It’s that time of year when I have to start hounding the kids for Christmas ideas. Their grandmothers like to shop early. My oldest has almost no ideas for me, and the few I have are those which I’ve stashed away as they come up. My mother has learned to love Amazon.com, and DH’s mom doesn’t shop on line at all. One has Michael’s and Target, the other does not. My youngest two are the easiest to prod into ideas. My son has started to fill a hiking bag with useful equipment, my middle daughter is interested in numerous hobbies. I’ve tried reminding my eldest to think about living at college next year, but I guess IB has driven her imagination far away.
I scooped up some more bargains for said college adventures. I found twin xl fleece blankets marked down to $5.25, and sheets to the same. Of course I got a blanket for DD2 as well, and may even get one for DS. He’s got a couple years to go, but I may kick myself if I let this price slip away. The trick is keeping track of what I’ve purchased. I’ve got an index card for each girl tucked in my purse with their color preferences, and what has been purchased. DD1 is now set in her linens except for the quilt I’m making for her.
I just finished reading my son’s set of Percy Jackson books. It’s easy to see why it appeals to him. We are a family who loves a good fantasy story, the main character is close to his age, and Percy has ADHD while my son has struggled with his speech and spelling. Not that I voiced all of this to DS. Before this I read the Matched/Crossed/Reached series that my girls love. Next up, I need to catch up on the Michael Vey series (I only read the first book), and then there’s the Selection books which my oldest is in love with. I don’t know if I’ll go beyond those as there are books which I want to read for myself as well. This started after I asked the girls to do some summer reading. I figured it was a fair exchange.
Today my middle finished her school work before anyone else got home. I was happy for her as she’s been doing lots of homework since school began and hasn’t complained. I expected some pushback as she’s not a big fan of homework, but she’s risen to meet the challenge.
I’m a little worried that my son will feel lost in the shuffle this year with DD1 graduating and swamped with school and DD2 in her vet class, which gets attention and interest. He’s a quiet guy, so I’ll have to keep an eye open and look for opportunities for him to step in the sun.
My house needs a thorough cleaning and it feels as if I can’t get beyond laundry, groceries, and dishes. Home school needs a lot of planning done. The sewing stack is ready to bury me if I don’t get at it soon.
Whine, whine, whine. Time to sign out.