10-1-18 I arrived home around noon from Barre training and she rode the bus home since we didn’t have kid’s yoga after school.
10-2-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene.
10-3-18 She didn’t get enough sleep last night…holy tween meltdown before ballet! With her in the highly capable program this year, she can’t just breeze through school like she has in the past, so I decided digital device time is limited to 1 hour during the week AFTER she gets her homework and reading done. She doesn’t want me to pull her out of HC, so she’s going to have to put in extra effort. I saw this meme and thought this is how she must be feeling this year.
10-4-18 She won the PTA fundraiser drawing, so get’s a free large pizza and 4 soft drinks at a local pizza restaurant…why do they give kids soda?!? Ice skating with Coach Meegan.
10-5-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan. Getting ready for regionals on Sunday.
10-6-18 Driving to Portland for the NW Pacific Regional Figure Skating Competition tomorrow. 1st time she’s competed at the regionals.
10-7-18 Practice ice at 7:30am, then she skated at the Non-Test Level. She placed 6th place and said that was unacceptable; she wants 1st next year! She skated great, but had a meltdown before she went on the ice due to nerves. Thank goodness her coaches know how to encourage her to go on the ice. She said a couple of her spins and jumps were a little off. As long as her butt’s not on the ice, I can’t tell. She skates about 3 hours per week and we found out that most girls at her level skate 8-15 hours per week, and skate before AND after school. Wondering what she could accomplish if she spent that much time on the ice! She said she wants to start skating more because she wants to get better. Everyone is good at regionals, I think she realized that she needs to work more to be at the top.
10-8-18 Went to my kid’s yoga class after school. She had fun helping out with the younger kids.Sent her dad to get cat litter…he brings home the scented kind. It’s permeating through the entire house! I can’t stand perfumy crap! I think this is his passive aggressive method of never being asked to get cat litter again. She’s laughing at me because I think I might die!
10-9-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school. Her and her skating friend, Hayley had a group lesson together.
10-10-18 At pick up, she immediately starts whining about how much homework she has and how the highly capable program is so hard. I told her I would help her with her after ballet, then she starts whining about now wanting to go to ballet and her shoes are too tight. Daddy picked her up because I’m starting to get sick. Once they came home, I started to help her with her math homework.
The 2 most stressful things in my life:
2. Helping her with homework.
I emailed her teacher to check in and if I should pull her out of Highly Capable and put her in a regular class.
10-11-18 Picked her up early from school to go to her annual pediatrician’s appointment. She’s finally 53 lbs! Still in the 5% of her age group. She’s healthy as can be and grew 2 inches from last year. She received her flu shot, then had so much whining because her arm hurts…my head hurts from the whining. When your own kid whines, it’s equivalent to fingernails against a chalkboard. She claims it’s the “shot of death!” Stopped to get her new ballet shoes and by the Halloween store to get her devil costume. She found a new friend, Chucky while we were there! Proceeded to her ice skating lesson with Coach Meegan. Daddy and I helped her with her 5th Grade Highly Capable math, which is actually 6th Grade math…I sent her upstairs to ask her dad, since there was a question I couldn’t figure out. HA! Haven’t heard back from her teacher yet.
10-12-18 She wants to train more to get better at ice skating, so as soon as I feel better, we’re going to start off-ice training at home. Ice skating lesson with Meegan in the afternoon.
10-13-18 Her friends, Ivory and Riley came over for an all day playdate, then ended up spending the night.
10-14-18 We started training at home today. I guided her to use the resistance bands, jump/squat up stairs and we did core work in plank using washclothes under our toes for sliders and bring her knees to her chest. She finished her country project for school. She chose Japan since she is 50% Japanese.
10-15-18 Today is my last day of teaching my kid’s yoga class after school. Gave it up, so I can free up more time to take her ice skating.
10-16-18 I taught a 10:30am yoga class…that moment after teaching a class, you look at your phone and there is a message from your kid’s school that your kid is absent and you dropped her off at 8:45am. She has a substitute and it was a mistake. My first thought was abduction! Proceeded to her after school ice skating lesson, as normal.
10-17-18 I picked her up early from school for rehearsal for the Skating Spectacular at Skate America that she will be performing in on Sunday.
10-18-18 Took her out of school early again for another rehearsal. She asked if she could start skating BEFORE school, then if she could be home schooled. I agreed to before school skating, but HELL NO! on home schooling. My days just got longer! She found out that a couple of the other girls that are really good skate about 20 hours per week and are homeschooled and said she needs to practice more to keep up.
10-19-18 First day of Skate America competition. Men’s short program and Pairs short program are competing tonight. We had an extra ticket, so her friend Haley will be coming with us all weekend. Nathan Chen is amazing!
10-20-18 Second day of Skate America. Pairs free skate, Men’s free skate, Ladies short program and Rhythm Dance compete today. They met Nica Digerness, a USA Pairs skater. Nathan Chow performed another amazing program! They made signs supporting the 2018 US Figure Skating Champion, Bradie Tennell.
10-21-18 Day 3 of Skate America. Ladies free skate and Free Dance in the afternoon, then Skating Spectacular show in the evening. She was pretty upset right after because her blade clipped another skater’s blade and fell. And, she felt as if she was the only one that messed up at the end pinwheel. After watching the video, she realized she was in the right place, but her partner started going the wrong way, so she followed, but then everyone turned around and started going the right way, then she was the last to get in line. She said it was sooooo embarrassing! Everyone messed up the line because they were supposed to do another turn…everyone got lost at the end. Now she wants to do another performance to redeem herself.
10-22-18 Very tired after the weekend. She felt better about the performance today.
10-23-18 By her after school skating lesson, she thought the pinwheel during the performance was funny because everyone messed up.
10-24-18 She started complaining about going to ballet in the afternoon and she didn’t like it because it was boring, etc. Then, whined about her homework. I was so happy to drop her off!
10-25-18 Ice skating with Coach Meegan after school, then daddy took her to the Fall Costume Dance at her school. She went as a cute devil and he went as himself, a grumpy old man. Lol.
10-26-18 I picked her up at 12:30pm from school, so we could get her feet measured for new skates. Her coach says she needs a stronger boot. She was fitted for new Jackson ice skates…should arrive in 1.5 weeks! 1st time someone explained how important it is to have a proper fitting boot to do jumps and spins, so a skater doesn’t fall. Her current skates didn’t fit well on her foot. $$$, but worth it if she loves doing it and it keeps her out of trouble when she’s older. Then, she had her 5pm lesson with Coach Meegan. Meegan said she has improved so much in the last 2 weeks.
10-27-18 Started a Production Ice Skating class to perform with other skaters in shows. Her friend, Haley is in the class. I asked her to write her Art Reflections artist statement for the PTA Art Reflections competition. Didn’t know it was going to turn into a big drama…she started whining that she didn’t know what to write. I asked her a few questions, to get her mind turning, but that didn’t work, so we decided to come back to it tomorrow.
10-28-18 Daddy had her doing some math worksheets, then I asked her to come back to her Art Reflections statement. Meltdown!
10-29-18 National Cat Day! Celebrating Joi. She carved pumpkins with daddy while I was teaching my yoga class.
10-30-18 Ice skating with Coach Arlene after school.
10-31-18 She went as “Botany” for the 5th Grade Vocabulary Parade at school. The 5th graders chose a word, made costumes describing the word, then presented the word with the definition with a short one line story in front of the entire school. Went to Ivory and Riley’s house for trick or treating. Daddy took them around the neighborhood while the mom’s stayed home and drank wine.