First Time for Everything


I have never done one of these before, so I thought today would be the day to try it out!

We did not take a Spring Break–and my girls were actually ok with that. They decided they would rather be done earlier in June than take a break now. We did change up the schedule and add some extra fun and different stuff during that week though!

SO, this week was back to normal, whatever that is.

We are continuing in My Father’s World, Exploring Countries and Cultures. We are currently in Africa, and the girls are doing better than I am with remembering the different countries located on the continent. We’ve been reading David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer out loud, which I love doing! One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about MFW is the missionary stories we’ve read.

The older girls are still valiantly trudging through Algebra 1, and concepts have sunk in to the point now that things are flowing much smoother. We may even get through the entire book by the end of the year! They’re factoring polynomials right now, which personally I find kind of fun–but don’t tell them that! They also encountered something I had never heard of before:  Oriental Squares. I couldn’t find a good example of them online to show you, sorry!

Monday and Tuesday were fairly straightforward days including dance lessons and tae kwon do, theater Ambassador group and Bible study.

Wednesday, however, we took the whole day to experience the crazy shopping phenomenon of the Vera Bradley outlet sale in Ft. Wayne, IN. I jest not about the whole “crazy phenomenon” thing. We were able to talk about selfish consumerism and first-world perceived “needs.” Overall, the day was an extremely fun but enlightening one.


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I gave my youngest the camera for the day, and she got some great shots of people and nature!



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Thursday I took the girls to a friend’s house for part of the morning. She has her own small baking business and had a very large order for the next day. They helped her with the cookies she needed to make for the order and I called it a Home Ec baking class. There may have also been some 4-wheeling on a break.

Friday…um, yeah, about Friday. I thought we had co-op so I didn’t plan for anything else. No co-op. I had my dates wrong. It was last week. So, back home we drove. The girls spent the rest of the school day reading, creatively writing (a current favorite of my youngest), watching BrainPop vidoes, and performing virtual surgeries on


So that was our week! Definitely an interesting and unusual one! Oh, and by the way, there are no affiliate links in this post, just so you know.

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  • Sounds like a great week, Lisa! 🙂 Sometimes the spontaneous unplanned activities are the best! Awesome photos, btw. Hope you have a good weekend!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Lisa!

      I hope your weekend has been a good one!

  • What a nice unplanned break Friday! Sometimes those turn out to be the best breaks. 🙂

    • Lisa

      It was actually pretty nice!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • mom

    I love the weekly wrapup. Keep ’em coming.

    • Lisa

      I’ll try and make them a regular pattern! : )

  • Finally had a chance to check in on you. So nice to catch up–and remember that you live sort of near my sister.

    We’re still dealing with stuff with Belle. They put her on a medication and she is feeling much better, although not perfect. We still do not have a diagnosis. Hoping for more answers this week.

    • Lisa

      I hope you get the answers you need. I’ll be praying for all of you this week.

  • sounds like shopping & home-ec ‘class’ fun! hehe… oh, the co-op. *giggle* we left for dance class last tues – halfway there, gracie remembered it was cancelled. oh well. unexpected time off, right? 😉 i used to love algebra in school, but will have to brush up on it for the girls soon. 😉 thanks for the heads up on the website… i’m off to check it out!

  • So, my slacker self has neglected to read your blog in quite some time. I feel like I picked up a book and started reading in the middle of it! (haha) So, you are doing MFW this year. I thought you were doing something else. ?? Countries & Cultures was fun. At the time, I felt like it was a TON of work! I wonder if I’ll still think that when we come back to it in a couple of years.

    I enjoy the Weekly Wrap-Ups hosted by Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. However, slacking off seems to be my thing lately (in blogging world), so I haven’t written one in a while. One day, I’ll look back and think that I should have taken the time to write. Writing helps me to remember, and it helps me to connect.

    About the Vera Bradley sale – I don’t get the hype either. I’ve never been to it but I’ve heard some people rave over what great deals they got. In my eyes, if you didn’t truly need it in the first place, then you overspent, regardless of what the discounte price was. I have limited needless purchases, although I often stumble and buy things I don’t really need. Isn’t it great that you had fun that day, and learned valuable lessons? – not just about others but especially about yourself!