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Tomorrow, the boys start school.
Ben will start all day Kindergarten.
Eight years ago this week, we started with our current sitter.
Today, was our last full-time day with her.
Next week will be the first time I've not had a day care bill in 13 years.
Next week, I start saving for parochial High School.  (Josh starts in 2 yrs.)
Bookbags are packed. Lunch money is in the school accounts (everyone's buying tomorrow), everyone knows their PIN numbers for lunch. Bus Passes are in everyone's bookbag, and the safety patrol hats are attached to Josh and Matt's bookbags (they are on patrol this week and next). Nick and Ben's snacks are packed, and water bottles are in the freezer.
Clothes are laid out, but still need to get new shoes laced. 
The kids will have a hot first day - no air, and up in the mid nineties.  They may end up ending school early tomorrow due to heat.  Josh and Matt are upstairs in the school building, Ben and Nick are downstairs.
Pictures soon.
Have a great first day to everyone who starts soon, and I hope those who have started have had a great start!


In other news, we're not flooded, but there is loads of it happening within the state.

Work is busy, and I had to go stand up for myself (and the other 2 ladies in the group) today.  Long story, and we'll see how it all pans out before anything else is said.

I'm not looking forward to the start of Homework.  *sigh*
The boys all got fine teachers - Nicholas I was worried about - the one third grade teacher is a nightmare, and I was worried about him.  But he got the other one, so we're good.  I am hoping this is a good year.
Matt goes in two weeks for a consult for a secondary set of braces.  There is talk that Nicholas needs to start his first set.  Nicholas had to go today and have a tooth pulled.  It was interferring with the permanent teeth, and starting to abscess.  Lovely.  The tooth fairy has to come tonight.

Thinking of getting a new laptop.  Haven't decided yet, but the HD on this one is full, so I've got to move files and the like.
This is such a pointless post.
*hugs flist*


Jun. 7th, 2007 05:33 am
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Click here to create your own painting.

Totally nicked from the wonnerful [profile] katieay ...

I should update properly. And I will, soon, I promise...But for now, a few important words...

Today is my kids' last day of school!!!!

That is all.


Apr. 28th, 2006 10:16 am
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I am so glad it's Friday, I can't even see straight!

I have to tutor at the school soon, then it's off for the mammogram. I had one six months ago, but it was just to check the one where I had a lump, and was my final "6 month one". If all is clear today, I shouldn't have to go back for a year. Whoo Hoo!

As a reminder, be sure to schedule your mammograms or remind those you love to do it.

*hugs flist*
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Well, another weekend went by in a blur.

Spring Break starts Friday.  *throws confetti*  Josh has all kinds of tests this week.  Matt's gone through Wednesday (I go down on Wednesday to pick up gear at the Camp and help get them back to school), and he gets Thursday off as a "rest day".  So he's done with school until Monday the 24th.  After spring break, the boys only have seven weeks of school. *throws more confetti*  Ben graduates from preshool on May26th.

*hugs flist*  I've not been very good at keeping up.


Mar. 9th, 2006 10:21 am
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Thank God it's Thursday.

Yes, you read that correctly. I'm actually glad it's Thursday.

This week has been no prize for fun things I've had to do, and I'm honestly glad it is about over.

I'm ready for the weekend in the worst way. I'm being pampered this weekend -- time for my dye job. I have an appt to get my hair colored, and I'm looking forward to sitting and having it done.

This weekend we have to hit the science fair stuff pretty hard -- It's due on the 3rd of April, but everything is due -- Showboard, oral report, written report. Times Two Kids. All the "research" is done, we just need to work on write-ups. And I need to see who can type what. It would be easier if these two were twins. At least the work would be identical. If I'm going to help with double the work, it would be nice to have the same crap for both kids.

/end whine.

I was in a really blah mood yesterday. And I don't know why. I've been doing 2 jobs at work this week -- someone on vacation, and the woman who is suppose to do this job in the first place, refuses (and the boss is non-confrontational), so it's left to those of us that can pick up the slack. The one gal actually does the job almost all the time. But she's out of town this week, so I'm doing what I can to help. Fortunately, it's been a slow week for me, relatively speaking.

I am now done with most of my CAP (College of American Pathologists) work until April. Which is good.

Homework hasn't been horrible this week, which has been good, but both the older two did have major science tests. That I hope they passed. *fingers crossed*

Other than that, it's been dull. *laughs* My life is rarely dull.

I have done a spot of writing -- I wrote 2 ficlets for the community, [profile] kaleidoscopefur .  They will be posted tomorrow for my favorite werewolf's birthday. *smooches Remus* .  They are Remus/Tonks.  One is PG, one is R and one follows the other.  They are about 1300 words combined.  Just little ditties.  But hey, it's writing.  *smooches* [personal profile] aggiebell90 who gave them a quickie glance so that I don't embarrass myself too horrible by my idiot mistakes. And she says she loves my R/T stories, so extra *smooches* for her for making me feel all warm and fuzzy about my writing.  I needed some warm and fuzzy vibes.

I'm not sure why, but R/T is coming easier to me than H/G.  So, R/T are getting a lot of action in my corner right now.  Of course, they're thrilled...
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Happy March 1st and Happy Lent to all those who observe the forty days of Lent. It is a meatless day for us Catholics, so I'm trying to be very careful to eat no meat (I always forget one day during the Lenten season and eat it).

My "sacrifice" this year is to change my attitude. Now that might not seem like a sacrifice to most of you, but I have the patience of a gnat most days, so this will be a sacrifice, I most assure you. I just need to grow patience.  Please Lord?

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...and the kids are on a two hour delay.

Which made my morning a bit interesting...because someone had to stay home with them.  Guess who volunteered was elected. So we are leaving around 9 to drop the youngest at the sitters and take the others to school.

Which makes me between 2 1/2-3 hours late for work.  and I still have to leave early to get the boys off the bus at the end of the day.

I do have to say, our school and the public system we are a part of very rarely ever delay school.  They rarely close for weather, and it's even rare that they delay.  I think in the seven years I've had kids in school, I think we've only delayed 3 times.  We've closed about half a dozen times. I think what happened today was it's been so warm that the road crews thought that the snow would hit the roads and melt.  I think it did that at first, but it then got well below freezing, and the roads quickly froze.  So there was no preventive salt put out, and now they're trying to catch up.  Almost every school in the area is delayed.

So, I'm home, drinking a cup of coffee, catching up on email.  I bleached my sink, started a load in the washer, and started my dishwasher, in addition to finishing up the dishes that can't be put in the dishwasher.  I also starte Tortellini Soup in the crock pot. It's amazing how much I can accomplish with an extra couple hours at home.

The boys are playing until it's time to leave.

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...for a Tuesday.

I ended up taking yesterday off from work and stayed home with the munchkins.  The second eldest munchkin had a MAJOR science project due this coming Friday, and the info only came home on Friday.  It was a diorama, written report and prepare for an oral report on a Biome.  He did the Deciduous Forest Biome .  We had the diorama done on Sunday night but still had the report and oral stuff to get ready.  We finished up yesterday.  We never know what our homework situation in the other classes will look like during the week, so we wanted to get it done so we didn't have to worry about working on it if he has a ton of homework this week.  And he very well could have a ton of homework this week -- the end of the grading period is Friday.

Eldest munchkin has a report on Egypt due the first week of February, that has to be four type-written pages, in addition to maps and pictures and....  He worked on his research extensively yesterday for his report.  He says he has almost all the research done -- eight written pages (sloppy!), so we're going to start working on typing up what he has, organizing it, and whatnot this weekend.

In addition, science fair projects are to be started this week for the 2 eldest.  They have topics picked and need to get them approved.  They're not due until April.  Both boys are eager to start them.

We got up and did the homework early yesterday, so that we'd have the afternoon to do something fun -- after all, if mom's taking a day off from work, we need to do something fun!  So we went and saw Hoodwinked.  I have to say, that this is one of the best animated flicks I've seen in a long time.  It was truly hilarious.  The squirrell, Twitchy, was my favorite character.  This movie kept all the munchkins entertained, including the four year old, and we just all enjoyed it. Go see it if you get the chance, but definitely rent it when it comes out on DVD/VHS if you don't go to the theatre. It will definitely be one we invest in.  Hubby was disappointed he didn't get to see it once he heard how good it was.

As a side note, there's a singing goat in it (probably my second favorite character), that I was interested in finding out was voiced by Benjy Gaither.  He's the son (I believe) of Bill and Gloria Gaither, who are big names in Christian Music.  They wholly recommended the movie as a good Family-Friendly flick on their website.

It was a very nice day off, all things considering.  The weather was gorgeous, the homework got done, the munckins got to play, we got to see a great movie, and the kids were stellar in the movie.  A good day all in all.

How this mom handles four kids in a movie theater )

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I'm definitely not someone who can come up with original titles, that's for sure.

Well, the morning went a bit better at home, with the young 'uns cooperating. Of course the eldest thinks he "knows it all and is the parent" wanted to do safety patrol outside with no coat on. In 40 degree weather. Nope. He was torqued off because I made him put his coat on.

Whatever. He lives his life torqued off at me because I make his live miserable. He's not said that, I'm just sure he thinks that.

My job is done then.

In other news, he came home telling me that he and his friends are starting a chess club at school and that it will be after school and the principal has approved it.

My questions: Who's the advisor (parent or teacher) and how do you think you can work this in?

 Continued rantings about my eldest )

Work Scientific Jargon -- enter at your own risk! )

And it wouldn't be an October day without me asking you to click on the link to support mammograms.  Please do.  They are way behind their goal of clicks for the month of October.


Oct. 26th, 2005 07:26 pm
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Head hurts, tired, and glad the day's about out. Today wasn't bad, just busy. And I was going to try to beta, and no one would leave me alone long enough to do it.  Was really torquing me off.

And I'm trying to teach the eldest how to knit. Seems that one of their service projects at school is making a scarf for the local homeless shelter. Each student is required to knit one. The eldest has done some really odd things to his scarf. I usually can correct it, but I look at some of his knitting and it takes me a while to figure out how to get it fixed.

And click on the link to support mammograms.

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I am, at the very least, a bit more cheerful today than I was yesterday.  Joshua brought home papers yesterday, and they were all "decent".  One C -- the rest were A's and B's.  That was a good thing.  Both boys had a bunch of homework yesterday -- Josh had more than Matt, primarily because Josh has a band meeting tonight, plus choir, so he won't have time to complete anything due on Friday.  He has to turn in a rough draft of his Amphibian report on Friday to be checked, and he hadn't started it as of yesterday (he had the research, just nothing written).  Yeah...he didn't budget very well (report was assigned two weeks ago).

Matt is doing remarkably well with most of his assignments.  He has a ton of work to do, but he can do most on his own, with very little help.  The one subject he's having issues in is Social Studies and it has to do with Maps and Map reading.  He can't get the N-S-E-W concept down.  And we've been also working on Latitude/Longitude Northern/Southern hemisphere and Eastern/Western Hemisphere.  The last about threw me for a complete loop.  I'm looking at this map thinking, "huh? I don't remember this."  I'm going to try to find some map activities on the 'net and have his tutor work with him on it.  He has everything completely backwards.

On a good note, he did really well practicing his spelling words (usually a dreadful subject for him), and he did really well studying for his vocabulary test.  Last week, Joshua aced his spelling pretest, so he didn't have to take the final test.  He has his pretest today, and we are hoping he aces this one, so he doesn't have to take the final on Friday.  He is a really good speller, so I would imagine he'll take very few final tests this year for spelling.

Today is the start of the school choir.  I have two in it this year.  Matt has decided to join, too. It meets an hour after school on Thursdays. Band starts in fifth grade, so Josh wants to join.  He and Mike will be going to the band meeting tonight and finding out the details.

I've got my [livejournal.com profile] hpgw_otp  number challenge written and back from [livejournal.com profile] aggiebell90. I hope to get it ready to post either today or tomorrow.  I did two of them, and may just go ahead and post both (I had only one number).  I hope to work on a couple other stories I've got brewing.

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Well, I'd like to know why weekends have to go so bloody fast?!? Can someone answer me this?

We actually had a lovely weekend...Weather was beautiful, but we are now very cloudy and overcast and will be getting the remains of Hurricane Katrina as soon as she gets this far north.

Friday night, I found out that son #2 didn't update his agenda from school at all...but he remembers all his assignments, mom!  Honest! Insert eyeroll here.  I love this boy to death, and he's got a decent memory, but not good enough to remember all the assignments once they start piling them on.  Will probably have to have his agenda checked daily by his teachers.

Saturday night, hubby and I had a date night. It was last minute, but we had a great time.  We went to a winery and had dinner.  I was actually lucky to get a reservation on such short notice. Details are under their "events" "cookouts".  For $50.00 a couple, you get a bottle of wine (of your choice), the choice of 2 kinds of salads, steak, baked potato, veggie (it was to die for good corn on the cob this time), bread, choice of 3 desserts, coffee, tea, water.  The deal with the steak is, you grill it yourself.  And it's actually a good time.  They have all sorts of seaonings, and the meat is excellent.  We've done this now twice -- and it's been good both times.  We may go with a group in October.  Anyway, a good time was had by all, and we picked up some bottles of wine.

Sunday was church and lunch with my mom, and grocery shopping, and finishing homework, and packing lunches (for school this week), and....

Typical weekend.

Today it's back to work.

Submissions are now open at PhoenixSong.net.  See the Nest section for details.

And by request, I'm posting a link to a community for HBP [livejournal.com profile] hbp_ficafest .  This is ran by a couple people on my flist. *waves to [livejournal.com profile] elsa241967  and [livejournal.com profile] velvethope * Go check it out.

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Spent the day with the 4 year old at the Water Park. It was fun, and we had a really good time. We got back in time to meet the other 3 at the school bus (an important task), and went to take Matt to tutoring, only to find he hadn't brought home is Homework Folder. So we cancelled tutoring, and headed to the school. Got the folder, headed home and completed the due assignments.

Welcome to the school year.
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Today is Monday, and it's the Monday before school starts. This means that we have open house tonight at the school. This means visiting several teachers all in an hour or so and getting what we need to get the year started.

Friday the class lists went up, and there was much rejoicing. The youngest (well the youngest in full time school) was placed with the teacher he wanted, so he is thrilled. The 2nd son was placed in the homeroom that his brother was in last year, with most of his best buds, so he's happy (and he was placed in the class that doesn't have his friend, the bully, in it. -- so there was much rejoicing from mom), and the oldest is in with one of his buddies.

Spent yesterday at the water park, and I'm sporting a nice sunburn from not applying the sunscreen enough because of it. We had a ball, and it was truly a relaxing, fun-filled, last hurrah before school starts day.

I'm taking off work on Wednesday, and I think Thursday...and I might throw Friday in there for good measure too.
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...and update on a regular basis...

"It's raining, it's pouring,
The old lady's not snoring..."

Although she wishes she was. *sigh*

It is raining here today...and we needed it.  It's suppose to be cloudy, rainy and gloomy most of the week, so it'll at least green things up around here a bit.

Son #2 is starting back at tutoring today.  *sigh* I'm not ready to be in the whole school ratrace again (see post from yesterday).  He's excited though, so that's good.  And he's really proud of himself -- he's done well in reading this summer -- he finished GoF and has started OotP.  He "reads" them with the tape -- he follows along in the book.  This actually helps his reading skills a lot.  We started last summer with doing this -- his 2nd grade teacher had read to the class each day, and Matt loved it.  So he wanted to read SS last summer.  We bought him a little personal cassette player, the books on tape and a paperback copy and off he went.  He finished SS, CoS and half of PoA last summer.  He finished PoA, GoF and has now started OotP, and wants to read all the time -- he's my video game addict.  So this has been a good thing.  He wants to read this through the school year, although he can't take his tapes with him to school, so he'll take another reading book for free time to school, but he plans on reading every Friday night and the weekend to finish up OotP.  It's fun to see him excited about reading.  We'll see what happens once school starts though.

Other than that, I'm laying low from inspectors.


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