Friday, August 22, 2014

1st day of a new school

QT began Junior Kindergarten today (Thursday) and TR started 1st grade.

QT likes his teacher.  He packed up a gift to take her on Friday.  A few kids from TR's old school are also at the new school.  It still makes me sad that our wonderul little school closed so I imagine it is hard for TR to move from a school she loved.  She  regularly asks if the school will remain closed and if she can return if it reopens. She knows she has options for schools and has identified a school to go to, if this school does not work.

The new school is also small though bigger than the prior school. QT's class has 18 kids and TR's class looks to have 20.  TR said a little boy in 1st, laid on the floor and spun during class.  She prayed for him in her pre-dinner prayer.  QT said a boy in his class kept interrupting the teacher and other students.

Hopefully the teachers will reign those kids in.  Kindergarten and 1st is to important to lose instructional time for behavior issues.

The 1st day was 1/2 a day, and that gave the kids a chance to see the environment and go home and prepare.

Saturday is TR's first meet and we'll be busy the next few days.  I have hearing out of town and I am hopeful my case settles so I can stay home.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hair Smoothie

It has been a few weeks since I gave TR a hair treatment.  Her curl pattern changed.  It used to be corkscrew curls and now it's more waves when wet but the corkscrews appear when dry and moisturized. QT and Mr A will get some and maybe me too.

This morning I plan to put the following ingredients in the blender on smoothie setting

-1 whole  ( I love the moisture results from the bannana.)
-two tbsp avocado oil
-1 tbsp coconut oil
-1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-1 egg
-1 tbsp honey

After a few months of trial and more trial, I really like what bananna and honey offer in the smoothie.

Friday, August 15, 2014

bye bye summer

Science class was the body
We visited Fairyland







We signed TR up for Karate. She doesn't have much free time with gymnastics but she really wants to take the class.  Her class is a different day from QT's karate so I just gave myself a new task. *deep sigh*







Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beat and schools

Living in California comfortably and having children who have basic stuff is expensive.  We dont do super expensive activities, so we are not splurging on things.  We live a little above the hood, so that required more for housing expense.  We hear the gunshots but we aren't seeing the bodies or the police tape.  We have had to drive though gunfire on our way home because nuccas lack couth and shoot at each other like we are in the wild west.

Anyway.......... I digress.

During the first 1/2 of last school year, I would pick TR up from school and 2 days each week we spent from 4pm to 7pm at gymnastics.  Then it went to 3 days because a Saturday was added.  So my 3 pm to 7:30 pm, which included drive time was spent in a gym or driving.

The 2nd 1/2 of the school year and we switched gyms and I think it was 2 hours, 2 or 3 days a week and 1.5 hours on one other day for a program for talented gymnasts.  Mr A then enrolled her in a 2nd tops class.  So M, W, F became gym days.  I was the driver.

As stated above it is expensive to live here and I work.  I don't play work. I work.  It is expensive to live in this area so every dime I make, I have to work for.  I don't have a salary and if i slack moey is lost.  It is very very stressful and oppressive to work and to be the driver.

I have expressed my discontent to Mr A and resigned as full time driver of kids to various activities. We will both have to sacrifice our time.  Mr A is appears upset but I feel better to not be the primary parent responsible for karate and gynnastics.  If I can schedule my work around the kid, he can too.

School Stuff

School begins next week.  I have enjoyed summer and I am sad to see it end.  QT starts JK and it is a JK/Kinder class and all work is kindergarten. QT is 4.6 so we shall see how it goes. He can count well into his hundreds.  He can write numbers to at least 11,  he knows his upper and lower case and cn match. He writes his name. He had great penmanship.  He knows his shapes and colors.

I think he is ready academically.  The 8:30 to 3 might be hard. He likes naps.

I am not excited about this new school.   I adored the old school and I knew the teachers were excellent, so it is hard to change.  I will give this school a few months.  Home school is always an option.

I did not get through my full summer activity list.  I am going to miss QT and my art classes and morning visits to get hot chocolate and then the park or library.   These young days go so fast.

Monday, August 4, 2014

CAMPERS - last week of July

TR and QT did camp last week.  My little kids are excited about growing into big kids.  For me it is a bit of an emotional time.  My kids want independence and are excited to experience activites without parental supervision.

Sadly, it seems to be illegal to allow children the independence they naturally seek.  I would prefer child predators be stopped (terminated) and children be allowed to develop normally and outside of a 100% supervised bubble.

Kids can easily become adult babies if their entire childhood is spent under supervision and guided activities.  The predators should be penalized and criminalized, the children should not be imprisioned nor should parents be put in jail for not jailing children.

I am a conspiracy theorist.  These current kids will have no problem with government directing every move and watching every action.  The kids never tasting freedom.

I like camp, because the camp staff is young and most don't have kids, so they can have fun.  I remember being young and working at a zoo and thinking throngs of screamining kids was fun. I would laugh at the antics of young kids and now I mostly focus on the safety of those antics.

Camp is surprisingly expensive.  Some parents have their kids in camp every week of summer.  That has to be thousands spent each summer on camp.

I appreciate that Mr A and I both prefer to financially prioritize our kids.  We chose that expense vs. spending on something adult centered.  Same with school tuition.  The $ per year could purchase something consumable but school is our biggest financial priority.
I would move to cheaper housing to fund tuition if finances required us.

This week should be more restful.  We took an overnight trip to Central Ca. on Sunday, so rest is in my plans for Tues-Friday.

I am going to miss my busy little babies once school begins.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

hair check

QT and TR AUGUST 2, 2014
above photo taken May 8, 2014
taken August 3, 2014



TR's hair care regime has been going well.  I am pleased with the results so far.  We save lots of time each morning because I am not styling and a bonus of that is maintaining hair growth.

Yesterday I conditioned with an egg, 1/2 avocado, 1 teaspoon mayo, honey, 2 tsps evoo, 2 tsps coconut oil mixed with my hand mixer.

I dampened her hair prior to the condition and left the condition on for 3or so hours. We washed with 1/2 shampoo and 1/2 water and used herbal essence hello hyrdration to condition.

I've been doing 3-strand twists to style her hair.  I think its a cute style for little girls.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

July Home and Travel

While perusing pinterest, I saw shelves being used to store shoes.  I put these in the kids' clothes closet and they like it and use it.

I've been eyeing ottomans and finally got this.  I am not sure how and where I will use it.  It might be a seat in our closet, our a footrest in our bedroom or the office.  QT has asked me to put it in his room. We shall see.

QT asked to go to the bookstore and he chose these books. I think its interesting how he likes boyish type of books.  I am sure its due to Mr. A's influence.  Mr A likes Star Wars and he and QT have discussions about Spider Man and Ninja Turtles.

This is a photo of our journey on AmTrak. We packed a lunch (my mom did) and we have a nice long pinic and fun train ride.  GoOD food makes everything better!
I rearranged the kids bedroom early this month at the request of the children.  I think they now think furniture should be rearranged quarterly.  When I don't move it they do it or tell me where they want it moved.