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Friday, July 10, 2009

Vindication


Today I took Dante to the tutor for the first time. She had him take a math assessment to see where he was and what he needed help with. When he finished the test and she graded it, she told me (privately) that he had scored at a 5th grade level in math and that I was right. She said "it was like last year never happened". He specifically needs help in fractions, percentages and decimals (just like I said). I told her how the LEA called me this week and said that she hadn't pulled Dante's file and doesn't know what's in his IEP, and also that she wasn't sure what my primary complaint was. I told her that my primary complaint is that he was failing because he didn't learn anything, and now my other issue is that they passed him even though he didn't learn anything! The tutor is going to have another teacher look over the results just to be sure that what she saw is accurate, and she is going to write a report for me to take to the school next year. The did not teach him any coping skills, which I asked them to do, and they clearly did not teach him any math. So now he should only need a few sessions with her to refresh and pick up what he missed, and hopefully he'll be done just before I go back to work.

Aaron is going to have a procedure done on his right leg to fix the varicose vein in two weeks. They don't strip the veins anymore; they will insert a catheter into his vein and cauterise it. It's an out patient procedure so he should be up and around the next day.

Alex is still refusing to potty train unless he is completely naked. If he wears a pull-up he just goes in the pull-up, and if he wears underwear, he pees his pants. He only uses the potty if he's not wearing any bottoms, and that's just not going to work in the outside world.

Dante has tutoring, and summer reading to do. I have to make him play outside because Alex goes totally nuts if Dante is in the house. He's like a completely different child.

I finished my Mina's Tuxedo Vest and it finally dried (after 36 hours). I wore it out today and it's not bad at all. I think I'll be getting use out of it at my new job. I'm trying to re-read Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince before the movie starts this Wednesday. I'll be taking Dante to see it for his birthday. This is my 9th week of this term and my final papers have to be turned in by Tuesday at midnight. I have one turned in, and the other submitted to the writing center for review. I have sharing time this Sunday, and after next week I'll have a week break before starting an Algebra class and an Honor's Cognitive Psychology class. My work is cut our for me this time. I'll be trying to work on my Master's Level work during my week off from school, and working on a pair of socks for my Grandma.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 12th Birthday Dante!

Today is Dante's birthday and he is 12. Just let that sink in a little bit. He participated in a full fast today, went into Young Men's, and was ordained as a Deacon in church. All big things. After the fast was over I made taco's for dinner at his request and baked a chocolate cake because he is tired of having 4th of July cakes every year. On the 15th, he and I will go to see the new Harry Potter movie for his birthday.

Now, as some of you may know I am a recent vegetarian. I was given a blessing after getting really sick and was told twice during the blessing to stay away from meat. I've been praying about it just about every night and I haven't gotten any message to the contrary so...no meat it is. I haven't forced my family to join me on this journey yet and my husband isn't very excited about it so it's just been me and sometimes Alex because he doesn't really like meat anyway. Dante will eat what ever I put in front of him so he doesn't really count. Anyway, I picked up some Quorn Grounds, that I originally got to try for free as one of my Buzz campaigns, and used it in place of ground beef for my taco's. It was great and I couldn't tell the difference at all. The boys had ground beef and I had Quorn Grounds. I think that the fact that I got to try this new soy-free meat substitute about 4-6 weeks before being told to go vegetarian was no coincidence. I'm allergic to soy protein, and milk, so I couldn't do it before but now I think I'll be okay.

The school term is almost over, and I'm still doing very well. I learned from my mistakes last term and I made sure to check on my final project regularly throughout the term so that I could work on it as I went. I'm well prepared to write my paper for my psychology class, and I've got my final draft reviewed and approved for my composition class. I've enrolled in my classes for next term, which are an Algebra class and Honors Cognitive Psychology. I'll be going back to work in a few weeks and I'll be working on finishing up the four projects that I cast on in the last week.

Well, before I go in to wash dishes and frost Dante's cake, I want to say that I got to meet Nancy today and it was a real pleasure! Nancy is bright, and sunny, and pleasant. Hopefully she'll be around on craft night and get to come along.