Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. We have. Either we’re still in the honeymoon phase or, after long last, we’ve finally found the curriculum that is the perfect fit for us. Even the boy admitted today that he enjoys it.
Yes, there are things he really doesn’t like – such as copywork and the book he’s reading (Ambush in the Wilderness…not a commentary on the book; he’s just not a fan of fiction). Overall, however, even he admits that it’s good stuff.
So, I’ve already missed a day on Project 365, but it wasn’t intentional. I completely forgot about it last Saturday. Just like with weight-loss, though, I’m not going to let one setback derail me. I picked right back up on Sunday and I’ll just keep going.
Day 8 – P365 (I spent part of last Sunday night impulsively cleaning out the junk drawer. I got the medicine cabinet a little later and I hope to get the filing cabinet tonight.)
Speaking of weight-loss, I hit two huge milestones this week. First, I finally hit 90 pounds lost! I’m so excited to finally be able to say that I’ve lost 90 pounds. I never thought I’d get there when I started out.
Second, I’m in the 120’s for the first time in I-can’t-even-tell-you how long. Probably the first couple of years of marriage. I gained after that, then, lost quite a bit before I got pregnant with Brianna, but I didn’t even get into the 120’s that time. I’m less than 5 pounds from my goal weight!
Day 9 – P365 (Lazy cat!)
The younger kids and I are still studying the early colonial days of America, so Monday we played a type of ring-toss game called quoits. We were supposed to make the rings out of rope, but we cheated a bit and just used plastic swimming pool rings. Both kids loved it.
As part of science, we attempted to make a barometer. The directions said that one part of it – getting the water up into the straw and sealing it before the liquid leaked back out would be tricky. It was. We finally gave up, but we’ll probably try again when we figure out something a little better than Play-Doh to seal it with. When they said “modeling clay,” I guess they really meant modeling clay. Oh, well.
That’s one of the big things I love about Trail Guide to Learning – that not only is history covered using great books, but it also includes fun, relevant, hands-on activities each week. Not only that, but it contains detailed instructions. It’s exactly the kind of curriculum I would have designed myself if I were that organized.
Day 10 – P365 (Thanks to a friend who loaned me her book, the addiction is complete. I finished this one in about 24 hours.)
You know how some men can brighten their wives’ days by bringing them a bouquet of flowers? Mine could make me happy by surprising me with a new 3-hole punch. I’d think that was odd, but I know I’m talking to a bunch of homeschool moms. (Sunflowers would make me smile, too, though.)
I was going to buy one myself while I was out yesterday, but I had too many other things that had to come out of my grocery budget, so I’ll have to wait until next week. Unless my husband decides to surprise me. Tell me it’s not just me.
Day 11 – P365 (Doesn’t every school cabinet need a cat? He climbed in by himself and was even more content when we shut the door.)
My sister sent me a text on Thursday. She said she was headed to pick my niece up from school when she saw seven wild turkeys walking up her street. We live in a subdivision, so that’s not a common occurrence. Not common as in, it’s not something I’ve ever seen in the collective thirty-ish years I’ve lived here.
I asked her if she got a picture. She said no, but that they’d probably be up my way soon. We live just a couple of streets over, so I didn’t really expect to see them since there are so many other places they could go.
Lo and behold, about 20 minutes later, I looked out the window, and there were seven turkeys strolling down our street! I’m so glad there wasn’t a film crew around because I jumped up, hollering, “The turkeys are here! The turkeys are here! Don’t scare them off before I get my camera!”
Day 12 – P365 (The wild turkeys.)
Yeah, sometimes, it’s the little things.
The local schools were on a 2-hour delay today, so I decided we’d take a 2-hour delay, too. As a few people – my mom included (Hi, Mom!) – pointed out, we’re on a 2-hour delay every day.
True, but it sounded fun and I thought the kids shouldn’t miss out on some of the perks of public school, like when the schools go on delay in anticipation of inclement weather and the weather is just fine. Besides, we’d stayed caught up all week, so we had a light day ahead of us anyway.
The kids enjoyed getting to sleep in a bit and eating lunch before starting school. We did some review stuff and Brianna, who had also stayed caught up, quickly finished her work for the week.
We wound up the week with the younger kids’ new favorite school-related activity, watercolor. Today, they got to splatter paint and drop pools of paint onto the paper so they could blow them with straws and make designs. It turned out pretty cool.
Day 13 – P365 (Watercolor fun.)
Since my school planning now consists of getting any needed supplies from the store (done), hitting the print button three times, and hole-punching about 40 papers, I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home. I’m sure there will be some laundry and some blogging stuff, but I don’t mind that when everything else is basically caught up.
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