Preparing for math with my youngest this morning and his lesson about two-part word problems, I asked my son, “If I baked 4 cakes, and then baked 6 more cakes, but then gave 3 away, how many would I have?”

::blank stare::

Prodding, I asked, “What would you do first?”


“Have a slice?”


I can breathe.

As in relax.


For a moment.

You see, this week, we officially closed out the school year with evaluations, and turned in our portfolios to the school district. PhotobucketAlso this week, both boys ended their baseball season. Having 2 boys in two different leagues is a little…hectic.

So now I can breathe.

And while I’ve been breathing, I’ve been shopping for curriculum. I’ve always purchased my curriculum new; buying extra workbooks for the younger ones so that I don’t have to worry about future new editions that wouldn’t match my teacher’s editions. Anyway…this year, I’m shopping ebay and the HSLDA Curriculum Market for as much as I can. So far, so good. I’ve already saved $200! Photobucket I can’t believe I never thought of this before! I should’ve started sooner, but it took all I had to finish this year. Next year, I’ll try to start sooner. Photobucket

I’ll give it another few weeks, and then start ordering anything else I need. The trickiest thing is finding the latest editions of books that were just updated last year. I know that’s not critical, but since my youngest will already be getting 6 year old books when it’s his turn to use them, I want to start with the latest editions. It also makes finding any “extras” like tests and extra workbooks easier to find in a catalog now.

The first books arrived today. Guess I should start putting away this year’s books. Photobucket

All in all, a good week of faith and cheer. 

Sunday started rough with a visit to a funeral home on our way to my MIL’s to celebrate Christmas with DH’s family.  In the midst of all this joy, our friend was mourning the loss of her mother.  Dorothy was buried Christmas Eve.  Please pray for Mary Lou, Ralph, and their children; and especially Mary Lou’s father, George.

Christmas with the inlaws was pleasant.  Good company, good food, nice gifts. (I got a Baker’s Catalog gift card!  W00T! )  The kids (ours were the only ones there), of course, had loads of fun.  And we all enjoyed watching the Bengals beat the Browns, thereby handing the division to the Steelers.  (Especially good, as we lost today!)

Christmas Eve we spent at church.  Every year I start the evening thinking, “Man, there is so much I still have to do at home!” but end the evening in tears during the candlelighting and singing of Silent Night.  Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!  Our preacher preached a good one; and our Lord was glorified.  What a blessed way to celebrate Christmas!

Christmas morning started with homemade whole wheat cinnamon rolls in the oven.  This has become our family tradition.  This year I tried the Dark and Dangerous Cinnamon Rolls recipe from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking .  I love that book! 

While the rolls were cooling, we gathered in the livingroom.  DS10 read the account of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2.  DD12 read the account of the visit of the magi from Matthew 2.  It is a good thing to recall and focus on why we celebrate. 

And then….the gifts!  I won’t list’em, but I was very happy that the kids were pleased. 

After gifts, we ate those cinnamon rolls.  OHMYGOODNESS.  Those were some seriously dark and dangerous rolls!  (Possibly too sweet.  I may adjust it next time.)  But they were awesomely delicous.

The kids played while I busied myself in the kitchen.  My brother and mother arrived around 3:30, and for the most part we had a very nice time.  Unfortunately, things ended abruptly after dinner when my mother decided, with attitude, that she wanted to leave, which meant my brother had to go, too.  She’s done that so many times that I just roll my eyes now, but this year my kids were upset that she and their uncle left so soon.  I need to talk to her about that…just don’t know how or when.

We pretty much spent the rest of the week relaxing.  Took the kids to Target and Barnes and Noble to spend gift cards.  I love my DS10’s book purchases: Books on Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  Can you tell he’s homeschooled? 

Took DD to see Enchanted yesterday.  Cute movie!  A little slow at times, but generally sweet.  She loved it. 

A good week.  I hope yours was blessed!

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