I'll take this opportunity, home from church with two sick kids, to post my notes.

10/19 - JDD, "Most fun things are spoiled if you HAVE to do them."  I forget the context of his quote but it reminded me of my thought at the harvest supper.  The middle and high school youth groups were the servers for the meal, and they did a great job and looked like they enjoyed it. But then I saw one of them asking Barbara to sign off on the community service hours and it got me thinking.  I'm disappointed that the kids are required to do some number of community service hours.  The requirement takes away the free service part of it and basically makes it forced unpaid labor - slavery!  Now I understand that sometimes it takes persuasion or force to get you to do something at first, but then hopefully you can see what a joy it is to make people's lives better.  I would think that even if you enjoyed a particular service, there is something taken away from the freedom in it to have to keep track of the hours.  But at any rate, these kids are making the best of their requirement and enjoying it anyway!

10/19 - JPD rolled back to front.

10/25 - JPD 8 mo visit. 20.5 lb, 27.25"

10/26 - JPD has been saying "hi" (sounds like "ha") and waving this month, and today he said, "bye".

10/27 - Joy, "I really like my song blanket.  It's really fun, with music."

10/28 - Faith counts from 900-1000.  Then continued, taking 10 minutes to get to 1100, then another 40
minutes to get to 1200.

10/28 - JPD gets 2nd tooth. (bottom L incisor)

10/30 - JPD says, "da, da" for dirty diaper  (Not necessarily repeated - da,da is a common word for him.)

11/2 - JPD climbs up two stairs, Faith saves him.

11/3 - JPD climbs half way up the stairway, Mom spotting.  One time he sat down, one time he slipped.  At the
triangle threshold, he had difficulty.  After some work, decided he was done and Mom carried him up the
rest of the way.

Jeremiah has been a bit wheezy with this cold but of course it's the weekend so we can't call the doctor.  Joy was coughing a lot last evening, but has not wheezed.  She seems much better this morning after I let her sleep late.

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I agree with you about forced volunteering being slavery. There's another oxymoron for Jonathan.

Thanks, Joy. :)

Posted by Linda Wightman on November 3, 2013, 1:59 pm

Sorry to hear two are sick!

I couldn't agree with Jonathan more! We should keep that in mind when we make our to-do lists. Nothing kills motivation more than having it on a "must-do" list. Few "must-dos" and plenty of "can-do-if-I-choose" and I'm happiest!

Jeremiah has a cross-pattern creep and is going up stairs and he only recently rolled over? Kids can develop in so many different ways!

Posted by Janet on November 3, 2013, 2:16 pm

"Most fun things are spoiled if you HAVE to do them." Read chapter 2 of Tom Sawyer.

The high school kids have to complete 15 hours of community service in order to graduate. Really not very much and I suppose the hope is that it exposes them to the idea and perhaps they will continue even after the requirement is done. Tom finished his, but it was at the media center at school and once he was done, he was done. I've given him some other suggestions, but without much success. Ideally he would find something he was passionate about, but I think that's a stretch for most teens.

Billy on the other hand has over 50 hours in less than 4 months. He helped me with the book sale and he has been going every week to serve dinner at one of the local churches. He loves it!

Posted by dstb on November 3, 2013, 5:51 pm

Yes, Janet. Eight months is pretty late for rolling over. But I have to admit that I discouraged it. It's so handy to not have them be able to roll away from a diaper change, or for me to be assured that if I need a brief time to be away and know they won't go anywhere, I can put them on their backs like a little stuck turtle. I did plenty of encouraging for other types of mobility, so I don't feel badly about this one. (:

Posted by joyful on November 3, 2013, 6:31 pm

Faith counted to 1200? She sure has learned a lot since I did school with her in February. What persistence to stick with it so long, too!

Posted by Linda Wightman on November 3, 2013, 8:55 pm

Yes! She started at 900, though. But she was obviously getting tired by the end.

Posted by joyful on November 4, 2013, 2:39 pm
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