It’s been a good year so far.
The Ed Plus location the boys attended shut down over the summer and then in November the location that Ryan was still attending closed for good. Ryan has adjusted nicely to his new school. He has many teachers from his old school around and over half his class from Ed Plus are now in his class. We are happy with the IEP he has and he is thriving. I think my biggest complaint is that the school, in general, has very little communication with the parents. I find it maddening but his Special Ed Teacher is very responsive and I can get what ever info I need from her. Many of the parents have complained about the lack of communication and since the school is new they are working this all out.
Aaron is doing great with PA Leadership Cyber Charter School. He is very independent with getting his schoolwork done and if he has an issue with something I can’t help with like common core math, he has ample opportunity to get help with a teacher during the day or at homework help in the evening. He has been taking music and an inventions class. He even worked with a group of students on a project that they submitted to a contest the Smithsonian was holding. He has made honor roll both quarters. He attends an unschooling school one day a week with many neighbors who also homeschool. It is a nice balance. He showers less than he should and wears PJ’s more than other kids but he is thriving . Next year he is off to school at the Science Leadership Academy Middle School. He is excited about it but if he does not like it cyber school is an option. PALCS have worked hard to bring him a challenge and he is almost two years ahead in school. I have to say, it’s nice to have someone around in the day. He is helpful and is GREAT at reminding me of things not to forget.
I have been working more and more from home. I have an old knee injury which has deteriorated over the last year. I have had cortisone shots and had synovial fluid replacement therapy. It’s a bit better but standing on my feet 16 hours a week is hard and eventually I will need a knee replacement. I have two steady freelance clients and I have a third who I am working with on a trial basis. If I land the third client I am considering going to one night a week at the bar. I love my main freelance client. The work is interesting and the team is great. I have been taking many Friday’s off. I really love not being zombie Mom on the weekends. Just one night might be a little more my speed these days.
I have been taking the kids to swim team on Friday nights. Team ends earlier on Friday so I buy us tickets to swim at the pool at the community center. As soon as swim team is over we slide and play till the pool closes. They are getting so big and soon enough they are not going to want to play with me at the pool on a Friday night. I enjoy our new Friday routine and i think they do too. It makes me long for summer days at the pool.
Thorazine are ready to go on tour again starting on May 11! We are doing just four dates down south. It is a tour in where we are going to visit people who booked us in the past. We are all excited about it. This time BOTH kids are coming. Aaron is starting to get excited. He likes to talk to Suri on my phone and ask her how long between the cities on the tour. He and I have to go through the merch this week. Aaron’s school releases the next week on Friday so he is going to do school over the weekend and by the time we leave for tour he will be done for the week. Ryan is going to do school on the way to the first show but he is going to take off two school days.
Ryan won most improved for his age group in winter swimming meaning he dropped the most time out of all the boys he swims with his age. Both he and Aaron have been swimming all spring five nights a week. They still love it. Aaron swims in a different group that Ryan which is good! Actually Ryan made the gold practice group and he is considering joining the USA team next season. It’s a decision I never thought Ryan would have to make. I often work from the pool in the evening which means I am getting paid for them to swim!
That’s all for now. I will post from the road!!