Simple Preschool

Making Crayons

It is very easy to make homemade rainbow crayons:

  • Peel the labels off old, broken crayons
  • Chop up the crayons into small pieces
  • Fill mini-muffin cups with pieces (silicone shapes are fun, too!)
  • Bake at 275 for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Carefully remove from oven and let cool
  • We eventually put ours into the freezer, and they were very easy to pop out of the tins

Making crayons

Gregory and John are doing a little bit of preschool each day.  It is hard to get Gregory to sit still and write out his letters, but he is slowly getting better.  John, who is 19 months younger, enjoys sitting with us during school and participating any way that he is able.

Preschool
Preschool

On Wednesday evening, Gregory, Grace and David went to the Open House for Classical Conversations.   They all met their wonderful tutors and are now excited to begin CC again!

The Dormition of the Mother of God

Dormition

A Dormition means the “falling asleep” (death) of a person.

Today we remember the Dormition of the Theotokos.
The literal English translations of this name include “God-bearer” or”Birth-Giver of God.”
But she is commonly called the “Mother of God”
for Mary is the one who bore Jesus Christ, the Savior.

Dormition

Having been a Protestant, I understand how strange it might seem
to commemorate the death of the Virgin Mary.
But, there is a very simple reason:

God chose one person throughout all of history
to carry, deliver and raise His only begotten son, Jesus.
And this one person was Mary.
She was set apart for this momentous task,
and because of that fact, she deserves our respect and reverence.

When we love and respect someone, we remember them.
Many people visit the gravestone of a loved one
on the anniversary of his or her passing.

Dormition

 This is a very basic was to understand this Great Feast of the Orthodox Church. 

Don’t forget that you can download my
Orthodox Prayer Book for Kids!

The Feast of Transfiguration

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,
revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it.
Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners,
through the prayers of the Theotokos.
O Giver of Light, glory to You!

TransfigurationMatushka Emily has some wonderful resources on her blog that we used for our lesson today.

Transfiguration

We also read from The Children’s Bible Reader about the Transfiguration of Christ. 
Transfiguration

We used our book about the Transfiguration of our Lord from this set.

Glorious Feast!

1st Day of Homeschool

We had plans to homeschool throughout the summer with just one short break for our vacation (which I still need to post about), but then Eric was in the hospital and everything got off schedule. So, I decided to begin in the first week of August.

1st Day

Our kids do much better when they are on a consistent schedule, and going off said schedule for an entire month made transitioning back a difficult task. But we pushed through and it went pretty well.

1st Day

I made special treats for the kids, which they enjoyed.

1st Day Treats
1st Day Treats
1st Day Treats

And we did a few first day activities before we got right back into Spelling, Writing and Math. We will work on the rest of our subjects once Classical Conversations (CC) has begun at the end of the month.
1st Day

Osito Giveaway & Winner!

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This is one of my favorite products,
and I am very excited to share it with you!
Osito Giveaway
My friend, Kate, is the owner of Osito,
and she makes natural products from Body Butters to Bath Scrubs.

Osito means “little bear” in Spanish.
Kate has two little boys, and he oldest’s middle name is Bear.
She was also teaching Spanish when she began this adventure,
and that is how the name came to be.
Osito Giveaway

I ordered a large container of the Lavender Body Butter several months ago because Eric has eczema.  It works wonders for his dry skin!  It has lavender essential oil in it, which also causes a calming effect.

One night, I rubbed this all over John’s back, and he fell asleep while I was doing it.
The magic of Osito Lavender Body Butter!

I brought my container with us when we went on vacation a month ago,
and the kids and I got sunburns on our backs one afternoon.
I rubbed the Lavender Body Butter all over everyone,
and within a day or two, the sunburns were completely healed
and no one even peeled!  It was incredible.

ONE lucky person can win a 4 oz. container of 
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7th Birthday… Disaster

Birthday girl

Our amazingly wonderful Gracie Girl
turned SEVEN yesterday!

The morning started well, as she opened the gift she has been begging for.
Birthday shoes

We met our homeschool group at the park and then picked up her friend to go to the Explorium. That is when disaster struck!
Explorium

At the Children’s Museum, there is a station where the kids can get a full size horse ready to ride. They can put on the saddle and everything else that is involved. Grace was moving the stirrups with the metal part hit her and John both in their heads. Since they were both crying, I pulled them both close to me and rubbed the backs of the heads.

Then I saw a lot of blood dripping down from Grace’s head. I removed her hands from her forehead and they were covered in blood!

I yelled for papertowels and told David to watch the other (five) children. I ran with Grace to the front desk, where I was given some medical supplies and an entire roll of papertowels.

I was finally able to look at the wound.
There was a dent/cut on her forehead just below her hairline.
It was gushing blood.

At this point, I headed back into the museum, while holding the towels on her head, looking for the other children. A family had helped David gather everyone up and put the baby back into his stroller.

Then we went to the bathroom and cleaned ourselves off.
Grace and I both had blood covering our entire hands and dripping down our arms. It was disgusting.

The bleeding had slowed down and I was able to just put a bandaid on her head. I asked her if she was ok to play, and she said she was. So, we went back into the museum. Thankfully, it is a very calm place to be, so she just moved around slowly.

Unfortunately, she bent over and the blood started gushing again. At that point, I decided we had to leave. I brought the kids home and then took Grace to the Urgent Treatment Center near our home.
Brave girl
The doctor was able to close the wound with steristrips, but there is a chance they might open up. Grace must keep her head elevated at all times, and she isn’t allowed to move around too much or bend over.
Brave Girl

She said this was “the worst birthday ever!”
Hurt head
So I told her that she can have a redo when she is feeling better.

A Summertime Yarn Along

Whenever I do a Yarn Along, I link back to Ginny’s blog, Simple Things.
This week, one of Ginny’s best friends and the child she was carrying died after she was attacked by bees.  She leaves behind a husband and four young children.
Please remember them in your prayers.

I don’t know if Ginny will have a Yarn Along up on her site this week, but here is mine.

While on vacation, I made this little crocheted bag to hold my current crochet projects.
It was quick and easy.
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Currently in the bag is this:
Baby SweaterThis is the back of a sweater that I am making for Eric.
I’ve never made one before and, so far, it is going very well.
This little project will definitely be done in time for him to wear it this Autumn.

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I recently finished reading this:

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I had previously seen the movie and then wanted to read the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed it!

And now I am reading K2: Triumph and Tradgedy by Jim Curran.

On my To Read List are two books about Classical Education:
The Core by Leigh A. Bortins and
The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph,
which was highly recommended to my husband.

What have you been creating or reading recently? 

One Week Later

Well, we survived the last week and a half.  It has been a rough one.  Eric still isn’t sleeping well at night, and I am exhausted all.the.time.  He is also fussy a lot of the time when he is awake, which makes life very difficult right now.  He was doing better the first few days of the week, but now he has slipped back to his regular old fussy self.

I just have to remind myself that he will only be this little for so long.
I always say that at least he is so cute!

Smiley

When he was more content earlier this week, I was able to get almost everything ready to begin another year of CC (Classical Conversations).

Homeschool Prep

I put together binders with all of the work for the entire 24 weeks of CC.
It was incredibly time-consuming, but I’m glad I got it all done ahead of time.
I also finished ordering the last few things that we needed for homeschool:
a map of the U.S.A. and math manipulatives.

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photo taken by our priest, Fr. Justin

This afternoon, Nathaniel is taking the older boys to help move the final items out of our old church building to the NEW church.  We will have our first service in the new church tomorrow morning after two mile procession from the old church to the new church.
The forecast says that it might rain, but I hope it doesn’t not.

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I have a few giveaways coming up, so be looking for those!!

Enjoy the weekend!

Clean Bill of Health

Home from hospitalI took Eric back to the pediatrician today, and she said that he looks great!

She felt so badly about what happened to us while at the hospital
and was in shock when she got the phone call that we were being investigated.
She said that she and the doctor who had us admitted to the hospital
were both very worried about us.

Thankfully, all is well, and Eric is on the mend!

Thanks for all your support and prayers!

Back to our regularly scheduled blogging… soon…

With Thankfulness

So, you’ve read the story of Eric’s hospitalization and the one about his rare condition,
but you haven’t heard the details about all the wonderful people
who helped us through this very difficult time.

Home from hospital

First, and foremost, my husband:
Nathaniel stayed calm and collected throughout this ordeal.
When Eric was choking and turning blue, Nathaniel was able to keep his wits about him
and do everything he could think of to get that piece of watermelon
to move so that our boy could breathe.
That night, he took care of everyone so that I could tend to Eric.
The next day, he used his lunch break from work to watch the kids
so that I could take Eric to the doctor.
Then, on Wednesday, he raced to the ER to be with me and Eric.
He moved my car because I couldn’t find a place to park
and brought us dinner, even though I couldn’t eat it.
He stayed calm under the pressure of being questioned by social services
and even sought out lawyers in our area, just in case.
The following day, he got us breakfast and forced me to eat a little something,
picked up the kids to take them to another friend’s house
and went to our pediatrician to get Eric’s xrays,
which helped bring our baby home.

Daddy

He supported our family through this terrible situation
and was my rock throughout it all.
When we got home, he fed the kids dinner and put them all to bed,
while I passed out to sleep with Eric.
The following morning he went out and got us all donuts
(and even a special iced mocha for me).
Yesterday, he took all the kids our for a few hours,
picked me up lunch and went grocery shopping
(and brought home flowers).

Home from hospital

Seriously, I am tearing up even thinking about it,
I could not have gotten through this without him.
He is the most wonderful husband and father.
I am blessed beyond belief to have this man to walk beside me in life.

Our friends who watched the children while we were at the hospital: 

My dear friend, Megan, offered to watch the children all day Wednesday because she knew how little sleep I had been getting and that I just needed some rest.
I was able to take a morning nap with Eric and then take him to the doctor that afternoon. Little did we know at the time that she and her husband would be watching our children for a full 24 hours.

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Since we were in the ER until midnight, Megan and Jeremiah put our four children and their two children to bed.  Six kids age eight and under!  What a job!

Then, while we were in the hospital, our friend, Mary, took the children for the rest of the day.  She had eight kids in her house that day!
They had such a great time with their friends that some of them didn’t even want to come home when I arrived to pick them up.

Thank you all for giving us peace regarding
our other children while we were away from them!

Sarah, who took care of our dogs when I realized that they had been left alone for hours.
Thank you!

Father Justin, our priest, and his wife who knew of the true situation going on and helped us to find lawyers in our area.  He also brought us pizza when we finally came home.
Thank you for your support and care!

Ruthann, who took over the field trip that I had arranged for our homeschool group.
Thanks!

The Greathouses for bringing us a homemade lasagna for dinner and for taking Grace and Gregory to their home for a sleepover, even though poor Gregs became ill while there.

For the nurses, doctors, residents and interns who kept Eric healthy.
And for one resident, in particular, who did everything he could to get our name cleared.
The hospital staff was always very kind to us and wiling to help.

Last but not least,
all of our dear family and friends
who carried us through this ordeal
with their prayers, kind words and offerings of help. 

Thank you!

Eric is still on the mend and at risk of infection,
so please continue to pray for him.

I praise Thee, O God of our Fathers, I hymn Thee, I bless Thee,
I give thanks unto thee for Thy great and tender mercy.
To Thee I flee, O merciful and mighty God.
Shine into my heart with the True Sun of Thy righteousness.
Enlighten my mind and keep all my senses,
that henceforth I may walk uprightly and keep Thy commandments,
and may finally attain unto eternal life,
even to Thee, Who art the source of life,
and be admitted to the glorious fruition of Thy inaccessible Light.
For Thou art my 

God, and unto Thee, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be ascribed glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.