We have decided to school X at home this year. It has been three weeks since school started. I am split on the decision weather it has been the correct choice. Schooling a forth grader is a full time job and I already have two part time jobs. Aaron and I, split the classess with Julie (Aaron’s mom). That was an tremendous help. And yet, with how my body is, I still can not keep up. Hopefully, something will give.
On Saturday morning we took some whole bean coffee from Thousand Hills to the Buckeye Fire Department. I wanted to thank them for taking me to the hospital in October. I wasn’t grateful for being in the hospital, but I was very thankful that they were there to take me there and at least start the ball rolling in trying to figure out what is wrong with me now.
When we got to the fire house they were in return grateful for the coffee and asked if X wanted to see any of the trucks. So he wanted to see “The Beast.” James, the firefighter, let him get in the cab and start her up, play with the radio and all the buttons. Then James turned the generator on the back so X could use the hose. X was really excited that he got to water a very dry desert bush.
Yesterday was a hard but great day. I knew that because Uncle James was in town that Xavier would want to go hiking. I wanted so badly to join my family on this adventure. So knowing that my right leg had been feeling very tight and tender, I did something that I thought I would never do….I had my first massage. She did a great job. She understood the needs of my muscles and that I have tender points. She worked for 40 minutes on my leg to release the muscle. I should have done this a long time ago.
When I got home we took a hike in the trails that are just behind our house. The views from the top of the hills are great. The first part of the trail was not a walking trial but a quad trail which made it difficult to walk up, at least for me, the three mountain goats I was with seem do fine with it. Once we were on the right hiking trails they were great. I did forget my inhaler, my bad. But James to the rescue, I could breathe again and continue.
I am so glad the I have been able to get out and enjoy the outdoors with my family again. I am looking forward the becoming the person I know I want to be and that is somewhere inside of me.
Yesterday Xavier had a school field trip to the Phoenix Zoo. I was looking forward to being out with my family but not to the pain that would come later. So I took some precautions in the morning and at lunch and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I did however come home and sleep for 12 hours and I am still feeling the effects form the miles of walking and the bike ridding that we did.
I did realize yesterday that I have miss the way Aaron and I use to be, afternoon walks and bike rides near the beach. Those were the days.
Today was Xavier’s first day of Kindergarten. He was very excited to be going, I was a little sad to see my little boy to be growing up. I didn’t cry, but I did get teary eyed.
X said that he enjoyed his first day, he got to be the weather man and he had PE. What more could you ask for? His teacher, Miss Bates, is really nice. But he isn’t quite sure about this whole 5 days week thing.
Xavier went to his first VBS this year at our friends’ church. X said that he didn’t want to do at first that it didn’t sound like much fun but he would go just because Hannah was there. Hannah is X’s favorite girl. Once he the first night of VBS was finished and we picked him up he said that, “VBS was much better than he expected it to be.” He is such an old man in a 5 year old’s body.
The last night of VBS they invited the parents to join them for a BBQ and then follow the kids for the rest of the VBS and at the end it was time for the kids to sing the songs they had learned durning the week. Xavier was so excited each night to go and spend time playing games, doing crafts, and learning new things about the Bible.
We took Xavier to a newer place called RIDEMAKERZ. They describe it as Build-A-Bear but for boys. The advantage of this place is you can go back any time and get add-ons or upgrades for your car or truck. Like if X gets tired of having a tow truck he can go back and get a dump truck add-on to slide on in place of the boom.
X had a hay day in there building his very own RC tow truck. We took Papa Honey with us too so he could join in the fun. We did have to talk Xavier out of gold rims for his tow truck. Not quite sure a 5 year old should be pimping his ride so soon.
I just want to take a little blog space to remind all of you that these boys know how to ROCK!
Yesterday, we went to our friend’s house to go swimming. Xavier has done a great job at learning to swim. He is a very messy swimmer. He is getting quite good. X says he is practicing to swim in the lake by Mama Julie.
Today, Xavier finish his first 100 piece puzzle. It was a Transformer puzzle. He said that it was a BLAST!
(X dictated this post)
March 21, 2009
We gave Xavier the choice of staying in OK an extra day and having no detours on the way home or we could leave on Friday…he choose to stay. But that doesn’t mean that we nothing happened on our home. We did try to stop at two Rte 66 museums and a honey farm on Saturday but they were all closed. We broke our trip back home into two days so we stopped in Albuquerque for the first night.
March 22, 2009
We had a lovely breakfast from the hotel and then went back to the room for church. It was a great message from Dave Ramsey. After we packed we got on the road, little did we know that it would be like the God was doing yard work. The wind on this trip home was blowing so hard that were hitting tumble weeds like there was no other. It was as though God has turned on his weed blower for the medians and they were cleaning out everything. We were driving in sure high winds that we saw a dining room set whipped out of a truck and slam on the ground in splitters. We also saw motorcycles riding at about a 40 degree angle trying to stay upright on the road. We were just on the south side of the Flagstaff a piece of luggage flew out of a truck and we had no other choice but to hit it.
We tried to find something for Xavier to see while we driving home still. We saw a sign that said petrified wood and a dinosaur museum. Once we got there it had to the most disgusting single wide trailer with an add on that had anamatronic dinosaurs with manikins on them. Needless to say the road trip home was not has much fun for X as it was interesting for Aaron and I.