Monday, 16 September 2013

A Week in Review (September 8-14)

A Week in Review: September 8-14

Watched: Jack get to play tailback for his flag football team. He was very excited to get to play a special position. I really like how his coach rotates the "skilled" positions each week so that the kids get to experience different things on the field.   Ended up changing the names of the positions so that the kids could remember them more easily. So the tailback became The Rocket and halfback became The Bruiser.  He was also excited that he had another +2 in his cheering section because his Great Aunt Debbie and Uncle Kevin came to watch him play.  He was also surprised that his teacher was there too. Her son was playing on a field close by and she recognized one of the cheerleaders as her student, so she came over to see them. 

Read: I finished up The Silver StarThis book was nothing special for me. It was a decent story about a girl who has to overcome a lot of obstacles to life with a messed up mother. It didn't paint a rosy picture of life, which I did appreciate. Not sure I would recommend it to others, but isn't something I would caution people to stay away from either.  I also began and finished Uncharted (On the Island, #1.5)While I was totally surprised by On The Island, this novella was just okay for me. It was a bit too cookie cutter for my taste.  It was a quick read and did answer any questions you might have about the bones from the original story.  My next book that I started was Seduction and Snacks(Chocolate Lovers, #1)

Listened:  I'm still plugging away on A Prayer for Owen Meany.  I don't think I will finish it within the next week.  Guess I will have to see if I can renew it yet again.  It is a long story, but the tale is good. I am hoping that it starts to get to a climax soon though as I am heading into the last 1/3 of the book.

Made: A yummy recipe inspired from Pinterest. It was an Avocado Egg Salad. I used 1 avocado, 4 boiled eggs, some diced cilantro and onion, crumbled bacon, and garlic salt. It was quite yummy.  We ate wrapped in the best tortillas that we get from a local Mexican bakery.  I highly recommend giving it a try!

Felt: Proud of Jack for rocking the dentist!  He has always had a fear of it and usually it's quite the production just getting the teeth cleaned.  Luckily, last time his dentist told him that he had some Superhero teeth in there and she started naming off different ones. As we were talking about the upcoming trip, he brought up that experience and seemed to be more at ease with going.  It was nice because most of the kids were at school and so there wasn't much else going on to overwhelm him.  He just sat down, got to business, and enjoyed a quick cleaning with birthday cake flavored toothpaste.  Also thanks to his Sonicare brush, we've been cleared to now go the traditional every 6 months :)

Planned: To help Jack get better with personal responsibility. Now, I just need to come up with a concrete plan. As a kid, I was extremely bad about forgetting things like lunchbox, bike, backpack, homework, etc.  As an adult, I have to make lists or I forget it or won't get it done.  Therefore, I feel this is a bit like the pot calling the the kettle black. Nonetheless, I am hoping to teach him early that only he will suffer the consequences from this. But is that really true as a parent?  For example, Jack was supposed to be coming home with sight word lists that we would review at home and send back to school so he could check them off with his teacher.  One day, I saw a student come out with one and asked Jack about his. He said he didn't have them yet because he knew those words. Seemed reasonable to me, so I didn't think about it again.  This week, I was checking his teachers website and saw she had posted a newsletter and calendar. I thought it was odd because I had never gotten a paper copy. I stopped and asked his teacher and she said that he should have brought  those home when other papers that I did get had made it home. Also, he should have had his sight word list quite some time ago.  I apologized, saying Jack had failed to bring them home.  Consequently, I looked like the parent who wasn't working on sight words with her son. However, 
he got that worked it out, and had a couple good days bringing home the lists and returning them.  But on Friday, he forgot not only his next list, but also his teddy bear that he had taken to school. I'm not sure how to fix it (as I never found a way for myself), but maybe YOU have ideas to share?

Loved: The email that I got from the speech path at Jack's school.  She said that he has what is known as a frontal lisps, which is something that should clear itself up as he gets his adult teeth in.  She will continue to check on him on a regular basis to make sure that the issue is correcting itself.

Here are the pics for the week:

As reward for rocking the dentist, we went to Chuck E Cheese. The new mascot just creeps me out. Someone said he looked like the bunny from Donny Darko. I so agree!  But notice the lack of people in the picture--perfect reason to visit in the middle of a weekday. Dreading when Jack wants to go and we won't have this time frame available!

I am bummed this picture turned out blurry, but Jack had fun playing with Callum. While the mostly played with balls, they did take a small break to camp  out underneath the desk together. 

Here are some shots from Jack's game. I actually used my real camera to take these since the other ones were so hard to see!  The first one is Jack in the middle of a block.

 Here is lined up as the rocket!

 Here is with the flag he got with a tackle.  He had the high for his team with 2.  haha  I totally wasn't prepared to grab this shot, but I am glad I was able to capture a little something!

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