Running into the store quickly the other day, I stumbled upon this glorious sight! (Well, unless you're a teacher, and I've gotten several "not funny" comments from them! :) But along with school starting, comes BUYING school stuff. I've already had one punk tell me his tennis shoes are too small (big surprise) and another starting middle school, so he'll have to now be in dress code too. Oh the joys. I'll have to deal with kid #1 first, since he will need shoes for band camp in 2 weeks vs school starting in 3. One day at a time. But until then, I will do the happy dance! :)
Hunter participates each year in the schools A.R. program. Accelerated Reader is a program of earning points for books read. They read age appropriate books...so kids in 5th grade are not reading books at a 1st grade level, just to get points. Younger kids read books that are a .5-1.0 level and they go up from there. You start reading at the beginning of the year and the cut off is the end of April and you have to earn 100 points. They have rewards for getting to certain levels. Lunch with your friend in the courtyard, lunch at your teachers desk, A.R. banquet, etc...with the ultimate reward being the mystery trip.
At the end of March, Hunter had 68 points. He knew he wasn't going to make the mystery trip, but he was still reading. He decided to read The Hunger Games, because his brother did and because it was worth 15 points. He read that book in about 2 weeks and earned a 100 on the test. (I should of mentioned the points are based on tests you take after you read each book. If you don't get a 100, you don't get the full point value.) So, he was up to 83.0 points. He still had 2 weeks until the cutoff, so he decided HE COULD DO IT! He read a quick small book and got it to 85 points. Now all he had to do was read book 2 of The Hunger Games and if he made 100, he would be right at 100. And he was just shy of 2 weeks until the cutoff date. This child read and read and read. Every time I looked up, he was reading in his kindle. (Again, best gift ever!) He finished up 3 days before the cutoff and went to school to take his test. He didn't make 100 on the test...he missed 1, so he was at 98 points. Never one to give up, he read a couple smaller books and found his way to 100 points that same day and earned the mystery trip. So PROUD of him!
(The mystery trip is a mystery. No one knows where they are going, until they get there. They are given hints as to what to wear/bring, but it's always a surprise. I think I have figured out where they are going based on the hint this year, so we'll see if I'm right or not. :)
Friday was Hunters 1/2 day out of school reward. He really wanted to go fishing, but daddy had to work and I was a little busy too, so I surprised him with lunch at the cafe. He's always asking to go there, so I figured he'd like that. (Check out those eyelashes! )
Afterwards we walked home to wait for the cable guy, that ended up cancelling. And since Maison was going to the movies with the church and daddy was working late, I also surprised him with a trip to his favorite fishing hole. It was a nice (warm) evening...and cooler outside than in the house, so that was an added benefit...he was excited he was catching fish and I was excited by the awesome lighting, which really popped his eyes. I did nothing them, it was all natural. The 2nd picture the sun was almost set, so you can tell his eyes are not as bright. Still beautiful though. :)
We are on year 3 of band. When we started, I refused to "rent" a saxophone for $40 a month. 1st off, it's expensive and we could not afford it. 2nd, there was no way I was spending $1400 on a brand new sax, renting or not for a 12 year old! Who's to say he's going to like it or want to stick with it?! I told his band director that if he couldn't find one to borrow, then there was no way he could play. (It makes me sad that these schools do not have instruments for kids to use.) Turns out he loves it and does well. On top of that, once you move up into 7th grade, you're supposed to "upgrade" to a better model. WHAT?! Seriously?! Well, I happened to luck out at the end of 6th grade and found him a nice used one on Craigslist. And much to my surprise, it was a better model and we didn't have to worry about upgrading! (NOT that that was going to happen!) So imagine my dismay when he came home one day and said he wanted to upgrade to a tenor sax. I'm sure my eyes bulged a little. ;) But I started watching Craigslist again....and again...and again. Nothing under $2000+...I told him "good luck" as that was not happening.
At the beginning of February, I saw a posting. I ignored it as I really didn't want to spend the money at that point. I decided to give it a week and see what happened. Plus, I was waiting to see if he'd find it and start bugging me. He didn't. A week later I looked again. It was still there. :( I decided to contact the person to see if it was actually still available. It was. So I decided to scrape together the cash and do it. Because if I didn't, come May/June when we're getting ready to start marching band, I'd be KICKING myself for not doing it. I know this for a fact. I just do. And, since she was up near Clarksville and I way southeast of that, we agreed to meet in Nashville. I took him with me...boy was he excited...to say the least. (He even offered me his Valentine's money toward it.)
I tried to explain to him that we needed to not appear too eager and make sure everything looked ok. We don't want to pay for something and then turn around and have to spend a few hundred $'s to have the pads redone. He understood...ha...yeah right.
But after looking at it, it was well worth the money. There is a big dent on one side of it, but I'd rather it be on a used instrument than it happen to a NEW one! I would come unglued! ;) He took it in to show his director (I was expecting an "it's ok" type comment, but (from what I've heard), he was rather impressed. (These directors now days want "the best", which I can understand...our band has come in 2nd place at the state level, so they are very good....but geez, we're not made of money!) I got more grief from THE KID on the struggle to get in on/off the bus! He said his bus driver didn't really like it. Bwhahaha...well, when SHE pays me to cart your butt to school, I'll drive you. For now, deal with it. (She has since given him a seat to put it in.) On top of that, it shouldn't be a big deal since you're not playing it until next year. "Oh no, Mr L. wants me to play it the rest of the year", he told me. (:O) Apparently he did like it! And since he still has to play his alto sax for jazz band on Tuesdays/Thursdays, I DO have to take him on those days as he cannot take 2 instruments on the bus. (I still shake my head at my luck!)
Kid #2 starts band next year...he's playing a SAX! I'm not shopping for any more instruments! ;)
We are on day 3 of our snow "holiday". Now mind you,
we JUST went back to school last week from Christmas
break...and I received the call this afternoon..."School
will be closed until Tuesday"...UNTIL TUESDAY?! I had a
case of the vapors. I went to my bed...and hid. I'd still
be hiding there if the little demons (because after 3 days,
they are no longer little darlings, THEY.ARE.DEMONS) wanted
dinner. Lucky for me they had a church activity tonight
and were gone a couple hours. It didn't change my attitude,
and they still came back home. Oh how I am so looking forward
to getting my taxes done on Friday...just to get out of the
house WITHOUT THEM! Betcha didn't think I'd ever say that?!
On that note...let this day end quietly, with a peaceful
sunset...as tomorrow will be a repeat of today...arghhhhhhh!