Friday, September 09, 2005

Talking with Your Children About a Tragedy

Everytime I turn on the news it's about news and images of Hurricane Katrina. A tragedy on the scale of Hurricane Katrina can be overwhelming for adults, so how can a child deal with the fears, grief and overall feelings that such a tragedy evokes? Many children have been touched by this tragedy and it is important to not allow them to become additional victims.

Please visit for some coping tips, for children of all ages. As a parent I only want to protect my son but I realize that he is aware of this tragedy. He has questions and wants ultimately wants to know that he is safe.

Our family has all those who are directly and indirectly effected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs and kisses to all your "little ones".

Thursday, September 08, 2005

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month

It's National Library Card Sign Up Month. Don't forget to sign up or renew your children's library cards, this month. This is a must have on their back to school supply list.

Even if you have computers and Internet at home, the public library has a lot to offer. Many public libraries even have kid and teen book clubs. There's puppet shows, read aloud programs, homework help and arts and crafts. And all of these are Free.

Marcus uses the online tutor service that's offered through our public library. When he signs in, he selects his grade and subject. Then he is directed to an online teacher, which includes an blackboard. Help is available for Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Make it a weekly or bi-weekly visit, to your local public library branch, for the whole family. What a great way to encourage your children to read by having them see you reading too.

Remember learning can be fun too.

Rona Berry-Morin
Marcus and Me

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Our Favorite September Recipe - Ham and Cheddar Potatoes Casserole

Ham and Cheddar Potatoes Casserole
Makes 6 servings
Prep: SLOW COOKER - Start in the morning or early afternoon

6-8 slices of ham
8-10 medium potatoes thinly sliced
1 onion thinly sliced (optional)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or American Cheese)
1 10 3/4-ounce can cream of celery soup

1. Put half of ham, potatoes, and onions in slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cheese. Repeat Layers

2. Spoon soup over top. Sprinkle with Paprika

3. Cover. Cook on low 8-10 hours, or high 4 hours.

*If you like a lot of creamy sauce with your ham and potatoes, stir 3/4 soup can of milk into the soup before pouring it over the layers.
I decided to add extra cheese. I also used a ham slice, cut it into bite size pieces and discarded the fat. This is a great recipe for you leftover ham. My husband and son loved it! There were no leftovers. This recipe is a keeper.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Homeschool Talk Radio Show is Back !

Stop by and take a listen to this week's Homeschool Talk Radio Show. I'm so happy that Lynn is back with new weekly episodes.

Steve Braun, Civil War Dads, talks about his mission to bring Civil War history to life to illustrate the principles of leadership, service, and sacrifice. Steve encourages men to rise above the daily distractions of life and give “the last full measure of devotion” to God and their families.

Communication Expert JoJo Tabares from continues to tickle our funny bone, and tell us what her fantastic summer contest is all about!

Parenting Tips: Jodie Lynn of shares her Tips to Go for Parents Today.

Product Reviews: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine provides new and exciting product reviews for us each and every week.

Rona's Movie Review - "The Terminal"

Rated PG13
Running Time: 128 minutes
Drama, Romance

A foreign man is stranded for the foreseeable future in a New York airport because of a revolution in his homeland in Steven Spielberg's alluring comedy-drama. Tom Hanks stars as Viktor Navorski, a traveler from the Eastern European country of Krakozia who doesn't speak a word of English. With authorities refusing him entrance onto U.S. soil and all flights back to Krakozia cancelled, Viktor is forced to live in the airport where his plight, his ingenuity and his upbeat demeanor earn him a hangar full of new friends--including an attractive flight attendant (Zeta-Jones). Also with Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride and Diego Luna. Directed by Steven Spielberg, story by Andrew Niccol and Sacha Gervasi, screenplay by Sacha Gervasi and Jeff Nathanson.
My husband and I saw it on HBO, this Sunday. One of my favorite characters was Stanley Tucci. He plays a bitter security manager who wants Tom Hanks' character to leave the terminal. Charles and I agreed that this was a funny and warm movie. Consider putting this on your must rent/see list.

Our Visit to the U.S.S. Midway

When you plan your visit to San Diego, consider including the U.S.S. Midway. This is a self guided audio tour of an aviation museum. It lasts about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Keep in mind that you will be climbing ladders, stepping through doorways and doing a lot of walking. This isn't small kid friendly tour.

Besides the 15 aircraft and 35 exhibits, you'll also be able to enjoy the Flight Simulators. We took the 4 minute Blue Angel Flight Simulator ride. You fly along with the Angels while there sounds and movement. We really enjoyed it. Marcus spent 20 minutes playing a computer Flight Simulator game. He found that it was very challenging. If you want a more of an experience, there are authentic cockpit and flight simulator stations.

You'll definitely get thristy on this tour. You'll find water and soda machines through out the ship. With all the walking you'll probably get hungry. You'll find the Fantail Cafe. We had pretzels and bottled waters. The cafe offers salads, sandwiches and various snacks. Be prepared to pay.

To finish this tour, you'll want to stop at The Jet Shop. They offer a variety of books, clothing, and souveniors. You'll also want to pick up your arrival pictures when you leave. You get 2 medium size pictures for $20.

For more information, such as ticket prices and hours, visit the U.S.S. Midway website.

Remember learning can be fun.

Rona Berry-Morin
Marcus and Me

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