|09-03-2014 07:29 AM|
What a bummer!
I bet they will miss you and all of the things you do together. Sounds like they have many activities both at school and outside of it. At that age I can remember piano lessons and, uh, piano lessons, lol. Most of the summer was spent playing outside. Never got in any trouble, but it would have been really cool to have an Aunt that involved in my life and get to do so many interesting activities.
They are quite lucky.
I did have an Uncle I absolutely adored and when he was in Vietnam he wrote me several letters. I am 49 years old. I still have them and I wouldn't take a million dollars for them!
I understand about school. I made really good grades, but was bored to death.
Doesn't sound like your girls will be bored in school, with all of the activities and such, but it does get in the way of the time you get to spend together.
|09-02-2014 10:03 PM|
They ride horses on Saturday I think, is the plan, so they have another person who covers Saturday with them. I come on Sundays during the school year. Which means I generally stay at their house, pick the girls up from dance/gymnastics take them to their house, maybe to the park, feed them lunch, make dinner, have them do whatever they need to do for school, and piano lessons, clean up, and then maybe let them see something like the Little Rascals.
I will only be able to get them over night if there are holidays. Maybe. My sister might not let me have them every time there's no school.
I am resenting their school! I know, that's crazy. People are jumping up and down now that kids are back to school, but I think the girls are learning tons, and doing great, and school is just something that crimps all of our style. I thought that way back when I was going too, so I got finished as quick as I could.
|09-02-2014 03:20 PM|
Puppy Math! What a neat way of learning math. For a lot of kids math is a pretty "dry" subject, so I'm sure that makes it fun.
They obviously think the world of you also or you would not have made the summer fun list.
How much will school cut down on their visits with you?
|09-02-2014 02:02 PM|
I had them over labor day weekend.
I picked them up at dance/gymnastics and headed home to take care of the dogs and let them watch a Buck Rodgers, before going to the cook out.
The next day we finished These Happy Golden Years, and then I read them nine chapters of Holes. Elena has the book and is up to chapter 20 by the time I left her at my sister's last night.
I had them weigh the babies, and then we did Puppy Math.
Order the puppies in weight from smallest to largest.
Round the ounces (with fractions of an ounce) to the nearest ounce.
Add all the weights in pounds and ounces.
How many times can you subtract 16 ounces from the total number of ounces.
How many ounces does Oscar have to gain to weigh exactly 4 pounds.
How much weight does the smallest puppy have to gain to weigh as much as the largest puppy weighs now.
If you give 1 ml of wormer for 20 pounds, and the mother is 80 pounds, how much wormer does she need?
And for fun, put them in alphabetical order.
Well, anyways, last night the girls had lists of things, they liked about the summer so they could write about them in their journal, and even amongst the awesome stuff they did this summer, Holding Aunt Susie's Puppies were on the list.
|08-30-2014 11:18 AM|
It's nice hearing about their summer! They sound wonderful and it's clear you all have a close relationship!
I agree about summer going fast. I feel like this has been the fastest one so far. It's just me and my little at home now. Next year she will be in school with the others.
|08-30-2014 11:00 AM|
|08-30-2014 01:01 AM|
|selzer||Yeah, I do kind of think the world of them.|
|08-30-2014 12:55 AM|
|huntergreen||sounds like you enjoy having the girls.|
|08-28-2014 11:04 PM|
I am actually impressed with how much they are willing to do. In horse camp, they have to clean stalls. So when they are in the puppy yard, I actually have a picture of them with the pooper scooper. But only twice have they actually tried to wield it.
Now they will carry the bricks of wood chips and chase puppies around, and then use the rake to try and spread the chips, and stuff all the plastic wrappings into one of them.
They will drag garbage out to my tree lawn too. And one day, I had someone coming, and the girls sleep in the living room and they kind of explode with their books and clean clothes and dirty clothes, etc, when they arrive, so, I had them straightening up and vacuuming in that room, LOL! and I heard the one say, "I've never worked so hard in my life!"
That consisted of packing her book bag with her stuff, picking up her dirty clothes, and vacuuming on room.
But the other one helped me do a lot of stuff in the sun room making a place for Cujo. We mopped the floor and cobwebbed, and cleaned all the window sills.
They are both in good shape, and very active, strong -- they can climb up anything at the park, and swing themselves over all the ladders and hanging swinging type stuff. Good swimmers, etc. I think the one did 17 pull ups for her national fitness award last year -- either 1st grade or second grade. Not sure. But still. I can't do one pull up and never did.
The thing is, they can. They can enjoy all the good stuff, they are strong and quick and athletic, musical, love to read -- both of them. And they are both really good with animals. I think Babsy and Cujo like them more than me now, LOL!
If only I could teach them how to appreciate football and baseball...
When we go out to take care of everyone, I have one hold the vitamins, and one hold the food, one gives out food, one give water and vitamins, and I clean poop. It works good out good.
Last summer I think, I took three very nice female puppies to the park with the girls, and gave them each a leash, and the 4 month old pups just pulled the one down. Ick! So I started working with them and Babsy, who is well-trained. This year, they can handle the four month olds at the park. They still need to be in a fenced in area, because they can drop the lead. And, I wouldn't want them to have a puppy run in front of a car and get smooshed. With Babs, she is totally under voice control (mine) even if they have the lead. But with puppies, I just do not want to see them watch something terrible happen if I am not quick enough to prevent it.
|08-28-2014 09:04 AM|
|Shade||This summer has just flown by! Too bad they weren't willing to do the scooper, I'm sure that would have been very handy|
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