Oh, this week seemed so long and so short at the same time!! It was a lovely week. The weather, though off and on rainy for the majority of the time, was warm and the final signs of winter (freezing cold nights) seems to have finally left us.
We began our week where I left you in our last weekly wrap up. The Cracker Jack's had their First Communions on Saturday and their cousin had her Confirmation on Sunday. You can read all about it here . For those of you who aren't Catholic and aren't familiar with these terms here's a quick rundown for you. A child reaches their First Communion usually around second grade, this is when they receive the body and blood of Christ for the first time. It's a pretty big deal! In the Catholic faith (though all parishes vary somewhat) children go to religious instruction classes, or catechism, classes from around first grade until eighth grade. Some parishes begin in Kindergarten, while others do not. Anyway, children in second grade (or later once they've received the instruction and are aware of what they are actually receiving) have their first confession and a few months later (again the time can vary here) they receive their First Communion. Every mass they attend afterwards they are allowed to take part in the act of communion so long as they've cleared their conscious with confession, normally children only say confession about once a year or so unless they feel strongly that they should do so more often. In eighth grade a child, if they feel in their heart that they want to remain Catholic, will have their Confirmation. This is where they are blessed by a Bishop and recognized within the Church as adults, the actions they take within the Church are thereafter their own decisions and they are held accountable for them. Parents remain their guides, along with the priests and other members of the Church, for the rest of their lives, but the child no longer attends specific classes as they are considered to be "adults" and can attend other things within the Church.
Monday the girls both had physicals scheduled with their doctor and so we had a half day. They campers all finished their lessons quickly in the morning and then we went off to the doctor appointments. Both of them checked out extremely healthy so there are no concerns there, thank God. YCJ very seldom sees the doctor, she's very healthy and usually only needs to go in for a physical now and again. So, she was a little nervous and worked up about the visit and relaxed once she realized that she was OK.
Tuesday Daddy had a few tests that needed to be run for his knee damage before we can move on to the next step of his care. So, the children and I stayed home and had a full days worth of lessons. All of them finished early and we were able to get a TON of time outside that afternoon. Well, they got time outside while Mommy sat in the sun room with her crochet and worked on a dress for Peanut. The campers cleaned up the yard from the last wind storm, played a lot, and ECJ worked on his skills with cartwheels and walking on his hands (5 whole steps on his hands!). He's done cartwheels for years but has only just started on his hand walking skills. Poor guy pulled a muscle in his side but no serious damage and no harm done, he's feeling much better now.
Wednesday was another full day of school for the campers. And this is how our mornings usually look...
ECJ at the kitchen table, the girls each at their desks, and I'm usually set up with our grade book and lesson plans (along with the ever present cup of coffee) at the coffee table. Peanut finished working through the entire alphabet this past week and is now concentrating on review and her phonics/reading skills. She even earned her first sticker for the Sesame Street books she's working through!
So, that leaves Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. What in the world did we do? Thursday I'd scheduled us for a half day's worth of lessons as Noni was coming to pick me up for some early birthday shopping and a girls time at the coffee house! We ended up skipping the lessons because it was nearly 80* F and no one wanted to concentrate! We had some informal lessons and ECJ studied for his Apologia Unit 9 test but that's about it. (I enjoyed a wonderful time with my mother shopping and relaxing together with coffee, not having to think about the things at the house for a little while.) Peanut also picked up her new glasses with Daddy on Thursday. Friday we'd had regular lessons scheduled but decided again to skip them and opt for some real life lessons instead. We went used car shopping, and though we didn't end up leaving the lot with anything we didn't already own each of the children took away something different from the experience. Peanut thinks car shopping is boring but the new cars are neat to look at, YCJ thinks that even used cars cost too darned much and that prices should be lowered, and ECJ learned that you can't always trust a salesman (an important life lesson that I'm glad he's learned now instead of when he's shopping for his first car). We also stopped in to visit Grandma and Papa again because we were in their area and *just beat the thunderstorms home.
Saturday the weather dawned clear and beautiful. The campers and I headed up to the library for some craft/story time. Where all three of them made these interesting spring themed tic-tac-toe boards and pieces...
And then the girls played while ECJ joined with the teens to make "Colors of Faith" bracelets for myself and Noni (I didn't grab a photo of him finishing this because I didn't want to embarrass him in front of the girls he was hanging out with)...
He made a couple of new friends while he was at it, including a girl who thought it was completely awesome that he's homeschooled (she wishes she could be) and that it was great that he likes to crochet and make crafts!! He was entirely over the moon about this fact.
When we got home the campers went out to play with their friends from across the street and then once they came in we all watched Frozen together as a family (a gift from Noni on Thursday, Daddy hadn't gone to the theater to watch it with us when we'd gone).
So, we had a lot of wonderful family time this week. The children all learned, spent time with friends, and had fun. Mommy and Daddy remembered that sometimes it's OK to just let things ride and enjoy the moments. We really had a good week. I was going to show off a picture of the dress I'd finished for Peanut, but it's not quiet done yet (some trimming and final touches needed)... So, if you like us on Facebook you'll see that photo sometime this week. I'm planning on beginning work for a different style of dress for YCJ this week as well.
Well, this happy Mamma is off to finish making supper (while wearing my Colors of Faith Mother's Day gift) and then settle the campers down for the night.
OH! We added another 15.75 hours outside this week to our grand total so far for the year. Which brings us up to 254 hours year to date for our 1000 Hours Outside Challenge !!
Posts you may have missed this week:
Many Blessings, Busy Weekend
Things My Kids Should Know
How I Choose Some Other Curriculum
Taking Time to Relax
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Great Peace Academy
Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
Faithful Mom of 9
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