Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Where has the Common Sense Gone?

I don't know if it's the weather, the time in the school year, the fact that teachers and school staff are overloaded, lack of common sense, or that I have become too sensitive about things affecting my children; but whatever it is, it is driving me nutty!

Last Friday, I  drove Jackson home from school because he had his Valentine's Day party at the end of the day and his was my last school party that day.  I always like to get the kids one on one in the car.  The pressure is off and they just talk about people and things in their lives.  Anyways, he began to tell me about his day and how they all had a group picture done and how that picture messed up their lunch time.

As he told me more and more of the story, I asked more and more questions and it became evident to him that Mom was not a happy camper.

He's buddled up in this picture, but is still cold!
You see, after pictures, lunch had already started so the boys got in line for the hot lunch and the girls had their recess.  After the boys ate they went to get their coats from their lockers, but the doors to the hallway were locked and the ladies who oversee lunch would not unlock them.  All of the boys were sent outside without their boots, hats, gloves, or coats!  It was 20 degrees out on Friday!  Are you kidding me?!  

This makes me livid!  Who would think it is ok to make a child go outside without proper attire in 20 degrees?  Do they have no common sense at all?  Of course I contacted the teacher.  She, however, didn't know about the incident.  I was told school policy is that children without coats are to remain on a bench inside or go to the gym.  This policy was obviously not followed.  The more I think about it the more angry I become.  Imagine sitting outside when it is 20 degrees.  There is a few feet of snow on the ground and the wind is blowing.  I don't care how long you stood out there.  Without a coat any amount of time is too long!

I was still fuming about Jackson having to go outside without a coat when last night Tyce walked home from the bus stop with one boot on and a sock.  That's right.  He walked out of school, onto the bus, and through snow with only a sock to protect his foot!  What?

Yes, I will admit that he was kind of stupid not to think this was not a good plan, but he is only in kindergarten and his thinking only goes so far.  He didn't think he could wear his shoe home because according to him his teacher thought he would lose it and not have shoes for gym class.

Apparently my super star child was playing outside and got his foot stuck in the snow bank.  He couldn't get his boot back out of the snow so he took his foot out and went to tell a teacher.  Twenty children were out in the banks digging for that boot and I'm sure it was covered up and will not be seen until spring.  Sigh...

It would have been nice to get a call to let me know that he permanently lost his boot in the snow or maybe his teacher could have told him to wear his shoes home.  She knew he lost the boot.  Where is the common sense?  Is that too much to ask that my children don't freeze this winter while under the care of the schools?  Am I asking too much? 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Beach Weather in Michigan

This year Michigan weather has been BRUTAL!  As I type this snow is coming down fast and furious yet again!  I am pretty much done with all of the delays, snow days, and cancellations.  Having negative temperatures and wind chills is not my idea of fun.  It is so sad that I am excited to see a 30 degree day!  I'm not sure how many more times I can open the door to let the dog out only for him to run in the opposite direction because there is a wall of snow blocking his path before I go crazy!

At any rate, we do try to find fun things to do in the middle of this artic blast.  Yesterday since the temperatures weren't too bad (in the 20's) we bundled up and headed to the beach.  Yes, you read that correctly.  We went to the beach. 

We drove out to Grand Haven.  The fisherman's pier parking lot is cleared as are some campsites so you can park and walk to the pier and the beach.  We should have brought sleds because there are some huge frozen waves the kids would have enjoyed sliding down!  As it was we had a great time sliding on ice and playing in the snow.  It was an odd feeling walking on Lake Michigan all the way out past the light house.  The kids couldn't believe how thick the ice was and how deep I let them walk.

If you get a chance, go see the lake shore in the winter.  It is a gorgeous site.  One word of advice; don't try to walk across the channel on the ice.  The current hasn't allowed that area to freeze as thickly as on the opposite side of the pier.  We saw one man go down to his hip in the freezing water!  Ouch!

Here's a sample of our fun day!
Grand Haven Pier









Lola on the pier and Jackson standing on the frozen water








The kids spent a long time sliding down an ice slide

In the channel



Thick ice chunks turned into sculptures

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

And Here We Go Again!

Yes, we have another new child in the house.  He is also from Honduras and is eight years old.  He arrived on Friday.  

Last week I recieved four calls to take in children.  We were asked to take in a 16 year old and her baby, an 11 year old and a 7 year old sibling group, and an 10 year old and 7 year old sibling group.  It is harder for me to say no then it is to say yes, but we always have to put our own children first in considering which calls to say yes to.

We are glad we said yes to the call that we did.  This child is the happiest child I have ever encountered!  He has a constant smile that just gets bigger the happier he gets!  I walked into his school to pick him up yesterday and he lit up with such delight that I felt like the sun was shining inside just for me!  He spoke with his mom tonight and she told him that this weekend he would be able to be reunited with her.  He ran to each person in our house and told each of us in spanish about his news.  (It didn't matter that most of our household couldn't understand him!)  I don't think he stopped smiling all night long and as a result every person in our household smiled all night!  It is contagious!

We don't know for sure that he will be reunited with mom this weekend, but we are all hopeful.  I really don't want him to lose that smile of his!