Saturday, August 29, 2009
Cat [seeing opportunity for tomfoolery, walks up and takes ball from boy.]
Son at dinner takes bite of asparagus and burns mouth.
Daughter: You do it this way.
Son: I know.
Daughter: Shall I demonstrate?
Son: Well sure, it isn't piping hot NOW.
Daughter: You blow on it, like this.
Son: I KNOW.
Daughter: And then you carefully take a bite...
Son: Mom! Make her stop!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Do check out the lovely illustrations posted in the Kids' Gallery on my site: www.casiehermansson.com . And thanks to all in attendance!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Now it's time for us to start. The papers are full of students moving into dorms, and there's a hopeful chill in the air. The aquatic center was unpeopled, and the water frigid. (We only went to support their new policy of extended opening, weekends thru Labor weekend. Even we thought we were crazy to be in the water...) Time to dig in. This week's extra carricular activities are a case in point. Monday: evening parent meeting for new Girl scout troop we're starting at school; Tuesday: READING AT STARBUCKS (more about this, below); Wednesday: first after school meeting of the Daisy scouts, followed by back to school event hosted by the union, followed by fishing recruitment in the evening for Boy scouts; Thursday: returnee event for study abroad participants and their advisors, followed by choir rehearsal; Friday, makeup hair appointment for the one I messed up the time on yesterday. I'd better get to liking being busier again!
Reading on Tuesday at the local Starbucks (the one and only!). 5-6pm picture books; 6-7pm chapter books; 7pm+ is open mic for elementary ages. Free kid's drink and cookie to all kids in attendance. Come on out folks! I will read a picture book text or two, and then a chapter or two from a chapter book in the second hour.
Monday, August 17, 2009
When I asked daughter last night what she was most looking forward to in her second ever day of school, she said: squishing bugs. She took care of two cockroaches in the brand new hallway outside her classroom before 8am, so I'm afraid it's going to be all downhill from there for her today!
The new policy against parents coming into the school to collect kids seems misguided. First, the sign out front says parents are welcome. Second, by putting the parents and guardians of 400 kids together on the sidewalk, you have an organized mob. We should actually hold PTO meetings, ten minutes at a time, right there. Third, it is not safer to send my 2d grader out with instructions to "come back if he doesn't find a parent." That's just... wrong. How do other schools do it?
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I was disappointed then reading the second book in Hilari Bell's Knight and Rogue series. The first, The Last Knight, was a terrific YA (young adult) read. It had direction and dimension in spades. The second seems to pick up as a true sequel, with a lot of unfinished business from the first book. That didn't bother me with the Percy Jackson series, so much.
No doubt there's a difference between true sequels, like Bell's, or Rowling's, and a series in which the books can more easily be read out of order? I think of our public library and their back wall of elementary chapter books. Some serieses have 19 books in them, so far. Some (Magic Treehouse) have passed 40. If they were written to be read in order... it wouldn't happen!
What are your thoughts on sequels?
Monday, August 3, 2009
I am beginning to number the things left undone. That they have been left undone for a variety of pretty productive reasons doesn't much help:
- Son did not learn to ride a two-wheeler (training wheels came off in April, but parents too lacksadaisical to get him riding some place with grass; only hope now is impending grandparent visit...).
- Son did not learn to tie shoelaces.
- Shed got scraped, but no paint was applied (please do not cross reference earlier post--I do remember it).
- Porch on mother-in-law's house did not even get to the scraping stage.
- Book did not get reviewed, but since publisher is resending it due to its patent non-arrival, I'm not taking the hit for that one.
- Daughter got read to, a lot, but did not practice her own reading.
To balance it out (since the voice in my head is arguing already), the following did get accomplished:
- Hubby's game room built and furnished (if not exactly paid for).
- Lots of pyjama days.
- Swim classes, two sessions' worth. Lots of family swims in addition.
- Cub scout camp (please do cross reference earlier posts, full of dwama).
- Many meetings to establish a Daisy scout troop, beginning later this month.
- Writing, writing, writing, writing. Editing, critiquing, networking, blog reading, blog posting, website maintenance. Rope learning in general. More writing.
- A raised garden with actual edible veggies in it. Real ones!
- A big event coordinated, with 59 kids and 30 adults. Even some whiny ones. Full of dwama.
- A giant BBQ, early in the summer, from the "one fell swoop" school of entertainment thought.
- The public library summer reading program for kids, plus party. Lots of trips to the PPL, and tracking books at home. Fifteen more things at a time we must. not. lose.
- A Complete and Utter Tenth Anniversary Reorganization of Several Rooms and Their Major Pieces of Furniture. Down to the original dust.
- Six or seven cub scout events so the den could stay in touch. Snacks at each.
- My book! Arrived! Looking gorgeous and ready to promote! Champagne for the adults, sparkling apple for the kids.
I'm sure if I thought harder the first list could be much, much longer. But that would be work. So in the balance, if you ask me I'll snap that of course I'm not ready for (my) school to go back. I'm not a masochist. And I'm not looking forward to having to fight for writing time. But in my heart of hearts, I'm relieved.