Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
What I want the world to know, is that my dear children, aged 4 and 8, went to a production of Romeo and Juliet this week at a local college. It was 2 1/2 hours without the intermission. The rest of the audience were high school students. My kids and Lizzie's were MUCH better behaved. I will admit that in the last 30 minutes I gave Chipmunk some cards and a pencil. But otherwise, they were engaged for the whole production. Did they understand every word? (Would I want them to in that play?) No, but they actually have attention spans! Nutmeg and I went over some of the puns beforehand and will continue to do so (not all of them of course! not until she is married! ;) ) My kids love word plays, so they enjoyed that aspect. My girls have been raised in an Anglo-Catholic church which uses an "Elizabethan" translation of the Latin Mass. When your liturgy uses the word "holpen," Shakespeare can't scare you!
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Friday, April 17, 2009
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Are you kidding me? Do Americans really need a non-elected-by-by-the-people, international body telling us how to parent our children? Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton, among others, think so.
Under Article 13, any attempts to prevent their children from interacting with material parents deem unacceptable is forbidden. Children are vested with a “ freedom of expression” right, which is virtually absolute. No allowance is made for parental guidance. Section 1 declares a child’s right to “seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.”
In Article 14, children are guaranteed “ freedom of thought, conscience and religion.” Children have a legal right to object to all religious training. Alternatively, children may assert their right against parental objection to participate in the occult.
Did we learn nothing from N@zi Germany? When the government took away parental rights?
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I hope you all had a blessed Easter Day! (We celebrate Easter for forty days to commemorate the 40 days Jesus was with his disciples between the Resurrection and Ascension.)
Friday, April 10, 2009
I have wanted to stitch the Cross-Eyed Cricket design above for years. I finally started and finished it this week. My husband does not approve. When we were dating and he discovered I was an avid cross stitcher, he was not pleased. It was not that he was worried I would be stitching and never clean the house (that IS what he should have worried about), he was apparently scarred in the 80's by visions of cross stitched geese with blue ribbons around their necks advertising mottos such as "Backdoor guests are best." I had to solemnly promise to love, cherish and never cross stitch geese. Well, lucky for him my tastes are not 1980s. They are more like 1680s, 1780s and 1880s! He divides designs into two categories: "nice" and "goofy crap." The above design he deems "goofy crap." Too bad for him! I like it!
Friday, April 3, 2009
I write this post bleary-eyed; I stayed up until 3 am watching the weather reports last night!
We stayed home from most of our afternoon activities this week. It is amazing how much pressure that relieves! I should probably make a note of that. ;)
The Chipmunk and I have been reading Papa Piccolo for our Five in a Row studies. What a sweet story! She is also working steadily in Explode the Code 1 and the Rod & Staff preschool series.
Nutmeg is doing school as I write this. She is really working well this morning- no whining, no complaining. She is working so well that I hate to give her the weekend off! Surely it would be smoother on Monday morning if we don't forget good habits over the weekend!
I am not confidant about my writing abilities or writing teaching abilities. That is one reason I like the Writing With Ease series. I feel as though SWB is holding my hand! But this week I branched out and combined history and writing. Nutmeg has chosen a different Revolutionary War heroine each day from a book we have. The stories are usually three pages. We then follow the same outline from the WWE workbooks, and she writes a paragraph. I feel so very clever for combining two subjects!
We have been using the Homeschool in the Woods Revolutionary War cd. It is great; I love it, but I think I would have condensed some lessons for this age. It is very detailed!
This week we are also studying droughts and monsoons. Because of the torrential rains we were unable to build a moisture trap, but we should be able to see some saturated ground on our walk this afternoon!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Please make digital copies of all your retired patterns available! I was reading Vonna's post this morning about searching for retired patterns. I would think a designer would rather make some money off a digital download than watch while someone else makes big bucks off of their used patterns. Now I was very happy once to make $30 on an old Sheepish Designs pattern, but I would much rather Dawn Bradford would make all her retired patterns available.
Mary Beale's older patterns are available as digital downloads on her site. Let me just tell you: I used birthday money and Christmas money, and I bought every single pattern!!!! I love them all. Before I go to bed, or when I am super-stressed, I look through the ginormous binder full of Mary Beale patterns I downloaded (legally downloaded!). Please, please, please, Dawn Bradford, let me throw my money at you! ;)