Whew. What a busy week. It was the first week of school for our seven here in the Dallas area. We're tired. My 9 y o twins were so worn last night, I put them and the 4 y o to bed at 8 with little resistance, and never heard from the again until 7 a.m. this morning. Fourth grade apparently is a wide-open experience.
Last night Kari spent about 5 hours with a Stay At Home group of moms who she recently found in the area. I'm so proud of her for taking such an initiative to reach out, put herself out there, and begin making some new friends. This was good.
This morning I had the opportunity and permission to go use a freebie on Southwest to fly directly from DAL to BHM to spend the afternoon with my mom and sis. Sadly, I just canceled the trip. Not because anyone told me I should, but because I can clearly see I need to be here more than I need to be there today. Another time Mom and Kim.
Today also marks the beginning of college football. Auburn is playing Louisiana-Monroe. Yawn. And it's PPV and I haven't signed up, so for those of you thinking that's part of the trip cancellation, you missed the mark.
I really want to spend some time with each of the kids the next three days. I have a project for work I'd like to test with them. Essentially, you give each kid a Styrofoam block, uncooked spaghetti, and marshmallows, and challenge them to build the tallest tower with those ingredients. When you stop the clock 10-15 mins later, who ever has the tallest tower, still standing on its own after 60 seconds, wins. I need to figure out the wins what part here–we have elementary, middle and high school kids–two in each category. We are thinking about using this for projects I do for math and science at work. Any of you ever done it?
Okay, I've got yard work to do. Need to clean the pool filter. Need to get my car cleaned, though it looks like we'll get Gustav remnants on Wednesday and it will be dirty again. Need to get my car inspected–sticker expires Monday. And think it's time to pull up two apparently dead trees out front and replace them. Need to get groceries. And I want to work on a new project for The Dads Center, as well as my proposal for GrowingUpMac.com. I'd also like to find a reasonably priced digital camera that has RAW capabilities, but that's not going to be cheap. Okay, on with my day.
PS, don't you just love what Steve has been adding to the site about Aspergers? I'm really proud of him.