What’s New? 10-9

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35 Responses to What’s New? 10-9

  1. Joy says:

    Believe it or not, my grandparents lived here once. With my dad and my Uncle Max. Of course it wasn’t falling down then.

  2. Joy says:

    Wow you guys. I just noticed that we’ve had over a million hits.

  3. Karen Joy says:

    I love that pic.

  4. SKL says:

    What are they letting my kids watch on TV at the school “late room”?

    About a week ago, Miss E asked me, “Mom, did you hear that a woman drowned her children in the bathtub? I heard it on TV at school.”

    Today, it was “Mom, did a man kill a girl? How did he kill her? I heard about it on the news at school.”

    Now, I am OK with them having the TV on during this time when my kids basically chill out between school and evening studies/activities. But can we be a little smart about what they watch?

    • Joy says:

      That would really bother me too. I’d say something if I were you. It would be one thing to watch something on TV that was appropriate for kids but I don’t think it’s right to have that kind of thing on. I really don’t think the TV should be on at all.

      • SKL says:

        I think I will make a mention of it. I feel a little intimidated because the elderly “late room” monitor seems pretty strong-willed, but maybe if she realizes what my 5-year-old is picking up on, she’ll give it a little more thought. I think as adults, we don’t always register the background “noise” that kids hone in on.

        They have also mentioned seeing a lot of political ads, so I had to talk to them about the whole “politicians lie, don’t pay attention to those ads” thing last month. Yesterday Miss A commented that “all we ever see on TV is Romney, Obama, and Ryan.” Of course, we live in a key “battleground state,” so that doesn’t surprise me much.

  5. skl1 says:

    Did any of you see this story?

    http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/college-allows-transgender-man-to-expose-himself-to-young-girls.html

    We talked about this type of issue in general terms a while ago. But this is a real situation where girls as young as mine can be exposed to an adult male’s genitals and nobody can do anything about it (supposedly). Now, help me out. Isn’t it still a crime for a man to flash a little girl? But if he says “I feel like I’m a woman” that makes it fine and dandy? Why exactly do we have indecency laws in the first place? Maybe they’re all outdated and it’s time we stopped sheltering our little girls. ??

    How exactly do you explain to a young girl that this penis view is different from that penis view because this penis is attached to a person who identifies as a woman?

    I seriously think I must have a screw loose somewhere, because this is going way over my head.

  6. skl1 says:

    I’m so stinkin proud of / happy for my girl, Miss A.

    She read a challenging book for her – reading level late 2nd grade, and as she keeps pointing out, with 7 chapters! And I told her to go test on it at school. She was terrified. She was so sure she would fail the comprehension test and mess up her average. So we read it again. And again. Today she went to school and got up the courage to take that test. Hooray!

    The courage to take that test was what I hoped for her. However, I am extra happy for her because she scored 100% on that test. Can’t wait to congratulate her. She must be walking on clouds.

    (I find this stuff out in real time because it gets posted to the internet when she takes the computerized book tests.)

    • Joy says:

      That’s so wonderful. Way to go Miss A. Pride feels really good doesn’t it?

    • Laura says:

      Josh sends his congrats. He takes these tests all the time, and he was scared at first, too. But he said, “Way to go, Miss A… God made you special and he loves you very much!”

      • skl1 says:

        Aww! Tell him thanks, he’s sweet.

        My kids test on at least a book per day, but this is the first time Miss A came anywhere close to testing on a “chapter book.” Hopefully this has gotten us over that hump.

        • Laura says:

          J was SOOOO nervous when he first tested for Harry Potter. I read the first one to him in first grade, and he procrastinated about that test for a good week before he finally did it. Then, just like Miss A, he came home flushed with pride that he knocked it out of the park. It helped that the school keeps count of all the words that the kids read, and they earn prizes at the end of the year if they meet their goal. He contributed a lot of words that day.

          But since that first “big” test (HP was his first real chapter book that he did on his own – at home, not as part of the class), he’s much easier about taking them. I’m sure Miss A will have the same reaction.

  7. skl1 says:

    Bah. That is all.

    • Laura says:

      Double-bah. What a lousy day. Between the election (What. the. HELL????) and a bunch of things going on in my private life which will likely never make it to the Interwebs, it was just a plain crappy day.

  8. skl1 says:

    Well, I lived through the parent-teacher meeting. Long story short, I didn’t feel it was very productive, but I came away with a less disastrous view of the 1st grade, and I left the teacher with a suggestion. I asked if an 8th grader can go over stuff with Miss A in a quiet room after school. She said she’d ask the principal and get back with me.

    We were cut off because the teacher had to go to dinner, even though we started way late because the previous conference had gone over. She also changed the subject to talk about personal stuff before I was done talking about school. I was kind of disappointed. I guess I’ll just go back to pestering the teacher with emails.

  9. SKL says:

    Call me crazy, but I gotta tell someone. I got an email from Miss A’s teacher saying she had a good day! Why is that so nice? Because last week she was in trouble and the teacher was really upset. I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to get things under control.

    Of course it’s just one day, but that’s one day closer to finishing the first grade! (Yes, I am already counting the days!)

  10. SKL says:

    I’m takin my kid to a chiropractor this afternoon. Am I crazy? Tell me I’m not crazy.

    • Joy says:

      I don’t think you’re crazy. What are you taking her there for?

      • SKL says:

        She got a referral from her therapist that works on “retained primitive reflexes.” She thought they might be able to do something with her sugar fixation. Sounds weird, right? But the website also says they can help with concentration issues and other stuff my kid has going on. My kid also has some odd things with the way she holds herself and coordination – always has. And lately she’s been having some problems that might relate to nerve pinches or something. I dunno. I figured there were enough things going on that it was worth a visit, just to see what they say, if nothing else. I’ve had the referral sitting in my hand for over a month, and finally decided to check it out. Turns out they are just a couple miles away from my house.

    • Jenny says:

      Definitely not!!! I work for one. I bring my kid in, see tons of kids come in. It helps!! Anytime my son complains that his head hurts, ears hurt, has a cold I bring him in. Hunter has been going since he was 6 months old. I never bring him in to the dr for earaches anymore. I bring him to see the chiro instead. Good luck & don’t be nervous!! It’s much better, in my opinion than a MD.

      • SKL says:

        I remember you mentioning some of these things before, and it probably gave me the courage to call. I mean, it’s all out of pocket and there is a lot of eyerolling out there, so it’s a leap of faith.

        • Jenny says:

          So how did it go today?

          • SKL says:

            Well, I’m keeping an open mind. The doc listened to our concerns and checked her out physically, including some sort of temperature scan of her spine. She found a bunch of different stuff and did some “adjustments.” Having never seen such a thing before, it was a bit weird watching her jerk my kid around, but my kid liked it, so how bad could it be? She did seem less stiff afterwards. And the doc pointed out a leg twist my kid does when she’s shy or embarrassed, which is probably causing some of her discomfort. So I will watch for that.

            The temperature scan indicated that she’s way out of whack in some of the neck bones which are supposedly associated with vision, hearing, and balance – all areas of concern here. So I found that interesting.

            We go back on Monday to agree on a “plan of action.”

  11. Nikki says:

    I wanted to give you all here, a quick update on Joy. She was admitted back into the hospital yesterday, and they are keeping her again today. They may send her back to the University this week. Her hemoglobin is really low. That’s all I know at this point. Continue to send good thoughts and prayers. They worked wonders last time!

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