Friday, November 28, 2008

Gobble, Gobble '08

Sorry to continue the shortness of posts. I am suffering from a terrble cold (but at least I am the only one to have contracted it...kind of astounding when you think about ow mnay kids we have ;) Turkey day was uneventful, as I pretty much just felt like curling up into a ball and dying and not so much like baking a big ass turkey. I did it anyway (otherwise the kids might have revolted and I just did not have the strength to fend them off). hubs was kind enough to put them all to bed a bit on the early side...mainly because I had already passed out on the couch (thank you Benedryl). Hope your Thanksgivings were slightly healthier than mine!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Sorry for the lengthy absence...we're up to five kids now and have been crazy busy with work/school (I know, what's new). Anyway, I'm thinking that, through the holidays, it's going to be very difficult to find time to write so I hope you'll all forgive the time between posts. I'll put up some pics soon. A got his first haircut (Grandma took him so Hubs couldn't say no, hee hee), and he actually looks like a boy again (I was tired of getting complimented on my three beautiful daughters ;) J is enjoying her school (she gets to take a backpack and lunchbox, so she feels like a big girl), and C had her 1st parent-teacher conference this year. Remind me to post about how ridiculous the No Child Left Behind Act has made it for gifted and learning-disabled children alike to get help. I wanted to put C in the gifted program, but the new requirements put a heavy burden on the teacher and parents to show that the child can't be helped in someother way, then the testing process takes up to 12 weeks, they have to pass tests in 5 different subjects (no testing into the English gifted program, for example, you have to pass all 5 subjects), and you have to take an IQ test and score over 130. I'm thinking a charter school might be the way to go to meet her hands-on learning needs b/c she is extremely bright, and I think she is just extremely bored in class. I can sympathize not being a rote learner myself. It also sounds like you have o jump through just as many hoops for children with learning disabilities to get help. You have to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that your child needs help they can't get in a regular classroom. Yay NCLB Act! Let's shove all our children into one box so no one gets "left behind." No wonder our children perform so poorly.

Saturday, November 01, 2008