With the new school year here, I think I'm going to find a lot more time for myself. ~TRANSLATION~ more opportunities to write about stuff.
As for today, Jessica (my oldest, 12) just started her first day of Jr. High. She's a big 7th grader now. I went with her this morning, (as did MANY other parents) and helped her get her schedule. We didn't have a chance to search out all of her classes, so I'm sure she'll get lost a time or two. I can't wait to here about her first day!!
My other rug-rats don't start school until Monday, the 14th. They will be attending a brand new school just up the street. Both schools are very nearby so I'm looking forward to the walks back and forth.
My little man Jay will be staying home with me for one more year. I've got a whole preschool curriculum on hand and plan to have him kindergarten ready nice and early. I'd like to send him to the state-funded preschool program, but we make too much money annually for a freakin' family of seven!! You have to show paycheck stubs for a month and they project an annual income from that- overtime and all! It's very unfair. Last time we were a mere $43.00 over the max annual income for a family of seven. So unfair!
When I tried to enroll Jillian two years ago, she wasn't able to start preschool until after the first of the year when we could supply paycheck stubs that had minimal overtime and the projected annual total was under their limit. It broke her heart when I told her that she couldn't go in the beginning. She wanted so bad to be in school like her older sisters.
All is well with jillian now though. She just finished kindergarten and was one of two students to receive the Presidential Award of Education, actually signed by George Bush! It's pretty cool. She also took home first place for kindergarten in the the Science Fair this past February. It kinda helped that she was the only entry for kindergarten, but hey, it works! Her project went on to the district competition and earned her a participation trophy. She's quite the hard-worker.
Looks like I'm on a roll here....I have a lot more coming so if you need a potty break, now would be a good time.....
I just recently served on my second ever criminal trial. It was interesting and all, but really bad timing. I went the morning of July 10th thinking that I would be excused simply by virtue of being the primary caregiver to my FIVE young children. Oh no. This would not be the case. I was informed by the judge that daycare issues are no longer acceptable excuses because the courts now have a children's room for jurors! What a joke this room was too!
Here my kids have only had 10 days of freedom since school let out on June 29th and now I have to stick em' all in this little room with a perfect stranger from 9:00am until 4:30pm. The only time they were allowed outside was for lunch, which I was expected to provide for them. I can handle brown bagging it for my kids, they're worth the time, effort and headache of this daily task, but to have to keep these kids entertained for up to two hours sometimes?...Come on!....Even a super-mom such as myself has trouble pulling that one off day in and day out!......Believe me I had a field day filling out a "how the heck are we doing card" EVERYDAY. I made sure they knew how ridiculous it was for the judge to insist that he knows what's best for MY children. I complained about everything that I could think of. No outside access, little frig didn't work, no max occupancy posted, no posting of licensing, etc.... Fortunately, my mother-in-law came to stay with us and watched them for the last two and a half weeks of the trial.
In case anyone is interested, and since I can't seem to shut up, here are some keys points to the trial on was on. The crime took place back on May 1st, 2001, in a home in Riverside. It was a home-invasion robbery / murder case. There were two defendants and two juries. This seemed weird at first, but later made sense as to why. These two guys were both being charged with murder even though only one guy actually pulled the trigger. To make a long story short, the other jury reached a guilty verdict on Aug 3rd and we came up with guilty a day later. What an emotional roller coaster for all involved!
There's so much more I could go on about, like how my husbands company is in the middle of a battle about bringing in the union (truly all Greek to me), and about lots of other significant stuff that's happened recently in my little corner of the world, but I'm gonna stop for now.
I'll try to keep posting and for my future posts not to be so lengthy.
It's almost time to pick up Jessica! I can't wait to see how her first day went! YAY!!