Sunday, July 27, 2008

Dueling Countdowns

As I type this, there are 5 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 16 seconds until the release of Breaking Dawn! I finished re-re-reading Eclipse today, and after the kids go to bed tonight, I'm going to start re-re-re-reading the whole series.

There is another countdown looming over me, one that doesn't cause me as much excitement: our new school year will begin in 10 days. Wednesday, August 6th, will be our first day of school for this year. I just cannot get past the anxiety over this school year. I really am trying, but I'm dreading resuming school.

I am sort of hoping that my body can only handle so much anticipation and excitement, and since it's all funneled toward Breaking Dawn, the first day of school just can't compete. I usually LOVE the first day of school! I was the kid who couldn't wait to go buy new school supplies when I was young. And, in general, I love the planning process as a home educating mom. This year I'm probably more prepared in terms of my selections for curricula than I ever have been before. And yet, I'm dreading our first day.

It's making for a really boring blog to read, I know! In lieu of being a downer with post after post like this, I'm just opting for silence.

So maybe, once Breaking Dawn has been released and I've read through it (twice), I'll start feeling more excitement about school. Otherwise, it's going to be a very long year.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Not-at-all-Wordless Wednesday

The Sears repairman finally called at 4:47 to say he was on his way. "Oh, and by the way, what exactly is going on with your washer? And where would I find ____ (insert the name of our road)?" @@@@@@@@@

He pulled up at 5:30, and my husband followed shortly thereafter. Which was good. So I didn't have to interact with him. 30 minutes and $239 later, our washing machine has a new pump and we are on our way to having clean clothes again. I haven't done laundry since Saturday, and those of you with 3 children can imagine what a backlog I have!

I hosted our homeschool group's Mom's Night Out last night at the house, and it was very enjoyable. Not as many people came as had signed up. But a bad storm came through right about the time people would have had to leave, and I think it kept many people away. The people who braved the storm were soaked just running from my driveway into the house. I think everyone had a nice time! I'm still not used to being a hostess, and it makes me incredibly nervous. I'm relieved that it's over, but not in a bad way.

Now I have to turn my attention to homeschool preparations. I realized last night when the moms were looking at my bookshelves and asking me questions, that I'm not totally content with my plans for this year. When you're embarrassed to admit that you're using something with one of your children, that's not a good sign! LOL I think it's fear that is prompting some of those choices, and that's never a good way to do things.

I'm going to go to the Homeschool Expo this weekend, and to IKEA. I had planned to buy more bookcases at IKEA, but the washing machine stole my bookcase money! I was also going to get a desk for Austin's room. That's going to have to wait, but at least I'll be able to see if there is even a desk at IKEA that I like better than the one I saw at overstock.com. And IKEA is very close to the Expo, so we might as well swing by!

My goal is to have all of my school prep done before August 1st. I want to be able to focus on enjoying the release of Breaking Dawn at midnight that night! In order to do that, though, I'm going to have to REALLY get moving! :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Waiting

I'm sitting here waiting for the Sears repairman to come. It seems my washing machine decided that, since I wasn't feeling stressed out enough, it would start leaking water all over the floor. I guess when I decided that this year I was going to work more on trusting God, I set myself up to get lots of practice!

School is starting 2 weeks from tomorrow, and I'm having a hard time feeling excited this year. I'm very nervous and fearful. I am feeling unprepared and woefully inadequate.

Additionally, I seem to have lost most of my motivation to do any video work for our RDI program.

And there's some other, more personal stuff, that I'm not comfortable putting out there for the blogosphere in general! LOL

In short, I'm a complete mess! ;)

Everything will work itself out, I'm certain. It's just hard for a natural-born control freak to feel like everything is completely out of control!

So, much like I'm sitting here waiting for the repairman to come, I'll wait for God to work things out. And I won't even have to pay Him a service call fee!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The End of Another All-Star Tournament

As I feared, we were creamed again by the team we faced today in the semi-finals! This time it was 12-1, so we did actually score a run against them! Austin only got up to bat one time and he struck out. I was proud that our team had a much better attitude in their loss today than they had on Tuesday!

So All-Stars is over, and now there's no baseball until.... well... 2.5 weeks until fall ball starts! LOL

This will be Austin's last year for fall ball, and then he's too old. So we'll have to remember to enjoy this time around!

Friday, July 18, 2008

All-Star update

We're playing in the semifinals tomorrow morning! However, we are playing the team who clobbered us on Tuesday night. So I'm guessing the semis will be as far as we go this tournament! LOL

I'll have pics, videos, general updates tomorrow afternoon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tonight's All-Star game

Austin's team had a difficult night tonight, during the 2nd game of the All-Star tournament. Last night they won 12-1, but tonight they lost 13-0. Austin got up to bat twice tonight. The first time he walked, but the 2nd time he hit a very solid line drive to left center field! It is special to us because it is his first EVER hit in an All-Star tournament!

And, thankfully, I was in attendance! So here you have the video of Austin's hit. You should probably turn down your volume before you play it. Someone yelled very loudly when he got his hit. Crazy people!

video

Monday, July 14, 2008

What is Breaking Dawn? What Twilight series?

For Amy and Tammy's benefit, and anyone else who may have read my last blog post and scratched their heads in wonder, here is a bit more information about Twilight:

Last fall, I was looking for something new to read that would be light, fluffy, and not about autism. A book came highly recommended from the folks at the Well-Trained Mind message boards. It was called Twilight. All I knew about it was that it was young-adult fiction, a love story about a vampire. Being a huge vampire fan (my all-time favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer), I figured it would fill my needs. I had to wait a few weeks for the library to get me a copy because there was a waiting list of over 75 people in line for the library's copies. I finally got it, and gulped it down. I posted about that here.

A few weeks later, I was able to get the 2 sequels, New Moon and Eclipse. I read those over a weekend, and posted about that here.

As soon as I finished those 2 books, in tears for both of them, I had to rush out and purchase them and read them all over again! I told everyone I knew about this series! I found the Twilight Lexicon, which is a message board and blog all about the book series. I don't post there, as I'm old enough to be most of the active participants' mom. I was encouraged to find out about the existence of Twilight Moms, where you have to be a married adult with children to participate. However, I don't need another message board, so I don't read there, I only use it's existence to reassure myself that I have not slipped into a second childhood. Additionally, there is the author's website (Stephenie Meyer). She herself is a mom and in her 30s like me, which is pretty cool! She has lots of background information about the stories, which I love!

Last winter there were 2 important announcements made: Twilight will be made into a movie, with a release date of December 12, 2008. And the final book in the series, Breaking Dawn, will be released on August 2, 2008.

It has seemed like a very long time to wait for the last book, and it's almost here! Borders will be hosting a midnight release party, like they did for the last Harry Potter book. My friend Sherry and I are going together, and we had t-shirts made for the event! They are black, with white and red writing (like the book covers). It reads:

Please feed the kids.
I'm reading Twilight again!

That is a reference to the fact that once you pick up a book in the Twilight series, you cannot put it down until you are finished. And sometimes your family gets a little neglected in the process! LOL It's not just me, either! That's a pretty common phenomenon among the moms that I've talked into reading the Twilight series. This time, my husband is prepared! LOL

So that's more than you ever wanted to know about Breaking Dawn, and Twilight! Let me know if there is anything more I can clear up! :)


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Three weeks from RIGHT NOW...


... I'll be reading Breaking Dawn!! It's the last book in the Twilight series, and I CANNOT WAIT!

I'm going to be re-reading the first 3 books over the next 3 weeks to prepare! My friend Sherry and I have t-shirts for the midnight release party! We're all set, and I CAN'T WAIT! Oh maybe I mentioned that already?! :)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Poison Ivy

Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged! I woke up on the morning of the 4th of July with a strange, terribly itchy rash. It has lingered and developed and spread, and as near as we can figure out... it's poison ivy! I spent the first 4 days of the rash drugged up on Benadryl, which made me incredibly sleepy. I had to stop taking that so I could actually function and parent my children. So my dh brought home some poison ivy lotion last night and it is helping quite a bit. But this just proves to me that I am not destined to be an "Out of Doors" sort of person!

We had an incredibly busy 4th of July weekend, which was difficult when you're itchy and sleepy from the Benadryl! :) I'll try to get pictures and details posted soon!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Fun at the pool

We met our friends at the pool today again! It was a wonderful afternoon, and all of the children played together nicely, as they did last time.

This time there was a little challenge for Reece, as our friend's neighbors came to the pool, and their girls started playing with our friends. Reece got very dysregulated by this, and she was quite upset. She said the other little girl didn't like her, which wasn't true. The girls tried to get Reece to rejoin them in their play, but Reece wouldn't be part of a threesome. I got into the freezing cold pool with her to try to smooth things over, but it didn't help. So I decided to have her jump into the pool, thinking that would help a little bit with her dysregulation (in an OT sort of way). That didn't help, either. The only thing that helped was when the neighbor girls went to play with their parents in the water, thus freeing Reece's friend up to devote all of her attention to Reece!

As we were leaving, though, something unusual happened. All 3 families walked out together, and we were all saying goodbyes. I turned around, and found Reece sticking her tongue out at the little neighbor girl!!! I was shocked! I told her to be nice.... turned back around, and she did it AGAIN! I was utterly embarrassed! But at the same time, it was sort of exciting! She was jealous of losing her friend's attention! YAY! Such a strange thing to be happy and embarrassed at the same time! :)

Austin also did well. He and his buddy were beating each other up with the pool noodles, which is what you do when you're a preteen boy! I'm still not used to this new "male bonding" sort of play. But both boys are about the same size, and neither one of them seemed to be upset over it. Austin had a couple of marks on his arms and chest from the noodles, and a year or two ago, he would have completely freaked out! I could tell he was a little disturbed when we pointed them out, and he was unsure about getting back into the pool. I told him I thought it would be fine to get in the pool, but it was ultimately his decision. Within a few minutes, he was back being rowdy in the pool with his buddy! So he had a good day today, too!

Riley was a bit of a different story... she was whiney, but I guess we all have days like that! I really lack the patience for it anymore. She is 9 years old, which I feel is entirely too old to be whining and tattling. Surely she can manage to settle things with peers at this age? I kept directing her to go solve the problem with her friends by communicating with them. Sort of like the 3 year old version of "Use your words!" LOL

I've got to get going... I'm not sure what it is about the pool that makes me so tired. And with the ages of my kids, I rarely even get IN the water! The moms sat in chairs for most of the time! Why should that make me tired?? Oh well! It was a nice day, so I don't mind being tired!