

Lavender ice cream!

Jordana said...

Kim, no. No congratulations are necessary at this time. ;)

Kim said...

M'k, must've misunderstood your meaning. Ah, well.

Lenise said...

Yeah, NFP would have been a lost cause over here. Husband is definitely not Catholic, and I told him my girl parts were not being subjected to any permanent indignities. He had a painful evening, but it's not like I demanded he do it. I wouldn't have minded trying for a girl again!

Joy of Frugal Living said...

Thanks for the mention. :) I'm a little behind on my reading here! But I'm having a great time with my baby, which is much better. Could use some sleep, of course, but other than that it's fantastic.

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