Monday, February 16, 2015

So Much To Say!

We had a great Christmas and a very peaceful New Year's.  Hope everyone did the same!  We also became a great aunt and uncle on January 6.  It's our oldest niece's baby and her name is Nora Grace.  We've also all been getting over colds.  About three weeks ago, both Tom and I came down with something very flu-like, if not the flu exactly.  I'm still getting over the congestion and cough that is lingering.  The boys had it a few days before us, and they recovered much faster than we did, LOL.  At least the fact they had the same cold and got through it without antibiotics told me it was definitely a virus of some kind.

Other than that, Phoebe has had winter cheerleading and having some indoor field hockey practices with the high school team.  The boys are busy with Kindergarten, learning their sight words and enjoying their swimming classes at the YMCA.

I need to get back to training!  This year, we have the Spartan Sprint in July and the Philly Rock n' Roll half marathon in September.  I need to order a new pair of sneakers as the current ones I have are old and giving me shin splints when I run.  I do have a word for this year!  It is STRONG.  Unfortunately, I haven't felt too strong so far the beginning of this year, but I've been getting through all our colds and still not being too far behind.

What I'm also looking forward to is having fun this year!  Through all this craziness, we've been having some fun!  Even with the boys homework, I try to make it fun and tell them how much I look forward to spending that time with them.  It may snow tonight.  We haven't had much snow this winter.  We've had a lot of threats of snow with misses that haven't missed the New England area, as they are buried.  Tonight they are calling for 3-5 inches, so hopefully we will have snow and then can enjoy a day off school and work, play in the snow and make the first snowman of this winter!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Phoebe and Boys' School Updates

Sorry it's taken me so long to update.  I really need to stop saying that, but then craziness in life needs to stop happening too!

The first update I'll give is on Phoebe's school.  Phoebe is an awesome student in an awesome school.  She's in 8th grade this year and is taking Honors Geometry, which a sophomore year of high school class.  She will go to High School next year with the GPA for this class.  She's an A/B student and is the goalie for her field hockey team.  The high school field hockey coach has already talked to her about playing next year and told her she should have no issue making the team, as she's a really good goalie.

Well, this girl got an in-school suspension for something she did not do in October.  Both my husband and I fought it as it was a first offense, but the assistant principal is a bit of a jerk.  What happened is she came back to the girls' locker room after gym with 5 classes of girls all waiting in the hall for the room to be unlocked so they can go to next period's class.  The bell rang that they needed to be leaving for their next class, and the room was still locked.  It is a gym teacher's responsibility to unlock it.  Her friend was coming out of the boys' locker room and asked her why she wasn't ready and she said "The fudging locker room is still locked."  (she really did say fudging and not something else).  The gym teacher (who was late) came to unlock the door and overheard her and thought she said the F-word and gave her a detention.  Phoebe tried to tell her that was not what she said, but she didn't want to hear it and told her to leave.  The next morning, the assistant principal called her to his office and told her she had an in-school suspension which also meant she couldn't go on the field trip that was on November 12th to Philly.  We were livid.  I called the assistant principal and explained that it was a first offense and according to the handbook it should be a detention (if she said it, which I believe she didn't).  My husband then got involved and escalated to the principal, who is new this year.  We could have escalated higher, but decided to drop it.  We told Phoebe in the future not to even use replacement words for bad words to ensure there is no mix up at school.  I'm a bit irritated at the way the school even handled this as we're aware of other kids actually cursing in front of teachers and not even getting a detention.  Unfortunately, it's difficult being 5'8" and outspoken for what's right.  Our understanding is the high school will be a much easier place to be.  The funny thing is through all this, I had to tell Phoebe I think she's a good girl, even if I get on her case a lot.  I'm usually the one correcting language, manners, attitude, making sure homework is done and grades stay good.  Let's not go into the nagging I do on the state of her room.  I feel very frustrated, as I feel the administrator (just one in particular) is treating all kids as if they have uninvolved parents, of which we are not.  We are not helicopter parents either though.  We usually tell Phoebe to take care of things herself when it comes to teachers and stuff.  That's part of growing up.  Well, if you're still with me after that rant, everything has settled down and there has been no more incidents at the school of her being singled out.  We're keeping an eye out for that.

The next big issue was the school the boys were at.  We decided to send them to the Catholic school in our area that has all day Kindergarten, but the boys weren't doing well there.  Liam in particular.  He was having issues kicking tables and chairs in the late morning/early afternoon timeframe and he did hit two kids one day at recess (one was his brother).  The school suggested we put Liam in a 1/2 day program, which either meant their pre-K program or the public school Kindergarten, but then I'd need to find afternoon care for them, as they had been in a full-day preschool program and I work out of the house.  So we decided to move both boys to the public school at the are bused to the YMCA for their Kindergarten-enrichment program for the rest of the day.  It's where Phoebe went for Kindergarten and after-care, so we are happy with the program.  I just wasn't thinking I would be spending time trying to figure out where the boys would be for school at this time of the year.  But they are extremely happy, both Liam and even Tommy I'm seeing happier than before (and he's aways happy!)

Right now, things are relatively calm.  Everything is over at Phoebe's school.  She stayed home this week when they had their field trip that she wasn't allowed to go on.  She could have gone to school, but they would have her sitting in a room with other kids that weren't allowed to go and that sounded like too much punishment to us.  The boys are finishing up their second week with the new school environment and things are great.  When they hit the pillow at the end of the day (8PM) they are asleep in a few minutes with no fussing.

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Updates - Pumpkins and Renaissance Faire!

October was a very exhausting and interesting month!  I'm looking forward to some more quiet in November, please.  We did our annual pumpkin purchases at Glen Willow Orchards....

Every year they bring out their hay sculptures.  The kids look forward to it!

We went to the Renaissance Faire three days after my surgery.  Phoebe fully dressed up, I went with comfort.

The boys are all about the pirate ship there.  It's always the first stop!

Tommy and I when on the manual ride.  I think I did most of the rope pulling.

Liam opted for a new form of time-out...

Then it was time for King Henry XIII to kick off some jousting!

After this, the camera ran out of it's battery charge, LOL.  Tommy was taking lots of pictures. These last two were from him.  We celebrated Phoebe's birthday the next day.

More to come ... our 20th wedding anniversary, an in-school suspension for Phoebe and a change of schools coming for the boys!  It's been an interesting month!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Phoebe's Birthday

Phoebe turned 14 last Monday.  Wow has time flown by!  Next year she will be in high school.  Please excuse what she's wearing.  All the kids got comfy at this point, as it was a Monday night and we took the kids out for sushi and Chinese (Phoebe's request and the boys didn't complain).  We went to Whole Foods afterward and Phoebe picked out a pear tart for her birthday cake.  Phoebe does not like cake.  We're not big fans either, so we all love a pear tart standing in for cake!!!!  For her birthday we got her a movie "The Fault in Our Stars".  She's read the book and saw the movie at the theater this summer.  She absolutely loves it.  We also let her get the upgrade for her phone to get her the new iPhone 6 (not the 6 Plus).  This may seem extravagant, but she is on her phone all the time, so it makes the most sense for a gift. She listens to music on it, texts her friends (sometimes about homework, LOL), watches movies, surfs the Internet.  She uses it for everything!!!  We also did not pay full price, just the upgrade price.

Why do I have a new iPhone 6 case in my favorite color for my present?

My new iPhone 6 should arrive in 2 days!  Really!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

10 Books That Had an Impact on my Life

I have so much to write about.  Phoebe turned 14 years old yesterday!  I haven't downloaded the pictures yet, so that post is yet to come.  However, I was tagged today on Facebook to list the 10 books that had the most impact on my life.  I've been wanting to do this for awhile, so I'm going to post it here too with some additions.  I've been wondering if I should do the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.  I've read quite a few of these already.  However, right now I'm trying to finish reading "Getting Things Done" by David Allen.  Good book so far.
  • Dune - Frank Herbert
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Emma - Jane Austen
  • Scarlett - Alexandra Ripley
  • The Godfather - Mario Puzo
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
  • Bridget Jones Diary - Helen Fielding (I've loved her other two following Bridget Jones books too!)
  • The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Bonus additions:
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • The Once and Future King - T.H. White

Friday, October 03, 2014

Post Op Update

Just dropping a quick line out there to let everyone know I'm feeling great.  A little sore in the belly, but I've had worse post-laproscopic pain in the shoulder due to air still in my belly.  This one is not bad at all.  Thanks!!!  Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The End of an Era - But Not This Blog

Tomorrow morning will be a very pivotal point in my life... I'm having my tubes tied.  I am 43 years old and will have my 20th wedding anniversary on October 22nd.  I am ready to officially say I'm done trying to have babies!  Not that I've been taking the pill for the past 5 years doesn't say that already, LOL.  The truth is that the likelihood of me getting pregnant is slim to none due to my endometriosis issues; however, if I ever did get pregnant on my own, the doctor's say it would most likely be ectopic and that could be dangerous.  I'm also having a LEEP done at the same time.  I've had abnormal pap smears the past several years and this is something they would recommend doing to treat that, but only if there is no plans to have more children.  I'm nervous as always before being put under anesthesia.  I've never liked that concept.  I just need to get through now until the moment when they give me the relaxing meds and I won't care anymore.

Things are going great with the family.  The kids are really starting to settle into a routine.  It would have been nicer if it was earlier in the school year that this occurred, but the boys got strep throat the first week after school started and we had been battling it since.  We seem to have now officially gotten rid of that bug (I'm knocking vigorously on wood!).  The boys will still be taking their current antibiotic until the weekend is over, but I think we should be good then.  Whew!  We're getting into a routine with homework and dinner, but I wish bedtime was easier.  I usually have to sit outside their room to keep them from playing in bed and rough housing with each other.  Of course the morning comes and most of the time they don't want to wake up.  I'm going to try to get them down earlier tonight, so we'll see how that goes.

I was really tired last night and I'm sure I'll be just as tired tonight.  I'm doing a detox.  I'm still eating, but no coffee (I can have a cup of green tea if desperate), alcohol, I already don't drink soda, no nightshades (potatoes, peppers, eggplant), no pork or beef and no wheat products.  Today is my second day.  I've done this before and it's always interesting how much better I feel after a few days.  I figured with the surgery going on Thursday, this week was a good time to do this.  Yesterday I had a caffeine withdrawal headache by 1PM, and we'll see how it goes today.  I think I'll be fine.  By the end of the day yesterday, I was so sleepy.  It was awesome to jump into bed and get cozy.  I'd like to be there now and just sleep until my surgery is over.  Is that possible?  I know when Phoebe gets home from school tomorrow, we're going to have a Gilmore Girls on Netflix marathon while I'm recovering.  So I'm really looking forward to that!

BTW, menu plan I wasn't planning on posting this week.  It's not that exciting, but we are eating our home cooked dinner staples.  We'll be having pasta with beans, sausage, pine nuts and mint tonight.  I have to decide if I'm going to have curried pumpkin soup instead so I can stay on my detox or if I'll break the fast of pasta.  The sausage is made from chicken, so that's not a cheat.