Tidbits

by dee on September 22, 2010

  • I got my first call from the school nurse today.  Zach told me this morning that his throat hurt so I told him that if he was feeling bad later today today to tell his teacher and she would send him to the nurse.  Mid-morning I got the call saying he was asking to come home.  No fever, so I’m making him tough it out.  I kind of feel like a mean mom for doing so though.  Just watch him come home with Strep.
  • Tonight I am attending my first ever photography seminar.  Even though some of the info may not be relevant to me at this point, I’m hoping to come away with some good information and ideas.  If nothing else, the “goodies” being handed out more than make up for the price of the seminar.  Now, if I can just sit still and stay awake through the whole thing I’ll be doing good.
  • I’ve started slowly working on my new site.  I’m combining some of my blogs, adding some new features, snazzing up my design, and trying to turn it into a place that will grow with me in the future.  I’m trying to take my time and do it right, not just throw something out there.  In the past, I’ve just thrown up a template and worked all the kinks out later.  This time I want to get it all worked out ahead of time.  For the first time ever, I wish I actually had the money to hire a design/development team.  I have so many ideas, but not enough time to figure them out on my own.  It may be a long time before I’m ready to reveal my new place.
  • Yesterday I managed to drop a Diet Coke directly onto my keyboard at work.  The keyboard is still working pretty wellllllllllllll except for the L key which keeps getting stuck.

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iheartfaces – Smirk

by dee on September 21, 2010

This week’s iheartfaces photo challenge is “smirk” I think this one is pretty fitting. I actually had to bribe the kids to pose for me (which reminds me, I owe them each a dollar).

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What a funny topic this week! To see more, be sure to check out the list at iheartfaces!

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Slime!

by dee on September 16, 2010

Slime!

It has been a rather rough week around our house, so after dinner last night I thought we needed to do something fun. In this case, fun = slime!

I came across a super easy recipe for making slime at home over on Our Best Bites a few days ago and decided we just had to make some.  We already had all of the ingredients except for the Borax so I picked up a box when I was out running errands yesterday to have it on hand.

The kids both helped pour the ingredients in and then we watched as the liquid changed into clumps, and eventually a nice ball of slime.  They thought it was SO! COOL! and played with it for quite a while afterward.

We’ll definitely be doing this again.  Poor Evie was not happy with her brother’s color choice, so we’re going to have to make some red (or maybe PINK) slime next time around.  I want to try it with the clear glue that it mentions in the post but we didn’t have any of that at home.

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For those following along regarding the bullying that I posted about yesterday, I was able to talk to Zach’s teacher this morning and am feeling much better about things.  She already has plans for making some changes in the classroom (seating arrangements, etc.) that should help.  Also, he’ll be sent to the restroom by himself rather than in a group to alleviate problems happening there.  She expressed some concerns about things he is doing in class that we will both work on with him.  All of the changes will take time, but I feel like we are moving in the right direction.  I’m very thankful that he has a teacher that cares and wants him to be successful at school.  I’m also very thankful for all of you, my incredibly supportive friends and family.  Your comments both here and on Facebook really helped me get through the day yesterday without pulling my hair out.

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Bullying in Kindergarten

by dee on September 15, 2010

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One month in the public school system and I’m ready to bring my babies home, lock the doors for good, and home school them until they’re 25.  Please note that it has nothing to do with the teaching.  I do believe that my son has an excellent teacher, probably the best that I could ask for.  He’s excited to learn.  It amazes me how much he has picked up on over the last four weeks.

He was flipping through a book last night  as I was putting laundry away, pointed to a word and said, “Mommy, that says ‘me’!”  Indeed it did.  He was so pleased with himself, and so was I.  He is a smart kid and so willing and ready to learn.

I knew kindergarten would be hard.  I knew there would be adjustments to make.  I knew he would be tired and that he most likely would come home with a new sassy attitude that he would pick up from his peers.  I was somewhat prepared for that.

What I wasn’t prepared for was him getting picked on.  I wasn’t prepared for my little bitty 5-year-old to come home telling me that a kid pushed him down and his foot was hurting because of it, or that another kid tried to push his head into the toilet, or that a kid was pushing him every time they got in line, or that another kid “spanked” him in the restroom.  I especially wasn’t prepared for him to tell me that he was the one that got in trouble for it all because the other kid ran ahead and told the teacher that Zachary did it first.

I can’t say that Zachary wasn’t at fault.  I would be almost certain that he’s not telling 100% of the truth because he’s afraid he’ll be in trouble at home too.  I know he has pushed back, hit, and even on one occasion bit another kid, but I’m guessing that most of the time it was provoked.  He’s not an aggressive kid and most of the time tends to shy away from confrontation.

Yes, I’ve talked to the teacher.  Notes have been sent home.  E-mails have been exchanged.  I’m currently waiting on her to get back to me regarding a meeting time so we can discuss this whole thing again.  I’m willing to do anything to get this to stop.

I’ve discussed it as much as possible with Zach, but he shuts down when I bring it up.  He doesn’t want to talk about it for long.  I remind him as I drop him off every day to be nice to the other kids, to tell the teacher if someone does something to him, and not to hit or push back if someone does something to him.

After missing recess yesterday (because he got caught hitting back the kid who “spanked” him) he spent nearly the entire evening in tears.  Every little thing just set him off again.

I’ve spent most of the day today trying to hold back my own tears.  For the last three weeks I have felt like there is a huge brick laying on my chest that I can’t shake off.  I certainly can’t keep him out of school, but I just want to grab him up and run as far away as possible.  I hate that I can’t protect him from all of this.  I hate that I can’t just fix it.

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Soccer Was A Big Win

by dee on September 14, 2010

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It may be an inconvenience to my schedule, but it is absolutely worth it to see the big smiles on my boy.

So what if dinner was at 7:30 last night?  He loves soccer.

His little sister also loves soccer now and would like to “play soccer practice too.”

Practice again on Thursday.  His very first game on Saturday.  We can’t wait.

Does this make me a soccer mom or do I have to have the mini-van first?

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