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?