I haven't posted in more than a week. I apologize for that. We've been a little busy.
M1: He lost his glasses, and we can't find them anywhere. I suspect he left them at the swim school and someone pitched them, because they aren't in the lost & found, and usually the staff are good at keeping tabs on those sorts of things. He's got a sassy mouth, which drives me nuts, and he's taken to huffing around the house indignantly almost 24/7. Tween attitude much? We've been having a lot of talks about respect and the Golden Rule. I've been attempting positive reinforcement, but it only goes so far. Still, he and his sister got up last weekend and made me homemade biscotti with a recipe out of one of his cookbooks, so I can't be too mad at him.
He's been busy with swim, too. Usually he swims three days a week - team practices twice a week and stroke development once - but his team has been participating in a meet, so we've had a fourth day of swim for the past two weeks. It was so nice not to have to drive to one this week! Still, M1 got a second-place ribbon at his meet two weeks ago, for breaststroke. He's been so proud, and he's finally putting in some real effort at practice in an effort to get that first-place blue. His swim coach's last day was last Thursday, so they've been in a transition for a while as well. There's a new coach who has been preparing and training with the team for a while, so it won't be a major thing, but it's still a change. I'm excited to see what direction the new coach will take.
M2: Manic, manic, manic. She's been constantly on the move lately, constantly talking or angry or making projects or whatever. She had a violin solo festival that she attended last Saturday, and she got all 1s, which is a top score. They were running a fairly relaxed festival, so she got to pick the color of ribbon that she could take home. Guess what color she picked? That's right - pink!
Oz: Oz has been working, trying to get a ton of work projects finished up before the end of the year. He's been magnificent and worked out how to hang lights on our house since he can't climb up on the roof like he's always done; we'll probably try to get some hung this coming weekend and finish it up on the 1st.
Me: I'm just trying to keep up with it all. Thanksgiving is Thursday, and I always try to have most of my Christmas shopping done before Black Friday. I haven't gotten *all* of it done this year, but I've gotten probably 3/4 of it completed. I need to run a couple of errands by myself at some point, but if I get desperate, I can do these things on the Internet - I'd just rather pick these things out in person. I also have to work out what to do for some extended family members; I have a couple of ideas but nothing firm, and it's getting closer. *sigh* I really wish gifts weren't 'mandatory.'
Oz and I aren't getting one another gifts this year because we decided to get new bedroom furniture instead. When we got married, we bought the cheapest bedroom suite we could find because it was all our budget could afford at the time. It worked - and still works - just fine, but it's not anything I care for. Now that we have a bigger bedroom, we're moving up to a king-size bed and furniture to go with it. I'm pretty excited. It's being delivered tomorrow. That means, of course, that I won't have anything to open or for Oz to open on Christmas Day, but we're okay with that. Sacrifices have to be made, and Oz does have a birthday in late January! ;)
School has been plugging along. M2 is an amazing writer, and M1 continues to astound me with his scientific knowledge and intuition. Next week will be our halfway point in the school year; hard to believe it's already that far along!
For those of you in the USA, I hope you have a lovely, happy, peaceful Thanksgiving, and I'll be back when I resurface again!