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Another school year is underway

Well, yesterday was the first day of the new school year. BJ and I now officially have an eighth grader and a third grader. My oh my! And, to top that off, volleyball season is underway. Brittany actually started practice last week, and they’ve already had two games!

Their first game was on Tuesday, and then they played again last night. Lafayette County, where the kids go to school, is a 4A school and the first two games were against 5A schools. Since I’m not really sure how the scoring/won/loss is done in volleyball (mom and I are still learning), I’ll just have to give it the way I see it. They play the best two out of three games. Against Tupelo Tuesday, the girls got beat in the first game, but game back and won the second game. They lost the sugar game by a very narrow margin. Last night against Southaven, they were trounced in the first game, but scrapped for the second. They lost it, but the final score was 27-25. Brittany is in with the starting bunch and is having a great time. But, because of the two out of three thing, I don’t know if that makes them 0-2 or 1-4?

Brett rode the bus home yesterday without his big sister. It didn’t bother him the least little bit. I can’t say the same about mom! J The kids will ride the bus to school this year, the first time they’ve ever done that. Usually BJ or I would take them on our way to work…but the locations don’t geographically work in our favor this year. Brittany doesn’t want to ride the bus, but Brett does. Of course, Brittany isn’t ready to start back to school…Brett is.

Back to school shopping is just plain crazy, too. Teachers all want very specific items for their classes. Problem is, they don’t all use the same vocabulary. For instance, some want “binders,” some want “notebooks,” some want “folders,” some want “trapper keepers,” and yet, more times than not, they’re all the same thing. Wal-Mart does pretty good by setting the hot smaller items in big mass bins near the entrance of the store. Of course, by the time we got there they were out of pencils. Oh they had plenty of mechanical pencils, but they had no #2 wooden pencils.

Funny, too…coming back from Wal-Mart Brett wondered why they were out of the wooden kind—they’ve cut down acre upon acre of trees we have to pass by every day to get home. You’d think they could make a few pencils from them!


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Busy summer so far

The summer is well upon us and it feels like we’re off to the races. Which races, I don’t know, but it feels like that anyway. Literally, what with work, kids out of school, summer activities, and trying to finish the house so we can move in, both BJ and I feel like we’re operating on low fumes. Not that I’m speaking for her, but I know she’s tired, too. When we can (meaning, when there isn’t either a meeting or a ball game), we’ve been going to the house in the evening to work. The last two times, we’ve stayed there until about 10 p.m. (remember, this after a full day of work).

We can see a light at the end of the tunnel, and we’re pretty sure it isn’t an oncoming train. Thus far, on the outside we’ve had a new roof and new vinyl siding put on. On the inside, we’ve painted the walls in almost all the rooms. My “office” has yet to be painted—though the kids DID prime it. The “play” room also still needs paint. As mentioned here earlier, I tore up the walls in the kids’ bathroom, but I’ve spackled and spackled and think I’ve repaired all my earlier mistakes. It now needs sanding before we can paint.

The kids desperately want to take drinks into their rooms and we never let them before because of the carpet. Well, after some discussion, they both decided they wanted to try painted floors. So, they are now both painted (drying as I write this).

The last two “major” things we’re doing is having carpet installed in the master bedroom and the living room, and replacing the kitchen counters. We haven’t moved any furniture yet…well, because the floors to the main rooms aren’t ready. With the floors in the kids’ rooms ready, we might start taking some of their boxes (from our apartment) over there.

The pictures here are of: Brett, 7, as a Cub. The Cubs are currently 5-2, the losses coming during the first two games. Brett has played all over, but he’s liking catcher and has told me that he wants to be a pitcher. I made him get out and throw some to me and he’s actually pretty accurate—when I can get him to take his time, that is.

Brittany’s picture is from Lafayette JV softball team. She started at shortstop for the JV. The last few games, she was moved up to the varsity team as a baserunner. She was very excited about that. As a 7th grader, she said there was only one girl on the team who could outrun her. She wanted to go out for track, but it would have interfered with the softball schedule, so she didn’t. She really likes—and we really like—her softball coach. She’s been going every morning at 8 a.m. for the summer workout program. The first few days she came back really sore. I poked at her sore muscles and laughed at her. It’s good for her, though. As part of the program, the girls are in a summer league with all the games being played at the home field—so, no traveling.

Brittany also made the JV volleyball team and will start practicing a few weeks before school starts—kinda like football two-a-days that I remember from highschool.

Brett’s season should end mid-June and Brittany’s should finish end of June. We’ll have a small window of about 2-3 weeks before Brittany has to begin VB practice. She’s already “planned” to spend it with her friends Karlie and Allison.

Whew…and it’s not even really HOT yet!


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Movies and my child(ren)

This will likely end up being a column about my favorite movies. I talked the other day about schools showing movies–most of the time illegally–inappropriately picked for the student age group. Today I want to talk about making the decision for my own kids.

BJ and I watch a lot of movies. We don’t really watch a lot of tv, but we do like movies. That being said, there are a good many movies that I’d like to watch with my kids the first time they see it. I dunno, kinda sappy maybe, but I’m thinking it’s special to me in some way, I want to share that specialness with my kids. Brittany is reaching that age where we’re allowing her to see more movies, but are still very careful about what she sees.

When Brittany was 11, I argued with BJ that she was old enough to watch Spider-Man. I won the debate and Brittany watched the first Spider-Man movie with me–a movie which, despite some of the parts that aren’t true to the original concept, is still incredibly close in spirit.

She had nightmares that night.

Okay, so BJ won that debate.

So we’ve had to gauge what we think will scare her and what we think won’t. We let her watch Pirates of the Carribean (NOT on my list of must-watch with dad first time) when she was 12. We had some worries about the ugly pirates, but they didn’t bother her at all. Go figure! Green Goblin scares her, skeletal pirates don’t!

What are some of the other movies I want to watch with her? Gone With The Wind! I definitely want to be able to watch that with her to help explain the suffering and military occupation the South went through during and after the war. What, didn’t you know the South was a “militarily occupied” territory–just like Japan or Germany after WW2 or Iraq today–for 12 whole years! From 1865 until the election of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877. Hayes was elected in a back-room political deal in which the South basically said, we’ll support you for President if you’ll get the troops out!

I’d also like to watch Gods & Generals with her–one of the best movies regarding The Southern War for Independence. Other good movies regarding independence and liberty: Braveheart, Patriot.

Also, the superhero movies like Spider-Man: the other Spider-Man movies, the X-men family of movies, etc.

And the Christmas stories, some of which she has already seen: Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life. (She’s already seen both of them)

Star Wars was on the list at one time because the very first movie meant so much to me in 1977. It’s lost some of the appeal since then, but I saw that movie in the theater nine (yes, 9) times! I’ve never seen any other movie more than twice.

I’d considered some of the “classics,” but they don’t really hold the same “special” place for me. I’d grant some of them are good, but most hold that endearing place for the generation before me.

Other sort of odds and ends that I can’t really put into a category: Planet of the Apes (yeah, I know–but that first one was very powerful!), The Godfather movies (she must get MUCH older), E.T. (but somehow, she watched this one already!), 2001, Dead Poets Society, Sgt. York, Fighting Sullivans, Friendly Persuasion, and I’m sure there are some I can’t think of until mentioned.

I think about all this because BJ and I just had the opportunity to watch Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring with Brittany. She’s been wanting to see it now for about two years. I told her she had to read the entire series before I’d even think about it. She finished Return of the King last week. I was 15 or 16 before I read The Hobbit!

Pretty cool, huh? 🙂

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