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Ahhh…. life. January 20, 2010

Filed under: Family — Desiree @ 8:10 pm
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So, see, it hasn’t been 7 months! But I’m not too sure what to post. ummmm….
Kosher (our pig!) is being pretty naughty! So he gets to spend lots of time outside and he doesn’t
mind so much (considering he’s a pig) and our garden gets nice and roto’d while he’s out there.
Pigs like to root around, and we may not actually have to rototill the garden when it comes time to plant again. Quite a bonus! See the picture of our tilled garden? This is where the pumpkins go!
Here is a picture of the naughty pig, dirty nose and all!

I have not been being very disciplined in my life lately. I’ve hardly dedicated any time to ChaCha in the last 3 weeks and I’ve only booked a few parties. I need to set up a schedule to work all my jobs and stick to it. Yes I played hooky today too, but not really, so don’t give me any flack about it!
Kids are doing well! Matthew has been able to turn around his grades from last year. He’s gone from almost failing all of his classes to 4 A’s, 1 B and 1C (in Spanish.) He’s still terrible at homework so he does really well when he can get stuff done at school, but it’s such an improvement I can’t really complain too much.
JoNathan got a couple of awards last week at school. One for having 4.0 GPA the first trimester and the other was a character award “Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible.” He was nominated for that one from all his teachers, so it’s quite an accomplishment. He is so good at coming right home and sitting down with his homework. He really strives to be the best.
Caden loves being back at Sojourner. He truly missed not being there, as any teacher at his other school will tell you. He’s doing well and seems to be on track to start middle school next year.
Jaidelyn wants to go to school! (She also wants a visit from the tooth fairy, although I can’t figure out why!) She can’t wait to be old enough. I think she thought she would get to start when she was 3. So I enrolled her in a dance class. She has attended one and LOVED it! It was so cute how she was watching and following along! It definitely helps her feel like a “big kid!”
Here she is jumping over a “puddle!”
She’s so proud of her new dancing shoes!
Here is Jetto. We usually just call him Jett. He loves Jaidelyn like every dog should love a little girl. It’s Jason he’s not so fond of! But they are coming around and to terms with each other, slowly and surely. It probably doesn’t help that Jett thinks he should stand on the table.


Mother Nature is on my sh*t list! December 17, 2008

Filed under: Family — Desiree @ 7:19 pm
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Yeah, had to cancel my daughter’s 2nd birthday party, school has been out all week (that puts 9 kids in my house!)- probably the rest of it too and my son has a cast on his arm.

Mother Nature is on my “naughty” list this year!


Failure December 1, 2008

Filed under: Family — Desiree @ 7:27 pm

I’ve enrolled my son in a brick and mortar school today.
What? you may ask is a brick and mortar school? Well, I was not happy with the neighborhood school after we moved to the OC. I pulled them out of their great charter school for convenience purposes and I was not happy. When I called them at the end of the school year last year there would be room for Nathan to come back but not Caden. Poo. Really. Well at the risk of enrolling him into a different school just to have him switch to Sojo if there was room the following year I decided to just home teach him. But with help, so we looked into various virtual academies. Found the one we decided on and enrollment was fairly painless and away we went.
Well, it was frustrating to say the least. They based Caden’s placements on pre-tests. Well, he doesn’t read at level, so they placed ALL his core classes besides math at below grade level, so a lot of it is repeat, including math since he was in a charter school, he really is ahead in that subject. I could totally understand having literature arts at below grade level, but why science, history, social studies and etc? Why? So now he feels like a failure because he is literally repeating everything he’s already learned. I’ve brought this up several times to different people at the VA. Their answer? Well, he can pretest and skip it if he passes. um… how is that going to help him learn things AT grade level?
So… we initially set a date (last Wednesday) to evaluate the VA (virtual academy) subject and he could decide to go to a local public (ai: brick and mortar) school or keep going at the VA. He chose back to school.
So I went and enrolled him at the same school my child care kids go to, so at least he’ll know kids there and a bonus? It’ll help with transportation purposes!
He’s very excited to go. He came home and grabbed his backpack and then started playing the computer that will be leaving us soon. (it belongs to the VA).
Wow… I’ll get my work space back… that’s a good thing!
Plus maybe I’ll get some other things done during the day besides schooling. That’ll be nice.