Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Today was the first day of school for the grandsons. We got ready sooo smoothly, I just couldn't believe it! Of course, it won't always be like that, but I'm definitely grateful for the blessing of a good beginning.
David and Paul were up early. David got showered and dressed, so he could be busy with boys. Paul took care of the dogs and then woke me for coffee and devotions. And Cassie was here too, to work with boys.
We'd gotten everything ready last night, so Cassie just snuggled Sean a bit at first. He's our only one who seems to be up quite awhile before he's awake! Then she helped him dress. David worked with the older two.
I made our breakfast, and Paul set the table. Plenty of time for breakfast. David was out at his usual 7:05; and Marshall, Sean, and I were out the door at 7:10. After about 1/4 mile, we split up for Marshall to head for middle school. Sean and I continued our trek to to his preschool.
We got Sean to school in plenty of time, a bit too early really. That's fine, because I don't think there's any need to walk with Marshall more than this week. Next week, Sean and I will probably wait until about 7:15.
Cassie walked Erik all the way, but he's planning to have an adult just get him across a busy street and then let him go the rest of the way on his own. Tomorrow, he'll be doing that with Grampie.
So, I'm happy to report that our planning and practice paid off. We had a great start to a new school year!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
No, I don't just mean the changes caused by school starting up again on Wednesday. Nor is it just adding in seeing Marshall off to middle school. This one is major, and it's all to the good!
We got Sean's bus schedule, and it threw us for a loop. The afternoon is fabulous - home only 15 minutes or so after school let's out. But morning looked really grim. On the bus at 6:15 for an 8:00am start time! This is a 4-year-old, for heaven's sake! Worse, he's the only boy to wake up slowly, and he's oh-so-grouchy besides!
Now for the good news. We live just 1.1 miles from his school, and we love to walk at our house! Those of you who were with me last year might remember that I'd often walk to pick him up when the weather was nice. Even an inquisitive little boy only took 30-35 minutes to walk that distance!
David should hear this week about a possible job in Fulton, but what if he didn't get it? Then we've still got no car from 7-5 every weekday, because of his current commute. And we needed to make a decision by yesterday afternoon. We knew we can't expect him to walk EVERY day, when it's bitterly cold or maybe just too treacherous underfoot.
Then something wonderful happened: future Grandma Goser to the rescue! Yup, we got an offer of some help! They only live half a mile from us, but she's still working and leaves ~8:00 to go in the opposite direction from Sean's school. I sure don't want to impose and ask her to take him "just because..." But it's nice to know she's there!
So now I have some major incentive to get out the door and get some cardio in. If Sean and I are out the door 7:15-7:25, we get there with no problem. If anything, Sean will walk a little faster than last year. I can then go to the Y a couple of those days too!
Even if David gets the new job, and I have the car at my disposal, I'm still planning to walk him most days. No coddling allowed!
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Ever since we moved here with Dad, our little living room has had a loveseat and a large, comfy recliner. Nothing else for seating. It worked for Dad and us. It worked for moving in David and 2 little boys. Just add beanbags, which they already had, and let the kids crash on the floor, right? But now we've thrown Marshall and Cassie into the mix. She and David have taken turns sitting on the floor with all three boys, but we started considering some other options.
We've also done fine with a set of bunkbeds. But Sean and Erik have been together in the top bunk when Marshall's been here, and that's not going to last forever. So...another problem to solve. We decided to remove the bottom bunk and slide in a double bed. That would put little boys together there and Marshall on top.
So, we were about to buy that double bed. Then Paul found a recliner for $20, and that would at least get Cassie up off the floor. We went to pick it up, and found a very nice gentleman, with a sparsely furnished apartment. But it's GOOD quality stuff!
As we chatted about why he was selling the recliner, it turned out that this was just the first item going up for sale. He's retired military, and he's planning to sell out by Labor Day. Then he and his little dog will be off to tour the country.
He would soon have a couch available, and even his top quality double bed (16 months old!) would be available too. He also had other things we liked - a great gas grill, a better dining room table than ours, a great outdoor chaise, some fitness equipment, a fabulous coffee maker with built-in grinder.
You know where I'm going with this, don't you? Cassie and I looked at each other, and I said, "Let's go talk." She caught on at once, but the guys had puzzled looks. I asked her: what if we found out what he'd take for everything in the apartment. We'd keep what we wanted and sell the rest. I got two thumbs up!
So I asked what he would take. After brief pondering, he said $300. 'Bout blew me away, it was so cheap! I never even dickered, just said, "Sold!"
We now have seating for all seven of us. The living room is full, but it works! We have a better quality loveseat too. He will continue to do the packing, and we will pick things up as he gets a van-load ready. With the boys back to school in just 10 days, Paul, Cassie, and I will be busting our butts to get the house settled with what we want.
Then, the weekend after Labor Day, a yard sale will rid us of the excess. So, we will come out ahead financially, since we're only spending the cost of that planned-for double bed to get it all. We will have upgraded the quality so some of our things, and we will have some neat stuff besides!
In the meantime, though, I've sure set myself up to be CRAZY busy!
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Yup, I'm crazy AND crazy busy. Crazy for letting myself get so crazy busy! But a week after Labor Day, I'll know it was all worth it!
First, of course, is getting 3 grandsons ready to go back to school on the 20th. Sean will be in full day preschool this year. He's in special ed preschool in the morning. (Asperger's and speech deficits). That's the same as last year. But he's made such fantastic strides in the last year that he's eligible for Fulton's Early Intervention preschool in the afternoon. In other words, regular preschool. Since these are both city programs, they are in the same building and include lunch and day care for the hour in between them, all at no cost to David. Talk about blessings!!!
Erik will be in second grade. He had a disappointing first grade experience in many ways, disappointing especially since kindergarten was SO great for him. Unfortunately, that first grade teacher will be moving to second, and 1/3 of the kids will have her again. Won't know if that's Erik or not until the 15th. But if it is, add in a parent-teacher conference for David and me to attend. 'Cause there will NOT be a repeat of last year's experience, guaranteed!
The Back-to-School night is the 18th for them and the next evening for Marshall.
Marshall enters middle school this year. New town, new school...you get the picture.
And then there's what I've done to turn busy into crazy busy! More later.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Just a quick update. I started during this past week added one baby step incrementally each day. 100% success so far. Of course, I'm sure I won't be able to say that forever. And, since I'm not yet fixing ALL the bad habits I've let myself drift back into, I have no idea what results the scale will give me tomorrow morning. Still...I know the direction I'm heading, and I'm content.
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