Read Alouds for September 2006

September 30, 2006 Categories: Books , Homeschooling , Kid Stuff | 2 Comments  

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: A Complete Narration from Genesis to Revelation for Young and Old by Elsie E. Egermeier
Favorite Poems Old and New selected by Helen Ferris
The First Dog by Jan Brett
Archaeologists Dig For Clues by Kate Duke
Eyewitness: Archaeology by Jane McIntosh
The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie dePaola
The Ant and the Grasshopper by Amy Lowry Poole
A House for a Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale With Heiroglyphs by Tamara Bower
Cowboys and Cowgirls Yippee-Yay! by Gail Gibbons
Thinking About Ants by Barbara Brenner
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies by Harriet Peck Taylor
Red is Best by Kathy Stinson
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Who Built the Pyramid? by Meredith Hooper
Mr. Williams by Karen Barbour
Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin
A Chill in the Air: Nature Poems for Fall and Winter by John Frank
Grandma Elephant’s in Charge by Martin Jenkins

Natalie’s Reading – September 2006

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The Adventure Bible for Young Readers
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Noah’s Reading – September 2006

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The Skull of Truth: A Magic Shop Book by Bruce Coville
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Links for Thursday, Friday – whatever

September 28, 2006 Categories: Books , Football , Funnies , Kid Stuff , Movies , News | 7 Comments  

Whew – what a week it’s been! But, hey, it’s almost Friday, and the weekend is almost here. Here are some links for your surfing pleasure:

~This comic cracked me up.

~So did this one.

~The Leaky Cauldron has some of the first pictures from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film. I’m anxious to see how they will fit that monstrously long book into a film. Rumor has it that the plot line involving Ron playing Quidditch won’t be included. It also seems that Emma Watson is the only holdout in signing up for movies 6 and 7. It would sure hurt to have a new Hermione.

~My kids pulled some doozies at age three, but nothing like this.

~In the funny video category, I have Weird Al’s parody of the public service announcements on DVDs warning us against the evils of pirating movies (Hat tip to Angie at A Life in Pages), this spoof on the Mentos and Diet Coke video, this knock-knock joke (I may be the only one who finds this funny – I’m kind of twisted that way.), and some great pick-up lines.

~Spending too much time at the computer and not enough time reading? Have the classics e-mailed to your inbox, one snippet at a time, from Daily Lit. Hat tip to Sherry at Semicolon.

~Have you ever noticed that when a young actress gets a reputation for being wholesome and well-behaved, she decides to do everything she can to break out of that image? Well, Charlotte Church is the latest young innocent to prove she’s – well – not.

That’s all for this week. Hope your weekend is full of as much – or as little – excitement as you want. Personally, I’m hoping for a very quiet, restful weekend. And another Seahawks win, in spite of Shaun Alexander’s broken foot.


Categories: Books , Commonplace Book | 3 Comments  

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn, that season of peculiar and inexhuastible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which has drawn from every poet, wrothy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”

from Persuasion by Jane Austen

Last I heard…

September 27, 2006 Categories: Memes & Quizzes | 5 Comments  

Here’s a fun idea I saw at Karen‘s. Type in your first name and the phrase “last I heard she was (or he was)” and see what comes up. Here’s what came up for me:

Last I heard, she was living in Syracuse, NY.

Last I heard, she was in Chicago.

Last I heard, she was going to be taking a test-run trip to Grenoble.

The last I heard, she was in Texas somewhere.

Last I heard, she was going to go to Saudi!

Last I heard, she was working as a massage therapist in Colorado Springs.

Last I heard, she was in Cambridge.

Last I heard, she was in rehab.

Last I heard, she was happy, and that’s all that really matters.

So obviously, I’m well-travelled, kicking my bad habits, and happy – and that’s all that really matters. ;) Let me know if you do this one, too.

What’s up with you?

September 26, 2006 Categories: Books , Movies , Music , Television | 20 Comments  

I just love opening up my e-mail and seeing all those lovely messages from you ladies (and guys)! So, in a shameless plug for comments, I have a few questions for you:

What are you reading lately?

I’m reading Persuasion, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading, The Collected Works of Emily Dickinson, and Orthodoxy. I know, I haven’t added that last one to the sidebar yet.

What TV shows are you enjoying now that the new season has started? Are there any you’re still waiting for?

We’ve been watching House and Bones and the two new shows that follow them: Standoff and Justice. They’ve been pretty good so far. My parents recorded the season premiere of Heroes for me last night, since we can only pick up the Fox network with our antenna. I’ve been looking forward to that one all summer, but I probably won’t get the tape from Mom till this weekend. We’re also impatiently waiting for the Lost premiere.

What music have you been listening to lately?

I just got a CD of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. I had the cassette a long (long, long) time ago, but I’m sure it got eaten by my tape player or just plain worn out.

Seen any good movies lately?

We haven’t watched many movies lately, since we’ve been using our Netflix DVDs to overdose on Northern Exposure reruns.

So, answer the questions in the comments, or post them on your blog. Just be sure to leave me a link so I can come visit!


September 25, 2006 Categories: Homeschooling , Kid Stuff , This and That | 9 Comments  

5:45 Up and shower.

6:15 Sit on the couch with Josiah while I read and eat my breakfast.

7:00 Jonathan gets up. “I’m starving, Mom!”

7:15 Wake Natalie and Noah. We pray, then the kids eat breakfast while I read from Egermeier’s Bible Story Book and Favorite Poems Old and New.

8:00 Natalie hits the shower. The boys had their showers last night, so they lay around, play some Pokemon, and start to get rowdy.

8:30 Chore time! Noah dusts, Natalie vacuums, Jonathan takes the garbage out. The boys head downstairs to clean up, while Mom does the dishes, sweeps and mops the kitchen, and mops the dining room. Josiah swings back and forth between helping and getting in the way.

9:15 Spanish

10:00 Science. Eagles are the topic today. We learned what raptors, aeries, and talons are. Instead of coloring the pages that go with our lesson, the kids like to turn them upside down and trace the pages through the back. Hey, whatever keeps them listening!

11:00 Short break – I hop online to check e-mail and blog comments.

11:15 – 12:15 Jonathan and Noah start on handwriting while I give Natalie her dictation. Jonathan finishes handwriting and starts playing Pokemon. “Quietly, Jonathan!” I give Noah his spelling test and dictation and finish up Natalie’s dictation all at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking! I sit down at the table with Noah and go over his grammar and math for the day. Then I sit down with Jonathan and listen to him read and then go over his math lesson for the day. Somehow in between all this, I go over Natalie’s map pages with her.

12:15 – Lunch while watching the rest of the PBS video based on David Macaulay’s Pyramid.

12:45 – Putting on shoes and brushing teeth and grabbing school books and library books.

1:00 – Out the door to the library and post office.

1:30 – 2:20 Natalie’s dentist appointment. I attempt to read Persuasion, but instead end up skimming through an Outdoor Life with Jonathan. Noah finishes his math and grammar laying on the floor of the waiting room. Josiah plays with legos from the dentist’s drawers. The dentist says Nan has a grown-up tooth erupting where there definitely is not enough room. He doesn’t want to do anything until we consult with the ortho, so I make an appointment for next Wednesday when the ortho is up from Spokane.

2:30 – 3:00 Errands: bank, payment for our new stove, and pick up the kids vitamins/fluoride tablets at Safeway. Noah reads to Josiah from his latest Pokemon book while we drive around.

3:00 – Ahhh. A short break. The kids are outside riding bikes, so I hop online for a little while.

3:30 – Time to get the chicken casserole ready to go in the oven. Mom and Dad stop by and so they visit with me while I fix the casserole and do the lunch and dinner prep dishes.

4:45 – Kevin’s home – time for dinner. We visit about our day while we eat and then (try to) watch a little Northern Exposure but the kids are in and out grabbing bike helmets and finding shoes.

5:30 Go over Natalie’s math lesson with her, since we didn’t have time earlier.

6:00 Head downstairs to the piano to get worship ready for ladies’ Bible study on Wednesday morning.

6:20 On the computer to type up the song sheet for study. Read my Bloglines.

6:45 Call the kids in.

7:00 Snacks in hand, it’s storytime. Read two picture books and a chapter of Swallows and Amazons. Done by 7:35, so I tell them they can watch 20 minutes of Curious George and hop back on the computer – which leads us to…

Now, 7:51 pm. I’m about ready to have the kids hit the bathroom and head to bed. Natalie will read until 9, but they will all be quietly (hopefully) tucked away in their rooms and Kevin and I can have some conversation and TV time.

Whew! No wonder I’m so tired when evening comes.

And in case our day sounds too idyllic and calm, here’s what I skipped:

Josiah and Jonathan wrestling while waiting in line in the post office, ending with Josiah – for some unknown reason – laying on the floor and licking Jonathan’s shoe. I’m not kidding.

Jonathan whining in the dentist office: “How much longer?” and then arguing when I told him – for the third time – that “No, you cannot have another computer turn when we get back home!”

Natalie coming in to inform me that the 10-year-old neighbor girl (yes, that neighbor girl) is going to get her belly button pierced. Big surprise.

Three out of the four complaining and whining about dinner: “Do I have to eat that?” as if I had cooked stewed cow’s intestines.

Me losing my temper at least three or four times.

But still, it was a pretty good day.

(My apologies to anyone who is completely bored by “A day in the life of…” posts. Of course, those people probably clicked off a long time ago. ;) )

One more winner

September 24, 2006 Categories: Movies | 2 Comments  

Well, I haven’t heard back from Pennsylvania Progressive, and I want to get the rest of the Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses DVDs to the post office tomorrow, so I drew one more name. The final winner is…


So, Lisa, I will be e-mailing you soon for your address and the DVD will be on its way to you and Rosie. Congratulations!

Quiet Sunday afternoon

Categories: All About Me , Football | 5 Comments  

I love my husband.

After spending all day at the aquatic center in Trail, B.C. yesterday, I was worn out this morning. We didn’t even go to church. I used the excuse that two of the boys had the beginnings of a cold, but since Kevin was staying home with them, I could’ve gone. I opted to be lazy and do nothing instead. Well, not really nothing – I did clean the kitchen and start some laundry.

Then this afternoon Kevin decided to take the kids fishing at a friend’s house. Without me. I got to stay home all by myself. I spent the afternoon watching the Seahawks dominate the Giants, crocheting, reading, and relishing the alone-time. That doesn’t happen very often.

Time alone for us moms is important. It doesn’t have to be a lot – just an hour, an evening, an afternoon. I end up feeling rested and am so happy to see my family when we are reunited.

Even if they all smell like fish.