Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Flashtags: Months and #1-12

What to do with so many shape makers?


After a little pondering, I came up with the idea to make some things to hand by our school room door. Little tags with shapes on them. That evolved into creating things out of the shapes. Which evolved into creating themes for each month of the year. Which turned into something I'd like to call, flashtags. These are great to use as flashcards, decorations, or for a scrapbook. Enjoy...




1. Punch out the tags and shapes creating these collages - but the challenge is to use only shapes, no personally cut shapes unless it is to cut a shape in half.

2. Add black marks for detailling to clarify what the subject matter is and to write on the month.

3. Back the tags with white card stock cut in the same tag shape. Add black number stickers.

4. Either hang or save in a stack for flash cards. The child can be shown either the month or the number, and have to guess the opposite.

If you want to order any of these shape makers, check out my website:
www.myCMsite.com/melissamichalek

God Bless you and yours!

Wee Wooden Saints G & H

For this week we are writing the letters G & H, so here are our fellow Wee Wooden Saints that I just finished coloring. As we add them to our collection, it feels like I am creating a little village. What fun!

Saint George
I was trying to make his face look like the one on the icon, but it made him look kind of tired and stern. Oh well. He also made a double for St. Michael without the wings for his feast day yesterday.



Saint Helena of the Cross
Isn't she an adorable woman. She found the actual cross of Jesus at the age of 80! That's just amazing. That is how old my grandmother is, I can't imagine her going off cross country in search of a hidden treasure!




Click here for Saints A-F




God Bless you and yours!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wee Wooden Saints from A-Z (A-F)

Have you seen a lot of examples of the Mini A-Z Saints you can make?

Wee Felt Saints found here and here
Wee Wooden Saints found here and here


I decided to give this craft a go... The hardest part was deciding which look to create, and the research of each saint including what they did and what they all look like! I managed to put together a nice booklet of all I found. Here are the saints I picked from A to Z.

Wee Saints Batch 1: A-F

I decided to use the wooden people I found at Crafts Direct store in a variety of sizes (Girls, boys, children). They don't take up much room, as the felt ones may. Even though I bought acrylic paints, I decided to use my water color and oil based pencils. This gave me room for more intricate details, where painting with a brush can be challenging. And I was able to beautifully blend colors best with the oil pencils (which are made for drawing on wood.) My kids, husband and I just love how they turned out.






St. Anne
St. Bernadette and St. Brigid of Kildare (our school patron)
St. Cecilia
St. Dominic
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Francis of Assisi
St. George
St. Helena
St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. Joseph
Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha
St. Lucy
St. Martin de Porres and St. Michael the Archangel
St. Nicholas
Our Lady of... (wasn't sure about any of the other O's)
St. Patrick
Queen of Heaven, Mary
St. Rita
St. Simon Peter
St. Therese the Little Flower (and Bl. Teresa of Calcutta)
St. Urban of Langres
St. Valentine
Wonder Worker of the 19th Century: St. Philomena
(Or I may do St. King Wenceslaus)
St. Margurete d'Youville
St. Zita

Happy Crafting!

God Bless you and yours!

What a weekend!

Okay, the only school that occured from Friday to Monday was me planning out this 4th week of school. The kids did some coloring, and that was all they could handle.

Thursday was Sabrina's 1st Birthday! What a cutie pie in mommy's old dress. She napped most of that day, but had a blast playing with the kids for the rest of it. She even got a chocolate chip cookie to eat for dessert. She wanted more!

Saturday night, Tom and I decided to go on a date. We planned to run some errands, go out to eat, then go to the Ballroom Blast dance. What we did was visit Target and buy everything we weren't there for originally, ate dinner at Grantite City where our meal went wrong and we ended up with a free dessert, then at the spur of the moment because both of us were just sore from who knows what, we went to Sal's to play some pool like we did when we first dated. Okay, so picture us dressed to go ballroom dancing (basically church clothes) going to a college bar - pulling up in our minivan no less - then going to play some pool while sipping on a single can of pop. We started the yawning right around 9:30pm. When the DJ arrived and played nothing but rap from 10:30-11:30 we decided to call it a night. I guess those "good ol days" are gone. Now we wish we would have just tried out the ballroom dancing.

Sunday came quickly, and we were tired as heck. I went grocery shopping after church thinking I had plenty of time until Sabrina's birthday party would begin at 3pm. Well, I was still fixing food and cleaning up when guests arrived. But it turned out to be a really nice day. So nice infact, we all decided to go outside.



^ That's Bobby and Annaleah with Sabrina.


I'm one, sugar coated and very tired.

I think the kids enlisted her in their gang of Naughty Bandits the moment she turned one, because since then she's had nothing but a mind of her own. Happy birthday baby.

Last night I must have bruised my fingers internally, from ripping up sod by hand and got to planting some of my bulbs. Last Friday I got in for my routine massage therpay because I get aches and pains so bad I can get dizzy or have a hard time walking around. He said that my computer time has strained and pinched a nerve in my right arm. I never thought a bodily injury would be the reason I stay off of here for longer periods of time. Hmmm. Not the lack of sleep or lack of family time due to staying on here too long. But a "kink" in my arm.

So here I am on Tuesday, finally able to give you the briefest report of what I've been up to. Thanks for reading!



God Bless you and yours!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Come see my new look!

I was pretty busy today with school and Sabrina's first birthday today. Wow how time flies.

Anyways, I also spent a bit of time sprucing up my weblogs and added one just for our family favorite recipes. There are links from one to the next. I am organizing many parts of my life at a time. (Closets, blogs, office, etc)

Take a peek soon if you can! I'm off to bed, and early for me.

God Bless you and yours!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tragedy Strikes!


For those of you who watch/read the news today - my husband is okay. He works at the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant where there was a tragic accident today. Please keep this man's family in your prayers, as they seek consolation. May they have a deep rooted faith to still the shaking of their souls.

WCCO Ch4 Article
Star Tribune Article
KSTP Ch5 News
Kare11 News

Reading more online, I find another person just died on Hwy 15 near our home being hit by a windmill a truck was hualing. Could have been someone coming home from work, perhaps someone I know. Two more in a car accident in Detroit Lakes. And a bicyclist was injured in a hit and run - all today! On top of that, thousands died from wars and abortions as you may have seen on Totus Tuus's blog yesterday.

This is why I hate watching the news! So much death and sorrow. It's simply "shocking," excuse the pun. Sometimes this is why "ignorance is bliss."

Grateful to have my family!

Great Coloring Pages


Please go visit this website, you'll be glad you did! It's full of old style coloring pages of historical, fictional, religious and fun pictures. I just found it while looking for more saint coloring pages from a school project.

Karen's Whimsy

God Bless you and yours!

The Prioress, at your service!

Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test ...




The Prioress

You scored 21% Cardinal, 54% Monk, 59% Lady, and 46% Knight!

You are a moral person and are also highly intellectual. You like your solitude but are also kind and helpful to those around you. Guided by a belief in the goodness of mankind you will likely be christened a saint after your life is over.

You scored high as both the Lady and the Monk. You can try again to get a more precise description of either the Monk or the lady, or you can be happy that you're an individual.



Compared to other takers
23/100 You scored 21% on Cardinal, higher than 23% of your peers.
66/100 You scored 54% on Monk, higher than 66% of your peers.
83/100 You scored 59% on Lady, higher than 83% of your peers.
53/100 You scored 46% on Knight, higher than 53% of your peers.


You can take the quiz here at HelloQuizzy.com

I am so glad I turned out to be a lady - I've always wanted to be!




H/T: those who also wonder about living in those olden days.

Pinewood Castle (A Prioress: 18% Cardinal, 67% Monk, 59% Lady, and 30% Knight)
A Book A Day (A Prioress: 3% Cardinal, 77% Monk, 53% Lady, and 46% Knight
Minnesota Mom (A Knight: 16% Cardinal, 49% Monk, 50% Lady, and 54% Knight)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fun things I found today!



Here are some funny shirts and bumper stickers I thought you would enjoy!

"Eat Me - Jesus" (the Eucharist)

"I Love My German Shepherd" (Pope Benedict XVI)

"If it's not a BABY, you're not pregnant." (Pro-life)

"I'm not talking to myself, I'm having a Parent-Teacher Conference" (For homeschoolers)

"I've seen the village, and I don't want them raising my children. That's why I homeschool!"

"Warning: Homeschooler. May be prone speak with big words."

"Your wallet. The one place a democrat is willing to drill."

"A woman's place is in the house - the white house!" (this is debatable)

"McCain & Palin: A Hero & A Hottie!"

And there was a good one of the USA flag, but the stars were made up of the 50 hail mary's of rosary beads.

Friday, September 12, 2008

It's a week for firsts!

Here she is - our Sabrina fair!

Walking... for the first time.


You better watch out - here I come!


This is where I spend my school day under the table eating paper, playing toys, reading books, touching all those things called "no-no" and peeking at all those weirdos above the table!

God Bless you and yours!

Feast of the Holy Name of Mary

What I have planned for the feast of the
HOLY NAME OF MARY on Fri Sept 12, 2008

Coloring pages and other info found here and from Waltzing Matilda's blog. I particularily like the idea of serving coffee and crossaints based upon the story's Matilda found. I of course will be buying the pillsbury can and roasting a pot of fresh Maxwell House 1/2 caf coffee.



I chose to color the picture of Our Lady of Guadelupe because she has the predominant crescent moon under her feet in the image and that goes with the crossaint theme. Silly, I know. And so I can talk to my children about how I visited Guadelupe Mexico and saw the cloak with my own eyes at the age of 6 (same age as my oldest daughter now).


Thanks Mom & Dad for some of the greatest adventures of my life!


God Bless you and yours!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Tooth Fairy's First Visit!

Urgent News! Hot off the press!


My daughter Mikayla isn't one screw short, she's short one tooth! Who would have thunk it!? My baby's growing up. And she was so determined to get that tooth out, she was braver than I've ever been. I fought past my sqweamishness and did the pulling (while Tom was doing some snoring) around 11:30pm!

Any longer I would have considered the tying of the tooth!

This is Ariana (from when I used to work for PartyLite). She was my gift to Mikayla as a baby, lighting a candle to gently scent her room. Now as a little girl, it holds her first tooth lost (in the fiary/angel's hand) awaiting the tooth fairy, whom will leave a quarter in the glass bowl beside her. Then as she grows into a young lady, she will fill the bowl with rings and necklaces. Someday she'll be grown up enough to light her own candles there. And when the time comes for her to have babes of her own, she will pass it onto one of them.

(TEARS)

Here's what I wrote about the story of the Tooth Fairy Mouse when her tooth was first loose.








Just adorable footage from some silly girls a lot like my kids.

God Bless you and yours!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Needing some help!

Okay, ahead of time - there is no real flow to this blog because my mind is jumping from one thought to the next as I try to finish my homeschool instruction at the same time...



Well, my son Stanley is a special kind of child. I like to say he's the trouble maker caught between two princesses. He loves his cars and tractors and finding new ways to make a mess. Typical boy things. But he has a great feminine influence here at home, and now were trying to integrate him into our formal homeschool life.


On his Papa's tractor on the family farm.

Somedays, I wonder how boyish he really is. How much influence are us girls having over him? The dressing up in Mikayla's girly dressup clothes instead of the boy ones I bought. The playing dollies, barbies, and kitchen I've looked over - because it's just what is all around, and I have no reason to stop him. He even screams like a girl. He can be very feminine somedays.

Stanley in huggies box, wearing a leotard, and singing with his sister.

But today, I just couldn't swallow my pride and help a little boy have fun. All he wanted to do was play, but all I wanted him to do was sit and learn the things I think he should know.

I have tried so hard these past two weeks to help him learn something new in Pre-K as a 4 year old. He knows kind of how to sing the alphabet, he can count to 10, and he knows colors and shapes. So we're trying this handwriting without tears program, and I can't make it past drawing straight lines. Whenever I teach him something, he just looks up and has this blank look on his face. I tell him to look at what he's doing, he just looks back up with that blank look again. I couldn't stand it today, I just told him to go play. But I know he wants to learn, I know he can learn, he just doesn't want to - I think.

I did remember I could try to have him draw lines and shapes with his fingers in whip cream, sand or something like that. Maybe he needs more stimulation? He absolutely loves puzzles, he can even put them together upside down. He seems to comprehend everything I am saying, by the answers he gives me. So the brain is all there, and he's not adhd or anything like that.

We have tried for about 1 1/2 years to potty train him. He knows how to do it, but he just doesn't want to. Going pee-pee is actually not to bad if we remember to ask him, but poopin on the toilet is just not going to happen! And if it wasn't bad enough to change a baby's diaper, to add a 4-year old's butt to the day just isn't my thing. He insists he doesn't have to go, he thinks his pull ups are just as good as diapers, and then he hides and makes his mess. AGH! What to do??? We've done many rewards systems, you have no idea! Just when we thought we had it after a week of dry, we got busy with birthday party plans for his sister, and boom - no more interest whatsoever!

So do I simply let him take off one more year before formalizing anything? Is he just at the average stage for a 4 year old boy? Or is there something else I should be doing, or is something wrong? Do I need to simplify school for him? I am just at a loss for ideas, it often seems easier to just let him do his own thing, and assume he'll let me know when he's ready.

PLEASE HELP ME!

Note: I just reserved some I Spy books at the Library for him. Any other book recommendations for him are more than welcome! Preferably, something he can sit and do himself while I work with Mikayla.



God Bless you and yours!

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