Thursday, August 22, 2002


Thursday, August 22, 2002

It’s been a busy week. We went to the county fair, and the amusement park. The kids seem to like the county fair mostly just to get the free stuff from vendors. Once they see the animals, it’s pretty boring after that, especially since we have animals on our farm that they see everyday. Although, this year, they said they want to show animals next year because they watched their cousin, who is 11, show a goat and a steer. I don’t see my kids being committed enough to do it. And I’m not sure I want to have the responsbility either.
The amusement park was fun. Our daughter is a thrill seeker. The boys are so afraid of a lot of things there. I rode one of the big coasters with my daughter. I was so afraid she was going to fly out of the seat that it was a little difficult for me to enjoy the ride, but she wanted to go again! We also rode a couple of other fast rides.
My husband brought home 2 goats to help clear the small pasture we have across our road. It’s a novelty for the kids again because we had goats last year. They’ll fight about who has to take care of them in a couple of weeks.
The kids were playing outside last night and I guess the middle son threw dirt in the oldest son’s eyes. It was ok for awhile until the middle wouldn’t leave the oldest one alone. I was watching from inside without them knowing (I didn’t see the dirt thrown) and all of a sudden the oldest, who will be 13 in sept., starts cussing. He said b*tch and the “f” word. I was furious. They both got in trouble. My husband said not to make such a big deal about it cause lots of kids say those things when their parents can’t hear. He knows cause he drives school bus. He agreed they needed grounded, but not lectured as much as I was doing. I said it was a big deal because #1 they shouldn’t be saying these things and #2 I don’t want calls from their schools about this.
I’m already worried about how much trouble they are going to be getting into once school starts. I have this sinking feeling that I’m going to be getting more calls this year. This is the first year back to public school for the middle son. He’s used to a small school of only about 200 kids. The public school is over 1000. The oldest will be in a school that is for kids who need more structure and support. The public school can’t provide that for him. My worry is that I’m already changing my schedule in order to be home when my oldest gets home from school because we can’t find adequate child care for him. If I have to take additional time off for meetings at the school because of poor behavior, it’s going to make it harder. I just hope we can schedule things when my husband is in between bus runs and he can go. But then again, I do worry too much…..


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