Well first off I might mention this. I've was ripped off at Aldi this week. Can you believe it? It had nothing to do with the pricing or the food or what-not. When I returned my cart to the corral and popped in the thingy to pop out the quarter (Aldi shoppers understand what I'm saying here), out comes a gold coin! Or so I thought. Upon closer inspection I see that instead of a quarter I have a token for Chuck E Cheese that's been filed down a bit. So now I'm faced with a moral dilemma. Do I use it next time and another frugal Aldi shopper is also ripped off? Do I send a letter to Germany to complain to the headquarters? Maybe go to Chuck E Cheese and see if the mouse is in the house!
Parenting isn't for sissies. I love our MYP and mention only certain things at certain times regarding their lives because they are not little kids anymore. They have feelings and boundaries and I need to respect that and not jeopardize their trust. Ever. But this one thing I want to say. When you have babies and toddlers, you know the drill. You know when they are hungry. You know when they are tired. You know when they are screaming that something hurts or they are scared or whatnot. With teenagers? You just. Don't. Know. Sometimes you hear that teenagers think their parents don't know anything. Well actually they are accurate! We don't! We don't know why they are suddenly sad. Suddenly in a good mood. Suddenly quiet. Suddenly squealing with joy. We don't know why sometimes the siblings get along like they've been best friends since birth or sometimes they can hardly breathe the same air without a cross look or an insult hurled. We don't always know how to make hurts go away. How to answer the algebra problem. But there are things we can do. We can be parents. We can be there for them. Feed them. Set reasonable boundaries. Take alone-time with each one. We can make a home where they feel safe and understood. We can encourage them to do things that help their own souls. Yes, this journey of parenting. The young person hasn't lived this day before. And the parent haven't either. But together we can do it!
I upgraded my iPhone to the newest download iOS 7.0. Are you proud of me? I almost didn't and was pretending I was going to and then wouldn't hit "agree" until one of the MYP pushed it for me and there it went! The transition hasn't been as overwhelming as I thought it would be. Remember I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree so sometimes new and different can challenge my pea-brain.
Here's some pics on my phone from the last couple days:
|a little work ahead of me|
|finished in three hours!|
|was hard to get up and start my day with him on my lap|
|trying out the new panorama feature. And yes a typical morning of toast eating and lunch-making.|
|fresh garden goodness that the Chairman thought was a home run|