Today Zander and I found a pink leather clad notebook computer in the middle of the street. Cars were driving right over it! We pulled over, braved traffic and rescued the computer. A middle school was 1 block away, so we handed it to the office. They knew immediately who it belonged to and called her home. Good deed for the day done!
Tonight Zander and Brooke were at the Boy Scout meeting. The scouts brought lists of good deeds they had done to share with the troop. I helped Zander write his.
While they were learning the variety of good deeds boys can do, Jacquie and I experimented with making gluten free brownies. They are cooling overnight in the refrigerator. 1 recipe is more firm & 1 is more gooey & fudgy. A brownie style for everyone! If they are as good tomorrow as I hope they will be, I will post the recipes for you.
I can say that we all enjoyed our still warm chocolaty treats with hot tea before parting for the night.
Last week Zander's pants were too tight and his belly bulged over the waist. One grumpy & sleepy weekend later... This morning the same pants were too loose and too short. Ah growth spurts, why can't I lose waistline like that?
That fine balance between work & family... I ripped through baking & meetings this morning so I could take Zander & his friends to see The Hunger Games directly after school. Then a picnic dinner, back to school for a big PTA party & basketball game, then Baskin Robbins with a bunch of other families, back home baking & doing paperwork while Z is reading in bed. Whew! BTW, Hunger Games is an amazing movie. Of course, Zander became overstimulated and had crazy dreams all night. Not nightmares... just intense and loud. I think he was dreaming that he was in the Hunger Games.
Back from a 9 hour Boy Scout leadership training and I am drained. Chug the coffee because we leave in 20 minutes to watch the Harlem Globetrotters play at George Mason!
Yard work, cat grooming and lunch at Zander's God Mother's house. Her kitty (my God Daughter Emmy Alex) is long haired and has mats building up in all the wrong places. Don't worry Emmy Alex! I am running with scissors to you...
Zander learned a sharp lesson in responsibility last night! A general school day rule in our home: no entertainment electronics go on before homework & chores are done and are turned off at 8 PM. That is when we have "read until sleep" time. Soooo... Last night I got to introduce my son to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This is something I have been looking forward to since he was a baby! Just as Lancelot saved the singing prince from his wedding, the clock struck 8. Zander sure wished he had finished his trombone practice and math quicker! No worries! We will watch the rest of the film today. Z made me promise that if he does his chores as soon as he gets home, we can watch it in the afternoon instead of waiting until night.
Since kids do better with structure, each day Zander owes me 1 hour of his time. Some of that is taken up with music practice and homework. Any time left over goes to chores. This has done away with his trying to get out of schoolwork, as he would rather do that than clean the bathroom. (He still has some housework responsibilities. No way am I going to remain the sole homemaker! I tell him that his future wife will be so happy and love him even more for these skills.) This also cut down on my nagging and our arguing, since we both know that the 1 hour is nonnegotiable. How excited am I that Zander wants to do his 1 hour as soon as he gets home? To quote him: "Mom, have that list ready for me!"
Zander and I are off to Camp Snyder in Haymarket, VA. We are helping with a Webelo Scout skill building weekend program. We are just staying for the day, but it will be a full one! We will help with the various activities like Wilderness 1st Aid, Camp Fire Skills, team building exercises, etc...
Yesterday and tomorrow are in the high 60s, but of course today is in the 40s...but sunny. That is added incentive to keep moving!
A nice thing about scouting is that Zander went through these programs when he was a Cub Scout. Now he is assisting with the program. In another few years he will help coordinate and manage these sort of classes. He is excited about his burgeoning leadership skills. We both look forward to spending the day running about in the woods!