Friday, December 14, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - The Second Week of December

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!


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Homeschool news  . . . At this point, we're just doing our best to stay somewhat focused and keep up until the holiday break. The schedule is very full, so there have been times when Kennady either forgot about an assignment or procrastinated or left something incomplete because of holiday interruptions. And then had to scramble to finish up on time. Now that I think about it . . . I had the same thing happen to me. 'Tis the season! 

Other news . . . Friday evening was quiet because it was just me and the hubster and Spencer at home. Kennady went to a friend's place and I opted to pick up pizza for dinner. The hubster and I putzed around with decorations for a bit before calling it 'good enough' for this year. We are getting very lazy about decorating! It's hard to find time to get it done all at once, and we somehow lack some motivation too.

On Saturday morning I picked Kennady up and we went to a small party and did a bit of shopping. In the evening all five of us piled in the car and went to Hershey for a hockey game! We'd pulled together some friends from church and from the hubster's work to get group tickets.

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And who wouldn't want to hang out with this attractive family, am I right?!
Could we possibly be any goofier? I think not.

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 I enjoyed a pretty lazy Sunday afternoon, and napped longer than I should have while Kennady was at a birthday party. In the evening, she went with me to a live nativity presentation at a friend's church, and then I dropped her off at hockey. It was the last night of the season for hubby's Old Fat Bald Guys league, and the playoff games, but unfortunately his team didn't win this time around.

On Tuesday morning, my week took a turn for the worse as I had a sudden onset of severe back pain shortly after getting up. I managed to get everyone off to work okay, but I was in so much pain that I opted to head for the urgent care clinic after lunch. My original thought was an infection of some kind but that seemed to be ruled out, and the doctor recommended anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medication for my back and sacroiliac. Thankfully we were able to make other arrangements for Kennady to get to chorus rehearsal that evening, and I called out of work for Wednesday. We had worship team practice on Wednesday evening, and I managed okay; and made it through co-op on Thursday as well. The last couple of days have ranged from horrible pain to uncomfortable but functional. A follow-up visit with my doctor is obviously necessary, and hopefully can be jammed into the schedule sooner rather than later.

Oh, and I had a couple of stops planned on the way home from co-op, but things didn't go quite as planned. Since my back was feeling pretty good at that point, I stopped at a friend's for our standing coffee date, although I expected it to be just a short visit. However, when we tried to leave, the car battery was stone dead! We tried jump starting with my friend's vehicle, and with her husband's vehicle - no success. So I figured that's what AAA membership was for and called for assistance. Even though we were in the city and it was decent weather, we still waited over an hour for a truck to come and get my car started again. By that time, Landon had volunteered to drive out and pick Kennady up to go to their young adult activity - what a nice big brother! - and I had zero interest in making either of the stops I'd originally planned. One was the bank, which was no longer an option anyway. And I gave up on attending a church social myself. I'd been iffy because of my back so it was probably just as well.

What I'm Highlighting . . . On the Homeschool Review Crew blog today, you'll find a round-up of Our Favorite Christmas Books from Crew members. I was planning to share my own list, but then that whole thing with my back happened. So instead, I shared a previous list of favorites: Holiday Bookshelf and invite you to hop over and see the rest of the contributions.

Holiday Bookshelf on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Some Christmas themed books that have found a place on my holiday bookshelf recommendations.

One book I'm adding to my list this year is The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.




I recommend . . . some favorite holiday sweets recipes I shared a couple of years ago: Holiday Sweets and Treats. I had grand plans again this year to start holiday baking right around Thanksgiving and thought that if I spread it out and did something every day that I had time, I'd have a nice selection of homemade treats available. Nope. Ain't nobody got time for that. Or, I haven't made time yet. I still have about a week to go - but now I have back problems. But we need Peppernuts for sure, and also shortbread and butter tarts. Wish me luck!

Holiday Sweets and Treats on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A collection of some of our favorite recipes for holiday cookies and other seasonal sweet treats!

Peppernuts and other Holiday Sweets and Treats on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A collection of some of our favorite recipes for holiday cookies and other seasonal sweet treats!

On my blogs last week . . . things were very slow, thanks to the hectic pace and interruptions of the rest of my life!

Here on Homeschool Coffee Break:

Virtual Refrigerator - Lane Boy (Blurryface Art)

Lane Boy on the Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Wordless Wednesday - O Christmas Tree!
What I'm Reading - December 10, 2018
Scripture and a Snapshot - Prince of Peace

Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I've been reading:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A parting shot . . . I sent a couple of books as a St Nicholas Day gift for my granddaughter. Here she is reading her new Grinch storybooks. 💗

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator - Lane Boy (Blurryface Art)

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining us as we share what we're creating in our homeschools. We cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month, with anchor posts planned for each Wednesday.

One more piece in the Blurryface series is complete! Which isn't exactly holiday art, I realize, but this is what happened.

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Lane Boy by Kat, December 2018

The previous three pieces in the series were featured on my Virtual Fridge a couple weeks ago, and I gave a bit of explanation in that post: Virtual Refrigerator - Blurryface Art

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - The First Week of December

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!


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Homeschool news  . . . Remember last week's speech, and how Kennady didn't get a handout ready to go with it like she was supposed to? Well, she knocked it out of the park anyway, apparently, and got 100% on it! And that kind of made up for the fact that she turned her History paper in late (to me!).

In co-op yesterday, I took my History students' suggestion and came up with a Jeopardy! game set-up to review the Unit they'd just studied. It was a lot of fun so I think I'll try to come up with creative ways to review more often.

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But anyway, even though school has been happening, it's been such a busy week that I'm having trouble remembering exactly what we did or when we fit it into our schedule. We are going to need the Christmas break to regroup!

Other news . . . Saturday was, of course, the first day of December, and I took Kennady over to the church so she could help do some decorating in the morning.

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It also happened to be the day of the Big Band Merry Christmas concert. Kennady's choral group was guest performer in the concert again this year, and I managed to talk the hubster into going with me, so it was like a real date! And I was right - he did enjoy the music, and was glad he went. By the way, it also counted as a Year of Music goal met:

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Kennady still had choir rehearsal this week, but my choir is finished for the season, so I did have some time to myself at Starbucks that evening. On Wednesday night, we were at church as usual, but instead of the kids going to youth group and me going to a small group study, we all watched the kids Christmas play.

Even though we weren't out every night of the week, it still felt very busy. I think it's partly because I'm working the extra half day each week. I'm only at work for a couple of hours in the morning, but essentially the whole day is shot as far as doing anything else productive. By the time I get home I really don't feel much like grading papers or doing any housework!

Reader Favorites . . . some of the most read posts here on Homeschool Coffee Break over the past month or so - thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing!

Do You Take Holiday Breaks from Homeschooling?

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Share Four Somethings - November 2018
Scripture and a Snapshot - A Light To Guide Our Feet
Monthly Bookshelf Review - November 2018


Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I've been reading:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A parting shot . . . or a few, from our Christmas tree . . .

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