Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the exciting stuff

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! Did you have a great week? We did. School stuff. Anniversary stuff. Home stuff. There’s a lot to tell you about this week.

First, school stuff. Megan is loving Apologia’s Health and Nutrition course! The first module is about temperament. She works on her own, but it was so interesting that we were talking about it together one night. We both said what we thought our dominant and secondary temperaments are based on the description. There are four. She had two picked out as hers and I had the other two picked out as mine.

A day or so later, she took the temperament assessment in the book. She said, “I’m you, Mom.” {giggle} She got the two that I think I am. I need to take the assessment and see if I was right.

She’s been working on writing, too, with the WriteShop video course. I’m long overdue for a review on that, but we kept starting and stopping last year because of the wedding. I’m going to try to get the review posted on Monday. I will say that I’m loving it, though. It’s much more hands-off for me and she can do it on her schedule. I just have to check in with her and make sure she’s staying caught up.

There was a lot of this going on at my house yesterday.

She’s also been working on literature and math. Next week, we’ll add marine biology and geography.

So, last Friday was Brian’s and my 27th anniversary. He was off for the week. We’d planned to go to breakfast together. Josh and Megan were off, too, so, being the super nice people we are, we let them crash our anniversary breakfast. It was really enjoyable because they’ve been so busy it’s become rare for us to have a meal together.

After breakfast, they went home and Brian and I went to {drum roll} Lowe’s. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What a boring anniversary date. It was anything but boring! We paid our house off last month. It was built in 1988 and hasn’t had any updates other than paint since then.

We’re ready to make some major changes, y’all!

I told my mom that I needed someone like a wedding planner but for home remodels because I have some ideas, but I really don’t know what I’m doing. Guess what Lowe’s has! Project specialists! The lady we talked to primarily does kitchens and baths, but that’s where we want to start so that’s perfect.

We met with her officially this week to begin planning. She and the general contractor she works with will be coming out next week to take measurements and see what all needs to be done so that we can get a quote. We can’t wait to get started!

And, of course, after we get started, I’m sure I’ll be even more eager to get finished, but we’re long overdue for some changes.


One of those changes is moving my work area out of the dining room since we don’t have kids doing school in there anymore. There is a local man who makes gorgeous, solid-wood desks. I’m supposed to pick mine up Sunday. He may be making a side table/cabinet to match, too. I’m waiting to hear back on that.

So, in preparation for my beautiful new desk and work area, I spent several hours cleaning, rearranging, and organizing stuff in the living room. I’m so happy with the way it turned out – and that’s even before my husband builds us a gorgeous pallet-wood accent wall behind our fireplace.

Do I sound excited? I’ve been pinning things like crazy. I probably should have made some before and after pictures today. Just those small changes made a huge improvement in the living room and dining room.

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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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