Checking in -
Lotsa driving the previous three days, but today I got to stay home, and I will tomorrow as well - yay!
So Third has now had her official first day back at school and seems to be settling in well - the principal called two weeks ago and asked if I wouldn't consider bumping her up to the next classroom even though the IEP we signed back in May (acronym for the legally binding educational contract all special needs kids in a public school have) had her staying in her old class. Reason - the population for this school year in her old classroom has nearly 50% nearly-vegetative wheelchair kids and the rest are exclusively non-verbal, and the principal and teachers looked at the global situation and thought that having Third and her best friend from her old classroom transfer up would be beneficial for them, and they were right. I have been at the school a lot pre-first day in meetings with everybody reassuring myself that is/would be the case.
Had my first run-in with the teacher assistant, though. She baldly stated that Third needed an official prescription from her pediatrician to be allowed to store skin cream in her locker for her personal use... Ummm, no. Skin cream that she uses is off-the-shelf stuff in the baby aisle of every grocery store in the land (A+D ointment), and lists active ingredients as petrolatum and lanolin. The stuff doesn't even have zinc oxide in it. She just wouldn't give up, and got fresh about it "Can't you just call your pediatrician and get a scrip?!" she demands. "A+D is a MEDICATED cream!", "So use hydrocortisone cream instead" (fyi, hydrocortisone cream IS a drug as it is a steroid, dummy!), and that old chestnut "I have been here 16 years and required everybody to get a scrip for skin cream".
So I marched off to the school nurse (highly credentialled RN with mondo experience, and confrontational balls, and she LIKES ME A LOT) and got her pushy ass summarily overruled. Now I hear from Third's old teacher, the one who coincidentally lives at the bottom of our hill, that this teacher assistant is stubborn and crotchety, at least to parents and other staff, and has always been. Luckily I have never ever heard a whisper of complaint about her behavior toward the students. So if she is used to making parents dance to her tune, I just did the exact right thing.
Fourth is tumbling rocks smooth (we have a rock tumbler) for the first time. First is hangin'. Second has discovered nail art and is consumed by obtaining dotting tools and getting new nail polishes. We all went to the Blue Moon labyrinth walk at our nature center, and loved the evening - weather was simply perfect. At the nature center are also raised-bed gardens with which they instruct city kids about how food really grows. They had a bumper crop, and we, the Family Crabbcakes, was invited to pick all the ripe tomatoes, cherry and otherwise, that we could possibly find - so we did! We ended up with an entire banana box full!! Mmmmmmm - currently eating ourselves silly on 'maters.
Thunder bumper currently in the area. Nothing but harmless noise so far.
Found and bought einkorn wheat flour for First. She is such a good sport about the normal low-grain, low-bread food thing around here that when she wants to bake I don't put up much of a fuss, as she isn't Primal - that would be me. So I figure for those times when she just has to have some, it might possibly be better for her to at least use the most ancient wheat.
And I am reorganizing my cookbooks - all 20 shelves... When I am done, I will be able to locate any title or subject area within seconds. Heavenly.
And the bladder infection is gone, but I am being a good patient and finishing the antibiotic scrip. No brewing superbugs for me!
Hope you all are chillin', too!