I’m so glad it’s Friday! It hasn’t been a bad week or anything – it’s actually been a pretty good week. I’m just ready for some downtime, plus the weather has been gorgeous and I’m ready to enjoy it.
Last Saturday, I did Scott Kelby’s 4th Annual Photo Walk. I almost didn’t go because Brian wasn’t going to be able to go with me, not to mention that it was early on a Saturday morning and I hadn’t had a chance to sleep in for several weeks. However, I convinced myself that it would be fun and I’d regret it if I didn’t go.
It wasn’t fun.
It was early and cold, I didn’t know anyone, I wound up walking around by myself, and I didn’t get any good pictures. Well, a couple of decent one, maybe, but nothing great.
Not great, but I had to take some self portraits so I could compare with last year.
It excites me to see how much weight I’ve lost since last year!
The rest of the day was great, though. We had a “family date night,” during which we went with our church family to see Courageous – loved it, but take lots of tissues if you go – followed by dinner afterward – our first visit to Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Yum.
The Highlights of Our School Week
My new method of teaching history is working out pretty well. As I mentioned in my review of All American History, I decided to start pre-reading the chapter, then, telling the story on the whiteboard. I’ve been using a combination of drawing, jotting down key facts, and using magnetic figures that I made.
The figures are nothing spectacular, I just printed off some of the notebooking figures from AAH Jr. and put magnets on the back. It just seems to help the kids keep track of who we’re talking about. Then, I use a world map placemat to draw out where the different explorers explored.
So far, it seems to be working pretty well. I’ve made a note for a writing assignment for next week: we’ll be writing about what we think may have happened to Henry Hudson after his crew mutinied and set him, his son, and several of his crew adrift with no food or water. He was never seen or heard from again, but who knows? They may have survived and had some adventures.
The only stipulation is, no one is allowed to write, “I think they died of thirst/starvation. The end.” Not that anyone at my house would do that. Of course not.
In science, we’ve been studying rocks and minerals, so we’ve started everyone’s favorite science project – making rock candy!
Of course, it takes awhile, but it will be worth it. We also looked at salt under the microscope – one of those times when I’m so glad we have a microscope – and made models of two basic crystal shapes.
Note that Megan is wearing the survival bracelet we made a week or so ago.
Josh finished reading his self-selected library book on Navy SEALs with little to no complaining. Yay! Now, he’s ready to go pick out some more. I don’t think he’s willing to say that reading is fun, but at least it’s not torture for either of us right now.
Thanks to a new daily checklist for the kids and a new cleaning schedule for me (more on that next week!), my house is finally decently clean and has been presentable for the majority of the week!
I have nearly everything on my to-do list checked off for the first time in weeks and someone could drop by unexpectedly and I wouldn’t be embarrassed for them to come in.
On Thursday, I ran my first-ever double-digit long run: 10 miles! It was an outstanding day for running – cool and sunny. I felt great and was really pleased with my time, though I know some would consider it slow. I don’t care! A year ago, I never would have imagined I’d be running at all.
Tonight, Brian and I are going on our second monthly date since coming back from our Disney vacation and realizing that we need to be more intentional about our time together. What excites me about this date is, it was Brian’s idea. That means I don’t feel like I’m dragging him out when he’d rather come home from a hard work week and veg out for awhile.
And, tomorrow, Megan and I will be heading out to another Lowe’s Build and Grow workshops. She loves those things and the badges she’s been earning.
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