June 05, 2009


1. My nine, six and four year old children have been going to a Totus Tuus program all week. Technically it's for rising first graders and up, but for some reason they let the almost five year olds come too. The program is in its second year in Nashville and it is great. The kids have a lot of fun and enjoy learning a lot about their faith from very joyful college students and seminarians.

I admit that I've been some what enjoying the quiet with only the two littlest at home, but I miss the big kids and I hate making lunches every day and trying to shoo everyone out the door so that we can arrive on time. I can manage for a week, but how does anyone do it for a whole school year?

2. It's also been baby week around here. Tuesday morning, I got to meet my new little nephew, and Wednesday evening I got to go back to the hospital and meet the newest son of some dear friends. It's always amazing how tiny these little people are when they first arrive on the outside. Even the relatively big 8+ pounders that these little boys were, look so tiny and fragile. My ten month old is a petite little girl, but seemed like a giant next to a newborn.

3. My dad has also been here visiting this week. When he comes projects get done. Two or so years ago, my mom got us a set of used kitchen cabinets at the Habitat for Humanity store and they've been filling up the garage ever since. Now they are finally hanging on the laundry room walls. Still no countertops or laundry sink, but the cabinets alone are a big improvement.

4. My two year old seems to be very close to being potty trained in re #2 and yet he wets his pants all the time. Isn't #2 supposed to be the harder one? Not that I'm complaining.

5. After throwing the Art of Natural Family Planning at a wall in frustration a few months ago, we signed up for a class which just ended last month. Now we're supposed to turn in charts to the teacher for the next six months. I guess she probably wouldn't believe us if we never ever marked that any, um, relations, occurred, but sharing that level of detail is so not me. Not that we do things like that. Never.

6. And moving right along, the oldest took the Standford Achievement Test a while back. To brag just a little -- he did very well. So well, that we haven't showed him his scores. I know he would like to know, but I don't know whether telling him might go to his head a bit. Opinions? Wisdom? As his mother, though, I was unsurprised that his worst score was in listening. Because if the words "Lego" or "Star Wars" aren't in a sentence, it might just not be too important.

7. I am contemplating moving the ol' blog off of mu.nu. After the last craziness where a post from 2005 was on top for a bit last week, I think it might be time. Would the seven of you, who still come here once in a while follow me off to a new domain or would I really be stuck talking to myself and the voices in my head?

Quick Takes Fridays are, as always, hosted by the lovely Jen.


well, considering that i just found your blog :D i would definitely follow you wherever you go.

Posted by: rowena___. at June 5, 2009 10:22 AM

I'd follow you, if you left a trail of breadcrumbs. It was disconcerting to see the 2005 posts, particularly as I'm not bright enough to have the dates register on my consciousness...

Re #5, if you never do things like that, how did you end up with five kids?

Congrats to oldest! Not that there was any doubt he'd do well. Maybe better not to tell him, unless you plan to give him super-challenging school work in the coming year to remind him that humility is a virtue.

Posted by: diane at June 5, 2009 10:29 AM

Like-minded women are far and few between enough in my life right now that I'd follow you pretty much anywhere. Not in a weird stalker-ish way though. Just in a desperate to read some sense once in a while kind of way.

Posted by: Herb of Grace at June 5, 2009 10:45 AM

The first Curmudgeonry post I read wasn't even written by you (back in the group blog days) and I'm still following you. I will follow to a new domain, as long as it feeds readers.

Posted by: Earth Girl at June 5, 2009 11:22 AM

Hey, I'm still following you. Even though I think Mu.nu has something against me personally, eating comments & whatnot.

Posted by: skinnydan at June 5, 2009 11:36 AM

I can completely relate to number six. Worst scores also in listening for the same reasons. We didn't tell him his scores. We already had problems when I mentioned his reading level in front of him one day.

And, yes, Jordan, I would follow you anywhere. ;-)

Posted by: Jennifer at June 5, 2009 12:53 PM

Jordana, I'm in for wherever you go in blog-world. There doesn't seem to be a perfect host, but a lot of people seem pretty happy with Wordpress. (I don't use them, but I've heard fewer complaints and more props about them than anywhere else, lately.)

WRT scores, what we did was to say that "things went fine" and leave it at that. My thoughts are that it's hard enough for adults to use that information appropriately; for kids, it's just too much to expect. But YMMV and all other usual caveats.

Posted by: Patricia at June 5, 2009 01:41 PM

Umm, I'd follow you for sure!!

Posted by: Amy at June 5, 2009 02:17 PM

You don't have to give the teachers ALL your info, but to get the most out of the chart assistance and to understand if you are interpreting the charts correctly according to your current desire, I highly recommend you share the minimum: Last in Ph. 1, any Ph. 2, and start of Ph. 3

JMO, best of luck with your new adventure through NFP

Posted by: Pamela at June 5, 2009 04:34 PM

1. My brother and I went through our confirmation when we were 6 years younger than everyone else. It is cool they let the big kids in!
2. Babies are awesome.
3. If he is still there, tell him hi for me and ask if he wants to visit... I have some projects! ;-)
4. Wow... in a way you are lucky!
5. No one does that. Ever.
6. Tell him!
7. I'd follow you!

Posted by: blair at June 6, 2009 10:15 AM

Just give advance warning of where the party's gonna be, and I'll show up!

Posted by: madeleine at June 6, 2009 06:15 PM

I'd follow you wherever.
5. We went to the last session of classes in Nashville. I agree to some trepidation about sharing such information. And I imagine it's worse if you're worried about the chilluns finding your charts...eep.
6. I went to public school, and always found out my scores for the regular standardized tests. But they weren't very enlightening (percentiles). But when I had to have my IQ tested when moving school districts, I never found out that number. I think I saw it at some point when I was in high school or something, but I forgot. My husband was very surprised to find this out, as he was always a score-tracking kind of kid.

Posted by: Kathy at June 10, 2009 01:58 PM