Wednesday, November 04, 2009

How I Lost My Groove

...having somewhere between 2 to 4 men in my house daily arriving between the hours of 8:00 am (when they should be showing up) and 10:00 (when they usually end up showing up) and leaving between 4 pm and 6 pm.

They seem to always be where I want to be and I'm getting nothing done-no piano practice, no emails, no blogging. :( I am getting good at getting out of my house whenever I can. Luckily, the weather's been nice.

The whole thing's just frustrating. They're always showing up late or can't work because they have to "buy materials". Ugh. Not to mention that they are starting with the inside problems instead of the outside problems (despite the sunny weather), so, if it rains anytime soon (you can pretty much bet on it) it's going to be messed up again. But, what do I know? I'm just a stupid gringa.

Anyway, I'm still here, but barely. I've been playing a lot of tennis and doing a lot of field trips with Pedro. Here're a few random things that are going on:

Adventures in Potty Training

I would say Pedro's graduated from Potty Training 101; I don't have to ask him every 3 1/2 minutes if he has to go, he just tells me now. I can take him out without worrying about it and I don't even have to lug the baseball potty around any more, he'll accept his little seat you put on top of a regular toilet now or even just have me support him. He hasn't had an accident in a long time and he's almost always dry in the morning now. He even wakes up in the middle of the night to pee (that's fun for me). A couple of funny potty training things I want to remember:

1) The George Costanza Phase. Pedro wants to be buck neked when he goes to the bathroom. I try to discourage this practice as it lengthens the whole process. (remember that episode where George strips down to go?)

2) Pedro's Amazing Control. He is able to save up his #2 until nap time and bedtime and then, just as I'm leaving the room it's, "I've got to go, I've got to go." (kind of hard to say no to) He then proceeds to release rabbit size droppings for the next half hour while I go nuts waiting for him to finish. "I'm almost done mom," he tells me over and over. I've started setting the stop watch on my watch and I tell him when it rings, he's done.

Trying to Save The Holidays

Julio's got a kid in his class that doesn't celebrate any-thing. So, I discovered the day before Halloween that his class wasn't allowed to decorate for Halloween because of him. I Was.Not.Happy. They had a one hour Halloween activity (while the kid left the room) and then Halloween was OVER-not to be mentioned again. This is a private, American, international school with people from all over the world, all with different customs and religions, and why an exception is being made for one out of 24 students and ruining my kid's fun and American traditions that I work hard to preserve, I don't understand.

If you're against your child even seeing decorations of any kind or being educated about other people's cultures and traditions, then

I'm very grouchy about it, in case you couldn't tell. So, tomorrow I have a meeting with the principal to discuss. And, I've already ordered not one but two Thanksgiving projects to do with Julio's class.

What else? Well, speaking of Halloween, here's my crew, all dressed up before the school Halloween party (at least that wasn't canceled).

They all loved their costumes. Halloween's so fun.

I guess that's about it. Hope you're all having a great week.


Lucy said...

I feel your pain on the workers in your home situation. Does not sound fun.

The George Costanza phase. Hilarious!

I'll be very interested to hear what your principal says. We had the same issue at the kids school last year in MN. No mention of Halloween or costumes or anything so as not to offend two children in the school. Some classes did have Day of the Dead activities, which evidently was ok, but NO Halloween. I did not understand.

nikko said...

Our school didn't allow any Halloween, either. We were allowed to bring in cookies and WATER, but they couldn't be Halloween. We found cookies shaped like pumpkins that didn't have jack o lantern faces.

So ridiculous!

Abby said...

Sounds like that kid is a Jehovah's Witness--is he? From my (limited) experience they don't even like to be around holiday celebrations.

The kid's mom should just keep him home from school on the holidays and let the other kids do their thing. Does your school do Christmas activities even though it's a Christian holiday, or is it similar to a public school in that way?

Janice said...

Can I say RIDICULOUS? I am fuming up here in the US for you. Make the child stay home from school that day. I'm serious. Good luck. I'm sending vibes to your principal right now to make him change this policy.

Cute costumes. If you ever move to Utah, you can borrow our cockroach costume.

Betty said...

That must be so frustrating having those workers in the house for so long! I can totally understand your need to vent.
Hope it won´t rain!

Jeanie said...

Wow, Pedro is a champ!
They have some of those problems about Halloween in the schools here too. I love your Halloween pics of the kids.

Awesome Mom said...

It is nice to know that my kids are not the only ones that like to strip to go potty. Mine have been "trained" for a while now but at home they still go at least half nekkid.

Fabiola said...

I CANNOT believe this can happen in a city like R**io, no costume?!?! That't weird.

I hope the workers speed up their work, so you can go back to your routine!!

Happy Saturday,


Janet said...

George Costanza - ha ha, that's one of my fave episodes. :)

Good for you meeting with the principal. I just had to fight tooth and nail to get Jackson an A he deserved but didn't get on his report card. It's a huge long story and maybe someday I'll blog about it, but I learned it pays to be persistent when it's something you're right about. Good luck!