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Just seen on Sesame Street. Their own rendition of "Law and Order." Very Cute. The disturbing part? Richard Belzer Muppetized. It looked exactly like him. Scary. The one for Chris Meloni wasn't bad, but the one for Mariska Hargitay wasn't even close.

Oh, and just for fun. Now the girls have Ike's cough. Plus! They have low fevers. We are staying home today! (Except for the dentist appt this afternoon. Gwen needs to go to that.) At least I'll be here when UPS tries to deliver the East Coast Xmas box.
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James Henry Bull Resident of Concord Passed away peacefully on February 21, 2008 in Walnut Creek at the age of 78 years. Jim was born on May 20, 1929 in San Jose and was raised in Sunnyvale, California. Moved to Concord in 1989. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Dorothy. He is also survived by is children James Bull II of Waianae, HI, Alicia (Steve) Phillips of Tahoe Vista, Julie (Michael) Walias and Dean Bull of San Jose. Also survived by his step-children Leon Flanders of Stockton, Brook (Janet) Flanders of Capitola, Dee Flanders of Concord, and Barry (Melinda) Flanders of Orinda. Loving brother of Nadine (Tony) Ochinero of Redding, and the late Richard Bull of Sunnyvale. Grandfather of 6 and Great-Grandfather of 12. He worked 38 years for Foremost Dairy and was active in the Sunnyvale Little League and a long time volunteer with the Santa Clara Vanguard. He belonged to The Mended Hearts Chapter 254 and the McKesson Quarter Century Club. A memorial service is planned for March 8, 2008, 1:00pm, at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose in the Chapel of the Roses.
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But c'mon.

Doesn't this



Costume and make up remind you of this



Man the makeup artist wasn't trying very hard was she.

I am just totally amused that she's finally living up to the dream. =)
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I have lots of weird dreams. Most of the time I do not remember any details whatsoever, but I do know it was a weird ass dream. But I remember last nights!

Okay, so Joe and the kids and I lived in this luxe apartment in Davis of all places. And a certain usenet/internet personality who writes science fiction based porn and who also just happens to have an LJ that I read, was there (no I don't think I'm hiding the identity of this person at all, he is on my friends list after all.) And for some reason I was on his "Interview" list for a new potential sweetie.  Hilarity insues, not that I remember most of it. Although I do remember it having a "Bachelor" feel to it.

I woke up thinking "WTF?" and giggling.

Not that I think it would be a bad thing to be his sweetie. I think it would actually be very interesting. This is the person who had a major influence on my sexuality after all. Well, him and Uncle Robbie. I found him at the ripe and impressionable age of 20. But the realm where that even might have an infestimal chance of that happening is so far away its laughable.

But its still an amusing thought.

Omelet anyone?
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So Ike is in the Federal Preschool program 2 days a week. That's it, that's all. He receives speech therapy and occupational therapy while at school. He's also been diagnosed recently with some Sensory Processing Problems (hyper-sensitive hearing, hypo-sensitive touch, and under-responsive to movement (i.e. he needs to move. A lot.)) Which is a good thing, the bad thing is that his problems are bad enough to be annoying, but not enough to receive services above and beyond the times when the OT works with the entire class.

So, a couple of months ago at the IEP meeting, Ike's teacher told me to enroll him in another preschool another 2-3 days a week. He will be mainstreamed into a normal classroom next year for kindergarten, and she said he needed some more practice learning to behave in a normal classroom setting. She recommended the Parks and Rec program or the Y. Since I'm a member of the Y, I went there.

Before I enrolled him in school, I talked to the director. I told her about his speech delays, his resulting behavior problems that we are having (i.e. agression, inability to follow instructions...you know. Normal 4 year old behavior), his sensory processing problems, how we are working on mainstreaming him to a normal classroom, and that the FPP teacher said Ike needed practice learning to behave in a classroom. I asked. Is this a good fit for him. Will you be willing to work with him. He's going to be work for you. Her response? "Oh yes, we are willing to work with him."

Its turning out that their definition of working with him are completely different than mine. Their idea of working with him is suspending him for multiple days from the program. Can anyone explain to me how suspending a 4 year old is going to help him improve his behavior? Yes, he's aggressive, I warned them that that was going to be their main problem. I took him back to school today (after a nearly 2 week absence) and the director of the school said "He can't stay until you've had a meeting with my boss back at the Y". Great.  I load him back into the car and drive to the Y.

I find the Grand-Supervisor and asked if it was a good time. She said not really, because she wanted to meet with me and the Director, but she'd talk with just me now. She basically said the same thing over and over. He's aggressive, its unprovoked, he's picking on one little boy and that suspension is a safety issue. I pointed out that one of the teachers is telling me privately that the other teacher and the director are over-reacting, that he's behaving normally for a kid that age, and that its not really a big deal. "He was just trying to be nice" She couldn't answer how suspension is supposed to make an impression on a 4 year old. She told me I should have punished him on the days he was supposed to be at school. He's 4. Like he remembers an incident that happened 10 days ago. Please.

Safety issue was her basic response, so I asked, what are you willing to do to keep working with him? Further suspensions if new strategies don't work. So instead of dealing with him (like they said they would) they are going to shunt him aside so they don't have to deal with him. Grrrrr.

Needless to say, I'm not happy. I pointed out that if they weren't willing to work with a kid like Ike, they should have told me before I enrolled him. Suspension is not working with the problem, its not practice-learning how to behave in a classroom, which is why I brought him to their school in the first place.

So I am going to pull him out of the Y program tomorrow and demand my money back for the month, considering I paid for the whole month, I only got 3 days of school. They can pro-rate it.

So now I'm on the hunt for a new preschool. I've looked at 2 already and wasn't too happy. One was too lax, and other was too regimented. But there are other schools in the area, so I'll keep looking. I'm not sure what the right fit will be. Everyone keeps asking me "Aren't there any preschools who deal with kids like Ike?" Yea, its called the school district and Ike is already attending, and no, I can't send him more days because its not even an option.  (Your tax dollars at work!)

Most of the preschools around here are all about the academics. What they can teach the kids that will help them succeed academically at school! Frankly, I don't care about that. Ike is smart enough, he'll pick up any academic subject fairly easy. Ike needs a school where they will let him focus on social and emotional achievment. I want to see "Plays well with others" I don't care about "Can count to 100" that will come quick enough. *sigh* What in the hell happened in letting kids be kids while they are kids? When I went to Kindergarten, it was all about well, this. What happened? I don't like it. But that's another rant for another day.

I also think I need to track down an OT in the area and get him some therapy. Yes, its annoying enough to interfere with our day and his ability to play well with others. To me that means he needs services, but the district guidelines say otherwise. There's one in Gilroy, but that's a drive and a half with the girls in tow. I need to find someone more local.

And yes, I still plan on enrolling the girls in a different Y preschool (there's one at the elementary school where they will be going) than the one Ike is at now, next fall. They are a bit more mellow and aren't nearly as aggressive. They should fit in just fine.
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Loretta Stanfill Resident of Concord Loretta was born in Granite City, IL on July 10, 1922 to Frank and Libby (Boyer) Whaley. She entered into rest in Concord on October 16, 2007. Loretta worked for 40 years at Mt. Diablo Hospital as a nursing assistant and later as switchboard operator. Family and friends were the focus of her life and she will be remembered for her generous heart and great sense of humor. Loretta enjoyed cooking, dancing, gardening, golf, horseracing and was an avid baseball fan. Loretta is survived by her loving children, Robert Stanfill Jr. of So. San Francisco, George Stanfill of Elk Grove, Deborah Flanders of Concord, Charleen Bringman of Penn Valley, Roger Stanfill of Sacramento, Mary Beth Thorpe of Fairfield and Kathleen De Froscia of Martinez; sister of Ed Whaley of Illinois; caring grandmother of eleven and great-grandmother of five. Visitation will commence from 5-8 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2007 at Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel, 4125 Clayton Rd, Concord, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Celebration of Life and Funeral Liturgy will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant St., Concord. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Lafayette. Memorial donations in Loretta's memory may be made to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County, P.O. Box 271966, Concord, CA 94527. Ouimet Bros. Chapel (925) 682-4242 
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Same conversation, a few minutes later

*refering to the kids latest portraits*
C: I saw the kids pictures! Did you ever think that you would ever have such gorgeous children?
Me: Yes, yes I did.
C: *incredously* You did?
Me: Yes, I was a beautiful child and took great pictures. My mother was asked repeatedly to sign waivers so the photographer could display my pic.
C: You're kidding.
Me: Nope.

Now, this is the same woman who, upon her first visitation of the girls a few days after their birth, said, "Wow Jen, who'd of thought you'd have such beautiful girls?"

I love watching people give themselves athletes foot in their gumline.

This same person also said recently that Joe and I needed to create a tape for The Nanny. Needless to say, she was a bit abashed when my response to that comment was "Yea, I know. Joe and I are complete incompetents in raising our children."

And believe it or not, I do in fact, consider this fairly clueless person, one of my friends. She just has a tendency to eat her toes a lot.*

*Not that I will cast the first stone. I with, some regularity, chew on my toes as well (Although not nearly as oftern as I used to!). C's saving grace is that she usually recognizes her blunders. Its not recognizing them that I cannot tolerate.

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