What a week! I loved seeing all the link-ups from last week’s curriculum sharing post. I haven’t gotten to visit everybody yet, but I’m working my way around.
This week has been crazy for us. I had my first colonoscopy on Tuesday. Fun times, fun times. Monday was spent on prep, which was even more fun than the procedure itself. Um, not. It wasn’t as bad as I’d feared, but definitely not something I look forward to doing again and I don’t care if I never see another Powerade again. I don’t even like them on a good day. I wound up having two polyps removed and ten biopsies. I’d appreciate your prayers that everything comes back okay.
Wednesday was the calm between the storms and I was able to finally finish up my planning for school, as well as meet some friends for a playdate. Now, the ledge in my dining room is finally cleared of piles and piles of school books and binders. Everything is packed away in my storage cabinet, in workboxes, or on bookshelves in preparation for us to start school next Wednesday. I can’t believe summer break passed so quickly.
I’m a big fan of getting the binding cut off of books that I’ll be using regularly, particularly those that contain reproducible pages because they’re hard to copy in the books. Did you know that Office Depot will cut the binding for less than a dollar? At least, the ones in my area do. I’ve started having them do that, then, just bringing the pages home and three-hole punching them myself. It’s a good chance to listen to music or book on CD and it’s a lot cheaper than having them three-hole drill it. They also have automatic three-hole punches that you can use in the store, as I was informed by the extremely nice manager in our local store this week. I just didn’t have time to use the hole punch at the time because we were on our way to meet friends.
Thursday, Brianna had to have all four wisdom teeth extracted. The procedure actually went really well and the oral surgeon said she was the perfect patient. She slept most of the day yesterday, thanks to powerful pain meds. Today, she’s really swollen and still can’t chew (she was very frustrated not to be able to eat scrambled eggs today), but not in too much pain, thankfully. I’m trying to be really mindful of giving her the pain meds at regular intervals so that she can, hopefully, avoid as much pain as possible.
My kids amaze me. As much as they may fuss and bicker with each other, they rally around when one is hurt or sick. Josh and Megan have taken excellent care of Brianna the last two days — sitting with her so she won’t be lonely, bringing her drinks or soup or applesauce, even not expressing their jealousy as she gets Frosty after Frosty, knowing that it’s because she really can’t eat much else. Yeah, I think they all should get a Frosty tonight. I’ve got good kids.
A personal milestone for me is that I hit 60 pounds lost this week! Although, as I began this journey, I certainly hoped I would reach my weight-loss goals and worked to reach them, it’s sort of surreal having reached such a big milestone. I feel so much better and can’t believe how far I’ve come. I’ve got 35 pounds to go, but, after losing 60, that seems so doable. I’m hoping to be at my goal weight — or, at least, really close — by the week of Thanksgiving this year.
The pictures in this week’s wrap-up are from the photo walk that I went on last weekend. I could share some glossy, close-up pictures of the inside of my colon, but I think you’d probably prefer that I not. ;-)
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