Saturday, November 17, 2018

Our week was somewhat marred due to California fires driving smoke into our Valley, so we had to limit our exposure and stay inside for most of the week. However, we are trying to remember that so many people have it so much worse than we do and count our blessings every day.


On Monday, school was closed for Veterans' Day, and Smarty had a fun outing with her Girl Up club. She was happy to have an extra day off and was in a good mood all week. On Friday, many schools in Bay Area were closed due to smoke, but Smarty's school remained open. She also does not have a week off for Thanksgiving, just Thursday and Friday next week. At least Wednesday is a short day, so she does get a break... and she can also help with Thanksgiving meal prep.

After School

We have decided to discontinue Stanford writing class. Smarty did not enjoy it, because of the number of kids in class and lack of discussion, and I realized that I don't relish driving to Palo Alto and back two times a day. Smarty used newly freed time to finally take her first legacy class - she wants to become a junior taekwondo instructor at some point of the future. She certainly enjoys leading people, and it could be a good part-time job for her when she is 14 and can get a work permit. She has 2-3 years to earn her place for that job, and it's kind of interesting to see her throwing herself wholeheartedly into a teaching class where all other students appear to be at least 15 or 16 already. One thing I admire about Smarty is her tenacity when she goes for things she really wants.

What We Are Reading

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Smarty was on re-reading Mysterious Benedict Society books kick this week, and I finally finished The 7 Minute Solution book. Hopefully, we can make it to the library this week, so she can get some new books to read.

Favorite Memory of the Week

We were watching The Great British Baking Show and there was a mini-interview with one participant's daughter where she said, "I have the best Mom in the world!" Smarty turned to me and said seriously, "She is wrong, because you are the best Mom in the world". I hope she always thinks that :)

Your Turn

How was your week?


Phyllis Bergenholtz said...

Sounds like a lovely busy week.

MaryAnne K. said...

I love that you and Smarty have such a great relationship!

Back and forth to Palo Alto twice a day is quite the commute. I should look into those classes for Emma, though, especially since she could bike herself!

Ticia said...

Awwwww, how sweet!

Hopefully the air quality will improve for you soon.