Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Getting back into the swing....

Well, I guess we're back into the swing of things around here. Seems like they've already been in school forever. ha!

We spend time every week watching the Addison and Abigail cheer.

They put a lot of work into it and Thursdays make for very long days. Have to be at the school by 7am to get ready for the pep rally and then two games that evening to cheer at. There first time to cheer this season, there were FOUR games that night. Fortunately it started to storm so the games got called. And I say fortunately because it was on many fronts. We desperately need the rain around here, nobody wanted to stay through four games and the girls certainly didn't want to cheer that long (Addison was already losing her voice after just the game and a quarter that they did cheer), and lastly, our team was getting their butts kicked. Calling the games stopped the pain.

I still can't get over how much they've grown up. Wyatt has started shaving already. Granted, he only has to do it about once a month right now, but still, I'm just not ready. He asked a girl to the homecoming dance. That took a lot of guts and we're proud of him for doing it. She said no, but it's completely understandable. Her parents are getting a divorce and she's having a really hard time coping with it. There are too often parents that are so wrapped up in what's going on with them and they forget how divorce affects the kids. Their whole world gets turned upside down and the kids have no part in it except to figure out how to cope.

Progress reports came out last week and everyone is doing a good job. So far this school year has started off with much less stress than the last one. We're hoping to continue down that path.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

And so it begins

The kids have only been back in school for three weeks and it feels like the crazy has already started.

It's like there is always so much going on and we don't even let the kids participate in all the things they want to. I know parents who's kids participate in (what seems like) every possible activity. I just don't know how they do it.....or how the kids do it either.

This week there was Kumon on Monday. Cheer practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday they have to be at the school by 7:10 am to get set up for the pep rally and then there are FOUR football games Thursday evening. Open house was last night. Tax deadlines at the office, etc., etc.

In addition to all of that, there's the usual chaos at home. Over the weekend Abigail was spending the night with a friend. The cheerleaders are selling chocolate candy right now, and she left hers at home in her room. While she was gone, her dog got into it. After she got home and counted up her money and the candy that was left, it appears that he ate six chocolate bars!!! They say that chocolate can kill dogs, but this dose doesn't seem to have bothered him much at all.

Then Daisy came in the other night limping and coughing and throwing up. I looked and poked all over her leg and paw but really couldn't find a reason for the limping. We had no idea what to do about the coughing and kept her away from food and water for the night so that she wouldn't keep throwing up. I looked down her throat, much to her dislike, and couldn't find that she had been chewing on anything that got caught. The next day Wyatt and Addison did some research online and suspected that she had gotten stung by a wasp because her symptoms seemed to fit.

I think they're correct. I had just sprayed an absolutely huge wasp nest at the corner of the house close to the gate. Many of the wasps had dropped to the ground to die. I told the kids not to go out there without shoes on, but honestly, it never occurred to me that the dogs might step on them and get stung. And I think that's just what happened.

We started giving her Benadryl and that appears to be helping her a lot.

Who would have thought?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

For Grandma

I made lunch bags for each of the girls. My mom wanted to see them so this post is for her.