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Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up - Birthday Mom, Network Band Reunion to Finishing Another School Year

I figured out that since these wrapups post on Friday, they pretty much start on the Friday from the week before and end on the Thursday of this week. So, here's my week from Friday-Thursday (April 17-23, 2015).

This week got headed off with a really nice birthday gathering for my mom. My sisters and I, and my kiddos, headed down to her house on Friday to celebrate her birthday. My sisters and I got her a massage, followed by pizza at her house and a game of Peanuts (my kids' first times playing).

It was a fun afternoon, and on the way home we stopped in at an old church. I knew that after our Saturday late-night plans, we would not be able to wake up for our church on Sunday, so I figured it would be a good time to attend the Friday night service.

My second child was a baby when we left, so I was curious to see how their youth group was and how the services were nowadays. I was happy to find that the worship was real worship and not just a concert begging the congregation to get excited and applaud. No - This was praises directed to God and the pastor quoting solid scripture in between. It was refreshing. Though, it's a good thing I didn't have delusions of returning to make it our home church again, because when I picked up my older two from youth, my daughter had filmed a blip of the activities, and even though they had a Bible story for a half hour, the same chaos ensued as part of the youth downtime. Basketballs flying, air hockey pucks being hurled close to my daughter's head - You know, pretty much the usual stuff that turns us off in a group of teens. (Note: We are so not into sports or angry competitions).

Friday was followed by Saturday, which meant - NETwORK reunion. Network is a band my hubby was in before I met him. in fact, it's the last band he was in before laying down all music and coming back to the Lord. So, this was an interesting reunion.

It ended up being really enjoyable. Watching him on stage for three hours really made me aware of how much of a natural he is and how he really had a need to entertain. The band was fabulous, really! And, since he was the main front man of the group, he was able to construct the set lists to focus on more positive, upward, and even Christ-centered song choices. We had been praying that through it all, the light of Christ would shine.

Monday brought us to school as usual, and I decided I would tally up hours to see where we stood for the year. In our state, we are required to have 1000 hours of schooling, and 600 of those hours need to be core subjects. I was happy when I reached 1,023 and stopped counting knowing that there's really more, but we are essentially done with the school year. We still have curriculum left to finish, and the kids will be helping me finish some TOS Review Crew reviews. But, we have met the state's requirements. And, for my high school son - I have calculated 9 credit hours for his Freshman year. I believe that is not a bad start.

Tuesday brought me to feeling the extreme past weekend creep up on me. I'm tired! Though, I have been assigned some last-minute writing that has a deadline. So, while I should be working more on decluttering our house, especially our basement and listing everything on eBay - I instead, am writing.... Or rather, trying to write while becoming severely distracted.

Wednesday was supposed to be the start of a crazy few days of my son's robotics team in the championships. But, after a lot of thoughtful consideration and realizing by the time I got him downtown, I would be turning around each day to bring him back so we could make it on time for one of my daughter's events - He decided to give me a break and forego the championship this year.

So, that left Wednesday as another day focused on my daughter and another week of dance for my daughter. I hope she continues to enjoy it as much as she has so far, with this being only her third ballet class at the new studio. I signed up the girls for a summer camp at a local theater group that teaches vocals and dance as well, so we shall see how they like it before I decide on classes for the fall.

Thursday brought us to our weekly co-op's last week of the school year. I have been prayerfully and thoughtfully considering our return in the fall, and so far my every turn is being met with obstacles that are telling me the answer is most likely no. If so, I will have to find a way for my daughter to stay in touch with the friends she has made and come to thoroughly enjoy seeing every week.

When I arrived home in between dropping off one daughter and to pick up another to return to coop for her class, I noticed that the mail had arrived and the Snap Circuits XP kit had arrived, so my son was very excited to work with his baby sister on learning programming with this kit. So far, all they have done is the circuitry that has not involved actual programming. They hope to delve more into it tomorrow. I can't wait!

Friday means a dress rehearsal for my oldest daughter. The coop play she is in is Saturday evening, and so it will also mean a return to watch her performance. Another coop unexpected wrench in my plans is when I found out last week that we will need to purchase tickets to get in. While the price is low - It adds up quickly with four people in attendance needing to buy tickets. Sigh! Honestly, I wasn't too happy to learn of the ticket cost less than one week before the performance. If I knew that there was a cost to the event sooner, I had forgotten or conveniently stuffed it in the back of my mind.

Regardless, my daughter will be playing Mrs. Beaver and is thrilled about the role except for all the brown costume it entails and possible black stage makeup on her lips. At the end of the night, it will wrap up a week that has mostly been about my oldest daughter.


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