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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

snowy morning

I gave the younger kids the day off. They had a half-day today, and it just seems so stupid to get them up and dressed and out the door just to come home again in a few hours. What could they possibly learn? Especially when there is snow on the ground to play in!
The school does not love it that I let them stay home so much. They get after me about sending in those excuses! Because the STATE requires them. I do not want to make the teachers' jobs more difficult. But they fret about things that they shouldn't fret about. My kids do fine in school, more than fine, so what is the problem?
So this morning, I have them to myself. They are going out to play, and then they get to take turns wrapping presents with me. They get to have secrets. And yes, lots of times they tell. But it is fun.
Yestereday was a good shopping trip. I cannot say all the good things I found, in case any of the kids reads this. But I found what I wanted for some of the older ones. We went to three stores, and by the time we got to the check-out in the final store, the grocery store, the kids were out of steam, and my feet hurt. My sandal-clad feet, mind you. I couldn't find my shoes when it was time to leave, I had not worn the in more than a week, and they disapeared into the closet. I didn't take the time to look very hard because I LOVE my sandals. And I don't care so much if I look like an idiot, but my feet were pretty cold. I think I need to say goodbye to them for a few months. Anyway, we were beat, and at the register.....oh my goodness...the lady was nice, but....she did not know what she was doing. I asked her how much something rang up, just to make sure, and she said, "Honey, you will just have to look at your receipt when we're done here, that's the only way to know." Okay. We ended up going up to the service desk for a refund. Oh well. The store is great, though. The kids got an M&M cookie and a balloon, so they like going there. And we were at the check-out so long (spent lots of money, that takes time!), I got them each a pack of Mentos gum, which they consumed pretty quickly.
By the time we got in the door with the groceries, it was time to go back out the door for the school band concert. Paul couldn't go with me because the water filter had to be changed, the water wasn't running again. So Aaron was making dinner, Mirielle was putting away all the stuff we bought, and I took Evelyn with me for Mali and Sam's concert. We were late. We parked far away. I had to hoof it with uncomfortable high-heeled-for-me clogs on. Sam and Mali had to go in to the band room, so I sent Evelyn on ahead with them, and told her to go into the auditorium and get me a seat. So....I get to the auditorium, and sit down with a friend, looking all the time for Evelyn. I did not see her. I went out to the hall, looked, asked the people in the band room, looked around, stood in the back of the auditorium looking and looking for her the whole 5th and 6th grade band. I started to get really worried, thinking that someone grabbed her. As the band finished their selections and were to change to the 7th and 8th grade band, I was headed up to the stage to ask them to page her....and she came up the aisle, saying, "Mommy, I had a seat for you up front, where were you?" I just hugged her. I didn't REALLY think anything bad had happened, but I had started to GO THERE in my mind....and it was terrifying. I totally enjoyed the rest of the concert, now that I knew where my Evelyn was.
I really need to get moving here....the place is hopping with action, and the mom is sitting there on her computer.



I don't know how your schools are there, but here when they do half-days it's mostly because the teachers are doing some sort of "training" and the students are babysat by subs. And we all know how much learning goes on when a sub is teaching!

If it's like that in your school system, I think the next time the school officials complain about your children not being in school, I'd have to tell them that if they want my kids in class, then maybe they need to have the teachers in class too!

Cassandra said...

Once again i am amazed at your snow!!! Its so hot over here :-)

Cassandra x