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Weekly Wrap Up: Lazy Week


Miss 9’s strawberry-banana-elderberry treat

In my life this week…It was a slow, lazy week, by necessity.  There was just no energy left in me, but the rest of the family had lots.  We had a wild storm, read the entire story of The Horse and His Boy, ate lots of good food, and enjoyed being home.  Miss 12 wonders why anyone would want to go anywhere else, and she’s not the only homebody in the family.

In our homeschool this week…  What homeschool?  We’re doing a bit of math, a bit of music, and a lot of reading.  Miss 9 brings home funny bugs and makes friendship bracelets.  Miss 12 makes complicated codes.  Miss 14 plans novels.  Mr. 17 comes home from work covered with different colors of paint and full of news every day.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… Just because teens look grown up and often act that way doesn’t mean that they are grown up.  Sometimes that’s hard to remember.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We were car-free, and I was tired.  I only went out twice, once to take Miss 14 and Miss 12 to volunteer at therapeutic riding, shopping with Miss 9 while we waited, and once to pop by the doctor’s.  Of course, we did spend some time with friends, and we did walk to the library.   It was very peaceful.

Some of my favorite things this week were

  • Lying on a zero gravity chair under the trees, reading chapter after chapter of The Horse and His Boy to the girls as they attacked our bugle weed patch.
  • Walking down the creek with the girls just before the storm.
  • Eating sausages for lunch.

Questions/thoughts I have…  Even if it may be impossible to meet your fitness goals, if you don’t keep on striving for them you’ll only move backwards.  I may be frail now, but I want to become strong.  It seems to be an unlikely possibility, but if I give up trying, I’ll go downhill quickly and become even more frail.  So, onwards and upwards!

Things I’ve been working on

  • Pickling beans.
  • Planning next year. I’ve made most of the  curriculum decisions; now I need to order the books and plan our weekly goals.
  • Surfing for homeschool info.  Yes, even after 15 years, I need some information and inspiration.
  • Resting.
  • Weeding out our books.
  • Learning how to eat green hazelnuts.
  • Collecting new gluten-free recipes for quick,  healthy lunches and breakfasts.

We’re watchingLittle Dorrit is finished, and it actually was worthwhile. I’ve been thinking about it a lot.  We also finished Chariots of Fire, just before the real Olympics opened.  My husband is on a Sherlock Holmes kick, and Miss 14 watched with him after reading as much Sherlock Holmes as she could.  (Miss 12 reminds us, “Be Sher to lock your Holmes!”)

I’m reading… Genesis.  I’m also reading a children’s version of the Aeneid, Stress Point by Martin, the new 101 Top Picks by Duffy, and Only a Novel, a sweet, funny, bookish novel by Miss 14’s friend Amy Dashwood.

Waiting to be read: You Shall be Free Indeed by Ganz, and Father Hunger by Wilson.

With the kids, I’m reading Revelation. We completed The Horse and His Boy, and now I’m reading aloud one of my favorites, 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.

I’m grateful for … Rain.  Sausages for lunch.  Music.

A quote to share “Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”  — Jacob M. Braude


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


  1. JoAnn says:

    Sounds like a great week. So glad you are getting the rest you need and having some wonderful time with your family.

  2. Janet says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful week. I’m especially jealous of your rain right now!

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