HMJ- Week of Preparation

  • In my life this week…

This week has been a hard one for us. I am having to distance my child from friends of hers because of some issues that have come up with that family. Now I just have to figure out a way to explain the situation to an 8-year-old.

On a happier note, I have been getting organized for Thanksgiving next week. Danger Girl and I have our menu planned out, we have most of the shopping done, and we have a plan for cleaning and cooking next week. She is very excited to help me prepare this year.

  • In our homeschool this week…

This week we have done activities that focus on Thanksgiving. We read “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” by Louisa May Alcott, we have read about the origins of the holiday, and we have done lots of Thanksgiving related crafts.

Danger Girl has also started reading about fish. She wants to learn more about fish so she can determine what kinds to put in her aquarium. I think we may do a unit study on this topic soon. She has also expressed an interest in learning about pugs and computers.

  • I am inspired by…

I have come across so many interesting Thanksgiving and Christmas printables and activities lately. There are so many creative homeschool parents with a presence on the internet, and I am inspired by their creativity.

(Check out for some of these great activities)

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We actually don’t have any travel plans, but we will have family coming to our house next week. My husband’s family will join us, and I always look forward to seeing them. My husband has a really great family.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

This week was just Danger Girl and I for the most part, and it was nice to spend one-on-one time with her. She really seemed to enjoy the time as well. She even cuddled up on the couch with me to read one day, which is something she hasn’t done in a while.

  • What’s working/not working for us…

I have to make some decisions about Chatterbox. I am not sure it is working to have her here, and I have to decide if I need to change that. She can get too disruptive, she destroys Danger Girl’s toys, and she will lie about almost anything. I am not sure if it is a good idea to continue allowing this influence around my daughter.

  • Things I’m working on…

I have started my Christmas shopping lists. I am a chronic list maker, so I am making a list of everyone we plan to give presents to, then I will determine how much we are willing to spend before I decide what to give everyone. There is a prt of me that hates doing this before Thanksgiving is over, but I know it is necessary.

  • I’m reading…

I am still reading “Wisdom Meets Passion”. It is a good book, but it has been hard to find time to read recently.

  • I’m cooking…

I will be cooking lemon chess pies this weekend for my husband to take to work. Next week I will be making the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

  • I’m grateful for…

My mother-in-law has offered to make the pecan pie for next week. I will eventually have to make one myself, but I will not argue with her for now.

On a more serious note, I am grateful for the chance to see family.

  • I’m praying for…

I am praying for guidance on whether or nor Chatterbox should continue joining us for school.



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