Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Sewing

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Welcome to the weekend! I’m ready for it, but it’s going to be a busy one for us, so I’m not sure how much relaxation there will be. It follows a busy week and precedes and even busier week.

Actually, our evenings are going to be busy next week with play practice every night for my oldest (and opening night next Friday) and three nights for my youngest. Ugh! However, we’re going to be taking at least one day off of school next week and I think we may take three. The kids don’t know that yet, though, so, shhh…

We were supposed to have a long weekend a couple of weeks ago, but we skipped it since things were going so well with school and there was no feeling of impending burnout. I thought it would be fun to take Wednesday off, though, since it’s Leap Day. I mean, really, a day that only occurs once every four years should be a holiday.

I asked Brian to take it off so we could have a family day and he decided to take it and Tuesday off since he was already scheduled off on Monday. So, now I’m thinking that if Dad’s off, we should be, too…especially considering how crazy our evenings are going to be.

We’ve had another fun school week. Monday, we made bean bags, a toy early American children would have enjoyed. We were supposed to glue them with fabric glue, but I thought the kids would enjoy sewing them.


They did. Even Josh, though he refused to let me take a picture of him sewing and put it on the Internet even though I did my best to convince him that sewing is a very practical skill for girls and boys. He did a great job, though. He and Megan even made pillows out of some fabric scraps and stuffing later that night.

We’ve been learning more about the weather this week, with the focus being the water cycle and cloud types. We learned to identify several different types of clouds and I was really interested to learn that certain types of clouds predict rain or thunderstorms – and not just the rainy-looking gray clouds.

Some of the innocent-looking white, fluffy clouds are generally harbingers of rain. We had some of those in the sky yesterday and, sure enough, it rained overnight. Very cool stuff.


The kids have enjoyed the incredible weather we’ve had this week, spending time outside playing with the dogs or riding bikes. Of course, lucky for me, much cooler, more seasonal weather is moving back in today, just in time to drop below freezing tonight before my second half-marathon in the morning. I was so hoping it wouldn’t be so cold for this race.

Brian and I get a little bit of a date tonight. Brianna has a weekend-long event with the youth at church, Megan is spending the night with a friend, and Josh is spending the night with the grandparents so that he doesn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn and stand around in the cold at my race tomorrow. We’re only dropping Megan off before dinner, though, so we don’t get dinner alone together.

Oh, well. We’ll still have some time alone tonight and in the morning. Every little bit of couple time helps.

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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. Wonderful review you posted yesterday. Thorough! I agree, a perfect week to study weather. Such variety. And, yes, enjoy your date time!

  2. Leap Day should most definitely be a holiday- I'm with you on that one!!

    Too funny that your son would not allow you share a photo of him sewing:) That's an awesome skill for a boy to have, even though he's not so eager about sharing it with the world!

  3. Yep, I can see that he wouldn't want his sewing pictures up.  LOL

    I'm not allowed to put any family photos up, not even the gorgeous two of Miss 14 in the paper today –she won a writing prize!  Sigh!

  4. Hi Kris, 

    We have a couple busy weeks coming up too. Portfolios are due… and we have many other things happening. I personally think you should take all three days off. Live it up!


  5. Shhhh…I haven't told my kids yet, but I've decided that we're going to take the whole week off! We've got a field trip on Friday, so there wasn't much point in doing a full day on Thursday. We're just going to skip our spring break that I had planned a few weeks from now and enjoy a much-needed week off now since it's going to be such a busy one anyway.

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