coming out of the haze

My oldest gave me a lovely little gift 2 days ago...a nasty ass cold. It's really nice since I'm 8 1/2 mos. pregnant and can't take anything.

Anyway, I can see straight now and had some time to go through the Carnival over at Edwonk's. Two links caught my attention.

The first is a post at What It's Like on the Inside about over-involved parents. I struggle with this one. I really want to be the involved, PTA mom. I think it sets a great example for my kids, one that says 'I take your schooling seriously. Please do the same.' I want to help the teachers out in any way that I can. But I cannot find a reason to be in the kids classrooms. I don't think it helps them at all, but merely distracts them. T's teachers did not allow in-class volunteers for the first month of school, so that the kids could acclimate. Now the calendar is being sent home with times available for volunteering. I pulled his teacher aside the other day and explained to her that I don't feel like I have any business interrupting my son's school day by showing up in his class. I told her how happy I would be to do anything she needed done (like stuffing folders), and I would be pleased as punch to come in and read the kids a book, but I don't want to loiter about the classroom. So far, I am the only mom I know not volunteering in the class. Maybe I'm wrong. But it just doesn't seem like my place.

The other post is at Polski3's View From Here. I read it a few days ago and meant to post something about it, but alas, 8 mos. pregnant = forgetful. He links to a list from the San Diego Union-Tribune that is a top-ten list for students. I printed it out and hung it on the fridge for the boys to read. Some of the key ones in my mind are:
1. Know you are important.
6. Every day, share something you've learned with
someone at home.
9. Volunteer in your community; being involved will make
you a better citizen and a better student.

He also shares a list the same people came up with for parents. Some pointers include:

* Know the curriculum being taught. If you don't know or have questions, ask the
teacher(s).
* Be supportative of learning. Show your children that you love
to learn
* Keep many good books in your home. Make a place in your home for
reading. Turn off the TV and make quiet time for reading. Take your children to
the library and bookstores.

I think I'll print it off and hand it out at our PTA meeting tomorrow.

Pete take 2

A while back I mentioned my (ex) brother-in-law who is serving in Iraq. He volunteered to go serve as a police officer, simply because he felt it was the right thing to do.

My sister-in-law received another email from him yesterday:

Hi Jen,

It was good to hear from you, and thank-you for your prayers. We all need them over here. I am doing well. I got transferred ot the southern part of the country, and the people here seem to like us. I had a good vacation home, but it went to quick. When I got back to Iraq our hotel got hit with another car bomb. Boy that shook me out of the vacation mode very quickly. Well, have to cut it quick, but will write again. Take care and God Bless


Update: I sent an email to him, and got one right back. Here's what he had to say:
It was so good to hear from you! And you have two handsome boys! I am really
glad that things are going good for you. Well, I am in Iraq, and it is the
hardest thing that I have ever experienced I have seem things that I could have
lived a lifetime without. I am sure that this experience with always remain with
me. I just hope are sons and daughters don't have to come to a place like this.
I guess this is one of the reasons I am here. I try to take it day by day, an I
rely on the Lord's grace to keep me alive. I have 5 months and 6 days left. I
was in Fallujah the first 5 1/2 months. I am now in the Babylon region, which is
batter than the Sunni Triangle. I hope to here form you guys. Send me a family
picture.

In case Jen did not forward you mine. I have sent a couple.

Take care and God Bless

Love Pete



I couldn't be more moved if I tried.

Pop Fiction

I am determined to read one Harry Potter book all the way through in this lifetime. I have tried before, with very little success. It's not that I'm not interested, and god knows I love the movies. I just seem to hit a wall every time I start a book, and that wall usually pops up around page 3.

B had library last week, and checked out the Half Blood Prince book. He is attempted to read it himself, and doing a dang good job I might add. But, of course, he's getting discouraged. It's a big ass book with a lot of made-up words. It's tough. So I agreed to read him one chapter every other night, and that leaves every other night open for a book of his choice (last night was Salamaders. The kid loves non-fiction).

I am proud to say that I have now official read more H.P. than ever before in my history. Chapter One, down. And T fell asleep on my lap while I read. How beautiful is that?