Friday, December 9, 2016

Homeschool Highlights - Holiday Preparations

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My cup is new to my collection - won in a giveaway at a shopping event on Saturday.


Holiday Preparations on Homeschool Highlights, a weekly link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Homeschool news  . . . Well, all I can say is I'm glad I'm counting the time put in on the Christmas play backdrop towards a partial credit for Kennady, because it saved the beginning of the school week from being a loss! Actually, Kennady and her friend Sadie completed the painting on Sunday afternoon, but all those weekend hours counted. (You can see the progress and all the pictures on my Virtual Fridge posts from last week and yesterday: Prep Work and Completed Backdrop)

Holiday Preparations on Homeschool Highlights, a weekly link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
the bottom of the trash can was the perfect size to trace
for the "records" on the wall!

Holiday Preparations on Homeschool Highlights, a weekly link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Holiday Preparations on Homeschool Highlights, a weekly link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Holiday Preparations on Homeschool Highlights, a weekly link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Kennady has been working really hard on History and Health during this week as well, but I sure wish she'd spent more time on Math. Our failure of the week was that we both completely forgot about her guitar lesson on Wednesday! I guess our routines changed just enough that we both lost track of what day it was.

Other news . . .  Saturday was busy, with a shopping event we attended in the morning, work on the backdrop during the afternoon, and the Big Band Merry Christmas concert (for Kennady's chorus group) in the evening. At the end of the day, I was disappointed that I hadn't done much of anything in terms of housecleaning or Christmas preparation. And both needed doing, because of my parents' upcoming visit!

On Sunday, I was able to relax at home for a good part of the day, which was nice but didn't help me get the house in shape. In the evening, Kennady and her friend were finishing up the backdrop, and I was willing to help, but they didn't let me do much other than the cleaning up. Typical. Yay. So I chatted with some of the moms that were there while their kids were in the dress rehearsal for the play. Then I took the girls out for a celebratory milkshake once the backdrop was complete.

I was hoping to say that the majority of the week was business as usual, but there were a few things that were different. Monday evening we met up with a bunch of girls (and their moms) from the homeschool group for a fun time at Sweet Frog. On Wednesday morning I interviewed for a new part-time job. More about that as we go along! And this morning, Kennady sang with members of her chorus at a Christmas business breakfast in town. With that flurry of activity over, we hope to spend the rest of today and tomorrow getting a lot of the cleaning done around the house!

Holiday Preparations on Homeschool Highlights, a weekly link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Holiday Preparations on Homeschool Highlights, a weekly link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
It is SO hard to get a good picture!
I recommend . . . checking out the Virtual Retreat offered by Institute for Excellence in Writing this weekend. Join Andrew Pudewa, Adam Andrews, Jill Pike, and Sarah Mackenzie for a full day of webinars to inspire and encourage you. If you can't listen live, registering will allow you to receive recordings of the talks you'd like to hear. (I particularly recommend "Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination" as I've heard Andrew Pudewa present that topic at a homeschool convention; and it is good stuff!) Also make sure you sign up for IEW's Twelve Days of Christmas Giving event, so you can get all the goodies they'll offer during those days!

Institute for Excellence in Writing - Virtual Retreat and 12 Days of Giving

On my blogs last week . . .


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 finished and reviewed The Reckoning (Legacy of the King's Pirates) (Volume 5) by MaryLu Tyndall, and I've been reading:

Bees in the Butterfly Garden (The Gilded Legacy)by Maureen Lang
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen
From Heaven: A 28-Day Advent Devotional by A.W. Tozer


A parting shot . . .

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3 comments:

Deann | As We Bloom said...

The backdrop looks great!

Mother of 3 said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one who sometimes looses track of the days! Sounds like a busy week.

Christy Schaefer said...

I was so confused all week long as to which day it was. We moved some out of the house lessons, had extra activities, and general confusion. I ended up setting calendar alerts on my phone so that we made it places on time this week!

The backdrop looks great - a good way to spend December art time!

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