Student of the Month

The kids’ taekwondo school does a monthly student of the month. Today, we were there for class (probably 90% of the school is the after school program and the remaining kids come in with a parent like my kids do) and afterwards they had the student of the month presentation.

Immediately afterwards, as we were leaving, Elizabeth marched up to the owner of the school and said “So. Do you HAVE to be an after schooler to win student of the month?”

And this man, who has two children of his own and has been running an after school program for more than a decade, looked her in the eye and said “No. Do you think I should award it to your brother next month?”


One of Alex’s favorite activities is to go to Petsmart and look at the kittens they have for adoption. (All my children would very much like to have a kitten but unfortunately for them, they have parents who are allergic to cats.)

We stop by Petsmart occasionally and we always must see all the animals but we spend the most time by the cats. Alex’s favorite is when they are baby kittens because she waves a cat toy in front of them and they all have endless energy to play with her.

Happy 40th Birthday

I had a dentist appointment this morning and of course Alex had to go with me because she always has to go with me. I took her iPad and she sat on a chair next to me for the hour appointment and didn’t move basically the whole time. She behaves extremely well at my appointments because she doesn’t enjoy adults unless she already knows them. So she’s not talking to them, not messing with stuff because she doesn’t want them to notice her, etc.

After my appointment, we were checking out and it was the receptionist’s birthday. Someone had put balloons all over his desk and on the wall behind him. He asked if Alex could have one and I said sure so he pulled one down and gave it to her.

So to recap: not her appointment, not her birthday, not even her dentist. She ended up with a free toothbrush and a balloon wishing her a happy 40th.

Taekwondo Busy Work

Elizabeth and Ryan do taekwondo twice a week and this year, their classes aren’t at the same time. So this means that we are at taekwondo for two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

That’s…a lot of class for me to sit through. I try to bring things to do so I’m not just wasting these hours each week. I’ve been paying bills here and doing paperwork for a while. Sometimes I catch up on texts (or blog posts- hi). I can’t do anything in depth because it’s noisy and I only have about ten seconds of sustained attention at a time. Sometimes I can read on my kindle app on my phone but it has to be a particularly quiet day.

I need taekwondo to put in a desk for me so I could get more done.