But I deserved it…Tj gave me the week before off! I left Saturday after Max’s Upward basketball game (this is his first sport ever, what a hoot!) at 9:45am. I drove to visit Laura/Joe/Luke/George. I stayed Sat/Sun night and left Monday around 10am for Mom’s. Mom/Jo worked all week so I did my own thing: shopped for red shoes, took Momee out for crawfish etouffee, caught up on some blog reading, etc. Friday at noon Mom/Jo/I left for Covington where Mom had us a suite booked. I left for home Sunday at 10am. All in all a wonderful getaway! I keep saying the whole time I only fed/bathed/dressed/wiped one person…me!!!
Last week was an adjustment week, as every week is after a vacation. It wasn’t quite as bad since I was the only one on vacation…the boys’ lives didn’t change too much. But Tuesday after J’s therapy I took J to the dr’s because his toenail got infected just before I left for vacation and wasn’t a whole lot better. Also Tj was diagnosed with strep about 5 days after he finished antibiotics for strep. That’s happened all 3 years we’ve lived here! I think they need to give him stronger or longer doses. Also our 20-year-old dryer up and died this week.
Another thing that happened was I really started panicking about 1st grade. I started out with a really big school-load for kindergarten and really toned it down as we went along. My plans were: Hippy (HIPPY is a 30 week school readiness-parent involvement program for parents of three, four and some five year-old children. Most programs operate concurrently with the school year and are staffed by a professional coordinator and well-trained homebased educators.), Weaver (from Aunt Wendy, it’s a whole curriculum), Hooked on Phonics (which I got at a garage sale), homeschool co-op and hopefully Spanish. We started off ok, but we didn’t have a lot of free time, and I found that I was cutting out a lot of the fun stuff which didn’t seem fun/fair/right. Our week was pretty tight. Monday we had co-op from 8:45-12:30, Tue/Thur we had J’s therapy from 8:30-10:45, Wed we had my Bible study from 9-11:30 and then we went to McDonald’s for lunch until 2pm or until J was ready to go to bed and then we had Awana at night, so Friday was our only stay-at-home/dr’s appt day. Homeschool never started until after lunch, and almost always after I’d had an hour or hour-and-a-half nap. Then we had to rush to get it finished before Tj came home from work. There was no time for Max to play with his friends or the wii.
Over time we got it down to reading (Hooked on Phonics), writing (whatever homemade pages I typed up), and math (whatever I could find) with some HIPPY thrown in there. Lately I’ve been getting better about pushing M’s responsibilities onto him. We just stared telling him if he does his chores and marks them off w/o us mentioning them to him he gets a dime every day. If he does them all week we’ll give him a dollar. Today was the first day he got a dime. He doesn’t have that many chores to do, but I can’t think of any to add. His chore chart says dress, medicine, make bed, clean living room toys, clean off table (all three meals), vacuum (dustbuster in kitchen after one meal), schoolwork. He does have to help me unload the dishes whenever I ask…but that’s not usually a designated time. I’m thinking about making him fold/put up his own clothes. He does know how to sort the clothes…maybe I should make him do that and I’ll do the wash. I’ve bought him his own feather duster and he dusts the house with me…although we’ve only done that 3 times I really want to make it a weekly thing. I’m really starting to crack down on him leaving clothes on the floor and just not paying attention to what I say therefore not completing a job. I think I need to require more of him.
Speaking of requiring more…Jack is really coming along! I’m so excited at all he’s doing now. He’s 3 months short of his 4th birthday. He consistently says his numbers (1-9) correctly. He can point them out on his puzzle when you ask, and he can point and say the correct name when you point to one. He knows some of his alphabet, he always gets H right :-) He sings the alphabet song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes, and Jesus Loves Me. He’s very hard to understand, but I know the speech will come. He knows his shapes really well (square, circle, triangle, star, oval) and he does ok on colors. He’s really moving forward.
Well, that’s a pretty big post for now, guess that’s a good summary.