Weekly Wrap Up | Las Vegas Edition

It’s been quite a while since I’ve participated in a weekly wrap up. So I figured it was high time. However when I sat down to write, everything was a blur. Please tell me I’m not the only person who has to check out their Instagram feed to remember what we did this week?? Please.

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Maybe the reason I don’t remember much is because the week started out busy. Then Amelie got sick.  Also, hubby and our eldest were away on a business trip so I was shorthanded. Yeah, that’s why everything is a blur…

Monday was my run-around-like-crazy day. I wanted to get Shane some new shoes for his trip. So I decided to drive into the closest “big town” for a decent shoe shop.  That turned into a day of getting the shoes, then walking the mall and spending more money I shouldn’t have spent. From there we made a quick stop at PetSmart because, oh yeah, we needed crickets for the Fire Belly Toads. Of course right next to PetSmart is an Ulta shop.  I had never been to Ulta so it seemed like a good time to stop in.  Of course, by this time the kids were starving so I *had* to take them to Burger King.

I didn’t get anything. I waited to grab a salad at home. Aren’t you proud of me?  I’ve lost over 40lbs and I fit into skinny jeans last week, so sister, I ain’t going back!

On Tuesday Shane left bright and early to head to Las Vegas with our eldest, Fox. Yeah Vegas. While I was home with a sick toddler. Whatever. I asked Shane to send me photos of everything.  And slefies! Don’t forget the selfies and usies! But, Shane isn’t a fan of taking obvious selfies in public and Fox despises that sort of thing. So I have some hilarious “sneaky selfies” from their travels.  I love it!

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And if you tell Fox about this photo I’ll kill you dead!

Most of Tuesday and Wednesday were spent wrangling a poor, sick, 2 year old with explosive diarrhea.  It wasn’t fun. For anyone. We mostly cut our losses and spent lots of time cuddling on the couch, watching her favorite shows. And doing laundry. Lots of laundry.

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But we got through it.  And if you’re gonna be sick.  At least you can still be cute, right? By Thursday Amelie was starting to feel better so we began to venture outside, much to Bram’s delight.  The weather here has been gorgeous and I love watching him climb trees and play in the creek.  We spent most of the evenings swinging on the swing set.  It was lovely.

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Let’s see what else? Oh! During the wee hours of the morning I watched a really, really wonderful movie called You’re Not You. I wrote a bit about it on my Netflix for Moms post. Have you seen it? It is such a touching, poignant movie. I highly recommend it. It’s about the slow decline of a woman with ALS and the friendship she develops with her caretaker, but really, it’s about sooooo much more!

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This week I was also able to share about a new phonics-based reading curriculum I absolutely love. Bram loves it too which is a huge bonus. It has officially become our new reading curriculum. Check out my review for First Start Reading from Memoria Press.

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Oh, and last but not least, Bram decided to cut his hair. Because, you know, it looks so cool this way 🙂

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 That’s it! Those are the highlights of this week. By the time this publishes Shane and Fox will be home from Las Vegas and we’ll be enjoying a nice, relaxing, family weekend.  I hope you enjoy yours as well.

*Update – I just realized Shane and Fox didn’t leave for Vegas until Wednesday morning. Which means my errand day was Tuesday. So, I really have no idea what I did on Monday. Like I said, it’s all a blur. Oy.

This post is linked up to the Weekly Wrap Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

The Great Storage Room Clean Up

This post is linked to the Weekly Wrap Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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Oh, what a week!  I was busy, and focused.  This week the desire of my heart was to clean out our mess of a storage room. When I say mess, I mean mess.  And I did it!  It took me four days of hard work but the room is empty.  Woot!  Tomorrow the room will be reclaimed as a bedroom. Finally!

Let me back up and give you a little more context so you can understand how much sweat and tears went into cleaning this room…

We’ve been playing musical bedrooms for some time.  As we’ve had children, and moved in grandparents, the big boys have been shuffling bedrooms around for some time.  Thankfully they don’t see to mind.

We’re in the middle of another shuffle that calls for two of the big boys to move down from the third floor, to the second floor.  This was not a big deal because their old room on the second floor was empty.  Well…not so much empty as unused.

Two years ago, after the boys moved to the third floor, their room became my “storage area”.  And by storage area, I mean the place I stuck everything I didn’t have time, or make time, to organize or find a home for.  It became the dumping ground.  Packed full of boxes and junk.

I called it the Pit Of Despair (name that movie!).

You could open the door and take two steps into the room. That was it.  I didn’t know where to begin.  I was overwhelmed.  I knew this was going to be a tough task because it was a large room, filled to bursting.

However I’m proud to say after 4 days (averaging about 4 hours a day) of sorting, moving, throwing away junk and cleaning, the room is empty!!  Tomorrow morning it will become a bedroom once again!!

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I am so proud of myself!  

Now, I am in no way finished.  I referred to this week as The Great Storage Room Clean Up Phase 1:  Purge.  I spent four days deciding what to keep and what to throw away.  Everything we’re keeping (boxes and boxes of books!) was stacked in my office.  They will sit there until Monday when I begin Phase 2: Organize.

Next week will consist of moving everything down to the real storage room on the 1st floor – which is a tiny “bedroom” the size of some walk people’s in closets.   I’ll also be separating the room into two sections – 1) stuff I’m really keeping (craft supplies, old paperwork, photos, vacation souvenirs) and 2) stuff I’m keeping for an upcoming yard sale.

After that, everything will have to wait until I’m retired and have time to actually enjoy those crafts or scrapbook those photos. Ha!

That was the focus of my week.  Not very exciting, I know but I feel SO GOOD having accomplished the goal, that I can hardly wait to move on to Phase 2!

 

 

Wrap Up – The Extended Birthday Week

This post is linked up at the Weekly Wrap Up, hosted by Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Let’s see…what can I can share about this week?  Hmm, not much.  It was blessedly uneventful.  I’m still not ready to begin planning the new school year.

I go back and forth – excited about the new school year to completely uninterested and back to excited.  So I guess I’m just not there yet…but that’s better than I was a few weeks ago.  I was pretending it was June. Ha!

I think part of my reluctance is because it’s been such an unbelievably gorgeous summer around here.  Seriously, low 70s – to low 80s, low humidity.  Perfect!  I want to enjoy every last bit of it.  Anywho, this week…

Saturday was Bram’s 7th birthday party.  He had a blast and had *a bit* too much sugar.

Monday was Bram’s true birthday, so I spent the day spoiling him.  We started the day with cake!  We watched movies and basically the world revolved around Bram.

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Tuesday I was interviewed by Jendi for a podcast at Mom Prepares. I had so much fun with this and Jendi asked questions that really made me think.

I cannot for the life of me remember what I did on Wednesday except for a 2 hour conversation with my friend Stef.

On Thursday, the gift my oldest son had ordered for Bram arrived.  Bram took a barefoot walk to the post office with me. He had walked barefoot to check the mail and found the pick-up slip in the mailbox.  He was so excited, I didn’t have the heart to send him back down the lane for shoes.

Later that day we spent some time tossing rocks into the creek.  It was a sweet day.

Today I’ve been tackling laundry and light cleaning…and that’s about it for our week!  Oh! There was something very exciting that happened on Monday (other than Bram’s birthday).

We have a small flock of chickens.  Over the last few months 4 of our hen have disappeared.  They would show up every once in a while to eat…but then they stopped coming back at all.

I held out hope they were okay since we never found a carcass or signs of trouble…but they were gone for so long.

Then on Monday my favorite missing chicken, Ruby, showed up with 11 baby chicks!!  We were so tickled.  Our flock practically doubled in a day!  We’re hoping the other missing chickens are out setting too.