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.

Preparing for homeschool

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.

Weekly Wrap Up Week – All About Pull Ups

Weekly Wrap-Up

Sunday kicked off the week with a bang.  Oy what a day…it will go down in history as chicken wing day, around here at least.  It was so eventful I wrote a blog post about it.  If you want a good laugh, and to feel better about your day, go read it.  I promise you’ll chuckle, you may even have an all out, choke-on-your-drink laugh. Fo realz.

It’s okay. I don’t mind if you laugh at my expense.

The rest of the week was less eventful, but much more enjoyable.  I’m continuing to work on getting the house clean and organized.  Yes, still.  Between the kids and PawPaw, I only have a few hours a week to devote to the task.  And it’s a big task.

This week’s highlight of cleaning happened this morning.  Bram and I have been working on his room.  For a 6 year old he’s been amazingly understanding about having to throw away broken and abused toys.  I’ve been trying to teach him to throw stuff out ruthlessly.

Why? Because we have too much stuff.  I want to enjoy this home we’ve been blessed with and our time together, rather than worrying about stuff all the time.

Bram had already thrown out two construction-sized trash bags of broken and too-rough-to-donate toys.  Then this morning (the aforementioned highlight) he agreed to get rid of his huge assortment of hand me down dart guns.  They were cool, but they were bulky and taking up lots of space.

We discussed the need to honor our space and space limitations, and he gave up the guns without drama.  I could tell it was a stretch for him, but he did it.  I am one proud mama!  We’re almost finished his room, yay!  Then I can move on to the storage room, gulp.

I didn’t get to do any cleaning Monday, because that was my errand and grocery day.  Or Wednesday, because that was the day I took PawPaw to the doctor and to run his errands.  …Or Thursday, because that was the day I went to FIVE different pharmacies trying to fill PawPaw’s prescription for a chest cold he’s been fighting.

You read that correctly.  I went to five pharmacies before I found one with the chest medicine in stock.  What should have been a 30 minute (tops!) errand turned into a 3 hour marathon. I began to question if he really needed the medicine.  He only has to take it for a week, is it really that important?

Don’t throw tomatoes!  I know he needed the medicine, that’s why I kept going.  But it wasn’t fun, dragging my 2 year old in and out of the car seat on a 92 degree day with high humidity.

By the fourth pharmacy Amelie was having a meltdown.  She did not want to buckle into her car seat any more.  She was done and I couldn’t blame her.  So I did what any good parent would do, I resorted to bribery.

“Buckle up baby so we can go to the next store and get a lolli.”  Nope, she refused, still screaming.



“A sippy cup?”

“A balloon!!??!!”

She wanted none of it.  You know what finally made her stop crying and buckle up?  The promise of Pull-Ups.  I kid you not.

“How about we get some more Pull-Ups?  You want Pull-Ups?”

That was it.  She instantly stopped the water works and slipped her arms under the straps so we could go.  Amazing.  Who would have guessed?  Ha!

So Monday, Wednesday and Thursday was a lot of running around.  Tuesday and Friday I cleaned.  Oh, and on a particularly nice day Lawrence and his girlfriend took Bram to the park for a couple hours.  I think it’s safe to say he had a good time.


That’s about it for my week. I’d say it was productively busy.  All in all a very good week!  How was your week?  Be sure to join the fun and link up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap Up.

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This Week – The Face

Friday. Already? Are you sure?  For a brief moment this morning I thought it was Monday. Seriously y’all, I need sleep.  All in all though, it’s been a pretty good week around here.

Monday and Tuesday were SNOW DAYS!

Snow Days

I hold the policy that if local schools are closed, homeschool is closed. The kids enjoy the anticipation, waiting, hoping and praying for schools to be closed. I love the celebratory shouts of “YESSSSSSS!” when I announce school cancelled for the day.


We spent the lazy days enjoying leftover chili (I have the best recipe) and hot cocoa.

Wednesday we tried to reclaim some semblance of normalcy…none of us were really feeling it. It was a balmy 20 degrees outside, and windy.  We kept the fires stoked as a little schoolwork was accomplished, but mostly it was another low-key day.

Thursday was my get-it done day. I loaded up the littles and we went grocery shopping.  The pantry was quite barren after kids, hungry from playing in the snow, rapidly depleted its stores. We were all a bit giddy as it was our first time out of the house all week.

Running Errands

Incidentally, I had a comedic moment at the grocery store in which I realized I’m that  mother. The mother I was never going to become. The harried mom, with bags under her eyes, hair out of place, wrangling kids in the store while knocking over display stands, tying to steer a heavy laden grocery cart one-handed.

After the shopping, kid wrangling, display knocking, calming the screaming 18 month old, then carrying the sleeping 18 month old (knocking over displays), I got to the checkout lane. With the cart unloaded, the kids playing nicely with the toys strategically placed at checkout, I began to think “well that didn’t go too bad, could have been worse”.

And that’s when I saw her.

I locked eyes with my toddler in time to see her making the face.

You know what face.

That  face.

I realized this was the one time I didn’t bring the diaper bag and I’d be darned if I was dragging everyone and that heavy cart back through the store for wipes, even though I had just bought diapers.  We did the best we could with what we had until we got home.  I’ll leave that to your imagination. Experienced moms understand.

Snow Warning

Today the teens did their work independently without complaint and I caught up on some housework.  We hope to get our Christmas tree this weekend as we haven’t done that yet.  However that will depend on the weather as we’re expecting another 4-8″ of snow tomorrow!

How was your week? Did you have any defining moments this week? I’d love to hear about them!

Linking Up:
Weekly Wrap Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers and Collage Friday at Homegrown Learners