Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mid-Week Wrap-Up

Okay, I need to lighten it up around here!

Last week was actually really good - I just couldn't find my camera cord to download the pics.

Last Tuesday was the PTA meeting at Riley's school, and you'll never believe it, but...I didn't hate it!!

I was appalled at one point when we were going over the figures of what we'd earned at our Book Fair, and I learned that Scholastics gives you a choice of either holding your profits as credit, or giving the school 50% of their cut of the profit in cash. We ended up making over three grand, and because we didn't want to see that cut to $1500, the decision was made to take it in Scholastics credit. Even after the librarian bought everything she could store, we still have over a grand of credit at Scholastics.

I find it appalling that they would hold the schools hostage like that. Luckily, the president of the PTA did, too. She has the same sorts of problems with the PTA organization that I do. They're not dynamic enough, not responsive enough to our current times and dilemmas. More to come on this, most likely in the BlogBlast for Education. It's just days away now. I hope you're planning to participate!

Okay, so the PTA meeting was good - even better, they had child care available so the girls had fun, too. And Riley is happy I'm finally participating at her school. A really good thing I didn't hate it. But I did lose the vote on when to have their next meeting. They're holding it on Election Day, can you believe it? It's not like you can TiVo election results!! So I'll be missing that one.

On Friday, we went to their arts fundraiser concert, which was a lot of fun. The kids played rock bands outside on the field, and the families all watched from blankets, having picnics. (Note to self: must borrow picnic blanket from the folks next year.) Again, Riley was so glad we went, and Sylvia had fun, too.

On Saturday, we went for a mini, early bday celebration for Riley, miniature golfing with my parents.
I mean, really, how cute is she?

Sylvia took it pretty seriously:

First, we had lunch where we were partially served by the waitress' two sons. One of them was a freshman in high school, and one was in middle school, and they were both so sweet, and very good at their jobs! We talked to the waitress about them, and she talked about how they don't get educated in being around adults at school. Excellent point! Another reason I'm glad my girls get the opportunity to go with me to work sometimes, and they do know how to behave around adults.

That skill especially came in handy when we went Saturday night to the No on 8 campaign party. They ended up being the only kids there, but that was all right. Our hosts LOVE kids. They spent some time with us, and then they were set up watching movies. They had such a great time, they didn't want to leave. Mommy was tired!

On Sunday, we got the Halloween costumes. No pics yet of those...I am happy to report that they will not be trick-or-treating this year. This is something that I've never really liked about Halloween, so I'm glad we seem to be past it. Sylvia didn't want to, and Riley said if Sylvia's not going, then neither is she. Hooray!! But we will be busy. Not only is Halloween Sylvia's birthday (and, according to her, everyone celebrates her bday ;), but Sylvia will be cheering at a high school game, plus they have their first school dance. I think I've found a community party to take Riley to while Sylvia's at her dance.

I may go quiet for a while. This weekend, we're going down to my sister's so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to catch up on my reading. But I'll do my best!

And I really need to stop with the long posts, don't I?


Meg said...

No trick or treating? Who are you going to steal chocolate from?

Well, I took your blog blast badge and will schedule a post that day. The challenge: how to write about education, which is a tragedy, on my blog, which is a comedy.

Have a good weekend.

Suzie said...

Enjoy your sisters

Kori said...

I still can't get over the fact that both the girls are wearing SHORTS. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the COATS from Traget!

Anonymous said...

Lol Kori I was going to write the same thing. ITS OCTOBER AND YOUR KIDS ARE IN TANK TOPS!! DAMN YOU CALIFORNIANS! hehe.

Glad you had a productive PTA meeting, and I know how you feel about the long posts. Sometimes I look down and see 12 paragraphs written instead of my intended 3.

Shiona said...

Enjoy your sister's house. I love miniature golf! I haven't been in such a long time. I'm glad they had fun and I can only hope that my kid is over trick or treating by that age. We're in shorts here too :)

Shiona said...

Thta's great taht you all had fun at the No on Prop 8 party. Ooh I am not sure about PTA meetings and that thing with Scholastic does suck! I used to read Babysitter's Club all the time and do those book order things. They were great. No more Scholastic book orders here!

Anonymous said...

Don't be silly! Even though I don't always comment, I love reading your or short!

No trick or treating?

Anonymous said...

No comment on the PTA ladies who would rather discuss Scholastics than the election. (Does this somehow insinuate that some mommies are too focused on the next generation than what's happening to this generation and the next and the next right now, because that is certainly not what I intended).

Long posts? What long posts? What about these long comments?

Have a great weekend!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

The girls look so serious with the putts!

And as you know, I completely understand about Halloween. Now had they been around in 1970 there would be no excuse.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness...if I was allowed, I'd still be trick or the Burgh we do it with wagons full of brewski in tow! Enjoy the birthday and all the other GOOD stuff that is happening!

I already have my Education blog done and scheduled!

Tara R. said...

I can't say that I miss my two begging for candy. They haven't ToT is a couple of years. I do miss the costumes. I keep hoping they will go to a theme party so I can help create new disguises to wear.

Anonymous said...

Not having kids, I haven't been to a PTA meeting since I was a wee lass. I think my image of PTAs come from Harper Valley PTA. Yes, I was too young to understand the lyrics but it didn't stop me from singing it at the audition for my school's 3rd grade talent show. They sent a note home to my mom about my music choice. Life imitates art, huh?

Mr Lady said...

The Scholastic thing is obnoxious, and everyone thinks so. There HAS to be a better way, don't you think? There totally must be. Maybe we should figure out what!