Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Before Graduation

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! Did you read that title? {sigh} We graduate my oldest tonight. It’s one of those bittersweet things. I’m excited for her and anxious to see where she’ll go from here, but where in the world did the time go?

In addition to getting ready for graduation, we’re wrapping up our school year. We’ve got one more week before we’ll be taking summer break. Even my graduate has a few more loose ends to tie up before she’s really, truly officially finished.

I really enjoy this time in the school year. We’re finishing read-aloud books and student readers, reviewing, and wrapping up units. As we complete each subject, the load gets a little lighter. The younger kids took their last science quiz for the year yesterday and will take a cumulative unit test next week. I like to use those to see what they retained.

I’ve got to see where we are are in our history text. We didn’t get quite as far as I’d planned – close, though, I think – so I’ve got to determine a good stopping point for the year. And, the kids wrote the final draft of their last composition for the year yesterday.

We’re already looking forward to fun summer stuff – a company picnic at a local amusement park in a couple of weeks, followed by church camp, followed by gymnastics camp (for Megan). We haven’t even had a chance to go bowling yet, so we’re really looking forward to that. I’m terrible at it, but I love trying.

I’ve been running again. I hate that I let that slide, but I’m ready to get back to 5Ks. I’ve already got my sights set on one in a few weeks – a Chick-Fil-A race, no less. Y’all know I love me some Chick-Fil-A. What do you think the chances are that they’ll have sweet tea at the finish line?

And, of course, I’ve made sure to make time to do a little of this:


We joke that being outside soothes the savage beast. Baby B loves being outside.  Sometimes we take her out to soothe fussiness, but sometimes it’s just because. So far, I haven’t discovered a limit to her enjoyment of outside time – something usually brings us back inside before she ever starts fussing about just sitting outside.

I’ll post photos of graduation next week. Wish us luck tonight!

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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. I really hope tonight is extra special fan-dabi-dosy! What an exciting time for you all (I loved that time in my life), her whole life is before her, full of potential and joy. I pray she goes forward with confidence and expectation of all the wonderful things God has in store for her!

  2. Congrats on the graduation and best wishes for the future! What an exciting time! It seems like our years with children slip by so quickly! We had a birthday this week and I was looking through the baby pictures – we look so young but it feels like yesterday.

  3. Congratulations on the graduation. I have several friends this year who are graduating their first. I know it’s bittersweet. I’m only a few short years from it, and I can’t believe it!

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