GREAT JUICE IN THE CITY DEAL!! June 28, 2011Posted by lisawifemom in Random Thoughts and Observations.
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Today’s Juice in the City deal is of course near and dear to my heart, since I happen to know the people. And, it really is a good deal, and who doesn’t need to get their eyes checked sometime before the end of the year, especially for 50% off?? You can now gets those swanky eye glasses that you’ve been eye-balling, for half the price as well!
So get going, visit Juice in the City, and get your deal for it expires at midnight. Happy shopping!
Tags: Only child, Sibling, Twin
I’ve been struck lately by how very bonded my kids are, and how much they do rely on each other for companionship. They of course fight like cats and dogs sometimes, but in the end they still have each other. I’m so very happy about that, for them.
I sometimes try to imagine them not having each other, being an only child, and it makes me sad. Just simple things, like sleeping in a room alone, riding in the backseat alone, playing alone, watching a movie alone, and so many other things. Sometimes they may choose to be alone, but they don’t have to, and usually don’t want it either. I know that an only child doesn’t know the difference and that this is just me, knowing the difference, but I do know, and I am glad.
My sister and I are two years apart and I can’t imagine not having a sibling in my life!
No one knows you better, cradle to grave.
In this regard, how do you feel about being an only child? Or about having siblings?
GETTING TWINS INTO THE SAME SCHOOL June 6, 2011Posted by lisawifemom in It's All About the Twins.
Tags: Charter school, Education, School district, twins
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First of all, we’re talking about kindergarten here, so the simple fact that I have to worry about “getting them into school” at all seems unreal. And for many reading this from other areas of the country, it is unreal. However, here in Los Angeles, just because you live in a nice area does not necessarily mean your school district is a good one, LA Unified for example. Frankly, the grammar school at the end of our street is not horrible, and some have had good experiences with it, however, some I know have not and from what I’ve seen, it’s not my first choice for my twins, actually it’s not even my third choice.
Of course, private is not option for us, and that’s a whole other blog post, I’m not a big private school fan anyway, and I attended private for a couple of years.
So, what does a family do these days when they are not in a great district and can’t afford private? What did our parents do, by the way? I don’t remember there being any other options, the school in your neighborhood or private, period, end of subject. Well, now we have options, there are charter schools, magnet schools, and charter/magnets (REALLY complicated!). I’m not going to make this an education on the different types of schools, so I’ve included the links for those that are interested. My thoughts right now are on how going thru this process with twins causes unique problems.
I had filled out applications for 3 different schools, with the hopes that maybe we’d get into one. However, they BOTH have to get into the same one, at the same time! If you have a 1st and a 3rd grader, it makes sense the younger one follows the older, only need one spot, sibling preferences, etc. However, with twins, it’s a bit more stressful.
So two of the three were a “no way” situation, we were so far down the list it was never going to happen. For the third one (our first choice) I attended the lottery. It’s all very official, and follows strict district guidelines, etc. There were 550+ numbers being drawn for 40 spaces in two kindergarten classes! I was jumping up and down (quietly on the inside) when my son was drawn as number 15 – whoo hoo! My daughter was number 56, not so exciting but a heck of a lot better than 550. This charter school honors sibling preference (one reason we liked them), so I assumed he got in, she’d immediately follow. Wrong! Due to staff kids, siblings of kids already attending the school and, I don’t know, the alignment of the stars, both my kids ended up waited listed! Ugh!
Now, the good news is, they both did eventually get in and will start kindergarten in September at Wish Charter. Yea!! However, it was after the school got approval to open up a third kinder class, plus some of the families ahead of us did not take their space. Imagine those poor families in the 300+ wait spots, how frustrating for them. imagine if my son would have gotten in and they did not honor sibling preference or there were too many other siblings ahead of us. Would I be shuttling one child to one school and another to a school I felt was inferior, hoping they’d be together next year?
What has your experience been? Are you in an area where you kids just went to the local school and it was great?