Thursday, July 20, 2017

This guy

P has taught G to mow the lawn.  I asked him today if he would mow the rest of the lawn and he just got up and put on his socks and shoes with a perky "OK mom!"  P went out periodically to tell G to come in and drink some water.  When G came in the last time he said "Lawnmower's out of gas."  I gave him an ice cream cone.  What a great kid.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Iron Man

This week G told me that his church clothes were wrinkled.  They had sat in a laundry basket too long and yes, they were wrinkled.  I told him I'd teach him to iron them.  He reminded me a few times but finally this morning we got out the ironing board and learned to iron.  I ironed one half of the pants, then he did the other leg.  Next the shirt, I did one sleeve, then he did the other.  I ironed one side of the front, then flipped it over and he did the other.  He accidentally made a crease in the other side so we had to bust out the steam power.  He ironed the back himself and then the shoulders. 

There have been many times in the past when G's church clothes were wrinkled from being left on the floor in his closet all week.  I'm glad I didn't get too stressed.  And I'm super glad that at 12 he decided to care enough to remind me repeatedly that it needed to be done.  And I'm very glad that I took the time to teach him.  I wouldn't plan to let him do it himself soon since having him accidentally leave a hot iron within arms reach of L, to whom everything is within arms reach(!), is a price he is not old enough to own.  Yikes!

G had a great day yesterday.  When I asked him to clean things, he did.  When I asked him to put away the utensils, he did.  And when I asked him if he was ready to mow the lawn he said "Yes" and put on his shoes.  I need to treasure that day, and this one.  Sometimes kids have bad days.  But sometimes they have glorious days.

Monday, June 19, 2017

life consequences; pay up

G and P are off at scout camp.  We've looked forward to this milestone with a lot of trepidation and excitement.  G communicates well and picks up on things quickly.  He doesn't get shy around new people, if anything he is more outgoing for new friends.  But G's CI hadn't been working well for the last 2 months.  We were trying to get an upgrade but with camp looming, we went for a repair which canceled the upgrade.  P called very annoyed that G had worn his CI in the rain and it wasn't working.  This is unusual for G to be so careless with the CI.  But perhaps like the 3 hour sunburn, G is testing consequences.  It's not pleasant, and I hope he learns to just follow his parents advice.  So the CI is in the dry box and hopefully it works tomorrow.  I know G likes to be as irresponsible as the next boy.  But he can't afford to be careless with his CI.  It's not a $500 iphone.  It's a $10,000 device that is his only way to access sound.  The rest of the week will be pretty miserable if he can't hear.  But that's life and maybe he'll learn to take care of it before college.

Friday, May 26, 2017

3 hour sunburn

G had a fun day at school yesterday.  But he also decided to see what all the fuss was about keeping covered.  He laid in the sun for 3 hours with no shirt.  I don't know how this happened.  Aren't fun days supposed to be filled with activities and games? 

Well now he knows what a sunburn is.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


G had a good experience no Thursday.  He had a discussion based assessment for his online class which is done on the phone, but his CI wasn't working.  So he set up the video phone and asked her to call him on that.  After the call the interpreter said G was really good at math and should get a medal.

Later that night we went to a vocabulary competition for deaf students in the area.  G and his friend D won that competition.  They got every answer correct.  It was nice.

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Today G got to go to the temple with the Youth at church.  It was a sweet experience for us both.  I'm so grateful for my reverent and thoughtful boy.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


G had a nice time at the competition in DC.  They did a lot of activities like a scavenger hunt in the Smithsonian, and a bounce house place.  We enjoyed seeing the competitions and watching how the students handled the questions.  Baby was not having any of that so we took turns walking around campus with him. 

G has a big responsibility for next year.  He has been to the competition now and knows the kind of questions they ask and the sort of response that will earn 5 points.  The other 2 youths on his team will be in HS next year.  So G will be the student with experience next year.  It will be up to him to help his team understand how to slow down and make sure everyone agrees on the answer in the first round.  And most importantly it will be his responsibility to teach the other kids how to get the most points in the long response portion.  They can't just say "Because...."  They have to include the title of the book, restate the question, give supporting arguments, state their conclusion, all within the 2 minute limit. 

G is struggling with feelings of spite.  He has enjoyed 12 years of being a sweet tempered child and being generally adored and admired by everyone, especially his siblings.  Now he's a tween and making important decisions about whether he will be a bully, and self important, or whether he will stick to his old role.  He knows that he is very smart, but will he remember that it's more important to be nice than to be important?

In the movie "Moana", the character Maui valued being loved above everything else.  He was rejected by his parents.  Then when the gods gave him a magic hook he used his abilities to gain the favor of the humans.  He created lassoed the sun, he pulled up islands, he planted the guts of an eel to make coconut trees!  He put himself in danger to make the humans love him.  Eventually his vanity led him to steal the heart of Te-fiti which poisoned the earth.  Sometimes our desire for the adulation of others can lead us to do things that don't accomplish our goal!