Weekly Wrap-Up: The one where the wrap-up got a makeover

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Happy Friday, y’all! I’ve got something a little different for you today. It’s a Weekly Wrap-Up makeover! Yep, after over 10 years, the Weekly Wrap-Up is getting a complete overhaul, and I’d love your feedback!

Weekly Wrap-Up

I’ve had people ask why my Weekly Wrap-Up doesn’t focus on homeschooling much these days. One word: teenagers.

Since my youngest is a high school junior who completes her schoolwork independently, I don’t have a lot of fun projects and activities to share.

And, it wouldn’t take long for y’all to get tired of seeing pictures of her sitting on her bed surrounded by school books. Not to mention the fact that I’d have to set my alarm for two or three in the morning to take those pictures.

But, I still enjoy writing the Weekly Wrap-Up and catching up with y’all on a personal level. And, I’m going to need a place to share those home remodel pictures. {grin} And, photos of all the creatures.

So, I thought I’d try a post layout that would allow me (and remind me!) to share little snippets of my life, along with fun and helpful finds from around the Internet. Let me know what you think!

What’s Happening in WUHS World

Our project coordinator called Tuesday. Oh, y’all. He feared that he overwhelmed me with information. Nope, he just got me so stinking excited! I just kept thinking, “Oh, wow. This is really happening!”

On Wednesday, Megan and I took a little road trip to Atlanta to pick her boyfriend up at the airport.

He flew in for a concert they attended Thursday night. Because they were general admission seating, Megan and Jake got to the venue there crazy early – and wound up right in front of the stage! They were second in line to get in, so they were literally standing right up front.

Megan was beyond excited.

Tonight’s plans include a bonfire and s’mores if the weather cooperates. Yeah, I’m totally crashing that part of the party. {grin}

Our big, fur-baby celebrated her 2nd birthday on Thursday. Because all our creatures are rescues, Belle is the only one whose actual birthday I know. And, I’ll always remember it because it’s the day after Halloween.

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She loved the party hat. {grin}

I wish this photo hadn’t turned out so blurry. It’s my favorite.

Speaking of Halloween, this is the first year that none of my kids have gone trick-or-treating. {sniff} I mean, yeah, I know my youngest is 17, but still.

Because we don’t get trick-or-treaters where we live, Brian and I went out to dinner and our new favorite place, Lowe’s. The stores were like a ghost town. (See what I did there?)

We decided that we might have to make a tradition of Halloween shopping in the quiet, peaceful stores.

From the Archives

Do you and your family love card and board games? I updated an older post with some of our family’s favorite games. Check it out and see if any of yours are listed.

Can you believe it’s November already? If you’ve got preschoolers, check out this fun craft for retelling story of the first Thanksgiving.

Fun Finds

Here are a couple of great deals you don’t want to miss.

Udemy has their courses on sale up to 90% off. Josh and I enjoy the self-paced video classes. We snagged a couple for just $11.99. The sale ends 11/13/18.

Achieve Your EOY Goals: New Language? New Skill? Courses Now Starting at $11.99

MasterClass has added some new classes, including Tom Morello Teaches Electric Guitar. If you’ve got a music lover, this could be a fantastic Christmas gift. (And elective credit if you’re homeschooling high school.)

Surprisingly Social

Have you seen this video? I saw it on Facebook a while back, and it makes me laugh every single time I watch it. And, every time I watch it, I have to watch it over and over so I can keep my eye on a different cat each time.

It totally seems like something my dogs would do.

In Case You Missed It

If you didn’t catch yesterday’s post, What You Need to Know About Homeschooling Kids with OCD, from contributing writer Adrienne Bolton of The Mommy Mess, please take a minute to read it.

Adrienne and I have both dealt with mental health issues in our family, and we think it’s time to start some conversations. The stigma surrounding mental illness needs to end. Families need to understand that they’re not alone.

You’re not alone.

The balancing act between guarding our families’ privacy and starting conversations is a delicate one, but we’re going to give it a shot.


People often ask if we’re still using Trail Guide to Learning. We’re not, only because Geography Matters hasn’t completed the series through high school and my youngest is 17. We used Paths of Settlement and Paths of Progress. That was as far as the series went at the time.

However, we loved it and I highly recommend it!

Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments, and I’ll try to answer them.

What Y’all Loved in October

This is where I’ll be sharing the top posts from my site each week or, like today, the month that just ended. These three posts are ALWAYS my top three:

Seriously. Always. So, I’m going to skip them when I share the top posts, so hopefully, we’ll have a little variety. So, besides those posts, the top posts in October were:

Now, I’m off to enjoy a fun weekend with family – all of my family. Brianna and Andrew are visiting, too! My mama’s heart is full

Don’t forget to let me know what you think about the new Weekly Wrap-Up layout. I’m open to suggestions and feedback!

How was your week? Post about it on your site and link up. If this is your first time to join us, read the Weekly Wrap-Up guidelines first. You can also grab the banner code while you’re there if you want it.

Remember: link directly to your Weekly Wrap-Up post so that others can find it easily when they visit your blog. And, post a link back here so that your readers can find the Wrap-Up and join in the fun.

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  1. What a cool new format. My teens didn’t trick or treat this year either. We just went downtown and watched the little ones trick or treat.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Thanks, Sarah. Yeah, it’s really crazy to be at this end of the season. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. {sigh}

  2. I love the new layout. I don’t even home school but I some how found your site and started following because I also have a junior in high school thats an only child so like to see what others are doing. No trick or treating here this year either, so sad. Since I don’t blog or have facebook and such I really enjoy the funny videos too!

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