He’s One!

My little boy had his first birthday Wednesday.😀

We didn’t really celebrate. We had to have cake though. 😉 We did sing Happy Birthday, but the almost 3 year old was screaming through the whole song. He settled down when I asked him to blow out the candle. I only lit the candle because I had one. I didn’t expect the baby to blow it out.😛

Jacob enjoyed the cake. He squished it in his hands, put it up his nose..down his shirt and in his hair. He got his birthday bath once he stopped eating.

Maybe the toddler will do better with the singing in a couple of weeks when he’s the birthday boy.☺

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A productive morning so far

Today was my first day getting up and sending my son to school by myself. It went smoothly, even though the baby woke up to nurse. I didn’t actually help my son get ready, besides making some suggestions on what to pack for snack, what to have for breakfast, and verify that his clothing choice matched enough.😉

Then I knew my husband would be texting 15-20 minutes after the bus came, so I stayed up. After his text I called him to chat during his break. By that time I had already been awake more than an hour so the idea of crawling back into bed seemed like a waste. I turned on the tv to see some updates on Irma, read some blogs, fed the lizard, took care of dishes and laundry. I did make myself a pot of coffee to fight off the crash I am sure will hit in a few hours.😉

I’m now sitting by my koi pond draining it some, so I can add some fresh water before we winterize it. I don’t want to lose any fish this winter, especially due to poor water quality that I can prevent.

Next, I think I will check on our rabbit and clean his enclosure…as long as my baby monitor stays quiet.

There are some traffic and construction sounds, but the “quiet” time is nice. I know in less than an hour the boys will be up, cartoons will be on and the screeching/squealing will start. Some of it is adorable, but some of it is frustrating.😛

The deed is done

The ducks are gone…well in the freezer.

Two nights, 4 ducks a night. It took two of us 2 hours each night start to finish. I had to do most of the “dirty” work. He caught them and held them down in the cone. He also helped skin/pluck them. I however got to do all of the “inside jobs” 😝.

I am looking forward to doing something different with the space they lived in. It will take some time for the yard to be usable again. I don’t regret the experience, but I wish we had ended it sooner.

Banana muffins with cream cheese frosting

My hubby bought too many bananas, that ripend too fast. What to do…hmmm?

I pulled out my go to Better Homes and Gardens banana bread recipe.😀

I put the batter into an oversized muffin tin instead of a bread pan, and checked them at 35 minutes instead of the 50 recommended for a bread loaf. I cooked them for about 37 minutes and I think they came out perfect. Nice and moist in the center with a little crunch on the outside.😉

I had to decide if I wanted to frost them, or just spread some cream cheese or margarine on them. I looked up a cream cheese frosting recipe, and since it was so simple I tried it. I only made half a recipe since I wasn’t frosting a whole cake. I have extra frosting, even after really loading it on the muffins.

The toddler approves of the frosting recipe, which was simply butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.

He abandoned his “cupcake” after a few licks of frosting, but that’s pretty normal for him.

My twelve year old lightly frosted his own muffin, and enjoyed it. I didn’t get any pictures of that, and I’m sure he wouldn’t have wanted me to post them if I had.😉

Half way there

So, we’ve gone and done it…started a project we were both dreading. 4 ducks have been butchered and frozen. 4 more will be done tonight as long as all goes smoothly.

We started with the named birds, so that we wouldn’t give in and say having only 4 would be easier to care for, or less of an expense.

I am looking forward to not having my property smell like a farm, or needing winter boots to trudge through the “mud” the ducks made in search of eggs. We enjoyed some of our duck raising adventure, but we are done.

Hopefully I will busy cleaning out the duck house tomorrow.😉

Adjusting…

Life sure is different with my son in school, instead of homeschooling.

I have changed my work schedule, so that I can be home when he is dropped off by the bus. I had to give up my unpaid lunch in order to make it happen. I tried my new schedule Thursday and Friday. I didn’t really miss the break at all. I just had a larger snack on my first break, to satisfy me longer. I then took my second break about an hour after I would have normally taken my lunch. The 20 minute break is plenty of time to eat my lunch and call hubby to check in on him and the little ones. Both days I made it home before the bus, but if there wasn’t construction traffic slowing down the bus I may not have. I need to make sure I am ready to leave at 2, instead of 2:05.

Some people might think negatively of me for thinking it is so important for me to be home before the bus. I just want to hear how my son’s day went right away, as my husband hears about it too. I don’t want my son to have to tell the same stories twice. I realize that at some point he won’t be so eager to share how his day went, but I will always have questions for him. “Normal” ones, like do you have homework, and others that relate to his adjusting to the school environment and socialization.

So far, my husband and I aren’t impressed with the amount of work he is getting done. For example: he hasn’t done any real math in his math class after 6 days of school. They have been working on an ISN, or interactive student notebook. All this has shown hubby and I, is that the teacher has control issues. She has the students tape handouts into the notebook, and doesn’t want to see any “guts” or parts of the papers sticking out. She had them decorate the covers, and is covering them with packing tape. Being organized is great, but forcing everyone to take notes exactly the same way, and on the same page/side of a page in a notebook seems like a bit much to me. My son is also in a class that doesn’t really have a title. It seems like a study hall to me, but the teacher asks random questions in it, or shows slides with a projector. It just doesn’t appear to be an actual class. A lot of what he explains about his day seems to be a huge waste of time….which is one of the reasons we homeschooled for 6 years. If he hadn’t had such a rough time this summer, I wouldn’t have put him in public school.

I haven’t asked him about his thoughts at school, and he hasn’t shared any negative ones. I plan on gently asking today or tomorrow. I don’t want to cause thoughts to arise by my questioning, but I also want him to know he can share them with me so he doesn’t feel like he has to hide them or struggle through them alone. Part of his uncomfortableness sharing them is thinking about what others think of him for having “bad” thoughts. So far, he has been told his thoughts are completely normal ones.

We are all getting used to new sleep schedules. This Monday will be my first day being alone to make sure he is up and on the bus on time. My husband basically slept through my actual first day getting my son out for school last Tuesday. I will be here 3 days this week, and I am guessing I will be the one to get up when the alarm sounds. I have an extra day off this week for my Baby’s First Birthday! It will be sad having my twelve year old at school, rather than home to celebrate with us. We don’t really celebrate birthdays, but we could have taken a day trip somewhere. We’ll have some sort of cake, and that will be after my son is home from school. It’ll just be strange not doing our normal type of celebration. The freedom of homeschooling is very much missed. 😦

First “week” of school is over!

So, the first week which was only 2 days of school is finished. Matt did well, considering he has never been in full day public school. He accidentally went to the wrong class both days. He has his math class, then time to go to his locker before his next 2 classes. He is supposed to go to science class after math, but he went to social studies both days.😝

I don’t know how to help him. I thought about making him a note card to remind him, or maybe trying to work on memorizing the two teacher’s names together. He only has 2 female teachers, the math and science ones…maybe he can remember to go to the second woman’s class after the first. We’ll see how he does Tuesday. 

He realized earlier today that he left his jacket somewhere, either the bus or the school. Hopefully he’ll find it. Luckily it was an inexpensive one from Wal-Mart. 

Overall I think I stressed out more than I should have.😉 I want to organize his binder,notebooks and all of his supplies the way I would. I know he needs to learn these lessons himself, but I can’t stand things to be messy or inefficient. His OCD made him color code his folders and notebooks for specific classes all by himself. I may have helped him put those things in order of his classes when they were put into his binder though. 

We just bought him a larger backpack tonight, so we’ll see if he transfers everything to it tonight like I would, or if he waits until Monday…or possibly Tuesday morning. (I’m fairly confident it will be done tonight or tomorrow 😝)

Hubby had to survive Wednesday and Thursday caring for our two little ones without his helper. He definitely missed his helper.
*Update: After our groceries and other items were put away, my son started organizing his school supplies and packing his new backpack.😀 I knew he would.