Tuesday Chit Chat Thread

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Tuesday Chit Chat Thread
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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 8:57am

Good morning ladies, its Tuesday.   I hope everyone is doing well, and those in the storm's path are safe.

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 1:37pm

2 hour delay this morning.  Somebody wanted the whole day off and was kind of annoyed that she had to go into school today. 

Kristen was snotty last night.  I think she got mad that everyone here (including theBFF) had the day off and she had to go to class.  They did wind up canceling class/ activities last night and re-opened campus at 1pm this afternoon.  And from what the weather channel said, I think there was a tiny bit of snow too.

Nothing going on tonight.  It's kind of cold/rainy out anyways and I don't want to go anywhere.  I wonder if Becca will have conditioning this afternoon.  Oh yeah, she decided that she wanted to try out for the tennis team in the spring (she's never played tennis before).  Some of her friends are doing it.  And hey- they run and exercise for about an hour after school which is more exercise than she's gotten lately. 

Cheryl

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 1:57pm

Just stoppping by for a quick hello. I have a 1/2 day today as my regualar students are on a field trip this afternoon and I don't have to go. DS left his laptop at home today, not able to post or reply with the ipad issues. It is tech week for the kids, so they have been getting home from school really late.  The play opens on Friday and runs all this weekend and next.  DS has had a lot of really late nights, he looks so stressed and if I ask how I can help he just snaps at me.  I know when to just back off and leave him be.  DD is handling things better, but she does not have a large part in the play like he does. 

Hope everyone in the storms path stays safe.

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 2:43pm
Sounds like a great mix of athletics and academics.

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 2:45pm
Glad you're safe.

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Registered: 08-29-2012
Tue, 10-30-2012 - 3:10pm

I was thinking about you Tracy, as I sat in the Gopher's stadium watching the danceline!  They were the National Champions this year and so they honored their award at the game!  Kind of fun!  Glad you liked it and it sounds like a very good fit.  Division I is very good to the athlete's and the only downside, from what I have heard, is that they own you and your schedule is pretty much study and eat/sleep your sport!  But you get to do what you love and your education gets paid, so a good trade.  A mom had told me that their junior had looked into a D1 for Volleyball and when they were touring, the player showed her itinerary to the recruits and that is when it dawned on them that D1 was very hands on and how much their life would revolve around the sport.  Kenzie thinks she wants D1, but I keep telling her that a lot has to come to play, in order for that to happen...at least we have a few more years to really worry about if she will get recruited or not!

Sounded like an exciting trip and so many positives.  What a beautiful State!

Jenn

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 3:12pm

Glad everyone is safe, had been worrying.

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 3:24pm
Yes Jenn, that is true. They basically said that for sure freshman year, but also probably sophomore year they do not recommend a job at all, so she would have to definitely bank up money this coming summer for spending money during the school year and once we know scholarship and financial aid stuff that's when it all really will get figured out. We know she'll get at least a 20% scholarship as a freshman, possibly more, and it would increase each year, but they couldn't say how much, it depends on the outgoing senior's money that is put back in the pot and how much they contribute to the team, and they said they needed to check into whether she was automatically entered in or if she needed to apply to what used to be called the Dean's scholarship, but she would definitely qualify for it with her GPA, but didn't know how much, its a sliding scale based on h/s GPA. So yes, while in-season, which is basically October thru end of April, she would be practicing/working out 20 hours a week, 8 hours in tutoring/homework sessions and then classes, which in the fall is usually 15-16 credit hours and in the winter/spring it would be more like 12-13 because they are traveling quite a bit more. They also have someone that can proctor tests on the road if they miss one in class. Apparently last year the championships was during some finals and they proctored 18 tests in the 5 day span of championships. It would be highly structured, but knowing Jordyn's personality, she's definitely a very structured person (to a fault at times, like me), so it would work well for her. They honored all of the Olympic athletes from the summer Olympics at half time of the game, there were I think 14 in all from either U of O or the state of Oregon in general, including the guy who won the decathlon, so that was pretty cool!
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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 3:30pm

Checking in and tried to get on two weeks ago and couldn't post anything, so I just caught up and waited for the dust to settle.

Lots of things are going on.  Kenzie is gearing up for Sections next week; she's feeling tired and just started taper, so we shall see.  She wants State and even talked school record, but I'm not certain that will happen this year!  Teagen finished up tryouts and we are gearing up for our first tournament in 2 weeks.  I decided to be not only the Association 'volunteer coordinator,' but the 'team manager!"  Yeah I'm crazy, but the coach wants to make sure people step up, so I delegate!f

We are moving starting on the 15th of November and final move out planned for 12/8.  We are finishing up the sale of our house and found a house closer to Kenzie's high school.  It has a pool and is bigger with lots of storage.  Only major bummer is the master is upstairs and the other bedrooms are downstairs, so we will have to transition Jax to his own room.  Next summer should be a challenge with the pool and Jax, but I feel confident that we will have a good safety plan in place by then.  The new place is a rental that, if we fall in love with, will buy from the owners.  The couple is my parents age and they retired to Florida.  They built the house and it's in really good condition.  The girls are crazy excited and it seems to be a nice neighborhood...older with a nice mix of children.  I can hardly wait to get out of here.  So, now I'm trying to plan everything; what to take, sell or throw! Mostly want to throw and start over with furniture, but then I'd have a huge furniture bill! ugh.

Work is going well; DH has been working a lot of crazy hours and is trying to develop a pattern on how he picks up, so it doesn't affect the schedule too much.

Jax is crazy and it's a toss up between annoying toddler stages and teenager stages...most days the teen days are killing me.  Kenzie is falling behind in school and there is a bully situation stewing again; therapy has been ramping up because of it.  When we were in the Dean's office, for college prep discussions, we discussed what was going on.  I keep telling her to ignore, but when the kids seek her out and purposely sit by her to tell her the things; over and over, it just gets to be a bit much for her to handle.  I'm just at a loss, I don't know why these kids feel the need.  They tease a lot of kids though and so I keep reminding her that these kids have nothing better to do than bring others down, because they feel crappy about themselves.  She asked one of them, after they made fun of a really gifted student, "do you realize how you are making that person feel and that you could be affecting how they feel about themselves."  They just told her, "So!"  and kept doing it.  

Ok, that's all for now!  Hope all is well with everyone and now that it looks like I can post, I'll try and be back more.

Jenn

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 3:40pm

I didn't realize how many Olympians were in Oregon...WOW!  That had to be fun to see all of them being honored!

I bet she is so excited and being that she bonded a bit, I'm sure the transition will go well.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 10-30-2012 - 3:48pm
So glad to hear you got the house situation figured out, I know you've been working on it for a while now! I keep telling DH, I LOVE the idea of a pool at the house, just don't know that I would want the upkeep of it. But we are definitely going to discuss the possibility of it when we move from this house in the next few years.
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