Locker Locker Locker

Melinda chose not to do the online schooling

due to the faced that this is the year she gets to have a locker. Today, the first day of sixth grade, and her locker is the most important thing to talk about when she gets home. She is already asking if she can get a couple of things to put in her locker like shelves and a white board. It is the little things in life!!!!!!

What is your stand on going to the bathroom?

Will you let our daughter use the restroom when she needs to??

How sad that this is the first question Panayota felt she had to ask the teacher was, are you going to tell our child she can not go to the restroom when she needs to.  This teacher said she could go when ever she needed (as long as it wasn’t 80 times a day). This seems to be such a ridiculous thing to be concerned about but the last two teachers would not let her go when she asked. Melinda’s fifth grade teacher told her she needed to plan better. She dint ask everyday or even once a week – just once during the year and she was made to feel that this was some terrible thing. She was very obviously not doing this to get out of class to cause trouble yet that is the attitude the teacher had. At any rate, that is one little thing that should not be a problem this year. It is seldom difficult to keep Melinda on task when it comes to her school work, so we are not too worried about that.

 This is Melinda the night before the 1st day of school. 

get some sleep

What to do next???

 Another rough day at school for Alex.

 Its bad enough that he is struggling with his school work but now he is having serious social problems. Much like myself at his age, he is just not one of the popular kids. He is feeling completely alone and there is not a lot I can do for him in this area. Add to that the extra hormones that 14 year old kids have to deal with and you have some very interesting mood swings.

After his walk about last month where he just ran away because he did not want to go back to school. Yes its true he took off with absolutely no plan. We had the whole neighborhood looking and as night fell I tried hard not to panic. Pattie ran in to a sheriff and told him about it. The sheriff was nice about it and said he would check out the mall. I doubted that he would be there, I knew it was more likely he was headed to the mountains and it was getting cold. So I took off to Bear Creek to see if I could find him. About that time I got a call that someone found him at the “Fort” restaurant. They were nice enough to feed him (a meal that I could not have afforded). When we got there a large officer was sitting with him and talking about alternatives to running away. I try not to worry every time he is not home but there is always that little voice now.

Last week he got into a fight with his sister and left a note for us that he had gone to the lake to do his home work – I left to make sure. To his credit that is what he had done.

But with his never ending troubles at school I am contemplating trying to school him at home through one of those online schools. He has a friend in the neighborhood that is home schooled and done by noon so Alex would have a good goal to finish by noon. Even Melinda is thinking about trying it.

After tonight I am surprised that she would want to work with me because she cries almost every time I try to help her. Tonight is no exception I helped her with her math and she started crying. I don’t think I am being mean but she must feel differently. At any rate we will see what this next year brings. Change is good – right?

Our first dance.

Melinda’s school put on a father daughter dance – I was not overly happy about this at first as I saw this as one more money making ploy by the school. However I decided to trade out my ski school teaching day for another so that my lovely daughter and I could go to the dance. It was an incredibly “magical” night. Melinda seemed very pleased with the evening and I could not have been more proud to be their with my little (growing up to fast) girl. We do not know how to dance, so like most everyone else we faked it. I only stepped on her toes once or twice. I even bought her the wrist corsage that they were selling at the school. Before I bought it she asked me if those were keepsakes and followed up by saying that she didn’t really want one. So I knew she wanted one. She wore it to bed!!! So yes I am very happy to say we went and it was a great evening out with my sweet Melinda.


click to see the jump. I never get tired of watching.

 alex crash crash

Alex learns what goes up must come down

I find I treat Alex and Melinda differently when we ski. When Melinda falls I worry about her. When Alex falls I seem to enjoy making fun of him – Alex has a very good sense of humor about it and knows falling is part of skiing, and defiantly part of ski jumping. His last fall was spectacular, he went off a jump in the terrain park and he made sure to get speed to clear the flat under the jump – but he (perhaps) went farther than he was wanting to. I’m surprised he did not break his skis or worse yet his leg but he’s in good shape and I have been having fun showing everybody the video of his wipe-out