MIMM – The perfect amount of work and play

 

Hey party people, what’s good?

This weekend was the perfect amount of work and play for us. Friday when I got home from work Alfie and I went to the local landscape supplier to pick up the pond liner for our pond and to look at their water features for some ideas for fountains. It was like a little date!

Saturday we slept in, went for breakfast (I was craving honky eggs) and then spent the day doing chores and getting ready for an evening with friends.

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Fitness Friday: I Have Officially Become “That Mom”

 

Hey friends! TGIF!

 

I am slowly getting in to the swing of things as far as training for this half marathon are concerned. I better get on it a bit quicker since there’s only 10 weeks to go! My long run this weekend will probably take place on Sunday, and I think I’m going to shoot for 5 miles. (Can you tell I’m not following a formal training plan? More on that next week.)

So this week’s workouts looked like this:

 

  • Monday – 4 mile run
  • Tuesday – Medicine Ball Workout
  • Wednesday – Rest
  • Thursday – 2.5 mile run
  • Friday – Medicine Ball Workout

The scenery on yesterday’s run was wonderful! I don’t know why I haven’t taken advantage of living so close to the lake and running out there more often. I do know that I enjoyed it so much that I’ll probably go there for most if not all of my long runs going forward.

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My PiYo DVD’s arrived this week!

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I haven’t cracked them open yet, but plan to over the weekend. I know it’s silly, but I would prefer to do these workouts when Alfie isn’t in the house. I just feel like it will be awkward trying to learn a new workout, and the hubs could potentially walk in on my in a not so favorable position at any point in time.

Last night I had the dinner of champions. I had an overwhelming craving for english muffin pizzas! I haven’t had these since I was a kid I swear!

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I’m not sure why I waited so long to bring them back. They were so good. And I kept it classy with a glass of sparkling grape juice. :)

 

Okay guys—so I have officially become “that mom”. I’ve always heard that you need to be the biggest advocate for your kids when it comes to education, but I never had to experience the task of “being pushy” until this week.

I should back up.

As you know, we moved to our house in May. Because of the move, Kenzer is now in a new school district. At my first opportunity at the end of May, I headed to her new middle school to start the process of getting her registered.

Let me just say that I have been less than impressed with this transition.

I was told in May when I dropped off Kenzer’s paperwork that I would receive communication about a tour of the middle school that would take place in July. I waited and waited to see that communication, and by the 3rd week in July thought I better call. When I called the woman told me Kenzer was NOWHERE TO BE FOUND in the system. Meaning she wasn’t yet registered.

Really? Unacceptable. I emailed the woman I gave Kenzer’s paperwork to and demanded tactfully requested an explanation and an immediate resolution of this issue.

I received a call almost immediately and she told me it would be taken care of that very day. Fast forward to the day of the middle school tour, and Kenzer had her schedule handed to her. When I looked at it, I noticed she hadn’t been signed up for band or chorus, and all of her classes were general education.

General Education? Did they even LOOK at her school file? This is the kid that was at an 8th grade reading level LAST YEAR. The girl who’s had straight A’s from the minute they started giving letter grades to the kids and not just “happy little stars” if they did well. And her PSSA scores………….

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Needless to say, by this point I’m pissed. Clearly they just shoved her in to classes just to get her registered because some dropped the ball somewhere along the line. I talked to a friend who works in the school district and she encouraged me to contact the principal. I never wanted to be the mom who acts like her kid is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but at the same time, in looking at her testing it was a completely objective assessment that she belonged in something more advanced.

So I wrote an email to the principal. And I detailed every aspect of what it’s been like trying to get Kenzer registered for school, and that this was the icing on the cake. I will be damned if my child will fall through the cracks and be overlooked for her potential because someone doesn’t know how to pay attention to detail in their job.

He called me that evening. Said he would pull her file immediately when he got to work the next day, review it and get back to me.

The result: Kenzer will now be taking advanced math, advanced reading, and advanced writing courses this year. #boom

Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to stand up for your babies when you know damn well they rock! :)

 

Now it’s your turn – Share a time with me that you knew you needed to stand up for yourself (or your babies), were afraid to but did anyway, and what was the result?

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