Well, we’ve all survived another week. I hope it was a good one at your house. It’s been slightly above average here, with some fun science projects and some exciting, non-school-related highlights.Where to start? Well, Brianna survived her first speech in her speech class last night. She was really nervous, but she did survive.
Josh and Megan have been studying fish and amphibians in science this week. Monday we did a cool experiment with a water-filled two-liter bottle and an eyedropper to demonstrate how a fish bladder works. First we dropped the empty eyedropper in the bottle and noted where it floated. Next, we filled the dropped completely with water, dropped it in and measured again. Finally, we tried with a half-full eyedropper.
It was a really fun experiment, made all the more exciting by the fact that it was being conducted during some severe thunderstorms. We just had wind and heavy rain at our house, but Brian had his car in the next town over for some maintenance work. It was bad enough there that he thinks a tornado may have come through.
Whatever came through, it knocked all the power out and his car got stuck up on the rack. Eventually someone from the dealership had to bring him home and he had to get a ride back up there the next day to get his car.
Wednesday, on the way to music class, we noticed some neighbors having a moving sale. Something caught my eye, so we decided to stop. We hit the jackpot! For $10, Josh got a bucket o’ Nerf stuff. This is only part of what he got:
I checked on Amazon and the two guns alone are worth $85! Both of them require batteries and even had working batteries in them. I picked up this great set of dumbbells for only $10:
Those are normally $0.50-$1 per pound. I got two each: 10 lb., 15 lb., 20 lb., and 25 lb., plus four plate weights (two tens and two twenties) and two small hand weights (3 lbs. and 5 lbs.).
We stopped back by tonight because they’d put some more stuff out. I got a great little mirror for my dining room and a nice art kit for Brianna for $10, total, and Brian picked up a guitar and a bunch of accessories worth about $200, plus a high-quality music stand for only $20. It’s crazy! They said they were still putting stuff out. We may just start stopping by every day until they move.
For me, personally, yesterday was a big day. I saw a number on the scale that I haven’t seen in probably sixteen years! If I can hold onto it until my official weigh-in, it will put me at over 70 pounds lost! In addition to that, I tried on a pair of jeans just to see how close I was getting and was surprised to find that they already fit! They’re size 9. Just to give you an idea, I was in a 22 when I started my weight-loss journey.
On top of all that, I sent in my registration fee to run my first 5K! It’ll be next Saturday. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. My goal is to finish – and not be last!
This weekend, my van is in the shop, so I’m stranded at home. No bike riding for me. *sigh* It’s supposed to be rainy anyway. I’m just hoping my van is done by Saturday afternoon or we won’t have a way to church on Sunday.
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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.