Well, I didn't do very well last night with my American Idol picks. I put the three girls in the bottom (against my better judgement on Kat - the judges tore her up, but I loved her performance), and I picked Paris to go. Wrong and wrong again. Katharine was one of the top 2 vote-getters, and Kellie ended up going home. I garnered a mere 10 points for last night's picks in the American Idol work pool, which may or may not move me out of first place. Boo!
On a happier note, my weight is stablizing and I no longer want to hide in bed and eat Cocoa Puffs directly out of the bag. Most likely it was a water retention issue, and I am feeling much more positive. Maybe, just maybe, good enough to post a weigh-in this week.
On a frustrating note, I called two different school systems in Arkansas yesterday (Bentonville and Gravette, for those of ye who care), and neither of them allow testing of children to start kindergarten early. They kept saying crazy things like "no exceptions" and "state law." Balderdash! This is very disheartening for me, the mother, as Owen will miss the kindergaren cut-off by three weeks (September 20 is the official date by which a child must turn 5 in order to start kindergarten). I know every mother thinks her child is "smart" or "gifted" or "socially neurotic which must mean high IQ." I have no factual proof that Owen is smarter than the average three-year old. But I really feel like keeping him back a year will be the wrong choice for him. A combination of an intelligent kid, plus being the oldest in the class, could lead to boredom and behavior issues, and I just don't want him to deal with that. So maybe homeschooling is our best option. I'm not opposed to that. It bugs me when people assume that homeschooled kids are social misfits. If so, that blame rests on the parents, whose responsibility it is to socialize these children and show them the outside world. I think I could do that with Owen, if it comes to that. I think homeschooling could work for us. And if that's the route we're going to take, I need to start doing that research right now, because I want it done correctly and with the highest educational integrity.
And if we homeschool, I wouldn't necessarily keep them through all of junior high or high school. It would be a pity to live in Bentonville, with one of the best (probably the best) school districts in the state and not take advantage of their AP classes, 5A sports teams, amazing band program, etc. But I can cross that bridge when we come to it, in 10 or 12 years.
Saturday I'm having my hair highlighted for the first time in over 2 years. I am very excited about this! New life! In hair! That is driving me crazy.