Friday, September 24, 2010

School gone awry

For a part of A's daily language art curriculum, she's required to take three sentences and write them in a more appealing way. The other day she was given these three sentences:

The potted tulip was a gift.
The tulip is dying.
Grandma gave it to Mom.

What did my child write?
Grandma gave Mom a dying tulip as a gift.

Funny, in the teacher's guide, they made it look like it was unfortunate that the gift Grandma gave Mom was dying, instead written in a way that so clearly shows Grandma's dislike for Mom.

At the eye doctor yesterday, this same child wanted me to write "terrorist" as her occupation. I suggested "slacker." We decided to leave it blank since we couldn't agree.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Since we last chatted...

A lot has happened. We completed two, (or was it three?) weeks of school. We socialized a lot with some other families from our church. In fact, one night while having dinner at a friend's house, G fell out of a tree and broke her arm.

I've spent the last week and a half taking her to three doctors, then she had surgery and today was the follow-up. Thankfully, all is healing well.

We also learned in the last two weeks that our church elders have decided to force our beloved pastor to resign. Since this same debacle happened in our last church, it's an odd sense of deja vu. It's like a bad movie--it just doesn't end any better the second time you watch.

So, my child's getting better, but my church is not. Emotionally, I'm rather weary. And that my just keepin' it real.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Time sure flies when you're trying to squeeze all the family fun you can into the last month of summer. Here are some highlights from the last month.

  • All the children are now pretty proficient in Pig Latin. Two of them can now give the dinner blessing in this great language.
  • We went to Family Camp with our church. I went in with very low expectations. We all had a fabulous time. The DaddyMan had so much fun that people around him started saying, "Wow! I've never seen him smile so much!" and he won the Happy Camper award.
  • Our counselor for that week (who's actually a lot like a nanny, which totally rocked!) taught my children "The Chrissy Game." That would be the game you play in the lake with a child wearing a life jacket. You shove them under the water and wait for them to bob back up. The children all love it.
  • We've been bowling several times. Kidsbowlfree has been so fun. I like bumper bowling best.
  • We started school. It's gonna take a while to find my groove. Learnin' three kids their three Rs is gonna take some time. ;)