Friday, May 22, 2015

Not Quite There Yet

This has been a slower academic week, since we are closing up the official school year. We do actually have one week left of our scheduled year, but it too will be pretty slow. I know, I know, Memorial Day is this weekend, but it's REALLY early this year and we go through the end of May, not through Memorial Day. In actuality, we school year round, but next week will finish up our full days of school.

Amber officially finished medieval history this week by completing the last writing assignments. It took me days to convince her to write the last few articles for her newspaper.  She loved this period in history so much that she didn't want it to end, and thus put off the last assignment.  Her consolation is our summer explorers study that goes through much of the same time period.

Writing kept going as usual, along with Greek and Latin morphemes. One morphemes curriculum is almost complete while another is still in the early stages. German has one chapter left before the end of this book, but Amber will go right into the next level. I was fairly unmotivated this week, but at least did get our new German books ordered and they arrived only two days later.  I'm ready for the next level when Amber is.

A year's worth of history writing

The last teen group event that I was involved with as a planner was also this week.  We had a fun afternoon of mini golf with a few teens from the homeschool group. The turnout was fairly low and heavy on girls.  Still, the teens had a good time in lovely sunny, yet cool, weather that resulted in a sunburn for Amber and me. Yes, I did a total parent fail on the sunblock and my sister has already chastised me.  Amber's very mild burn converted to a tan in about a day. I'm such a pale skinned person that I burned much worse than Amber.  Actually, it took a couple of hours for the burn to appear, during which time I felt much sicker than normal from sun exposure. This is how it always happens since the sun and I don't get along well at all.  In the end, my scalp, chest, arms and hands were red and radiating heat for several days. The worst spots are still red today, while others are a nice pink.

Despite lacking motivation, I did bake several times over the week for food to put in the freezer. Amber and I will be taking a lot of food with us to Minnesota in June. We'd like to take enough food so we don't have to worry about finding safe restaurants for every single meal, especially breakfast when we will be in a hurry to get to appointments each day. However, it turns out our hotel's restaurant is only open for breakfast, although there is another nearby restaurant that provides evening room service. I seriously considered finding a new hotel, but Amber baulked at the change. She wants to feel comfortable and we are currently booked in one of our usual Hilton brands. Besides, who says another hotel restaurant will have safe food for Amber. It's a serious challenge to feed her away from home. If only they had a Texas Roadhouse closer to Mayo in Rochester.

(Left) Writing - and crying because the IEW lesson was so funny.
(Right) Hiding during her German lesson. Don't ask, she was too silly.  And her smash book.
Thursday was my 43rd birthday, making me a little too far on the other side of 40.  Amber was so sweet the entire day and wanted to be sure I had the best possible birthday.  We met my mom for lunch on the historic Main Street of St. Charles, then since the weather was so perfect we walked around Main Street a little.  We all love to look in the different shops, but some of our favorites were gone this time. Amber was visibly tired by the end of lunch, but insisted she was fine and wanted to keep going. She was desperate for me to have a fun day and not be hindered by her illness. When we'd finally walked enough that Amber felt it had been a successful afternoon, she admitted to being "a little tired."  By the time we got home, she was flat out exhausted.

We rested at home before dinner out with Fred and then presents.  I think Amber might have been more excited about the presents than I was, not that I didn't entirely enjoy them.  I wasn't supposed to be getting much because the Rush tickets that we ended up giving away were my present. Still, my sweet husband and daughter got me other perfect gifts.  We ended the evening watching more Agents of Shield.

Two weeks ago today, we started watching Agents of Shield and are already done with the first season and halfway through the second. I was bummed that the second season isn't on bluray yet.  I just prefer it that way, but we bought the digital version of season 2 on Amazon since none of us could wait until the unknown bluray release date. I think there will be some major withdrawal until Agents of Shield returns in the fall, but at least we found one TV show for the family to watch. I think we may need to try Agent Carter too, because we are such a Marvel family.

(Left) Lunch today - just goofing off. And three kitties all sharing one space, again.
(Right) The only pictures we took all day on my birthday - getting ready to leave for lunch.

Amber and I are taking most of today off to run a few errands and recover. Primarily recover for Amber.  I still have more baking to complete, house hold chores to finish up, and random medical updates to send to doctors.  I'll probably just flake out on a couple of those items and play video games with Amber after our errands.  It's just been that kind of week.

I have great plans for house work, cleaning, and baking over Memorial Day weekend - but NO sun! Again, this all depends on the motivation of the entire family.  We'll see how much actually happens.

Happy Memorial Day!

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  1. We have two weeks to go. I am excited for a break. Happy Birthday! I will be 43 in June. How did that happen?
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Thanks! I'm not sure how it happened, Deep down I'm still only 30... 33 max. :-)

  2. Happy Birthday! I am a couple of years older than you. My mom's definition of old is ten years older that she is. I like that attitude.

    We are big Marvel fans here as well. Ian correctly guess that we had watched the season finale based on the size of the cliffhanger.

    1. Thanks! Amber's definition of old is "Mother". Sigh. We ended up seeing Age of Ultron a second time this week too, before the 3D version was gone. I'm not a huge 3D fan, but Fred and Amber are. Amber was hoping there would be tie-ins from Ultron in Age to of Shield, but it doesn't look that way from the spoilers I've read. We only have 6 episodes left now. Maybe next season will catch them up to the rest of the Marvel universe.

  3. Christy I want to wish you a Happy Birthday! I know i'm a few days late but it still counts right? LOL I hope your birthday was beautiful. Sounds like Amber went through great lengths to make sure you had a great birthday. She's a sweetie for sure!! So happy that the school year is wrapping up for her... and great idea on taking food with you when you go to Mayo... helps save money and keep Amber safe from certain foods... I hope you girls are enjoying your Memorial day weekend!!

  4. Our last week too! Portfolio reviews are on Saturday...and then SUMMER SCHOOL starts June 1. ;) Although different than the school year, both will be doing the summer reading challenges at the libraries. Sam will be learning cursive and Cati will work on Algebra understanding...between swimming, picnicking and kayaking. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (I'm older than you by a few months...) Sounds you had a nice birthday! Sometimes you really do just need to "flake out" for a bit...Sometimes it's just the thing!