Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Life Keeps Coming At Me

Okay, I am really overwhelmed today. I thought school ended on Thursday but it's actually tomorrow. Tyce gets done today at 10:45 and he wants to have his foreign-exchange friend Melissa over to watch The Blind Side before she goes back to Germany in a few days. You will be happy to know that I did clean the house yesterday so that's one less thing to worry about. However, Mary comes home an hour after he does, usually attached to Bella, and while they are very easy to entertain they still insist on doing things like EAT and now I'm wishing I'd gone to the store for snacks.

Anyway. Man, I'm feeling sad that my boys are leaving 2nd grade. I am feeling those pangs of nostalgia for when Tyce and Mary were that age, so nice and sweet. And look at them now. Just kidding. But I will say, having teenagers is not for the faint of heart and as you know, I've nearly passed out from the stress. I look at my twins and I can't imagine them not being who they are right now, so earnest and loveable, trying to do what's right.

We are thinking about homeschooling one of the kids next year. I would like to homeschool two of them but I know the oldest would absolutely freak out (we have broached the subject many times). I don't know how it would work out with the girl either, but her academic performance at school leaves much to be desired. I think she is highly distracted and for some reason, completely unmotivated. It is the most disheartening thing in the world to see exceptionally smart people grossly living beneath their potential. Perhaps changing the learning environment would help with that. I don't know. But she can't keep going on like she is or she'll be in 7th grade for the rest of her life.

For both of them, there is a significant med issue that needs correcting. The summer will be full of appointments and I pray that they will be willing to go without a fight. I talked to Mary last week about seeing a new doctor and she was fine with it. But you never know on the day of, how things will work out--for either of them. Have you ever tried to help someone who doesn't want it? It can be a battle royale. We've been through that often enough with Tyce to know that. He even threw a tantrum about going to the dentist a few months ago, utterly refusing to get in the car for his appointment.

There are good days and bad days. More good than bad, usually.

Well I did want to post a few more pictures for you. Tyce had his final concert of the year and guess what--he surprised us by singing a solo! He performed "Shadowlands" from the Lion King musical. It was great. The whole night was very emotional since it was the Seniors last concert and that made all the kids cry their eyes out. Tyce's friend Nick is graduating this year and we will miss him--there are no words to describe how grateful we are for his friendship and example to Tyce. He is an angel in our lives, literally prayed for and delivered.

The week after the concert was the choir banquet. Tyce was recognized for his service as a section leader and earned his letter in choir. He also got elected to an office for next year, Chamber Representative on the choir council.

Nick and Tyce. Harrison convinced Nick to do a back flip on stage and he did!

The students who lettered in Choir.

Recognized for their service as student aids. Tyce's class was the Advanced Women's Ensemble.

That's all I can do for now since I have to pick up the movie-watchers in 30 minutes. I'm going to do some last-minute tidying and maybe make some cookies or something to cover up the smell coming from the play room. That place is an abomination.

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