Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Before the First Field Trip


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Today marks a first in this homeschool year: our first field trip. I’m writing this post on Thursday night and scheduling it for Friday afternoon because I’m not sure if I’ll be home in time to get it ready on Friday afternoon. So, I may not have field trip photos until next week, but, unless something goes wrong, I expect us to have a great time.

We’ll be visiting a local Civil War battlefield and museum to tie in with our Civil War studies with Paths of Settlement. Brianna is studying World War I, but she’s tagging along anyway. She’s not going to pass up a day off from regular studies and lunch at Chick-Fil-A. She’s smart like that.

We’ve been enjoying the fine arts with drawing lessons using See the Light’s Art Class and artist and composer study with Harmony Fine Arts. I’ll confess to back-tracking with HFA a bit this week. I had a “duh” moment when I realized that I had the art book that coincides with Option 3 in Harmony Fine Arts, so we spend a little time catching up in it, since I’d forgotten that I had it.

Yes, I do worry about my mental capacity. On a fairly regular basis.

Wednesday I went for my annual Health Risk Assessment for our insurance. I used to hate going because I knew how unhealthy I was. Now, I love going! I still have a slightly high BMI, but it is {this} close to normal. It was 26 and 25 and under is normal.

The lady who did my exam said she doesn’t see very many people as close to normal as I am. I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to hear that after so many years of obesity.

Everything else was in the normal range. My biggest excitement was my good cholesterol. It was the only thing (not weight-related) that wasn’t where it should be last year. It was low. I raised it up to the healthy range!  That tells me that my diet really has turned completely around.

I spent some time really looking over and trying to get familiar with the Write Shop materials Wednesday night. I can’t wait to start using them after our break! Megan saw me looking at the stuff and started flipping through student activity pack that goes with Book D and now she’s excited.

Brianna started flipping through the activity pack the next morning because it was still sitting on the table. I think she was wishing she’d had something like that when she was Megan’s age. Poor guinea pig firstborn.

Earlier this week, I finally picked up the book that my author friend, Chautona Havig sent me forever ago, Beneath the Cloak, the final book in the Annals of Wynnwood series. I haven’t had much time for reading, so it’s been patiently waiting for me. Now that I’ve picked it up, though, I can’t put it down.

That would be why I avoid reading when I don’t have a lot of extra time. When I get engrossed, I have a very hard time putting a book down until it’s finished.

Yes, this is a book intended for young adults – you know, teenagers . I’ll just point out that lots of adults get wrapped up in books intended for teenagers. So there. I’ll probably find out Dove’s secret by the end of the weekend. I doubt much else will get done, but I will know the secret.

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  1. I’m still overweight on the BMI scale too 🙁 It’s frustrating that so many things are based on scale weight….not very accurate in assessing someone’s level of health and fitness if you ask me LOL

    Hope your day at the Battlefield wasn’t ruined by the rain storms. Hopefully we’ll be able to tie a field trip in to our Paths of Exploration study this year 🙂

    1. It rained, but we were doing the driving tour by then with a CD I bought several years ago, so it wasn’t too bad.

  2. Congratulations on the health assessment. You know you’ve accomplished something with health and weight, but it feels good to have a doctor verify it. 🙂 The field trip planned for next week sounds like lots of fun. But I must admit I enjoy historical sites probably more than my kids.:-)

  3. Hope your field trip went really well. I’m sure it felt really great to see such a great report on your health after all the work you have done to get yourself healthy. I love how much I am able to do after losing 40lbs. Makes such a difference. For me, it is empowering to see what I am capable of.
    Thanks for hosting the link up!

  4. Kris, I *LOVE* books intended for teenagers! Maybe not all of them, but a lot of them. The Hunger Games books are a good example. No shame in liking a well-written story. 🙂
    I am so proud of you for getting healthy! You inspire me, and although I have yet to actually GET my butt in gear on a regular basis, I know I need to. And I will. My excuses have run out. We have one battlefield near us… we’ll it’s five hours away but that’s as near as it comes. It’s a pretty cool story too. When I was a kid we lived back East, and I remember going to the battlegrounds at Yorktown, VA. That was the neatest place!! I hope your field trip was awesome. 🙂

  5. Just wanted to write a quick reply before my three year old and five month old wake up and the chaos begins. I have begun reading several homeschool blogs since God led us in a 180 degree u-turn toward homeschooling. (Thankfully we have a couple years to sort out the curriculum maze and logistics involved!) Your blog always makes me feel like I’ve had a glass of sweet tea with an encouraging friend whom I have a lot in common with. Not sure I am as happy about how your weight loss is convicting me, but I have got to get some energy back! (I have even more to lose, and sadly lost it all once and packed it back on during grad school.) Keep writing and know how much I appreciate your honest and balanced approach to homeschooling and life. It makes this all seem much more doable.

  6. Lol – “Poor guinea pig firstborn”! Sounds like our house – we call my oldest the “tester child”. 🙂

    Way to go on your health check-up, Kris! That must be so rewarding after all the hard work you’ve been putting in!

  7. I’d love to go on a Civil War field trip (not to mention getting lunch at chik-fil-a lol). Looking forward to photos!
    Have a great week 🙂

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