Friday, January 08, 2010

The First Quick Takes of 2010


Tennessee, along with the rest of the South, has been hit by extra cold weather this week and even a little snow. It's not much, but enough for me to drag out various snow stuff. Clearly, I hold on to everything, because the last child to need the snow suit the one year is wearing was the ten year old.


As I predicted, the Christmas tree is still up. Today I am going to make a concerted effort to get everything off it and put away. Last year, instead of acting like normal people and taking the tree off somewhere for it to be ground up into mulch, we took it to the back yard, let it get really brown and crispy and in the fall we chopped it up and burned it in the outside fire bowl. I suspect the same fate awaits this tree.


Our first school week after a longish break has been going ok. I picked the right poem for the kids to memorize this week. The kids have been a little off schedule though, because they were in the midst of some of their lessons when we quit in December. Since they've gotten through things a bit faster than usual this week, I think today we'll concentrate mostly on art.


The five year old only has four more lessons left in the reading lesson book. This makes us both very happy. We read Hop on Pop together yesterday.


What really amazes me though is the five year old's ability to do math. The seven year old is math challenged. She works hard at it, but concepts seem to be learned one day and forgotten the next. It's something of a shock then to be walking past the five year old and have her just announce without any prompting or coaching that 5+5+5 is 15.


I'm excited to be going to Blissdom once again this year. It was fun the past two times and I'm lucky it's in Nashville close by. I'm way out of my league with people who want to make something or some money off their blogs, but it's still interesting for those of us who are definitely just in it for the entertainment value.


Happy Elvis's birthday! That random fact is stuck in my head, because my best friend from college always liked to state that her birthday fell between Epiphany and Elvis. She also shares a birthday with Millard Fillmore. And there is your random trivia of the day.

More Quick Takes at Jen's.


SoccerNerdPunk said...

I'm impressed with the ability to make a snow ball/base of a snowman maybe? with that little of snow. Your kids must have acquired your Ohioan snow skills.

Amy said...

I'm also excited about Blissdom! We need to find each other there. I'm not monetizing or anything either, but it's just plain fun.

Also - if you would? - email me and tell me what parish you go to and why. My hubs has mentioned leaving our parish and the one he's eyeing I'm not over the moon about. I know you are also conservative / orthodox (some term like that) (right?)... just wondering how you found the right place.

amy2boys @ gmail. com


Kate Wicker @ Momopoly said...

I'm impressed with the snowman/giant snowball as well. Of course, I live in Georgia, so some might argue that's not saying much. :) We couldn't manage to sculpt a snowman with today's dusting. Maybe next time.

I wish I was going to Blissdom. :) Can't wait to hear about it.

Happy Friday. Blessings.

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

Did you like the 100 Lessons book? I started it with my daughter, and wasn't overly enthusiastic about it. I wonder if I need to pull it back out and get to work on it again. (She's five years old. She can read many many small words and write some small words too.)

I'm excited about going to Blissdom too. It will be my first time going. (I'm also excited that I can get back into town by Sunday night Mass so I don't have to go while I'm there.)

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