Randomness from my 12 year old daughter today “Mom, can I be a ninja when I grow up?”

I always tell my kids they can be whatever they want to be but I don’t think she’d be well suited as a ninja. She is her mother’s daughter so she has my love for talking and she’s also has as much gracefulness as a bull in a china shop like my sister (sorry, Court, but she does take after you with that haha).  Those two traits would make a surprise attack nearly impossible LOL.

Trey has been informing me about cochlear implants all day.  I think he knows more about them than some adults do.  He has watched one video so many times, he can repeat it verbatim.  I just wish he would be that interested in math. It would make teaching it to him a whole lot easier.

And then this week, Jake, the one in high school is taking state tests. I really really dislike those things. I think that the schools should focus more on actually teaching them things instead of focusing on those tests. I know it’s not the teacher’s choice though. I’m sure they’d like  to work on other things too. But I know they are under pressure for the kids to do well because from my understanding, their jobs depend on it.

They get out of school on the 24th and I know they are looking forward to sleeping late and not having to worry about homework. And I’ll have to be sure to keep the cabinet stocked and find stuff for them to do so they aren’t arguing every 5 minutes. Sounds like fun, huh?

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attitude, much?

We were going to try to go see Iron Man 3 today but the showing we wanted to see was sold out. I think they had one at 5:30 but it was only 3:00 and I didn’t want to have to find something to do for 2 hours or so.  They had “XD” tickets on sale for a 4:00 showing but they were $13.00!  The matinee price is $5.25, I think. I am not even sure what XD is but I was not going to pay nearly $8 more per ticket for it.  Theater prices are too high already, if you ask me. Not to mention their concession stand is ridiculously priced too.  We stood in line for about 5 minutes before we decided to just wait and see it some other time. But right before we got out of line, this big, heavy set guy butts in front of us and throws his ticket in the little slot below the booth glass and says “I want you to exchange this ticket for a 3:15 showing because I missed my 2:00 show because I was waiting on popcorn!” She told him that showing was sold out. He then said “Well, I just want a refund then and I want the name and number of the manager too!”  He was very rude and just hateful to the poor girl.  It wasn’t even her fault.  She gave him something to fill out for the refund and he said “I’m gonna take as long to fill this out as it did to get my popcorn.”  He didn’t even care that there were people behind him.  He was an inconsiderate, rude jerk.  I will say that the girl never got an attitude back with him. She just calmly spoke to him and did what he asked.  She’s better than I would have been. I am not a difficult person to get along with. If you’re nice to me, then I’ll be nice to you. But if you come to me with an attitude, I will dish it right back. Which is why I don’t work in customer service LOL


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It always amazes me that Trey has such a thirst for knowledge. And I’m thankful that we have the internet so that he can soak up all the knowledge he wants. What prompted this post is this. We went to Rhiannon’s choir concert last night. There was a cute little boy there with cochlear implants. Of course, they are very visible. Trey asked my sister what they were (I already knew because I have a friend who’s son has one). She told him and it seemed to intrigue him. He went home with my other sister and she sent me a message saying that whenever he got to her house, he just had to google “cochlear implants”. He wanted to know how they work. Now mind you, this kid is only 7 years old. Just last week, he was telling me about nanobots. He is just a super smart kid and I am so glad I chose to homeschool him. I know he would have been so bored in a traditional classroom setting. And I know some people think that homeschooled kids are “antisocial” but that’s not true at all. Trey will talk to just about anyone and he loves interacting with other kids.

Now, I’m not saying my other two kids aren’t smart. They are very intelligent kids. But they never just voluntarily looked up anything educational LOL. All 3 of my kids are very different and I love that about them. It definitely keeps things interesting in my house haha. I’ve been blessed with some pretty awesome kids.

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Photo post!

I got the chance to go to a local garden and get some excellent shots. When I got there I saw that they charge $25 for photographers. However, I am guessing that is for people who are taking portrait photos. They didn’t charge me the $25 even though I had my Nikon out. It’s not technically a “pro” camera even though it is a dslr. I also didn’t have large equpiment with me. Just my normal size camera bag. It seems that since there’s so many photographers now, venues have started taking advantage of that and instead of charging just a general admission for photographers, they are charging them a higher fee. In a way, I can see why they would do that. But then again, there are some places that are just outrageous in how much they charge. I was looking at a local venue to shoot some senior photos and it was going to be $50. For one, I would not be getting paid for the photo shoot (It’s my graduation present to her) and two, I would only be using the facilities for maybe an hour or so. I wasn’t even wanting to go inside the building, just use the grounds to take photos. I understand charging some kind of fee, but $50 just seems a little steep to me. Oh well, there are plenty of beautiful places to shoot photos for free.
Here are the shots I got this weekend.

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