Monday, March 29, 2010

Marge relaxing on our bed. Spoiled rabbit!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

This school block is winding down.  Monday and Tuesday I'm planning on doing a math drill sheet, a handwriting page, and a reading lesson.  The next math lesson is introducing a new concept and I don't want to start anything new before our month break.  Wednesday we head out to MD.

Vera has been taking such late naps.  4 pm to 6 pm.  Abby did this too at this age, but then I could sleep in with her in the mornings.  I'm being tag teamed!  Up late with one and up early with the other.  This must be the slow progression to no naps.

Scott starts a new job in two weeks!  We're SO happy.  He's happy!  Scott loved working for the Marriott.  The Marriott treated him with respect, the benefits were great, and the people amazing.  Then he gets laid off, and picked up by the new company moving in, and it's been nothing but stress, working tons of overtime, pay cuts, and crap health care.

I need to get the house in order before we leave.  Scott is taking care of Marge while I'm gone.  I don't think he realizes I clean her hay/litter box every other day.  I'm sure I'll hear complaints.  ;)  

  

Friday, March 26, 2010

Marge jumped into Scott's lap :)

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Vera climbing a tree

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

And so another cycle starts. 

Vera's tantrums are back, but not as fierce as they once were, or maybe I'm better at dealing with them.  She gets upset, pulls her clothes off, and pushes me away.  That's the hardest part.  The pushing away.  Vera prefers to scream alone for about five minutes then asks to nurse or she needs a cuddle.  I thought the angry door slamming phase didn't start until the teens.  So we're also back to clothing issues.  Everything is either too big or too tight.  But, she will get dressed if we're going somewhere, thank goodness!  I got to ride out this cycle and before I know it, we'll be breezing along again. 

Abby has turned into a kid.  She really looks like a kid and not a little preschooler anymore.  She's an amazing girl and I'm blown away by her every day.  Abby can read.  She really can, but she hasn't made the connection that she can read whatever she wants.  Abby can easily read a Bob Book and words I write on the board, but if she asks me to read her something and I ask if she can read it first, she'll say she can't read it, when I know she can.  I'm sure one day it will all click and Abby will be reading chapter books.

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I need to charge the camera battery.  I haven't taken pictures in weeks.

Miss Marge was running down our hallway and passed the bathroom at the exact same time I tossed a towel out and it landed right on top of her.  We both scared the crap out of each other.  Marge now has full run of the house.  She tends to follow us from room to room.  I was able to trim the nails on her front paws today, but I'm a little nervous about the back paws.  Those back legs can kick!

Vera's play is so different from Abby's.  Abby's play is big and loud and she isn't into playing with figures or toys.  The play is mostly in her head and acted out.  Vera LOVES little figures.  Really, anything that is little she'll enjoy.  Animals, cars, people.  Throw a house or any kind of structure into the mix and she'll play quietly forever.  At work, there's this pirate ship that she literally played with all day Saturday.

Scott has been working like a dog.  He seriously gets taken advantage of at work.  I'm planning on having a relaxing weekend.  No big outings.  No errands.

 I'm not as burnt out with lessons as I was back in November.  I feel like we've got this great groove going.  Abby keeps asking when it's time for break.  She knows we're going down to MD at the end of March and then she'll have a month off.  Abby's ready for a break.

I took the girls to the park for the afternoon.  They played with a group of kids on the hill.  The kids were all about three years old and Abby was in heaven bossing them around.  The mothers were not quite my cup of tea, but I tried to mingle.  At least the girls came home wicked tired and covered in dirt.

I'm on a hunt for a bike for Abby.  The 20 inch bike in the basement is still too big.  Abby saw this bumble bee bike at the bike shop and has been bugging me about it for months.  It's way too expensive.  I'll see if I can find something similar.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Abby is seriously coming along in reading!  She's still doing a lesson a day from OPGTR and I've started to include Bob Books in the mix.  She's reading the Bob Books with little help from me.  So exciting!  I think we'll be ready for First Language Lessons and the writing primer when first grade rolls around.  We're past the half way point in Math One.  It's the home stretch now.  Abby's nearly finished her handwriting book.  There's two ways to go once this book is done, cursive or more printing practice.  I'm going to do another book of printing.  Abby's handwriting has come a LONG way.  I look at the work she did several months ago compared to now, and there's a HUGE difference.  I don't feel we're ready for cursive just yet.

Scott's working all this weekend, which really sucks.  I don't mind him working late over the work week, but him  working the weekend blows.  I don't get to work, which means I don't get paid and we never see each other.  Am I really that old fashioned that I think people should work normal working hours and come home to their families leaving their work at work?  I don't think anybody should be bullying employees for wanting to spend time with their families.  Poo Poo on them.

We're taking a very long trip to MD at the end of March and early April.  I'm already planning train activities. I do not want a repeat or our last Amtrak ride.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Yesterday, I was having a conversation about paddling in schools.  Did you know that paddling is still allowed in 22 states??  Absolutely sickening.  And of course, Texas paddles the most.  Hmm, think there's a correlation between their spanking and death penalties?  So in the same vein, I was told about the Pearls and could not believe what I was hearing, and I checked them out online.  http://www.nogreaterjoy.org/  Seriously sick.  Their message makes my skin crawl and makes me want to puke.  The way he calls the kids 'butterflies' and then whaps them with a belt is horrific.  It's sad how many parents follow this, and children have died from this 'advice'.  I won't even call it advice, it's child abuse pure and simple.  I don't care if it's written in the bible.  Nothing written in any religion should be taken literally.  So a few 'gems' from the Pearls, spanking a 7 MONTH old with a rolled up pillowcase for crying, using a belt to spank a two year old for opening and closing a door.  Wow, I'm sure your god is so proud of you.  There's a special place in hell for these people, and I hope their devil whaps them with plumbing tubing until they stop screaming.  Any parent that spanks a child needs counseling, in my opinion.  
http://www.nospank.net/
http://www.nopaddle.com/OldTw.asp
http://www.cnvc.org/
http://www.askdrsears.com/html/6/T062100.asp
http://www.attachmentparenting.org/parentingtopics/effectivediscipline.php