“Poopsy Pets?!?”

I really think I’ve finally seen everything:

I may be late to this party, but I’ve just never seen anything like this before. Until today. We were wandering around Target this morning and spotted the Moxie Girlz. But not just “girlz.” The “girlz” have pets. That poop. And not just any kind of poop, but rainbow, glitter, and jewel poop. I guess the unicorn that poops rainbows makes a certain amount of twisted sense, but I can’t even stretch to explain the koala and bunny. And if that’s not disturbing enough, you feed these animals their little pellets to start the whole process over.



Even the children were appalled. We had a good laugh, but none of us could figure out WHY anyone would want this toy. I mean, seriously…have toy manufacturers gotten so desperate that this is all that is left? These almost make “Bratz” dolls seem tolerable (then again, it’s the same company…no surprise there!). Maybe I’m just getting old, but is there not even a slightly more appropriate toy that they could have invented?

Toys sure have changed since I was a kid!

2013-14 School Year–Week Twenty-Three

This was an especially busy week of school, because in addition to all of our regular work, we added in our Lenten activities as well (Amon’s Adventure and the Jesus Tree), which mean a lot more reading out loud for me…my throat is parched! We also started memorizing a new hymn on Wednesday this week, instead of our usual Monday…”Christ the Life of All the Living.” I’m planning on us memorizing three or four Lenten hymns, plus a Palm Sunday hymn, and a Holy Week hymn, before Easter…we’ll see how that goes.

Turkey and Bunny continued to work on fractions in math. Adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, adding and subtracting mixed number and improper fractions, finding common factors and lowest common denominators…it was all fractions, all the time this week! Ladybug has been working on adding three-digit numbers and continues to memorize her subtraction facts. And Chickadee has been working on number identification and counting to three! When you’re observing older siblings, I guess “school” begins early!

In language arts, Turkey and Bunny worked on identifying different adverbs, as well as the questions those adverbs answered (how, when, and where). Ladybug has been reviewing pronouns, because they’ve been giving her a little difficulty. She knows them until she’s asked to identify them in a sentence, at which point she promptly forgets them! So, we’re going over the pronoun lessons again.

Our history lessons focused on ancient China this week. We learned about the period of the warring states, the Qin dynasty and the building of the Great Wall. We also learned about Confucius and some of his teachings. Next week, we return to ancient Rome, and most of our remaining lessons will focus on that famous Empire.

We finished our study of Saturn in science this week, and got to have an outdoor experiment, since the weather today was nice. We made an Alka-Seltzer powered rocket! It traveled about eight feet, but due to how not level our front sidewalk is, it tipped over and traveled horizontally instead of vertically. The point was still made, though, and we were impressed that one tablet could create enough gas to make it travel that far!


Next week, in addition to our regular studies, we’ll be learning about Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day, and I’m hopeful that we’ll be having a St. Patrick’s Day field trip this year, too…details to come!

Chickadee Thursday

Spending some time reading with big brother:


A Calendar for Lent

Moose has really been interested in when each of the special days in Lent are going to happen, so in addition to our Jesus Tree, I decided to make a calendar where he can see when all of the special days occur:


We’re marking the current day with the purple cross. All of the Sundays are marked, as well as dates like St. Patrick’s Day, the Annunciation, and, of course, the days of Holy Week.

I’m sure it would look better if we had a color printer, but for now, this will do. I used tape on the movable dates, so we’ll be able to use this calendar for years to come!

Cakeway to the West–Eckert’s

Observing Lent at Home

Yesterday I was a guest on KFUO’s Faith ‘n’ Family to discuss ideas for observing Lent in the home, including our favorite activity, the Jesus Tree. If you’re wondering what our observances look like, or are looking for ideas to use in your own home, please take some time to listen…hopefully, I made sense, and didn’t sound as nervous as I felt!

Tasty Tuesday–Mardi Gras

We got into the Mardi Gras spirit today with a few special food items…Pączki, Cajun shrimp pasta, and a Doberge cake (a New Orleans twist on the Hungarian Dobos torte), a six-layer cake filled with homemade double chocolate custard, frosted with chocolate buttercream, and topped with a chocolate ganache.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

The Long Winter

Did you ever read the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, The Long Winter? In reality, this winter has had little in common with that title, as we haven’t had blizzard after blizzard for month one end, and our whole town isn’t in danger of starving to death (or freezing to death), because the trains haven’t been able to get through. But compared to other winters we’ve had here, it has been a very long winter.


I know it doesn’t look like much in the picture (certainly nothing compared to the foot and a half of snow we had in that one January storm), but we have snow on top of sleet on top of ice right now, to go with our bitterly cold wind chills. That’s a pretty good metaphor for what the whole winter has been, and to be frank, I’m tired of it! Come July, however, I’ll probably have forgotten that I ever felt this way…such is life in the Midwest!


This is the view from our front door this morning:


Even though it looks like snow, it’s all sleet (on top of a thin layer of ice). It’s quite slippery out there, although, I suppose it could be worse…it could be all ice! We’re not done with winter weather for the day, however…the snow isn’t even supposed to get here until later!

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