Friday, April 16, 2010

7 Quick Takes!

Tonight I get to meet a "famous" Catholic mommy blogger. I'm super excited! It relates to the Catholic homeschool conference I'll be attending tomorrow in Houston...that's a hint! I also hope to meet the host of 7 Quick Takes, Jen from Conversion Diary!

I think I'm about 14 weeks now. Hard to determine with all the due date changes! I'm definitely feeling more myself, but have really been needing my midday naps since I've been staying up later. I think I've been feeling some little flurries for awhile but look forward to the real kicks coming soon!

I guess mid-May will be my 20 week appointment and ultrasound. As of now, we're planning to wait until the baby is born to find out the gender! We've never done that before but I do love the idea of having a big surprise to look forward to in the midst of such a scary time with the c-section surgery. But I'm also a bit hesitant since the ultrasound technician at my doctor's office is a high school acquaintance. I don't like the idea of her knowing the "identity" of the baby and not me! Still a few more weeks to decide...

Last night was our monthly book club; we're reading The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori. I was assigned the first three chapters of last night's reading, which discussed the education of the senses. I felt like I was back in college again, reading very scientific educational information, and then writing a summary to share with the group. It was a beautiful idea, though, that we need to teach our children to learn with and use all of their senses. Of course Montessori loved hands-on materials and manipulatives and we all got some great ideas of activities to do with our young children. I didn't get home until 12:30am!!! Yawn...

This is one of Steven's busiest weeks of the year, where he'll have to work both Saturday and Sunday! His sisters are helping to watch the kids while I'm at the conference tomorrow, and hopefully after mid-week of next week things will slow down in time to celebrate Ellie's 5th Birthday! We'll have a little playdate with friends on her actual birthday Thursday, then Saturday we'll travel on a special girl overnight adventure out of town with some family members to celebrate at a place the girls have been longing to visit. Any guesses?

I'm starting to get more excited about our trip to visit my brother and family in California this summer. I was looking up information on Disneyland and such, and look forward to spending the next couple months planning our fun itinerary! It will be our first big out-of-state family vacation, and the first plane trip the girls will remember, so I know it will be a great family experience.

I'm feeling really burnt out with the Alphabet Path stuff. We only have a few letters left (U-Z), but my creative juices are pretty much gone. We're doing the basics, workbooks and reading, right now. And I'm not sure if we'll finish or not. The kids are enjoying lots of time outside, along with things like art classes, nature club, playdates at the park, etc. So I don't think they're missing it that much. I'm sure Mary Clare would like to finish reading the stories though. Maybe I'll have the motivation in a few weeks.

Speaking of activities, we've got Nature Club at the park in about 30 minutes so I better get moving!


Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, are you meeting Danielle Bean?!?! That will be so cool! You're so lucky you get to attend a homeschool conference; I would LOVE to but the ones I'd be interested in (like the one you're attending) never seem to be in my area.

Also, I cannot believe Ellie is turning five!!! How can that be?! I'm just taking a wild guess here, but will you be taking her to an American Girl store? That's one place I know my girls would love to visit. :)

I'm getting pretty burned out with the Alphabet Path, too. I think it lost most of it's fun for me after my mom went home. She helped keep things exciting, but now I'm just ready to be done! We're on XY week right now, and the only thing we've done related to the alphabet path (besides the saint and fairy coloring pages) is read about X-rays. :( Just one more week for us! I think after that I'll just have the kids finish up their math and language workbooks, and maybe try to find a fun unit study or two to work on over the summer. Last summer seemed to drag on way to long without any type of "school", and I'd like to avoid that if possible this year.

I'm so excited that you're already so far along in your pregnancy! Glad to hear you're feeling better; get those naps in when you can!!! :)

Dawn Farias said...

Hi, Blair! It was nice to meet you today at the ARCH conference. You have a lovely blog! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

(I was talking to you by Danielle Bean's booth. I have short dark hair and glasses... HTH!)

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