Monday, August 27, 2012

Airing Dirty Laundry in public or Coby's 1st week of school

My family of origin, like most families, doesn't like to air their dirty laundry in public. I, on the other hand, feel a need to blab to anyone willing to listen about the problems/issues/frustrations I have with my oldest boys.

I'm not sure why. Maybe venting allows me to stay sane, maybe I'm hoping someone will take pity on me and give me some helpful advice. Maybe it's just because sometimes the boys antics, while frustrating, are funny.

Today, I met with Coby's teacher to discuss his behavior last week (the first week of school) and set up a behavior tracking plan. During this meeting she shared with me some of his antics, of course, starting out with  "He's just so stinking smart" and that sometimes she has to stop herself from laughing.

  • He sneaked into the book reading corner. The teacher didn't notice because he was still answering questions. :)  - I did that while sitting out side the classroom
  • He ate his class assignment. He was supposed to observe (see or sense with careful study), his paper. Tasting is a sense. 
  • He lost his chair today, because he wouldn't sit in it.
  • He lost all his school supplies, because he was constantly pulling out, playing and shoving . 
  • 2 parents have emailed the teacher to request their child be moved because he is too much of a distraction.
  • He left class "on a potty break" and was gone for 30 minutes wandering the school. 
  • Wanders off during recess, and is a disrespectful to his instructor when she asks him where he is going. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ditch the antibacterial soap

On our way to pick up a prescription, Kai informs me:
Mom, it's ok to get dirty.
Some doctors say that because we are trying to be clean, 
our bodies have started rejecting things as allergies. 
So, Mom it's ok to be dirty and
it is less likely that your next kid will have allergies if you are.
Ditch the antibacterial soap!! 
What? Random. How did he jump on this train of thought?

M: Uh,where did you get this information?
K: Men's Journal

Letter Sssss

When you were a kid, did you sing the alphabet while twisting the apple stem until it broke off, then shouted out a bunch of words beginning with the letter you stopped on? 

Jake didn't but I did, so my kids do. On a daily basis. Today, Liam stopped on the letter S. Here's what the boys came up with:

Kai: saffron, souffle, spices, scorch, sugar, salt, spoon, spork
Our life doesn't revolve around food or anything.

Coby: snake, slimy slithering, super stinky Super Why, 
Supermom scared of slithering snakes. 

I'm glad he thinks I'm a super mom.
Too bad he knows what my Kryptonite is.

It's kinda hard to hide from the boys that I'm terrified of snakes. I'll toss a book or magazine if I happen upon a page with a snake. When snakes appear on the screen, my feet come off the floor, usually so I can curl into a ball with my eyes squeezed tight. Oh, and I totally freaked out the other day, when I found Coby's fake snake in a grocery sack. I know it's not real but I can't help the panic I feel or keep the clawing in the pit of my stomach from happening. Goodness, I'm totally having a heebie jeebie moment just thinking about it. Like I said, my Kryptonite.

 From silly to serious, thank you letter S.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waffle Day, at least one of them

An our summer schedule, Waffle Day is today, because the August Funday Schedule said so. I was surprised when someone said it was on the 5th, so I googled Waffle Day. Here's what I found:

March 25 - International Waffle Day, thanks Sweden
August 5 - Kathy Ireland says so
August 8 - looks like someone just decided this would be a good day.
August 24 - National Waffle Day (1968, the first waffle iron was patented)

Since it was on my schedule, we had waffles this morning. I found a great safe recipe for my kids, that is light and crispy. I wanted chocolate and adapted the recipe, but I'm not sold. They weren't crisp.