Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where We Kept a Baby and Still Got Stuff Done

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! You want to know something? I am ready for spring! I am just about tired of cold, yucky weather. It’s no wonder so many people suffer from homeschool burn out this time of year. I’m ready to go soak up some sunshine somewhere for a week or so. I don’t think I’m in any danger of burn out on the homeschooling front. I’m just getting really tired of the cold and gloomy clouds.

(Note: This is not the place where people from places where it’s really cold should make fun of me. Just consider the fact that it’s all a matter of perspective and from this Southern girl’s perspective, it’s been cold lately.)

The highlight of our week was Tuesday when we got to babysit my niece for our first “all day because Mommy has to work” day. I’ve got to say, it’s a whole lot easier this time around (I babysat her older sister a decade ago) because:

1) I get up much earlier than I used to back then, so I’m not having to alter my sleep routine to keep Baby B.

2) Instead of having an 8 year old, a 4 year old, and a 2 year old of my own, like I did back then, I have three other adult-sized people at home who are all willing and able to help.

We managed to get all of our schoolwork done along with some basic household chores and still enjoy having a sweet little baby in the house all day. See? Total sweetness:


For those who may be wondering, my younger kids are still plowing their way through Adam of the Road. There hasn’t been as much complaining, so I wonder if they’re finally starting to get into it. I’m afraid to ask!

I’m personally enjoying A Door in the Wall and look forward to read aloud time each day and both of the kids like Beowulf. It doesn’t surprise me that Josh does. I figured that one would be gory enough for him. I’ve been debating watching the movie to see if it’s something I’d let either of them watch. I haven’t gotten around to actually doing it yet, though.

Another highlight from my week is the sort that only other women who get excited about kitchen gadgets will understand. So, I’ve been making a lot of soups lately. (Oh, and I’ve found my #10 for my favorite soup recipes. I’ll post the recipe soon!) Several of them call for blending the soup in a blender or with an immersion blender.

Well, I’ve been having to ladle soup into my blender and, then, pour it back into the pot in batches because I didn’t have an immersion blender – except now I do! Last week, I splurged about bought myself this little Cuisinart immersion blender and I love it! I made broccoli cheddar soup this week and I couldn’t believe how well that little blender did and how much easier it was than dragging out my regular blender!

It’s the little things, y’all.

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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. What a beautiful baby!
    I’ve thought about getting an immersion blender too, but now usually do the blending before I heat the food. That works, but I like your solution better!

  2. I totally get you on the cold and the kitchen gadgets!! 🙂 It’s been cooler here in FL than it has in the five years that we have lived here. 🙂 Oh and my son considers Mommy’s “toys” her kitchen stuff 😉 LOL thanks for the linkup and have a great weekend!!

    1. I might agree with your son. My kitchen gadgets and my pricey electronics are about as close as I get to toys these days. 🙂

  3. OK — that IS total sweetness!!! What a little cutie you had this week.

    My daughter has just finished A Door in the Wall and she didn’t like it at all! I enjoyed reading it aloud a few years ago — I’m hoping that as she delves into the book more (she has to write an essay about it) her opinion will change!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    1. I really think it’s just individual tastes on those books because I’ve had people tell me they really liked Adam of the Road and all three of my kids have complained about it.

    1. Well, it helps that both of my girls insist on their fair share of baby-holding time. It forces me to give her up and get stuff done every once in awhile. 🙂

  4. What a sweetie she is! I haven’t had a baby to cuddle in ages – she’s making me miss it!

    Love, love, love my immersion blender. I use it quite a bit. (They work good for a frothy drink too!)

    I’ll be reading with interest to see what your kids thought of Adam of the Road. I have that and A Door in the Wall on our list to read.

  5. We have read all the same books this year (Beowulf, Adam of the Road, Door in the Wall) and are currently into King Arthur and the Round Table. I just recently started seeing what an immersion blender can do and would be interested in getting one soon myself, only we don’t eat very much soup.

  6. Oh…I love my immersion blender! Makes a world of difference. And it’s been cold here (I’m sure that So. Cal. cold – 60 degrees – isn’t really cold). I’m not complaining (but it does make my joints all stiff and my mood suffers too).

  7. What a gorgeous little one! I imagine the immersion blender is what we call a stick blender in SA? Ours has been working overtime making delicious slushies…we freeze watermelon and then blend it with lemon juice, mint and a bit of water. A wonderful refreshing summer drink 🙂

    1. Yes, I imagine a stick blender and an immersion blender are the same thing – handy little gadgets, whatever you call them! 🙂

  8. What a cutie that niece is! How fun to have cousins close like that. Our family is all spread out, and no cousins are close enough to play with regularly. What a blessing that is for your families.

    I’m chuckling over the way that different kids react so differently to the same thing. We did Adam of the Road, and my kids loved it. They begged me to read it, and to read more (and then some more). We’re doing James and the Giant Peach now, and it’s *much* tougher going. One of these days I’m going to get a handle on picking a winner, so I can hear more, “Can’t we have another chapter?” That’s music to my ears!!

  9. Well I’ll join in saying your niece is a cutie! I bet it is nice to have a baby in the house from time to time again.

    I also agree. So done with winter!!! Wish spring would come soon.

  10. Hey, it is all about perspective!!! We have lived everywhere, thanks to the military. We are in SC now, just moving from AK. We have been cold here, really cold. And we lived through -10 up there. You adapt to where you are and it gets cold in most places 😉

    What a sweet baby!!

  11. I totally, totally, TOTALLY understand the JOY of the immersion blender! I scored mine at a garage sale a couple of years ago and could NOT have been more excited!

    Kitchen gadget lovers UNITE!

  12. Oh I do understand cute babies and kitchen gadgets.
    God is good to bless us with such great people, places & things in our lives.

    Have a great weekend Kris.
    Great wrap up!

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