i keep telling myself i need to update this blog. i feel so bad about ignoring it, and letting busy life get in the way, but now i know i need to just DO IT! writing makes me feel so much better, and helps me to be who i am. i let the feelings of some family members who found my blog by accident influence me, and i miss it. i truly do. sooo, without further ado~
-my kids are doing great-t is in high school this year, and although it's been a big adjustment, he is fighting the good fight and doing well. math continues to be hard for him, but he is finally getting algebra. he has a better teacher than in 8th grade, and i think it helps tremendously! alex is in 3rd grade, and is excelling. he goes to a 4th grade class for reading, and is doing great in there! he got an excellent report card from his teacher who pushes the kids very hard, so i am proud of him.
-soccer ended for alex about a month ago, and i think he misses it. he had a few frustrations, as he did last year and in previous years. even though we moved to a more competitive club situation, he still got upset with the kids who were goofing off and not paying attention or playing their hardest in his opinion. we talked with the coaches (two 18 year old boys who were great) and they really want him to try out for a select program, since he is so driven. they felt that he had the talent to make it, so we will probably have him do that next year if he wants to. there were a couple of kids on his team this year who were sooo whiny and annoying. they wanted to play certain positions, would complain if they didn't get to, called teammates names, and in one case, walked off the field during a game because 'we aren't winning'. crazy. i would die of embarrassment if my kids did that!
-i have been lucky enough to have a job at alex's school again for the first part of the year. i started a few days after school started (so much for my plans for a solo few days at home) and worked in alex's class, one on one with a kid who had some big issues and behavior problems. he ended up moving, and it was a good thing, because i would have probably been done by this point. he was very draining and frustrating, and also very negative. i couldn't have lasted all year and not gotten burnt out by him! the monday after he left, i was asked to sub for a lady in our building who lost her son in law tragically to suicide, and thought she would be out for a week. she then changed her mind and has remained out, helping her daughter and grandkids and living with them for the most part. she is supposed to come back after winter break, and i am dreading it. i LOVE this classroom. i love the teacher i work with, and the kids are a mix of autistic, aspergers, and various other minor learning disabilities. it's the one classroom that i've enjoyed so much, i would totally stay forever. i will miss it greatly if she does return. she is past retirement age, but likes her job...i totally understand! i have another job waiting for me if she returns, at our school, one on one with a girl who has a lot of medical issues and needs someone to monitor her for seizures, etc. i don't really relish the idea, but will do it if i can stay in our building. i love it there!
-coach is doing well. he is working two jobs for the holidays and making good money. we are blessed to say that we are comfortable and will have a good christmas. we are all missing baseball! tyler has broached the subject of not trying out for high school ball, and we are okay with that. he has played for 9 years, and if he doesn't want to continue, we are perfectly happy. he is caught up in the social scene, and i figure, he is at the age where many kids are just done. we will see! alex is looking forward to seeing all of his baseball buddies again.
-we are undergoing a major project around our house. our city gives federal grants to people with old homes (ours is 64 years old) to redo things in their homes and bring them up to code. we got 25 grand for a new roof (ours has been leaking for over 2 years), new electrical panel, hard wired smoke detectors, more outlets, and a new heating/air conditioning system called multi splits. they are boxes that mount above a window in the living room, dining room, and bedrooms. they hook to a heat pump outside, and are ductless. we were without heat during a snowstorm/winter cold snap a few weeks ago, and it SUCKED! we also have been enduring days with tripping breakers, no electricity in certain rooms, contractors showing up at 7 in the morning, etc. etc. etc. it's almost over, and will have been totally worth it, although it's been a challenge. this morning, i had to shower with a flashlight and had no hairdryer outlet because the breaker wouldn't stay on. we don't have to pay this money back unless we sell our house, so it's a no brainer...we had to take advantage of it.
so...how YOU been?!