Weekly Wrap-Up: Ancient Egypt, Blue Hair, and Plant Dissections

Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! I know I always say it’s been a busy week, but it has been a busy week. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been the especially productive kind of busy, at least not as far as everything unrelated to school goes.

We started off the week having lunch with Brian’s parents. I’ve decided that I should consider the possibility of feeding Josh steak and chicken for lunch every day – he worked so hard all afternoon and put forth more-than-usual effort in his schoolwork.

This was a project week for the kids and both chose to research pyramids as part of our study of ancient Egypt. I think Megan’s decision was heavily influenced by the fact that the Crash Course Ancient Egypt video was done by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. (You’ll want to preview that one. The Crash Course videos are the PG-13 sort.)


Wednesday was an eventful day. Josh and I started with breakfast at Chick-Fil-A. On the way home, we picked up some things at Wal-mart, included a plant to dissect (not as interesting as the frog, but not as messy either) and blue Kool-Aid for a Pinterest project Megan has been dying to try – like, literally. She dyed (do you see what I did there?) the ends of her hair blue. It actually turned out better than I expected.

Blue Kool-Aid Hair Dye

She had gymnastics Wednesday and ended up being evaluated for team, something she’s been working toward for well over a year. After the coach evaluated her, he invited her to come practice with the team today. I guess that’s kind of Stage 2 of the evaluation. She’s never gotten that far before. She’s so excited!

After dinner, we took Josh for a shopping spree. He’s changed his eating habits and gotten more active. As a result, he’s dropped 15-20 pounds and his clothes no longer fit him. Yay! I don’t think he’s ever been as excited to go shopping.


Modeling his new jeans, t-shirt, and beanie with the new guitar strap he got Wednesday.

I felt like I should explain to the cashier why we were shopping and that Megan had been shopping for her birthday just a month or so ago. I think she thought I was a pretty mean mom for buying Josh a pile of clothes and making Megan put back one of the two shirts she’s picked out because I was out of money.

Megan completely understood, though, and was content to wait and go shopping next week with the Kohl’s cash we earned from Josh’s shopping spree.

Yesterday we did our plant dissection. Again, not as interesting as the frog, but still pretty cool. I think looking at anything under the microscope is pretty cool.

Plant dissection

I also made chocolate chip cookie dough icing for cupcakes that I made for dessert for dinner at my sister’s house. Oh, my word, y’all. That stuff is sinfully good.

I think we’ve lost another cat to the coyotes in the woods. Not Gus found us shortly after Gus the First fell victim, we think, to the coyotes and, unfortunately, you really can’t convince a stray, outside, male kitty to be a strictly inside cat. We haven’t seen him in just over a week. The whole family is missing him.


I took this picture of Not Gus last week just a day or two before he disappeared. He and Lily sit in those chairs like a little old couple.

I would say that I’m looking forward to a restful weekend, but I think it’s going to be nearly as busy as the week has been. Next weekend is more of the same. I’m looking forward to Christmas break!

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