Things have been pretty good around here the last couple of days. We’ve had some tense interactions, the kids and I, but for the most part it’s been smooth sailing. Part of the week has been spent administering a standardized test to Iain that is required of all homeschoolers annually in our state. It’s a pain in the ass and a poor measure of what a child knows but it’s a legal requirement so we did it. It took us 3 days to get through the whole thing and Iain and I were both relieved when all was said and done. On Tueday, I had a Britney Spears-style meltdown. Ok, not that bad but I sure did feel crazy once I calmed down. It’s hard to say what really set me off but I think my PMS got the best of me. Yet another reason to look forward to my hysterectomy on February 7th. I had to apologize to the boys later because at one point I was really over the top.
After giving Iain the reading portion of the standardized test yesterday, I began to have worries about his reading ability. He was stumbling through portions of the test and, while he could pronounce words like “photography”, he would have trouble with a word like “three” so I had a minor panic attack about it. Was he dyslexic? What was going on? So, I committed a faux-pas in the unschooling world and made Iain read a selection from a book on teaching kids to read. I needed to know how bad his problem was because by god I was going to fix it. The selection was marked as 3rd grade level, which is where he’d be if he attended public school, and was about Jim Henson, who I thought he might find an interesting subject. Well, would you be surprised to hear that Iain really resisted reading this? He just flat out didn’t want to do it. A power struggle ensued and I won, although what I won is up for debate. People, he read that excerpt as though he were the author of it. FLew through it and, while it put my fears about his reading skills to rest it left me wondering, what I had I gained from this exercise? Yes, I knew now that he could read but really, didn’t I know that already? He sat on the sofa, sulking and upset with me and I can’t say that I blame him. By not trusting him, and going off the innumerable other examples he’s given me, I forced him to read something to make me feel better in that moment of doubt. Not one of my proudest moments and hopefully I haven’t set him back by doing that.
Today is just going to be a day of fun. We’re done with the testing for a whole year which is a big relief and we’re going to celebrate by doing something, anything to juxtapose the activity we were forced into this week. Ryan is going to play with a friend later today and Iain and I will be able to spend some one on one time with each other which will be lovely.
I’m not sure what my blogging is going to be like for the next few days. My computer has to be sent in to Apple for repair and won’t be back until next week. You’d think that spending $1300 on a computer might guarantee the quality of a product but sadly that has not been my experience. My MacBook is cool and all but the case cracked for no apparent reason shortly after we bought it and I’m extremely unhappy with that. For $500 I could have bought a PC and would have been less disappointed if something had gone wrong. For the money we’ve spent I’m hacked that something like this, purely a low quality build, has happened. I had a Dell laptop for 3 years before anything went wrong with it. OK, ok. I’ll stop complaining now!
One of my goals before the start of the weekend is to have all the interior decorations from the holidays packed back up. We got a storage unit last weekend and I’d like to have all this stuff ready to go in there ASAP. Also, I’m going to try and get some other stuff ready so we can figure out how to best utilize the space in our home currently devoted to clutter. It’s a never-ending cycle, it seems, so wish me luck in getting this task accomplished! Hope all of you are doing well!