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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
11:54 am
Good to be back...
Been a while! Got caught up in the whole facebook thing, but you can't write on facebook what you can on LJ.

Let's see...what's going on this year. I still work from home and am finding it social isolating...Trying to work on that by going to a ZUMBA class with a friend....that was ummm...interesting. I was determined to go back and try again after practicing some of the dance moves...but didn't. It was just so stressful to try and keep up. I couldn't do half the moves...! Still looking for something to do to get out a little...
Monday, July 19th, 2010
5:34 pm
When did "gifted" become a bad word?
We always knew that Matt had a special talent for mathematics. We had heard that the school had a "challenge and discovery" program for kids that had special talents. When Matt was finally old enough (entering 3rd grade) we thought he would get in, but he didn't. Again, he didn't get in at the beginning of 4th despite the teacher's saying he would. Eventually, he does get in after a teacher goes out of her way to make sure he does.

He then gets into the program, does great, wins a math contest at a local college, they recommend him for the "gifted" program at a local college to go over the summer, etc.

But now, when I tell people about Matt's great camp. I tell them he's going to "CW POST SUMMER CAMP" when ofcourse its called "CW POST camp for the gifted", because if I say the word gifted, I feel like I'm bragging. Even when they ask what kind of camp it is, I say "academic". When a friend was asking him about his camp and Matt was giving details, he told about the courses and said it's called "CW POST CAMP for Gifted Youth". I actually gasped out loud, couldn't believe he said it in front of all the people that were over my house. When did it become a bad word? One person joked "gifted youth? What are you doing there?"

I'm lucky to know someone who her son is in the school program with Matt, so we can discuss and laugh about their oddities...:) but other than that I can't really discuss it with anyone, people don't understand about kids like Matt needed more at school. They think what's the big deal, he's getting an A already why does he need anything else. They don't get that it's akin to forcing a baby to crawl when he's knows how to run already. It's just not fair that they have to sit through class after class with work that's years below their abilities. Anyway...
Friday, December 4th, 2009
4:26 pm
Just stuff
Holidays...winter...snow....'tis the time again. Time to take out the tree, get the winter boots and bundle up for the winter. A little bit of the first signs of snow in the forecast for tomorrow. I'm happy this year, the boys are doing great. Matthew has all his wonderful things going on at school. He's on the Student Council, taking the viola, doing his thing on the Continental Math League and this year (finally) was selected to participate in Challenge and Discovery (gifted program at school). They also are pushing him forward with his math, he's currently taking the end of year test and has already started moving forward with next year's math. They said they will have "something" for him next year (a tutor or program so he doesn't have to work on it just at home). Most of this is due to his wonderful new teacher who just couldn't stand by and let him "coast" through the year while ignoring his "abilities". Her conversation with me at the parent/teacher conference sparked an e-mail that got the asst superintendant of the district involved, the principal, the Challenge and Discovery teacher etc. They all met to figure out how to get Matt what he needed. Really cool, especially in a school that has 980+ students. My youngest has finally gotten the "reading bug", he's just a beginning reader, but finally has the confidence to read every book he can. I get a lot of funny books, those are the ones he really enjoys. It's great to hear him read to himself in his room. :) He even came up with a story himself about one of his webkinz. We all worked together and took pictures and typed it out and read it to his class. They loved it , thought it was the funniest thing!
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
12:54 pm
What was I thinking????

So I work from home as a programmer.  This leaves me with not a lot of socialization.  So I signed up for some committees at my sons schools and also because we wanted to have control over how my sons cubscout den was run, I volunteered as a den leader.  When I signed up for the committees someone told me that you can sign up but that it's hard to actually get on a committee.  So I signed up for a few hoping to get in at least one.  I am now on THREE committees and thinking to myself...I don't have time for this!!  Yes, I can step back and say no, but now i feel bad that I signed up.  Busy, busy, busy...

I can not believe that my oldest is going to be 10 in March, when I was planning his bday trip, I had to take pause when I realized what his age would be.  Double-digits...how did this little 5 lb baby in the incubator become this confident, happy, successful boy?  How did this happen?  Where did the time go?  Sometimes you just want to hold onto those moments because the days just whizz by full of activities, homework and fun.  I really miss Summer this time and am sad it's over.  We had time to pause, have fun, do things we wanted to do.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
11:44 am
I credit my father for this...
Last week we bought a minivan (a discussion for another day).  Our second car has been my father's old car.  I had borrowed it when he became sick and have held onto it since.  Now that we have the minivan, I am getting it ready to sell for my mom.  When we were cleaning out the glvoe compartment I found a flyer my father had obviously picked up for my son.  It was a place that runs cooking classes for children.  It was dated just before he became very ill.  Originally, when I was planning my son's summer camps, I looked for a cooking one in addition to his science camp, invention camp & boy scout camp, but couldn't find any.  This flyer prompted me to investigate futher.  This place no longer runs the program, but I found a great one at a local university that looks awesome. 

The cooking camp just happens to be the same week of a camp that I couldn't register until tomorrow.  It's just perfect how it happens to be on a week that Matt is actually available.  This would have never happened if I hadn't found that flyer.  Thanks Dad!
Sunday, March 29th, 2009
10:36 pm
Just Stuff
Pretty good week for Matt. On Thursday, he had his last Continental Math League meet, he got another perfect score.  Apparently, it's difficult to do this and he's going to get a medal at the end of the year in an assembly.  This week was also the Science Fair and on Friday, he received an Honorable Mention during the science fair assembly (a certificate and ribbon).  Saturday was his birthday. 

We had a great weekend planned, but my youngest came down with a bug on Friday. I thought he was doing better on Saturday, so we still went to the 3D Aliens vs Monsters with a group. Jason started to get a headache at the end and so we went straight home.  We had plans for a bowling thing on Sunday, but Jason was running a temp all day, still sick now and he has a body rash.  I'm going to bring him to see the doctor, see what;'s going on.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
11:19 am
Do you hear it???
It's the sound of a washer running in the background.  Horray, the washer/dryer has officially arrived and they both have all these fancy featrues...
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
2:33 pm
Hopefully, the laundromat is a thing of the past...
 A little background. I've been to the laundromat about 4 times since my machine died and I have an appt for the delivery of the new washer/dryer early tomorrow morning.  I've actually gotten into a bit of a routine, I go on Monday/Thursday.  I go in, setup my machines, walk over to the bagel place, get some breakfast.  I go get my laptop and work while I eat my breakfast.  (Wi-Fi is nice).  It's almost kind of peaceful and not too bad except for...

Okay...a couple of "ewwwwww" from the laundromat:

(1) Finding a condom wrapper in the machine

(2) Women who wear spandex, light colored tops that don't fit them...when they are overweight...please spare us.

(3) Seeing the caked-on dog hair/cat hair socks that people just shove in the machine with all their clothes...ewwwww.

(4) Must everyone talk really loud on their cell phone while they walk ALL OVER the laundromat...?
11:16 am
Matthew the Magician...Barnum & Baily Circus

Matthew was chosen to do a magic trick during the circus.  He made me levitate.  It was very cool!

I forgot the circus was so much fun!
Friday, March 20th, 2009
12:48 pm
Spring? Wait isn't that snow coming down???
ahhh...I suppose it's just a flurry, but it is only 36 degrees here. Brrr!  So who else is in the middle of Science Fair Mania??  My oldest is doing his first science fair project, or should I say finishing up his 1st science fair project (due Monday).

His practice science board is in the dining room with all his information scotched taped to it to get an idea of how it will look.  He doesn't have much left to do.  It was a very informative project for him, he further perfected his Word Processing skills, learned about Excel, spreadsheets and formulas and even used Powerpoint to make his charts. (Yes, ofcourse I helped him, I thinked he really liked setting up the formulas)

Our school district is very competitive, I don't expect his science fair project to win in his grade level or anything, but maybe he'll get a top three from his class or something.  He did put a lot of energy and time into it.

I'll be much more relieved once he brings it into school and we're done with it already.  He's been working on it for the past 6 weeks+.
Monday, March 16th, 2009
10:13 am
Right now I am at the laundromat watching my clothes dryer spinning.  I suppose the laudromat isn't too bad if your laptop can pick up some optimumWIFI. :) and there's a pretty good bagel place in the shopping center.

I actually got some work done, went straight to the laundromat from the bus-stop. loaded up the car last night. 

2 trips to the laundromat almost done, only about 2 more to go...!
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
7:48 pm
Jason's 6 year old doctor visit.
Ever since Jason got a painful shot when he was around 4 ish, he has been terrified of shots.  Last night he got hysterical when I mentioned he had a doctors appt today.  I told him I wasn't sure about the shot when he asked and Matthew told him he didn't think he got a shot when he was in kindergarten.  Unfortunately, he was due for shots, yes two shots, one in each arm.When Jason realized he was going to get a shot he got hysterical again and I had to hold him down while he screamed.

He cried all the way home and in the car he said "I can't even do anything...I can't even (*sniff sniff*) wipe my tears...." waaahhhhhhhh!  He then came home and layed down on the couch for the rest of the evening watching his CARS movie, didn't even play the Wii!!!!

But he did eat and mean ole mommy made him do his homework (his arms seemed to work fine to eat dinner and he didn't put up any more of a fight then usual)

He is still holding his arms at his sides...Seems the shots have rendered them partially useless... :)  He'll be okay tomorrow.
1:19 pm
I'm going to try and make lemonade...
At the laundromat, you can do 7 loads at once.  That's what I just did. Ummm...what else?  ummm...ahh screw it.  I hated it...absolutely HATED IT!
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
10:06 pm
The Washer Died...
I have to go to the *gasp* laundromat...uggg...I haven't been to one in 11 years...ever since we left Brooklyn.  I KNEW it was a mistake to buy the machine from Home Depot when they said 10 days for delivery.
2:10 pm
new washer/dryer
I just purchased my new washer/dryer.  It wasn't so bad with all the discounts/rebates, coupons, a**-kissing and stuff that was going on at Home Depot.  Wow...what service with no one else buying things.

Won't get here until the 24th, so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the old ones will hold out until then...
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
11:16 am
just stuff
I have a washer where the lid switch is not working. (btw we called a repairman, but they came and said it would cost $400 to fix)   Basically, the washing machine thinks the machine is open even though it's closed.  I have to rig it so that the washing machine will not stop in the middle of the cycle.  I have been researching new machines (because that it is what I do, research, comparison shop, search through consumer reports, check reviews and repair records online...blah...blah...blah).  IN the meantime, my washing machine is getting worse, I have to rig it with more ridiculous things as the machine gets worse and worse.  Yesterday, it stopped 5 times in one cycle while I waited for my final load to finish.  I have also discovered that I cannot find a reasonably priced machine that has a good repair record and all the features I want, so I have to spend a bit more money than I wanted to.  So tomorrow,..before I end up with a machine full of water and clothes that refuses to run at all...I will finally BUY the machine we have now settled on....ahhhh!
Friday, March 6th, 2009
5:37 pm
Last Snowman
So I helped the boys make what I can only assume is the last Snowman of the Season today.  It was really nice to be outside in the sun.  The temperature was nice, the snow had a nice packing consistency and it was just fun.  I really can't wait until Spring, when we can be outside more.  i am definately feeling a little bit couped up. 
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
9:41 pm
I could swear I heard the earth crack today...

could it be that the curse is broken?  That my feud with February is over?  Does it feel sorry for me, is it a peace offering?  I don't know, I am just stumped.  It was unusually warm today, over 60 degrees in the middle of February.  No snow storms, no blizzards, no ice storm, no sickness...how could it be?  Did the universe forget it was MY birthday?  I shall just smile and enjoy the weird phenomenon...

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
10:52 am
Jason is 6 today.
So, what happens when your youngest isn't in kindergarten anymore?  Does that mean that you don't have small children anymore?  Can my oldest really be turning 9 in March?  When did they get so big?  How did this happen?   Have to go, breakfast ready..
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
1:52 pm

So, February is here.  Don't really like Feb anymore. It's snowing, they say we just missed the blizzard and are only getting the outer fringes of it.  I'm sceptical, afterall, tomorrow IS Jason's bday and February does have a habit of screwing with any plans I make.  Snow tomorrow isn't a bad thing, his bday party isn't until Saturday/Sunday.  (yes a two-day party, I suppose I should say bday weekend)

Maybe I should plan out the snowman for tomorrow...

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