La4: it sounds like it was a lovely vacation for everyone. Hard to see it end, I'm sure.
Bec: Yay for 8 outdoor miles! And on the earring thing, I'll just zip my lips. If you recall, I'm the mom who had to have her DD's earrings surgically removed from her earlobes. We did it at a jewelry store that people in town recommended. Claire's is probably fine, though!
Kerc: good luck with the neighbor kid. Having a nearby babysitter is invaluable!
Geo: we also had a great babysitter who steadily added more activities and groups to her schedule as she went through high school. We kind of had to wean ourselves off of her over the years and it was hard to see her go off to college!
And thanks for asking about school. The pressure was off of DD after report cards - that was just a bad combination for her, the report card along with the letter that she didn't qualify for our county's gifted and talented program. She doesn't care about a title, but watches her friends get to go to a special class and feels left out and *dumb* (her words!). So, she is involved in a break-out math group during school, which helps her quite a bit.
You know, all in all, I am feeling like her needs are being met, to a certain extent. I feel that one of the central issues is that DD has a hard time concentrating on what is important in the classroom. I spend time in there every couple of weeks and notice that the teacher talks all.the.time, sometimes about important information (the teaching part) and sometimes about completely irrelevant information (a side conversation about one of the kid's pets or something). Then this class is relatively unruly, there are always several kids up and around, talking, etc. and the teacher has to deal with that, too. In auditory terms, it is simply chaotic, if you know what I mean. Sometimes I think that it is no wonder she can't follow the main theme of whatever subject is being taught. But other kids are able to focus, so maybe I am making excuses, I don't know. I just want to figure out what will help her master the situation that is there, not try to get her out of the situation, IYKWIM.
Weather is great here, too. I finally got out for 3 this morning. I did not want to get out there, but it was really nice and easy. I felt that I could have just gone on and on. Ahhh...