Friday, May 29, 2009


Izaac has been fighting a virus basically all week. He went to school Tuesday not feeling great and the school nurse called me at 1:45 to say he had a fever and he needed to be picked up. He spent Wednesday home with Tobie, seemed to be feeling better, by dinner time he seemed to be fine. Thursday, 5:20 am he wakes up to puke. He pukes again at 6:35am, and still has a fever, so he stays home another day, only this time with Papa. By mid morning he is feeling great. He eats two whole peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, washes it down with sprite and proceeds to feel great! They decide to try some fishing...why waste a perfectly good day off of school. They fish, his fever spikes again, he spends the rest of the early evening on the couch. By that night we thought he was back to his old self, torturing his sister and running around like a mad man. He wakes up this morning with yet another fever. Tobie takes him to the pediatrician. His ears, eyes, nose and throat all check out clean. By 9am he is feeling great...see a pattern.

The picture above is after this afternoon of supposed good health. Tobie turned around and he was gone...fever, headache and exhaustion returned.

Besides being sick, the bad part is all of the stuff Izaac missed this week. He had his final show at gymnastics where he would earn his medal. Then today he missed his "Elegant Day" at school. He was going to wear a suit, dance with a girl and eat "fancy" food (this replaces kindergarten graduation). I feel bad for him. Hopefully this bug will let up soon, but now he is complaining his throat hurts...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Big Girl Hair Cut

Ivy got her first "Big Girl" hair cut on Thursday. I have been putting it off because our first experience was such an unpleasant one. So much so that I resorted to trimming it myself. There are definitely reasons you have to go to school to cut hair;-) I have been getting increasingly tired of the mullet look and having to hide it with piggy tails, and I did not know how to fix it. So, enough was enough and I stopped in at Cool Cuts for Kids, even though I felt they were over was worth every penny!
She sat in a car without even flinching and then proceeded to "drive" her car while watching the Cars movie. The lady said the only way to get rid of the mullet was to take it up so there was not a drastic length change from the sides to the back. I am pleased with the result, and will be taking her back there for all of her hair cuts.
It is short, but still long enough to put in piggy tails. And this cut, looks a lot better down. She is even showing more interest in her hair and let daddy put clips in it...this could mean trouble:-)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Flood Pictures

Two times in two weeks we got very close to having the house flood. These pictures are from the Saturday afternoon that the mustang went underwater. Tobie had been checking the street on and off all morning and the next thing we knew we were getting a phone call from a neighbor telling us the mustang was under water. When we went out to push the car to higher ground, I stepped off the curb into thigh high water...quite a surprise.
This was the highest we had ever seen the water. I tend to think the road construction around our neighborhood had something to do with it, but then again maybe not.
In the first picture you can see the water was up to our front walk. It actually got about a foot closer then this.
The second picture is just a little bit later and you can see how high it got. We kept using the fire hydrant as our gauge. We pretty much though if it reached the top of the side parts we would probably be in trouble. But luckily, that was as high as it got.

The following Friday it did this all over again. Luckily or unluckily we were at the Rockets game so we did not have to sit around the house watching it...we just kept getting texts from neighbors about the progress.

Lets hope the next rain storms do not produce quite this much rain.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

THE Field Trip

This past Tuesday Izaac got to go to the Moody Gardens Aquarium and had a wonderful time and behaved flashback a week before that...

We send our money in for the field trip on Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon we get a note back from Izaac's teacher that said "Could either you or your husband come to the field trip on Tuesday. Last time Izaac ran away from his chaperon and I am uncomfortable asking another parent to be responsible for him." What!!! She is uncomfortable asking another parent to be responsible for him...first we had heard of this, and one week before the field trip...flash back to February....

On the zoo trip Izaac was paired with a mother and two other little girls. When we got the report back it said he kept running away from the chaperon, so he ended up going around the zoo with her (the teacher). That was it, end of story no discipline report no nothing. So we assumed he was running around like he always does and the mother could not handle it. Because if it actually was worse than that we surely would have gotten more than a small hand written note. Back to a week before the field trip...

Tobie and I found her note asking us to go on the field trip a little snarky. Tobie even said that if she would have just said "Hey, we are short handed could either of you go" he would have taken the day off and enjoyed himself...but no, she did not do that. So I sent a note back saying that "Due to work responsibilities we could not go. And if this was a problem, she could send the money back". Now, when I said that, I was being snarky, because there should not have been a maybe I should have expected the note that I got back but I was sure she understood normal protocol and that I really did not mean it, it is just something you bad. Anyway, the note on Wednesday from her said, "Okay, I will send the money back tomorrow." WHAT!!! So now she is saying by sending the money back that there IS a problem, and we had no real idea what that was.

By this time I am really upset. So Tobie decides to go talk to her and find out what the "problem" is. Well, the meeting was really ridiculous. She kept saying it was a safety when Tobie posed the solution of *GASP* get this...he goes in her group if she did not want him with a parent. Her answer to that...the teachers did not have a group, they stay in one spot and if the parents have any problems they know where to find the teachers. WHAT!!! This is the craziest thing I have ever heard! I am a teacher and when I go on field trips, I don't get to relax, I have to actually *GASP* actually spend my time with the students! So, I think by now Tobie's blood had to be boiling, so he said that because of this one parent she was labeling Izaac as a discipline problem...No, she said, Izaac is not a discipline problem. Again I say, WHAT!!!! This is stupid.

That afternoon, I call the principal, leave a message and she gets back to me. By this time she must have spoken to the teacher because she kept repeating the same phrase "Its a safety issue." I told her that I understood what she was saying and if they were not going to allow Izaac to go on this trip, fine, I just would have appreciated advance notification of this. I then asked her if he had a discipline referral or if she had ever seen him in her office..."No," she said and then went on to say that he was NOT a discipline problem and even his teacher said so...Is anyone seeing a problem here? He is not a discipline problem, but a safety issue. Doesn't that go hand in hand? Anyway she tries to tell me that the teacher told me of the problem at our last teacher conference (Lie! all she wanted to talk about was medicating my son because he has too much energy. He is 5. What ever.) When I ask her what they are going to do with him all day when the kindergarten is gone, I actually thought the phone went dead. She had no answer, she had not thought about it she said. Then she said well I guess he will have to sit in a 1st grade class all day (by the way, this is a TAKS testing day). I told her I do not think it is fair to punish him for something they did not punish him for when it happened. Oh, its not a punishment she assures me...really, what do you think Izaac will take it as. I also asked her who was going to tell Izaac he was not going, seeing that they have been talking non-stop about this for weeks in their answer again. Lastly, when I asked her why Izaac could not just be chaperoned by the TEACHER, she had no answer. Guess, she did not know about the whole, teachers not chaperoning thing. So I again tell her if they are not going to allow him to go...oh no she says, we never said he could not go...again, WHAT! So needless to say, they had no documentation that Izaac was a problem and had not foot to stand on so they would have to figure something out.

Next day the principal calls me back, they have a solution. A "Ready, Set, Teach" student who has been in Izaac's class each week would go with him. By the way, this is a high school student. Fine, I said, that would work.

So, back to the field trip...he did great and had a great time, imagine that. And I am going to point out...A high school student had no problem with him, but a parent of one girl could not handle him...hmmmm, might need to rethink your parent chaperons, sense you are not going to do it yourself.

Wonder what would have happened if I never said, "If there is a problem, send the money back." Lesson learned.

June 5th can not get here fast enough.