12/14/2008

Crosswise and Crazy


Look closely, do you see a 7 year old's boxer-clad bottom? Alec's pants fell down while he was putting ornaments on our tree because his pants are STILL too big, even after I took the waist in about 2 inches!

I love December. I love our warm house full of twinkle lights, I love the smell of our Christmas tree, I love the cozy, quiet talks about baby Jesus, I love the excitement buzzing when the kids open their gifts, I love our Christmas Eve fondue tradition, and I love not being able to sleep that night because I'm as excited as a little kid!

I don't love the multitude of extras I've had to accomplish. So many that the laundry sits wrinkled on our bedroom floor, dirty dishes sit on our crumb-crusted counter, and the van feels like home.

After last weekend's flurry of a birthday, a train ride and an unexpected day out of town, I spent the week preparing for this weekend. We had a church group party, a work party, and another birthday party. I wouldn't say that I don't like to party, but, well, you get the picture!

On top of all the holiday hustle, we're taking Alec out of school starting tomorrow until school resumes in January. He's had health issues and academic issues and we're trying to give him enough time at home to fully recuperate so he can start fresh. We're hoping to eliminate the "not-feelin-well" variable so we can get to the bottom of the academic stuff.
I'm starting to see the many flaws in the traditional academic setting and it is reaffirming my desire to homeschool even more. That's a whole 'nother post for a 'nother time...

Now it's time for a silent night...

3 readers took time to leave a thought:

Charity December 15, 2008 at 10:21 AM  

I hope the break from school helps Alec, I know how that kind of stuff can be frustrating. My oldest has already at age 4 had more parent teacher conferences than I thought we would have total all through elementary. *sigh*

I think kids go through phases though so I try not to worry too much about it. But it is easy to see why there are so many alternative charter schools and homeschooling and such because one shoe does not fit all.

Irene Joy December 15, 2008 at 5:17 PM  

Bummer about Alec. I really hope he feels better.

Chandlers teacher has been telling me he's been acting up a lot and you just feel so helpless because you are not there to help weather it's to give them a stern you "better behave" or to help them with whatever they have trouble understanding.

I think the school system has it's weaknesses but at the same time it's got so much good about it. Its such a tough call, to home school or public school. Have you thought of a Charter school? The teacher to student ratio is much better.

Irene Joy December 15, 2008 at 5:19 PM  

hehe so didn't see that Charity mentioned charter too. Sorry.

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