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My goodness time has been flying!

Brief update in no particular order:

1) Work - I am working from home today, and posting on my lunch hour. It is awkward to work from home but not impossible.

2) Condo Board - I feel So Much Better since resigning from the Condo Board. Seriously. I can't believe what a difference it's been.

3) My Kindle - It came and one of the reasons why I've not been on lj as much is because I've been using it! *Squee* I've come to the conclusion that I like both the Kindle app on my android phone, as well as the Kindle itself. I seem to generally prefer reading from the Kindle, but I'd rather search for books on the phone, since the app tells me the price of the book beside the name of it, while in the Kindle store on the Kindle, you have to actually click on the book to find out the price. Many thanks to bertine for putting me on her "Free Kindle Books" Circle on G+.

4) School - Alexandra starts Kindergarten this week. We had registration on Monday, and it was a bit of a disaster. Not a disaster because she was scared/clingy/etc. Oh no. A disaster because she was mad as hell that it was only a 15 minute process and she didn't get to stay.

5) Parenting - Current parenting challenges (with both kids, although more so with Alex) include figuring out how to handle situations where she says, in anger, "I don't like you! I don't want you to be my mommy any more! Go away!" We've spoken about this, and I've tried to refocus her on, "Is that really what you want? Do you really not want mommy to love you and kiss you goodnight and take you to the zoo and do fun things? Or do you just need some space?" But man is she a tough nut to crack, and boy oh boy does she get stuck on things. Not really sure where to go from here.

6) Current adorable thing from Stephen -
Alex: Mommy, last night I had a dream about the stock car races!
Stephen: Oh yeah! Stock cars!
Alex (surprised at his enthusiasm): Wow Stephen, you really do like the stock cars, don't you?"
Stephen: Yeah, I like stock cars. I don't like to walk.

7) Swimming - Both kids are in swimming right now - we got them into a two-week swimming program where they have it every single day. It's right on campus next to our work, and at 6pm (we got off work at 5pm) so it's just perfect for picking them up and taking them to swimming, and we get free parking. It's working so well, I think we're going to do swimming in the fall too, although not every day. The kids love it, but both are terrified of getting their nose/eyes/ears wet. Both are in Sea Otter right now - I'm hoping Alex will be able to move into Salamander by the end of the week, but Stephen I'm sure will stay in Sea Otter. What's really awesome about it right now, is that they are the only two in the class, so it's basically like they're getting private instruction.

8) Fall Activities - Registration for fall activities has been happening over the last week. It's been insane. Having said that, I managed to get them both in Gymnastics at the same time (different classes), Dance (back to back classes), and we're keeping our fingers crossed that we'll be able to put them into a Group Swimming class, where they'll have their swimming lessons together. Keeping all the fall activities together at roughly the same time and location, will seriously ease the burden, and will definitely make it more tolerable! Now I just have to think about whether or not I can incorporate some pilates in there for myself.

Comments

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bertine
Aug. 30th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
I almost never buy books from the kindle or my phone. I just buy them from the amazon website. It is so much easier. :)
sharya
Aug. 30th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
I did try that out, and it did seem to be quite a bit easier. And faster.
java_fiend
Aug. 30th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're loving the Kindle! I totally knew you would. :-)

Sounds like there is a lot going on in your world! Glad to hear that resigning from the condo board is paying dividends for you!

Stock cars are certainly one alternative to walking! lol...

Wow... it sounds like you are going to be one crazily busy woman in the very near future!!!

sharya
Aug. 30th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
So far, so good!

Yes, the crazy busy part has me somewhat concerned, but it isn't much more than what we were doing last year. If it proves to be too much, we can always drop an activity, and in fact I don't think we plan on continuing swimming again until spring/summer.
comedychick
Aug. 31st, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
I didn't realise there was a Kindle app for Android... tempting! Maybe then I'd actually get off my bum and buy the Kindle versions of some of the books theafaye has published. Did you have to pay for the app or is it free?
sharya
Aug. 31st, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Kindle app is free!
comedychick
Aug. 31st, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
I'm totally going to have to download it then!
i_smell_apples
Aug. 31st, 2011 08:50 am (UTC)
When I first started swimming lessons when I was 5, I haaaated having to get my hair wet! I'd loved going to the pool and beach since I was 3 but never put my head under water. I don't recall exactly when that changed but by 7 I know I was definitely the water-baby I am today XD
sharya
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
I sure hope Alex gets to that point!

Today it was so funny - the swim instructor asked Alex to try to get her bangs wet (as in, put your face in the water), so Alex held her head upside down and pulled her bangs down to dip them in the water.

Anything to avoid it! LoL
i_smell_apples
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Hahaha oh that's showing initiative!! I love it :D actually makes me think of Ella Enchanted which I just read - she HAS to obey any order, but she will often try and do so in the funniest of ways!
sharya
Sep. 4th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
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