Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with Easter and the missing kitty

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! Have you had an amazing week? Ours has been mostly good. We had an enjoyable Easter with at my sister’s house with extended family. After an Easter egg hunt, we hung out in the yard, sitting on blankets talking and passing a football (the boys). It was so pleasant just relaxing together. Can you believe how big my babies are getting?

Easter 2015

I do love that they’re old enough to realize that it only takes a minute to humor their mother with a picture of them all smiling together. The fact that their outfits matched was a happy coincidence.

We also enjoyed a bunny cake – not a reflection of the true meaning of Easter at all, but a very tasty treat.


After spending some time at my sister’s house, we went to visit Brian’s parents for awhile. When we came home, we had two orange kitties by our mailbox. One was ours and the other was the missing cat we’d seen on signs around the neighborhood.

We put Gus inside since he was trying to chase the missing kitty away, and started calling our visitor. He’d come close, but not close enough to catch. Brian drove down the road to get his name and his person’s number off the missing cat sign. His owner came to help, but Riley was a rescue cat who had only lived with his person for 3 weeks before running off – and he’d been missing for nearly a month. He didn’t know who to trust.

Long story short, after 2 hours, we still hadn’t managed to snag him. We told his person that we’d keep trying and call if we caught him. Tuesday night, as we were getting ready for bed, Brianna came walking down the hall carrying Riley. She’d gone to take the dogs out and noticed him outside. So, she brought the dogs in and went and sat on the front porch, playing with her phone and ignoring Riley. After a little while, he walked right up to her and let her pick him up.

He was scared, but not wild. The girls loved all over him and he purred like crazy. He spent the night in Megan’s room and his person came to get him Wednesday morning. It was so nice to be able to return the favor of helping reunite someone with their kitty after someone did the same for us with Gus a few months ago.

Riley’s person left us a thank you card and enclosed some cash. We weren’t expecting that at all, but I love that the girls were in complete agreement that we should use the unexpected money to bless someone (or a few people) else. So, we’re going to be looking for opportunities to do random acts of kindness.

On Wednesday, Josh had a science experiment – finally! Something fun for his hands-on mama’s heart. It was a simple density experiment, but at least it was hands-on. I had to buy a jar of molasses for it. He probably could have used corn syrup, but I didn’t have that either. Just one comment about molasses, something we never use: it stinks.

I also had a couple of articles at About.com that you may have missed this week. First I shared some ideas for a sometimes neglected homeschool subject, physical education. This can be especially important for families with sedentary teens who need to earn a P.E. credit for their high school transcript. Check out Homeschool P.E. Ideas.

I also offered a few practical suggestions for figuring out a workable daily homeschool schedule.

Check it out – even Gus is musical. I caught him playing Rock Band one day this week.


He cracks me up.

After a busy weekend last week, I’m ready for a more relaxed weekend this week. Here’s hoping that actually happens.

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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. Yay for Riley getting home! I love Gus :). He’s such an adorable kitty! Glad you guys had a nice week and a wonderful Easter. Hope you get your relaxing weekend!!

  2. Look at that beautiful red hair on all of them!! And that beard! I love beards, especially orange ones (I can say that grinning because my gorgeous husband is ginger and bearded!!) . Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thanks, Claire. I think it looks really good on both of them. And the beard, oh, the beard…my boy is growing up.

  3. I loooove the girls’ red hair!
    And that bunny cake is adorable. I have a photo somewhere of me with a cake just like that, made by my mom; I think it was my 2nd birthday. So I have a fondness for bunny cakes. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jamie. The girls love their hair, too. Megan’s is Kool-Aid. Brianna had a friend at cosmetology school do hers. It’s lasted longer than I thought it would, so I might take Megan in and let them do her hair.

  4. Confession: I rarely leave a break-down of our week because I figure no one will be interested and I don’t know why because I ALWAYS find your posts (and the others who link up) interesting…. a peak inside someone else’s homeschooling week always encourages me. Thank you for that encouragement, I will try to be less self defeating and post more details next week to (hopefully) encourage others as your great link-up does for me 😉 Blessings as you live and school with your growing brood!

  5. I agree, that is such a gorgeous photo. Kudos to your kids for being the perfect models, to you for your photography skills, and whoever’s genes gave the girls that vibrant, beautiful hair colour!

  6. Hi Kris – I read your post weekly and always feel encouraged. Thank you for being faithful to share. I would love to see you write a post of encouragement to moms ( like me) who are continuing to Homeschool through the high school years. Maybe you already have? I can sometimes feel like an island and feel like there is this mass exodus when it comes to the highschool years. Seems like all the coop classes and groups in our area are mostly younger kids and so many people make a change in the highschool years. Can you speak into this? I am trying to simply put my ‘big girl pants’ on and ask for some encouragement. Thanks

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