Sunday, September 18, 2005

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Insurance woes

Why is it that as soon as my children see a telephone by my ear they turn into wild animals? They're old enough to know better, or at least that's what I tell myself, and it's driving me nuts.

Of course, it's driving me nuts that I'm on the phone so much. All week I've been battling with the insurance agency of the man whose car I hit in my car accident. This man, driving a Lexus, pulled into oncoming traffic from a STOP sign without ever looking left. He pulled right in front of me and I crashed into him. Now they're saying that they won't accept responsibility because there was too much damage to his car ($22,000 worth). Hmmm ... he's driving a LEXUS. Of course the damage total is high. And he pulled into oncoming traffic - he's lucky to be alive.

I held my ground and put up a fight. They're sending a check for my van and it should be here by Saturday. I wonder how they'll handle my medical bills.

I'm grateful that we both had insurance and I'm very grateful that neither of us was severely hurt. I just wish the insurance company would be easier to deal with.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day

Recently, a long time poster on The Well Trained Mind boards was talking about how she doesn't really enjoy her older children. I tried to explain just why I really enjoy watching my children grow older but I know I failed miserably in my explanation. It's just not something you can really explain.

My 11 year old son is a pretty typical 11 year old. He's big, goofy, loud, ridiculous, obnoxious, spontaneous, funny, emotional, enthusiastic ... He's often a pain (especially with his brothers) but is often a joy to be around (especially when you're alone with him). I love watching the man emerge - seeing what he will be like someday.

Today was our Memorial Day parade. A parade is an exciting event in a town of 4,000 people. All my boys marched in the parade. I waited at the end of the parade route. It was great to see their smiling faces as they turned the corner and saw their mom. My oldest was carrying the state flag at the front of the Boy Scouts. He was leading cheers on his way through town - he'd start a cheer and all the boys would repeat it. He was having a great time.

After the parade there was a Memorial Day ceremony with the school band playing God Bless America, a prayer by the local minister and a speech by a soldier just returned from Iraq. I was surprised to see my son sitting in the chairs by the podium. The Scout Master announced his name and said that my son would be reading the 23rd Psalm. He approached the podium and clearly and slowly read the 23rd Psalm like he'd done it 100 times before (though he's probably never even heard it until today). I asked him later why he did the reading and he said that they needed someone to do a reading and he volunteered.

I was very proud.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Odysseus

Please welcome the newest member of our family - Odysseus.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Catching up

We are in the middle of the Spring that never was. It's been raining nonstop and the weather has been COLD. We all could use a little sunshine. I miss playing ball with the boys. I miss working in the garden. I miss fresh air. Please send some sunshine our way.

I've been thinking of blogging lately. It seems that there have been so many blog worthy things to write about. It's hard to know where to start. Things have been really busy.

Two weeks ago, on the way home from an early morning meeting with the orthodontist, I was in a car accident. Ooops, a "collision" the police officer told me because the other car was at fault. While driving up a busy street, I noticed a car at a stop sign. I noticed the driver not looking left and I noticed him never looking at me. I tried do hard to stop but there was nothing I could do. I smashed directly into him as he pulled in front of me. His Lexus was totalled while my mini van had relatively minor damage. Neither of us was badly hurt. I'm having some foot/leg problems related to stepping on the brake so hard during the impact but I'll be fine. I was grateful that none of the boys were with me and I remain grateful that no one was badly injured.

Yesterday, I found out that a local woman was abducted from the nearby gas station. A man was waiting in her SUV when she came out of the store. He made her drive him to a remote location where he raped her. She had her 11 year old daughter with her. I've been really shook up by this. Any of us could have been that woman. We were all at the same baseball fields. We all use that gas station. It could have happened to anyone. My heart goes out to this woman and her daughter. I am truly crushed by this.

I'm not a terribly sentimental or mushy person. I know my husband and children love me and I assume they know I love them. All too often, however, I'll leave the house in a hurry with one of the boys and I won't even say goodbye to everyone. Or I might get in a tiff with Jeff because he got home 5 minutes late and we needed to leave for baseball. I know it's cliche but I've realized how much your life can change in just a few seconds. I'm going to be more mindful when I leave the safety of my home.

Returning?

Is it possible to go too long between blog entries and make the blog obsolete?

I'm thinking of returning to blog land but wondering if it's too late for me.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Time to evaluate

So ... I've been feeling a little like a chicken with its head cut off. I couldn't really pinpoint why until today.

We have a really busy schedule all year long except for the glorious months of July and August. The boys participate in three seasons of sports: baseball, soccer and basketball (3 boys, 3 different leagues that play at 3 different times). In addition, Adam started indoor soccer this year. Indoor soccer is played from the end of October to the end of April (this makes soccer an 8 month sport after outdoor soccer is added on). We have Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, piano, guitar, Homeschool Resource Center, and 4-H.

It sounds like a full schedule, huh?

The problem is that I've slowly added things. Jared now has Occupational Therapy and Homeschool Bowling once a week (both 25 minutes away on different days). Adam signed up for a major Merit Badge with Boy Scouts. The family is participating in International Day. AND, Adam is starting Speech Therapy next week.

The real problem, however, is that I keep pretending that we're not very busy. I keep acting like we have the same amount of time to get things done. Of course I need to evaluate our schedule to see if we can really keep this up long term. Until things change though, I need to accept that we're not going to get everything done. And that's okay. That's one of the things that makes homeschooling so wonderful. My kids are fine - they're smart and healthy and happy. They're at "grade level" or above in all their school subjects. More important, they learn amazing things in all their activities and projects. They'd learn even more if I'd embrace that learning and accept that it's just as important as doing the next chapter in history.

Learning really does happen all the time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Dragons

This is what homeschooling looks like on a good morning.



While I was in the shower, the boys decided to gather their animals and books and read together on the couch. The cooperative together thing doesn't happen very often for my oldest and middle sons. On Sunday night, however, they watched It's A Dragon's World together. My oldest son has had a fascination with dragons for over a year and my middle son is starting to get interested too.

Now the dragon books are back out. The all time favorite and a must own book is Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons. Adam got this for his 10th birthday and he's read it many times since.

If you missed It's A Dragon's World, don't fret. It's on again this Saturday, March 26th.