Went to see a cousin of my husband's yesterday to visit and hang out. The kids enjoyed playing with theirs for the most part, but dd was getting frustrated with their dd that she wasn't able to play in certain ways with her...complex pretend games, etc. The cousin's dd is 3, and ds will be 5 in June. However, he is short for his age, although stocky, and has a pretty major expressive speech delay ( in enunciation...only has 4-5 consanant sounds he uses for all his words although has a great volcabulary/complex sentence structure, lol), this gives the impression that he is MUCH youinger than he is, but he is obviously waaaay ahead of the cousin's dd cognitively, so S could just not understand why she couldn't play with Sarah like she does Jonathan. She was also tired, and came close to blowing her top a few times, so needed lots of removal from the situation/gentle suggestions from me/go to another room with me and read a book, etc for a while. Sigh...those INTENSE redheads!!!
: right now from living in a house that is turning into a money pit. I am starting to paint the whole thing which is OK because I enjoy it and the previous owners did a sh&^*ty job, but lo an behold what am I finding behind the paint that flakes off so easily under my kids (old, old) windows....MOLD! Aaaagh! The drywall especially in J's room is crumbling underneath, at least the outer paper layer of it, and has a sheen of some purpl-ey stuff that smells musty. This was totally not detectable to us or our inspector when we bought and was covered up. We have been told it would basically be very difficult to prove the owners had known about this, thier word against ours sort of thing. We knew there was a bit on one of the walls in the basement, but thought it was from boxes stored too close to the wall (surface mold is very common here when people do stuff like that) and wiped it up although it looks like it is coming back, and now we have put 2 and 2 together and realize these basement walls are on a side of the house that has an improper grade in the soil (sloped to the house, which we corrected) and no eavestroughs (also corrected)...gulp! Now we are finding crumbling panelling in another room in the basement in a corner, again not detectable previously. We are calling a specialist in to get an approximate cost, but I am sick about this as we cannot afford to rip out walls (and god knows what is behind them!), put in new windows, etc and will have to BEG the bank to up our credit line AGAIN...we had just "consolidated" 3 debts onto this and arranged an auto withdrawal to make those debts more manageable. We were going to save/use tax returns and be patient and wait for cosmetic things like carpet, and stuff but we will have to go into more debt for this. Before we bought we didn't expect dh to get so sick this past fall, and still be barely able to work either (and does not get sick benefits)....that is what is going to make this financially unbearable but we do have to take care of it.
Ok, sorry ladies, I have got to stop whining. I understand what a previous poster said about being thankful they unschooled. I am trying to keep postitive about all this stuff. Even when dh got so sick this last summer/fall and we were starting to work on ds speech and gross motor issues, etc there were people who just suggested to us to put them in school and me work more, but of course that is not the cure all for everything. I think the kids need to see how we handle struggle too, and I know dd especially would be very stressed in school.
We have some plans to cheer ourselves up. Sledding if it gets warmer in the next day or two, and I am going to the library to get out the Planet Earth series as dd and I have been talking geography alot lately.