Not much is going on these days, which is why I've been slow to blog. The older two boys are having standardized tests at school this week so things have been pretty quiet (no homework). Son #2 is in the 4th grade and his test is a "high stakes" test instituted several years ago to allegedly improve the state school system and increase accountability. Basically, it doesn't matter if you're a straight-A student. If you don't meet the minimum score on the test, you do not advance to the next grade level (you would have the opportunity to re-take the test in the summer). I'm not sure how effective the test is, though. I haven't heard of an excellent student not passing the test - I'm pretty sure someone would've sued to challenge the law if that had happened. But still. I'm sure Son #2 will do just fine.
Son #1 has an uneasy truce with the Bully, who has not, by the way, apologized. Son #1 just tries to keep his distance whenever possible but it does create for an awkward recess. Son #1, his best friend and the bully all used to hang out together. So now when Son #1 is hanging out with Best Friend and Bully joins them, my son excuses himself and leaves. That hardly seems fair to me and I told him so. He said that his teacher said he and Bully shouldn't be around one another. True. But I explained to Son #1 that he should always be the one to leave. Sometimes he should just say, "We're not supposed to be around each other. Best Friend and I are talking right now, come back another time." Of course, we don't want to put Best Friend in the position of having to choose.
Father-in-law spent the night in the hospital Tuesday. He went in for some more stents in his coronary arteries, but had a minor complication. All is well now but he'll have to go back for one more stent in a few weeks. I was able to spring him from the hospital yesterday. Today Son #3 and I are taking him out for lunch.
As for me, I've lost 5 pounds in my first two weeks of Weight Watchers.
Not much else is new here. I'll post again soon.