Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Shakespeare in the Shade: Ryne and his Challenge I classmates and tutor, reading aloud The Taming of the Shrew

Last week Grace read my blog.

As in the WHOLE thing.

From June 11, 2008 to July 23, 2015!

Granted, I've never been the most prolific blogger, so it really didn't take her that long to read through every post, but I was surprised at how much she enjoyed reading it. It got me thinking that it really is a shame I've stopped chronicling our adventures, so for her sake, I'm going to make a better effort.

With that, I'm bringing back weekly reviews, except that I'm going to try to keep it really simple. A picture and a few highlights are my goal (I've even cheated by using a picture from last week!). To keep myself accountable, however, I will be linking up with Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

This marked Week 5 of our homeschool year! Our school year got off to a very rocky start due to sad circumstances, but we're finally starting to hit our groove. Ryne is in Classical Conversations' Challenge 1 program, and we're really behind in a couple of subjects, but I'm trying not to stress too much about it. Overall, CC is going very well for him this year. It's just him and three girls in the class, but he has a male tutor to make up for being the only guy in the class. It seems like a pretty neat mix of kids.

Tuesday was my entry into my mid-40's (44, to be exact. How can that be?!). The first excitement of the day was getting a call from Anna to say she drove her car into a ditch just outside our neighborhood. She was fine and the car was fine -- she just caught a tire on the edge of the road as she was turning and couldn't recover quickly enough. We live in a semi-rural area, so the roads aren't the greatest and I've even caught a tire there myself before. In God's Providence, Marc was still at home and was sitting right next to me when I got the call, so he took her to her community college class and then waited for the tow truck (it's a pretty deep ditch). Everything turned out fine, amazingly, I stayed calm the entire time. That might be a first!

In the afternoon Marc and I had a meeting across town to attend and afterwards we went out to dinner. It wasn't a planned date, but turned out to be a fun little birthday celebration. Tomorrow night will be our annual family tradition of celebrating my birthday by watching The Sound of Music. I think we started doing it before Grace was even born, so I'm pretty sure between the five of us we could quote the entire movie.

Wednesday was the first week of Bible Study Fellowship! BSF is probably the only thing that can keep me sane enough to be able to homeschool through high school, so I'm very happy to start up the new year. : ) I volunteered in the children's program and had the most perfectly behaved group of 3 and 4 year-olds I've ever seen. They were a bunch of cuties, but it was almost eerie how good they were!

Thursday afternoon was spent at Anna and Ryne's cross country meet. Anna has been having health issues and wasn't supposed to run, but she decided to try anyway and ended up taking 7th place. Her varsity girls team won the meet for the 8th year in a row. Ryne was the 5th runner in on his JV team, which also won the meet. And I had a sweet reunion with a friend I knew years ago from BSF. All in all, a great afternoon!

The strangest thing to happen all week? My cell phone has become a magnet for receiving wrong number calls this week. So far, I've received 5 different calls not really meant for me, but the best was Sunday night. I answered my phone, even though I didn't recognize the number, and it was an automatic message, saying I was receiving a non-collect call from a correctional facility and then it gave the first name of the person calling me, which happened to be the first name of my sister! I figured the only thing that would result in my smart, law-abiding sister calling me from jail was going to be quite the story, but alas the poor woman had called the wrong number so I have no tales to tell. I do hope that it's not really like it is in the movies and that the woman used up her only phone call on me!

That wraps up our week! Happy homeschooling and enjoy the weekend!


  1. Your first paragraph is why I am attempting to be consistent in blogging. I really want to remember all these little moments that are so very fleeting! :) Saying Hi from the link up! I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks, Kara! Hopefully we can both learn how to find that balance between making the memories, preserving them, and getting the laundry done. :)

  2. Great motivation for writing on our blogs: our kids. Thankful Anna (& the car) are alright and that you were able to be's an area I struggle with (staying calm in the storm). Happy belated birthday! : )