Eric and Daniel were hunting flies last night. We have a fly problem in our house. We do not know where they are coming from but suspect it is from the dead mice in the attic. We had a mouse problem during the summer but after putting out traps and bait, I think we got them. Problem is, no one wants to go searching for them and throwing them away. So now we have 8-10 flies a day to kill. Anyway, Daniel loved tracking down those flies, telling Eric and then watching Eric try to kill them. Eric had 2 DVD cases he was trying to smash the flies with. When he got one, Daniel would hand Eric some toilet paper to pick up the dead fly and flush it down the toilet. Daniel kept getting way too much toilet paper. The shine and Daniel’s eyes as he watched his big brother hunt flies was hilarious. They were having a blast though I think Eric got a little tired of it.
John is getting a little better at school. (And when I say a little better, I mean a very little better.) Suzette came over last Monday and had him do his homework. I have never seen John work so diligently. He did his entire spelling homework (all three pages) without a peep. It is usually a huge fight and maybe even hand over hand to get him to do one exercise let alone 3 pages worth. He has been doing a bunch of catch up work for homework this last week. It really hasn’t been too bad. At first he fights me while I try to help Daniel with his homework, but once I can focus just on John and then DH comes home, John gets busy. It helps that he doesn’t want to miss Wheel of Fortune or Wipe Out. He hasn’t figured out that if he works hard he will have a lot more time on the computer because Mark and Eric are still at band. That doesn’t seem to click yet.
Daniel still has a huge runny nose but I took him to the doctor Thursday and he is now on antibiotics and prescription strength decongestant. His mustache is beginning to clear up, but that may change as he licks when he writes so being in school makes it worse.
We are still trying to figure out a baptism date and time. It may need to wait until November, but I don’t think that is a big deal for John and Daniel. Too baptize or not too baptize…that is the question. It doesn’t really matter for them. They are both under the protections of the atonement no matter what.
Monday, September 20, 2010
I have had a stressful couple of weeks. John is giving the school a run for their money and I have been busy shooting off e-mails to them, Suzette, Audrey (Suzette’s boss) and John’s psychiatrist trying to figure out how to help him. That has been keeping me very busy.
What do I do with John? He is as non-compliant as ever. He was grounded from the computers and video games four days last week for not using the toilet and as mentioned earlier the school is having an impossible time. He is also as sweet as ever and loving as ever and cute as ever. I suppose I will continue to pray for inspiration. It is the only way to parent him. Oh-John story from school-Some time last week he had a really bad day and told the teachers he didn’t want to be in third grade. He was missing Daniel and wanted to be in second grade with him. A friend of mine told me her son, Abram said (isn’t this rumor now?) John had a really bad day and was running out of class. That is the problems they are having with him…running/leaving class, refusing to work…same ol same ol.
Daniel has been doing really well. He has a cold for the moment so he has his red mustache and a horrible case of the sniffles, but other then that he is his fine happy self. Occupational therapy and physical therapy has really brought his sparkle back. I thought the surgery had changed him, but it turns out he just didn’t have the strength and energy from before. He is dancing around and singing and playing like is old self now. I didn’t know how much I missed that until it was back. I was told a story from school about Daniel as well…The teacher said there was a math problem on the board that no-one could solve, so Daniel got up and solved it. The class all cheered and clapped for him and she said he was beaming. That is one thing Daniel is just like all his brothers (including John), he is a math genius. He had a great birthday as well. Just family stuff, I can’t seem to get myself to do a party for him. Don’t know why, just too lazy I guess. We (another family and us) are trying to figure out a baptism date for him, John, and Cade. The stake date is October 9th but that is ShacJam (big scout party for the 100 years of scouting) as well as a Marching contest and a football game which Jessica, Mark and Eric all have to attend. The Martinez’s have family coming in that weekend, so we are trying to figure out how to do this.
So, life is as crazy here as ever.
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