Weekly Wrap-Up: The One After the 2:1 Conference

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Happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a super-fantastic week. We have – it’s been an impromptu vacation week for us. My husband decided to take the week off, so we did, too. Who wants to try to be doing school while Dad’s off?

Not to mention the fact that we had stuff going on the first three days of the week – a doctor’s appointment, two other morning appointments Tuesday and Wednesday, and dance class on Tuesday afternoon. It would have been difficult to be productive anyway.


The 2:1 Conference speakers (photo credit)

Next week, though, it’s back to the books as we finish up our last few weeks of school. Surprisingly, everyone is on board to give year ‘round schooling a try. There is a slight faltering in the enthusiasm at the thought of starting back to school the second week in July, but everyone likes the idea of a week off every six weeks, so we’re going to give it a go and see how it works.

The highlight of my week, as sad as it is to admit, has been playing with my new phone. For those of you who have smartphones, how long did it take you to start looking at it as a phone again, rather than a toy to be played with? Are you eventually able to do that?

Please tell me you can or I may start worrying about addiction. Two words: Draw Something. {sigh} And, Megan may or may not be getting tired of being my guinea pig for Instagram.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to my post, Having a HEART for Your Kids. I was really worried about hitting “publish” because I was afraid I might get blasted for admitting how I’ve been guilty of tearing down my baby. Quite the contrary, though, so many of you have let me know that you share my struggle. Others have said that you’ll be praying with and for me. The response has really touched my heart.

Thank you.

In addition to running errands and playing with my phone, I’ve been chipping away at a massive laundry pile this week. I have successfully managed to get it caught up. Of course, it’s a never-ending battle so the challenge will be to keep it caught up this week.

Oh, and my big project yesterday was steam-cleaning the carpet in my van. There are still some stains that I couldn’t get up, but you know it looks better when your kids get in the car and say, “Wow, Mom! The van looks awesome!”

So, now I’m in that phase of, “Take all your stuff with you when you leave the van. Be careful with your drinks! Don’t put your hands on the windows!”

It won’t last long.

Brian, Josh and Brianna went to see the midnight premiere of The Avengers last night. Megan asked me what we were going to do while they were gone. Um, sleep.

She gave me a look until I reminded her: It’s the midnight premiere. They won’t be home until, like, three in the morning.

Oh, yeah.

Now, we’re just heading into a low-key weekend before starting up our last three weeks of school next week. It just feels so stress-free and relaxing. I love it!

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. I mentioned you in my post today! You may not remember, but I got to have lunch with you during the 2:1 Conference, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet you. : )

  2. I loved your post yesterday, Kris.

    But I'm disappointed with you today. What do you mean you didn't go to the premiere of the Avengers with your family? After all, I suffered through it. lol You know I'm joking, right???

    Guess what I decided right before the movie started? I'm too old to go to midnight movie premieres. It may have something to do with the fact that I'm working this week and not used to dragging my body out of bed at 6 in the morning but I actually fell asleep a time or two during the movie. *blush*

    Yep, I should have done the same as you- stayed home and slept. It would have been cheaper.  🙂   

  3. I do remember! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you. Looks like we'll get to hang out at the MomComm class later this month — virtually, of course.

  4. I'm really looking forward to those classes. Time for me to get more serious about blogging! I'm so happy you remember me. : )

  5. Well, if you makes you feel any better, I totally would have gone. I want to see it, but Megan is too young, so I was the martyr who stayed home with her so everyone else could go. 😉

  6. We loved our four weeks on and one week off schedule this year. I think six weeks on and one off would be just as good at keeping things and people fresh and energized.

    I think this is our last wrap-up post of the year but we will be back in September for one last year….gulp.

    Thanks for hosting Kris.

  7. Had such a great time chatting with you to/at the airport Sunday! Thanks again for all your notes!!!

  8. I enjoyed chatting with you, too. The time went by too quickly. You're very welcome about the notes. Hope you found a tidbit or two.

  9. We are thinking of trying year-round homeschooling this year too.  Not in a set schedule of a certain amount of weeks on, but to allow us to take a week off here or there when something comes up, whether that be a family emergency or a fun vacation.  It's great to hear that your kids are accepting of the idea.

  10. Hmmm… Lindsey owes us about a gazillion dollars. Maybe I should let HER do a serious cleaning of our car to pay back a bit of that money… 😉

  11. Oh, I had to laugh when I saw the words Draw Something. I just recently got a smart phone as well, (sidenote – just before my hubby and I went to Hawaii – I was worried about airport security too as I hadn't flown post 9/11 either!) and went through a little addiction phase, especially with that game. I was constantly itching to draw, and my kids would beg me to let them draw for Dad (which has actually been a good thing for my son's phonics and fine motor skills ; ). Don't worry, it will pass. I have a long list of games just waiting for me to guess and draw, but I'm not obsessed with it anymore, thankfully!
    I also loved your article on having a heart for your children…it really made me think and I am much more aware of my words and actions now. Thank you bunches for that.
    Enjoy your new phone, the novelty will wear off soon enough!

  12. A gazillion dollars…that's funny. I should have thought about that. I'm sure each of my kids owes me about a gazillion dollars.

  13. Thanks for the reassurance. I thought I might have to join a self-help group before too long. Of course, if I do, I'll have to sign Megan up for one for her Angry Birds addiction. 😉

  14. I mentioned you on Twitter but thought I would leave a comment, too.  I bought The Trail Guide to Learning at the GHEA Conference today and am so excited about it!  I was wavering on continuing with our current curriculum (one of my own making) and saw your posts about the Trail Guide and was curious.  My husband was with me today at the conference, and when we passed their booth and heard the presentation, he was very interested in it, so that made our decision. Thank you for sharing your experience!  🙂

  15. I'm glad that you got a new phone, but I have smartphone envy.  I have a plain old phone, but then again I don' t need something else to steal my time :).  Looks like you guys  had a good week off!

  16. When you view your new Smartphone as a phone again, you will wonder why  you paid so much for it!  I was thinking that just today, actually. Enjoy this time where you see it as an incredible gadget, and hopefully it will always be a tool for you, not "just" a phone!  Also, I missed your HEART for your kids post until you mentioned it today. I am crying as I sit here.  This has been a horrible two weeks of homeschooling for us, as my kids have been ignoring me, and I have said they are "driving me nuts." Yet they are THE most amazing humans in my life. I want them to know that. Thank you. 

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