Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Busy Break Week

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Can someone please explain to me how it can be Friday already? Can you also explain how break weeks seem to go by so much faster than school weeks? I mean, seriously, how fair is that.

I guess one reason they go by so fast is that they’re so packed with things that I don’t always have time to do during the regular school week.

Are you like me? Is the first day of any school break always a cleaning day at your house? It almost always is for me, unless there is something pressing going on and this break week was no exception. I had a to-do list a mile long on Monday and it wasn’t even deep-cleaning.

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I had the usual vacuuming and dusting, but I also had a pile of clothes to tag for a local resale event. I was supposed to have done that on Saturday, but it didn’t happen. Of course, the cats didn’t have any such to-do list – or if they did, theirs consisted of things like “eat, poop, sleep, eat, be lazy.” Clearly they were hard at work on that list.

And, 11:39 was the first time I heard the stirring of children. It was a false alarm though. Somebody just had to go to the bathroom before going back to sleep for awhile.

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Do you see the glare I’m getting from the cat? I was trying to eat my lunch and she kept jumping in my lap. I could have dealt with that, but she kept trying to stick her head in my plate. I couldn’t deal with that, so I threw her in the floor. She’s very persistent, but after about the third or fourth time of getting tossed in the floor, she opted to just sit there and glare at me the entire time I ate.

Tuesday evening, Josh was playing video games and Brian and Brianna had gone to a movie. I asked Megan if she wanted to play Aggravation (our favorite board game). After getting beat twice, she went to choose a game she could win. (Her words, not mine – she beats me at Aggravation plenty of times.)

Um, I was red in Connect Four. She did finally beat me, though.

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The kids went to lunch and did some shopping with their grandparents on Wednesday, so I spent the day working on an online project – you know, while the house was quiet and peaceful and I could concentrate.

The photo above shows: 1) how I fully intended my laptop bag to be used (not!) and 2) how cats are like kids and one simply cannot leave alone the other who was minding her own business, perfectly content. The previously content cat got up and moved just after I took that picture.

Thursday, we went to walk dogs. Usually that’s a pleasant experience, but Megan fell in love with an adorable little puppy and wound up crying because we couldn’t take her home. She has difficulty understanding that I have no desire for the human population in our house to be outnumbered by the pet population. It was an adorable and sweet puppy, though. I admit to feeling ever-so-slightly tempted.

Today has been an incredibly busy day. I had breakfast with my mom and sister. Then, I went and got a haircut and ran a couple of errands. I came home and took care of some stuff online, had an hour business call, washed some laundry, clipped a dog’s nails, changed a cat litter box, and fed my people. A day in the life of a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling mom. I guess I’ll have to save the lying on the couch, eating bon-bons, and watching soap operas for another day.

Tomorrow I run my third half-marathon. I told a friend today that I’m excited…and a little what was I thinking?? It will be fun, though. I think. I’ve also got three chances in the pot to win this awesome racing bike. I told Brian if I win, I’ll have to do a triathlon.

Watch me win and have to do it.

And, I just uploaded (like just now because I forgot!) my second YouTube video in my Homeschooling 101 series.

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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. Thanks for hosting! I love that your blog is about older kids and my son was recently diagnosed with dyslexia so I like reading your posts about your son too.

  2. I agree that the first day of vacation is always a big cleaning day. I also tend to fill those vacation days with “projects” around the house. 🙂 Congratulations on the half marathon this weekend!

  3. I’m so with you in regards to the animals. We’re picking up three rabbits today (homeless), we already have 5 other animals and my daughter is planning chickens for the summer! I’m such a sucker! Like I don’t have enough work to do schooling 5 children!
    Great video!

  4. Glad you got a break even though it seemed to fly by. We are taking a break week after next and I plan to spend THE WHOLE WEEK cleaning. Yes, that’s how badly neglected the house has been. Looking forward to having a clean house by the end, just not looking forward to the work! Good luck on your half marathon – so impressed! And love the kitty photos.

  5. I hope you had a great run today!! Our Mondays are generally smooth because we do “big” cleaning on Friday afternoons. But by Thursday? Fuggetabatit! It looks like a tornado blew through the house.

    Don’t tell Megan, I side with her. Bring the puppy home!! But I know you/I’d regret it later 😉

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