Sunday, September 14, 2014

Babysitter!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We got a sitter last night (for the first time in nearly two years) and went out to see Guardians of the Galaxy.  Being out of the movie loop, we chose somewhat at random.  I like any movie that I get to sit in a theater and drink a $5 Diet Coke while watching, but you have to wonder about any film where a hyper-intelligent genetically engineered space raccoon and a walking tree carry the movie.  (Terrible, terrible villain--a metal hat and a big hammer are no replacement for an actual personality.)  Then we hit the grocery store for ice cream and went home to pay the sitter.  Outlay (tickets, $5 Diet Coke, $42 sitter, ice cream from grocery store:  about $70.
  • Baby T went to church nursery this morning.  This spring she'd been transitioning from crying constantly (and getting pulled out) to sitting koala-fashion on the nursery worker the whole time.  Today, several months after her last visit, there were a lot of kids there and Baby T was just fine.  As she arrived, she stepped out very confidently to check out the toys.  Next stop, parents' day out?  (Still working on those papers--the pediatrician still needs to give us some stuff.)
  • Baby T has a 2nd birthday coming on fast!
  • Both C and D have paddled independently in kayaks at the marina on the river.
  • C is doing very well with Scarborough Fair on the guitar.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Baklava

Here's some news:

  • C made baklava for Greek club (with a little help from me in pouring the spiced honey syrup).  They're talking about Herodotus.
  • C also made some little apple turnover thingies with sheets of phyllo.
  • I have mixed feelings on phyllo dough.  On the one hand, it's an interesting material to work with, but on the other hand, it tastes a lot like paper.  However, when drenched with spiced honey syrup and packed with nuts, it does redeem itself.  
  • C is pretty awe inspiring 
  • The kids have been fencing.  My husband has been checking out the college fencing club, as well.  If current rules apply in a few years, the kids will be able to go to the college fencing club at 15.  D LOVES fencing.  
  • Two parent education nights this week at school!
  • C is adjusting pretty well to the junior high/senior high building.  We have to get over there earlier than for the elementary school (about 10 minutes--a huge big deal for our sleepy family), but we're all coping. 
  • It's easy to forget about guitar practice with the flurry of homework activity and all the nightly activities, but C has been enjoying her music a lot lately.    
  • The weather is moderating.  The mornings are very pleasant and I think within a week, the whole day will be nice.
  • Baby T is a great little grocery shopper these days.  I try to get her one of the VROOM VROOM shopping carts that are shaped like cars and have steering wheels.
  • Baby T also walks really well holding hands.  
  • The cafeteria is great!!!!
  • D is in 4th grade now, which is a big transitional year at his elementary school.  They'll have kiddie physics and Latin.  
  • I'm looking into parents' day out for Baby T for one day a week (5.5 hours--it's like a school day, but shorter on both ends). 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Extracurriculars

I somehow managed to schedule 5 days of extracurriculars a week for the month of September.  It all happened very innocently:  the therapeutic riding C has done for years, CCD for both kids, Greek Club at school for C (my husband will be volunteering with the club), fencing for both kids and guitar for C.  It's a little nuts.  But, on the other hand, it's not going to be like that all term--the riding is just a half term (with the possibility of more if we can manage) and we may drop the fencing and guitar by the end of the month.
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chair!

Baby T, when she feels that she wants a parent or sibling to sit down and stop hovering over her as she eats, will say, "Ch!" and point in the direction of the chair.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ukulele

Here's some of what's happening:
  • Summer is over!  The kids are back in school!
  • C is a 7th grader now and is over at the junior high/high school building (it's a PK-12 school).  She has the full dignity of her own locker.  It's an 8 period day, 20 minutes longer than the 6th grade day, but she does have study halls in the morning.
  • C has an elective first period (study hall), a block of academic classes with everybody else in her grade, then a final 8th period elective that she has some freedom over (that's a little up in the air, as her first choice was cancelled for lack of enrollment).
  • There's going to be a Greek club!
  • D is starting 4th grade!  Latin!  Physics!
  • Extracurriculars are also up in the air right now.  We'll be doing CCD for both kids (at a different parish than the past 7 years).  We'd like for C to do therapeutic riding and weekly guitar and for both kids to do fencing, but we're currently figuring out the logistics for that.  
  • For reasons beyond our control, there's no PE for C this fall (complicated reasons having to do with C not being in official school sports and the school being small, so they can't afford both fall and spring PE for a tiny group of children).  That's kind of a pain, but we will try to compensate.
  • Baby T is talking a bunch and likes it.  She often makes funny comprehension mistakes--she thought that "fat" meant "cat" and that "on line" had something to do with lions.  She LOVES animals.  I have bought her clothes accordingly--she owns two cat shirts, a horse shirt, zebra pants and cheetah pjs.
  • Baby T is bummed out that the DVD player in the new-to-us minivan is broken.  She says "moo" for movies.
  • Baby T can make sad faces on command.  
  • Baby T was SAD to hear that mommy has no tail.
  • Baby T loves puzzles, but isn't yet up to doing jigsaw puzzles independently.    
  • Husband and C and D have been watching movies on our ceiling with the projector.
  • We now have a huge solid pine dining table from IKEA.  The old dining table (1998-2014) was set out on the curb and disappeared--it was simply not big enough for our family anymore, and certainly not for if we have any company.  I expect that the new table will dent up, being pine, but it is very generously sized--it's big without leaves, and with two leaves it's supposed to seat 10.  (We got the biggest brown-black Stornas table.)
  • The IKEA trip is totally different with a DVD player.  In fact, aside from driver fatigue, there's really no obstacle to our doing longer trips now.  
  • Furniture for D is next on the agenda.  Christmas?  We also will eventually be getting a larger leather sofa, probably in chocolate brown.    
  • C is still working at Scarborough Fair on the guitar.  She has also bought a ukulele with her own money and has been working at that, too.  I think D is softening up to the idea of music lessons.  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back from the West Coast

Here's some of what's been happening:

  • My husband and C and D are just back from an 8-day trip to the West Coast.  Baby T and I spent the week eating dinner at Panera's and doing this and that.  Baby T also enjoyed a huge leap verbal leap forward that is impressing everybody.  She now uses words to request things, a big step forward for her.  She's using more and more all the time.  She also knows a lot of animals (her current passion) and knows what a number of them say.
  • C went to a half-day babysitter training course at the YMCA and got a card from them and $20 from her mother and father.  In future, I'm planning on having both kids do First Aid courses there and C will probably do the junior lifeguard class next year.  The YMCA is really great for these life skill type classes.  They also have a teen physical training course that looks good that both kids could do next year.    
  • C is thinking about saving up for an embroidery machine.  
  • C turned in her reading sheet at the library and got her goodie bag, but was disappointed by her haul.
  • My husband has been under the weather, but is feeling better.  
  • Baby T is crazy about kitties.
  • We've finally starting having 100+ temps and are baking.  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Spoon

We've had a little bit of a regression with Baby T and food.  There was a long time when she LOVED eating fresh fruit--bananas, blueberries, apples, mandarins, etc.  She'd go through vast quantities of fresh fruit.  She still loves blueberries (we just finished off a 2-pound box) and she'll have the occasional banana, but that's it.  The good news is that 1) she will eat baby food fruit and 2) she's really good with a spoon.

Baby T is also much more verbally communicative than she used to be.  She is learning and using words, and enjoying it and we are headed toward being able to talk.  I imagine that by two, she'll have a lot to say.