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Saturday, June 27, 2009

School Trip to the Zoo

At our school, the fourth grade classes get to go to the Calgary Zoo as an end of year activity. The teachers involved in this have been organizing this trip for the last 5 years.

I thought I would tag along and help the other adult supervisors not lose kids. We almost lost one in our group for a couple of minutes, but we soon found him and I am sure he didn't want to run off again.

It was a great trip. The kids had fun. Jared had fun. I know that when it's Jackson's turn I'd better take 2 days off. One for the trip, the second to recuperate.

School is now done for the year. The boys all did well. Jordan is now moving on to middle school. James is moving on to high school. All I can think is 4 boys in school and three different schools at that. Yikes!!!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Our Second Alberta Father's Day

Since we have been here a year, I have spent some time looking back at blogs to see what we were doing on a given day. It was a crazy year and I love thinking about how far we have come in twelve short months. Last June was particularly rainy and on Fathers' Day we were out walking at a park on a sunny day.

No such luck today. We have experienced some hot sunny weather this month. There has been little rain and not one thunder storm. It's dry and I can tell we won't enjoy green vegetation for as long as we did last summer. Today, however, is cooler and it looked like rain would come. It hasn't yet, but you never know.

Nevertheless, at least this year the boys were armed with school made Fathers' Day gifts for Sean, something we didn't have last year. Sean's not a big Fathers' Day kind of guy so we kept things low key.....roast chicken, potatoes, veges, and salad. The best part was pie for dessert.

This past week some women from our church sneaked away one evening and made and froze enough apple pies for each of the men in our congregation. It was fun to do and none of the men knew about it. Every year on Mothers' Day we are presented with chocolates or potted plants or flowers. It was fund to do something in return to express our love for them and it was fun to keep them in the dark.

So maybe not so low key, but Sean will have to deal with it. We love him.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This is Reality

A friend of mine once commented that some blogs seem to only exist to show the world how happy and wonderful one's life is.

This would not be one of those blogs. Hey, if I am ticked about something or if life is crappy I'll share. What person's life is perfect anyway?

School is winding down. Frankly, I think June is a gong show. About this time every year (except last year because the kids were pulled from school the end of May) I want to strangle my children.

It's not really all their fault. They're done with school. Everyone at school is done with school. It's getting hot out. It's WAY too light out at bedtime. June is a struggle. Kids are hyper about summer vacations. Kids are anxious about the prospect of a new grade and teacher. Kids don't know how to react to a change in routine.

Still, I want to strangle my kids. Jackson is in high anxiety mode. I feel sorry about that, but the slamming doors, the "I hate you", the high shrilled screaming, and the mouthiness is drying up the mommy sympathy well. Jared is all over the map at school. Again, he comes by it honestly, but I am done. Jordan is using his frustration to aggravate Jared, which he knows is easy to do. Jared is an easy target for excessive teasing and bullying. Jordan is getting high on Jared's emotional cliff jumping. James is being a teenager. 'Nuff said.

In a couple of weeks we will be done school and off on a trip to visit family. I am white knuckling it until then.

Monday, June 8, 2009

All In A Typical Week

Last week we celebrated Sean's birthday with food, cake, and a hot date to Wal-mart.

A couple of days later his side door car window was shattered by a flying rock from highway crews cutting grass. At least we get reimbursed for that repair.

Now we just have to deal with James' broken window. When you tell someone not to throw balls at the house and then they do and break a bedroom window it cannot be classified as an accident.