Saturday, March 5, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up:

Did another week really just pass by?  It was a good week, at least I think I remember it that way! :)

Nothing new in our studies except that we started reading The Children's Homer this week.  I debated about whether or not we would read it.  I figured it wouldn't be fair if we didn't at least try it, since it's scheduled in our curriculum.  So, we did.  And I'm glad we did.  Yes, some names are hard to pronounce, and some words require a dictionary.  But, I decided to read the chapters first myself, on my Nook, which makes looking words up way too easy!  All I have to do is put my finger on the unknown word & tap on "look up" and it gives me the definition and pronunciation instantly!  Even some of the names are listed, with pronunciation!  If it's not in the dictionary, then we make up a reasonable pronunciation or give that character a nickname.  We are only on chapter 5, so we'll see how this goes.

Since I mentioned the Nook, I have to share more about it.  I love it for the the purpose it serves but it has been a challenge for me to understand how to properly use it... to the point of driving me nuts!  Thank goodness for Google!  I tried borrowing books from the free library but couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how to get it on my Nook properly.  Finally, after searching a solution on Google, I learned how to do it.  And I know that one blog follower in particular will be thrilled to hear that my first successful attempt to borrow just happens to be the first Twilight book!  My first (failed) attempt was for Water for Elephants, which I tried twice and failed.  I'll get that one after I read Twilight.  Has anyone read The Hunger Games?  Someone recommended it to me and I started reading a sample of it.  Just wondering if it's worth continuing.

On the home front - hubs has been working all the way across the country, which leaves me alone with the kids for a three week span.  Call me a wimp, but I don't like it.  My BFF arranged for her teenage daughter to watch my children Friday night so that a group of us moms could go to Panera for dinner and enjoy a little shopping.  Even though her babysitting service was a gift to me, I was compelled to pay her a little something when I came home to a clean house and no dishes in the sink!  She even did the dirty ones I left out from lunch!  God bless her!

I've been a little bummed lately because I didn't think I'd be able to attend our local homeschool convention that is soon approaching.  Our plans have changed a bit, and now I get to go!  I'm particularly excited to get to meet a blogging buddy (hopefully!!!).  You know who you are, Scrapingirl!!!

On a personal note, I've been experiencing a great deal of lower back pain for over a week now.  It has improved a little and I keep putting off a visit to my doctor.  But, I think I might break down on Monday and give him a call.  Enough is enough.

Another exciting thing is that I met a wonderful, Christian photographer today who is willing to be my mentor!  A couple weeks ago, I was asked to fill in for him during some Upward basketball games, and I was a little nervous about that because I haven't photographed sports, other than during my kids' games.  I've done weddings and portraits, and love scenics & still shots.  But sports photography is something I've never really delved into but want to learn more about.  This man already gave me a few good tips today, and said I could join him, as a learning experience, when he starts baseball season.  I'm excited!!!

One last thing that is worth mentioning is that I am a participant, Team Captain, and Team Development Chair for our local Relay For Life.  If anyone would like to help the American Cancer Society to raise much needed funds for research and advocacy, that may one day lead to a cure, please visit my Relay Page to make a donation.  Any amount is appreciated.  I am a cancer survivor and have an incredible story, but I'll save that for another post.  So, Relay For Life is a passion and I hope that my readers will at least visit our site to read more about it!

Have a blessed weekend!

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  1. Twilight AND hopefully getting to meet you, you made my day!!! :)

  2. I'm sorry you're apart from your husband at the moment! And as one who has suffered much back pain, I feel for you! I hope your doctor can figure out what's wrong quickly.

    I'm really interested in hearing your story!

    We're going to a homeschool convention too, at the end of March. We went last year and really enjoyed it, though I was somewhat overwhelmed when I first walked into the exhibit hall with all those curriculum vendors! Oh my! Anyway, it was fun to hear about your week!

  3. Hi Lisa!
    Visiting from Lainie's MFW Blog Roll! ...just wanted to let you know that we are starting a MFW Homeschool Highlights link up in the coming weeks. If you're interested, stop by and let me know!

    Happy Homeschooling!
    Kathi @ A Heart Like Water