7 Quick Takes
I made this for dessert when a dear priest came over for dinner recently. It looked as delicious as it tasted and so I'll be making it again for a party tomorrow.
I baked sugar cookie dough into a tart pan then mixed together some vanilla pudding, whipped cream and a tad of cream cheese to spread. I wonder if adding some crushed pineapple to that would have been nice? Then, I just added berries and bananas. Refrigerate. Simple.
After a sunset meal on the deck of grilled steaks and veggies with roasted potatoes, we came inside, away from the mosquitoes for dessert. Father blessed the Holy Water with the old Latin prayers that include an exorcism of the water and the salt first...very powerful! This is where I printed off the prayers, LINK.
If you are on facebook and you are a Catholic homeschooler in PA, NJ, DE or MD, I set up a facebook group. JOIN us. Hopefully, we can create an online community of "local-ish" homeschoolers to share events, tips, field trips ideas and such.
A "find" to share - Want to introduce your children to more Shakespeare, the bard? Check out this link of animated tales. http://www.squidoo.com/shakespeare-animated-tales
Here's some that you can load on their ipod. http://www.myaudioschool.com/
Been enjoying a clever song parody today that a friend put on her facebook. It would be more comical if it weren't so true...here's the YOUTUBE link.
School prep - how about you? Lots of reading, syllabus prep and paperwork to organize for my first time highschooler and the other 3 students. Just finished 4 days of teleconferences listening to Laura Berquist describe the scope, sequence and more of Mother of Divine Grace History and Language Arts. We also corrected papers "together" on Webex. I have 2 more days of Religion teleconferences coming up. And, the other day my CD's from the IHM teleconferences arrived. I should have my head plugged into something for the rest of the summer!
For summer reading, one of the books I am having the boys read is Stand Up, Shake Hands, Say "How Do You Do" What Boys Need to Know About Today's Manners. We discuss each lesson and it's been very enjoyable and enlightening. Manners are a lost art, sadly. I remember as a young girl enjoying the pretty book my mother gave me, White Gloves and Party Manners. (Written by the same authors!) Isn't the title itself just great! It's easy to lose sight of these niceties and social protocol. I myself will be revisiting my Miss Manners (mine is not the "updated" version) in an attempt to recommit us all to gentility.
* My husband reminds me that we don't follow these measures for their sake, but rather good manners show respect and honors the inherent dignity of every person.