Junior turned two yesterday. The first time I sang Happy Birthday to him, he kept saying "No Happy Birthday". By the end of the day he was screeching "Happy Birthday to me!". He's so cute and growing up toooooo fast!
Picked up Abbie's prescription. The doctor had been on vacation and so I was sending her to school on no medication. Mental note--this is not a good idea.
Came home, took a much needed nap. Went to class. Had presentation.
I went to pick up Junior and walked in on him chomping down on some kid. Great. Even better--that was his third incident for the day. He felt the need to chomp down on two other kids as well.
Then I go get Abs, and got a notice that she was going to be suspended. I about lost it. Apparently she gave a boy a peck on the cheek. Then later someone said she spit on the chair while in the bus, a few drops and none of it touched the kid.
Okay, she shouldn't kiss a boy and she shouldn't spit. But be suspended for THAT? Give me a break. I wrote on the comment section. Probably not a good idea when I am upset. Then I talked to one of the teachers, and told her that it was unacceptable. At no time did Abs put anyone in danger and this was the FIRST time that she did ANYTHING, and I wasn't in the position to be able to pick her up on a whim because they thought they had a kissing bandit on their hands. I asked her if Abs hurt anyone? No. Did she tie the boy down? No. Did she at any time put anyone's life in danger? No. I asked a bunch of other questions, and then told her that I would talk to Abs, but I wasn't about to be threatened and have more stress added to my life because of them. She agreed that the threat at the bottom of the page was excessive and said she would talk to the director. I would have done it myself if I hadn't been on the verge of tears.
Not like I haven't spent the last two days crying anyway. Geez.
First presentation I started crying before I got up there. Luckily this was the class where I like the professor. I got it together and my presentation was okay (of course I am my own worst critic!), my friends said it was good. Must have been the water cycle song. LOL My Aunt ME has been a lifesaver through all of this. She is brilliant!
I don't know what my deal is lately. Doesn't help that it's been a week since I have heard from Gunner. I know he's busy, but I got used to being in pretty constant communication with him, and I just needed to talk to him this week. I know we made it to the one year left mark, but that just made it feel like it's still a lifetime till he comes home.
Still no job. And don't even get me started right now on one of the teachers I have this term.
On the bright side, I got a box in the mail today from someone that adopted Chris! It was a total surprise and made my day! Inside were four wrapped packages--one for me, two for the kids, and one for all of us. Can't wait to unwrap them and see! She mentioned how Abraham Lincoln said to take care of the families left behind, and so that she did! Did I mention that it made my day? Thanks so much Marilyn! Your kindness means the world to me.
UPDATE: Gunner called 7 times. Of course all 7 times I couldn't understand a lick of what he said, and the last time where I actually heard him say hello, we got disconnected. He didn't try again. Can't say that I blame him, but maybe tomorrow he will get through. And hopefully his son won't bite. And his daughter won't kiss any boys.
P.S. I sent Abs to her room when we got home and no one could watch tv today while I made dinner. (Mean mom, I know, I know) Abs showed up to dinner with a pile of makeup on her face and mascara all over her eyes. There went the other half of the bottle....
I wonder if there is a song about that? If there is, Abs should have been singing it as she was pouring my Estee Lauder makeup down the sink. And her sister left her chapstick in there too, and that is now ruined. I don't know how she managed to sneak in there.
Em was going to NASA today on a field trip and it is 10:10 and she still isn't home. My FIL is picking her up--yes, being the anal person that I am, I did call to make sure that he was standing outside the building.
Junior went to the doctor yesterday and they upped his medicine. He's not on antibiotics right now, but they gave me a prescription to fill and keep on hand since we know it will progress to an ear infection. Right now they are hoping that it will just not get worse. Poor kiddo. Still waiting on ENT to call me, since I called them and they assured me that they would call soon. I will call again tomorrow.
I have two presentations tomorrow. If anyone knows me, they know that public speaking is not my thing. I can talk in front of kids, but not adults. I had to put it away, and will wing it and hope for the best. The more I work on it the worse I get. I am teaching a water cycle song too, and I told my friend that if my presentation doesn't last 5 minutes we are going to sing the song over and over and over. I'm sure they will love that!
No word from Gunner in a long while. If I wasn't so busy, it would bother me. I know he is busy and that the internet connection was in and out, so I'll wait. Gunner, if you are out there, call home!!!
Saturday Erin had to take a test for her teaching certification, at Baylor. They have a great children's museum up there so I took my three and her two up there. I actually came out with my hair still intact too! It really wasn't that bad because Junior is really good about keeping up with his sisters and moving on when they did. Tucker was a dream, and Scout Jr. is just as sweet as can be! The car ride home was a whole other can of worms. Erin shot some video so maybe she will get to posting it in the near future. Just imagine three crying kids and one saying "I think I am going to be sick..." Never a dull moment. Erin and I could do nothing else but laugh. Such is our life....
School is getting somewhat better. Once I have these two presentations over, I will be a little ahead of the game. I did break down and buy a laptop and that cut my workload in half. I was spending hours trying to format papers APA style (shows how old I am, we still used MLA or something like that the last time I was in school) and there was such a delay in typing. I was able to crank out 4 items in one evening, which would have had taken me days before. I am not one to make impulse purchases, but I was in tears Thursday after class and just did it. It does the bare minimum, but it works for me.
And I never thought I would get my daughter a cell phone, but it is 10:20 and Em should have been home and fast asleep already.
We have survived four year long deployments--one to Bosnia and three to Iraq. We have been married for almost 17 years and have three children--Em, Abs, and Junior. Gunner is currently deployed for the 5th time to Afghanistan. We are fast approaching the year mark, and then we will focus on the prize--retirement!