It’s hard to believe another week has come and gone and that we’re less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving. It seems that my life has become a blur. Even Megan commented yesterday that she can’t believe how fast this month has gone by. We’ve only got one more week of school before we’re off for the rest of the year. We’re all pretty excited about that!
I do have some plans for some fun, not-so-formal learning kinds of things for us to do in December. Did you see my post yesterday about the Christmas chalk pastels book and the Christmas Around the World unit study or the one Monday with our middle school reading list? Yeah, I’ve got plans for our Christmas break. Don’t tell my kids, though.
Do you remember me telling you about “Not Gus,” the orange tabby that showed up in our neighborhood a few weeks ago? He hung around our house almost constantly for a week or so, but we’ve just seen him occasionally since then. I think Megan was pretty accurate when she determined that he’s the neighborhood cat.
I’d been thinking about him a lot this week. He’s not Gus, but he reminds me of him and he’s a sweet cat and, well, I missed him because he hadn’t been around in 2 or 3 weeks. When we got to my sister’s for dinner last night (she lives in my neighborhood), he was sitting on her front porch. We all petted him and loved on him a bit before going inside.
When we left, I was putting some things in the back of my car, including a pet crate I had let my sister borrow for their new puppy. Josh noticed “Not Gus” sitting in the middle of the road. On impulse I picked him up and stuck him in the pet crate, expecting him to protest. He didn’t. At all.
So, we brought him home with us. We enjoyed fussing over him and loving on him last night. He didn’t seem to mind the attention one bit. We joked a bit about being cat-nappers, but really he shows up at our house on his own all the time, so if he belongs to someone, I figure he’ll head back to their house soon.
While we’re on the cat theme, I’ve got to tell you about the letter we got from our Compassion International sponsor child yesterday. In a previous letter, he’d told me about his cat, so I sent pictures of Lily and Luna. Nathan said he was happy to see picture of Lily and Luna. He said they were “very healthy,” which we found highly amusing because Luna is fat.
Then he said that Lily looks like his cat, so he’s going to name his cat Lily. Isn’t that sweet?
Last weekend was Brianna’s anime (Japanese animation) conference. She had two different cosplays (costume play = dressing up as anime characters). I was so proud of her because she had been working on them for months.
She made both costumes herself, sewing most of the pieces and altering others. She even ordered the blue wig and colored contacts. She even made the little stuffed animal thing (it’s not a snowman) she’s holding in the one photo.
We are eagerly awaiting the premiere of Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games movie, next weekend. We probably won’t go see it right away since Brianna works at the theater and has to work all of premiere weekend. We’ll probably go see it the following week.
I finally decided to let Megan watch Hunger Games. She’s probably watched it 3 or 4 times this week. Even Josh liked that one, so it will be fun to all go see a movie. Plus, we’ve still got to go see Thor. We didn’t get a chance to go this week.
Those are the highlights for us this week since school was pretty much the same old, same old.
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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.