Seriously? Are we never going to get a normal week? This week featured more sick kids. Josh started running a fever on Wednesday and Brianna was throwing up and complaining about sinus pressure. I had to load everyone up and take Brianna to the doctor on Thursday – well, actually we saw the nurse practitioner because our doctor doesn’t work on Thursdays…or past noon any other day of the week – to confirm what we already knew: sinus and ear infection.
Moms should be granted a limited practice medical license. If I could write my own prescriptions we’d hardly ever have to bother the staff at our doctor’s office.
It was when I realized that we were going to have to go to the doctor that I raised the white flag. I knew we’d get little done on Thursday…and that Brianna wouldn’t feel like doing anything at all. She really was miserable. I also knew that Brian will be taking Monday and Tuesday off next week and I’d already planned for us to take those two days off, so I decided that we’d just give up and take a winter break. I know I could use some time off, mentally, and I’m hoping that taking some time off will give everyone a chance to get over all these colds.
I guess we’ll have to make the time up at the end of our regularly planned school year because I know I won’t be willing to make it up during our already-planned Spring Break. Nope, when the sun starts shining and the temps start rising, I’ll be ready for a week off. Thank goodness for the flexibility of homeschooling, though. We’ll get it made up and I know everyone appreciates the break right now.
We did get a lot accomplished toward the beginning of the week, though, including the science project that kept getting pushed back. I present to you, our model atom:
The kids enjoyed making it and it was pretty easy, though they weren’t especially sure that it looked like an atom. We were supposed to have seven two-inch Styrofoam balls and three one-inch ones. However, that would have required buying three bags of Styrofoam balls at over $3 each. Ouch! Kind of pricey for a simple project that will likely wind up getting tossed. So our protons were a bit larger than our neutrons. Considering the size of an actual atom, hopefully our half-inch-diameter deviation surely won’t get us shunned in scale model circles.
Can you believe that New Moon has been out at the second-run theater in our area for two weeks and I still haven’t been to see it? Yeah, it amazes me, too. That’s how addicted we’ve become to American Idol (which we have never watched prior to this year) though — we have to be home to see it and that messes with $1 Wednesdays at the theater. I may have to suck it up and pay a whole $2.50 (or it may be $3) to go see it this weekend.
I’ve had great successes at our local used bookstore lately. I’ve picked up all but two of the books Briana needs for her history study with Pandia Press (and a friend graciously loaned me the Kingfisher book we needed), as well as most of the books that I’ll need for the first few weeks of studying American history with Josh and Megan. I love when I can find what we need at the used bookstore — we can read at our leisure and not worry about library fines or finding the books we need have already been checked out.
On the weight-loss front, I am right at 30 lbs. lost! I actually weighed today and have passed the 30 lb. mark, but I won’t count it as official until I weigh on Monday, my official weigh-in day. My husband made my night last night when I smiled and he commented that my dimples are coming back. I feel so much better! I wish I’d made the commitment to lose weight years ago.
Now, I’m off to make a grocery list so we can get that out of the way and be free to enjoy four days of time off with the family. Hope you all have a great weekend!
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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.