My Army son Jim (the druid) just stopped by to tell me he and his wife are expecting a baby in June (around his birthday). She's thrilled; he's beginning to be. She has three teenaged daughters and one almost 2 year old grandchild. Jim has three kids, all teens. The new baby will be the aunt of the 2 year old and they'll have built-in babysitters.
That will make ten grandkids for me altogether, not counting the "steps". Wow. If I didn't have a good reason to want him home before, I do now.
He also told me total losses from his Company now stands at nine. According to Google, a Company is between 60 and 200; I think his is about 120. My God, will it never end?
Hi Dutch. Don't those brownies sound great? I checked my pantry and think I have everything except the caramels. I've been talking about Baby Juniper here. I want everyone to read about the doings of Juniper through her day care provider's pen.
I may have overreacted on the prowler a little. It's a prowler type of neighborhood especially with our unprotected access. Drunks and junkies banging around are not that unusual. We were still scared.
L. I'll try to put some kind of update on but I haven't had any luck making changes and "Anonymous" is covered up with work. If I can get an hour without distraction, I may be able to figure it out for the side panel. Everyone else has them.
Elcie and truancy
The school sent me a letter when she had missed five days. When it jumped to seven, they instructed me to come in for a meeting and threatened me with loss of state benefits. Elcie doesn't receive them; hers are federal. I called her advocate; he agreed that the rules don't apply to Elcie and he'd fix it.
It wasn't fixed and I spent 30 minutes arguing over the phone with some woman who heard only the sound of her own voice. Elcie has more doctor visits than most kids; she's had some female problems that most girls could deal with at school. Without going into graphic detail, she can't, not without an aide. We're working on it but I don't want to put a 12 year old on hormones without giving her body a chance to work itself out. And, she had the flu, along with half the town.
Her advocate is going back over to the school. He said they could either cooperate and fix the situation or he will fix it for them.
The woman ran down a "contract" of things we were supposed to be doing and I forced her to agree we were doing them all except for the absences (all excused). They want the kids there at the beginning of the school day so they will get credit with the state. It has nothing to do with education and everything to do with money. They think I can switch her appointments - no I can't. Children's Hospital 60 miles away doesn't run on my schedule and neither do her local clinics.
She told me we needed the approval of the school nurse to change her IEP. Huh? No, and with a little understanding from the school it wouldn't need to be changed. She's an honor student, her work is always completed, she's first in her class (special ed but still first), her citizenship grades are all outstanding, I make all the conferences and stay in touch with her teachers. What more do they want. Oh a clean, well lighted place for homework. At least it's well lighted if a little cluttered.
California is working with a broken educational system. This won't help. No Child Left Behind and teaching the tests is ridiculous. Testing special ed kids at grade level is just plain stupid. Penalizing single parents on AFDC by taking money away is both discriminatory and profiling but that's what they threaten. Unless they can also garnishee wages, it shouldn't happen. Refusing to allow for a disabled child's special needs makes me furious. Elcie needs very little extra help but she's probably never going to make it through a year under the absence quota so we might as well get it settled now.
They need to deal with truancy and healthy kids should be in school. However, they also need to get a grip and start trusting parents (or greatgrandparents). I'm not willing (although I did it today) to put a sick child into a wheelchair, onto a school bus and into class to have the school call an hour later to tell me she's sick. I knew she was sick yesterday. She should have spent most of the day resting. This way, I got to drive across town, gather up Elcie, load the wheelchair and bring her home. But that's okay, she made the roll call. I quote "if they're not dying, they have to be here".
Sorry, I'm ranting. I'll stop now. Don't forget the bail money.
Frick and frack just came in a few minutes ago. I told Elcie about her expected new cousin but not the little girls yet. Elcie thinks it's wonderful - she thinks all small creatures are wonderful. My husband said "more diapers" but he was smiling as he said it.
I haven't even thought about dinner but that's why I keep boxes of things handy. Tomorrow they eat at the church and Wednesday I'll actually cook. This will be a busy week - glad the cold or whatever it was (flu, probably) has left. I still ache but at least I'm up and moving.
Later - if I missed a comment, I'll catch it next time.