It is a beautiful day and it’s Friday and I’m in the mood to post a few pictures. :)
We are all still in school, though the high school seems to have given up so starting next week Lex will have no more assignments, while Eve and I will continue plugging away for three more weeks. :(
His birthday is Monday. The world was nice enough to give us all the day off. We have plans to continue socially isolating at home. There might also be a birthday world being built in Minecraft. I think Eve has been working on that the past few days. We were joking (kind of) about having a birthday party in Minecraft. It would be fun if that worked out.
Today the Vermont National Guard did a fly-over with four fighter jets. It was part of an event honoring “essential employees” and first responders in the state. The flew over all of the hospitals in the state, plus, I think, that big one right over the border. :)
We forgot until we heard a rumble in the sky, then we ran outside to see. It was still a few minutes before their scheduled time, so we hung out outside for a little while, hoping that we hadn’t missed them. Apparently we were too late though. :( We did enjoy some time in the sunshine at least! I figured I should take a few pictures to prove that we do leave the house on occasion. :)
The karate dojo has been doing Zoom lessons (like everyone else in these quarantine times) and the also post challenges or special activities sometimes too. This week they posted the SHOE-do-in challenge. Eve saw it and said, “That’s easy!” Then proceeded to do it successfully on her second try! She was super proud of herself! Not because she worked hard at it, but because she’s naturally flexible. :)
We sent it right off to the dojo for bragging rights. :)
Finally, I started with the cat so I’ll end with the dog.
Hey, we had a birthday around here. Someone turned 13!! Craziness! Everyone kept asking “what are you going to do to celebrate?” but with social isolation and COVID-19 in the air, what could we do?! We took a hike last weekend and celebrated the big day with birthday presents and waffles and “home school.” She seemed to enjoy it though!
We started the morning as we usually do on birthdays. A pile of presents on the table!
Eve opened presents and drank seltzer from her new favorite mug!
Eve had a very specific gift list, so she got very specific items. She was happy. :)
We had to take a short break so I could make waffles and she could do her Advisory Check-in for school. But soon enough we were back to presents!
The rest of the day was spent “at school,” in other words, sitting at the table in front of our computers. It was a rainy day, so we did dog walks, but nothing else too exciting. We are still working on the home/school balance now that they are one and the same.
Around dinner time we had a family “gathering” for cake and singing.
Quarantines = Video chat birthday parties. It’s a weird world we’re living in, but I’m glad the tech is there to support it! I wish we were all together in person, but at least we got to see faces and hear voices. <3
We measured her on the wall at bedtime. She’s exactly the same height Lex was on his 14th birthday, which is actually a slow down in her growth spurt. We had fun looking at all the heights over the years. Then off to bed!
We now have two teenagers in the house. Yay and boo. She is an amazing girl, full of confidence and silliness and creativity. I look forward to seeing the person she is becoming, but I also miss the smiley, bald little girl she used to be. Fortunately she’s still smiley at home and still loves to snuggle!
Now that we are all in Covid quarantine lock-down mode, it’s been interesting trying to plan a 13th birthday. We had to cancel our big birthday trip, which was going to be her primary present. I’ll reschedule it, someday, but I have no idea when that will be. I ordered a few presents online, plus presents from family, but that’s all we got. I’ll make a cake on Tuesday. We asked Eve if she wanted to do a family outing and she decided on a hike. The forecast for the next few days is yucky, and we’ll be “in school” all week, so we took advantage of the dry weather yesterday and went for a hike up behind the school. There are trails there that the kids have gone up a few times in PE classes, but Alan and I had never been on them. It was fun.
We had fun exploring the area, on the well marked and not-so well marked trails. Towards the end we found ourselves back on the bike path, where, coincidentally, a guy Alan knows from the conservation committee was pedaling by. We asked him about the brush clearing and he said there were invasive species in that area that were killing native trees, so last summer they brought up a “brontosaurus” to do massive clearing. Crazy! He pointed us to the trails website for more information.
The only down side to the day was the vast number of ticks we had to pick off Huxley!! He’s wearing a flea and tick collar, but apparently it’s not working anymore! I ordered another one immediately! We all spent the rest of the day feeling like we had creepy crawlies all over us. Yuck!
A few weeks ago Eve said that she wanted to try falafels and asked if I would make them for dinner. Apparently Magnus Chase loves falafels. Good to know, right? We bought supplies and it took me a few weeks to get to it, but today was the day. I was fully expecting her to not try them, assuming I was too slow and the mood had passed. But nope, she ate them! She even liked them! Actually, officially she said, “they’re ok.” I’m calling that a win! I’m also going to take her to a local restaurant that makes super delicious falafels and have her try the authentic version. Maybe I should have started with that. :)
I was getting ready for grocery shopping today and Eve added lentils to the list. When I asked why (actually, I think I said “Lentils? What?!?”) she said she had a craving for lentil soup. I showed her the can of lentil soup we have in the pantry, but she said no, she wants the soup with the tiny pastas that I used to make a the old house. It was one of Alan’s favorite meals too. And vegan! The forecast for tomorrow is chilly and rainy, to the point of flooding. Guess what’s on the dinner menu?! :)
I think there’s hope for Eve in the food department. <3
There is so much I want to blog about these days, but never seem to find the time. I can’t miss a first day of school post though! I started my 4th year (longest career I’ve ever had, not counting parenting), Eve started 7th, and Lex started 9th — in high school! Eeek!
Eve has been dreading school and asking regularly if she can be homeschooled. She was in tears several times this week just thinking about going back to school. Somehow she woke up with a positive attitude though, and even smiled for a picture!!
She had a little fun with Lex’s picture too. Do you see her?
We all laughed, then told her to go away. :)
Alan brought them both to school. Eve at the middle school and Lex at the high school. Lex has a different start time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but he wasn’t sure what to expect on the first day, so he opted for the earlier start time, just in case. He ended up finding a friend and wandering the halls for 20 minutes. I think it was a really great way for him to start school.
My day was long and busy. As my job evolves to include more and more tech, I’m finding less and less time to do library work. I had a chat with my principal about it on Friday and we will make some changes to the start of school next year. For this year it will be what it will be. I spent the day doing tech support, cleaning the library (there was a conference over the weekend and they left a mess!!) and teaching a few classes. It was fun to see everyone again, smiling kids, a few crying kids, lots of new faces, all eager for a new year.
At the end of the day I headed home to find my kiddos having snack. Eve immediately broke down into tears and told me her day was awful, too many people, doesn’t like this, that is dumb, etc. I think middle school is tough for her. Lots of struggles to find her place. I know she’ll find it, eventually, but these past few years have been tough. After a good cry, a snack, and some alone time in her room, she rebounded and had a nice evening with us.
Lex had a great day. He was happy with all of his classes, gave me a play-by-play of his day (which classes he went to, anyway) then pulled out a huge packet of paperwork for me to sign! There’s always first day of school homework for the parents! Most of the paperwork was band related. I’m so happy that he has found band. It’s done wonders for him. His friends are all band friends, he joined jazz band last year, he joined Pep Band this year, which means he’ll be playing at all of the home football games, and he’s going to audition for two district events this year. Band has given him a level of confidence, a peer group, and an area to excel. It makes us all happy.
Eve decided to go back to summer camp in NY, so we’re spending a week in the country. We dropped her off on Friday and she even allowed me to take a picture! :)
While she was away, Lex and I hung at in Franklin. We watched G’Tom and his friend repaint the house, we had a little mani/pedi session, we watched lots of TV and played lots of Minecraft … I say “we” but I think you can guess who did what! :)
We also took a trip to Target, saw Toy Story 4, watched the Tour de France, and took a few walks. The heat steadily rose all week.
We picked up Eve on Friday. She had a great time at camp and is already planning her return.
She made friends (of the human variety), collected email addresses, and is now enjoying a screen-filled day today. :) We are all spending the day doing as little as possible and riding out the record high temps.
Life in the country. <3
After many months of asking for lessons, I finally found a place that’s nearby and offers beginning horseback riding lessons. It was not an easy task! Today was Eve’s first lesson. She learned to groom the horse, tack it, and mount/dismount. She was quiet and reserved, but when we left she said she loved it and definitely wants to continue with lessons. That’s good, I suppose. It will get her one step closer to her goal of living on a mountain side and riding a horse everywhere instead of owning a car. :)