Thank goodness it’s Friday! It’s been a mixed week around here – mostly good, but including some “I need Valium” moments. Overall, I’m glad it’s Friday. Of course, I’m always glad it’s Friday. While I appreciate the structure and routine of our weeks, I enjoy the downtime that the weekends offer.
Monday was a regular school day for us since Brian had to work…then, there is the fact that we were just off for vacation a couple of weeks ago and we’ll have a short week next week due to Megan’s birthday (she’ll be a whole decade old next Wednesday). All that to say, we needed to get a good school day in on Monday.
We had to make some changes to the neatly-printed lesson plans in my new-and-improved mom binder due to not having some of the supplies needed for our science experiment. It wasn’t a big deal – just swapping out some history days for some science days until I could get what we needed. I love being able to be flexible.
We’ve been learning about explorers in All-American History, so I wanted to make this fun spyglass project. It was easy and we did get the spyglasses assembled, but it’s been so rainy (Thank goodness! We so needed the rain.) that we haven’t gotten them painted. I thought I’d save the photos for the finished product.
Wednesday we went out to dinner with some of the guys from Brian’s softball team. I wish I could express how much more I enjoy doing things like that now that I’m a normal size, rather than morbidly obese. I didn’t realize how much my weight was handicapping me emotionally.
We finally got the science experiment stuff together and did that Thursday. We proved that air exists even though we can’t see it because we can prove that it has mass (weight).
Our balance with uninflated balloons:
And, again, with the balloons on one side inflated:
We also went to watch Brianna play volleyball Thursday evening, which was an exercise in frustration and an event that may elicit its own blog post. For now, I’ll just suffice it to say that I find it unethical when a coach substitutes in her entire varsity team against a junior varsity team because her own JV is losing against them.
I’m just glad our coach has more integrity than that and I was proud of our girls for winning the second game against what was, by the end, an entire varsity team, and for holding their own in the tie-breaker game against these same players. I did feel rather sorry for the other team’s JV girls, who appeared very disappointed about not being able to play in what was supposed to be their game. Their parents didn’t appear to be impressed either.
Tonight is a couple of firsts: Brianna’s first homeschool dance (*sigh*) – she’s going with a group of girlfriends – and Brian’s and my first monthly date night. Josh is spending the night with a friend and Megan will be being spoiled by the grandparents. Then, tomorrow, she and I are going shopping – something she wanted to do for her birthday.
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