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My little boy’s woes..

He has been complaining about vertigo for awhile so I got an appt today for him to see his dr.  He also has headaches, stomach aches, constipation, and fatigue. The most probably cause…. dehydration.  I am always trying to get him to drink but he doesn’t do it:(  I am now going to ramp up my efforts to get fluids in him.  The good news is that he gained 2 or 3 lbs since his last visit a month ago.  Small gain but the dr was happy and said he was doing well.  Said to start giving him milk shakes.  Difficult when my other 2 kids DO NOT need milkshakes all the time.  I’m hoping the fluids make him feel a lot better though….

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Officially nervous….

Good Morning wonderful people!!!  Well, I am STILL fighting that stupid migraine! 9/11 has me spooked about our flight tomorrow .  Flying doesn’t usually make me nervous but for some reason I am today.   I’ll have the kids though which means I can’t be afraid at all.  None of them have memories of being on a plane before and they will be afraid.  Once we’re off the ground it will just be fighting their boredom.  As for today, I have a lot to do.  I still need to find a good purse  to take.  I want lightweight and medium sized.  I usually only have one purse and the one I have now is just too big.  I also need to make a list of stuff for the kids to pack and then pack for them.   Plus figure out what in the heck  I am going to bring:(  My husband made grilled cheese last night so dinner will be on me tonight.  I am hoping I have something I can just throw in the crockpot…

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Feeling better..

feeling good enough to go he my meds and stop at a store to look for luggage. I failed at 2 out of 3 “launches” this morning. I was able to get big boy off to school but had to lay down before I passed out so my husband got the other 2 off to school. He is a night owl and I’m a morning bird which has its advantages and disadvantages. He always tucks the kids in at night and any issues before 1 or 2am. He takes care of and then I he up for anything early morning and to launch kids out the door for school. We started the system when the boys were babies. Only issue is limited time actually awake and in bed together. Amazing how the little buggers limit your fun time in bed…. Ok gotta get out of the tub and head out before the migraine I back which I expect it will be. Too much stress for me getting ready for vacation:(

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Another fundraiser??

I’m sure you have seen a variation of this before now but I thought I would share anyways.  

We spend too much on killing people and not enough on education here in the US.  This should not be a surprise to anyone.  Our schools are falling apart…  are children are learning in little trailers instead of classrooms more and more often (Little Girl is n a “portable” this year). We don’t have the funds to recruit great educators.  First, the teachers now a days need  combat pay in most schools and secondly, private companies pay much more.  I thought about becoming a teacher but the way things are now I would never do it.  The teachers are now even losing their freedom of choosing curriculum.  We have “Core Curriculum.”  To me this takes passion away from the best teachers.  If you can’t teach lessons that you are passionate about and you are stuck with the same lesson plans every year, how enthusiastic are you going to be as a teacher?  Now I know I am rambling, but this year the core stuff has really pissed me off.  Bottom line is that Whitney was right when she said “the children are our future.”   Yet, are education system just seems to decline every year.   Why do we continue to give humongous tax breaks to the wealthy and companies instead of investing in our future?  Why do we need to have our military ALL over the world and supplying other countries (ahemmmmm- Israel) with weapons to kill people?  Do you know that after your income exceeds 100,000 a year you no longer have to pay social security tax the rest of the year?  Why the fuck are these people NOT paying more into the system if they make 100K+?  Our entire PUBLIC (not private or charter) education system needs to be revamped, modernized, and fucking FUNDED.  Did you know some countries offer free higher education (http://www.deseretnews.com/top/1642/0/Countries-that-offer-free-higher-education-.html)?  It is an investment in your country and it’s future.  One of the best things that ever happened to Japan was that after WWII, they were forbidden to create a “real” military.  Instead that money was used on other things and Japan’s economy eventually took off.  Ok on to my next point…

Bake sales are no longer bake sales.  God forbid you actually want to bake something for a bake sale.  For the most part bake sales are no longer held here because of the liability issues associated with them. What if someone was allergic to peanuts and they ate your fudgy peanut buttery brownies?  They school would be sued.  Same situation if I make something tainted with salmonella or I put needles in the cookies.  I love to bake so this has been a real disappointment for me.  Well what are we going to do if we can’t have a bake sale… I’ll tell you.  Let’s sell overpriced items from a catalog that parents are embarrassed to show to coworkers because the products are unappealing and quadruple what you would normally pay for them.  And we all know these fundraisers are really more of a parent’s job than a student’s.  We need to take our kids to houses or take the paperwork to work, or church, whatever.   Then we need to keep track of all the money and finally make the deliveries.  It sucks.  Why do we do it????   Because the schools make it almost impossible not to do it…

Your child runs through the door clutching a big white envelope and you know already what it is by their glee and the size of the envelope.  I dread this every year.  They are excited beyond belief at the prospect of winning a “prize.”  For those soccer moms and the “I have no life of my own and live vicariously through my children” parents, they are excited too!  Not me.  I just have a feeling of nauseousness at the thought of asking their grandparents and our neighbors (all retired and on fixed incomes) to spend so much money on crap. I know if I don’t do it, I will be thought of as an unsupportive parent by the school probably and my kids will be angry that money won’t let them earn a prize (yeah sell 100 items and get a dollar store toy is what it amounts to).

My Little Girl presented her fundraising envelope to me this afternoon.  We will probably do what we do for every fundraiser and 2 out of 3 kids (Little boy could care less about fundraisers) will do it.  My husband will be in charge of going to the neighbors with the kids and asking the grandparents.  There just has to be a better way to fund our schools.  That’s all I’m saying…

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Good Morning!!!

Hey everyone- Kids all have a late start at school but little girl has a dentist appt at 7:30AM.  It should be a joy waking her up since she had a major wobbler last night.  We really are at our wits end.  The tantrums are ridiculous and she does them to get more attention.  It’s not like she isn’t showered with attention but she seems to want even more.  We are at our wits end.  We tried lots of different stuff last night but finally seemed to find something she didn’t smile through.. went old school with standing in the corner.  She hated it but I don’t know if it will be as effective the next time.   I guess we’ll see…

Morning light as seen from cave 110207 F208 by PeteHuu on Flickr.

Morning light as seen from cave 110207 F208 by PeteHuu on Flickr.

Bad hair night for little girl…

Very unhappy with tonight’s hair.  I tried for the first pic but didn’t use black rubberbands and I couldn’t get the braids to wrap around and then securely fasten.:( finally gave up and put the three braids in a pony.  She needed to get to bed and I was frustrated.  This should last until Friday though:) Saturday we leave on vacation for a week and I plan on doing tons of little braids which should last the full week looking relatively good.  It just takes so long to do…

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