Thursday, September 24, 2015

Visit to Pennsylvania

C11, Q9, and I went to Pennsylvania to visit J, M, and S9. Good times as always!

Walked in a stream:IMAG2102

Walked back:

Went entirely underwater, stripped down, and wore a towel home:

Q9 put on PJs, and for the rest of the day wandered around in these cute fox pjs.

After dinner we had ice cream, and they let me take some picture. Some of these are better than others!




Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stuck in a room

Ninoo & Papa visited and we all went to an Escape Room, The Escape Artist, the room was The Gallery Heist.

All performed well, and we escaped in 32 or so minutes. Not bad!


Friday, September 11, 2015

Safety Patrol Update

This week Q9 has been a little bit physically compromised. She has this dry, whooping, painful-sounding cough -- sometimes. And her stomach has been hurting. But no fever, nothing that would scream SICK! STAY HOME. Just kind of enough to want to stay home.

Except for the fact of safety patrol.

Twice this week now I've told Q9 she could stay home, but she didn't. Because, in part, of safety patrol. She was/is concerned about being dismissed from the patrol if she is sick. Because who will look after the kindergarteners?

So this morning I wasn't sure if she was going or not and I wrote to the teacher who supervises the program, and the teacher whose class Q9 works with.

I wrote this:

Hello, Mr. H and Ms. E,

Q9 loves being in safety patrol, thank you. She showed me your classroom, Ms. E, on back to school night.

Q9 may be staying home today because she is not feeling well, but she is rather worried about not being there for the kindergarteners, and also about possibly losing her spot in safety patrol.

I assured her that if she is sick she can't be expected to go in, but I figured I'd better check with you, Mr. H, on that. You may want to assure the kids that they are not going to be chucked out of safety patrol for missing a day of school?

Thanks again for everything,

E L (Q9's mother)

And got back this lovely note:

Hi Ms. L.

I'm so sorry to hear that shes not feeling well! Please tell Quinlan that she is an amazing safety patrol and we are so lucky to have her! Please reassure her that the kindergartners will be just fine today, though we will miss having her here we want her to get better so she can be healthy next week and every other week after that! :)

Thanks so much! 

Ms. E

Crisis averted!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Back to School Night - MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School. 

Yes. C11 is in MIDDLE SCHOOL. 
I got nothing to share except she's got a locker now. Pretty cool.

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Oh, yeah, and we all leave the house before she does, she gets there without anybody telling her to leave, etc. etc. She had a minor run in with a science teacher who refused to call her by her name. Here's how it went down:

The grade roll was called on Monday and C11 was called as E C R. (the grade roll has her as E C R ... all names spelled out). C11 told me (ok, actually her best friend M11 told me when we were on the way to ClimbZone) what happened, that the teacher was calling her E11. Obviously not a big deal, because her first name is E. So C11 said to Ms. L. "Can you please call me C11, because that is my middle name and that is what I go by."

Ms. L responded by saying no, she would not call C11 C11, she would call her E11, because that was her "real name."

Uh oh.

C11 started to protest, but thought better of it, controlled her natural impulses, and stopped talking. M11 reported this all to me and told me "how proud" she was of C11 for doing that. THAT warms my heart. Seriously. M11 is the best friend ever.

C11 was called E11 all week, and I found out about it on Saturday. I emailed the teacher and wrote this (Despite my indignation and being incensed, I was seriously non-confrontational): 

Hi Ms. L.,  I  understand there has been some confusion about our daughter's name. We wanted to let you know that our daughter goes by her middle name, C11, not her first name, E11, and has since birth. 
M. E. L.
T. C. R.

Ms. L wrote back:  "The attendance rooster has her legal name documented as E11. That was the appropriate call during attendance." That and only that. No salutation. No valediction. No indication that she might have been wrong.

And, SURE, it was appropriate to call C11 E11, the FIRST time. But not the 4 days after that.  Anyway, I contacted the principal, and he talked with the teacher. And C11 is now being called C11.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

C11's Birthday

So, the birtday was officially the 4th and then activities on the 5th. And here it is days later.

C11 wanted cheesecake for her birthday, and she wanted to make it herself. Unfortunately, because she gets out of school so late (she gets back home around 4) she didn't have time to do it, so I made it instead. I can MAKE cheesecake, but I've only made a few, and I'm not a master. I put the cake in the oven for the minimum amount of time ... which was too long. It did some major cracking. Luckily C11 and M11 decided to decorate it with the blueberries and strawberries I'd bought and it looked fabulous. It wasn't fabulous, but it was edible. A little overcooked, especially around the edges.

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We had C11's best friend, M11, and her family over for dinner. Mac & Cheese made especially by TCR46. Made three ways, actually, to accommodate everybody on the birthday: PLAIN mac & cheese for Q9 (which means ... plain pasta), unbaked mac & cheese for C11 (the cheese sauce, but not baked in the oven) and all baked and crispy awesome for everybody else.

Presents. You'll notice she got 1) books; 2) gift cards to book stores; and 3) a lovely picture in a frame from M11. She was supremely happy with it all!!! Oh, and some dresses, also deemed wonderful.

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M11 stayed overnight and the next day C11, M11, and I went to Climbzone. I KNOW. AWESOME. I love that place. Q9 was put out, but she can go another time.

Anyway, some climbing highlights.

This is C11 & M11 climbing a wall; look how awesome they are!

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And C11 got more than halfway up the tetris wall (this is a tough wall) and was very proud of herself.

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Happy 11th, sweetie! Hard to believe it has been 11 years and hard to believe we've only known you for 11 years. XXOO.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Safety patrol

Q9 came home last week to tell us that the PE teacher called her (and a bunch of other children) out and told them they'd be safety patrol.

Told, or asked??? I don't know.

Q9 is in charge of a kindergarten class. The kids are "fun size" in the words of a classmate of C11's (yes, it IS C11's birthday, but no photos yet, so just hang on, stop getting ahead of yourself!!!

Anyway, Q9 came home today after her first day in charge of the fun sized kids, all decked out in her safety gear! She helps them in the building in the morning, and out in the afternoon. Maybe with snack, too. Love love love it. I'm so pleased she got chosen, because she is really quite compassionate and caring and conscientious. All around safety patrol material.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ear Piercing Day

The girls have wanted to get the ears pierced for a little while, so a little under a month ago I said if they could brush their teeth two times a day for two weeks straight without being reminded I'd let them. It was about being responsible enough to take care of their ears. I was certain C10 could do it, because she has been very good about self-medicating for warts and ringworm in the past without having to be reminded. But Q9 hadn't had that sort of experience. So a chart went up in the bathroom and we started.

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We had a couple of setbacks: One Saturday morning they forgot to brush and one Sunday evening. Both times I just added three extra days, because, yes, the weekend IS different, and even adults forget to brush their teeth sometimes.

So, the smiley faces and checkmarks added up, and pretty soon 20 days passed by and Saturday the 29th was the 20th day ... so instead of waiting until Sunday, we took the free day to get ears pierced.

We went to a tatoo parlour to get the piercing done. When I was 11 or 12 I went to a mall shop with my grandmother and got it done ... but I kept reading how unsanitary it was, and yes, I do recall having a few infections. So I long ago decided that we'd go to a professional to get their ears pierced. And I have to say, they were methodical, and sterile, and totally within compliance with the law. We had to bring a photo ID and an original birth certificate and a parent with ID. I called and the woman who answered the phone checked with the piercer to see if he would do children that young (even with all the ID and parents! Because, the piercer told me when we were there, ears and faces continue to grow and they want to make sure the piercing stays aligned with where they put it. So I guess they wouldn't do infants).

As you can see both girls were excited at this point, thrilled to get their passports out (The only photo ID we had for our kids).

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But by the time we got to The Tatooery, both girls had gotten a little nervous, and neither wanted to be the first to get her ears pierced. But C10 stepped up as the older sister and did it. She balked HARD at getting photos taken, though. But I managed to get two in the chair.

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And although she moaned a bit about the PAiN, the PAIN! after it was done she said it wasn't that bad. And let me take another picture.

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Then Q9 was up. We had to hang in the waiting room for a bit while our piercer sterilized the area again and got out new needles and sterile tools for Q9. Nerves set in, but we eventually got back to the piercer again, and Q9 hit the chair.

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She let me take pictures, and they are priceless. But, just to be fair, nary a whimper crossed her lips. She was scared, but stoic.

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But the end result? 4 pierced ears between the two girls. And C46 checked his ear and he CAN still wear an earring, the hole IS still open. Girls have been washing their ears (3x/day, charts up on the wall!) and no sign of any infection yet. Fingers crossed.). Both girls are excited to go to school and show off their new accessories.