Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fall Semester!

Welcome to Fall. We are just as busy as ever this semester. Kevin is still teaching Photography at the Community College AND the University. He is also really busy at his commercial photography job. Then of course in the mix of all that he still gets hired for freelance photo shoots. He is taking two classes at the University- creeping slowly towards his degree. I don’t know when we’ll see him this semester! But that’s nothing new. I can’t believe how hard that husband of mine works.

T is a Junior in high school this year! My kids are getting too old too fast! She is getting her CNA (certified nursing assistant) at the Tech Institute. She’s getting duel credit for that and high school. Her classes start at the tech institute before high school and end during the high school’s lunch break. She gets to the high school during lunch and then goes to regular high school classes after lunch. We just found out that one of the classes that she’s taking at the High School, medical terminology, can also count as concurrent enrollment for the Community College! So we need to register her at the community college this weekend. So she is taking more “college” classes this semester than actual High School! Starting the end of September she’ll have to start her clinicals for her CNA certificate. She’ll have to work part time after school at an assisted living facility. Then in November she’ll work part time at the hospital. She’ll be one busy girl this semester!

J is a sophomore this year. He is at the high school with T. I can’t believe he’s there. I still can’t get over the new lease on life he’s been given since we found Neurological Reorganization. I know I keep going on and on about it but you’ve got to understand, he was never supposed to be capable of any of this! So for him to be living the life of a normal teenager, it is a miracle that I can’t get over! The boys started waterpolo a few weeks ago. They’ve had their first game already. John loves it but he needs to build up his strength. The coach has assigned him extra exercises to do outside of practice. So far he’s been doing them! John just got his new Neuro Reorg program from Nina. He’s so close to graduating from NR. We’re on four years for him! I do both boys’ NR programs after school. I hope we can keep up with everything, school, homework, NR, and waterpolo.

R is a Freshman this year! He’s still at the Junior High. He’s really excited about his classes. He finished up last year on the High Honor Roll and he’s hoping to do the same this year. R got glasses. I’m still getting used to seeing him in his glasses. We’ve been joking that he’s joined the “four-eyes” club with the most of the rest of the family. He got his new NR program from Nina last week when she came. His program is pretty short this time. That makes it a little easier on me. A little LOL! Nina had a lot of good things to say about his progress this last time. So hopefully he’ll be getting closer to graduating also. Like John, he’s playing waterpolo and loves it.

C is in 6th grade! She’s pretty far behind in school. We just had a meeting with different people at the school- administration, teachers, etc, to see how best to help her. Hopefully it’ll all go well. She is enjoying it so far. She also got a new program from Nina- holy moly it is a LONG program. ELEVEN sets of patterns (including the RMT patterns)!!! We do it with her before school. So as usual my life revolves around doing program with my kids LOL.
Our garden seems to be winding down. I think we’re finished with our zucchini, crookneck squash and green beans for the most part. We’re still getting a lot of tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. I just canned 32 jars of peaches- it is that time of year. My parents have peach and plum trees that I like to can… well, I don’t know about LIKING to can, but we love to have the fruit for the winter. You know what a food hippie I am. So for the next month that will be what I keep busy with- Canning fruit, dehydrating herbs, etc. Did I ever tell you about the compost bin Kevin bought for my birthday this past Spring? I just love it so much. It is pretty much full now. And would you believe that it actually smells GOOD when you open it? True story. Our homemade compost bin always stank really bad. The contents in our new bin are in varying stages of breaking down. Most of it is a wonderful dark color- perfect compost. When we take our garden out we’re going to till in this batch. Then next Spring we’ll till in the “winter batch” before planting. I just love that thing. Anyway, like I said, we’re super busy!


  1. Life sounds busy but good! Our garden is just getting going, other than the lettuce, peas and spinach. But we're going to have a bumper crop of pumpkins this fall. My garden is lopsided, though. One end everything is growing like mad and the other end it's all stunted. I've triple checked to make sure it's all being watered. The zucchini is on the lame end, so we haven't gotten a single one yet. There are a couple of flowers out there and I saw bees all over the rest of the garden, so I'm hopeful those will get pollinated, too.

    You're my hero, as always! Love you!

  2. I love you Dielle! Our zucchini didn't do well this year either- until I started hand pollinating them! Weird. I wonder what is up with that?! We didn't plant pumpkins this year because we planted corn instead. Next year I want to do pumpkins again. Neither of the girls had ever seen corn stalks up close or really understood how it grew, was harvested etc. (both girls are from orphanages in really big is amazing what kids miss out on when they've never been outside of a city before) So we planted it this year for them:-) We haven't planted corn in years because of R's allergy to corn.

  3. Hey Anita,
    Boy I really hope you can see your husband now and again. Being a single parent is no fun! Kevin is such a great guy! I'm so proud of all your kids and the work you've slaved through to get them there! Good luck with your NR and I hope things get sorted out at the school.

  4. Hey Chris- thanks:-) The school doesn't seem to know what to do with C. With her physical issues and then with how far behind she is... it is becoming more and more clear that I'm going to need to homeschool her. It was the same thing with the boys. Public schools just aren't equipped to deal with these issues. But once I got the boys on grade level at home, they've been doing GREAT in public school now. So it looks like we are on that same path with C...