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Weekly Wrap-Up: A Quiet Week of Lovely Moments

In my life this week… Another gentle, quiet week with good books, good food, daily life, sunshine, flowers, weeds, and a few homeschooling thoughts.

In our homeschool this week… What homeschool? Mr. 17 works at a job all week and Miss 14 and Miss 12 work in the mornings.  The rest of the time the kids read, write, craft, play, and follow through on their bright ideas, like letting all 11 chickens out for a break and then almost losing some.  This batch of hens is full of escape artists and they are very energetic.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… JoAnn wrote that mom needs to have a summer break, too.  Since we almost always do staycations, and my husband’s favorite holiday activity is puttering around the house, I need find ways to take a holiday myself, and to give the kids a vacation as well.  Puttering around the house is not a break for us, although we do love being home.  We did buy some holiday foods to eat at home. When I suggested going out to a festival, the kids weren’t interested, but we are all going to a beach today.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Church.  Library.  Stores.  Doctors and a medical lab. Neighbors. Work. Friends.

Some of my favorite things this week were

  • Watching Mr. 17 enjoy his new smart phone.  He planned so long and worked  so hard for it, and he’s having a wonderful time.  We found an internet safety app for it  as well.
  • Visiting friends.
  • Watching the laundry drift in the breeze as I  came in from the garden with 14 enormous chard leaves for supper.
  • Fanning the Little Misses with the chard leaves and listening to them creak!
  • A whole houseful of company on Sunday.
  • Cancelling our volunteer slot at therapeutic riding.  The driving didn’t work out and it was wonderful to have a break.

Questions/thoughts I have…  How can a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom take a break during a staycation?  I suppose I need to focus on day trips again, to make fun memories for us all.

Things I’ve been working on

  • Weeding the yard!  I can’t imagine we’re actually doing that, and the kids can’t either.  Since it’s been too dry to mow the last 6 weeks, we have brown grass and green weeds, and those weeds need to come out before they go to seed.
  • Planning next year. The order list almost finished.  It took long because I had to finalize a few uncertain points in our curriculum decisions.
  • Resting.
  • Weeding out our books.  We dropped off a big box at the Salvation Army this week, and there is space on some of our shelves.
  • Collecting new gluten-free recipes for quick, healthy lunches and breakfasts.

We’re watchingMy Fair Lady, which was a real disappointment. Mr. 17 watched The Eagle, which is apparently very violent.  My husband is on a Sherlock Holmes kick, and Miss 14 has watched a few too.

I’m reading… Exodus.  I finished 101 Top Picks by Duffy and Only a Novel by Amy Dashwood.  I’m also reading a children’s version of the Aeneid, and Stress Point by Martin.

Waiting to be read: You Shall be Free Indeed by Ganz, Father Hunger by Wilson, and Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin (yes, I get to review that!).  I’m really looking forward to reading the last two, but haven’t enjoyed the beginning of Ganz’s book.

With the kids, we just finished Revelation.  We’ll start Genesis again today.  We’re reading Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinor Pruitt Stewart, the delightful true story of a spunky widow with an incredible gift for enjoying life.

When my husband is home for meals, we’re still reading Jeremiah.  It’s a long book.

I’m grateful for … Corn on the cob.  Cool breezes.  Health.

A quote to share From the subtitle of Gretchen Rubin’s new book:  “Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project…”  Doesn’t that sound deliciously sunny?  


This post is linked to The Homeschool Mother’s Journal and to Weekly Wrap Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.



  1. Weeding the yard is something we really ought to be doing around here, too. And the flower beds, for that matter! Thankfully they look good because the flowers are taller, but if you get too close, it’s scandalous how many weeds I have! 😉

    I’m not sure the best answer to how a homeschooling mom has a break at home, but I do know it takes the family wanting to give mom a little break — whether that be uninterrupted time to read, or a morning out for coffee, or something. Sometimes just little snatches of breaks. Either way, I hope you do get a much-deserved break!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Thank you! Our staycation started off beautifully…once my husband finished his work project on the second day. LOL

      We went to the beach, and it was a real treat. On top of all the usual beach stuff, the sand and water glittered! It was close to a mica mine, so I suspect there were bits of mica everywhere. So pretty!

  2. Oh, good question! LOL I think for me a staycation break would be no housework, no cooking, and lots of time to read! LOL (The simple things, right?) Perhaps exploring places nearby (like tourists) that you’ve never done before? Or trying something new?

    1. Annie Kate says:

      I’m going to be reading, and we got lots of sausages for meals. 🙂

  3. JoAnn says:

    We mainly do staycations too, and to me that is a good break. Anything that is relaxing for your family, to me, is a good break. It stresses me and my kids out if all I’m doing is constantly talking and planning our school year, that’s why I put it all down for a couple of months. But now that time has gone, and I have to start planning our lessons. I should be doing that now, not reading blogs. 🙂

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Enjoy the planning! I’m glad you had a good break so far.

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