Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Back to School

Last night Brian and I went back to school. It wasn't as fun as I thought it would be. In fact, it was hard!!!
Lynden Christian offered parents a chance to go to school and take 3 classes. We decided to take classes that Tyler is currently in or will be in this year. First class was Spanish with Senora Hagadorn. I took Russian and German in high school, of which I remember nothing but a few words of each, so Spanish was completely new to me. It started off great! Mrs. H. is very enthusiastic and really engages the students. Part way into the class, however, she started speaking ONLY in Spanish!!! Here is where the trouble started!! An assignment was forthcoming, but we were able to have a partner. I of course chose (begged) someone (thank you Connie!) who knew Spanish, thinking that would be helpful. It wasn't! Poor Connie! I'm sure she would rather have been with her husband who knew Spanish, but no... I latched onto her like white on rice! Now, we were warned that if she caught us speaking in English we would get the "red mark of shame" on our paper, unlike our kids, who get it on their hand! Only one person got that mark last night and yes, it was me! Totally humiliated and trying to slink out of class, I was accosted by a reporter from the Bellingham Herald, who wanted to publish this bit of information! Thankfully, I only get the Sunday edition, and hopefully the story got lost on the back of the want ads!!!! I must say that Tyler was quite exuberant over my red slash!

Next class was Math and we got to use calculators!!!! Unfortunately I needed to take a class on how to use that as well! I felt overwhelmed and pretty stupid going back to school and I am so thankful that I do not have to go! I have a little bit of pity for Tyler, but he's smart, so not much!!

The last class was with his English teacher, Mrs. Kronjte...his FAVORITE teacher!!!! She talked about the kids strengths and how she uses them in her classroom and her school. The kids took a test their freshman year that identified their top 5 strengths and explained what they meant for them. It was really very interesting and we spent a lot of time talking with Mrs. K. She is a kick in the pants and it's easy to see why she and Tyler get along so well! He doesn't have her until next semester, but he can't wait!!!

Lynden Christian has decided to have a Homecoming this year! We've had our kids in school there for 15 years, and there has never been a Homecoming, so it's rather exciting. King and Queen, etc. will be chosen based on participation in Spirit Week, of which Tyler wanted nothing to do with...until Max showed up in PJ's on pajama day. Then I got the phone call: "Mom, I need you to bring me my pajama pants right away! It's pajama day and Max wants me to wear them!" Anything for Max!
Tyler, who had no interest hours before, now needed to go to Value Village with his friends to get clothes for Neon Day. He did quite well, I must admit!

Now to find outfits for Twin Day and Super Hero Day ! He's got Blue and White Day covered!!!
This is the kind of stuff I love...forget the academics...I'm too old to learn new tricks, I mean languages! Oh and what is the quadratic equation used for anyway?
Off to the "girl" doctor and the eye doctor. Yes, I need bifocals! What a week and it's only Tuesday!!!


  1. Oh how fun! I miss not having any children in school anymore. I always got such a kick out of all the non-academic stuff. Sports, dances, float building ect. I took Latin in high school. Do not remember on bit of it. Have fun!

  2. I can nOt believe that Max and Tyler are participating. Obviously it was their idea and not ours!
    Missed the night at school-at the loooong football game, sounds like it was fun.
    The girl doc and the eye doc in one day-I won't even go there. Hope you can drive yourself home.
    I ordered new glasses yesterday, can't wait to see!

  3. Fun stuff! I concur - these are the events that make high school memories! (That and red marks!!!) Tell Tyler I love the neon look he should embrace it after spirit week is gone! That boy would look handsome in a mummy costume!!

  4. Wow I never thought of that. Yes LC never had homecoming. Looks like fun. I love it when the boys participate. PS Bill was homecoming KING at Lynden 1984.:)

  5. You are right. It is a lot more fun eating those foods with the grand kids. Skyler and I even went out the bought some donuts. I picked out one I have not ate in years. A cream filled long john. Had it with coffee. Those 5 pounds I lost last month are probably creeping right back on. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you catch the Wizard of Oz on the TV.