Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where We’re Almost Finished with School

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Happy Friday! It’s a happy Friday for me for sure because I’m home. I really do enjoy traveling to new places, and I love flying, but I am very, very happy for time at home, as well. Not only that, but I came back home from Chicago to the warm, sunny South, where it has decided to be summer. On Sunday, sitting at O’Hare, I noticed that it was a full 30 degrees warmer at home.

In addition, we only have two weeks of school left before our (short) summer break and I graduate my oldest next Friday. Ack! How did that happen??


And (yes, it goes on), I am back in the land of easy access to the world’s best sweet tea.


And, Baby B was a sweet happy girl both on Tuesday and my bonus afternoon on Thursday.

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She’s a little blurry. It’s hard to convince a baby to hold still for a photo.

Seriously, what is there to not be happy about?

We took Monday off to kind of regroup. Brian was off and I was exhausted, so it seemed like a good plan and no one was complaining. I spent some time straightening up the house and catching up laundry (which is piled up again already…how does that happen??). I also spent some time working on lesson plans and online stuff.

Tuesday was back to school. We had a fun, outdoor science lab, discussing the process of photosynthesis. We were supposed to do it last week, but it called for a sunny day, which we did not have last week. I’m glad we waited. Baby B loves to be outside and, as pretty as it was, the rest of us did, too.

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It was kind of funny. The instructions for this activity were really long. I told the kids that sometimes it’s best to read the directions all the way through to make sure you understand them…but this was not one of those times. I told them that it would make a lot more sense if they just did one step at a time – and it really did. There was that moment where I (yes, me, the mom – I love those moments) was like, “Oh, wow. Yeah, this makes complete sense.”


(Yes, both of my goofy cats like to drink out of the bird bath.)

Apparently, it made sense to them, too, because I quizzed them on it yesterday and they both seemed to have a greater understanding of the process of photosynthesis than they have of much of the other stuff we’ve talked about in science this year – except for cell parts.

Josh and Megan were pretty happy yesterday when I announced that the paper they’d be working on this week would be their last descriptive writing paper – and their last paper for the school year. They like knowing that the end of the school year is in sight, too.

And for those of you who also use WriteShop, yes, we’re just now finishing descriptive paragraphs. We are working through the curriculum very slowly, but I’m okay with that. We’ve finally settled on a pace that works for us and we’re making great stride.

Oh, and I went running yesterday! I haven’t been in so long I’m ashamed to say how long it’s been. It was so good to get back to it. I’m so thankful for a running buddy who was willing to do a nice, easy 3-mile run/walk. We’ve set a standing date, so I have accountability again.

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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 can’t believe you have one graduated already! Where has the time gone? I remember reading your blog years ago when all three were much smaller. Sigh. It all goes too quickly, doesn’t it?
    Well done for your run/walk. I keep contemplating going for one myself….yes, I’m extremely talented at contemplating. Haven’t been yet, though. Maybe tomorrow.
    I love your daughter’s pink heart trousers. They’d be perfect for me whilst contemplating the various benefits of taking some exercise, or y’know, whilst watching Bones (which by the way is so goooood at the moment – we’re half way through season 8 and it’s definitely the best season yet)
    Have a great weekend! x

  2. You’ve been a busy bee, haven’t you? I’ll be graduating my fourth child in a couple of years. I don’t know how we get from 1st grade to 12th grade s’dang fast!

  3. Oh, those essays! I have to insist on a few more, but with sick kids it’s hard to do that. Mind you, it wasn’t much easier with healthy kids. Sigh.

    Enjoy your last two weeks and all the graduation planning.

  4. Such a wonderful week! i am a homebody and couldn’t imagine how I would feel if I’d had traveled as much as you have recently. We were so busy last weekend and for a few days this week that I had to catch up on laundry twice this week! I swear they wear something for five seconds and suddenly it’s “dirty”! LOL ah well! Oh that baby is so sweet! I’d borrow my niece except she’s almost two and really clingy to her mom, so as sweet as she is the mom not being here and her being nearly at the terrible two’s has me on pins and needles for when she’s a “big girl” and can spend the night LOL

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