Weekly Wrap-Up: The first one of 2016!

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday and Happy New Year, y’all! How has your week been? As far as school goes, our first week back after a long break has gone pretty well. Personally? Meh. I started feeling puny on Wednesday and felt pretty lousy yesterday. I think it’s just some sort of miserable sinus thing.

Brianna has been on antibiotics since last week and Josh has had a cough all week, so I guess I finally caught whatever they had. Either that, or I picked up something at the doctor’s office on Tuesday. I had to take Megan back for a follow-up – not for an illness – and there were so many people hacking, coughing, and blowing their noses. {sigh}

I’m really hoping that whatever I’ve got is short-lived.

Gus and Jack

The boys are finally learning to coexist peacefully. Gus, who is definitely the “lover not a fighter” type has always been willing, but, Jack? Well, he’s a bit of a brat.

So, let’s catch up a bit, shall we? I really enjoyed my two week blogging break. It gave me some much-needed down time with my family. We had a wonderful Christmas together. Christmas week was busy, but fun.

We had a Christmas party for the kids and their friends the Monday before Christmas. I’ve got to say, having a house full of teens is fun. They’re such a great group of kids and as long as you have some food, they’ll basically entertain themselves.

That Tuesday was a lunch with friends I haven’t seen in awhile. Wednesday was a day full of baking with our church’s Christmas Eve Eve service that night. Christmas Eve was pretty low-key for most of the day, followed by dinner and a gift exchange with my side of the family.


Chloe, more affectionately known as “Fluffy Tail.”

Christmas Day started at home with family gifts. My favorite gift was a new iPod to replace my ancient one that no longer wanted to play nicely with the current version of iTunes.

We had lunch with Brian’s family and spend most of the day with them. As I said, it was a busy week, but very enjoyable. Our New Year’s Eve was a very low-key evening spent at home – my favorite kind – with dinner at my sister’s house the next night.

No one was ready to start school on Monday, but I knew we just needed to bite the bullet and get to it. We didn’t tackle every subject on the first day, which softened the blow a bit and everyone – including me – had surprisingly good attitudes.


Our Santa; Brianna with the dogs who were eagerly, but patiently waiting for their Christmas gifts; and Megan, who was a lot more excited about that camera than she appears in that picture.

Overall, it’s been a good week and school has gone smoothly. This semester, Josh and Megan are both studying world history, but in their own grade level texts. I was excited to see that their topics coincide most weeks, so maybe I’ll be able to convince them to do one or two fun, hands-on history projects together.

I was also excited to see that Megan’s general science text covers some fun topics, such as the phases of the moon. We are so doing the Oreo project!

Another of my Christmas presents from Brian was a new pair of running shoes. I needed them so badly because my old ones were worn out. That, along with a couple of new articles of clothing that were too snug have convinced me to get back to running.

The timing couldn’t have been better since Kristen, at We Are That Family, recently put out a call for people to raise money for Mercy House by signing up for a race. I signed up for a local race in April and would love your support!

Miles for Mercy

My goal is to raise $250. That’s only 25 people sponsoring me for $10. Not only does it sound doable, but I’d love to double that! Would you consider sponsoring me?

I’ve also been writing over at About.com this week. Check out:

Also, if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ve probably noticed that I got everything moved to the new service. I think it’s much cleaner and neater. I hope you’re enjoying it!

Next on the agenda is offering a choice between daily updates and a weekly digest. I warn you, though, I am something of a procrastinator. Feel free to remind me to get that updated. I think it’s a pretty simple process. It’s just a matter of making time to sit down a figure it out.

I think that’s it for my Wrap-Up this week. Now, I’m going to go focus on breathing. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!

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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. Happy new year to you too Kris! I think that cold that your family is sick with has traveled all the way to Australia, as my family has one too. Aren’t they just awful things? I hope your family makes a quick recovery. I too am a fellow crazy cat lady, we are cat-sitting three cats at the moment and have our own little kitten as well (it’s blissful!), I could go on ‘collecting’ more cats, but I should probably stop somewhere! I hope that your goal for Mercy house is met and that you enjoy your run. Good on you for supporting them, I have happily donated to your cause. Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you so much for your donation, Elisha! Yes, this cold seems to be well-traveled. {sigh} A weekend get-together with 3 other families has had to be postponed because mine isn’t the only one who is sick.

  2. I’m sick too – I sympathise. Having just packed my 12 year old off for a cold and rainy scout camp (yeuch!) I’m off to bed with lemon and ginger tea.

    Worn out running shoes – that’s a good sign!

    Hope you feel better soon and have a lovely weekend.

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