Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where Dad Was Home

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! So here we are at the end of our extra week off. It went by as quickly as I knew it would and, though we didn’t really do anything special, it was enjoyable being home together.

Of course, the first couple of days were super cold – which is probably relative to where you are. However, single digits in the South is cold. It was cold enough that we moved the cars out of the garage and brought the outside puppy in. We set him up with a heater and some blankets.


I really don’t think he moved from that spot other than to get a drink – and, of course, pee and poop all over my garage – for two days. He wasn’t too excited about going back outside once the weather warmed up.

My highlights from the week were:

Getting Brian hooked on Castle. He watched Bones with me, too, but he likes Castle best. That’s okay because I like both of them. I don’t watch a lot of TV, so it excites me when we find something that we both really like. We indulged in a little too much TV this week – it was fun, though.

Finding some awesome new pens. I know, based strictly on the fact that I’m talking to a bunch of homeschool moms, that I am not the only one who gets strangely excited about office products. I read a post on Confessions of a Homeschooler in which Erica mentioned erasable gel pens.

Y’all, I love my gel pens, but I always write in pencil in my planner so I can erase. I went out that same day and bought myself a pack of these pens. Now, I can use gel pens and erase. Love them!

Seeing Saving Mr. Banks with my girls. I have been wanting to see Saving Mr. Banks for weeks and we finally got to go Wednesday evening. It was so good. We all really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed coming home to pizza that was delivered while we were out. A really good movie with my girls and dinner that I didn’t have to fix. Win-win.

A date with Brian. The kids gave us a gift card to Red Lobster (funded by Brianna) for Christmas, so we went on a lunch date today. I was feeling kind of guilty about not taking the kids because we haven’t really done much this week, as far as going out and doing something fun. Then, Brian’s parents offered to take them to lunch. Another win-win.

So, Brian and I had lunch together, then, ran a few errands. We stopped by Kohl’s because I wanted to check on a shirt that I found a couple of weeks ago. I really liked it, but they didn’t have my size – apparently all the middle-sized people really liked the shirts because all they had was extra-small and extra-large. Anyway, they had restocked and had my size. Yay!

Waking up without an alarm. If y’all have read here for very long, you know that I’m trying to become more of a morning person. It’s exciting to me that I’ve been up by 9:30 nearly every day this week without an alarm. Plus, I woke up much earlier than that each day, but went back to sleep for a little while because I could. That gives me hope that I may get myself trained to rise early eventually.

Getting our next semester of curriculum squared away. I’ve made some curriculum changes since we finished the last Trail Guide to Learning series and the first book in the middle school series isn’t ready yet. I’m going to be using History Odyssey and REAL Science from Pandia Press. We’ve used both of these products before (different levels and titles) and really enjoyed them, so I’m excited about using them again.

I worked on lesson plans a bit this week – and it’s on my to-do list to finish t0day –and I’m excited that I think I’ve figured out a fairly easy way to keep us on our six weeks on/one week off schedule, even though this curriculum isn’t set up that way. I’ll be sure to post more on that later with a full review of both history and science coming in the spring.

At this point, my plan is to use Pandia Press until January of next year, then, do the middle school level of Trail Guide (which I should be able to beef up for high school), then, if all goes well, go back to the Pandia Press books after we finish that.

I think those are the highlights of my week, though I’m sure I’m forgetting something. Now, I’m off the enjoy the weekend, so we’ll be ready to hit the books on Monday.

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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. We went to RHS (a horticultural place) for T’s birthday and they had a massive hot house/glass house to replicate the conditions in the southern areas of North America. I thought of you as I almost passed out in the extreme (for us) heat (Single figures would be fairly normal for a lot of the year here). I could barely breathe in the glass house so I’m not sure how you manage to run marathons!
    Have a great weekend!

    1. I was talking to my mom about that last night, saying that there are many people who wouldn’t have found our recent temps so cold. I totally think it’s just what your body is acclimated to. I don’t think much about the heat. The year I was training for my first half-marathon, I ran 8-10 miles in nearly 100 degree temps. I think I was only able to do it because I gradually got used to the distance and heat.

  2. So good to know I’m not the only one who enjoys late nights and late mornings … My aim is to bed early and up early, although I have yet to start 🙂
    Thank you for hosting this link up I appreciate your faithfulness. I agree with you it’s fun when you and your spouse find something you both enjoy watching 🙂

  3. This was our first week of unschooling , so it’s been exciting, freeing,, and nerve-wracking, all at once. I’m glad you got to go out with your husband. My husband and I only get out once or twice a year. Just another season of life, I guess.

    1. Yeah, I want to order the colored ones for color-coding my paper planner to match my Google calendar…because I’m just that OCD. Nobody local carries them, though, so I wanted to make sure I liked them before I ordered the colored ones. I like them very much. 🙂

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