Saturday, February 16, 2008

A LONG day

Oh my Gosh, this has been such a long day ! I had to get up early to get to Jake's school conferences today. This is the day that both Jake and I had been dreading. The last thing that Jake wanted was five other grown ups (his teachers) siding with me. My biggest fear, was that I was going to walk in there and hear that my son is the class clown and disrupting the entire class room with his attitude. Fortunately, I didn't hear that. (Now that I think about it, if that were the case, I probably would have heard about it before conference time.) All his teachers love him. Apparently, my son is just completely disorganised and unmotivated. Huh ! Sounds like someone else that I know. At least he is being respectful and well behaved. He just doesn't have a clue what to do unless someone puts it right in front of him and says, "Here, do this Jake." And you know, he certainly wouldn't dream of asking someone what he should be doing. (that would just be nuts !)

So, now I've got the school website, and each of his teacher's web page addresses, so I can know what he is assigned on a daily basis, when it's due, and what his homework should be everyday. I really didn't want to play that game with him, (God knows, I have plenty of other stuff to keep track of) but I may have to for a while. Otherwise, the poor kid is never going to get ungrounded! And if he doesn't get ungrounded soon, he's going to drive me totally insane !

The plan this morning was to do the conference thing, be done with that by 10 AM, and run out to visit Nick. However, I called the jail before I left, and found out that Nick was being transferred to Ottawa, Kansas this morning. My Oldest brother lives out by Ottawa and he drives in past Olathe 4 or 5 times a week to work. It's about a 45 minute drive. I have no idea what their jails are like, but I know that Ottawa is a cute little country town. (alot like Mayberry on the old Andy Griffith Show.) I'm going to call tomorrow and get the address and phone number, find out when he has visitation. If his visiting hours are at a reasonable time, I could probably make the drive out once a week.

Other than that, I'm just absolutely exhausted today. I only got about four hours sleep last night, and even that wasn't very restful. (I think I woke up twice during the night) I was hoping to sneak a nap today, but Heather has had friends over all day, and with no school, Jake won't give me five minutes peace , so no nap for me.

Right now, I feel like I could sleep for a week, but I can't - I've got a ton of stuff to do tomorrow. I wish the world would slow down just a little bit. I'm too old for this crap.

Good night all.
Love,
Susan

3 howled back:

Mel said...

hey there,

I sort of have an idea about keeping up with so many kid's school stuff - my middle one is struggling (why I wanted him to repeat but his school put him up to the higher grade) and I think I need to really monitor carefully what he is learning at school cause he also does not ask for help or talk about what he doesn't know or understand. Boys huh!

It's a very cool thing about the websites though, how so much can go on-line for parent's to see.

Did you get your big sleep? I hope so.

Love mel x :)

christopherc said...

I always hated the parent - teacher conferences. It was far more a matter of not knowing what was going to come out of them though. I was a good kid, I'm told and never had anyone that didn't like me, or being around me that I recall... except one or two bullies.

As for my poor parents, they had no cue what I was supposed to be doing for homework, or in school at all. I don't think it would have made any difference with the internet connection as they still refuse to come into the cyber-age; even with my buying them a computer and paying for the ISP. And folks think I'm told fashioned!

I do hope the change of venue for Nick opens some unknown door that helps transform his view of the situation and offers him an olive branch of hope for a new life and world upon his time being completed.

I also hope you have an opportunity to rest up and that your house hunting excursions are going well.

-C

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I sincerely hope that you've had the opportunity to get some rest this weekend.