Monday, May 14, 2018

Oh My Child, Part II

I received a return email from Mr. Jowers and he stated that while Emily gave him the sweatshirt, she claimed to have forgotten the note. I double checked her backpack without her knowledge prior to her getting on the bus. She had both the note and the sweatshirt.

I left work and arrived at school at 10:30 to set her straight. Hauled her butt right out of class, proverbially speaking. We had a nice little chat, and I doled out my punishment. I made it clear to the guidance counselor that I expected the school to follow up with some of their own. Then I drove 30 minutes back to work.

Sooner or later they'll figure out that mama don't play, and we're not starting this nonsense with 3 weeks to go.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Sal and the kids went all out for Mother's Day, certainly more than was necessary.

I had mentioned wanting a new chaise lounge or other reclining chair for more comfortable reading outside this summer. I received that, in addition to white roses, Sherri's Berries, cards, and a magnet that Seth made in daycare. The girls got me sunglasses and a pair of flip flops. It was like everything I love wrapped up in one day.

After church we went to the Square Cafe in Regent Square for a late lunch. Once again I ordered the lemon berry ricotta pancakes. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Sarah's not a fan of breakfast foods, but she tried the buffalo chicken sandwich, and did really well with it until it got too spicy for her. Emmy and Seth had pancakes, and were almost clean platers. Sal also had the buffalo chicken sandwich and had no problem scarfing his down.

I bought the circus shirt below on a whim when I saw an ad on Facebook. I knew it would be perfect for Mother's Day, and any time, really. The girls were so embarrassed, but if the shoe fits. . .

The last couple of years, Mother's Day has been chilly, but today was gorgeous with only scattered showers off and on.

To round out Mother's Day, I found a house in Charlottesville, Virginia that is cheaper than staying in a hotel room. It's three bedrooms and only about 15 minutes from Monticello. We will be stopping there next month on our way to the Outer Banks.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Soccer Saturday

Emmy's team lost their game by a significant amount, but she scored the first goal of the game for her team.

Sarah and I took a few selfies prior to the game starting. It was so nice to sit outside and enjoy the sun and bright blue sky.

One of these weeks I really need to get a picture of Emmy in uniform, or at least on the field.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Oh My Child, Part I

Hello Mr. Jowers,

Emily came home wearing a plain, off-white sweatshirt today, Friday, and told me she won it playing a coin toss game at JA Day. It seemed a little odd, but we were on my way to pick up my son from daycare, and I let it go for the moment. As I was following her into the garage I noticed the sweatshirt said "Love Pink" on the back. I asked her where she really got it, and she replied that her friend Eva gave it to her. I started a text to Eva's mom to make sure she knew, and that it was okay.

Emily stopped me midway through the text and said no, she found the sweatshirt, "in a field" at school. I explained that not only had she stolen someone's sweatshirt, but she took it on a FRIDAY, meaning they wouldn't have their hoodie all weekend. Then, she lied to me twice about how she got it in the first in the place. Furthermore, the person who's sweatshirt this is is probably in trouble with her parents for losing it.

She has the sweatshirt with her today, along with a note of apology to whomever this belongs.

I'd like you, or another administrator/teacher, to ask her for both items, and hopefully locate the rightful owner.  I'll defer to school policy as to how this should be handled, but at a minimum she needs to serve a lunch detention.

If you have any questions or want to further discuss this issue, please contact me.

Thank you,

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday Bug and Recital

We made it through winter only to have a man down today.

Sethy's routine is to get out of bed and come into our room every morning. I heard him go downstairs, and I heard him coughing, the kind of coughing where you can't seem to catch your breath in between. I got out of bed and went to check on him. He was sitting in the living room with a train of drool/spit running down him. I assumed he had coughed stuff up, he has been congested, and spit it out not knowing that else to do. I cleaned him up, and he asked for muffins and milk. That's his usual breakfast, but he just didn't seem like himself. I offered him water instead.

On what I can only describe as mommy intuition, I grabbed a blanket from upstairs and just kind of hung out with him in the living room. Sure enough, a few minutes later he threw up. I yelled for Sal to come down and we got him cleaned up and undressed.

He wasn't projectile vomiting, and asked for something to drink and to eat. He threw up shortly after each time, but not everything he was eating and drinking was coming back up so I took that as a good sign.

I put a pull-up on him just in case he had diarrhea and checked his temperature. It was 100.3, and I was surprised to find it wasn't higher. Eventually he just wanted to sleep. I decided to run to the store to pick up gatorade, popsicles, ginger ale, coke, and whatever else I thought we needed.

By the time I got home he was sound asleep on the floor. I had to run to Emmy's baton recital. Since she was act 36 of 39, I waited until after intermission knowing these things can run 3.5-4 hours long.

While she enjoyed baton/twirling this year, I think her real loves are soccer and flute. She's undecided at this time if she'll continue with baton, but she went to class every week without complaint.

I had a chance to see her after the concert, and when I returned home, Seth was running around like his usual wild self. I put some towels on the floor and told him if he felt sick he needed to make sure he got to one of them, but I was pretty confident that whatever had upset his stomach had passed.

Sal made chicken and noodles for dinner at my suggestion because it's bland enough it wouldn't upset Seth's tummy further if he ate it, and it would be gentle on Sal and I if either one of us caught the bug. I knew Seth was 100% again when he asked for A-1 with his chicken.

The rest of the evening/night were uneventful.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Kids of Steel

Today was the Kids of Steel 5K run in Pittsburgh. Emmy signed up to run it several months ago and has been training after school.

Because she was at her dad's he ran it with her, and I had the change to talk to her this evening.

I took screenshots of her holding up both the medal and her number.

She was so excited to tell me all about it. She loved having total strangers yelling and cheering her on. She also thought it was pretty cool that volunteers passed out water at various points. She cannot wait to run another.

She wasn't sure of her exact time, but she said they finished in about 35:00. Not too shabby for her first run.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Big Project

It's no secret that I love the change in weather, but with the change in weather comes the need for air conditioning. We knew our A/C was having issues last summer. Now, it's completely dead. What Freon remained had leaked out, and we need to replace the entire unit.

Because it makes sense to do it, we're also replacing our furnace.

We weren't expecting an 8k project this Spring, but the system is 18 years old so we knew it was coming.

Now my head is swimming with names like Rheem, Carrier, Lennox, and Trane. I've talked to several companies as well. We need to have this project completed by the end of May so that the house doesn't turn into an oven while we're on vacation in June.