Archives for February 2009

Great Sites List

Wow, I just came across this, so for all of you Starfall lovers, here are some new friends. We have given up TV for Lent, and this just might make it do-able, plus, as a long time "Math Shop" lover, I know that computer games really can help with math facts.Because I am about the oldest one here, I can also laugh at the fact that the programming game on Math playground uses a little turtle for the cursor, a 3D 21st century turtle, but still a nice homage to the old days of learning lotus … [Read more...]

Lenten Resource

Don't forget that you can download The Passion for Children and listen to it for free, and if you like it, try some of the other Glory Stories, we love them! … [Read more...]

Is this my child?

My 3.5 year old son has inherited my terrible seasonal allergies, confirmed by testing. He has a runny nose, sore throat, red eyes and has been sneezing for the last two weeks. We finally stated him on zyrtec for kids two days ago.Since then he has been a little crazy. He has been disobeying, throwing temper tantrums, hitting and scratching me. To be fair, I prefer natural remedies in general. I feed the kids local raw honey once they turn one and keep them outside to expose them to allergens to … [Read more...]

New Lenten Traditions

Kat's beautiful Lenten reminder and 4ddintx's resourceful comment on Monday were enough to get me off my duff to try something new to make this a more meaningful and memorable Lent for my children.  Thus, our Jesus Tree was born.  A trip to the craft store; some felt, scissors, and glue; and a little time and attention to detail was all it took to erect our Jesus Tree and this week's ornaments.  After two days, I'm not entirely sure how much my 4 and 2yo are "learning" from the experience, but I … [Read more...]

not gross

I need consumer recommendations. What are the best watercolors and crayons and pastels for a 4.5 year-old?I am sick of the cheap stuff. We have one of those combo kits from a big-box art supply store that probably cost $19.95 and it is simply not worth it. I was up coloring with her last night and I immediately wanted to quit, no wonder she often does too. I think she is old enough and focused enough to have good supplies now, but the offerings are daunting, please tell me what brands you have … [Read more...]


when the priest told me to be grateful for my children he did not know that a few hours later I would be cleaning poop out of the bathtub. … [Read more...]

Lent 101

A helpful link.h/t Amy … [Read more...]

The Biggest Loser — Lent Edition

Blessed Lent to you all. Guest post here, from Mr. Mary Alice.The topic is losing weight and getting healthier in the six weeks before Easter and beyond. I know there are some of you out there who are struggling to get started on a path to better health. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. I've lost over 60 pounds in the last year. I want to share some things that worked for me, and I hope you'll get started and get healthy with me!1. Look in the mirror and decide it's time. I'll spare … [Read more...]

Sacrament of the Sand

Dash (3 yrs.) with large bowl of sand poised inches over Jack-Jack's head, "Jack-Jack, I'm going to baptize you now!"Because dumping sand on your brother must be ok if you try to make it a sacrament... … [Read more...]

Preparing for Lent

Yesterday morning, the priest at our church gave a thoughtful homily on preparing for Lent, which will begin in a couple of days on Ash Wednesday and continue through Holy Thursday. There are many years when I feel like Christmas has just ended when the Lenten season begins, but this year Easter falls so late that I actually feel somewhat prepared for Lent to begin! Nonetheless, I appreciated that our priest spoke to us about preparing for Lent, which he compared to preparing for the beginning … [Read more...]