Sunday, August 24, 2008

Getting Ready for School

It is almost time for school to start! The summer went sooo fast...of course when you get snow on June 10 it tends to shorten up the season.

Last week we got the kids registered for school. I thought public education was supposed to be free!!! Last Wednesday was sign up day for the 8th graders. Cassidy wasn't home because she went to Oregon for the week with her Papa, so I brought Ike with me just so he could see the school (they don't pre-register 6th graders, but rather take care of all that the first day of school).

I got Cassidy all signed up, paid for her ASB card & her first month lunch. Since I was there right before they left for lunch & there were very few other people there signing up they went ahead and let me fill out the paperwork for Ike...still doesn't know who his homeroom teacher is. Got him all registered, paid for his ASB card, $40 book deposit, & his first month lunch. That day put me back about $170!

Thursday was registration day for HS juniors. We took Kaittlin up & got her schedule, everything was right & her locker worked! Paid for her yearbook (significant discount if you pay at the beginning of the year) & her first month lunch...$66! HOLY COW!

Then on Friday we headed to town to finish up school shopping. Cassidy was pretty good. She had received some hand-me-downs & gotten a box of clothing at our church's school clothing giveaway. She had also opted to reuse her book bag from last year, so really all she needed were shoes. She will wear flip flops the first month or so, then get shoes. Kaittlin was paying for her own school clothes as she worked all summer. She did the majority of her shopping at Value Village, you really can get great clothes used (& much more expensive labels that we can afford new) and also picked up some shirts at Ross. I bought Kaittlin a few dressy things & we also had a major find....she will need business appropriate clothes for her Junior Miss interview this spring. We found a two piece, pinstriped suit (pants & jacket) that fit her great at Ross...$19.99!Ike found all of the clothing he was looking for at Value Village & also managed to find TWO pair of BRAND NEW shoes.

We also picked up the remainder of our school supplies...we had already purchased pencils, paper, notebooks, folders, & Ike's backpack. So we needed a backpack for Kaittlin, pens, binders, book covers. We found most everything we were looking for & didn't spend TOO much, compared to what we could have. The kids all got their supplies gone through & packed their backpacks. Funny how three kids who say they are not ready to go back to school can get so excited about some pens & paper! :)

We hit Dairy Queen, then headed home. Whew! What a day!

Cassidy got home Friday evening & has spent much of her weekend cleaning her room...I think she might be sick!! :) Ike is out right now trying to sell raffle tickets for a load of logs for football. He has a week of practice in & is looking forward to next week. On Friday night our high school team had a scrimmage & before they started they announced the names of all the little guys playing football. They got to run out onto the field through the tunnel of hs players...they thought that was great! Kaittlin has been working quite a bit & today started her final week. Her last day for the summer is on Wednesday.

We have to fill out some paperwork for her CNA class. First semester she takes a college course Fundamentals of Health, then second semester she will take the actual CNA course. Both courses are through Lewis Clark State College & is free if taken through the Tech Prep program at our school. She will leave her Junior year as a state certified nurses assistant. She will be able to work for the nursing home or hospital next summer. I haven't been through all of her paperwork yet, but it looks like she will need a tetnus shot & a TB screening before she can start. She is needle phobic, so that should be interesting.

The next week brings a Booster Club meeting, our first soccer, volleyball, & football games, trying to get the house in order for the beginning of school, & the onset of Labor Day weekend...a big one here in St. Maries.

Here we go....

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Template

Ok, Kaittlin stopped whining about my blog template being pink, so it's not nearly as fun to torment her if she isn't reacting. So, I decided it was time to pick a new template.

I found the ones that were available as standard at this blog site to be a bit boring. There was really only one that I felt was "me", and EVERYONE uses that one.

So after searching the internet I found this one. Maybe still not as "me" as I would like, but much closer than the pink.

I tried to find something polka dot just for Cassidy's sake, but everyone I found that was polka dot was also so bright that it hurt your eyes!

Our weekend was good. We picked another 2 gallons of huckleberries on Friday night, which we had already sold. Saturday was a very large wedding here in St. Maries. Although we were invited to the wedding we were also asked to work for the caterer, which was much fun. The reception was beautiful, the weather wonderful, & the food great. I made a poor shoe choice for being on my feet all day & I paid dearly for that. Didn't do much on Sunday, it was so hot (and did I mention that my feet hurt?).

Ike starts football practice this afternoon, Cassidy went to Oregon with her Papa to visit Mike's brother, and Kaittlin got her letterman's jacket ordered on Friday.

That is the long & short of it. Have a great day!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Almost time for school

It is crazy how fast the summer flies has been a while since I have posted.

We have had some busy days & I am looking forward to the fall the time summer arrives everyone in my family is ready for a break from the "routine", but I for one am ready to be back in a routine. It is nice for a while to fly by the seat of your pants & take each day as it comes. But after a while I long for a schedule where I know where everybody is going to be everyday & doing what!!!

Ike signed up for football the other day, then attended a 2-day football camp in Plummer. I am not a huge football fan & have been less than enthusiastic about his pleas to play. In the past we have limited the kids to 2 sports each, but Isaac has assured us that his grades this year will convince us that he can play we gave in & are crossing our fingers. He enjoyed football camp very much & said he learned a lot, since he didn't really know anything to start with! :) His practices start this coming Monday.

Cassidy just completed a 2-day cheerleading camp here in St. Maries put on by the high school cheerleaders. She has been designated as one of the "flyers", that is the cheerleader that they toss into the air and (hopefully) catch when she comes back down. So far no disasters. She is getting ready to go on a road trip with her Papa for a week or so to Oregon & is very excited about that.

Kaittlin has been very busy working. When she picks up her paycheck today she will have enough money that we can go this afternoon & order her letterman's jacket. She is absolutely THRILLED with I am, since she is the one paying for it! Her days off this week happened to fall on the same two days that our youth group was doing a hiking/camping trip. They hike into Crystal Lake, spend the night, & hike out. She went along & should be home sometime this afternoon.

Each year in the beginning of August our church sponsors a school clothing giveaway. They collect gently used children's, teen's, & adult's clothing all year. We sort them onto tables by gender & size, then on a Saturday the doors open & anyone can come in & pick out school clothing for themselves. They also give out new socks, underwear, & backpacks to the kids. It is a really great ministry. I have managed to volunteer my time to help out for several years now. Since the volunteers with the sorting, etc usually show up with bags & bags of their own kids' clothing that was cleaned out of the closet we are generally allowed to pick out anything that we would like as well. Each year I am able to get a few things for each kid, which really helps with the cost of back to school.

This year Ike & Cassidy made out great...not so many things for Kaittlin. It also gave the girls great incentive to clean out their closets & drawers to get ready for the upcoming school year. They donated sooo much stuff! Ike still has to go through his things & I am afraid there won't be much left when he does...he FINALLY grew this summer!

Last weekend we spent a day picking huckleberries. We managed to get 2 gallons to sell ($40 shoes...whoo hoo!) and a little over a quart for ourselves. I'm not a big a fan, although I don't mind them cooked into pancakes or muffins. The rest of the family loves fact we have to hide them from Cassidy...she likes them frozen with sugar sprinkled on them & will eat them ALL if given a chance. Mike & Ike are going back out today as we have been contacted by someone who would like to buy 2 gallons if we can get them. I like to pick them, it's kind of therapeutic.

So that is about all that has been going on in our lives...getting ready for school should take up the rest of the month then off we go!