First Day of School!

Hmmmm, seems like I’m forgetting something……  Oh yeah, the last three months!! Hopefully I’ll get a summer re-cap up, but I’m not making any promises :) If I do, I’ll probably backdate them so they stay in order.

So, just like that, summer is over and it’s time to hit the books. Robert went to fill out a form at Meet the Teacher last week and couldn’t remember how to write his numbers. Oopsie. We worked on literacy activities that were sent home for the summer, so there’s been lots of reading and a small amount of writing done, but math kinda slipped off the radar. Oh well, can’t win ’em all.

You’ll notice someone has on a superhero shirt.  I found it (and his shorts) at the resale shop and he actually liked it! I guess he’s decided to lift the ban on superheroes. Neither of them needed too many clothes, so I just picked up a few t-shirts and shorts at the resale shop to replace ones they’ve outgrown. I think Clara’s had a growth spurt this summer. I did splurge on a new first day of school dress for her. She doesn’t wear dresses to school much anymore, but she loved this one that’s covered in owls, so I relented. About half of her wardrobe is covered in owls now.

Much to their chagrin, both of their backpacks and lunchboxes were still good, so we didn’t have to go out and replace them. I bought them LL Bean backpacks to hopefully last, and they have held up really well. Clara got hers at the beginning of 2nd grade and it still looks new. I told her she could choose a new one for junior high next year. I will probably let Robert upgrade sooner though. I’m not sure I can convince him to keep his dinosaur bones one through 5th grade :)

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They both got back to school haircuts and Robert went with a shorter ‘do than usual. I’ve always hesitated because of his cowlicks, but I finally just said “what the heck” and had the girl go short. I think it’s cute. He likes spiking it up in the front with gel and was a bit obsessed with it and didn’t want it to get messed up those first few days.

They both said they wanted to ride the bus this morning, so I didn’t argue. I was going back and forth about driving them myself. I wasn’t too worried about getting him to his new class; I really just wanted to chat with my friends and some of the office and library staff and maybe meet some new parents. I really didn’t want to mess with the nightmarish traffic and parking at the school though, so I just sent them on their merry little way.

And now I can go run errands without bringing along whining, fidgety, pestering kids! Woohooo! Freedom!

January

The year is in full swing and as usual, I’m having a hard time getting a handle on everything :) We’ve had a busy month so far but not much has been “blog-worthy” and I’ve taken zero pictures so I’ll just do a little re-cap.

The day after Christmas, Chris slipped in mud and was able to catch himself before falling. In doing so, he twisted his knee and was in a lot of pain for a couple of weeks. When the pain didn’t subside, he got into his doctor who also specializes in sports medicine. He thinks it’s a really bad sprain, but he did mention that his quadriceps are really weak, probably because of genetics, and that causes the knee cap to continually be pulled to the side, causing a lot of wear. He will probably need surgery on that knee as well. We’re now wondering if that contributed to the wear on his other knee that he had surgery on. It’s doing better now and he has exercises to do to try and strengthen his quadriceps so hopefully surgery is far, far away.

The next day we visited Bammel for church and to see old friends. It was fun catching up with a few people. We had lunch with the DeCarlos and got to meet their newest little one, Ryan.

Clara had her oral surgery at the end of December. She was the perfect patient as always and went right in without a bit of hesitation. She looked a little nervous this time since she knew what to expect but she put on a brave face. The surgery went really well and thankfully there was no damage done to her permanent teeth and he was able to extract the ankylosed tooth without taking out her molar. I’m really glad because she would have been left with only one molar to chew with on that side for the next few years :) She recovered very quickly and only needed pain meds for the first two days. Much different from her surgery last year where she was still needing it a week later.

We headed up to The Woodlands on New Years Day to hang out with the Couringtons. It was a relaxing afternoon of chatting, games and pizza and was way over due.

We re-entered reality the next week when the kids went back to school and Chris to work. It’s so sad when Christmas break ends. Later that week, Danielle and the kids came to hang out for the day. Justin had an appointment near us, so I watched a couple of the kids during his appointments and then they had lunch with us and played until the kids got home from school. They stayed through dinner so they could avoid rush hour traffic. If the state of the upstairs at the end of the night was any indication, the kids had a grand time playing all afternoon.

Clara’s extra-curriculars started back up the week after. She had extra choir practice and auditions for a special performance that took place last week. Their choir was invited to perform during the school board meeting and because of limited space, only 25 could go. They learned two new songs just for this performance.

They rode together on the bus to the meeting but parents could attend as well. Oh my goodness the place was packed! They had another elementary choir performing too. The public portion of the meeting was supposed to start at 6:30, but the closed portion went long so it didn’t start until 7:30! It was 8:00 before they performed and then we all skedaddled out of there as fast as we could. We couldn’t just take them from the meeting though; we had to meet the bus back at the school. I picked up a friends’ kids too because her hubby was running late and her four other kids were asleep so by the time we got home it was close to 9:00. Clara had been at the school since 7:25 am. She had choir before school and then Read Deed Run right after school, so I brought her choir clothes to change into and a quick dinner to eat on the playground before she was off to the school board meeting. So glad those kind of days are few and far between.

And then on Thursday she had a pep squad performance at the high school. It was a town pep rally where they introduced all of the spring sports. It was kinda fun. The junior high cheerleaders were there, along with mascots from all three schools, the high school cheerleaders and dancers and Clara was enthralled with every bit of it. She was in her element. Their routine was a little rough though. Because of the MLK holiday, they only had one practice where they learned their routine. I guess they didn’t do too bad considering.

Robert was supposed to appear on the school’s video announcements today. The assistant principal is awarding a dog tag to him. When kindergarteners learn their 100 sight words, they make a big deal about it and take their picture to put on the wall. He’s known them for several months now so I guess they just now tested them. He said he’s the first kindergartner this year to learn them all. Proud mommy over here :)

I just started reading Magic Tree House books to him. He really fought me on it at first for some reason, but after only a couple of chapters of book one, he was hooked. I’ve read the first three to him and when we have to stop, he begs and pleads for me to keep reading. I told him that if he practices his reading that he’ll be able to read them at his own pace very soon, so hopefully that lights a fire under him. I don’t think he will be quite as big of a bookworm as Clara, but he is most definitely interested. I just hope his interest doesn’t wane.

I was in the work room a couple of weeks ago and Robert’s teacher came in to make some copies. I told her that that morning Robert had asked me which half of the world we lived in. I told him that we lived in the northern hemisphere. He said, “That’s the good half, right?” I told him I wasn’t sure what he meant and that there wasn’t a good or bad one. He said, “No, it’s the good one because the people on the bottom half have to be upside down.” :)

She got a kick out that and made a mental note to clear some things up in class. She said that they had just been discussing numbers in class and the conversation moved to the kids debating which number was the biggest. Several kids said it was infinity and then Robert said, “No, it’s a googol.” I guess they went back and forth for a while with one boy in particular not willing to give in. Sure enough, his teacher went and googled it and was shocked to see that the biggest named number is a googol. Ha! She was just amazed at this conversation taking place in her kindergarten class. (It’s actually a googolplex but mathematical stuff makes my head hurt, so I won’t try to explain.)

Robert was pretty proud when I asked him about it and it was nice to talk to him about the fact that even adults learn new things all the time. You never stop learning and even kids have valuable things to teach others. Chris was pretty proud too. The math and science stuff is all him. I told him I knew how he felt. He was probably feeling about like I did when Clara took the AR test for Little Women in K or 1st and only missed one question. My little bookworm.

Speaking of bookworm, their school does a reading program to promote the Texas Bluebonnet award nominees. There are 20 nominees and if the kids read at least five, they are invited to a popcorn party with a special guest (last year it was a magician) and they get to vote on their favorite. Well, I mentioned to Clara that it would be cool to read all 20. She took it and ran and set the goal to read all 20. About half of them were shorter picture books, poetry or graphic novels, but the rest were chapter books. The deadline was last Friday and she wasn’t going to finish because the school and public libraries both didn’t have the books in that she needed. I had put them on hold and they weren’t available a week later. She was so set on reaching her goal that we went to the bookstore and purchased the final two. Come Thursday she wasn’t finished with the last one so I asked the library asst. if she could go ahead and turn in the paper saying she read them all and then finish it this weekend.

She knows Clara so she said yes and said that Clara was the only one to read all of them this year. It wasn’t easy; it really forced her out of her regular genre (which is why I threw the suggestion out there). There was a sci-fi and a couple of scary ones but she’s discovered new authors and loved almost every fiction book she read and plans to read the entire series of most of them. There is one problem. The one she didn’t finish? She still hasn’t finished it. She is terrified to read it :) The book is The Night Gardener. She showed me one page and the main character is asleep in her room having a nightmare. She wakes, feeling uneasy and sees a muddy footprint on the floor by her bed and feels a leaf in her hair and more leaves on the floor from an open window. Yikes! I told her not to read it right before bed. Ha! I may end up having to finish reading it with her. During daylight hours of course.

Well, I guess that really wasn’t a “short” re-cap, now was it? I hope everyone’s new year is going great!

Winter Wonderland

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been saying that we just need to get through Sunday without anyone getting sick. I knew last week would be a hectic one but that after Sunday things would slow down considerably.

I forgot to mention that Clara had a choir performance last Monday night at the high school. The elementary choir performed one song with the 6th grade choir. We were sitting pretty far back, so I didn’t take any photos of their performance. I’m trying to learn to be ok with not taking pictures of everything. I usually can’t get very good ones of things like this anyway, so I’d prefer to just sit back and enjoy the show rather than get worked up about not getting the perfect shot. So I took one of her in front of the Christmas tree in the Performing Arts Center on the way out. Seeing the junior high girls in their long black dresses and performing with them only confirmed that she wants to continue in choir once she gets to junior high.

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On Wednesday night, Linda had set up a dinner date for all of us with some of their old friends that live about 20 minutes away from us. They were neighbors in Salem, Oregon and Chris and their son Chad were best friends during elementary school. They hadn’t seen each other in about 30 years, so it was a fun dinner and they all enjoyed catching up.

The kids’ Winter Wonderland event took place on Thursday night. I spent the afternoon helping set up for the event and Dan and Linda were nice enough to meet the kids at home after school so I could continue to help without dealing with picking them up and figuring out how to get them ready and back up to school. I helped during the whole event, but I did pull myself away and watched each of the four performances that the kids were in. Clara performed with the pep squad, choir and 4th and 5th grade and Robert performed with the kindergartners.

I left my camera in my purse and was running around so much that I kept forgetting to bring it in to the gym with me. Linda got all of these pictures, which was a feat. She, unlike most everyone else, tried hard not to be disruptive and stand in the way of others to get a few shots. Others weren’t quite so considerate.

They all sang so well. Clara was part of a quartet chosen to sing the first verse of one of their songs in choir. Initially it was supposed to be a solo, but I think the choir director was afraid to narrow it down any further in case of illness :)

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She changed into her pretty holiday dress for her grade level performance. I mainly wanted her to change so she wouldn’t be in her choir shirt for a picture with Santa, but she decided she didn’t need to sit in Santa’s lap this year :( Several of the kids played the bells and recorders to accompany the singers and the Orff ensemble also performed with them. I can’t get over how good all the kids sounded. Our music teacher does an outstanding job.

 

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During one of the breaks between performances, Robert got to sit in Santa’s lap. He asked for legos. Nothing specific this year, just legos. He actually wanted to ask for a Ninjago set that he saw in a catalog. I told him that Santa probably wasn’t too keen on gifting him with a $200 set that’s for ages 14 and up, so he begrudgingly decided on just plain ‘ol legos.

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Robert did fantastic. He sang his little heart out and did all the movements. Look at all of those 5 and 6 year olds doing (basically) the same thing at the same time. She’s a master educator I tell you. Robert kept checking out his neighbor’s moves the entire time. I don’t know if he wanted to make sure she was doing what she was supposed to or make sure he was doing the right thing, but he just stood there smiling at her the bulk of the time :) He loved being in front of the crowd just like his big ‘sis.

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The pep squad was the first performance of the night at 6:00 and 4th and 5th grade was the last, so it was 8:00 before they were done. There was only a few minutes between all the performances before one of them had to go line up for their next one, so it didn’t leave much time for getting food. Chris took everyone to Smash Burger and then picked up a to-go order and brought it back up to the school for me as I was helping finish up around 9:00 :) Meanwhile, Dan and Linda went home and made sure the kids got straight to bed. So it may have been a chaotic, tiring day, but I’m just thrilled that both kids stayed well this year and could attend their Christmas program. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without a kid performance or two thrown somewhere in the mix.

Clara’s Birthday

Clara’s in double digits! Somehow I blinked and ten years have passed. This year Clara chose to have her birthday dinner at Rainforest Cafe again. Grandma and Grandpa arrived while they was at school and we got the show on the road with opening gifts as soon as the kids got home. Chris had to leave on a late flight to Corpus for an overnight trip for work so we had to do our celebrating early.

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Clara has gained an affinity for owls as of late, so this huge owl Beanie Boo from G&G was a the tip top of her Christmas/Birthday list. My kids have one combined master wishlist :) The turquoise watch she’s sporting in these pictures was her gift from us. Plus the owl shirt she’s wearing and some owl pjs. It’s the year of the owl around here.

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She chose to ride these mechanical ride on animals at the mall for her birthday. Chris gave me a really hard time for not riding one :) I was perfectly happy riding with someone but did not want to ride solo. Chris on the other hand, proudly strutted through the entire mall, caring not what other, rational adults thought. I tried to ride with Robert for a while, but I slowed him down, so he kept reaching back hitting me, instructing me to get off whatever the heck it was he was riding. Koala maybe?

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Chris took some flowers and a balloon to the restaurant before we arrived. A long time ago, he bought Clara flowers from the grocery store (which was very much appreciated). Unfortunately, when we went to put them in water, all the stems were completely covered in mold and we had to throw them out. This made for a very sad girl. Chris told her he would get her some more and then just forgot. And kept forgetting. Occasionally I’d hear her reminisce about the moldy flowers that her daddy gave her and that alas, someday he would get her some un-moldy ones. So finally that day came and she received her mold-free flowers.

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Clara got these cute corgi pjs from Bia and Pawpaw.

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One last surprise for Clara was the shelves I mounted above her window to display her Beanie Boos. The top of her blinds had a seam of ugly, yellowed glue that wouldn’t come off and since I don’t want dusty curtains right by where she’s sleeping, I just added a strip of owl duct tape to the top of her blinds. I’m thinking the shelves need a coat of bright paint to liven them up a bit.

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More Surgery

Clara had her oral surgery consult to remove her ankylosed tooth today. The surgeon said that this procedure will be more difficult than wisdom teeth extraction. He’s going to have to pull the baby canine and possibly the tooth on the other side of it, which is a baby molar. It’s just in a really bad spot that’s going to make it difficult to get out. He also said that it has begun to migrate up and is starting to fuse with the jawbone :( We were trying to monitor it so that we could get it out before it came to that, but I guess we weren’t quick enough. He doesn’t think it will be a problem but there is a slight chance that he will do damage to the permanent teeth all around it while extracting it. He won’t know exactly what he’s dealing with though until he gets in there. So surgery is scheduled for the week after Christmas. I just couldn’t bring myself to schedule it among all of the holiday/birthday hullabaloo and this way she won’t have to miss any school.

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I wrote notes to the kids’ teachers this morning informing them that I would picking them up a little early for dental appointments. I just found this gem in the notebook I wrote the kids’ notes on :)

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Go Team!

Clara’s pep squad cheered for the public for the first time tonight. It was kinda surreal being in a high school gym, getting a glimpse into our not to distant future. They got to cheer for a wrestling event at the high school, along with the JH and HS.

Surprise, surprise, she adored every minute. She was beaming the whole time. We got there a few minutes early because I didn’t know where to go so we were one of the first ones to arrive. She met all of her fellow squad members at the door, jumping up and down, pom poms waving as they arrived. Here are a few of them before their big debut.

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Clara was one of the lucky ones and got to stand. They were really cute and they did so well, especially considering they only learned their three cheers at practice on Monday.

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She got her larger top in time to wear tonight. Yeah….. still too short :) She can’t go any bigger though or the arm holes will be way too huge.

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This is such a fun time for Clara. She is just loving life right now and I love watching her shine. She has such a great attitude and so much joy. I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in the coming years.

Happy Halloween!

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I’ve really been slacking this month. No pumpkin patch, no fall festival, no caramel apples, nothing. I finally bought a pumpkin a few days ago and the kids have been begging to carve it. I relented this afternoon, after I took a nap on this rainy, overcast day. I couldn’t put it off any longer. Clara carved the pumpkin all by herself this year. The innards were making her itchy, so she fashioned some gloves out of sandwich bags and got back to work. Robert wanted nothing to do with the slimy insides.

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I also finished sewing her bat wings on this morning. She’s a rainbow bat. Rainbow because of the laces on her boots. She wanted neon ribbons to match her shoes but I couldn’t find any thin ribbon to add to her tutu. This grosgrain ribbon was too wide and I tried to convince her to do without, but she insisted and added it herself. It’s kinda random, but she loved her costume. Robert could not decide on a costume, so we took a trip to the Halloween store. He spied the ninja section and it was all over. No more indecision.

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It was my idea to have her tape her nose. I’m kind of surprised she did it. Tee hee :)

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We kept losing the ninja because he blended in to his surroundings so well.

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Lost him again at dinner. Do you see him?

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We stopped by our old neighbor’s house to say hi, but they weren’t home :( So we came back to our neighborhood and the kids went around with our neighbor Barrett. He was a pro and said “trick or treat”, remembered to say “thank you” each time and even “you’re welcome” a time or two.

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After about a dozen houses, Robert was ready to go home. He didn’t even want to stop at homes on the route back. You’d think after looking forward to something for weeks, he’d be able to make it longer than twenty minutes. We chatted with the neighbors for a few minutes and then went back home. They went straight upstairs to watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas” while sorting their candy. I overheard Clara saying, “Here’s the peanut candy I can’t have. Here’s the sweet candy you suck on. Here’s the chocolate. Here’s the Chinese candy.” :)

 

Re-Cap

Last week was a hectic one. I worked several shifts at the book fair and was also trying to finish a project for one of our instructional coaches that needed to be done by Friday. We had Donuts with Dad on Tuesday morning and only me and one other person showed up to set up at 6:00 a.m. One more person showed up right as it started, but it was chaotic trying to get everything ready. We went through almost 30 dozen donuts, so we had a huge turnout. At one point it looked like I was going to be the only volunteer there for the last 20 minutes and be responsible for the entire cleanup because of the lack of volunteers. The other ladies ended up staying though and helped even though that made one of them late to an appointment. You like my bulletin board I did? The hole’s a little off center, but the kids were oooohing and aaahhhing when they saw it.

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So on Friday I was trying to finish up the project for that teacher and just happened to be in the library on the computer. They got slammed as they were getting ready to close out the book fair. One of their volunteers hadn’t shown, so I abandoned my project and jumped on the register to help for about an hour. I had to leave to get my hair cut then came back right as they were starting to break it down. Wouldn’t you know it, their two volunteers didn’t show to break down, so I helped the library asst. with that because our librarian is seven months pregnant and can’t be pushing heavy carts or lifting big boxes of books. Why oh why are some people so undependable?

This week has been another full one thus far. Chris has been fighting an illness for a few weeks now. He got steroids right before our camping trip after being told it looked like he had gotten over strep on his own but could use a little help finishing fighting it off. A week and a half later though and he was still feeling terrible. He’s come home from work early several days and stayed home on a couple of days. He went to the clinic on Monday and it turns out he had really bad sinus and ear infections. So after a month of feeling puny, he’s finally on the mend. The p.a. thinks the only reason it hadn’t moved to his lungs was because of the steroids they had put him on earlier. So thankful it wasn’t any worse.

I’ve taken a little control over my volunteerism this week and have felt much less stress because of it. I did my normal library time, a few hours in the workroom, and I also started week one of a five week commitment to do Junior Achievement for Robert’s class. I wasn’t familiar with JA before coming here, but this district is really big on it for all grades. JA uses community volunteers to teach lessons on financial literacy. Chris did it last year for Clara’s class (because I volunteered him when her teacher asked if I would be interested and I told her, “that sounds terrifying, but I know someone”). His company partners with JA, so he’s done it at the high school level as well. The older grades do a full day of instruction, but the younger grades are split into 5 lessons, one per week. Thank goodness because I could not have escaped with my sanity after a full day in that classroom. God bless teachers.

It wasn’t too bad. I just read a story and then do an activity with them. Those kindergartners do like to raise their hands and talk about completely unrelated stuff though. And they had just gotten back from listening to an author who was visiting the school that day so they were very good considering how long they had been sitting. The teacher had mercy on me and had them get their wiggles out before I started. There was one boy who rides the bus with Robert and who had his hand up to answer a question. I called on him and he proceeded to ask me if Robert could come over and play today :) One boy was sitting on the rug messing with a thread on his sock during the story. At one point I looked over and he had shoved it up his nose and was slowly pulling it back out again. Gotta admit, that one derailed me a bit. But we got through it and Robert told me I did great and that I was the best teacher he ever had :) Chris is threatening to volunteer to be a W.A.T.C.H. Dog on one of my days so he can be in the classroom while I’m teaching. Robert thinks that’s a splendid idea.

Here are their storybook pumpkins for school. They could decorate one and fill out a page about the book to earn a dog tag from the library. Clara’s character is a griffin named Scorp from a new series she just started reading called “The Menagerie”. She has fallen in love with this book. I grabbed it from the used book store and gave it to her as we left for our Livingston camping trip. She devoured it on the drive there and read it a second time that weekend and she’s read it two or three more times since then! She completed this project all on her own save for a little bit of stapling and hot gluing. Ahhh, it’s nice to finally have a kid coordinated enough to do their own school projects.

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And Robert’s is the aardvark from “It’s an Orange Aardvark!” This book is on the Texas 2×2 list that his school is working through, so it’s a fairly new title. His aardvark is wearing blue pajamas, holding ketchup and grape soda, riding in a bulldozer with a gecko and has an ant in his mouth. He was able to do some of it, but regular glue wasn’t cutting it, so again I had to break out the hot glue. He painted his pumpkin and did all the drawing and I helped him cut out the pieces.

 

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This is also drug awareness week, so they’ve had themed days all week. They’ve gotten to wear hats and crazy socks and Tuesday they wore pajamas. Clara was already at school early for choir on pajama day.

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Today they will have a pep rally and the pep squad will perform for the first time. Clara just got her pom poms yesterday and is very excited about today. Her top was too small, so she’s having to wear her school spirit shirt until she gets a bigger size.

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She is having so much fun in all of her extra-curriculars this year. She’s just made to be involved and be right in the middle of everything and I love to see her enjoying school and friends so much. The pep squad gets to perform at a HS wrestling function one night next week, so that will be fun to watch. She is one of a group of several students that are being narrowed down to sing a solo in choir. The choir will be doing a tour to assisted living facilities and hospitals again in December and will perform during the HS winter program and the elementary program. Hopefully she stays well this year and doesn’t have to miss both performances. She was just selected to participate in a new lego robotics group within the STEM Club this year. The sponsor said Clara is the perfect student for the group because she’s so enthusiastic and just ready to learn. I’m sure having a science fair project made out of legos didn’t hurt her chances either 😉

As we were placing her pep squad order, I asked if she wanted a cheer bag, which was optional. She told me, “That’s ok; I don’t have to have it.” She said the same thing about $2 socks and a turtleneck for the winter. I asked her if she wanted it and she said “Yes, but you’re already spending a lot of money, so I don’t need it.” All the optional stuff was less than $15 total so I let her splurge :) She was very grateful, which made me very happy. I’m just happy to not be shelling out money every month for one or more non-school activities. I don’t mind a small up front fee one bit. And come on, you gotta have the megaphone socks.

She did the same thing at the book fair last week. She chose one book for herself and one from her teacher’s wishlist and I asked her if that’s all she wanted. She said she didn’t want me to have to spend too much. I told her that when we spend more, the school gets more money for library books, so I didn’t mind. She very happily went and chose a couple more. I think I love the book fair more than my kids do :)

I mentioned a while back that we had a roofer that was going to bat for us with our insurance. Well, it worked and he’s got the job! Our insurance company is agreeing to replace the entire roof instead of repairing 28 shingles like they initially said. So now we just have to pay our $5500 deductible instead of the full 10k for a roof. We’re very relieved about that. Hopefully we’ll be getting our new roof next week or the week after.

I won’t be going with Chris to Rio after all. He is having to alter his plans to include a few days in Uruguay, so it won’t work for me to go with him. Maybe next time.

I should get off the computer and get busy finishing the kids’ Halloween costumes. I’ve procrastinated for about as long as I can :)