Weekly Wrap-Up: Camp Week

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! I posted on my Facebook wall earlier that my cat is back from the vet (after a 2 hour wait…ugh!), my kids are on their way back from camp, and there was a check in the mail. Those are the makings for a great Friday.

It’s been a great week! I love my kids dearly, but the fact is we are all together all the time. Except camp week. On camp week, my older two kids go to youth camp with our church from Monday through Friday. They love it! I’ve seen some pictures this week and they are having a great time. (Seriously, you wouldn’t believe the change camp made in my boy last year and he couldn’t wait to go back.)

My youngest isn’t old enough for youth camp until next year (a fact about which she was extremely bummed…she can’t wait to go next year), so my mom, who loves me very much, has “Nannie camp” at her house for Megan and my niece. They love that, too. A week of hanging out, swimming, and getting spoiled by Nannie.

Where does that leave poor old Mom? At home alone for a week!

I’ve mentioned that I’m an introvert, right? I love camp week. It means that I’m home alone each weekday. I get to catch up on online stuff, play Words with Friends to my heart’s content, eat quick and easy sandwiches for lunch each day without worrying about any other meals, and go out on date nights with my husband each night.

Josh Playing Drums

Josh at camp

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m already doing the happy dance because my older kids are on their way home even as we speak and Megan will be coming home tomorrow, but that week at home alone is so refreshing. I’ve gotten so much done – although it does seem that my to-do list is never-ending – and I feel ready to tackle the next school year.

But not yet. We’ve still got a few more weeks. It’s hard to believe we’ll be starting back three weeks from Monday.

Probably the two most productive, non-blog-related things I got done this week were taking the cat to the vet and getting an estimate on getting my door ding repaired. Remember the door ding that I got when I went to the homeschool convention in North Carolina?

Just so you don’t think I’m completely spastic (not completely) about this car, it already had a door ding and a couple of scuffs. Brian wanted the dealership to fix those (we bought it used), but they wouldn’t. I was fine with that. I told him I liked that it was “pre-scuffed” because then I wouldn’t stress about it when something happened.

I could have ignored a little door ding, but this is one of those places that makes everyone who sees it say, “Oh, wow. They got you good.” Even the guy who fixes door dings for a living. They click their tongues and tell me the person hit my door at the worst possible place.

We’re getting it fixed on Monday. They’re even going to fix the little ding that I was content to ignore at no extra charge. Because it’s a tiny, door ding that doesn’t disgust me every time I look at it.


Lily looking terrified at the vet

Oh, and the cat? Yeah, the vet put her on anti-anxiety meds. For real. Nobody believed me when I tried to tell them how skittish and nervous this cat is. I’m telling you – terrified of her own shadow. It’s a good thing she’s well-loved around here.

I have hummingbirds at my hummingbird feeder now. We love watching them. I’m about over the squirrels, though. They’re persistent, greedy, annoying little creatures. We still think the chipmunks are cute, though. For now. We had one on the front porch this morning. The cat kept running from the window to the door and back. Miss Scaredy Cat really wanted to play with a chipmunk.

That’s the excitement for my week. It may not be fun to read, but it sure was fun to experience.

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  1. So glad that you got to have some down time and alone time with hubby! Awesome! 🙂 Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting.

  2. It sounds like a great relaxing/recharging week! I’m glad you got to enjoy it.

    Are the anti-anxiety meds terribly expensive. I inherited an a dog with a diagnosis of having anxiety and OCD. I feel your pain.

    1. No, the meds actually aren’t expensive. They’re on Walmart’s $4 list. She only takes 1/2 a pill so it’s a 2 month supply. I just hope it works! I gave her the first dose tonight and told Brian she’s going to need anti-anxiety meds to take her anti-anxiety meds. Putting a pill down her throat totally freaked her out. Crazy cat. It’s a good thing we love her. She really is super-sweet, just very, very skittish.

      Just curious…what does OCD look like in a dog?

      1. Yes, she’s lucky to be so well loved. Can you crush the pill in canned food?
        My OCD dog, basically its just unexplained compulsive behavior. Her compulsion is water. If its there she has to drink it. When she first came here she peed on the floor at least 5 times a day even though she was walked every 2 hours from 7am-9pm. I got a full work up in her thinking it was thyroid or diabetes…and the vet said she was perfect, he’d never seen better blood work. Its nuts, she will drink until she throws up then go back for more. So we only give her a cup of water at a time. Walking her is a hoot, she’ll strangle herself trying to get to every puddle to drink. If course, that was probably way more information than you wanted. Sorry 🙂

        1. I had a brainstorm today. I didn’t even think of this last night because it didn’t work when our other cat had to take pills…but our other cat is really picky. I wrapped it in a piece of cheese this morning. She gobbled it up and was looking for more. 🙂

          That’s funny about the dog. I mean, I’m sure it’s not funny to her, but it sounds funny. Poor dog.

  3. Poor lil’ kitticat. Would you believe we have one cat who didn’t need anaesthesia when the vet set his broken leg, he’s just so laid back and another cat (his sister) who runs 20 miles at the site of the worming tablet pack! Life is so much harder for her!
    I’m a teeny bit jealous that you had that much time on your own. I’m lucky if I get a bathroom break alone! A whole week – think of all I could do… Enjoy your weekend Kris and congratulations for being in the top 25 home school blogs. Well deserved!

    1. That made me laugh out loud. Then, I read it to Brian and he laughed, too. Cats are so funny.

      Thanks for the well wishes. It was fun to be included.

  4. Hi Kris,
    I totally understand the need for occasional time to your self. I spent last weekend for most of 2 days in a hotel room by myself and it was very refreshing. But I too loved reconnecting with my son.
    Blessings to your family…

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