Thursday, March 27, 2014

Parent Teacher Conference

I feel like I am still trying to recover from our super fun Spring Break last week. I had big plans to tell you all about it. However, we had a Parent Teacher Conference today with #1's teacher. I have to share. In the fall we had our first conference. It did not go well. At all. I left in tears. It was a really rough time around here. During that conference we learned that #1 was a bully. She was throwing massive temper tantrums and crying a lot. She was making fun of other kids. She was being disruptive and not following directions. The list went on and on. I was upset. First I was upset because I felt a little blind sided by the information. I thought that we should have been told as the incidents happened. Second I was upset because that was not my daughter. Yes, she is strong willed but I had never known her to be mean. We had a talk with #1 after that conference and made it clear some things were going to change. The topping on the cake that week was when the school counselor called because #1 had twisted another girl's arm to the point she hurt the girl. I lost it. We had a come to Jesus with #1 and took a very hard stance with her. Then we started some rewards of her choosing. The first 21 (she chose the days too) days with no "numbers" at school we had Ding Dongs for dinner and her and I went to breakfast just the two of us. The second 21 days we had Cherry Berry for dinner. We are currently working towards a bowling night. She was days away from it and she got in trouble at school for not listening. We had to start all over on our countdown. I was disappointed for her but I really think it was a good learning experience for her. And for Mr. Mayer and I. This whole thing has been a learning experience for Mr. Mayer and I. We have had to learn to follow through with what we say. I have had to learn to stop giving empty threats and to do what I say. It's been hard. However, today Mr. Mayer and I felt like we had won the lottery. I was a little nervous going into today's conference. From the very start #1's teacher had nothing but amazing things to say. She said she was so proud of the hard work #1 had done. She had really blossomed into a great leader in the class and was doing great. She also said that #1 was extremely bright and was advancing in her school work by leaps and bounds. In fact, #1 is doing so well they want to test her for the gifted and talented program. Mr. Mayer and I were so happy to hear all this. Not only happy but we felt relief. We have long believed that #1 was exceptionally smart. We didn't know how to get her to channel her energy though. We had noticed that when she was getting in trouble it was during times when she was bored. I'm not sure what has caused the change in her but Mr. Mayer and I are so proud of our little girl. I'm sure we told her so a 1,000 times already. I can't wait to see what the future holds for her. That kid can have Ding Dongs for dinner every month if that's what it takes to keep her motivated.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Time Change

Ugh...I finally feel like I am getting adjusted to the time change. I LOVE Daylight Savings Time. I HATE the adjustment period. I hate it even more now that I have kids. I was out of town with the kids during the time change. Not only were we out of our routine but the time was screwing with us too. I think it was noon that Sunday before we managed to get out of our pajamas. That's really not so bad. The really bad part happened two days later. I get up at 4:45am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to go to the gym. I get to "sleep in" on Tuesday and Thursdays. Unfortunately #1 and Mr. Mayer have to be out the door at 7:35 every morning to get to school and work on time. So there really isn't any sleeping in. So Monday after the time change I was up and at the gym at the normal time. Tuesday I wake up to Mr. Mayer saying "OH SHIT!!! It's 7:20!!" Well. crap. I was sleeping good too. So I spring up out of bed and run upstairs to wake the girl up. I burst into her room and start rubbing her back.
Me: Hey. So. We overslept and are running super late. You are going to be late. It's happening. You need to get up and get dressed super fast.
Her: So. I'm not going to get breakfast.
Me: I'll give you a granola bar or something to eat on the way.
Her: Ahhh...why did you over sleep?
Me: Just come on before your Dad gets cranky.
Her: Fine
So, the morning was off to a great start. I run back downstairs and throw a snack in her backpack and sign her daily report. She stumbles downstairs and I throw a granola bar at her. There are some quick hugs and kisses and her and Mr. Mayer are out the door. On time. I don't know how we did it but she was at school on time. Of course I worried about her the rest of the day. Did she get enough to eat? Was she hungry? Was she cranky? Was she having a bad day? Getting into trouble because she was so rushed this morning? I had all kinds of things going through my head.
I was glad Mr. Mayer and #1 were on time that morning. However, it was a school day for the Dudes too. I had some appointments while they were at school. It was a busy day and I spent the entire day perpetually 10 minutes late to everything. I was even late picking up #1 from school that day. I couldn't catch a break. I hate that feeling. It was a very frustrating day. Good news is we recovered and seem to have adjusted to the new time. The one perk to the time change is my kids are all sleeping a little later right now. I'm not upset about that at all.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patty's Day

From my insane asylum to yours....

Girl's Trip


I have mentioned before that I graduated with a small group. The majority of us had been friends since we were 4 years old. We graduated just yesterday 15 years ago. We have all stayed in touch. We don't get to see each other often, but thanks to social media we have stayed in touch with each other. This weekend 13 of us girls had a reunion in OKC. We had a great time. We all met at our hotel Saturday afternoon. Then we went to dinner at the Melting Pot in Bricktown. Afterwards a Limo picked us up and we enjoyed all the St. Patrick's Day celebrations Bricktown had to offer. There were leprechauns, drinks with dry ice and greasy fast food. After the bars and downtown shenanigans we went took our limo back to the hotel. We stayed up wwwwaaaayyyy past my bedtime catching up on the last 15 years. We had a great time. I hadn't laughed that hard in a long time. The best thing about this group of girls is that even though we don't see each other often and life has happened in the in between times we all picked up right where we left off. That's my idea of a true and lasting friendship. I'm pretty sure that we will be 100 and still goofing off with each other. We had such a good time we are already planning our next get together a little farther south. I can't wait until the next time.
Mr. Mayer handled his weekend like a champ. He even took all the kids-by himself-out for pizza Saturday night. Pretty impressive. When I got home all my people were happy to see me. I always feel like a rockstar when I come home. There is clapping, cheering and lots of hugs.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Snow Daze

Ugh. I am not a winter person. At. All. I prefer tropical weather. This winter is killing me. We are all home for yet another snow day. They are all running together at this point. I'm guessing #1 will be in school until mid July. This weekend was rough for my children. They yelled, fought, cried and whined their way through. By last night I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. I was dreading today. However...true to form the boogers have proved me wrong~again. It has not been the lazy kinda day I would love to have, but it has been peaceful. Everyone has been happy, no yelling and played together. It's a little freaky. We have built train tracks and crashed our trains, put puzzles together, colored and had lots of imaginative play. I even managed to get the kitchen cleaned and laundry started. We survived to nap time! Winning! However, there have been requests to go outside and play in the snow after nap. Ugh....I DONT WANNA...WAH.... I bought them all snow shovels several weeks ago. I guess I will put them to work and get my driveway cleared.