Friday, January 16, 2015

16 Weeks Left, Gymnastics, and Midterms

The Senior
S made it through another week!  He is motivated to get his work finished, but there were a few days this week that he thought he should sleep in; however, he has been working hard to get his assignments done.  It has been really nice to see him working so hard without "encouraging" words from mom and dad.  

This week he has worked on College Algebra and finished another assessment, done Daily Journaling, continued the in-depth review/edit of his research paper (a lot of progress has been made on improving it), written an essay, finished and submitted the Human Eye Lesson 4 (only one lesson left in the course), worked on History and watched some related DVDs from The Great Courses, and worked on German IV.

Hard at work.

He has horseback riding today.  We have had some chilly, icy weather, so we are hoping it isn’t too cold when he is riding.

He will volunteer 4 hours this weekend.  It's been more difficult to schedule hours this month because of our schedule.  He should get more hours in next month.

S has heard his brother talking about his exam schedule at school for midterms, and he is thankful that he is homeschooled.

I saw that graduation registration will open up on January 26 for the commencement ceremony at the homeschool convention. It will be here before we know it!

The Sophomore
J has had a crazy week!  It is exam time at school.  This week he took his SOL for World History on Monday.  Today he is taking his midterm exam in the same class, and he also has a project due in that class.  He has been busy reviewing for the rest of his midterms next week. His schedule next week is Monday off; exams and early dismissal on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and then he has Friday and the following Monday off.  

J had a meet last weekend, so Saturday was a LONG day for us.  He did well.  He placed on pommel horse, rings, vault, high bar, and all around.  He improved scores on 3 individual events and his all around score.  He knows what skills he needs to improve.  Overall, he was pleased and he had fun.  That's what we want for him.




He had practice for 14 hours this week (stayed home last night because he was sick).  That, along with studying, has kept him busy.  He has a "relaxed" weekend (studying for exams) ahead of him.

On the Homefront
It has been a busy week.  We started off with J's meet which was fun, but we were tired Sunday morning with only 5.5 hours of sleep before church (we stayed awake during the sermon).  

My husband headed up to Washington DC on Monday night for a Tuesday meeting.  Those trips make for some long days for him. Because he was gone Monday evening, I had drop-off and pick up for J's practice. His practice is 45 minutes from our house. Because his practices are 3.5 hours long, my husband and I go back and forth so we can spend some time together. Since he wasn't home, I stayed up there and hung out at Starbucks the whole time. Why not? I was able to get a lot of reading and writing done.

My favorite:  Trenta Cool Lime Refresher

My husband had 3 PT appointments this week.  His PT evaluation was yesterday, and his PT was pleased with his progress.  He goes back in 4 weeks.

I have kept busy keeping track of everyone and their schedules for this week.  I am also getting ready for our trip to New York City that our family is going on next week after J finishes exams.  We are looking forward to that.  We are going to see Casting Crowns at Carnegie Hall. So excited about that!

My husband and I had a date night last Friday night while J was at practice.  We were able to read some more in the book, Smart but Scattered Teens:  The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential.  S has been hearing some good advice from the book. He keeps telling us he is the only model, and he can't be improved.  We told him we want the model to work more efficiently.

What have I written this week?

I was able to start reading Brielle and Me this week.  I just finished this morning! I enjoyed Kerith’s honesty about her life.  It was very nice reading about someone who “gets” my life. If you haven't read this book, I strongly encourage you to do so. I will write more about it later when I have time.

You know where I will be this weekend - on the couch with chocolate!  Have a good weekend!

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  1. Wow - a busy life at your house... thank you for the pictures and summary. :)

  2. If my husband wasn't able to handle pick up, I think we wouldn't go anywhere, lol! Glad you all had a great week. I'm checking in from Weekly Wrap Up!

  3. It sounds like S is off to a good start in taking responsibility for getting his work done without "encouragemet' which will come in handy when he starts college! J's testing schedule is giving me testing anxiety! He is quite the gymnast! I am impressed! Is he interested in the Olympics? Have fun in NYC. I knew you would like the book!