Saturday, September 8, 2012

Week 6 ~ Friday Wrap-Up

On My Mind ~ The week started out rough but ended on a happy note.  I ended up dropping most of our school plans and just stuck to the basics (math, spelling, great literature and journaling).  This week was an important reminder on the freedom of homeschooling and letting go when things aren't working.  You can read more on my thoughts here.

My Goldilocks ~ My girl had a hard week.  A neighborhood boy who has played at our house for about a year really turned on our dd recently.  He has been calling her names and slapped her across the face on Monday.  The attack was unprovoked (according to several neighborhood children) and left a hand print on her face.  Unfortunately, no adult witnessed the slap because I was inside giving a piano lesson to the boy's special needs adult brother and my husband was busy with another child.  I believe it will be a long time (if ever) before this boy (11 years old) is welcome anywhere near our kids again.  I am very impressed how well our dd has held up under all of this social chaos.  With her own special needs, she often misses social cues.  When something does go wrong in her world, her own behaviors fall apart for days at a time.  This time she is staying stable and remaining in control of herself.  As if this was not enough for one week, Goldilocks fell on the sidewalk the very next day and needed stitches right near her eye.

Places We Are Going ~ Our ER visit was filled with events that required lots of social explanation.  The most difficult situation was explaining why a woman was forcing herself to vomit, over and over again in the waiting room.  I am not sure I came up with an explanation that the kids truly accepted, but they did stop talking about it after a day or two.  Actually, I'm not sure why she was doing it herself.

On a much more fun note ~ We went to the Mountain State Fair!  The kids had so much fun and each went on two rides.  Tom Sawyer and Daddy went on a super scary upside down coaster.  Tom Sawyer loved the coaster ~ Daddy not so much.  He was a great support to Tom Sawyer!  Do  you see the smile on that boy's face!  The kids were excited to see their shoe box parade floats, even though they didn't win anything but the participation ribbon.  I think they did a great job on their projects.  What a great evening of fun!

Our Homeschool ~ We got all of the basics done this week.  We also started learning the bus system.  I am hoping that this will ease some of our difficulties with sharing one car.  The  bus ride was easy, and I hope Tim will be able to use it some evenings when I cannot get back to him.  In the photo, Tim is looking at me with disbelief that I am taking his photo on the bus.  LOL

I am joining homegrown learners ~ Friday Wrap -Up

Blessings, Dawn


  1. This sounds like the quite the eventful week!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dawn - I am so sorry your daughter had a hard week. Kids can be SO nasty sometimes, and I think then it's just wise to keep the offender AWAY. I am praying this week is so much better.

    You are a good mom. :-) Hugs.

  3. Dawn,

    I am so sorry for Goldilocks and for you. I know it just breaks a mama's heart to see her children hurt.

    Glad the week ended well. Looks like a great time at the fair!

  4. I am SO sorry for Goldilocks and you. I know that was a horrible thing to go through. Poor baby girl. Kids can be so mean to each other. And then she had to get stitches. I am glad that they had a good time at the fair. I loved their parade floats. They look really great! Hope this upcoming week is lovely and filled with NO drama Dawn.

  5. thanks for stopping by my blog.

    you are a brave Mom. Goldilocks is learning to be courageous with you. :)

    Aren't you glad that the tears don't last forever? :)

  6. (((hugs))) to daughter. What an experience. I'm so glad that you were able to make a good week despite the trauma.

  7. I'm so sorry that your dd had such a rough week! (((Dawn))) I know that was hard on your mama's heart too! Glad that the week turned sweeter and good for you for going with life instead of letting it drag you down! You are an awesome mama!