Highlight of the Game

Rest assured, I’m not normally the type to think Build-a-Bear is a highlight when it means being pulled away from the actual game, but we had an experience last night that was super fun and it was indeed a highlight, both for the girls and for me.

We went to find the Build-a-Bear just after the end of the third inning. After choosing the appropriate over-priced stuffed Cardinal memorabilia, we proceeded to the stuffing station. Just as we approached the machine, Fredbird appeared and grabbed Katie’s bear and began a stuffing display unlike any I’ve ever seen. He was hamming it up in the Build-a-Bear, pretty much just for our benefit. He stuffed (with the girls, of course) all four of their bears/birds, made a mess with the stuffing machine, and posed for pictures with all of us.

Fredbird and Maddie

Fredbird and the Girls

After he left, we were informed by the Build-a-Bear staff that he doesn’t do that very often and it was the first time this season that he had, so it was extra special last night. The girls talked about it quite a bit for the remainder of the night, and I think they’ll remember that for a long time.
And oh, yes – we did also watch the game. Cards won. Yippee!

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Catching Up

50 Verse Pack Project
Team Teaching Assignment
2 Dan Allender books read in their entirety
2 1 page response papers to said books
7 page paper on another related topic to above books
Finish reading What the Best College Teachers Do
Complete Reading Log for above book
Finish Organizing Basement for 30 Day Challenge

We went back to the Y tonight. I hadn’t been on the machines in almost 2 weeks because of my nasty cold, so it was good to resume that. The girls managed to be normal girls throughout much of the day, but when 7:00 hit tonight suddenly their bodies realized they were shortchanged 4 hours the previous night and they became little grizzlies. Bedtime came early tonight. I didn’t handle them well, perhaps because I also got shortchanged on sleep last night?
School was, shall we say, on the light side this week, but I expected that with my parents in town and so many big projects coming due. We’ll make it up in the next weeks, particularly now that the Tuesday morning Bible Study is over and my classwork is wrapping up.

I’m really glad about not taking any seminary classes next year. I really want to give homeschooling my full and undivided attention, especially since Katie will be an official Kindergartener. With Craig’s new role, we found out that the girls can receive 50% off tuition to pretty much any Christian school in town and so I did some research today just for my own benefit. Even with 50% off we can’t afford it. We wouldn’t be able to afford it with 75% off. But still – even if they offered it for free I’m not sure it would be the decision we would make. I just wanted to know all the factors involved.

I emailed the principal of the public school down the street with some questions today, too – want to know everything possible. I’m still convinced we will homeschool come fall, but I feel more comfortable now knowing that Katie can still receive speech services as a homeschooled Kindergartener through the public system if she qualifies again. I’m calling tomorrow to see if I can get her re-evaluated because I’ve been having more and more difficulty understanding her lately and think she may have regressed since being released from her IEP in December.

In the event she doesn’t qualify… does anyone know of any homeschoolers who do speech therapy on their own? It seems there should be a book or something about it somewhere. I asked Carrie today what I would do if I were going to do speech with her on my own. She said I needed some papers with words for her to say, some games to play, stickers for when she does well, and prizes. I think I can handle that. *wink*

Anyway, all that to say that I’ve lost my focus this semester (again) and am looking forward to having “homeschool mommy” be my primary responsibility. Ten more days until that happens.