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One of my favorite times of this past week was the 20 minutes I spent standing with the kids in line to vote.
We took the opportunity to talk about the importance of being an informed voter. We observed that there were people in line that were young enough that it was likely the first time they were voting and people in line so old that they moved along slowly with a walker and someone to help them, as well as people of all ages in between.
The kids probably thought I was crazy that I talked about this all with all the wonder of Christmas morning as we walked along the line. But, darn it, this is just the kind of thing I love. I love anything that reminds me that despite differences of opinion, as a whole, the citizens of this country generally have a deep love for it and what it stands for.
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Confession: I sometimes have to choke back tears during the National Anthem. I just can’t help it.
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Some other things I’m loving lately…
Celery stalks with just a little bit of peanut butter
My new black high heeled boots
Cardigan weather has returned
The fact that Eric should finally be done with college in less than seven weeks
The boys practicing piano and Molly practicing cello
My fave purple zipped hoodie sweater that I promised not to wear every again because it has holes in it now, as well as the fact that I took it out of my closet and have worn it anyway
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Oh yeah, that’s right — Eric will be graduating soon!
Yesterday, I was dreamily thinking about Eric graduating and being done with school and the phone rang. I snapped back from my daydream and saw that it was his college calling! Isn’t that bizarre? They were calling because they didn’t have a record of whether he would actually be attending his graduation ceremony or not.
For the record, we are apparently not big on college graduation ceremonies because I skipped them for both of my degrees and he’s skipping out on his too. Go figure. Please tell me we’re not the only people to opt out of these.
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I made three prayer handwriting sheets today and am sharing them over at Catholic Mothers Online. There’s three versions (printing, cursive, and D’Nealian) of The Sign of the Cross prayer.
Here’s what one of them looks like:
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This school year, we’re trying a new schedule for our year. We are doing six weeks of school and then one week off. A couple of changes to that, however, included a two week term during the summer and then an extra week off during our breaks for Christmas and in the Spring. I thought about this type of calendar for several years, but was just so stuck on a traditional school calendar that I couldn’t make myself do it.
Now that we’re through two terms (plus the two week summer term) and are wrapping up our second time of taking a whole week off, let me give the preliminary verdict: We Love It!
Just about the time that we really, really want a break, it’s right there waiting for us. And, it’s not just a day or two, when couple with the weekends on either side, it’s nine days off. I can never decide who needs it more — me or the kids. (I think it’s me.)
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My brother-in-law shared a link to this CNN piece about Nate Silver and the funny tweets people have been writing about him after he correctly predicted how each state would vote in the presidential election. These are just hilarious – go check them out.