The Simple Woman’s Daybook- June 30th Monday, Jun 30 2008 

Simplewomandaybooksmall_3_2Stop by Peggy’s to see today’s Simple Woman’s Daybook posts.

Outside my window…beautiful blue skies.

I am thinking…about what to make for dinner.

I am thankful for…a well stocked refrigerator and freezer.

From the kitchen…still thinking 🙂

I am creating…next year’s 9th grade plans.

I am going…to make pumpkin muffins for breakfast tomorrow.

I am wearing…a red top and denim skirt.

I am readingLittle Therese and Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints to the kids.

I am hoping…my husband will be home by 6:00.

I am hearing this song on the radio.

Around the house…2 nephews spending the week with us.

One of my favorite things…reading to the kids.

A few plans for the rest of the week…Mass and Holy hour on Friday morning.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…a priceless moment between sisters.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook- June 30th Monday, Jun 30 2008 

Simplewomandaybooksmall_3_2Stop by Peggy’s to see today’s Simple Woman’s Daybook posts.

Outside my window…beautiful blue skies.

I am thinking…about what to make for dinner.

I am thankful for…a well stocked refrigerator and freezer.

From the kitchen…still thinking 🙂

I am creating…next year’s 9th grade plans.

I am going…to make pumpkin muffins for breakfast tomorrow.

I am wearing…a red top and denim skirt.

I am readingLittle Therese and Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints to the kids.

I am hoping…my husband will be home by 6:00.

I am hearing this song on the radio.

Around the house…2 nephews spending the week with us.

One of my favorite things…reading to the kids.

A few plans for the rest of the week…Mass and Holy hour on Friday morning.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…a priceless moment between sisters.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook- June 30th Monday, Jun 30 2008 

Simplewomandaybooksmall_3_2Stop by Peggy’s to see today’s Simple Woman’s Daybook posts.

Outside my window…beautiful blue skies.

I am thinking…about what to make for dinner.

I am thankful for…a well stocked refrigerator and freezer.

From the kitchen…still thinking 🙂

I am creating…next year’s 9th grade plans.

I am going…to make pumpkin muffins for breakfast tomorrow.

I am wearing…a red top and denim skirt.

I am readingLittle Therese and Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints to the kids.

I am hoping…my husband will be home by 6:00.

I am hearing this song on the radio.

Around the house…2 nephews spending the week with us.

One of my favorite things…reading to the kids.

A few plans for the rest of the week…Mass and Holy hour on Friday morning.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…a priceless moment between sisters.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook- June 30th Monday, Jun 30 2008 

Simplewomandaybooksmall_3_2Stop by Peggy’s to see today’s Simple Woman’s Daybook posts.

Outside my window…beautiful blue skies.

I am thinking…about what to make for dinner.

I am thankful for…a well stocked refrigerator and freezer.

From the kitchen…still thinking 🙂

I am creating…next year’s 9th grade plans.

I am going…to make pumpkin muffins for breakfast tomorrow.

I am wearing…a red top and denim skirt.

I am readingLittle Therese and Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints to the kids.

I am hoping…my husband will be home by 6:00.

I am hearing this song on the radio.

Around the house…2 nephews spending the week with us.

One of my favorite things…reading to the kids.

A few plans for the rest of the week…Mass and Holy hour on Friday morning.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…a priceless moment between sisters.

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Sled or baby pool? Friday, Jun 27 2008 

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Photos taken by big sister Angela, age 5

Nativity of St. John the Baptist Tuesday, Jun 24 2008 

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Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519 St. John the Baptist Oil on wood

Customs for celebrating the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (1st. class feast)

On the Feast of St. John, it is customary to gather the perennial herb "St. John’s Wort" (Hypericum perforatum), named for our Saint. It’s long been seen as a means to keep evil away, and since medieval times, the herb has been hung over doors, windows and icons (its genus name — hypericum — means "above a picture")

In addition to gathering St. John’s wort, it’s also customary to gather flowers to make wreaths to wear and to hang in your home or, especially, on the front door. In some places, such as Poland, some of these wreaths are floated down the river in honor of Christ’s Baptism by St. John in the Jordan. Make a wreath of flowers that dry well, and hang in your home all year to be replaced next St. John’s Day. Alternatively, flowers can be tied together in bunches with beautiful ribbons and hanged upside-down to decorate your home all year.

The temporal focal point of the festivities, though, is the building of fires outdoors in which to burn worn out sacramentals and to serve as a symbol of the one Christ Himself called "a burning and shining light" (John 5:35).

After the blessing, a decade of the Rosary is prayed while walking sunwise — clockwise, not widdershins — around the fire, the old Sacramentals are reverently burned, and then the party begins.

As to foods, it’s customary to eat strawberries (Our Lady is said to accompany children who pick strawberries on this day). In addition, in Sweden pickled herring, boiled potatoes, sour cream, crisp bread, beer and schnapps are enjoyed, while in Spain they eat figs and a savory pie made with tuna. In Ireland, "goody" is another traditional food — white bread broken in pieces and boiled with milk, sugar, and spices in a great pot over the fire.

To get more ideas on how to celebrate today, go here.

Updated Sidebars Tuesday, Jun 24 2008 

Jajo_readingI’ve added all the books we are reading this year on the sidebars. We are having so much learning about many topics, especially the weather. The boys are fascinated with tornadoes and clouds. I have learned so much from them this year. I see clouds in a whole new way now. They are also enjoying all the books on germs. The kids thought You Wouldn’t Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century! was hysterical. A little gross, but very funny and they enjoyed it a lot! Adrianna, Marygrace and Cecilia are reading about the Holocaust. Those books are on the left sidebar, right under the 4th of July books. I had some of those books from our Revolutionary War unit study last fall.

I find that I’m constantly putting more and more books on hold from the library. This past Spring we read all the gardening books and two of my favorite books were Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew and Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt. Camille and the Sunflowers is about a boy meeting Vincent Van Gogh, so now we are going to do an Art appreciation study this summer as well. The art books are listed on the sidebar right under the Thunderstorms and Tornadoes. It’s amazing how you can learn about one subject and that leads to something else. I am looking forward to learning about so many incredible artists. After reading Katie Meets The Impressionists to Angela yesterday, she asked me if we could go to the Art museum sometime. I’m hoping to take the kids to the National Gallery of Art this summer.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook- June 23rd Monday, Jun 23 2008 

Simplewomandaybooksmall_3_2Stop by Peggy’s to see today’s Simple Woman’s Daybook posts.

Outside my window…bright blue skies.

I am thinking…about how crazy we are to get another pet :- )

I am thankful for…the baby’s recovery.

From the kitchen….baked ham, rice and baked beans for lunch.

I am creating….this post. I’m not very creative at all!

I am going…to take my mom to Kohl’s this morning.

I am wearing…a white top and a very colorful skirt.

I am readingLittle Therese to the children.

I am hoping…to buy some flowers for the garden today.

I am hearing the baby nursing.

Around the house…a new puppy.

One of my favorite things…nursing my baby girl.

A few plans for the rest of the week…cleaning out the garage.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you… Marygrace reading to Angela.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook- June 23rd Monday, Jun 23 2008 

Simplewomandaybooksmall_3_2Stop by Peggy’s to see today’s Simple Woman’s Daybook posts.

Outside my window…bright blue skies.

I am thinking…about how crazy we are to get another pet :- )

I am thankful for…the baby’s recovery.

From the kitchen….baked ham, rice and baked beans for lunch.

I am creating….this post. I’m not very creative at all!

I am going…to take my mom to Kohl’s this morning.

I am wearing…a white top and a very colorful skirt.

I am readingLittle Therese to the children.

I am hoping…to buy some flowers for the garden today.

I am hearing the baby nursing.

Around the house…a new puppy.

One of my favorite things…nursing my baby girl.

A few plans for the rest of the week…cleaning out the garage.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you… Marygrace reading to Angela.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook- June 23rd Monday, Jun 23 2008 

Simplewomandaybooksmall_3_2Stop by Peggy’s to see today’s Simple Woman’s Daybook posts.

Outside my window…bright blue skies.

I am thinking…about how crazy we are to get another pet :- )

I am thankful for…the baby’s recovery.

From the kitchen….baked ham, rice and baked beans for lunch.

I am creating….this post. I’m not very creative at all!

I am going…to take my mom to Kohl’s this morning.

I am wearing…a white top and a very colorful skirt.

I am readingLittle Therese to the children.

I am hoping…to buy some flowers for the garden today.

I am hearing the baby nursing.

Around the house…a new puppy.

One of my favorite things…nursing my baby girl.

A few plans for the rest of the week…cleaning out the garage.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you… Marygrace reading to Angela.

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