Wednesday, December 2, 2009
2. I'm grateful for my hat, gloves, and scarf. It is cold today!
3. I'm grateful for the 'forgotten' money that I remembered this morning. It is nice to have an extra $115 in savings that I forgot about.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Today is December 1st. So here is the start of my journal.
1. I'm grateful for a new friend, Juli from Denver. She is the sweetest and is in town for a few weeks. Looking forward to dinner with her on Thursday.
2. I'm grateful for a husband understanding enough to accept the crazy work hours that I'll have over the next month.
3. I'm grateful to the kind lady at the Dept of Revenue who helped me deal with a tax return amendment issue.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
After I picked her up, Alaina tells me that she ate two packets of fruit snacks. Clearly these have Red40 and Alaina knew it. I don't know why Betty won't follow my instructions when it comes to this allergy. She either doesn't care, or doesn't agree with me, or doesn't believe me. It makes me sad but also reinforces that it was absolutely the right decision to move Alaina to preschool.
I also have had another talk with Alaina about refusing the Red40, even if she knows the food tastes good.
So, today has been no fun. She is impulsive, not listening to normal instructions, and can't focus. She didn't nap well either. She just appears to be a child with ADHD. Sigh.
So, Alaina can no longer go to Betty's house alone. I'll have to make time take her over there for visits, and won't be able to use her as a back-up babysitter anymore.
I really hope this gets out of her system soon. Last time it took 3 days. I'm scared about how she'll act at the preschool the next few days.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Yesterday’s was Paige’s last parent/teacher school conference for the year. Despite her sassy mouth and talking too much in class, her teachers really like her and say she adds “spark” to the classroom. Her grades are great too. She has 7 As, 1B, and 1C. I’m proud of her for the effort she is putting forth. But, even more so – I’m proud of her for what she MIGHT be doing next year! One of her teachers recommended that she participate in the AVID program that is available for 8th graders. So, we went to talk to the Leader of the program yesterday to get more information, and an application form.
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a program that targets kids in the middle academically. The purpose of the program is to provide support to these kids and help them with college eligibility and success. It takes a very big commitment from the kids too, which is why I’m so impressed with Paige’s desire to participate. She will be required to take an Honors level class next year ( and I think each year she participates). She takes an AVID class daily, that is considered one of her “elective” courses so she has to give up other electives to participate. She is required to carry a HUGE AVID binder with her to all classes and take notes in all of her core classes – for a total of 20 pages of notes a week. The leader said “even if your friends are taking notes, and your teacher doesn’t tell you to take notes.. you do it for AVID. And we check your binder each week.”
They bring in college graduates to talk about different careers and college life. They get to take tours of college campuses.
One of the coolest things about this program is that these kids in her AVID group will stay together for 5 years. When they transfer to High School, the continue in the AVID program for four years in the highschool with the same group of kids that they started with in 8th grade. What a great support system!
So, we will fill out the application and cross our fingers that she gets accepted.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Alaina is home sick today – with a stomach bug. I got a phone call shortly after dropping her off at daycare that she had thrown up 3 times already. I called Palmer and sent him to pick her up and he is staying home with her today. But there is that gnawing in my gut that I should be there with my little girl.
I called to talk to her, hoping to offer some comfort, but instead I received the guilt. Her little sad sick voice saying “Mommy, I need you. I really really need you.” L
I know Palmer is completely capable of taking care of her and offering her comfort. But caring for a sick child is a task that I have a hard time relinquishing. The babes always want their momma when their sick.
If it wasn’t for so much work to do, and having missed so much time here in the last month or so, I’d be home with her. But I just can’t justify leaving work when she has a parent there already to care for her.
Man, I’m bummed.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
On Monday morning, Alaina had her first ever visit to the dentist. Let me say, I was uberly amazed at how incredible she was. I never expected this wild child of mine to be so calm and relaxing and completely comfortable with the whole experience.
Paige had prepped her the day before, by telling her they would clean her teeth with a little tool that made a “zzzzzz” sound. So, Alaina had said – I’ll cover my ears! Paige assured her it wasn’t loud at all.
Paige and I were also getting our teeth cleaned, and I assumed Alaina would want to watch one of us go first so she could see what it was like – but nope! My little girl wanted to go first. She was so eager. She got up in the chair and relaxed when they leaned her back. The hygienist showed her all the tools and Paige wasn’t the least bit intimidated. She got to pick out some purple sunglasses to wear so the light wouldn’t bother her eyes.
She did everything she was told – opened wide, sucked the straw, held still…. EVERYTHING! Paige and I sat there in utter amazement with big smiles on our faces. The hygienist said she’d never had a 3 yr old act like Alaina. She thought she acted more like her big sis. Very proud moment.
I’ll have to remember for next time, if we are all getting cleanings to have Palmer come along and take Alaina home when she is done, as she did get rather antsy. The hygienist was nice enough to give her a bagel with cream cheese when she began complaining of being hungry. And when I got my teeth cleaned, Alaina climbed up and laid down on my stomach. She propped her chin in her hand and watched intently at the work going on in my mouth.
Overall – a wonderful and unexpected first dentist visit!