Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Parties

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Happy Friday, y’all! It’s hard to believe we’re already 2/3 through our first six weeks. I’m thinking that I’m really going to like this six weeks on/one week off thing. I’ve got two doctor’s appointments that I need to make and I’m in desperate need of a hair cut. However none of the appointments are urgent (well, except the hair, but I’ll survive), so I’m going to try to hit all three of them in one day in two weeks when we’re off. It’s nice to be able to do that without trying to fit the appointments around school.

In an effort to keep my promise to the kids that I would not let schooling during the summer interfere with fun opportunities, we took most of Monday off. Megan had been invited to a pool party, so Brian, who was off, took Josh and Brianna for a day of hanging out with his parents while I took Megan to the party.

Swimming 2

She, of course, totally enjoyed herself and thanks to Trail Guide’s built-in catch-up day, we didn’t spend the rest of the week scrambling to catch up.

Wednesday we went for our usual dinner at Chick-Fil-A, which, as you can guess, was anything but usual. The drive-thru line was about a quarter of a mile long (literally). Because we got there early, we didn’t have to wait too long to order, even though the line was out the door.

There were only a couple of protestors outside and I took the opportunity to step completely out of my comfort zone to speak to them. I just wanted to let them know that I wasn’t there because I hate them. I told them that I was there to support Dan Cathy’s stand for his (and my) faith and his right to the same free speech that gave the protestors as much right to stand outside the building and protest as it gave me to go inside and order a sandwich.

They were very nice and I was glad that I took the time to talk to them. What amazed me inside was how kind and friendly everyone was. There was no complaining over the long lines or the crowds and no ugly comments about the protestors. It was very refreshing.

And, that’s all I’m going to say about that since I’ve managed to avoid most of the online controversy that my non-confrontational self despises.

Thursday, was an exciting day. First, this showed up on my doorstep:

Write Shop

All three of the kids will be starting different levels of WriteShop soon. After looking briefly through the materials, which included lesson plan suggestions, I’ve decided to wait to start it until we start our second six weeks of school. There is a 3-week per lesson suggestion that will fit in perfectly with our six week schedule without, I hope, overwhelming either the kids or me. I’m excited to get started though!

Later that afternoon, Josh had another session with his Lexercise tutor. There are two exciting things about that. One was that we got a new headset/mic set last week so that Tori can actually hear Josh during their sessions without having to constantly ask him to speak up. I think she thought I was a little crazy to be so excited about a mic until she heard the huge difference it makes. If you use Skype very often, I highly recommend the Plantronics multimedia headset.

The other exciting thing was how well Josh did with the session. Tori was telling me that he is very good at self-correcting when reading in context, which means he’s good at taking cues from the context of what he’s reading. That’s a good skill for anyone to have, but especially someone with dyslexia…and it’s a good thing for a worried-about-her-son’s-reading mama to hear.

Finally, after school Thursday, Megan was off for another fun night – a birthday party sleepover. I hesitated to let her go on a school night, but I figured they wouldn’t stay up much later than she usually stays up anyway. And, with the pick-up time being 10 AM, she wouldn’t get started on school any later than normal. Sometimes it pays to be a family with an odd school schedule.

soap carving

Today, we did what sounded like a really fun activity from Trail Guide: soap carving. Somehow, though, it wasn’t as much fun as we thought it would be. The carvings didn’t turn out quite like my little artists had envisioned, and I think it was more difficult than they expected.

Oh, well. There you have it. Things don’t always go as planned around here. Somehow I’m guessing you’re not in shock over that.

We don’t have much on tap for the weekend, which is fine by me. Brianna is off and Josh is having a friend over, so all the kids will be here for Saturday morning breakfast for the first time in I can’t even remember how long. I’m very excited about that.

I must be in organizational mode, too, because I’ve got a whole list of things I want to clean out, such as some storage boxes in our school cabinet and an overflowing kitchen cabinet.  There’s also a whole stack of papers I need to sort through and file and a pile of laundry I need to catch up. Try not to be too envious of my exciting weekend.

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12 Comments

  1. I think you’re doing a great job being flexible with summer schoolwork and still having fun! I’m beginning WriteShop Junior D with my daughter this year, and I’m pretty excited to get started, too.

  2. Thanks for hosting the link up. We school year round as well and really like it. It works really well for us. We enjoy taking time off when works for us as opposed to the ‘school year.’ Glad things are going well for you!

  3. Yes, thumbnails make the linky more fun. 🙂

    I still love the idea of your six weeks on, one week off. I’m not currently planning on doing it like that because with upcoming trips, holidays, time Kathryn is with her dad, etc., it just requires FAR too much planning. But I like it and we’ll do random weeks off when they fit in our timeframe.

    Lindsey wasn’t scheduled to work on that day, but it was SO busy and crazy that she got called in. She said everyone was nice, and there was even some senator there bussing tables to help out.

    1. That’s cool about the senator bussing tables. I know of a lot of people who got called in, too, including a manager friend of ours whose last day was supposed to be the day before because she’s moving out of town. Seating wasn’t bad at our CFA. It seemed like most people were getting the food to go. You know I have to eat there, though, so I can get my sweet tea refill. 😉

  4. yep — we did soap carvings last year and were quite underwhelmed, too.

    I like your thoughts on Chick Fil-A, too. 🙂

    Happy Weekend!

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