Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with gymnastics team practice, prodigal cats, and car problems

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Halloween! Of course, with a houseful of teens now, it’s pretty much just your average Friday. My oldest is working, the boy doesn’t have any plans (to my knowledge, but that can change abruptly), and the plans of the youngest fell through, so she’s just going to gymnastics. I offered to buy her a bag of candy.

Both Megan and Josh have Halloween parties to go to tomorrow, so they’re really not too concerned about being too big for trick-or-treating. (Though I trick-or-treated until I was 16, but don’t tell anyone – it was free candy, y’all!) Megan is a little concerned about the free candy opp.

What’s funny is, of the three of them, the 19 year old is the one who’s had occasion to dress up several times already. She was Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, twice this week in the costume she made herself – with no pattern.


So, for all of you who don’t follow my Facebook page, I have some very happy news – two pieces of very happy news actually. First, my girl made the gymnastics team! She’s gone from two one-hour practices a week to three three-and-a-half hour practices. It’s a huge change, but she loves it.


Second, my sister called me last Saturday to tell me that she had just spoken to a lady who had found a cat that sounded like Not Gus. Megan and I went to see – and it was him! He was about a mile from home and had been missing just over a week. It was a very happy reunion.

happy reunion

Brian and I had slept with our window open last Friday night and we could hear the coyotes in the woods. I told him, “That poor cat never stood a chance.” We we so very relieved to find him. And, he has been very, very happy to be home.

happy cat

I saw the cutest idea online this week – gooey monster cookies. I modified the idea a bit and made Mike Wazowski cookies. They turned out cute, but I wish I could have found a bigger candy eye.

monster cookies

From the “does this happen to other people or is it just us” files : Wednesday, Brianna went outside to get in her car and leave for school. She was back seconds later to tell me that she had shut her car door, heard a load pop, and her back window just shattered and caved it. Seriously, it just imploded.

broken window

We couldn’t get an appointment to get it fixed until the next day, so we pulled her car in the garage overnight. Brian, who usually parks in the garage, was going to park his car in our very steep driveway. When he put on the emergency brake, he heard a pop – the brake cable broke.

Yep, two car issues in one day. Does this happen to other people? And, of course, his wasn’t an insurance thing and the window costs less to replace than the deductible, so this is all out of pocket. Fun times, y’all.

Amongst gymnastics team practice, prodigal cats, and car problems, we did do a regular week of school, but it wasn’t nearly as interesting as life this week. I think I’m ready to go back to mundane.

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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. I’m so excited to see Not Gus back!! That’s awesome! Congrats to your daughter making the team. I saw that this week but somehow missed the kitty coming home! That dress is amazing! Your daughter really has a talent. Hope you guys have a great week!

    1. Thanks. Brianna does impress me with the things she makes…and we are so happy to have Not Gus back. I’m so happy that my sister saw that sign. We never go that way.

    1. Thanks! It’s been a really great week. Well, except for the car stuff. Thankfully, that’s all taken care of already, though. We picked up Brianna’s car yesterday and Brian’s is ready to be picked up when he gets off work. Our wallets are a little lighter than we’d like, but at least it’s all taken care of.

  2. What a lovely week (well, except for the car)! I’m so pleased you found Not Gus. We don’t have coyotes but I have been known to spend early hours of the morning pounding the streets looking for Georgie. He’s old now and more of a house cat, which suits me just fine.
    I’m also chuffed Megan got onto the team. I’m going to show my older twin. And I really love your eldest’s dress. She did a great job, especially without a pattern. I know she is interested in film/theater make up – is she also interested in costumes and the like?

    1. Yes, Brianna is interested in all things theater. I’m curious to see what the future holds for her. Yes, tell L (it is L, right?) about Megan. It’s not too late for her!

  3. Not Gus is totally smiling in the second photo. 🙂 Glad he’s back, and congrats to Megan. About that other stuff with the car window and all, just yuck!

    1. He is smiling, isn’t he? He’s one happy kitty – and we’re quite happy, too. We really didn’t expect to see him again and we love that crazy cat.

  4. seriously – NO pattern? That’s an amazing dress! Go Gymnastics Team! I was a competitive gymnast from 6-12yrs old and then a cheerleader for 4 years. Definitely got the awkward klutz out of me!

  5. Wow! What a week! Sorry about the car issues, but I’m so glad to see that the cat came back! How great is that? Congrats to your gymnast. The Belle dress is amazing, especially since it was homemade without a pattern!

  6. The window thing is just CRAZY! Glad the cat is home and safe! Yippee on the gymnastics team, but boy that is a HUGE change in scheduling. She looks thrilled though!

    1. Yes, so far she’s thrilled. I hope her current drive and enthusiasm doesn’t wear off. Her coach was really impressed that she already almost has her floor routine memorized. She’s been working on it in the living room on her off days. I said I need a bigger, more padded living room. 🙂

  7. I am so glad the kitty was okay. 🙂

    Congratulations on the gymnastics team. This will be my middle daughter’s third competitive year, and she loves it. It’s time consuming- and expensive!-but we all have fun with it.

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