Some days are just so busy. Crazy busy that I just want to stop and breathe. Honestly, I am so inadequate for this job. I have had this post up all day, partially written with the delete button probably hit more times than not. I have so much I want to share... so much to say in hopes to encourage, or have you a deep belly laugh with me. But as of now, I am pulled away from this keyboard because a certain little boy's you know what is hurting again. Big sigh.
It appears that antibiotics are not doing the trick. He is still complaining of pain. Dennis has an appointment with our new pediatrician at the end of the month. The "try and fix it all" mother that I am spent some time researching this subject on the computer, and I quickly gave up after reading some very inappropriate stuff. I'll leave this one to the doctor.
I found another home school curriculum gem. Morning Jumpstarts is a wonderful workbook for Sveta, Anastasia, and Paul. To avoid overusing the word love, I will say that I really, really, really like this daily activity that the kids do. Check it out.
It may look easy, but it is quite challenging for all of them. The word of the day always brings a smile to my face after I read their sentences. "I moist the shower." "The shower can moist." "He moist when he take shower." And the think tank is a great activity too. It reinforces them to draw pictures to try and solve problems. My favorite though has got to be the brainteaser. Anastasia and Sveta figure them out fairly quickly now that we are on activity 8, but Paul struggles with them. After I give him an example he can some up with his own in no time.
John came home from a business trip. He brought the kids home a couple of little souvenirs from his hotel room. He gave Anna some tea bags and I made her day by letting her drink it out of a disposable coffee cup with lid. Her and Rachel like to look grown up like this. Just kidding. Truly, it brings sheer delight to the girls with such simple things. Oh how I love them.
Now onto the crazier things that I still can't quite explain. William took the waffle shaped soap that John had given to Anna. He opened it up and took a big bite. He says it was because he thought it resembled a waffle. Hmmmmm, I think he enjoyed making all the kids laugh. His natural consequence was not being able to enjoy his favorite lunch because of the aftertaste.
Rachel is expanding her vocabulary. She told me last night that I embarrassed her throughout the whole San Diego policy. I think she meant county. She is chuckling as she watches me type this. English language learners have so much that they have to absorb in such a short time. But now she says that she was just quoting a movie. See what I have to put up with-- LOL. ;) You may be asking how I embarrassed her. Her and Galina took off for a little walk without telling me. So I went outside and screamed not quite from the top of my lungs their names just as the neighbors were getting out of their car. Boy was that fun.
Piano lessons are in half an hour so I leave you with this story. Yes, John and I had a good chuckle. Two of the middle boys were hiding behind the Tempest game. A sister quickly caught a glimpse of a magazine with naked girls right before the boys hid it. Were the boys looking at smut? Why didn't I know about this sooner? How much have they been exposed to? What were they doing when they looked at the magazine? Did one of them get it from school? Honestly, it is very easy to draw conclusions of the worst kind. Turns out it was page 23 of the Kohl's ad. The intimate apparels page to be exact. Another parenting moment where I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
Cry because pornography is at all of our children's fingertips. Laugh that it was only a department store ad. Cry because of our sin nature to be drawn to such imagery when we should want to wait for our future husbands and wives. Laugh because it is a relief when it could have been so much worse.
We used this incident to talk to the boys yet again and confiscated their magazine-- giggle giggle. I'm sorry to make light of such a serious situation, but they are kids and this stuff is normal. If I can't laugh at these parenting dilemmas, then I might as well give up because it is one of the few things that gets me through the challenging times.