Saturday, August 29
My Saturday has been spent sans little ones (they are visiting their grandmother for the day) and so I have been listening to an audio book and cleaning the house. It was terribly quiet here, so I turned on one of my favorite films, Possession, during a little break. It is a movie adaption of a book by A.S. Byatt, about two literary scholars who discover that two poets they have dedicated their lives to studying, were entangled in a secret love affair. Though the story is very interesting, I really watch it for the clothing and the decor. I looooove the amazing English scenery and Maud Bailey's office and apartment. The layers of Pre-Raphaelite artwork (mostly postcards and prints, so very do-able), fresh flowers, books, pottery, and textiles are just beautiful. Watching movies, looking through magazines, and scrolling through blogs are great ways to look for inspiration to re-arrange things in our home. I have a few hours before the children come home and I think that I will try to freshen up the mantle. It will be a fun challenge!
Friday, August 28
B: Toast and Fruit
L: Wedding Luncheon
D: Chicken Caesar Salad
B: Coffee Hour
L: Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, and Gravy
D: Leftovers from Roast Chicken Meal
B: Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
L: Frozen Pizza
D: Beef Stroganoff over Egg Noodles, Peas, and Buttermilk Biscuits with Butter and Jam
B: Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
L: Tortellini, Sausage, and Salad
B: Fruit and Bagels
L: Tuna Salad on Toast, Pickles, Chips, and Cubed Watermelon
D: College Going Away Party for Our Friend, Summer
B: Waffles and Bacon
L: Leftover Roast Chicken with Gravy and Egg Noodles
D: Submarine Sandwiches and Chips before Outdoor Concert
B: Fruit and Bagels
L: Shrimp Fajitas, Guacamole, and Tortilla Chips
D: Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwiches, Fruit, and Chips
Peach, Nectarine, and Blueberry Torte
Plum Torte for Coffee Hour
Blueberry Custard Pie for Barbeque Pot Luck
Homeschooling is not just about our schoolbooks! We also have an abundance of other activities that we take part in and I thought that I would share some of the things that we did during the month of August:
Patronal Feastday of Our Parish (the Icon Not Made By Hands)
Roy and Mirona's Wedding
The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
Built houses out of playing cards
Painting (creation of color wheels)
Painting on black canvas
Knitting and crocheting (washcloths and headbands for girls and for dolls- Sugar Plum)
Built a fort on the edge of the woods
Rainbow scavenger hunt
Creation of multiple marble runs
Learned beginner's chess
Played with play dough
Snap Circut Play
Watched YouTube video to learn Silent Night on violin (Sugar Plum)
Played Old Maid
Out and About
Library visits (and signing up for our first library cards!)
Hi-Yo Silver and the Lone Ranger Live Show at the library
Summer Reading Party at the Library
Peach and Nectarine Picking
Pool Playdate with friends
Visit to seaside town for sightseeing, ice cream, and dinner out
Picnic in the park
Family Ice Cream Date at Friendly's
Outdoor Concert featuring The Hunts
Ice Cream date with friends
BBQ at our friend's new house
Visit to the playground with Papa
Lunch with Grandfather and Father Samuel
Attended a going away party for our friend, Summer
Outdoor Concert featuring local amateur talent in our area
On the Television
Reading Rainbow episodes
First Position Documentary
Basketball with Papa (and church friends)
Watched tennis match and learned a few rules of the game
Spiders and their webs
First Gold and Russet Leaves
Thursday, August 27
I know that we are weeks away from real autumn weather, but we have already spotted the first few golden and russet leaves in our woods. We'll enjoy the heat of the sun while it is here, though... September is the best time to go to the beach!
Tuesday, August 25
Grandfather Bear and I were chatting today and he told me about an article he read that reported on a study on stress reducers. According to the University of Sussex, reading something engrossing (for just 6 minutes) reduces stress by 68 percent, listening to music by 61 percent, enjoying a mug of tea or coffee reduces stress by 54 percent, and taking a walk by 42 percent.
In our fast-paced world, it is easy to feel stressed, but what I love about this study is that it proves that the anecdote to the frenzy is the simple things in life. It is so easy to listen to a little music while making a meal, enjoy a little tea or coffee break in the afternoon while the children play, take a little stroll in the twilight, or snuggle down with a good book just before turning out the lights. These soothing little moments in a wild day, can really make the difference, don't you think?
Monday, August 24
Church in the Home
This coming Saturday is the Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. One of the things that we like to do on that day (aside from attending the Liturgical services and observing the strict fast day) is to refrain from eating any foods that are round in shape (mainly fruits and vegetables) and to serve our meals in bowls rather than on plates or platters in remembrance of Herodias' request for Saint John's head to be brought to her on a platter.
Last week I finished reading The Awakening of Miss Prim, which is the story of a young woman who takes a post as a librarian in a remote French village. It was a lovely read and I was instantly drawn to the NPR piece on the market of Spanish villages for sale that I heard on my way to buy the newspaper on Sunday morning.
FollowingI am very excited that my sister, Juliana, has begun to blog. She only has one or two posts up currently, but I am hopefully that she will write more about her life soon. Her latest post is particularly beautiful... it is the story of her son's birth!
In a special edition of Ancient Faith Today, Kevin speaks, in this extensive interview, with David Daleiden, the director of the Center For Medical Progress, the pro-life activist organization that planned and produced the exposé videos that have shaken the abortion industry in the United States. Have a listen, HERE.
In the Kitchen
I made a big batch of Beef Stroganoff tonight! It is my husband's favorite dinner and though it takes a lot of pots, quite easy to make. The recipe I follow is from Joy of Cooking (hands down, my favorite cook book!)... we're probably more than a month away from being really able to get down to business with good warming dinners, but I feel like Stroganoff bridges the gap between summer foods and autumn foods. Do you know what I mean?
Sunday, August 23
How are we in the last week of August? This month has positively flown by. These last few days have been busy ones with a wedding on Saturday, all of the regular weekend church services, a barbeque at a friend's beautiful new house on Sunday afternoon, a movie date with my mother-in-law on Sunday evening, house cleaning (in preparation for my father-in-law's visit this week), and a full week of school and violin.
We are reaching the end of our first month of homeschooling three little ones and it is going well. I am glad that we began a bit early, mostly because of the plans we have in October, but also because it gave us time to adjust to our school work before the September start of some of the classes we attend. It's hard to transition right into school, classes, and activities.
Despite the busyness of our weekend, I still found a bit of time to bake. I made a plum torte with some locally picked plums from the farm stand up the road (this was served at coffee hour on Sunday after Liturgy), a blueberry custard pie (we brought this to our friend's barbeque), and finally a peach, nectarine, and blueberry torte (I used the last of the peaches and nectarines we picked a few weeks ago in this version of the plum torte). I would like to get a few more pounds of peaches and nectarines from the orchard near us, but I'm not sure if that will be possible. We'll be plucking rosy apples off the trees next!