The kids have been helping out with Millie Mae, and we've gone to a system where Connor does the puppy work in the morning and Paige does it before bed. They're both responsible for checking on food, water, and puppy pads. Paige has the extra job of "Eye Makeup" which is a powder we put near the tear marks under Millie's eyes. Connor's extra job is tooth brushing. He often "forgets", so it doesn't happen every day, but when it does it's pretty entertaining. Millie cooperates pretty well for most things like showers, nails, and hair brushing. Tooth brushing is another story.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Connor's still been working out pretty consistently, but he hasn't been very motivated to go to the morning workouts at school. It's a shame since they're free, but he does like to go with me. I took him over the weekend to the gym at our club and we had a good workout. Connor can really push himself hard and definitely enjoys getting in a good workout.
This weekend was pretty relaxed, not a lot going on and the weather was a bit rainy. Paige and Bryson played together a bit on Saturday and swam in the pool. Millie Mae went out briefly and got a little wet, but she wasn't interested in swimming. The kids had fun until dark, hit some golf balls on the golf course and then said farewell.
Andrea took Connor out for a drive around the neighborhood in the golf cart this past weekend. When he turns 15 we'll be practicing in a real car, so Andrea wanted him to get some more golf cart practice before then.
Connor's high school experience has been pretty positive so far, although he did have some difficulties with one class. We'd heard that the Spanish teacher at his high school can be difficult and even heard stories of Spanish speaking students that had trouble with the class. Connor's in 5 honors classes and for the first few weeks of high school he's been spending the most time on his Spanish homework and studying. Spanish isn't even an honors course and he's probably spent more time with Spanish than all his other courses combined. Since it's an elective, we discussed with him and decided it'd be best to drop it and take it another time so he can focus on the important classes. It took a bit of finagling and discussions with his principal, but we got the schedule change done last week and Connor's been so relieved. He's taking Team Sports instead and it gives his brain a bit of a break in the middle of the day.
Andrea fixed Paige's hair for picture day and she took a quick pic of Paige before she went to the bus stop.
Paige's been doing so well in school so far this year. She's worked independently on her assignments and studying and has gotten great grades so far. Andrea checks up on things and helps to keep her organized, but overall Paige is doing most of it on her own and doing an awesome job.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Last summer I started going to the beach for my jogs during the summer because the yellow horseflies in our neighborhood get bad for a couple months when it's hot out. Millie Mae loves our jogs on the beach. I let her off-leash and she loves exploring, sniffing, digging, and splashing in the water if she gets hot. The kids don't really like to go jogging very often, but I got both of them to come out with me at different times recently. We jogged from the club down to a big piece of driftwood that I use as my halfway turnaround point.
A little additional backstory to the COVID pandemic, it had gotten much better in the early summer but things have gotten worse lately. Mask mandates had been lifted, vaccination rates were increasing, and things seemed to get back to normal for a few months. I think it was right when we got back from our Adventures by Disney vacation that things started to change. There's a new Delta variant that is apparently much more infectious and the hospitals are filling up again. Most of the severe cases have been in unvaccinated patients and we actually know a few people that have recently been hospitalized and in pretty rough shape. Vaccinated people are also getting infected, however most of them tend to have less lethal outcomes. There are stories of multiple additional variants around the globe and it is not looking good for things getting back to normal any time soon.
Friday, August 27th, we went to the high school for the first home game of the season. It was the first home game of the season and also against a nearby rival school Nease so the tickets were definitely difficult to get. It didn't help that the school was restricting capacity slightly and also accidentally sold a lot of tickets to Nease families due to a software glitch. We signed up for the booster program so we got two tickets with our booster membership and Andrea was able to find two additional tickets so we all could go. It was an exciting atmosphere and we had a nice night out together although our team lost 7-14 and it was also a nightmare trying to get out of the parking lot afterwards. Paige sat with Andrea and me, while Connor sat in the student section with his friends.