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Three Week Wrap Up: Water Cooler Problems and Lots of School Work

In my life these three weeks

That huge to do list I had for March has kept me too busy to write weekly wrap-ups, but a lot has been happening around here.  We’ve had snow, and now it’s spring.  We’re able to sit in our verandah again rather than just using it to store snow boots and firewood.  An enormous amount of housework and schoolwork has gotten done.

I haven’t been feeling very well lately.  Perhaps it was due to contamination build-up in our water cooler.  If so, I should soon feel well again, and perhaps the children will, too, although only one of them has serious issues.  If you have a water cooler, clean it very often, and even then that might not be enough.

Our teens are out of town for a youth conference, but we have had a lot of time together listening to Bach’s beautiful song of praise and worship for Easter.  I wish you a blessed weekend, remembering our Savior.

In our homeschool

Miss 10 finished Grammar Songs, and now we’ve moved onto Daily Grams, which we do cuddled on the couch.  I love it; it’s such an empowering program because it is so simple and gently reinforces concepts without any fuss.

Miss 12 just keeps on working steadily. Her biggest challenge right now is writing down how she solves complicated math problems.  Being able to write it down is an important step in understanding, but it can be very difficult to do.

Although not all of Miss 15’s high school work has been officially recorded, I’ve made a lot of progress with her records.  Because the learning can stretch out for several more years, some of the courses can’t be finalized until the spring of grade 12, but some of them are definitely finished and can be wrapped up.  That is wonderful.  Miss 15 recently wrote the Cayley Competition in math and did very, very well.

Mr. 17 is working hard, whizzing through books at an alarming rate for Omnibus, enjoying his programming course, and determinedly slogging through his advanced chemistry and advanced physics.

We did not get rid of all the books and curriculum we took to the homeschool used book sale, but a lot of it sold.  What was more, we came home with a huge amount of left-overs that people donated for a small, new Christian school.  That was pretty special.

Some of my favorite things were

  • Hanging out with family and friends.
  • Spring, sunshine, red-winged black birds, and robins.
  • Managing to do most of the things that needed to be done.
  • Reading lots of books.

Questions/thoughts I have… I was too busy to write weekly wrap-ups, but I forget so much if I don’t write them. I must make these wrap-ups a priority.

Things I’ve been working on

  • Miss 15’s high school records.
  • Homeschooling diligently.
  • Beta testing a part-time business course.  I learned an enormous amount.
  • Remembering to walk, eat well, and relax adequately.
  • Trying to figure out why my tummy was never happy any more.  We’ll see if the water cooler explanation turns out to be right.
  • Selling old books and curriculum.
  • Whittling down my list of things to do in March.

We’re watchingPlanet Earth, The Sound of Music, Swiss Family Robinson.

I’m reading… 2 Chronicles. I also read 10 Christians Everyone Should Know, A New Home for Lily, Art and the Bible, and People Can’t Drive You Crazy if You Don’t Give Them the Keys.  Currently I’m reading Crucifying Morality, How Then Shall We Live, Caesar’s Gallic War, and Pinterest Power, and I’m listening to Les Miserables, an audiodrama by Focus on the Family.  I plan to write reviews of them all eventually.

Reading Aloud… We’re reading 2 Samuel and just finished This was John Calvin by Thea B. Van Halsema. We’re reading Children of the New Forest now. The little Misses and I are reading Twenty-One Balloons and In de Zoete Suikerbol, an old, old Dutch set of stories about a baker who gets to make buns for the king.  It’s delightful and so exciting.  And Mr. 17 and I are going through Pioneers in het Wilde Westen, a Dutch story about Dutch immigrants to Canada, written by a master story-teller years ago.  The book had notes in it, written by my Grootva, or so my Dad says.  My Mom says that the handwriting isn’t his.

When my husband is home for meals we’re reading Habakkuk.

We’re memorizing… Nothing new, this week. We’re still concentrating on review.

I’m grateful for … Food, safety, and plenty to do.

Quote or link to share…. From Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Happy Golden Years:  “These are the happy golden years.”

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


  1. Emily Davis says:

    Great Post.
    That People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them the Keys sounds right up my alley.
    Hope your Easter was happy and you have a great week.

  2. JoAnn says:

    I always think I’m going to remember things even if I don’t write them down, and then I forget them. I hope you get back to weekly writing. And I hope that the water cooler is your issue, and that you all feel better soon.

  3. Annie Kate says:

    Yes, Emily, it’s a great book for everyone, I think. I expect to post a review on it next week.

    JoAnn, that’s exactly what happens to me–I forget it all. That’s why I love taking photos and writing the weekly wrap-ups. I get my kids to write a few sentences about each week too, as part of their Saturday jobs.

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