Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The whole school system thing was not working out to my satisfaction. They wanted her enrolled in their preschool (understandable) but it's only a 3 hour program from 8:30-11:30 am. How was that going to happen? If I was a stay at home Mom or just unemployeed then sure, but not the case for us. They had agreed to allow their resource officer to transport Grace to daycare after the little preschool program was over, but I wasn't too keen on that. Too much possibility for stuff to happen. It made me very uncomfortable. Another problem was I can drop off Grace from 6 am - 6 pm at First Kids but usually get her there around 7:30-7:45. They were going to have the cooks at the school watch her at Niangua for an hour before school started...what? I don't think so. To their credit, they did "try" to come up with a solution, but I'm not leaving my 3 year old in the care of the cooks and the resource officer. Crazy. Of course all that would have been FREE and now it's going to cost about $50 a week for her therapy but I'm thinking that it is money well spent.
I don't know what I'm going to do when she actually starts school in Niangua. They are just now getting a grant for the first time for an afterschool program. They previously haven't had any afterschool care. What are working parents supposed to do? These are problems I had never considered before having a child.
I'm looking forward to seeing some results for Grace because she gets so frustrated when I don't understand what she's saying. This morning she said SOMETHING I could just NOT make out and I asked her two more times and finally she just said, "I'm not talking to you anymore, cause you don't know!" I understood that! I'm sure it won't be fast, but the sooner the better for us all :)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
In the middle of all that, Monday it was 70 degrees and that meant storms in January. They started around 3 pm and didn't end until 5 am Tuesday. Niangua was right on the track for wave after wave of them. We were in and out of the closet all night. Our power went out at 9 pm and blessedly came back on ten minutes before Bryon had to get up and get ready for work. At least it wasn't cold too. January has not been a good month the past two years! Ice last year and tornadoes this year! Thankfully we had no damage. Just some tree limbs down. The WIND was really scary about 3 am. I thought we were in for it then, but thankfully no. We have several acquaintences who suffered total losses and others with all kinds of damage. Bryon is going out on Saturday to help where he can. One of Grace's cooks at school lost everything. Their less than a year old house is totalled.
It's crazy. I'm sure glad we were spared. You can see some of the damage in our area at http://www.ky3.com/home/video/13530042.html?video=pop&t=a
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Despite my good pre-Thanksgiving intentions to pare down this Christmas it turned out to be the most expensive and excessive Christmas ever. Best laid plans and all... We had our immediate family (Mom, Dad, Mike, Susan, Mawmaw Rice, Bryon, Grace and myself) at our house Christmas Eve. Mike didn't get off until 6 from the Evil Empire (Wal-Mart) and got to our place around 8:30. Grace was VERY patient. I don't think she really knew the carnage and excitement that was about to occur. She did, however, know that there were presents under the tree for her. When Mike arrived she launched into this dance. It was pretty cute :) She had sooooo many gifts it was insane. I didn't think Bryon and I had bought too many "Santa gifts" until Christmas morning and she had so much stuff she didn't even want to open them anymore. Next year we are vowing to do better and not get so much...best laid plans and all.
On another note, I took the whole week off, which was WONDERFUL and took Grace to daycare a few days so I could get some stuff around the house done. I moved her room from the blue room to the green room (much bigger) and turned her old room into an official guest room. It's really great now for her and Nana! It took me 5 hours to move all that stuff by myself. It was exhausting but worth it. We are going to look for a used bedroom set for the guest room. I cleaned out cabinets and drawers and all sorts of nooks and crannies throwing stuff away and collecting it for the spring garage sale. It felt good to get rid of that stuff especially after our excessive Christmas. I'll keep plugging away at the purging until I get it all done. I do love a project :)