Sunday, January 21, 2007

Dreamgirls, Pinewood Derby, and School.....

What a busy weekend! We have been going, going, going, but it has all been good. Friday night was a mixed bag: Daniel, my 12 yr.old, went to the Jr. High Dance, and Joseph, my oldest, went to a friend's birthday party (long story with that one), but Aaron, Rachael, and I met Baron and his girls for dinner at the Chinese Buffet nearby. We had a great time. It is always so good to see the kids get along so well.

Saturday, Aaron's dad (my evil ex) came down from Indianapolis at my request, to help Aaron build his Pinewood Derby car. Daniel went to his friend Austin's, Joseph went to Taylor's, and so Baron and I had the chance to meet for a movie. I chose "Dreamgirls", and like my blog friend Captain Corky, although I have never been too impressed with Beyonce for any reason, I was reluctantly impressed. The whole movie was great! Eddie Murphy, I read somewhere, did his own singing for the movie, and all the music was good. A couple of times either Baron or I sighed when they launched into yet another ballad, but all in all, a terrific movie. I would love to get the sound track!

Today after church was the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby. Aaron, as I mentioned, built his car with his dad. I arranged for them to use my parents' house to have a place to saw, sand, paint, and decorate his car, and I must say they did a terrific job. Aaron didn't win, but he DID win a couple of heats, which was enough to keep him happy. And he got a patch and a ribbon. Here he is with his car, and with his brothers and sister (who are clearly SOOOO happy to be there) waiting for the big event to start.

Third, several of you commented or e-mailed me about my school situation. Thanks.
Things are still a little hectic, but Thursday and Friday were a little better. The boy who has been really out-of-control is having a terrible homelife right now in addition to his own emotional issues, and so will probably be transferring to a different school where they have social services and a psychiatrist on site. They will be better able to support the whole family.
All my new boys are settling in. Ironically, my "old" students are the ones who are having the most issues. But the fallout from the confrontation with the coworker wasn't too bad, and my principal got some firsthand experience with the boy I mentioned above, which is why she approved the transfer to the other school.
These pictures are of my students making rainsticks a couple of weeks ago with the Occupational Therapist. It was so much fun, and they loved banging nails into the tubes (and yes, there was one adult per student so the hammer-and-nail thing was very controlled).

Have a great week.


Jay said...

I did the pine box derby when I was a kid. My uncle helped me build a really sweet car. I finished second. I got screwed by the judges. I'm still bitter about it.

Best of luck on the personal situation. I'm sure you'll be able to work it out.

captain corky said...

I also participated in a couple of pinewood derbies. I did good one year but I don't think I ever won. Story of my life really. ;)

Dreamgirls was a fun movie!

RWA said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the kids in your class. I think I've said this before, but I truly admire folks like you who have the patience and willingness to work with these special children.

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

I've never even heard of this movie!!


Glad you're happy again girl!

FindingHeart said...

Hammers? Nails? in and ED ROOM?! AAGH!! :) Next week: razorblade throwing stars! Yee Haw!

Yeah, I was looking at your b boards for ideas. LOL!

Have a great week!

sunShine said...

Great pics, especially of your class. Sounds like you had a good weekend.

HoosierGirl5 said...

Jay - I feel your pain. This is my 3rd boy to participate in Pinewood Derby and we've NEVER won. It's a cub-beat-cub world out there!

Corky - I went to Dreamgirls in part because of YOUR review. My boyfriend thanks you.

RWA - Today would not be a good day to ask me about my dedication to my work. Ugh.

Nerdboy - You would LOVE "Dreamgirls", I know you would! As for the happiness quotient, it's variable.

Finding Heart - Hell yeah, we're tough. Like I said, it was a VERY controlled activity. Oh God, don't look at those bulletin boards. Those aren't the good ones.

Sunshine - It was more up than down, and that's always a good thing.


Dazd said...

He looks so proud of his patch and ribbon. Ahhhh the joys of being a parent. How easily we forget it's the smaller things in life that bring us joy, like a patch and ribbon.