Weekly Wrap-Up: The one before we start school

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! How was your week? It was our last week of summer break. We’re kicking off the year with an eclipse. How fun is that?

So, the plan was that I would spend some time doing some serious planning this week. That hasn’t happened. I’m not stressing about it, though. We never jump into everything the first week anyway. I’m planning on doing math, reading, and writing every day. We’ll build from there.

Last Friday night, I went to take the dogs out and noticed a tiny green tree frog on the porch rail. Brianna captured him for me since I was dealing with the dogs. My initial reaction was, “New pet!”

Then, I decided that if I were a tiny green tree frog, I wouldn’t want to be someone’s pet. Plus, I really don’t need another creature to care for. So I settled for taking some pictures instead and put him back where we found him.

Probably the coolest thing that happened to me this week – and it’s way up on my all-time list – is that I discovered my name on the back of a book! Like a real, actual, in-print book.

It was the first book in the Bax Classics series, and it included a quote that I gave them – right above a quote from Sarah Mackenzie. Squee!

Maybe one day my name will be on the front of a book.

I probably need to update my curriculum page with what we’re using this year, but I haven’t had time yet. Of course, we’re using Teaching Textbooks for math. Josh doesn’t have to do science this year, so he’s pretty excited about that. Megan is doing biology, and we opted for BJU’s biology, which looks surprisingly colorful and engaging for a textbook.

She’ll also be using Short Lessons in U.S. History as her history spine, and both kids will be using the most long-standing curriculum in our homeschool, Easy Grammar.

Now, I think I’m off to enjoy my last Friday of summer break. Y’all have a great weekend!

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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. My kids would be so excited to find a little frog like that here. Yesterday they found two snakes; I’d rather they’d have found a frog… My sister who moved to GA was telling them how she has three lizards that live in her yard, so now my kids keep trying to get us to move there, lol. I hope your first week of school goes smoothly!

  2. We have those cute little frogs living right outside our door – we leave our light on for them every night so they eat really well. Congrats on the quote – that’s so cool!!

  3. We have a toad that visits us every night when we bring the dog out. Addie had gotten to the point where she looks for it on the sidewalk. 🤣

    Happy almost first week!

    1. That’s funny. We had a toad that we rescued from our dog and kept as a pet until the following spring. It didn’t want to leave! We got to the point that we would check the driveway before pulling in to make sure we didn’t run over it because of how often it was sitting there waiting for us.

  4. Oh I love your little froggie friend! I always want to keep critters, too, but try to remind myself that they might have a family waiting for them back in the pond (or den, or whatever) <3

  5. I do not live in a city but in a countryside in Vietnam, seeing frogs and observing them and other creatures often seen in the countryside is almost a familiar image in the area where I live. And I like your thoughts in this article.

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