September 28, 2008

September Musings


Our latest incidences involve boys! One of the boys "dropped" a screwdriver from the otherside of the house from the loft and it amazingly bounced up and crashed through the outer window of the bottom oven door. Since this leaves one in a complete state of utter dismay, there really was nothing else to do but grab the camera.

Our next incident involve Bilbo who has decided at 9 months he is one of the big kids. He had yet to learn the art of ducking out of the way of projectile missles in the hands of the 2 year old. Said missle bopped him right square in the eye. This was Bilbo's first black eye.

Our next incident involved Pippin who fell while the bigger children were playing a game of chess. The story went that Pipping fell right on the bishop which went into his mouth and puncture the inside of his cheek! Only in my house would we have an injury during a chess game!

September Swim

When the end of September is so beautiful we could think of nothing better than one last summer swim.



As my children are forever dredging the bottom of the lake for treasure, this day they actually found a treasure, a big ol' sandbag!


More "Gold and jewels" I believe is what they called this.

Then, believe it or not, inside this sand bag was a black garbage bag full of ID cards, driver's liscense, credit cards, check book, etc...! We were shocked to say the least so we packed it all up and brought it home and called the police who came and took it to do some research on it. Interesting day to say the least!

Cute Food!

I really never thought I'd be posting a picture of cute pasta but these wee little bow ties I found in the grocery aisle were really too cute!

Teeny-weeny little bow ties. What next?!

Afternoon Teatime with PACE

We run a 5 day cycle for school. Fifth Day is our fun day and it can fall on any day of the week. Regular classes are lighter and then there are the "extras". One of these extras is afternoon tea. We start this after the first several weeks/month of routine has finally settled in. During teatime we read from the PACE program for Character Education. (which I have blogged about before)

Our first topic is Self-discipline and how coincidental that our first Tea should fall on the Wednesday Ember Day of Fall. Ember Days are found on the traditional liturgical calendar. They are penetential days where we are reminded to offer to God some of the blessings he has given us, particular during the harvest season. These are days of fasting and abstaining. So what a terrific way to begin our study of Self-Discipline with an ember day. So for this day we had a plain biscuit with a bit of butter (maybe we should have skipped the butter?) and water for our "tea" (we aren't actually tea drinkers but we always find a drink to call tea!)

We will study each virtue for about 5-6 weeks. This particular week we read, discussed and memorized some quotes about self-discipline and read some stories from the Book of Virtues by William Bennett. Let's just say there have been many more "Pleases" this week :)

Felling the Forest

Sam's been busy felling trees for the winter and making the field larger.

Frodo on the other hand has been... monkeying around...

And barrel riding

Signs of Fall
The soybean field is fading into Fall... I miss summer already but fall is lovely... however I can't wait til spring!
Last crop of hay.
Brotherly Love
Baby Mozart

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