I've been hiding lately...a lot. Mostly, I haven't figured out how to manage my time since school started and the fact that I was keeping two other little boys (not at same time) in house. (I'm still keeping one.) I felt like I was working again, a real 9 to 5. I was passed out sleep on the sofa every night! That exhaustion brought back all those old memories from teaching preschool. Lol. Caleb has been enjoying it though. He's had someone to play with on a regular basis besides me and the ducks.
We also geared up and did our annual back to school supply drive and free clothes giveaway. I'm a big believer that we should be helping one another and promoting growth and success. We all are. We even started a non profit to get this show on the road, Open Heart Outreach, Inc. This great project has been another factor of my non existence posts. We have so many ideas and projects that we can't wait to start working on! I would have linked the fb page, but I'm on my phone on the sofa under a blanket and...ummm...well...I'm just too lazy to go get on the computer. (Hey, atleast I'm honest right?)
So at night before I fall asleep on the sofa (the hubby and I are usually exhausted and fall out on the sofa), I'm on pinterest looking up everything from fundraising ideas to budget proposals to grant writing. Oh yeah and clothes, home organization, and every and anything. You know how it goes. I'm sure you've been on pinterest. If you haven't, don't go. It's a trap.
The kids have been enjoying school so far. Well, Cate has. Miss Thang is pulling in straight A's, nothing less than a 95! Awesome!! She has also made up her mind to do gymnastics again. She wakes up in the morning doing handstands and goes to sleep doing them. I think she'll likely stick with it this time. You can just see the light in her eyes when she watches gymnastics on tv. I think there is a dream in the making. She's also joined the school chorus and is very excited about performing. I think she's making fourth grade her year to go "boom!"
Aj is adapting to middle school okay though he's trying to get slack on his work. He made all As and Bs and a 78. We don't do C's at all in this house. In fact he has never made one, neither of them. It's one thing to do your absolute best and make a C vs. not doing your best and making a C. So we both know he wasn't performing his best and I have no desire to "handicap" my child by making him feel like that was good enough. He did good though, but I know he can do better. I know, you may be thinking that's not that bad, but for him it is. This is a child that excels in every area of standardized testing (which I hate by the way) and has always made mostly A's. He is teetering into that "I need to be cool" stage. God give me strength to get through that so I don't jack him up. He knows I'm not about that. Items have already been confiscated and priveledges revoked.
This was also his first year playing football, which I assume is part of the problem (time management wise). We didn't let him play last year to see how he adjusted to middle school and he was soooo excited about it this year. It was like the best thing ever for him. However, as always with our family, disaster strikes.
Apparently in his weight lifting class, he couldn't lift the bar anymore while doing bench. Instead of easing the bar down, he just gave out fracturing his sternum. There is nothing scarier than getting a call from the school nurse saying your child is having trouble breathing. It's been about 8 weeks and as of now, and he's healing well. Most of his restrictions have been lifted. However, he can't play any kind of contact sports which really sucks for him. He couldn't even jog for the first three weeks. Not to mention that I couldn't stop yelling at the child for the first whole month: "Be Still!" "Put that down!" "You know you're not supposed to be doing that!" You know, I was half afraid the child was just going to break. So glad he's doing so much better!
Haha! Lord give me strength... and rest!