There is concrete under the carpet. :(
I am glad my DS stands up to bullies, but I still want to talk to the school.
Do you and your girl have a plan for today? My sister use dto get me to watch her little one so she could have one on one time with her big girl.
Today my son has counseling inthe afternoon. He refuses to participate so it may be his last appointment. I am very disappointed because he needs the help, he just won't accept it. Anyway she's going to tell him they can either start the work they are suposed to be doing, or he can stay at school and not have counseling. He likes missing school, so this is the last-ditch effort. Things have improved a lot in the last year but it's mostly due to DH and I learning a bunch of strategies for dealing with him, he hasn't learned how to cope with strong emotions himself. Anyway, things are going along pretty nice now. My daughter has been participating in counseling and is to the point that she's pretty much reached our goals, so she will be done by the new year.
I should be cleaning the kitchen but I have a headache. I am drinking a bunch of water then if that doesn't help I'll take a Tylenol with my coffee.It's not a migraine, I think it's tension... I didn't sleep well last night because a rat or squirrel was trying to chew it's way into the house. They get into the cold storage under the steps which is just outside our room, and when it gets cold we hear them. So gross! Yet another reason to MOVE!
We've listened to Christmas carols so much already that Stephanie is requesting specific songs this morning! She likes the Chipmunk song, Jingle bells and Frosty. The kids got ginger bread flavoured Bear Paws and a mini candy can in their advent calendar today. I thought they might take that for a school snack but they all ate it for breakfast, oops!
OH BOY! My brother-in-law and his family are coming! And they're staying with us! So for 4 days, 5 nights we will have 10 people in our small house. One bath room, EEK! I told them bring their swim suits, we're going to the pool to bathe. It's going to be awesome, I am going to do as much prep as possible before hand so I won't have to cook in a pinball machine. I imagine some meals we'll go out for or order in, but I'm just going to ahve a bunch of super simple stuff ready to go here.
The big kids are going to camp out downstairs with us, and they are going to stay in the kids rooms... there's a queen bed and a bunk bed for them, and we have a cot they can use if they don't want to share (my daughter and her friend always share the bottom bunk for sleepovers so 2 kids can fit in there if they want to) We have a double futon mattress and 2 big chairs with cushions that are about the size of another single bed when we push them together downstairs so that's good enough for the big kids. Plus there's the 2 couches in the livingroom, if someone has a fit about their sleeping arrangements they can sleep there.
It's going to be an absolute crazy ZOO!
Sounds like a fun & stressful few days at your house soon. Lol
Our meeting with the principal was re-scheduled to Wedsnesday.
I am at my wits end with my oldest. He is being lazy at school, and home, not doing what I ask him to do, being lazy about school work.
He will not be happy when he gets home, but he is handing over all the electronics. He can watch a little tv, but no video games until he improves.
Its not that he doesn't understand what he is doing, he just doesn't want to do it.
Probably harsh of me, I just don't know what else to do.
I did get some laundry done, dishes, vacuumed, and picked up. I also found two full ticks in my house in one week.
But none on the dogs? This is really weird. We'll need to spray the yard this weekend as well.
I am just going to drink my way through it!
That sucks about the rescheduling, though I think the laziness might just be how it goes this time of year. Theya re looking forward to the holidays and school just seems to be dragging out. Sometimes we have to reel tham back in and try to keep them on track, it's hard to motivate someone to feel like doing something they aren't interested in, but there's a certain amount of effort that is just their job.
That's scary about the ticks! Do they die off in the winter there? Here bug season is long over.
I got some wine for tonight. Going to have a couple.
So stressed right now. My oldest came off the bus crying.
Oldest had dropped his led pencil I gave him (he was doing homework on the bus), bully picked it up and wouldn't give it back to him.
Instead he handed it to the bus driver and now oldest won't get it back because I guess they aren't supposed to have anything out on the bus.
I have had it with this.
We got some frontline for the dogs just to be safe. These are dog ticks. I don't think we get deer ticks (the ones that carry Lyme), and then Sunday, hubby is spraying the yard.
BushMama, I feel you on the no napping. I think we are so eager for them to nap so we can have a few minutes to ourselves, and then when they don't. AHHHHHH!!
Ugh, my husband does charters andspares for school runs and they specifically put him on busses where kids are misbehaving. He keeps a box strapped to one of the front seats and when he sees a problem, he pulls over. He goes back to the kid causing the issue and confiscates their back pack. He arranges for the principal to meet him out front of the school and then he just goes "The owner of *this* pack pack was doing so-and-so, and the owner of this back pack was saying this-and-that. I'm sure when they want their stuff, they will come speak to you." The next day they've gotten wise to that and refuse to give up their back pack, so he just stays parked and calls in to the school to tell them he will be late, sits down and waits them out. Usually the other kids want to get moving again and the kid feels the pressure to hand in his back pack. By the end of the week all the trouble makers have been weeded out and everyone is good and ready to tow the line with their regular driver so they will never have to see my husbands face again, ha ha! Unfortunately the driver needs support fron his company and from the school... he couldn't do that if they were on his case to be on time, no matter what or something like that. A parent invariably complains about their child being late, but his company backs him up, bullying on the bus is a safety hazard and it has to be nipped in the bud.
Andrew and the big kids are going to ride the quads today. I packed them hot chocolate, popcorn twists and sandwiches. It's going to be freezing out there! I need to clean the stove top now because the chocolate over flowed. Today my plan is to try and fix up my egg dyes with a little vinegar and if they are worn out mix up a new batch. Some of the colours are looking faded so they are probably done for. I might start on some baking or cooking for when the family comes... we spent $525 on groceries last night, can you believe it? Usually we're in the $350 - $400 range, but that's our regular order plus a big ham, a turkey, supplies for lasagne and perogies. We were running low on a lot of staples, too. I forgot to get whipping cream for the gingerbread houses, but Caitlin has an appointment on Monday so we'll pick it up then. I'm going to do the baking during the week and we can decorate them next weekend after Stephanie's birthday. We're getting our tree then, too!
Yuck. I hope I never get divorced. Thanks for renewing my motivation to stay married Teresa!
We made an offer on the house last Thursday and it was accepted last Friday. We hope to close next week. My father-in-law looked in the ducts today for mold (he said they were fine) while we were there with the realtor and I wiped down a good part of the kitchen.
I bought an exercise bike a few weekends ago at a yard sale. I worked my way up from 5 minutes to 10 minutes to 15 minutes and tonight I did 20 minutes. Phew - what a workout! I listened to Josh Groban and enjoyed it so much.
My youngest is toilet training. From Monday morning to tonight she didn't have a diaper and she used the toilet the whole time. (Then my mother-in-law put a pull-up on her and she pooped in it. I'll work with her more tomorrow though.) It's sort of bittersweet because I'm not pregnant. I'm still happy though! Now I can use baby wipes for cleaning.
In my case, divorce was my best option. It was eithr divorce, start hiding bruises on my kids and making them lie about how they got hurt, or stay with him let my kids be taken away.
That's awesome about getting the new house! What are your favourite features?
We've been down with the flu the last few days. Both big kids were home from school, even. The house was a disaster by yesterday afternoon, when I fonally felt well enough to do the dishes. Last night we went shopping for Stephanie's 2nd birthday, which is Friday. She is getting some matchbox cars, a slightly bigger truck that has doors that open (she tries the doors on the cars she has but none of them open so this will be a hit for sure) and a doll and a little cookie monster.
I am so tired, I hardly slept last night because I'm stressing out about an interview at the co-op we applied to, which is tonight. Then my husband got up and put on his ugly wolf shirt. Would you go to an INTERVIEW wearing a sirt witha giant dog face on it? I tried to point out that he should put in a little more effort than that and he said "It's clean, it doesn't have any holes andthey are interested inwhat kind of people we are, not what we're wearing." I am SO tempted to be in my hosuecoat when he gets here, it's clean and has no holes. Anyway I went back to bed after that and had a bunch of weird dreams. In one of them, my sons report card came home and it was written in Chinese so I didn't know whether to be proud of him or mad at him.
Today I am going to do a lot of cleaning. My mom wants to come over for Stephanie's birthday tomorrow but she can't afford to get sick. She had open heart surgery in the spring and there have been complications since. So I figure if I clean everything today and then any surface she might touch tomorrow right before she gets here, it's the best I can do. I think we're past the sickness, but I am nervous that she's taking the chance.
I can see why you're not with him anymore and I'm glad you're safe now.
Today my father-in-law talked to our realtor, who convinced the bank selling us the house to tear up the carpet on the lower floor and bring in cleaners to take care of (some of?) the mold on that floor. I'm happy about that because now we have more of a chance of buying it; before that when we were in there a few days ago we were there for at least half an hour and the smell didn't go away. This was after the house had been airing out with the A/C on for at least a week and we didn't notice a difference.
My favorite features are the skylights in the great room off the kitchen, the Jenn-Aire stoves (one by the window and one in the island) that convert from a flat top stove to a regular top stove or a grill, two sinks with three sink basins, two pantries (one walk-in), fireplaces on both levels, "built-in" bookshelves (not really built in but big enough to hold more books than we currently have), a wrap-around deck off the kitchen, a statue of Mary out front that I would like to restore someday, a sort of circle driveway in the front that goes around the house to the garage, a screened in pool, a shed big enough for a riding lawn mower we might end up buying unless we hire a lawn service, and 3 bathrooms (one with a toilet off the kitchen, one with a shower, and one with a bathtub). Wow! Thanks for asking...can you see why I like this house and hope to move into it if the mold downstairs can be taken care of?
I was gone all day today since this morning at my in-laws'. They are picking up my husband from the airport now (I don't drive on the interstate or in big cities) and it will be great to go home when they come back with our car and my husband. There's nothing to make me feel like I'm babysitting my own children like my in-laws leaving me with a few instructions for taking care of their house and my children!
Can I join in here? I'm a SAHM again, after I found out I was pregnant last winter and at the same time my job evaporated due to shutting down operations in this country. I'm an American but live abroad and my new baby girl (first child with my current fiance) is my third child. My boys live with their dad (my ex) and me, and when they are with me, my life feels SO busy, and when they are with their dad, my life feels SO boring. Just one two month old baby is hardly enough to keep my days poppin', but an 8 year old and a 10 year old and a baby feels like WAY TOO MUCH. How do you guys with school aged kids who need shuttling to hobbies and school do it when you also have little ones with their little schedules, too? It's rough sometimes.
We've had a snotty flu for 20 days in a row. I'm so over it. I want to start exercising (had my postpartum checkup and clearance to do whatever a couple weeks ago) but I need to feel healthy first. I so want to lose the eighteen pounds left so I can wear my normal clothes. It's so hard to be a full time mom in sweats and not feel like a total frumpy stereotype. Anyways, I hope I can find a community here, my DDC is kind of evaporating and dying....I don't do facebook and many of them have reconvened there and it's a shame because I much prefer hanging out online here at MDC rather than a facebook group. I was on MDC from 2003-2008 but then took a hiatus for five years and am now back with a different username. Looking forward to getting to know who is who amongst ya'll!
Of course, you're welcome to join! I have a 2 year old (as of yesterday!) a nearly 12 year old and a 9 year old. Since the little one was about 6 months old, I've actually found it easier when the big kids are home from school. They keep her entertained and I don't feel uncomfortable turning my back on her to throw in a load of laundry. My kids don't have a ton of activities but when my son was doing wrestling my husband took him. I had my daughter in gymnastics right up the street from my husbands' work so we only had to bus it one way, and could catch a ride back with him. I set up swim lessons the same way, so he could swing by the pool on his way home and get us. They both walk to and from school on their own, so when Stephanie naps, I don't have to disturb her.
Today we are getting a Christmas tree, and doing some rearranging so that it will fit! I also want the drop leaf table brought upstairs so that we can try and get all 10 of us around the same table. I need to ask my mom if we can borrow some stacking stools, too. And try and get the big kids to muck out their rooms, since they'll be giving them up for our guests. Did I mention I got a bunch of the pre-cooking done? There arer lazy perogies and lasagna in the freezer downstairs. I can do treats the weekend before they come, or they won't last.
Today, I’m home with two sick big kids. We will probably catch up on some Survivor episodes and I’ll fold some laundry. I was baking all day yesterday, and then built 4 ginger bread houses and a ginger bread bus. The plan was for us to each decorate one tonight but I don’t think I’m bringing candy into the house while the kids have diarrhea.
Oh no! That's awful that the big kids are sick.
My big kids are doing great and cannot hardly stand the suspense looking at the presents under the tree. I wish I could discourage such blatant materialism but feel helpless!
Baby is enjoying the attention of her grandma for the first time! My mom arrived this week from the US so I haven't been online much. I love having her here! Hadn't seen her since last Christmas. Finally got Christmas cards with family pic including newborn babe in the mail, so I sent them out today and hope a few, at least the ones that aren't traveling internationally, arrive before Christmas. If not, oh well, the family pic turned out so nice and the cards make a fabulous photo print that also stand up on it's own on a shelf, and there's actually nothing Christmasy about them, so they'll just be Happy New Years cards. :)