Monday, March 22, 2010

Bits and Pieces of Our Days

On Friday evening, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, we had a lovely (meat-filled) feast with some friends. One of our priests comes from a Sicilian-tradition-packed family and he cooked for us. Having the Solemnity of St. Joseph fall on a Friday in Lent is a treat.

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There's one more Solemnity to come -- don't forget that Thursday the 25th is the Solemnity of the Annunciation.

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Reading the Little House books to Ramona has been delightful, of course. We're doing all the homeschooly things one associates with Little House: making butter, making dolls, sewing.

But also fun is to re-experience them with my older girls, who are listening in on the lunchtime readings. They're so funny:

When we were reading The Long Winter, at one point Ma says to Charles, "Oh, Charles, I should have known you'd provide for us. How did you do it?"

Anne-with-an-e, in her best Charles voice, replied, "I sold my hair, Caroline."

When Ma was, in her subtle way, telling Pa to stop singing such a sad song, Anne interpreted for us: "Knock it off, Chuck."

In another section, which I probably don't need to describe in order for this to be amusing, she said of Ma, "She won't let Pa sing a heathen song about good luck charms, but she jokes about spouse abuse?  Sheesh." 

It's just, you know, a little different perspective. 

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Last week, when we had a warm, sunny day, Ramona got on the swings and I thought she would never get off. I pushed, she soared, and when a school bus rolled by on the highway, she said, "Oh, poor them! I loooove the homeschooling life!"

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We are committed. We decided to stop renting Betsy's violin and instead to buy it, thus taking advantage of the "apply the first six months of rent to the purchase" policy. I love our violin teacher, I love the instrument she found for Betsy, I loved the price and I love that my daughter is learning to play Bach. I love that she loves it all. 

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3 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oooh, I love the violin. How wonderful! We're rererereading Little House too. I can't seem to keep my opinions about "Chuck" to myself.

sarah said...

These bit and pieces posts are so lovely. It's great news about the violin! And I loved the Little House commentary. Caroline always used to get on my nerves a tiny bit, although I couldn't tell you exactly why.

Karen E. said...

Jenn, we were also exasperated with Pa for eating pancakes with the Wilder boys while the family was at home starving. :)

Sarah, thank you!