Sunday, January 15, 2012

Random Thoughts Designed Chiefly to Make My Blog Look Fresh

So, football....nevermind.

Have you ever seen that episode of Star Trek where Data tries to do small talk? I am not a Star Trek fan, per se, but it is hilarious!! And an illustration of something I am not good at. And I don't mean to indirectly complement in "I can only speak of consequential things", it is a major weakness in my socialization repertoire. 

And, for the record, I was NOT home schooled. 

Is there a way to put some sort of prettier line between my random thoughts? This one is just boring.

I think I finally get Pinterest. Sort of. Someone said something in the comments on some blog (how is that for random) about Pinterest being like her favorite women's magazines, only it is free, and probably void of sensationalistic articles on losing 10 pounds in 10 minutes. 

So, I have been perusing the pretty pictures on Pinterest and now I think I get it. My only problem is that I usually read magazines idea why, I just have always worked from back to front...and I can't do that on Pinterest. At least I don't think I can. 

So, politics. Umm......topic for another day, perhaps. 

I was discussing museums with some homeschool moms recently and some were mentioning that evolution is stressed at a lot of the natural history museums and they are wary of exposing their kids to it. I understand that. When theories are presented as scientific fact and then later used to cut away at your faith it sure is something to be concerned about. But, I think I can mitigate this with my kids and talk to them about what scientist do, the mistakes they make. 

You know what bugs me more? The environmentalist slant to most educational experiences! 

We were on a little nature walk recently and I was happy to see signs posted along the path that I hoped would explain the wildlife...maybe name some trees or flowers for me. But they were more like this: 

At one time this was a beautiful, meandering stream, with flowers blooming, bees buzzing, birds singing, butterflies fluttering, bunnies hopping...AND THEN CAME THE BIG BAD PEOPLE WHO BUILT HOUSES, ROADS, BUILDINGS AND DROVE BIG OLE MEAN CARS AND POLLUTED EVERYTHING TOTALLY RUINING IT!

move on to the next sign...

In this environment you can see red foxes, salamanders, birds of prey, monarch butterflies, or, at least you could....BEFORE THE MEAN PEOPLE CAME ALONG AND THREW ALL THEIR TRASH IN THE STREAM AND RUINED IT ALL!!!

So, what have we learned kids: nature = good; people (who somehow have been deemed something other than "nature") = BAD!!!

There. I blogged. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

An Anniversary

It has been two years now, and it is hard to believe Dad has been gone that long. We celebrated our second Christmas without him, and his presence was greatly missed. I haven't blogged much this year about Dad, but he has been daily in my mind. Over the past few weeks I have come across some pictures and videos that have just touched my heart. I wanted to share them with everyone. 

The first is a video we made for Dad's birthday in 2009. It is a little long, but very cute. Though I didn't get to see my father watch the video, I can easily imagine the look on his face, a big smile. Being Italian, and therefore an easily emotional man, there would have been a tear in his eye as well.

This picture puts a tear in my eye. It was one of our last outings with Dad. D adored his grandpa and would often be seen donning a baseball cap and walking with his hands in his pockets just like Dad. This picture just captured those moments so well.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year from the Kennedy's

This post is an attempt to transfer the formatting of the Kennedy Family New Year Letter to my blog. I apologize for the crazy fonts, spacing, and centering. 

The Kennedy Family in 2011

This year has been all about loving learning: finding time for reading and studying together, establishing routines, fine tuning our home schooling philosophies, and getting to know the saints through daily read alouds. I have made a real effort to be a stay at home mom that actually stays at home. Our daytime outings include the occasional field trip or park day with a local homeschool group. Jim and I have also become political junkies, watching shows, reading books and articles and having discussions about everything from economics, to the oil industry, to what makes a great leader.


American Girls, cooking and ballet have been her passions in 2011. MaryKate is quickly becoming Mama’s right hand in the kitchen and throughout the house. When she isn’t helping with laundry, she can be found in any number of choice spots reading a book. 

Our auditory learner discovered the audio book this year. He listened to some classic boy literature, such as books by Louis L’Amour and the classics My Side of the Mountain and Father and I Were Ranchers. Declan also made great strides in swimming this year achieving three ribbon levels during the summer and fall.  

If she isn’t crawling about being any number of animal creatures, she is busy in the library creating with paper, crayon, cardboard and tape. Annabelle wakes up with an idea of what she wants to play and will often be busily imagining instead of eating breakfast. 
Jim and Carol

We celebrated 10 years of marriage this year with a day in Napa (thanks to my niece Michelle-star babysitter). 
Highlights of 2011
Matt’s Wedding
We gained an aunt/sister and a cousin/nephew when Carol’s brother Matt got married in August. MaryKate and Annabelle were flower girls  and a great time was had by all!  
Family Field Trips
This was the year of Reagan. We visited the Reagan library twice and the Reagan Ranch Center once. The kids are great fans and have developed an interest in American history and the founding fathers as well. 
come on over!
We have enjoyed lots of great visits from friends and family this year: Thanksgiving here, lots of dinners with various friends, visits to So. Cal and Sacramento. 
Don’t forget you can keep up with our lives (and my thoughts) on my blog:
To all of our friends and family: We hope your Christmas was filled with Joy and that the New Year brings you health and happiness!        
With Love, Jim, Carol, MaryKate, Declan and Annabelle Kennedy

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Oughta give Iowa a try?

I am sitting in front of the TV watching the coverage of the Iowa caucuses and wishing I was there. There is something so clearly American about rooms of various sizes (from family basements to high school gyms), spread across the state, filled with people wanting to hear what their neighbors are going to say about the candidates and then casting their own vote. I love it!