Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm thinking I am a serious Bloggin' slacker LOL

Today I should be posting Meal Plan Monday, but.....I think I'm just going to skip it tonight since my computer is soooo slow. and it has taken me way tooo long to upload pics and write what little bit I have come up with.
I do have my meal plan wrote out and grocery list made for 2 weeks =0)
Maybe I should of scanned and posted that. LOL Maybe tomorrow IF I catch a minute to myself during Jaxon's nap (IF he takes one) I WILL post it.

Today my Justin woke up so stuffy and stayed home from school. The change in the weather here has been ridiculous.

Last week I just felt blah most of the time, then by Wednesday the sniffles and sneezes started. By the end of the week I just felt horrible. We did manage to get some schoolin' done, but the house looks like a tornado went through it and I am days behind on laundry. Theres going to be ALOT of catching up to do.

Big Daddy and a friend took down a tree in the pasture that had died several years ago. I wish I had braved the cold and snapped a few pics. But we have a nice stack of wood from it.

Oh my sweet Jaxon...we are in full blown terrible two's! Climbing, throwing, biting, hitting his brothers, and just destroying everything in his path. Look out world!

The boys made their own games to play. They are so creative!
Justin made an Army/Battle game

Justin and Nate were all into their game....

So Gabe decided he would just make his own game. He went and got an old King Kong playmat and a few guys for game pieces and said "I made MY own" So GAME ON!

We got Mouse Trap from Grandma and it has been Gabe's favorite all week.

We got SNOW!!!! and some geese stopped in for some corn and  a nap.

<3 Sunday I made all my LOVES an early Valentine Breakfast <3

We made hearts for the window.

In honor of Lincoln's Birthday we watched a few documentaries on Netflix.
The Lincoln Assassination was very informative and Justin loved it. He gave it 4 stars =0)

Today we got  MORE SNOW!!!! The boys are hoping for ALOT MORE!

So this Momma is exhausted as usual so I off to bed!

♥♪♫•.•°*°•.¸¸♥. PEACE and LOVE .•°*° ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

Sunday, February 5, 2012

~ Our Week in Review ~

The past week was CRAZY BUSY! I really admire the busy bloggers out there. I intended to blog each day, but by the end of the night I was just exhausted and couldn't think straight. Not to mention my hillbilly Internet connection we have here on the farm. It is soooo slow anymore. Something that should take 10 minutes to do is now taking me hours to complete. Maybe it's just time for a new PC.

I made Jaxon several busy boxes to occupy him while I prepare meals. The other boys liked his so much that I will be making each boy one this coming week.

We tried Yoga. LOL Oh my my. I am sooo out of shape that I was sore for days. Jaxon really had fun with me doing it while Gabe wouldn't have anything to do with it.

The little boys and I made a homemade Apple Pie. YUM!

Gabe worked on writing his name, The letters A, G, F The Numbers 3 and 5. And he did some of his workbook pages.

I couldn't get him to do any of the Ground Hog work or projects I had planned. That child can be so stubborn at times.

The new Lego sets the boys all got for Christmas is still a huge hit.

Jaxon and Gabe both worked on Fine Motor skills.

We got a phone call from Big brother GI Joe and Big brother Zach came over and had dinner with us.

We started potty training Jaxon. That didn't go so well. Hoping for much better results this week.

Bird watching this week we seen a woodpecker, cardinals, blue jays, hawk, and a huge crow.

Justin is still studying the Civil War. Nate is working on his word wall and sight words. His reading has improved quit a bit this past week.

We made laundry detergent.

I've been using this recipe now for several years.

We went to Monster Jam on Saturday. It was Nate and Gabe's first time and they had a blast. The seats we had this year were awesome! 5TH ROW! It was LOUD!

Tonight we'll be watching the Super Bowl and snackin' =0)

Have a GREAT week!

♥♪♫•.•°*°•.¸¸♥. PEACE and LOVE .•°*° ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy 2112

It is now the beginning of Feburary...
and most of us here in the Northern Hemisphere are more than ready for the coming of Spring....And while she is still far off- and much of the world is firmly entrenched in ice...
in our secularized American culture
the day has been reduced to
Groundhog and Valentine's Day;
but even they have their ancient Pagan counterparts.

Imbolc isn't a big to-do for us;
but we do honor and mark the turning of the wheel
as we do all of the changing of the seasons;
and opportunities be spititual
We've done plenty of the standard traditions,
as passed down thru the cultural ages;
we have a few of our own traditions
that we have developed over the years for good measure.
After all- I firmly believe in living our spirituality
and in creating our own definitions and modern meanings-
as well as ancient connections and traditions
for the Holy Days that we honor.
Finding the 'glory, miracles and meaning'
in our daily existence can feel difficult many times-
but they truly are the moments of glue,
that make the rest of the time worth trudging thru!
We must also remember that these Sabbats and holy days
are more than certain dates and hours-
they are seasons;
that mark the passage of our days, years and lifetimes.

We are not an ancient agriculturally based family.
We are a modern day family who play with our digital toys
and buy our meat and dairy from the grocer.
We are trying to change all that taking small steps self suffientcy.
We are well on our way with the changes we have made in the last 6 years
Therefore, we have to come up with modern interpretations
of our cultural holidays;
and find ways to mark the passing of the seasons
that is relevant to us.
Like making goals for the upcoming season and year;
recognizing the changes in Nature;
and fnding modern day meanings to us urban folk;
cleaning the house and yard for Spring;
and honoring in ways that make us exited
and feel connected to Them and to the seasons.


What is Imbolc?
Imbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner.

The Romans Celebrate:

To the Romans, this time of year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox was known as Lupercalia. For them, it was a purification ritual in which a goat was sacrificed and a scourge made of its hide. Thong-clad men ran through the city, whacking people with bits of hide. Those who were struck considered themselves fortunate indeed. This is one of the few Roman celebrations that is not associated with a particular temple or deity. Instead, it focuses on the founding of the city of Rome, by twins Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf -- in a cave known as the "Lupercale".

The Feast of Nut:

The ancient Egyptians celebrated this time of year as the Feast of Nut, whose birthday falls on February 2 (Gregorian calendar). According to the Book of the Dead, Nut was seen as a mother-figure to the sun god Ra, who at sunrise was known as Khepera and took the form of a scarab beetle.

Christian Conversion of a Pagan Celebration:

When Ireland converted to Christianity, it was hard to convince people to get rid of their old gods, so the church allowed them to worship the goddess Brighid as a saint -- thus the creation of St. Brigid's Day. Today, there are many churches around the world which bear her name.
Purification and Light:

For Christians, February 2nd continues to be celebrated as Candelmas, the feast of purification of the Virgin. By Jewish law, it took forty days after a birth for a woman to be cleansed following the birth of a son. Forty days after Christmas – the birth of Jesus – is February 2nd. Candles were blessed, there was much feasting to be had, and the drab days of February suddenly seemed a little brighter.

Love & Courtship:

February is known as a month when love begins anew, in part to to the widespread celebration of Valentine's Day. In some parts of Europe, there was a belief that February 14th was the day that birds and animals began their annual hunt for a mate. Valentine's Day is named for the Christian priest who defied Emperor Claudius II's edict banning young soldiers from marrying. In secret, Valentine "tied the knot" for many young couples. Eventually, he was captured and executed on Feb. 14, 269 C.E. Before his death, he smuggled a message to a girl he had befriended while imprisoned -- the first Valentine's Day card.

A Celtic Connection:
Serpents in the Spring

Although Imbolc isn't even mentioned in non-Gaelic Celtic traditions, it's still a time rich in folklore and history. According to the Carmina Gadelica, the Celts celebrated an early version of Groundhog Day on Imbolc too – only with a serpent, singing this poem:
Thig an nathair as an toll
(The serpent will come from the hole)
la donn Bride
(on the brown day of Bride (Brighid)
Ged robh tri traighean dh’an
(though there may be three feet of snow)
Air leachd an lair
(On the surface of the ground.)

Among agricultural societies, this time of year was marked by the preparation for the spring lambing, after which the ewes would lactate (hence the term "ewe's milk" as "Oimelc"). At Neolithic sites in Ireland, underground chambers align perfectly with the rising sun on Imbolc.
The Goddess Brighid

Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection as well, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The Irish goddess Brighid is the keeper of the sacred flame, the guardian of home and hearth. To honor her, purification and cleaning are a wonderful way to get ready for the coming of Spring. In addition to fire, she is a goddess connected to inspiration and creativity.

Brighid is known as one of the Celtic "triune" goddesses -- meaning that she is one and three simultaneously. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid, or Brid, whose name meant "bright one." In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed as Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. Brighid was also a warlike figure, Brigantia, in the Brigantes tribe near Yorkshire, England. The Christian St. Brigid was the daughter of a Pictish slave who was baptised by St. Patrick, and founded a community of nuns at Kildare, Ireland.

In modern Wicca and Paganism, Brighid is viewed as the maiden aspect of the maiden/mother/crone cycle. She walks the earth on the eve of her day, and before going to bed each member of the household should leave a piece of clothing outside for Brighid to bless. Smoor your fire as the last thing you do that night, and rake the ashes smooth. When you get up in the morning, look for a mark on the ashes, a sign that Brighid has passed that way in the night or morning. The clothes are brought inside, and now have powers of healing and protection thanks to Brighid.


♥♪♫•.•°*°•.¸¸♥. PEACE and LOVE .•°*° ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
we do have one small reminder
of the inception of those warmer days ahead;
the seeds of Spring that are percolating in the 'belly' of the Mother Earth.