Lex had his winter concert tonight. Their concert dress code is black bottoms, white tops, dressy. Last year he wore black sweats and one of Alan’s white Hanes t-shirts, and I thought things were fine. Last night when I was putting him to bed he said to me, “Mom, I think I should get some nicer clothes for the concert tomorrow.” Turns out he felt awkward in his sweats last year and although no one commented, he said he got a few funny looks. Imagine my surprise when he suggested a Polo shirt! After school today he came to DBS to help me set up some robotics kits, then we tried to work out shopping, karate, Girl Scouts, and the concert. I kept waiting for him to bail on the shopping, but nope, he suggested skipping karate so we could go shopping!! We ended up dropping Eve at home (to walk Arlo) and then Lex and I headed to JC Penney. I wish we had better clothing stores around. Penney’s and Khols both have very small kids sections. Plenty of adult clothes and baby/toddler clothes, but my kids are now at that age where they can’t quite wear grownup clothes, but have outgrown the kids section. It’s tricky. He tried on almost a dozen different pants and four shirts before settling on a pair of black jeans and a white collar shirt. He was happy for the entire time! He was a little worried that the jeans were a bit big around the waist, so I suggested a belt. Guess what?! He said OK! Ack! Who is this child?!
We inhaled some pizza, got Eve out the door to Girl Scouts (cookie time is right around the corner!), then rushed off to the concert. Lex was a few minutes later, but we agreed that at least he’d look slick walking in. :) He was happy and the concert was awesome!
On the Eve front, she was going to bed last night, climbing up her bunk bed ladder. She stopped, looked seriously at me, and said, “Mom, puberty is doing weird things to my body.” She then raised her foot up behind her and I looked, expecting to see bumps and blisters, but instead I saw a big googly eye! Stuck to the bottom of her toe! I cracked up! She started giggling and crawled into her bed. Not too grown up yet! <3
Eve had her last holiday concert last night. We didn’t make it. She’s had a cold and sniffles for a few days now. She woke up in the morning saying her neck hurt. I had a long meeting after school and by the time I got back to her she was cuddled up in the chair, covered in my jacket. She told me she was too tired and cold and stuffed up. I rushed her down to the nurse real quick (who was also in the long meeting with me) for a fever check. It was low-grade but “within the range of normal for an evening temperature.” The nurse also checked her throat because apparently strep is going around her classroom! The throat was red, but not too red.
That left me with the eternal parent/teacher dilemma. I was signed up to run the raffle table and Lex was going to come help me. What to do, what to do. I talked to the music teacher who assured me they could find someone else to run the table – though I know that’s the last thing she wanted to be thinking about an hour before the concert starts! I negotiated with Eve for a bit, but she wanted nothing to do with anything. I even told her it was lights out at 7:30 if she didn’t go to the concert. She said ok. And was in bed at 7:30. I read her a few Christmas stories so lights weren’t quite out, but close. :) She was asleep fast and slept late this morning. I felt bad about bailing on my teacher commitments, but damn, we are tired around here!
When I broke the news to Lex he was completely indifferent, but then he told me how excited he was for his own concert on Monday and I said, “what?” Concert Monday? Crap. Not on my calendar! So Monday will be karate -> Girl Scouts -> concert… while hoping someone can pick Eve up from Girl Scouts for me!
Anyway, I did go to the dress rehearsal and took a few videos of Eve’s band performance. I didn’t stick around for the chorus part, thinking I’d be back again in the evening for the actual show. Silly me. This family isn’t very good at the concert thing.
Today was an exciting visit to the new house! Notice anything different?! :)
We ran into a friend and his son, who is Eve’s friend, on the way over and they came along for the tour. I was surprised to see the green sheet rock, but he told me its a moisture resistant version. That makes sense.
Upstairs family room area
Same room, looking the other way, towards the stairs
Guess what’s in the garage?!
A solar panel power thingy! (very technical, I know!)
And a garage door! Whoo hoo!
We scheduled the closing date today. Mid-October. I can’t wait!!!
We also scheduled a tentative closing date for our current house. The inspection went well the other day and we are moving forward with the sale. It has been a little more turbulent of a process than the new house has, but I know we’ll get there and everything will work out well in the end. And, believe it or not, the end is near!
While the kids and I are away Alan has been doing a fantastic job keeping up with the house progress. He’s been taking photos every day and adding them to our shared album. He also took a video last night! So exciting!
If you want to check out all the photos, we have the posted in a Google album and add to it regularly. Feel free to follow along.. :)
We went to a really funny science/comedy show tonight, staring Doktor Kaboom, “an over-the-top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds.” It was informative and hilarious!
They said no photography, but he had kid volunteers come up and he said of course parents of those kids are welcome to take pictures. After a particularly funny first volunteer, Eve quickly raised her hand when he asked for another kid to come up on stage, and I pulled out the camera!
This young lady came home with a Spelling Bee qualification a few weeks (months?) ago. I was surprised that she had taken the pretest and pleased she qualified. She was nervous and proud of herself. She did a little practicing off and on over the next few weeks, and today was the big day!
She made it to the top five! She was one of two remaining fourth graders and she went out with a third grader. The Spelling Bee ended with the top two spellers (they were the top two for the past three years!) going back and forth for a few rounds and then the winner finally emerged – victorious for the third year in a row!! She is a friend of Eve’s and Eve was proud of her, although she later told me, “Mom, next year it’s mine!!!” :)
Lex worked really hard on a poem for his ELA class and today everyone had to read them out loud at a poetry slam. We were all wondering how it would go.
Amazing!! I am so proud of him! His teacher sent me this video before the school day was even over! She said, “I just had to take a moment to share that Lex brought the house down today with his poem. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Well done!!” I think she was proud of him too. <3