Weekly Wrap-Up: Cat on a {Hot Tin} Roof

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Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weekend. It’s been a good week, but somehow the laundry has reproduced and is threatening to overtake the house. I plan on – as much as I dislike it – spending some focused time this weekend on cleaning house and catching up the laundry.

Now, lest my “I’m ready for the weekend” statement make it sound like I’m actually looking forward to my weekend plans, let me assure you that I am not. I’m merely thankful to have an opportunity to slow down, catch my breath a bit, and have time to catch up.

Brianna has had play practice two nights this week. It seems like it’s gone pretty well and she’s enjoying it.

Josh, Megan and I wrapped up their first unit with Trail Guide to Learning. Each unit lasts six weeks and, let me tell you, I’m a fan of week six! Each sixth week is a wrap-up of the previous unit – it includes lots of review and recapping, a book review, character studies of the kids’ favorite characters, and a unit presentation to the family.

The kids haven’t done their presentations yet. I thought they could do them for the family after dinner. I enjoyed the fact that a lot of the stuff they did this week they could do independently. I hope that makes me sound more like a mom who enjoyed a bit of a break from the day-to-day and less of a lazy mom, but it was nice.


The only photo I took this week. {ahem} My new digital jump rope.

I stayed in the vicinity to answer any questions they might have, but I had some time to do little things while they were working – like unloading the dishwasher, washing some dishes, checking and responding to email…and maybe, possibly making one or two moves in Words with Friends.

The big excitement for the week occurred yesterday when I stepped out onto the small, uncovered deck off the master bedroom to call Josh and Megan inside. Gus (the cat) slipped out behind me and before I could stop him, he jumped through the slats and onto the roof!

The poor new neighbor behind us, who was out raking his leaves, probably now thinks he’s living next door to an insane family as he watched the kids and I spend the next 30 minutes or so trying to figure out how to get the cat off the roof!

While Josh and I struggled to put our fold-up ladder together, Gus finally managed to make his own way down. Crazy cat. Oh, and our roof isn’t tin. It probably wasn’t hot either, since it was awfully cold outside.

Today was Megan’s first American Girls book club meeting of the year. She was excited to get back and see her friends.  Tonight she’s spending the night with her cousin, so it’s been a good day for her. I guess we’ll have to do something nice for the other two.

I love easy, simple meals on Friday nights (which is why we have them at Chick-Fil-A as often as we can!). Tonight I’m fixing these ham and cheese sliders. Yum! A lady at our life group fixed them last week and they were delicious! Maybe not so healthy, but very tasty.

So, are you having anything good for dinner tonight?

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  1. You had me lol with imaging Gus on the roof and you all trying to coax him back in!  Cats are constant entertainment, that's for sure.  One of my parents' kittens helped herself to my dad's coffee today. (and liked it, no less!)  🙂  I am actually getting a break from cooking tonight, as our church is having a Valentine's celebration and dinner.  I am looking forward to it.  Hope you have a great weekend!  Many blessings, Lisa

  2. Reading about Trail Guide and your take on it makes me excited for things to come! We're still working on reading here but someday 🙂 And Yum . . . love Chick-Fil-A!!

  3. I finally got my wrap-up post posted on Friday! Wahoo! Thanks Kris for giving me the incentive to get it done and shared. Glad your cat got down okay…wish I could have seen you all . 🙂

    It sounds like you are enjoying your new Trail Guide curriculum. I think it looks fabulous too. 

  4. I've heard that a time or two on Twitter tonight, too. As much as I've thought a few times that I'd love to have another baby, I'm very glad that it's not a pregnancy test. I enjoy my kids' ages so much right now. The thought of starting over with an infant sounds very intimidating.

  5. Yet another reason dogs are better than cats: I've never had to figure out how to get a dog off the roof. Or out of a tree, etc, etc…  😉

  6. I have a question on your thoughts on years for American history vs. World History. There are so many thoughts and I personally have no clue! People seem top either do lots of American and little world, or vice versa. I haven't decided where I stand. 🙂 The reason I'm asking is because you're now doing the Trail Guides but that set involves a lot more American history than I had thought about. So I am just curious on your take on which years, or how many years, or order of histories through the school years. 🙂 I personally grew up in TX so I think I had as much Texas history as American or world. 🙂 But I did enjoy it! Sorry this is so long!

  7. The Trail Guide website explains why they start with American history. Here's the quote:

    "Children learn best by starting with the familiar. Studying American history first lays the firm foundation of your family's beliefs and shows what a good leader, government, and citizen look like. It also gives your children needed time to build thinking skills. When students are older they are better able to understand the events of world history, and more importantly, the causes and results of those events. With greater maturity in place, students are then ready to compare ancient times and events to our history and lives, learning the powerful lessons that can come from such a study."

    We spent the first several years of my kids' education on the Story of the World series, which focuses on world history. I had started on American history with them last year because I felt it was well past time for them to have a good understanding of our own history, so when we started Trail Guide this year, it was a perfect fit for us. Geography Matters is continuing to produce Trail Guide books and, as of now, has plans to continue through the high school level.

    According to their website, they'll begin covering Ancient History at the 6th, 7th and 8th grade level. To me, that will be the perfect time to recap what my children learned in their early elementary years.

    I'm not sure if that answers your question, but that's where my family is
    with our history studies.

  8. We had pizza earlier for dinner…thanks to my awesome husband who figured his wife would love it if she didn't have to cook and now we are having strawberry icecream and "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" A great way to end the week although we are just starting out and still finding our flow. Thanks for the post!

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