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Thursday, April 22, 2010

I had one of those flip out weeks

April 14, 2010
I had one of those flip out weeks I have often. I think I am starting to function again today. Easter was horrible. Although I love General Conference, It is much nicer when no one is ill. We all went down like dominoes. It started on Thursday evening with Daniel. 12 hours later your dad and Mark were sick. 12 hours after that I was ill. 24 hours later Eric got sick. That was Sunday morning and then on Monday John came down with it. We were all wiped out. Mark, Daniel and John recovered pretty quickly. Rob and I had sugar problems because we couldn’t eat so it took quite a bit longer. Eric started eating to soon so he took a while as well. We are all recovered now but it was not a pleasant way to start the month. While I was still trying to get back from that, John brought home 2 parent homework assignments. A Lincoln costume for his living museum AND dress a paper doll in traditional clothing from our heritage. After telling him where we were from, he chose the traditional clothing of England. England? What are the traditional clothes of England? No-o-o he couldn’t chose Austria or German or even Scottish! He had to pick England!

So, I totally freaked out and couldn’t function at all because I was overwhelmed. I had pack meeting awards as well, which take up three days. I forgot a whole dens awards this time. Luckily, Rob noticed and I was able to run to the scout shop yesterday. It really messed up my schedule though.

John did his living museum thing today. His Lincoln costume turned out pretty good. I stressed out over it enough. The best thing is he actually stood up and did his report! He talked in front of the whole class and their parents!!!! Can you believe it? This was the kid who wouldn’t talk to anyone outside the family 2 years ago. His teachers said they were having a hard time getting him to write the report. (Duh it’s writing) But he did a great job. I was worried he wouldn’t wear the church shirt or the jacket or for that part any of the costume. I was worried he wouldn’t do the report, but he did great!

Daniel is doing fantastic. I couldn’t help him much with his homework last night because I was doing pack awards, but he pulled it out and kept bugging me until I made Mark help him. Every time Mark would try to do something else, Daniel would come to us for help. He was persistent and finished. It was a lot of writing and searching through a little booklet for the correct answers. I was really proud of him. He needed a lot of help but with Mark’s help and when I finished the awards and after pack meeting he was able to complete it.

John asked on the way home from pack meeting last night, “how many Saturday’s until Chris comes home?” After telling him, I asked him if he was excited about it. He was enthusiastic in his yes response. I told him and Daniel you would be going on a mission in June. Daniel seemed a tiny bit unhappy about it. I think he understands a little because of Paul.

Friday, April 2, 2010

I miss Mark

Daniel had his Reading Restaurant yesterday at school. He had a little Chef Daniel hat and a license to read. He had been telling me all week that he was making a flower. There was a tissue paper flower at his spot. It was really cute. He is reading really well even thought he still has trouble with rhyming words. He kept reading make for take and she for he. After that he went to visit a friend with me. Daniel played Mario cart with the eighteen year old son that is home schooled. He had a great time.

Mark had band practice after school on Tuesday. I was sleeping and Eric was watching the boys, I thought.  I heard Daniel yelling for Mark all over the house and getting really angry. He came in my room and said, “Mom, can’t find Mark!” I said, “He isn’t home.” He said, “Where is he?” I said, “He had band today. Ask Eric.” He walked around the house yelling for Eric, but there was no response. He came into my room and plopped down on the bed and said with a sigh, “I miss Mark.” I asked him what he wanted and he answered (this is what cracks me up) “Sandwich.” I got up and made him one. I guess Mark has been making snacks for Daniel quite a bit. Eric had gone to get Mark from band which was why he couldn’t be found.

John has been doing pretty well. We had some trouble with Monday spelling homework but doing it over the weekend is helping although he doesn’t much like that either. He had to write a story with some of his spelling words.  This is what he dictated to me.  I typed it for him and we stapled it to his spelling workbook page.  He got a smiley face.  He says it is really funny.

Once upon a time there was a father who bought some carrots. Then he dropped the carrots. And someone stole them. And he said, “I hope it doesn’t crash!” And then he played catch with a baseball. And he used a speech bubble and he thought, “doesn’t it realize that this store is kind of crazy.” When he got home he got into the shower. And then he got bald. And every time he waits he’s losing more hair. The ground was about to shake because someone was digging a tunnel. And he said, “I need someone helping them.” And then he said, “it might be the fear of thunder.” And he quietly said, “Or is it?” And so he went into space and saw the Milky Way Galaxy.

The End

He read a chapter of Pinocchio to me last night. I was reading along and he said, “Stop! My turn.” Then after a while he told me to read when somebody talks. That left him with the majority of the reading. He learned a new word. Gendarmes. (French for police man). He couldn’t pronounce it at all the first time but the next time he came to it he hesitated for a second and then did just fine. He was really proud of himself. There are a lot of big words in the book and he reads them with little or no trouble. I try to define them as we go. He was puffed up about reading new words. He is also very much into Crystal Chronicles right now. He spends all his spare time playing it.