I have received several remarks lately (mostly from family members) that they have missed my posts. I am truly sorry not to have been entertaining you the past few months (said with tongue in cheek). This is certainly not a promise that I am going to start writing again, but I thought I’d just give a general update on how things are going for us, and maybe I will write again soon. Maybe.
As you know, the boys are all in school now. I had conferences with their teachers a couple weeks ago, and of course they’re all doing really well. Derek seems to have emerged as a leader in his class (not really surprising), and according to his teacher, he’s the one all the others kids want to be friends with (which is surprising, considering how bossy he is). But she says it’s helpful with another boy in particular who won’t listen to her. She also calls him a little math wizard. Gee, I am so glad none of our boys struggle with math, considering their parents both majored in it!!
In fact, all 3 of the teachers I met with said that their strongest suit is math. Funny! They all are reading above their grade level too. It is really fun to have all of them reading. I love to listen to Derek read out loud.
Also, all 3 teachers used the word “sweet” to describe the boys. Maybe because they’re separated from each other! ;)
Jeremy’s teacher took note of the fact that Jeremy really enjoys nature. He is going on a field trip today (eek! I forgot about that!) to a local farm, and I know he will really enjoy it. (It’s raining right now, though – yuck!) Jeremy is our boy that loves animals and bugs. Spiders, however, especially big ones, literally make him cry. (When I asked him why he is afraid of spiders when he loves bugs so much, he said, “But Mom, spiders are not bugs.” DUH, Mom!! He is so knowledgeable about the things he loves.)
Nathan is really good at math, but he also likes to read. When he is in the middle of a book, he is completely absorbed and the rest of the world is nonexistent to him (sounds kinda like his mother!). He’d literally walk around the house with a book in front of his face if we didn’t tell him to put it down until he got to where he was going.
Jeremy & Derek are both playing soccer this season. Neither of them is especially aggressive, but I think they have potential. Nathan is still involved with Cub Scouts. He is in Webelos this year.
Dan seems to have a really good class this year. That is a lot less stressful for him, and that makes for a happier daddy and husband at home! :)
I have been working the 10-4 shift at the restaurant, and the timing is great for getting the boys onto the bus and then off again. With any other job I was considering, my biggest dilemma was how I was going to get them to school. (And yes, I know that plenty of other parents have the same problem and manage to work it out!)
I actually really enjoy the lunch shift at the restaurant. It is fast-paced because of the short breaks people take for lunch, and we have a lot of regulars that I am getting to know. I really enjoy the feel of a small community, and it is even smaller when you see so many faces every day, and then out around town.
Dan and I went to our first Virginia Tech football game on Saturday and had a blast! I loved it. The sun was really beating down on us, and I didn’t take water because I thought we weren’t supposed to take anything with us, so I regretted that when I started to get dehydrated. I broke down and bought us drinks ($3 for a bottle of water and $4.50 for a large coke – it’s like the movies, sheesh!). The lady next to me kept chatting, which was fine, and everyone around us gave us high-fives every time VT scored (which was a lot this time). We finally got the hang of “H-O-K-I-E-S, Hokies!” by the end of the game.
We have been enjoying our new preacher at church. He is a great guy, and we love his whole family. I am still teaching the teen girls on Sunday nights and the ladies’ class on Wednesday nights. Both are going well! The boys all moved up in classes at the beginning of September, and it is strange in a way. Derek’s class went from the pre-school hallway upstairs to the classrooms that are downstairs. Man, they grow up too fast! So many of our friends from church are having babies lately – there must be something in the water! And all of them girls! We have had 3 girls born to church families just since April, the last one joining us last Tuesday.
I took the boys to Nathan’s boy scout Trunk-or-Treat last night. Derek was a skeleton, Jeremy was a knight, and Nathan was a girl. Nathan’s costume was so funny, but unfortunately he was so embarrassed when he got there, that he was kinda mopey the whole night and didn’t have any fun. I wish he would have just hammed it up a little and had some fun! It would have been a lot funnier.
(Nathan will probably kill me for posting that.)
Anyway, that is about everything going on right now! I have to get to work! :)