Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where We Got Back On Track {sort of}

Last week was a bit better in terms of getting back to a more normal schedule. Really, though, what is normal? I’m quickly learning that there’s no normal; it’s really all about how well you keep the crap in nice tidy order…

I’ll keep this update short and sweet because there weren’t any particularly shining moments within each lesson that stood out, just the simple fact that we were getting through them was stellar in and of itself…

We’re finishing up a unit on adjectives and articles in grammar, learning about Hans Christian Anderson and some of his tales in literature, working on more spelling and vocabulary, studying math flashcards to finish up the last few facts that need memorizing, adding to the Crazy Eights blog, and continuing the quest for cursive perfection.

I am thankful for my wonderful husband helping me clean the house this week.  In addition, we ditched school and hung out with him for the afternoon on Tuesday {he is finally finished with his three straight weeks of 10.5 hours day-with no day off in between}, did some fun crafts at our Girl Scout meeting, ran some errands {we did school in the car dealership’s waiting room}, had another fabulous playdate, and attended a Girl Scout cookie rally. 

We finished off the week by getting fabulous hair cuts and deep conditioning treatments!  {I hate, hate, hate getting my picture taken.  Hate it.  But, I thought I’d be brave and post one here on the blog.  The first step to recovery is acceptance, right?  Or something like that…}

Curious to see how others spent their week?  Check out other wrap-ups over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers


An Update {in lieu of a Wrap-Up}


I missed our wrap-up last week!  Shoot, I pretty much missed blogging about anything last week…

Remember my previous post about Babydoll’s tooth and the ensuing drama with amoxicillin and her ER visit?  Yeah, well, it wasn’t over

Last week started with such promise.  I made myself sit down on Sunday evening and plan out her lessons for the week.  I filled her workboxesWe were ready to go.

I was so wrong.

Monday went OK, with us getting most of the work done.

I’m not sure what happened on Tuesday; that was a blur and I can’t remember it.  How sad is that.

Wednesday Babydoll had an appointment with an allergist.  It was supposed to just be a visit to go over the process, but when they found out she wasn’t on the steroid prescribed by the ER doctor, they decided to go ahead and test her.  I thought to myself {and then falsely assured Babydoll} that it would be no problem.  After all, I’d had an allergy test before and all they do is the little sticks that don’t hurt at all.

I was so wrong.

Apparently a penicillin allergy test is a bit different.  Sure, first they do the little sticks, but if you have no reaction to that, there’s more…  The next round involved six needles to the arm.  These were the biggest needles I think I’ve ever seen; I’m not even joking.  It was done more like a TB test than a shot, but Babydoll wailed worse than I’ve ever seen her wail.  She bled.  A lot.  And guess what?  That round of testing turned out negative.  Yes, we were in the clear!

Yep, you guessed it: I was so wrong.

There was yet another round of the shots, thankfully only two this time.  Same huge needles {well, not the same needles, but the same type}, same wailing, same bleeding.  If this round didn’t work, I was told I’d have to take her home and give her a dose of the amoxicillin to see if she had a reaction {what kind of sense does that make?}.  Finally, this concentrated dose worked and she had the reaction they were looking for.  After the ordeal was over, we were sent away with a note stating she was allergic to all penicillin.

I felt so bad about what Babydoll had just went through {and had been unprepared for}, so I decided she needed a special something.  Then I saw it:  Krispy Kreme.  That could be her special something.  And she enjoyed that special something.

And you can’t stop at Krispy Kreme for a special something without heading over to the library across the street {you know, the awesome one} for another special something.  Several special somethings actually:  books!  That made her even more happy.

After the library we decided to head over to the mall.  We rarely go {mainly because I can’t handle being around groups of people I don’t know}, but it was there and she needed an outfit for her Hogwarts night in a few days.  We shopped, she found a pretty sparkly dress she liked, she tried on clothes, we bought aforementioned sparkly dress and her Hermione outfit, bought Daddy an anniversary gift {Wednesday was our nine year wedding anniversary}, and ate a late lunch at Chick-Fil-A.  All of this made her even more happy.  Mission accomplished.

Thursday Babydoll had music class, and afterward we headed to a craft show.  We had so much fun shopping, and found a bunch of great local artists.  We even bought a few items.

Friday ended up being an impromptu {planned via text message and email late the night before} shopping day with a couple of our friends at a couple of craft shows.  We found more stuff we liked.  And we bought more stuff.

Saturday night was the night Babydoll had been waiting for:  Hogwarts at the zoo

Sunday was spent doing more shopping, which meant the day was pretty much a wash as it related to planning and cleaning.

Then it hit me:  we get done what we think is a priority.  Not that Babydoll isn’t a priority {I think anyone that knows us knows she most definitely is}, and not that her education isn’t important, but I felt like we had teetered to the wrong side of that fine line between too much extra stuff and just enough.  I joked that we were taking our winter break early, and I did have so much fun spending quality time with Babydoll {yes, shopping, eating out, and library visits are quality time for us-we chat and enjoy each others company}, but I had this knawing feeling that we really should have gotten more school done.  I could have salvaged some of the week.

So late Sunday night I sat down and planned our school week again.  I made time for it.  I filled the workboxes, finally deciding to implement a “work with Mommy” first rule {all the boxes that she needed my assistance with were done first, before lunch}, and then she was to work on the other boxes that she didn’t need my help with afterward.  It worked well and we got all the boxes done, with the exception of one that was weather-dependent {and the weather wasn’t cooperating}.  My wonderful husband even helped me clean the house {it had been seriously neglected}.  I finished the day by heading out on my own for a little Hobby Lobby and grocery shopping time.

Here’s hoping for a better week.  Stay tuned…


School – Hogwarts Style

This past weekend Babydoll had the opportunity to attend the Birmingham Zoo’s Hogwarts night. The event was sponsored by Books-A-Million and the local library system, and was free to attend. I recently blogged about her application process.

I’ll admit, I was skeptical of how well a free event like this could be done. After all, you can really jack up Hogwarts night if you even remotely tried. I am happy to report that they did a phenomenal job and Babydoll already has plans of attending again next year, this time as a returning student.

Now, if you know me {or if you’ve been reading the blog for any given length of time}, you know that I tend to take on more than I ever should.  I have these grand ideas that seem so super at the time, and then when I’m in the middle of implementing them I find myself wondering what possesses me to act in such a manner.

This was no different.

I thought it would be a great idea to sew Babydoll’s cloak, since she was encouraged to dress up.  Of course, we couldn’t find a store-bought cloak that measured up to my exacting specifications, so I, the beginning sewer, would sew one!


Well, I am happy to report that I finished the cloak approximately two hours prior to the event. I actually was very pleased with the way the cloak turned out. Babydoll even mentioned that it looked like something you would buy at the store. Thanks kid.  I’m not terribly happy with the front lining, but it’s a combination of how she wanted it and my apparent inability to think to use red thread instead of black and is not horrible {just pretty bad}…  I even gave her a wand pocket {giggle}.



We arrived at the zoo to find it decked out in tons of pretty string lights, which cast a beautiful glow on the autumn trees. It looked magical. The Whomping Willow was out front, as well as Madame Umbridge, Sirius Black, Dumbledore, and many others. Babydoll was very excited.


We waited in line for a bit and finally came the time she had been waiting for: Babydoll was being sorted. {Insert ominous music here.} She was so scared she’d be put in a house other than Gryffindor. Much to her delight, she got the house she wanted {which she’ll keep each year she returns to Hogwarts}.

We walked around Diagon Alley and took in the sites while waiting for her classes to begin. At class time, she {nervously} left my side and headed off to the owlry to learn all about the care and keeping of owls. From there she attended transfiguration, potions, divination, and other classes. I was unable to attend classes with her {I so wanted to}, but when I caught site of her during a class change, she looked like she was having the time of her life and she even made a new friend.

The night ended with her chatting away the entire thirty minute drive home about how much fun she had and how she can’t wait to do it again next year.


Just Another 24 Hours

Ever had one of those days where you think to yourself, “Wow, I really suck as a homeschooling mom…”?

I know you have.

I have.

If you haven’t, I’d really like to meet you in person and discuss what makes you awesome because I need to get a swig of that.

All kidding aside, none of us really suck as homeschooling moms, and we might not ever feel that disgusted with ourselves, but there are always days that don’t go quite as planned.  Then there are those days that run so smoothly you sit back and realize that this is why you do this.  It’s a mixed bag and we do it because we love our child(ren).

If you’re anything like me, you love peeking into the lives of other homeschoolers and seeing what they do on any given day.  And I’m not talking the glossy-made-for-magazines version, I’m talking just any random day.  

Well now you can.

Mary Grace over at BOOKS and BAIRNS is hosting Just Another 24 Hours in the Homeschooling Life from November 22nd to December 3rd.

To participate, pick a day, any day, and post about everything you did in that 24 hour period. The good, the bad, the messy, the trivial, the insanity, all of it.

Like I could write about how I threw up my hands in frustration {figuratively, of course} at the end of last week {post still to come} and decided two days of craft fairs and shopping was way more fun than doing school.

Write a post, slap up some pictures, and then head over to Mary Grace’s blog and link up!


Babydoll’s Junior Chef Spotlight

So I’m supposed to be doing school work right now, but I couldn’t resist posting a link to Babydoll’s Junior Chef Spotlight over at Picture Me Cooking!  She is so very proud!  Colleen has a great blog and a great cookbook to boot.

Bonus: It’s on sale through the end of the month!  

I am in no way affiliated with Picture Me Cooking, I just like letting you guys know about really awesome stuff.

I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately, but I’m working on a couple of posts for you all, one of which explains a bit about what’s been keeping me preoccupied lately.  Till then, happy cooking {or reading, or sleeping, or whatever it is you like to do that makes you happy}!