Thursday, April 2, 2009

Weekend Without Mom, Apr.4-5

Since I'm going to the Startup Weekend in SF, the kids will be without the mother. It lasts from Friday night to Sunday night. The longest my husband has been with the alone kids - five hours. I tried to plan a simple kind of a weekend for him to minimize stress (and with everything written out).

08:00-08:30 get up, get kids dressed
08:30-09:30 eat breakfast (pancakes & sour cream & jam), if extra time watch Russian Jungle Book
09:30-10:00 drive to Palo Alto Junior Museum
10:00-12:00 Explore Palo Alto Junior Museum
12:00-12:30 drive home
12:30-13:30 set table, eat lunch (turkey pot pie)
13:30-14:00 play outside in the garden with the ball ("soccer")
14:00-17:30 sleep, eat a snack (lean pockets in ziplock bag in freezer), play; if kids wake up before 16:30, go to Oakmont Produce to buy organic strawberries for dinner
17:30-18:00 drive to L.'s drawing class
18:00-19:00 class, walk with A. outside in the park
19:00-20:30 make pelmeni, set table, eat dinner, put kids in bed

SUNDAY, April 5
08:00-08:20 get up, get kids dressed
08:20-08:45 eat breakfast (waffles with yogurt)
08:45-09:00 prepare food to go
09:00-10:00 drive to Oakland Zoo
10:00-13:00 see the zoo, eat lunch
13:00-14:00 drive home
14:00-16:00 nap
16:00-18:15 snack (salami & cheese & cream cheese & bread); Ortega Park
18:00-18:30 drive home
18:30-19:00 dinner (stuffed cabbage)
19:00-20:30 play, go to sleep
23:00 hopefully, mom comes home & collapses

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No classes

Yesterday I cried for the first time in many months out of sheer despair over the behavior of my child. We went to the 3rd soccer class with L. and he refused to go out on the field. I tried probably 15 different approaches, short of bribes and threats, and nothing. The two coaches tried to talk him into joining the game - and nothing. Today, he refused to go to his music class too. I feel quite helpless, for I don't know what to do. The only approach that I think can work at this time is bribery and I'm just not sure I want to do that. On the other hand, those classes are for his enrichment and development (music for memory and soccer for gross motor)...

I guess I'll have to wait for next week and see what happens then.