May is a wonderful month. Spring has finally taken hold and the damp April wind leaves us for another year. May is Mary’s month and I love our Blessed Mother and to have a whole month to celebrate her life and and remind me of her great love is just another great blessing of our Church.
May is also the month when I became a mother for the first time. My sweet baby boy arrived in May and this May he becomes a teenager.
When did that happen?
Sigh. Too fast. It happened too fast.
So we have a birthday to celebrate. Now he is past wanting a mom planned party and has opted for a boys night out with his dad, his friends and their dads. About twenty men, all told attending a Ducks game. This has become a birthday tradition over the last two years for Ryan and his friends anticipate it all year.
Good bye April…
The botany study will continue but the books are now in Erin’s backpack since we are studying outside so much. I would like to point out the binder/scrapbook of the Holy Father’s visit was completed by adding newspaper clippings, blog posts, and my letter from the archdiocese and my ticket. It will be a wonderful keepsake.
We’ll be studying Twelfth Night this spring since Ryan has a small part in our homeschool group production of this play. We will use our trusty Catholic Mosaic for a few of the books and others will just slide into circle time, story time and bed time.
I took down the April banner.
I made a May banner.
It would have been more artistic to remove the push pins before taking the picture.
Reality blogging is what you get at the Bonny Blue House.
Tomorrow I plan to work out (5:00a.m. – eek), go to Mass (6:30 a.m. – double eek) Dave will come with us and then I want to spend some time planning out May. Our school year officially ends in May (we begin in August) and I want to make sure we get to everything. I am also planning a HUGE Costco trip with BFITW so I need to be organized. So I cleaned off my desk.
That looks nice right? Like Dawn I plan better when I am not distracted by
a big mess visual clutter.
Then I pulled out a few things I will need to plan.
The green folder is filled with JPII resources. Then there is my ever present planner. I filled in all of our activities, appointments and celebrations this month. Now I have to put in my school notes. My planner, being totally Catholic, is also a great resource for Saint days, prayer intentions of the Pope and other liturgical information. The purple bound book is A Year With God which is chock full of Marian activities and is a generally excellent book to have around. My clipboard has my housekeeping lists, shopping lists and the library newsletter. I will be putting a lot of the library activities in our calendar. The blue folder is my May folder. I use Dawn’s file folder method. She uses a crate but I have this amazing desk, built by my father-in-law God rest his soul, and I have ample drawer space. Lucky me. My mother-in-law generously gave me the desk when she moved out of her home to be nearer her children. Actually I think the grandchildren were the bigger draw :).
Behind is a small pile of books I plan to use to add some interest to our month. I will also look though the blogs, peruse some favorite magazines and check out some cookbooks to round out the month. I have several more books to look through but they are by my bed to be flipped through tonight. Also missing is my laptop. That honking big PC is one used by the children. We actually have two PC’s for the kids. That way no one is ever tempted to touch my laptop ;). Ever.
So the next day or two will be given over to planning out Mary’s month, working on an article, and coming to grips with having a teenager.
Have a blessed evening.