Saturday, May 12, 2018


I wanted to make jam, and like always, I realized I didn't have quite enough sugar.  Rather than go to the store I asked G to calculate how much fruit I needed if I only had 4 cups of sugar.  The recipe calls for 3 3/4 cups of fruit for 5 1/4 cups of sugar.  So he divided the fruit by the sugar to find that each cup of sugar needed 0.71 cups of fruit.  Then he multiplied this number to find that we needed 3.85ish cups of fruit. 

We went to the doctor on Friday because G's cough wasn't getting better.  G told the doctor that he has some friends at his new school.  When I asked him about that he told me the names of some girls he knows from church.  Since he's always been in the deaf class he's never been in a class with these girls.  But they are fun girls we know.  I hope that G will someday have friends are more than acquaintances.  I know it's hard to have those friends if they don't live in your neighborhood.  The kids at co-op love G and would like to be better friends.  A lot of things about our life sort of conspire against G's friendships.  2 boys at church are his friends but he's never in their class.  The two kids in the deaf class are G's friends but he doesn't go to school with them now, and their sports commitments have made getting together hard.

G's read a lot of books about friends.  I didn't have friends so much as people in the neighborhood to play games with until High School.  G is a great kid and I hope he will be a good friend.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Brag tags galore

G had a good time attending the public school for a few classes this year.  He participated in the Battle of the Books.  He also got these nice tags for doing a book report on each of the Sunshine Books.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

piano motivation

G had a rough few days because his CI had stopped working again.  The CI breaks down about every 3 months.  Either the battery, coil or processor needs fixing and G goes without for a few days.  During this bout he couldn't go to school for 3 days because of having no interpreter and no hearing.  He could do his online classes, but he didn't.  Now, unfortunately he is going to loose the privilege of staying up late and being on the computer.  This had been the plan for him being able to get extra time to work on the class.  Oh well.  It's gotten so bad that he's not even going to be allowed to be on the computer except an hour or two that mom and dad can spare to sit there beside him and make sure he's working on the classes.  Trust is gone.

On a more positive note, G is really good at the AP Piano Maestro.  Even with no CI he was able to max out the 6 free levels on the game and that has motivated me to look into getting the paid version of the ap.

G would like to do flag football.  I hope he gets his act together with his online classes so I can consider spending time and money to make that happen for him.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Oh buddy.

G has a fancy new bike.  P built a new shed for the water equipment and he built it big enough to 1)stand in, and 2)store stuff in.  Now with more room for stuff, we got the kids some very nice bikes from craigslist.  G had been riding lP's little specialized around the neighborhood.  That was what motivated me to get him a bike that fit him.  Clearly he really wanted a good bike, so much so that he was willing to ride a tiny, white and pink bike.  He races around the neighborhood and times himself.  He also uses the bike for the exercise he is doing for a merit badge.

G has been struggling the last month with his online classes.  He's been slacking off and telling us that he's done his work when he hasn't.  So then he freaks out when we check the page.  At least he's still young and we're working on it now.  If he does this in college, we won't be there and then his work habits will have permanent impact on his academic record.

So this is a struggle, but I'm glad we're dealing with it now.  I hope he can see that we love him and hold him to a high standard because we want him to have good habits so he won't miss out on opportunities for lack of effort.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

surprise! mainstream.

G started attending the zoned school for 2 classes this week so he would have a chance to participate in Battle of the Books this year.  The school claims they can't find an interpreter to be there with him for just 2 hours daily so he's attending with 0 supports.  The classes are ones he's taken in the past so he is actually just navigating.  So far it's been very positive.  The battle of the books coach signs and has a deaf brother. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Tech boy

Hey this is G talking about Techboyz. So, this actually started in 2016 December when my mom heard about Techboyz from friends at my school and thought "Hey, this will be great for G!".  We began the application process and were approved for a travel and camp fee scholarship.  And so boom since then until the week before, I was preparing to go. And I had to fly solo on the trip. So that was a new experience for me. There was a 5 hour delay in La Guardia. It wasn't like Gallaudet since I slept in a hotel at Gallaudet. And we needed our own keys to our rooms. Pictures below, I'll explain each of these.
This was my first day at RIT. And well, not to brag, but I kicked a home-run and caught 2 game changing catches.
This was more of a relaxing activities. There was swimming downstairs, dodge ball and basket ball. I went swimming after dodge ball.^.
This was me connecting the audio wires to the motherboard in my soon-to-be PC.

This was a Mars Simulation in just an hour. For the first 30 minutes I was on the team that went to Mars. My job was to build a probe for surveying Mars to retrieve a crew already on there.

This was a meeting preparing for the afternoon before starting the rest of the activities,.
This was like Jeopardy but with out saying the questions and only math subjects. Hope you don't mind me bragging but I scored most of the points and helped my team win. We won by only 10 points.

We went bowling at the nearby bowling alley. My friend E, bottom right with the headband. (No names, sorry.)


I wanted to make jam, and like always, I realized I didn't have quite enough sugar.  Rather than go to the store I asked G to calculate ...