Saturday, October 24, 2015

Riley and Soccer

Riley:  At soccer, I got hit in the chest with the ball!
Julia:  Did it hurt God?
Riley:  No because He's inside of our heart.
Julia:  And He's in our brains too!

Aurora Dallas 2015

I had the privilege of recording my students performing their Orff pieces so that it could be played at the Aurora Art Festival in Dallas at the GSES area.  Our entire school under the direction of three teachers (Laura Cole, Lauren Marold and Kate Foster) helped them build an amazing tree out of 3-D objects from our printers as well as art work for leaves and other kinds of textures.  It was outside of the Winspear Theater and was breathtakingly beautiful.

The entire Aurora Art Festival was down in the arts district of Dallas.  It was massive.  Tons of light, sound and art.  We took the DART train into downtown.  It was so crowded that we stood the entire ride (only 30 minutes).  The girls were able to play in the lights and see some really neat artistic pieces.

Inside Out

We finally watched the movie "Inside Out" last night as a family.  Julia wanted it to be like a theater so she turned the lights off in our living room. Riley and Julia had seen it with my mom before we moved. Though Julia slept through quite a bit of it in the theater.  The movie was well done, but much more serious than I thought it was going to be.

Towards the end, I said to Jeremy, "This movie is more dark than I thought it'd be."

Julia replied, "That's because I turned the lights off!"

GSES Carnival

This year's GSES Carnival was truly unbelievable.  Ferris Wheel, Walking inside of a ball, tons of bounce houses, food trucks, tons of games for little ones, a petting farm and just a great time.  We invited the Hosford family out to enjoy the afternoon and then we all went out to Franki's Pizza and Pasta.

Chris and Riley went around to do tons of different things like the zip line and the bounce houses and roll in the ball.  Julia enjoyed jumping on the trampolines.  Our final ride was on the ferris wheel.  It looked bit but not huge... until we were on it.  Julia and I went together for the final ride of the night.  She was fine until we got to the top.  She held on so tight and I just told her to breathe.  Though it was scary for me too (I'm becoming a real wimp for these kinds of things the older I get.)  Chris and Riley had a blast.  Julia had no tears, but was a little scared.  So proud of her for doing it!

At Franki's we ate and laughed and laughed and talked.  It was a blast to spend time with all of them.  Can't wait until next year to do it again!

Riley and Chaplain Rhonda

Riley met with Chaplain Rhonda... thought you'd enjoy reading about it: (It's long... I'll blog it later)

Talking with Chaplain Rhonda
Riley met with Chaplain Rhonda today to talk about what happened at our home last night.  Rhonda came back to talk with me and was completely impressed with Riley.  She said that several things particularly impressed her.
  1. Rhonda said that she noticed Riley was eating her granola bars at the same time in the package. Riley explained that she was eating the two pieces of her granola bar at the same time so that she could keep her hands from being sticky and also to keep from having to put it on a napkin and have to recycle more things.
  2. There were crumbs left on the chair.  Rhonda said that most children will sit on the crumbs or brush them off onto the floor.  She said “But not this girl!”  She then said that Riley sat on her knees, brushed the crumbs into her hand and then threw them away before sitting down.  Rhonda said something to her about what an amazing thing she was doing.  Riley told her “Well, that’s just what you do!”
I emailed this to Jeremy and my mom the morning after we were burglarized:
Riley expressed to Rhonda that she was sad, but then stopped herself and said “No, I’m not sad today.  I’m mad.”  Rhonda said she was able to completely articulate exactly how she was feeling.  She said Riley was an old soul. Such a sweet girl!  Then she said that Riley was able to tell her how stressful it was and how expensive it was to replace her iPad.  Riley’s very worried about her iPad being stolen.  But she was also able to say that she knew the people didn’t have her passcode for it and there wasn’t any way they could use it so it was silly that they took it.  She knew they weren’t having any fun on her device J
Riley was also able to tell Rhonda that she was mad for her Dad because he was mad about the computer being taken.  And she knew it was a lot of money – like $1200 – to replace the computer.  And it’s a lot of money to replace an iPad.  And she was mad about that.  Rhonda said that she was able to understand that the way Jeremy felt about the computer being taken and having to pay for it was the same way that she felt about her iPad being taken and having to pay for it.  She understood that it was a lot of money and that it’d be a little bit before they were replaced.
She also said that her Grandpa was going to take her to the store to get her a new iPad once Grandma felt better because Grandma just had her teeth pulled out.  Rhonda shared that people come first and things come second.  And she asked Riley to be patient and let Grandpa dictate the schedule as to when they could get the iPad because Grandma is a person and people come first.  He will need to wait until she’s better and she asked Riley to be very patient about it.
Riley was also afraid of fighting with Julia over my iPad to play on.  Rhonda asked her to make a plan and think of a way they could share it.  She said since Riley’s older, wise and smart that she thought Riley would be able to make a great plan for how to share what we have.
Rhonda ended by asking Riley if she liked to read and Riley said “Oh yes!! I love to read!”  Rhonda pointed to all the books around her and said she could pick one to read in here.  Riley pointed to a book that she’d already read in the room and said that she loved that book, but that this copy was in Spanish and she didn’t know how to read Spanish.  Rhonda asked how well she knew it and Riley said she could probably tell you the whole story without even looking.  So Rhonda challenged her to read the Spanish book because she already knew the English words and said that she felt Riley would probably love to be challenged in figuring out what they’re saying!  Riley loved the idea.  Rhonda told her there was a special white rocking chair in the corner of the room where Riley could be alone with her thoughts while reading the amazing Spanish book.  Then sat in a rocking chair in the Capers room when they returned to it and began reading it happily.

Not a Good Day

October 8th was not the best day.  In fact it was a great day until 5:30pm.  So it just wasn't a good night.

The girls and I went to look for new pjs for them at the Galleria mall before coming home.  Both Jeremy and I drove to the house at the same time.  Upon walking in, we spent some time in our kitchen where all looked as normal.

After several minutes, Riley told us she was going to go play on the computer.  She walked into the front living room and called out "Dad, your computer is gone!"  We couldn't quite hear her well and so he replied, "What do you mean it's not on?"  Riley called out louder, "No, Dad - it's not here!  It's gone!  Where did you put it?"  At this point, we were completely confused and Jeremy went into the front room where he stared at a completely empty desk.

He was silent and stunned for what seemed like minutes, but was likely seconds.  He then looked around and said, "We've been robbed."  It took us seconds to see what we hadn't seen just before.  Every drawer was slightly open, furniture had been moved to access drawers, the door to upstairs was open.  And of course, the computer and all the cords were missing as well.

We walked into our bedroom to find every drawer open in the bathroom and make-up mirror/desk area as well as drawers in our dressers.  My jewelry drawers were open and had obviously been gone through.  Nothing was touched in the girls rooms and no drawers open.

Several things were stolen - electronics, cash box, Riley's iPad, cords, jewelry from both my Grandma Mo and Grandma Dale.  It was an awful, awful feeling to know that someone had walked our entire home and taken things when we were not there.  Violating and just not right.

Through this experience, we learned a lot of things as the method of entry was easier than it should have been.  Despite our back door to the backyard being all glass, there was no sign of entry due to the fact that we overlooked the door being unlocked.  We always check the doors before we leave and have not only dead bolts, but other precautionary locks as well.  Somehow we missed this one on this day and it cost us.  Though the police officer said that we simply saved ourselves from needing to replace the door as they would have broken the glass to get in as they had made it this far already.

Our home is now safer and more secure.  And we are less naive.  The police officer came out to our home, took notes and talked with us for a bit.  It seems so surreal.

The girls were quite scared the first night and we slept with them - Jules with me and Riley with Jeremy.  They're still nervous at times and I don't blame them.  It's an unsafe feeling.  Thankful that Riley was able to talk with our chaplain at school and what a blessing she was.  (I'll post what was shared in the next post as I emailed it to Jeremy so I'd remember that day)