Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thursday Blahs

Don't really have much to say today - I'm trying hard to be in the holiday spirit, I have a big portion of my presents bought and plan to put the tree up this weekend. It's supposed to be cold, rainy & icy here this weekend, so maybe we'll bake some cookies or something. Also, our annual town Christmas Parade is Saturday and my daughter wants me to drive our truck with it full of cheerleaders during the parade. I hope the bad weather holds out for the parade to pass through.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Wishes

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy & safe Thanksgiving. I will be picking up my sister and niece & nephew after work today. They will spend all night tonight & her hubby will follow tomorrow morn. She lives about 1 1/2 hours from me & wants to be there to help prepare - I'm looking so forward to it - hopefully, we'll have a couple of drinks, relax, talk & laugh & laugh - I'm sure we'll do some preparations for Thursday, too.

Her son, Jacob is 12, right between my two sons so they all get along very well, they'll probably play video games all night and her daughter, Madison is the very same age as my Sonya (they're only 4 weeks apart). Madison has rented Annie and wants me to print the words out so the two of them can put on a show for us. That should be hilarious.

She'll spend the night Thursday too and we'll get up at the crack of dawn for some shopping - I know it's crazy but the two of us had so much fun last year running around and getting the bargains - we're both really looking forward to it.

I'm so very grateful for my little sister - we are so close, I don't know what I would do without her. Sometimes, she is my rock and sometimes I am hers - we're there for each other without any of the bs some families face. We lost our mom when we were only 17 and 22 - and it's been a rough road these past 15 years, but we've gotten each other through it and we're alot closer from the experience.

I'm also so very thankful for my children and also for my husband though we aren't always on the same page. I'm glad we are all healthy and have plenty to eat and a roof above us. Thank you God for the blessings you have given me.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2007

oooh - I'm so mad!

DJ is a Freshman. This has been his best year since the 5th grade when he was diagnosed with OCD. He has kept his grades decent - no D's for F's and hasn't called me wanting to come home 3-4 days a week for the first time in 4 years. He recently made the basketball team and I consider this year a real positive for him.

In comes his 2nd hour teacher - Mrs. T. She sucks eggs! Her policy is that you are late for class unless you are sitting in your seat when the bell rings. Yes he knows this, he was tardy for the 5th time since August 16th on Friday and he received 3 days of In-School Suspension for this infraction. He was in the class - but hadn't made it to his seat yet - he missed it by mere seconds. The 3rd time he was late was the last week in September when he was standing at his desk organizing his papers in his folder (very difficult for someone with OCD) and his 4th tardy came when he was sitting at his desk finishing a Carmello bar and had a wrapper with caramel all over it that he didn't want to get on his hands (also difficult for someone with OCD). He got out of his seat to throw the wrapper away & didn't make it back to his seat in time before the bell rang - again he missed it by seconds.

While I understand he should be old enough to understand and follow the rules of the class - I feel this teacher is being a complete witch - if she only knew what we had gone through with him in the last 4 years. Oh, I could just plow her!!!!!

Anyway, this will mean that he will be forced to miss his first basketball game tomorrow night, will miss one practice which will put him in jeopardy of missing more games and the coach told him "you better be prepared to run - that's what happens to students that don't follow the rules - they run the entire practice". I called the principal and while he was sympathetic, he didn't agree to make any changes. My husband is on his way in there now to discuss it. We may have to get an IEP allowing him time between classes to wash his hands, get organized or whatever - something I didn't want to have to do in high school and neither did he.

I get it, really I do, but in this kid's case, I feel like so many things have been stacked against him and he's finally digging out and he's being stuffed back in by this teacher - who by the way told him in October that she didn't appreciate him coming to his parents and complaining about her (we called after his 4th tardy)- she requested that he write an apology to her and she also said she didn't appreciate having to take time away from her family to speak with the principal or with his parents because he couldn't follow the rules - excuse me, I thought that was her job and I've taught my son to come to me with problems he's having so I can help him get through them. I forwarded the principal the email he sent her so we'll see if anything happens. Thanks for listening to me vent.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Stay - by Sugarland

I absolutely love this song. Luckily, I don't think I've ever been in this situation but she sings it with so much heart and emotion - I can feel what she's going through - just by listening to this song. I love it. Enjoy!

Deer Season in Missouri - Yay!

Husband is gone this morning and son will be leaving tonight - yay! I love chilly weekends when the boys are gone. My youngest son will be home, but he's a sweetheart and won't bug me too much.

Gonna try to get a little more housework done to continue on my spree from last weekend and try to get some stuff in order for Turkey Day! But mostly, I'm looking forward to just vegging out in front of the TV, reading & eating, eating, eating:)

On another note, I just want to say that I am so thankful to God that I have been blessed so much by Him. I have 4 wonderfully, healthy children - my health and that of my husband is good and we don't have alot of money, etc. worries like some do. - We're not rich, by far, but we can usually pay our electric bill when it comes - though sometimes, we do have to do it in two payments:) Anyway - Heather, 17 has a friend with cystic fibrosis and she is in the hospital with it now. Heather visited her yesterday and had many stories last night of the hard life this girl has had for the last 17 years - her life expectancy is only 25-30. Very, very sad - but the girl just wants to be treated the same as everyone.

Also, this morning I was listening to a fund raiser on the radio for St. Louis Children's Hospital and lots of patients & their parents told stories of their illnesses and how difficult it had been on their entire families. Makes me so glad to be so blessed and my heart truly hurts for these children and their families.

Thank you God for the blessings you have bestowed upon me.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bad, Bad Blogger

I've been a bad blogger. I love to talk (write) and tell people about things that go on in my life, but for some reason lately, I just haven't felt like I have anything to say here. I open it up first thing every morning and read everyone else's blog, but I haven't commented or blogged myself.

Last week a very dear friend of mine lost her mother. This woman was very special to me when I was a teenager - she was a really good soul and she will be missed by her children tremendously. She had 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. These next few weeks or months even will be really hard for my friend and I hope I can find the strenth to be there for her. The funeral was tough for me because I lost my own mother in November 15 years ago and I still miss her every day.

I went back to church on Sunday - my children have been going on Wednesday nights and the pastor asked when their parents would return - they had been missing us for the last several months. So, I decided I would put the pain of my mom and the confusion about my life in God's hands. I was really excited to go and was really looking forward to "feeling something", but I really didn't. The message was about living good in a bad world and I just didn't get that into it. Sometimes, I'll go and they'll either sing a song my mom used to like or the message will be something I remember her talking about and I'll feel like she's there with me and she's looking down with gladness that her daughter and family are in church, but I just didn't get that this Sunday. I'm planning to return this week and I've been praying more often than usual (though this could certainly increase and it wouldn't hurt me one darn bit) - I'm hoping that God will guide me to do what he has in store for me - but, how will I know when He's telling me something? How do you know if it is God directing you or your own thoughts driving you to do what your self-conscience wants to do?

Anyway better go for now. Thanks for listening.