Just a drive by to say Lofty!!! You are the BEST! I LOVE YOU! You have never ever ever disappointed me. So there!
Lofty, . I can empathize with that feeling of being a disappointment to everyone, I struggle with that all the time. But you are NOT. And your kids ARE frickin awesome, due in no small part to YOU being AMAZING and AWESOME.
Tara, welcome back!
JayGee, that person who said that to your kid is a doofus. And you can quote me on that. One dear friend's favorite expression comes to mind: "Opinions are like noses. Everyone has one, but just because someone's is bigger than yours doesn't make it better."
Today is dd1's 13th birthday. I have been a mama for 13 years. That's....hard to believe. As we slide into the teen years, I am thinking about how she taught me everything I know about being a mama, not-so-gently got me into breastfeeding, LLL and leading, natural parenting, MDC, and because of her all of you are people I hold dear and have as friends.
RR: 6.2 fast this morning. Chilly! I almost ran right over a racoon. Yikes. I don't know who was more startled.
What? AWESOME! My work trips usually mean some kind of waterpark. The state of Wisconsin system apparently has some kind of giant contract with waterparks and most meetings I attend are with the system, somehow.
I was just chatting with a hs mom who decided her kids each needed things that she wasn't able to do -- one kid asked for public high school (and that had been their plan all along). one kid was struggling to learn to read and she felt strongly that the structure of school would work better. And then there were a variety of things for the other two. She expressed the same kinds of wistful feelings. Sigh. It is so hard to let them all grow and develop sometimes.
I'm over my head in work obligations. With no breathing room in sight. sigh. I hate when this kind of stuff happens.
Geo. That's totally AWESOME. Wow! Photos, photos, photos please!
Ok, so how mean a teacher am I? Yesterday, in my AP Euro class (seniors, the same class I had last year for AP USH -- 6 very raucous and smart boys I call -- with total love -- the 'peacock brigade' and 2 amazingly intelligent girls) one of the boys had a large pyrex container of soup in his backpack. (They have started this thing where they all bring something for lunch enough to feed their 'group' and they share). He opened his backpack in class and lo and behold, the soup (split pea/lentil) had spilled all over all his books and notebooks, etc. He let out the f-bomb. I started laughing and I could. not. stop. Then he put the bowl on another boy's desk, who looked at boy1 incredulously and said, WTF?! (well he said the whole expression). I'm telling you, it took me a good 10 minutes to pull myself together to talk about the New Monarchs of 15th Century Europe. (of course i gave him my cloth napkins I keep at school for my lunches and we all helped clean it up. Not the least because it did not smell so good once spilled everywhere.)
So today I think I will have to show them the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. Because it still is making me laugh. I'm so mean.
Definitely. Seinfeld is history to these kids.
Lofty, you are under such weight. Are you still getting to the pool? You know that public schools have so much to offer. How lucky to be a kid and get to experience both public and home schooling. Hopefully this experience is positive and it meets his needs. When does he start?
sparkle~I'm so sorry for what you are going through. HUGS I hope you are able to find answers fast.
lofty~quite normal to feel it coming at you from all sides when you are already emotionally compromised and worn out. You are an amzing and wonderful mother and teacher and friend, and more! Wishing peace upon you.
Nic~soup Nazi is a must!!! great story, and the kids will really love it after that/
Kerc~sorry about your stress level right now, I can relate and it's not good. Hope it passes quick and in the mean time that you can find a few quiet moments to breath.
NRR: I can't wait for vacation so I can breath. Just way too much to try to get done on a day to day basis then add all the laundry, cleaning, packing and marathon running it's overwhelming. dh has been working early and late to launch a new program at work to make sure it goes over before he leaves for 2 weeks, and when he gets home I'm squeezing in a run and then dinner and kids homework, then he wants to "chill" together. While I want to do that as well, all the to-do list is that still needs accomplished is weighing on my mind. Ack!!
RR: today is rest and stretch so that we can do 20 tomorrow. Then I can run 3 animals to 3 houses and have everything done to leave early Saturday morning, right?! Right?! :)
Lofty, maybe I'm misunderstanding, but how would the music lesson juggling be easier if he started after the holidays (different time slot? different lessons?). Given his desire to start sooner and everything else you have going on, I think that giving him the time to do the adjustment and to enjoy the "fun" part of school sounds wise. I would talk to him about making the committment of staying until the end of the year, since it may change his opinion on start date (if he's thinking of it as a "try it out" situation, then starting post-holidays may seem like a more reasonable committment; if he's quite convinced then I suspect he'll still want the sooner date). I also wonder if a gradual entry is possible, or if it would be too disruptive. I pulled my oldest out of school one day a week for music lessons at her old school because of scheduling and it was surprisingly easy, but I think this may be the nature of a laid-back village school. Good luck to you on all fronts.
Sparkle, . I'm glad you're puzzling through this and truly hope you find something that works and gives you hope and energy. Please, please ask us if we can ever do anything (even if it's just a tearful phone call).
Geo, sounds like a terrific trip. I'd be figuring out how to minimize conference time in favour of running and spa, too.
Tara, I'm not as diligent with strength training as I should be, but it truly makes a difference in minimizing injury. I'm pretty reliant on a once weekly bootcamp to kick my butt in gear for strength, and it's lead by a runner who is very aware of common injuries and imbalances in runners.
jo, you are amazing. Hang in there!!!
Nic, . I would have a hard time not laughing, too.
RM and tjsmama, good luck to both of you with your 20s and busy, busy schedules.
kerc, I hope you can catch a break soon. It seems like you've been drowning in work for weeks now.
RR- Just the 30 day yoga challenge, still. We're on day 13, but I confess that I've probably only done about half of them. My daughter is very committed and serious (as she is about almost everything), but I often wander off to prep dinner and don't quite get the stretch or the calm. The next video is yoga for runners:
NRR- It's the Thanksgiving weekend here this weekend- my youngest sister is going to be in town and we're having family dinner and lego ship-building extravaganza at MIL's on Sunday. I am not working this weekend, other than many a tiny bit of reading/study.
The world seems against me staying caught up with the Dingoes. I was successfully reading, and occasionally posting, on my phone...then I upgraded to ios7, had to reset my network settings which erased my MDC password, and haven't had (taken) the time to fix that debacle yet.
Then, I found myself driving yesterday...notable because I was alone which I *never* am...and realized I was wondering how sparkle was holding up, and how lofty's mil was doing, and where in the world Jo was, is gaye still with J, etc.
So, I'm here. Just finished a quick skim. You all are amazing as always. I love you.
I'm going to figure out my password now...
towson - easy, peasy! Right?
lofty - I think you should start him now. At least where we live, school for the month or two leading up to ISATs is nothing but drill, drill, drill. They actually cancel Social Studies and Science in January and February and use that time for test prep. Of course, Texas may be different. In Indiana, we did virtually no prep at all. YMMV... Prayers for your DH and MIL .
MelW - have an awesome Thanksgiving!
sparkle - I wish I could come down there and go for a nice long hike with you or something. I think you should make the appointment for December, but tell them to call you if there is a cancellation before then. I've gotten in really fast with some hard-to-schedule specialists by doing that (the dermatologist with the 6 month wait comes to mind - they called me within 10 days of making the appointment!) In the meantime, I'll send my happy thoughts and rays of sunshine. You WILL get through this.
RR - biked 35 miles yesterday. It's getting easier!
NRR - kids are off school today for a teacher in-service. The head librarian wants me to come to the in-service talk about the online card catalog and a few other search engines they are implementing in the libraries. After that I am taking the kids out to shop for DH's birthday. He turns 50 on Monday! I'm married to an "old guy"! Luckily, he still acts like he's 12 .