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Weekly Wrap Up: Animals, Ribbons, and Gardens

In my life this week

From a rock python to track and field awards to finishing the garden, this was an exciting week.

In our homeschool

Both Miss 10 and Miss 13 are now officially finished their school year.  But we’re still learning.  At a tiny heritage fair, we saw a fascinating display of reptiles and other animals:  tarantula, scorpion, gecko, rat snake, large lizard, alligator, and rock python and learned a lot about each.  No one in our family wanted to touch any of these animals, though.  Later we visited a petting zoo with goats, sheep, pot-bellied pig, fancy chickens, llamas, donkeys, ducks, and a honking goose.

The Little Misses each won a chest full of ribbons at track and field, Miss 15 led the 9 year old girls, and I tried to man two race end-points at once.  The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold, and everyone had a lovely time.  Afterwards we went on our annual trip to Dairy Queen for an ice cream cone.

Mr. 18 has done an incredible amount of schoolwork this week but now has a cold.  I pray he will be able to finish what needs to be finished in the next little while.

In our garden… The vegetable planting is finished! This week we seeded corn, beans, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and squash and did an enormous amount of weeding and garden preparation.  We are eating asparagus, chives, greens, and radishes.

Our perennial poppy just opened its first enormous orange flower, the peony is about to start, and the lupins, roses, and wild daisies have begun.  The dogs dug up some petunias and a marigold, and we have many more of those to plant, and the flower gardens to organize as well.

In the kitchen… Spaghetti, yoghurt, chicken, raw veggies, tomatoes, more of that wonderful pizza, stir fry, crepes, and pea soup.  And, of course, ice cream when Miss 13 finished her school year.

Some of my favorite things were

  • Writing ‘promoted to grade 8’ at the bottom of Miss 13’s homeschool list.
  • Finishing the garden.
  • Watching Miss 15 do her first work on our riding lawn mower under Mr. 18’s patient and careful supervision.
  • Seeing that alligator.  It was a small one, and looked like a dinosaur must have.
  • Vitamins.
  • Time with friends.
  • Track and field.

Questions/thoughts I have…  I don’t like it when we’re sick.

Fitness… This was the week of aches.  A few days of painful muscles, and also head ache, tummy ache, ear ache, and sore throat.  I did no exercise other than gardening and averaged 6800 steps.  On the one good day, though, we went for a wonderful early morning walk, a perfect start to the holidays.

Things I’ve been working on

  • Homeschooling.
  • Mr. 18’s transcript.
  • Gardening and yard work.
  • Feeding my family.
  • Resting.
  • Learning more about Pinterest.

We’re watching

The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Mouse that Roared, and a crazy Three Stooges piece.

I’m reading… Psalms.  I finished The Autobiography of Charles G. Finney and will review it soon.  When I was feeling really sick, I reread Winter Solstice, and I’m also reading Pinterest Power, Cooked, and Mathematics: Is God Silent?

Reading Aloud… We’re still reading both 1 Chronicles and Madame Curie.

When my husband is home for meals, we read Matthew.

I’m grateful for …. Vitamins, which help me keep functioning and keep me from getting too ill.  Sleep.

Quote or link to share….   If you’re a blogger, you should sign up for Blogging with Amy’s newsletter.  It’s quick to read and always has at least one helpful tip, oftentimes more.

This post is linked to Kris’s Weekly Wrap Up and to HomeSchool High.


  1. Beth says:

    Sounds like a good week. Pinterest is lots of fun. I have found it a great place to keep all the links and resources, ideas, recipes I find.

  2. Annie Kate, thanks for the shout-out! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the emails. 🙂

    Congrats on another school year complete (even though the learning continues). That’s our philosophy too. 🙂

  3. Annie Kate says:

    You’re right, Beth, Pinterest is a great organizer. I’ve actually started throwing out paper files because I can just pin the information instead. I only wish it would clean up my desk too! 🙂

    Amy, I just love your tips and am pleased to share them. Thanks for all you do to help mommy bloggers.

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  5. JoAnn says:

    Sorry you weren’t feeling good, but sounds good otherwise. I hope you summer continues to go well. 🙂

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