Wednesday, September 17, 2014


What's a homeschooling mom to do when two out of her three kids are being most uncooperative?

Complaining...running away from the table...rolling eyes etc... Get the picture?
It's only the second week of "school" and already the novelty has worn off! This is going to be a loooooong year.

There are some days when we get all our work done before noon and the day runs smoothly. Then there are days like today when work is half completed, and I choose peace over yelling and screaming at a 6 year old to finish his Explode the Code.

This is life. Imperfect but real. Flawed yet beautiful. Hard but priceless.

It's almost 1pm and we are only 3/4 of the way done. Shall I leave it for tomorrow or perservere through?? I haven't quite decided. 

I'll sit down, do some mental prayer and will probably ask Our Lady for guidance and strength. 

It's days like these I fall to my knees with humility. I am flawed and in need of His mercy. This I know. 

Does anyone else have days like this?

          Backwards P and unfinished. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday my girl!

Dear baby girl,

Today you turn eight.  How exciting for you! 
You are such a good girl.  You are kind to others, full of love and just so darn sweet.
I thank God everyday for a special little girl like you.  I don't know what I've done to deserve you. 
Some of the things you are into are:
Rainbow Looms
Saints (in particular St. Therese)
watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
your Miney (blanket)
playing Polly Pockets
playing with the girls across the street

Today we will prep for your "Frozen" birthday party tomorrow and go out for pizza tonight.
Happy Birthday my little girl!
Mommy loves you more than you'll ever know.

Monday, September 1, 2014

School Plan 2014-2015

I'm in lesson planning mode these past couple weeks.  Our first day of school won't be till Monday, September 8th, so I still have one more week to work on them.
Here are the resources we will be using this year:

Lucas – Grade 1

All About Spelling Level 1
All About Reading Level 1
100 Easy Lessons
Explode the Code 1 ½ & 2
Wordly Wise 1
Handwriting Without Tears – Printing Power
Linguistic Development: Memorization & Recitation of Poems

Math-U-See: Alpha
Science Works: Learning About Animals
Science Works: Learning About Weather
Science Works: Simple Machines
My Very First Primary Map Book
Co-op studying Africa (and various other subjects throughout the year including science)
S&S Exploring Canada
Story of the World: Volume 1
Artistic Pursuits K-1 Book 1
Meet the Masters
Piano lessons
swimming lessons
Prep class grade 1
Faith & Life – Our Heavenly Father Grade 1
Memorization of the Apostles Creed
Weekly rosary

Emily – Grade 3

All About Spelling Level 2
All About Reading Level 2
Explode the Code 3, 3 ½ & 4
100 Easy Lessons
Worldy Wise 1
Handwriting Without Tears: Cursive Handwriting
Linguistic Development: memorization and recitation of poems

Math-U-See Alpha

S&S Learning Materials: Space
S&S Learning Materials: Structures, Mechanisms & Motion
Charlotte Mason: All Nature Sings
Charlotte Mason: Nature Walks with Aunt Bessie

Map book 3
S&S Exploring Canada
Co-op: Studying Africa (and various other subjects throughout the year including science)
Story of the World Volume 1

Voice lessons
Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 1
Drawing Textbook by Bruce McIntyre
Meet the Masters

Ballet & Swimming Lessons

A Beka Health Safety & Manners 3

Prep class
Our Life with Jesus: Grade 3
Memorization of the Apostles Creed & Weekly Rosary
Little Flowers: study of saints and virtues

Juliano – Grade 6

Fix it! Grammar Robin Hood Book 2
Excellence In Writing: Student Writing Intensive Continuation Course A-1 & A-2
English from the Roots Up & Minimus: Starting out in Latin
How to Write a Poem
Linguistic Development: dictation, memorization and recitation
Handwriting Without Tears: Cursive Success

Saxon 7/6 & 8/7

BC Science Probe 6
Charlotte Mason: Parables from Nature
Charlotte Mason: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Outlooks 6: Global Citizens
Our Home and Native Land: Explorers of Canada
Map Book 6
Co-op: studying Africa (and various other subjects throughout the year including science)

Tell Me More Homeschool Version

Piano – studying for grade 5 exam
Drawing Textbook by Bruce McIntyre (and various volumes from Bruce McIntyre)
Meet the Masters

Swimming lessons

A Beka: Choosing Good Health 6

Following Christ: Grade 6
Memorization of Apostles Creed & Nicene Creed; weekly rosary
Apologia: Who is God? And Can I Really Know Him?

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Every year in Vancouver, the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) opens for 17 days. It's kind of the mark to the end of the summer. 
I have gone to the fair every year since I was a little girl! Now that I have my own family, it's a tradition to go every year!!
My children have asked everyday since it opened if we can go. They're relentless. I finally caved and we went on Tuesday for a couple hours. 
We're due to go back next week with Daddy!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Different Places

It's so tough when one person is on a different spiritual journey than their partner. 
A little bit of background:
My husband and I are "Cradle Catholics."
We grew up having been baptized, getting our First Communion and Confirmation but sadly it meant nothing to us. Our parents never brought us to church and we never prayed at home. 
The only religious influence I had was from my grandparents. They brought me to church and they prayed at home. For this, I am thankful for the exposure to Christ. 
Fast forward to our wedding day, we still didn't value the sacrament of marriage let alone the actual mass. Sad. 
We baptized our children because that's what we're "supposed" to do. 
Only until 5 years ago did I have a conversion in my heart. I thirsted for Jesus and all his blessings. I wanted to raise my children different...I wanted to raise them with faith. 
The thing was...I had this conversion, my husband didn't. So, I started bringing the children to church every Sunday...praying at home, going to confession every month, praying the rosary and working on my own spiritual formation. I encouraged my husband to attend church but it wasn't something he was used to doing. 
So today as it stands, my husband now comes to church with us (when he's not working) and does pray with us but that's where it stops. I know he hasn't quite come to the point where he has surrendered himself to Jesus.  He doesn't want to be "too religious" as he puts it. He doesn't feel comfortable. 
So although he has made progress...we are in different places in our spirituality journey. 
I pray often that God will whisper in his ear and open up his heart to Him. 
For now...I will sit and wait and pray. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Looking Back

Back in September of 2009 I made one of the biggest and most important decisions of my life. I decided to homeschool my little boy (6 yrs old at the time). 
I struggled sooo much with that decision. I chickened out so many times before. 
God put the idea in my heart 3 years prior, but I had to convince not only my husband but myself that this was something I needed to try. 
Almost 5 years have passed since that decision and I have to say looking was the BEST decision I ever made. 
Now, not every day is "peaches and cream," but for the most part, I can't complain. I have met some really amazing and fabulous people on my homeschooling during; people I would not have met had I decided not to homeschool. 
I wrote a short poem not too long ago about my feelings I felt during those days and months 5 years ago. 
I'd like to share it with you...

I made a decision long ago
To keep you home with me,
The choice was hard but I just knew
You belonged beside your mommy. 
Like a tomato plant, 
I guarded you from the wind and rain, 
But not to isolate you
But rather insulate you from the pain. 
When the days get hard,
And those days do come,
I think about my choice that day
And all we have done. 
Field trips and hatching chicks,
Butterflies and ducklings too,
Science experiments and pictographs,
Lap books and art with tons of glue. Memories to fill my heart 
Of times I would have missed,
Giving it to someone else,
Just a name on a classroom list. 
Watching you grow 
Not in height but in depth
Gives me so much joy
I'm so glad I decided to
Homeschool my little boy!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Two Special Ladies

I'm so blessed to have both my grandmothers alive. They know my children and my children adore them. It's so important to me that my kids have a relationship with them both. 
My Italian Nonna is the strongest lady I know. I have NEVER seen her cry let alone get upset or stressed. She's one tough cookie at 4 foot nothin'!  She is always wearing heals (at 89) and has her hair done every week. She is one classy lady. She was the best cook! Her sauce and turkey cutlets are to die for!
My Ukrainian Baba is so special to me. I remember staying over night at her house and her letting me cook in her kitchen and do whatever I liked. She always made me feel like she trusted me and that I was capable of doing grown up things. She talked with me and I shared many things with her growing up. 
My kids see each of my grandmothers a couple times a month. I make a point of getting together with them as much as I can. 
Next year my Baba will turn 80 and my Nonna will turn 90 within a month of each other. I am so happy they are alive and well!

      Nonna watching the kids poolside!

      Baba doing a word search with L.