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02 October 2012 @ 10:18 pm
Kids Are Exhausting.  
First of all - THE TIGERS HAVE MADE IT INTO THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!! They took the Central Division which means they will now be heading into the American League playoffs for a spot in the World Series. Also Miguel is on his way to taking a triple crown - that’s leading the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs - which no one has done since 1967! LET'S ALL DANCE AROUND FOR A MINUTE! I almost feel bad for the White Soxs - they held onto first place for pretty much the entire season, only to lose it in the last week and a half. I tip my hat to them on giving us a hard earned run for our money.

In H5-O news - I just noticed that the actress who plays Catherine has been added to the opening credits! This makes me happy.

In RL news - I meant to post last night but I ended up having a house full of kids until almost 10pm. My cousin, the one who lives around the corner from us, is moving to a new house. She will only be a few miles away now, but it will still be weird to not have her right around the corner. No more stopping by on her way from work or walking her dogs past our house every day. Anyways, a bunch of family came to help her move and they dropped their kids off for me to babysit while they did. At first it was just suppose to be the two boys but then The Guy Cousin decided to bring his daughter by. When he showed up, he said his son was suppose to help with the move but he had homework to do instead. So I had a 12yr old, two 8yr olds and 6yr old for four hours last night. I keep thinking about that family at the church I went to when I was younger and had like 13 kids and wondering what the hell they were thinking. I was literally sweating by the time I was done - like actual sweat coming off me. It went better than I expected though, mostly because they all had each other for entertainment, which made it less exhausting than when I have The Nephew one-on-one and he wants my attention the whole time. They were all fairly well-behaved too, though riled up to see each other. I had to proofread the 12yr old's creative writing story and Idk what that boy's mother is letting him watch but that kid wrote a pretty dark story, I gotta say. I also felt kind of useless teaching him sentence structure when his spelling was so atrocious.

Then the 8yr old boy sees our political signs in the yard and decides to comment on them, because he apparently can’t believe I am voting for Obama.


I don't really like to talk politics with the family and I certainly would never discuss it with an 8 year old - (even though this kid acts like a 40 year old man in an 8 year old's body). His mom is an uber-conservative Republican, so I certainly wouldn't talk to this kid about politics lest his mother yell at me for trying to turn her son into a liberal. But I decided not to back down and to carefully explain my stance to him because well, he started it. Yeah, that's my argument against an 8 year old - he started it!

T: I can't believe you are voting for Obama. He takes people's money and gives it to other people.
Me: He does. You know who he gives it too?
T: No.
Me: Poor people. You know who is poor?
T: No.
Me: Me. He takes that money and gives it to me so that I can have health insurance and so that I can go to the doctor. You know what happens to me if I don't get to go to the doctor?
T: No.
Me: I die.
T: Oh. (after a long pause) Well, there should be a better way.

If I wasn't so sure this kid is going to grow up to be an interior designer or a house flipper or some other thing that will land him a deal on HGTV, I would almost believe that he will, in fact, find another way because this kid is sort of like that. I bet the next time I see him, the little man will have some thoughts on what the government should do about it.

Off to reply to some comments now!
 
 
 
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on October 3rd, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
When the spelling is so atrocious you can't even recognize words, it becomes really hard to do anything basic like improve writing. I face this a lot. *sigh*

Ha, the kids made you sweat! Sounds familiar, somehow... and not in anything like a dirty fun way. Nope.

I hope your relatives were VERY grateful for your child-keeping!
dodger_sister: childhooddodger_sister on October 5th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
When the spelling is so atrocious you can't even recognize words, it becomes really hard to do anything basic like improve writing.

It was sad. This boy is in an after-school tutoring program because he does struggle in school and I know I can't expect all kids to be at the level my siblings and I were at during that age, but still...this was sad. I helped a 14 yr old write a story a few years ago and that was just as depressing. The boy's dad told me to not even worry about spelling mistakes because the teacher doesn't pay attention to those, just to make sure his sentences actually made sense, which just made me sadder. He writes all his stuff out by hand and all I could think was that if he used a computer, even though spell-check would be kind of like cheating, the chances that he would retain the proper spelling of a word from using spell-check are greater than if his dad/the teacher just let the spelling mistakes go unchecked altogether.

Ha, the kids made you sweat!

Literally, sweat rolling down my face. I opened the porch door to get some fresh air in there, I was sweating so bad. It's ridiculous, man. I worked with way more kids than that at a time for ten years of my life - was I constantly sweating for an entire decade?!

I hope your relatives were VERY grateful for your child-keeping!

It's a group effort - they've certainly moved me enough times. I always feel bad that I can't help with home repairs or moving people, but watching their kids - that's something I can do! I was surprised because the one mom usually won't leave her kids with me - like she seems to forget that despite the disability I still managed to work in child care for ten years. So when they left all four kids with me, I was kind of like, "Oh, um, okay, sure I guess."
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on October 5th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
I tell my students that spell check is their friend... and I require some work to be typed. (It doesn't look like they use spell check, though, despite my strongly worded suggestions!)

Today is a planning/records day. That means entering all the leftover grades for the quarter, and grading the last paper. Fun times!

I'm so ready for Fall Break. There might be kitchen painting. There might be (desperately needs to be) gardening, to weed and trim everything for fall/winter.

It's pretty awesome that the mom who usually won't let you keep her kids, did. Even if four kids made you sweat. ;)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on October 3rd, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Today my dentist told me that her mother is voting for Romney because she thinks he is good looking. She (the dentist) is trying (only kind of facetiously) to talk her father into burning her mother's absentee ballot before she can get her hands on it. Last time we saw each other we exchanged stories about her mother and my grandmother, who both fell for one of those e-mail lottery scams. They both are voting Republican. Hmm.... most gullible people in the world?
dodger_sister: tww girlsdodger_sister on October 5th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
who both fell for one of those e-mail lottery scams. They both are voting Republican. Hmm.... most gullible people in the world?

Well, considering the Republicans keep saying they will fix things and then refusing to say how they will fix things - isn't that the definition of a scam - promising someone something but not telling them how they will actually make it happen?

Then again, half the time I think all politicians are con-artists.
Kate: happy face Tumnusceitfianna on October 3rd, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
I love your response to your nephew, just perfect. I loved that you got him to think about words that he was probably just repeating because he'd heard them a lot.
dodger_sister: wee!sammydodger_sister on October 5th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
I love your response to your nephew, just perfect. I loved that you got him to think about words that he was probably just repeating because he'd heard them a lot.

This was one of the two boys that my cousin brought to the cookout - the older of the two - Idk if he talked to you at all but the kid repeats everything he hears. Once his mom was telling me some story about something at her job and he kept interrupting her and telling her she was leaving out the best parts of the story. He cracks me up.

I hope he thinks about these things too. He's 8, so he shouldn't be dissecting everything his mom says or anything yet, but I would like for him to not repeat everything he hears without thinking about it first. I figured he asked the question and even though he is only 8, he shouldn't talk about those things if he isn't willing to think them through first.
Kate: map and keyceitfianna on October 5th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
I think talking to kids and talking them seriously when they're little is key. They might not get all of it but if they start thinking about what they hear, it can only do them good.
dodger_sister: wee!sammydodger_sister on October 5th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
I never talk down to kids and it bugs the hell out of me when I see people doing it. Kids understand more than we give them credit for and I try to show them that respect. It's why I decided not to back down when he started talking politics with me.
Deni: Smiling future!Casdenig37 on October 3rd, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
I kinda love your family :-D
dodger_sister: familydodger_sister on October 5th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
I kinda love my family too. :P I mean, they drive me nuts but I love them - isn't that the definition of family? ;)
ranuaranua on October 4th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Four kids those ages would have me sweating too! But it does sound like fun, if only for the one evening. (More than that & I might keel over!)

Congrats on your team doing so well. I haven't followed baseball since I was a wee thing, but I heard bout the triple crown thing the other day and that is pretty darn cool.
dodger_sister: childhooddodger_sister on October 5th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Four kids those ages would have me sweating too! But it does sound like fun, if only for the one evening. (More than that & I might keel over!)

It was fun and I was not as exhausted the next day I thought I would be, but holy shit the sweat was pouring off me, it was crazy. I think I would have done fine for another hour, maybe two, but they kept asking to spend the night (on a school night, the nutters!) and I was like "Oh hell no, guys, no."

Then when it got to be 9:30 and I told them I thought maybe they should all go lay down in bed, they became worried about where their parents were. So being me, I told them, "Oh, no, you are going to live here now. None of them are coming back. It's just going to be you guys and me and the cats. It's okay, my mom lives right up the street, so I'll call her to take you all to school in the morning. Who wants the downstairs bedroom?" They all got bugged-eyed, it was hysterical.

Congrats on your team doing so well. I haven't followed baseball since I was a wee thing, but I heard bout the triple crown thing the other day and that is pretty darn cool.

THANK YOU! Miguel won The Triple Crown - the first one in 45 years and the first Tiger to do it since 1909 (Ty Cobb)! It was awesome! I am trying to get Kevin to come over and watch some of the playoffs with me. I was religious about baseball as a kid (Tigers were in World Series mode for years when I was little) but then I quit as a surly high school punk. I started up again about 7 years ago with my cousin's wife but after she cheated on him and left him to move in with her boyfriend, I kind of got spoiled on watching the games. But last year I kept hearing they were having such a stellar season, so I decided to try a few games and now it is like I am 7 years old all over again - I can't get enough!