The last few weeks we have been finding our way into a new school routine. After a rough start, Jazzie is finally settled into the junior high swing of things. Yes, the workload is pretty hefty and we have to get up really early, but things are fine. We continue to struggle with Jazzie not being willing/able to be a better self advocate. Whenever there is an issue in class where Jazzie has a hard time hearing, she'd rather not say anything and struggle silently than speak up. She simply hates to draw attention to herself and the fact that she is deaf. She almost missed the schoolbus coming home yesterday, because she missed an announcement stating that the bus would be parked elsewhere. Self advocacy continues to be a work in progress...
For the past month, we've had the pleasure of having Alex around who was here taking care of some visa business. It was great for the girls to have their big brother around and we enjoyed spending some time with him, even though we just saw him in China ;-)
My fifth grader is reminding me at an almost daily basis that she is growing up to be a lovely young lady and that she possesses personality traits that I find so admirable. Just the other day I overheard an argument she was having with one of the girls in our neighborhood. This girl wanted to do something Tahlia did not want to do and she was screaming at Tahlia. Tahlia however, stayed completely calm, never yelled back, talked in a normal and rational voice and completely stood her ground. I was so proud of her for that. And of course, now the girls are the best of friends again ;-)
Having a husband who works out of the house has many advantages! For instance, it's nice to start out the day be going on a walk together. We'll often go and have lunch somewhere and the other day we went and saw a movie before the girls got back home!
I'm lucky to have him and I think I'll keep him ;-)