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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was really nice. I started Thanksgiving Day off with my first-ever “turkey trot” – an 8K race in which I met my goal of a ten-minute mile for the first time ever. This race is definitely going to become my Thanksgiving Day tradition.


After the race, we spent the day enjoying two different Thanksgiving dinners – one with Brian’s family and one with mine.

Friday was another tradition – Black Friday shopping. My mom, my sister and I go every year. I never used to go. My mom and her sister went with their mom. I didn’t start going until after my Nannie passed away. I wish I hadn’t waited so long because it’s always so much fun to spend the day laughing, shopping, and eating with my mom and sister.

Brianna has wanted to go the last couple of years. I guess I may have to let her next year, so she can join in the fun and continue the tradition. I’ve hesitated because, one, I buy her Christmas gifts that day, and, two, she usually babysits my niece for my sister.

We used to be among the crazy people who are out long before the sun, but the last couple of years we’ve scaled it back and head out at a much more enjoyable 7:30 or so. We get a little extra rest, then, have breakfast before we head out shopping. Usually, the madness is pretty much over by the time we get to the stores and we can enjoy shopping without all the stress.

Of course, my house was a disaster by the time the busy weekend was over. Since we didn’t have church services Sunday night, I tackled the disaster zone – after my Sunday nap, which was extra enjoyable thanks to a nice, steady rain shower. I just can’t stand to start school with a cluttered house.

I got the house dusted and vacuumed while the kids cleaned up most of the clutter. I also began my attack on our mountain of laundry. I was actually surprised at how much I got done. I’d planned a simple supper (after so much “big dinner” eating for Thanksgiving) of chili and hot dogs to make my life easier.


(Picture from last year, since I didn’t think to take a picture last night.)

After dinner, Brian and the kids got our Christmas tree assembled while I worked on some of the other decorations. Then, we put the ornaments on the tree. It turned out to be some really nice family time instead of just a cleaning frenzy like I’d expected.

Now, my house is relatively clean, most of the laundry is done, the house is decorated for Christmas and we’re ready to start school in a clean, de-cluttered house. You can’t ask for a better way to start a Monday than that.

How is your week starting out?

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Nice! This year my family did the Grub Run instead of our traditional turkey trot. You are extremely brave tackling black Friday…although I guess the worst of it happens in the wee hours of the night when people are sleep deprived and coming down from a sugar high. 

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