Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jasmine and more

I have several pictures of Jasmine and more to share for this post. 
We got her band photos back. I think she did great. 

It is dance photo week. The official portraits won't be back for two weeks, but I have some I took of her getting ready for photos. This is her jazz costume. For the recital her hair will have to be parted on the side and in a bun.

DQ for a chicken strip basket and strawberry shake after pictures.

Playing with Travis

A somewhat strange thing  happened yesterday. Tyndale sent me an Easter lily that was delivered by a local florist. When he got to our house, our greeting committee met him (below). The phone number he had as a contact number was Tyndale in IL. So he called them, and they called me to tell me the guy "wasn't comfortable with the dogs in the yard." I was in the back and didn't pick up the phone and didn't hear the message, but Jessica did, so she went out and got the flowers.

They can be protective if they think one of us is being threatened (like by another dog on a walk), but you're probably safe unless you have tacos in your hand or something.

Today is the last day of FCAT, so I got cupcakes for the kids to take in for treats.

Jasmine ended up not being in her classroom so she's not sure if the teacher handed out the cupcakes or not.

Kaleb, unfortunately, decided he was going to open his on the bus, give some to his friends, stick his fingers in them and lick the cupcakes. When his teacher saw them, she threw them out. She said they were too gross to even look at. She also told me he's kept his lunch money the last two weeks and not turned it in but keeps charging lunches. I wish they would not let him do that. She doesn't know where he put the money. So he will be packing his lunch until the money shows up to pay the charges. He just paid off one library book he's kept and hid somewhere and today he took another book that the teacher can't find where he's hidden it. Sigh. It seemed like he was doing better and then all this at once.

The problem is that when he gets a privilege or treat, he gets a strong sense of entitlement and thinks he can do whatever he wants. That's why I can't take him lunch at school anymore. Last time I did he punch several people in the back. When asked why he said it was because he got pizza for lunch and no one else did. So he lost that privilege. It appears he can't take treats either. And
I'm not driving them in to the school because he clearly understands he's to deliver treats unopened to the teacher. He is not allowed to bring treats for his birthday. I hope that will cause him to think about violating the bus rules by having food open and giving it out and also not taking the treats for the class.

So he managed to lose taking treats for the rest of the year, hot lunch and library privileges.

He also acted out quite badly after being given the ribbons for honor roll and attendance last week. I was really hoping he'd out grow this.

Anyone else dealing with this and have a solution?
Adam stopped by today.

This is Jasmine's hip hop costume. She had her picture taken for this class this evening.

with a dance mate

waiting for pictures.

we stopped for wings and pizza on the way home

So that's our week so far. The kids have Good Friday off of school. We wanted to go to the beach but it's dropping down to 62F and 100% chance of rain!

Hope everyone has a happy Easter!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Third quarter has ended, and Kaleb had all B's and more importantly, he had all S's in conduct!! He also had perfect attendance.
Krispy Kreme gives out donuts for grades.

Kaleb and Jasmine hanging out.

This coming week is FCAT testing. There is a reason I don't teach even though I have my masters. Mostly because teaching just isn't fun anymore. And often it's not fair. Like FCAT. Kaleb has straight B's. But if he fails the reading FCAT test, he has to repeat third grade. That's the way it is. And it stinks. Not all kids test well. I think it's more important that they know how to use what they know and how to research to find out what they don't know.
(I also am not licensed in the state or FL or any other state at this time.)

This week is also dance picture week, so Jasmine will be getting her picture taken for her jazz dance and her hip hop dance. Costumes are here, but we are working on getting the shoes we need. Unfortunately the shoes they want the kids to have for the recital aren't the ones they wore all year for class!! Erg.

I can't believe how close we are to the end of the school year and summer! It's beautiful weather here today. Might be a good day to get the bikes out.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Weekend

I have a few more pictures of Tyler and Rick from last weekend at the Louisville Comic Con.

Ty at Job Corp near Mammoth Cave.

This past weekend Tyler and some of the other guys had a weekend pass and went to Louisville together with no adult supervision. Tyler, of course, is 23 and would be fine. But I don't know the guys he was with. I haven't heard from him yet so don't know how it went.

Adam had a week of rifle training at his reserve base, and he's back safely from that and did quite well with it.

Jessica and I went to the Extraordinary Women's Convention in Pensacola. It's always on a Friday night and Saturday.

We stop in Destin for shopping on the way each year.

 Michael O'Brien leads the worship every year. He's a really good guy.
 Comedienne Chonda Pierce spoke first. Last time I heard her, she was pretty inappropriate for a Christian women's convention, but this time she was better. We still could have done without so much sex talk. It may have been totally appropriate for the adult women, but there are always home school girls who are early teens. Chonda talked about her husband turning to drink a few years ago, the separation they went through and the redemption of their marriage also. She's had a lot of real life battles that she shares defusing the pain with humor.

 Then Jeremy Camp sang. He is an amazing young man with a lot of passion for Jesus.

 Jessica's future mother-in-law was there with a church group. We got to introduce her to Karen, Kelsey and Kyle.

 Saturday morning started out with Kyle Kupechy, Karen's son-in-law singing and then Karen speaking. But the schedule said it started at 9:00. I got there about 9:10 and it had really started at 8:30. The correction was on their facebook page, but I didn't know about it. So Jessica and I missed Kyle and caught the end of Karen's talk. I'll see her again in June at ICRS.
 Then Kasey Van Norman spoke.

She was followed by Margaret Feinberg who is battling cancer.

We had a lunch break and went to David's Bridal to look at wedding dresses. We set up an appointment for later in the day to try on dresses.

Lisa Whelchel who was Blair on Facts of Life spoke after lunch. Any watch that? She went through a divorce about three years ago. She was on Survivor Philippines. I don't think I could do that.

Miss Kay from Duck Dynasty ended the conference. She was a refreshing change. She just said it like it was. It wasn't worked out and refined like many of the testimonies. She talked about Phil being an alcoholic (and a mean one!) the first ten years of their marriage and the separation they went through.

I think all of the speakers have been through painful things in the past--alcoholism of a family member, separation or divorce, cancer or other illnesses. I guess that's why they do what they do. To share the pain and the victory.

If you get a chance to go to EWC (used to be Extraordinary Christian Women but is not Extraordinary Women's Convention) then go. Take a daughter, sister or friend.

After the convention, we went back to the Bridal Shop. Jessica had three dresses she wanted to try on. She chose the second one. Sorry, but I can't show you. 

But here I am paying for the dress, bra, slip, preservation pack and cloth bag.

 We took a very scenic way home to look at possible wedding locations for Jessica.

So that was our weekend. How was yours?