1/23/17 college and Christmas trees…

Maggie has dropped out of college.I asked her what she wanted to do now. She said she wanted to get a job. I said that would be good and asked her if she wanted to work at Menards, I think they are hiring and since she doesn’t drive it is close for me or her grandma to take her to. She didn’t look thrilled but said that this would be OK.
We need to take the Christmas tree down soon.We usually take it down some time in January, unless we are really busy with the kids school activities, then it is later. If we can’t take it down in January, we do take the Christmas wreath off of the front porch and put the regular wreath back up.  The cats have taken off the ornaments from the bottom foot of the tree. I wanted to turn the lights on the other day but couldn’t find the extension cord. Maggie said that she had taken it. We must have borrowed it from her and she thought we were done. The tree needs its own cord. It is sitting there not lit up with the ornaments from the bottom foot missing. Its just so sad.

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11/19/16 getting school books for Maggie…

When Maggie started college this semester, we had some of trouble getting her books. We bought one of Maggie’s books online. That sentence sounds so simple. I guess that if everything we did didn’t come with a story, I wouldn’t have anything to write about. Maggie needed a science book. The teacher told them that they could get it online. On all of the other books Maggie wanted an actual book, but on this one she said that an online one was OK. When she went online I asked Maggie if she was sure that this was the correct book. Remember that now that she is in college, I am not getting any information from the high school teachers. She said that she was not sure. Maggie does have a lot of science due this week and needed the book. Maggie decided to go to class on Tuesday and ask the teacher which book she needed. I said great, but please see if she has office hours that day so if you are still confused after you talk in class you can go to her office and she can pull up the book on her computer and you will know which one we should buy when you get home. 
Maggie comes home and she looks up the book. I asked her if it was the correct book…expecting her to say, yes the teacher confirmed it…but she said…maybe, I should email the teacher. She sent a screen print of the book that she thought was correct to the teacher and started doing math. We had dinner and Maggie did more math. Maggie has homework due this week and has no book and doesn’t know which one to buy and it is getting late. Maybe the teacher didn’t have office hours today so that they couldn’t look up the book. It is so frustrating when they are older and you want to help them, but can only offer suggestions.

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8/25/16 job search, and starting school…

William is sill looking for a job. We are doing a few applications at a time. If we do too many all at once I am worried that too many companies would call for interviews all for the same day and William would not be able to get to all of them. We have decided that he should apply at places that he would need to be driven to and say that he could only work on the weekends. Then I would drive him. He just looks so lonely. The girls have gone back to school and William is still at home. The only problem with this plan is if they want to interview him during the week.
Maggie started school today. She is in full college. No more college and high school. She had a good day, seeing a few familiar faces. She has four classes and she looks like she is looking forward to them. I am so relieved. Beth starts school tomorrow. She has first week. The kids are grouped together and do projects and presentations for the week. First week lets the kids get used to the school and there is at least one student from each grade in each group, so the students can get to know everyone. The regular school classes start next week.

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6/2/16 college, internet sewing class and prom…

Maggie finds out tomorrow if she passed her college classes. I am so nervous. We don’t know if she passed because the teachers don’t post any grades throughout the semester. Maggie and Beth had youth group tonight. The cable man came over tonight to figure out why our internet keeps shutting off. He checked the wires and gave us a new router box. I like the new box, it is smaller. I take the box with me whenever I go out and the kids are home. A smaller box will be easier to carry around.
Two of the kids and I are going to take a sewing class at the fabric store next week. I am really excited. We have a treadle machine that we have never used. The class teaches about using an electric machine and we will make a billfold. But, we can use these skills on our machine. William found a tailor in the mall that said that he would interview him if he had any sewing skills, so William agreed to take the class. There are more advanced classes that we can take too. The second class makes a pair of shorts and the next one makes a shirt. We don’t know how many classes William will need before he has enough skills to be hired. They have a lot of other classes that I may want to take later.
My aunt was in town last weekend. They went on a trip to another one of their sisters and stayed over there. They looked at a house that my mom would like to buy when her house sells.
Beth had Prom this weekend. Last year everyone in her group had a date except for one person. This year that one person had a date and none of the rest of them did. The theme was Mount Olympus. It was in their gym. After the dance was over at 11, two of Beth’s friends came over and spent the night. They came over and watched a movie then went to bed at two am. One of the friends went home the next morning at ten, the other one went with us to church.

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6/1/16 Maggie’s classes…

Maggie needs to set up her orientation at college. She wants to call from home when I am around, but she doesn’t come home until ten at night. Today I went over and got her between classes to have her call from my cell phone, then she can go back in and study more. When she called they were already closed. We decided that she would need to find where they are located and schedule orientation in person. She doesn’t have a cell hone to call on. She is  going to try to find the office tomorrow.

Maggie had some finals last week. She was suppose to have a final last Wednesday. When I picked her up, she said that the final was never posted to the schools website for her to take it. She emailed the teacher to get more information. Today she said that the test would be posted later this week and she was OK. She has taken two finals and handed in one eleven page paper.
She has two finals left to take.  We should know by the end of this week or the beginning of next week if she passed all of her classes. She must pass everything to graduate.

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5/20/16 passing classes…

Beth is still not sure if she is passing chemistry or English. They have tutoring on Tuesday nights at her school but she does math at tutoring which she is not passing either. She does have ten classes and is passing the others. She is really trying to get good grades, but she is struggling.
 I got a letter from Maggie’s school. Maggie is not passing math and may not graduate. I went to the college earlier than normal to check on her to see if she was doing homework. She was on a Farmville type game, watching a movie and making something on her loom at the same time.  The class that she is failing is the one that she added late. She said that the professor said that he would open up the tests that the class took before she got her signatures so she could take them and the teacher hasn’t done this yet. Maggie can’t pass the class without all of the old assignments opened. She also hasn’t finished her essay for the scholarship that is due this week.
If she doesn’t pass all of her classes she won’t graduate from high school. (she is taking high school and college classes. The college classes will go towards her high school degree and she will have a college transcript when she graduates too) I took away her loom and said that she can’t stay late at school any more. I’m not picking her up late at night so that she can play Farmville and watch movies. I don’t want to be the parent that looks at her e-mail’s all of the time, but I may have to start to see how she is doing in her classes. Maggie is trying too, but she is also struggling.
This has not been an easy year at our house. When Maggie got all of her signatures to straighten out her schedule, we were so happy, now it looks like we are not out of the woods yet. I have started hyperventilating again.
Was your time in high school easy? How did you get through it? How do you wish your parents had helped you?

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