Friday, November 14, 2014

And it is getting busier....

The Senior  
S has been working hard again this week.  He has worked on College Algebra, The Human Eye Lesson 3, World War II unit, Grammar, German IV, and his research paper. He’s almost finished with his notes for his paper!  My husband had Tuesday off for Veteran’s Day, so he supervised note taking that day.  It was a productive day.  

S heard back from his supervising teacher at the School for the Blind for his Human Eye course. He received an A on Lesson 2. He was happy about that since he got a B on Lesson 1 after she had asked him to fix some things. He didn’t really like that.  I told him to be thankful that she gave him the opportunity to make the corrections.

S had horseback riding this morning, and it was cold!  Next week is his last week of this session.  He will have his regular lesson in the morning and a makeup lesson in the afternoon. He will be tired next Friday night. We found out he has a noon slot on Fridays for the next session. That means we can leave our house at 11:00 rather than 7:30. Woo hoo!

S has become more slack about getting up in the mornings this week.  He had done pretty well with getting up, getting ready, and taking some time to chill out before he started work at 9:00. That seemed to help him focus more on his work.  This week he has decided that he will sleep in. No reason.  Just didn’t feel like getting up when he was supposed to.  We have been trying to get him to understand that you can’t be on a schedule like that when you have college classes to attend.  The professors don’t want to hear that you were tired, so you just thought you would sleep in instead of attending class.

S will be staying with friends this weekend.  We are going out of town for J’s gymnastics meet. S has no desire to attend those any more.  It’s not enjoyable for him to sit there for HOURS, so I can’t blame him.   Often, the venues are difficult for him to get around, and he can’t see well. As soon as the meet schedule comes out, he coordinates for weekend stays with our friends. He’s taking initiative!

S volunteered 6 hours last Saturday.  My husband and I finally met the museum historian.  S often talks about him and the conversations they have.  We are hoping he will have some opportunities to job shadow him in the spring.  

Our church is hosting the homeless this week at our church.  We coordinate with other churches in the area for this ministry.  Our church provides the workers and the meal for the first night.  We have a site rep at church the other nights.  S loves volunteering for this.  He is very comfortable sitting and talking to the guests at our church.  They love talking to him too. He definitely has a servant’s heart.   My husband will be the site rep one night next week, so S will be going back.

The Sophomore
J has had a busy week at school.  He has had quite a bit of homework for AP History; however, he does a good job of working ahead.  He started his Science Fair project presentation.  He will be glad when that is finished.  He had a half day of school on Tuesday, but he had to go to the dentist that afternoon.  He was moved out of the pediatric dentistry side to the adult side, so this was his first appointment on the adult side.  

J is happy because one of his favorite winter beverages is back in stock at Trader Joe's. Every time I'm at the store, I buy 3-4 boxes of this.

J had practice for 17.5 hours this week.   His first meet is Saturday afternoon/evening. He’s looking forward to it.  It’s always nice to get the first meet done.  It helps set a gauge for scores since he’s at a new level with new skills.

On the Homefront
Sunday at church I had this conversation with the photographer (C) who did S's Senior Portraits:
C: Can I talk to you?
Me: What's up?
C: I talked to S in the Fellowship Hall. He asked if I could please post some sneak peek photos because his mom is getting quite antsy, and we don't want her antsy.
Me: I know you are busy, so there's no rush. We are looking forward to seeing them when you get to them. I know you are busy.

After church, I asked S about his conversation with C. His response, "I didn't use the word antsy. I told her you were impatient." Well, that's even better....She did post a couple of sneak peeks, and they are really good. I'm anxious to see the rest - not antsy or impatient but anxious.

I baked cookies on Sunday afternoon for the meals for the homeless at church. This is what 16 dozen cookies looks like. We had to eat the cookies that fell apart.

My husband is finally out of his sling!  He’s very happy about that.  The doctor was pleased with his progress, and his PT is going well still.  He has been very good about doing his exercises at home.

We have scheduled an appointment for S to meet with his new PCM up in the Family Practice clinic.  That will be in a couple of weeks.  Looking forward to meeting him.

My husband had to go to the DC area for work this week.  He went up Wednesday night and came home late Thursday night.  

We are heading back up to the DC area tonight after J is done with practice.  We were going to go up on Saturday for the meet and stay with old Army friends Saturday evening; however, we found out that our niece is going to be in the DC area for a conference and flies in today.  We are going up tonight, so we can spend time with her before the meet on Saturday.  Her conference starts Saturday afternoon, so she can’t attend the meet.  There’s a possibility that we will get to spend some time with her Sunday morning before we head home.  What a bonus for this weekend!  We are not staying with our friends now.  Fortunately, they are very understanding friends.  They are all about family.  Needless to say, my sister-in-law is a little jealous.  Even though we get to see our niece, S decided to still stay with friends.  We will all be together for Christmas next month.

This is the craziest time of year at our house.  That’s why I said last week it was the calm before the storm.  Fortunately, we know it is crazy.  We block out family time on the calendar to make sure we can all decompress.

I do make sure I have a few minutes to sit on the couch with chocolate.  Enjoy your week!
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  1. Crazy times are fun times. It keeps us awake and aware of the wonderful things life has to offer. Enjoy! ~visiting from Weekly Wrap Up!

  2. It sounds like a good and busy week...and I would now like some cookies :) also we don't have a Trader Joe's where we live now and I do miss it...I am visiting from Friendship Friday! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  3. Of course you had to eat the broken cookies! ;)

  4. You reminded me how much I love Trader Joe's Christmas Tea. My son and his wife usually bring some up from NYC every Christmas! I would be elated over the horse therapy time change. I am not an early morning person and Bethany is even more of one! I think your church's outreach to the homeless in marvelous and I hope you have an awesome time in DC!