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Schools Out For Summer!

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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kidswithdogsAh, nothing like a little Alice Cooper to start this post.

School's out for summer as of today. And I must say, today has been QUITE the celebratory day.

If you're a consistent reader of my Carpool Mom posts, you may recall that my daughter desired straight A's this year, but as the 4th quarter rolled around, it seemed as if Math would put a nasty glitch in that master plan.

Thus, today, when my daughter came running from the bus-stop yelling, "Mom! You're never going to believe this!" and then pulled an award for Academic Excellence from her backpack, there was MUCH rejoicing!

"They called my name! I didn't know what to do! I was so surprised! I pulled up my grade! President Obama signed this!!!!!!!!!"

Um, what?! Ok, so she didn't reach her goal of straight A's, but final grades revealed she missed it by ONE CLASS (guess which one?). She managed to pull her Math grade UP enough from the depths of "Uh-oh!" to get a "B". The only "B" she received in her final grades.

She did it.

And then, I handed her a puppy.

No, really. I did.

Once again, if you're up to speed, we lost our dear, sweet Scout just over a month ago. 

Today, our home is no longer dog-less, as we welcomed two pups into our family: Sookie (named after Sookie in The Gilmore Girls) and Neville (for Nevilled Longbottom in Harry Potter). I know. I'm crazy, right?

But really, when else is there a BETTER time to train two puppies? During the school year? Are you kidding me? Think again.

This summer will be full of puppy-love and continual math tutoring, along with some small trips, the pool, summer homework (yup) and laziness.

We're ready! Are you?

 


pittsburgh_momJoline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa JoWorkingmother.com, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coachand sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.

 

 

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Schools Out For Summer! (2)

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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kidswithdogsAh, nothing like a little Alice Cooper to start this post.

School's out for summer as of today. And I must say, today has been QUITE the celebratory day.

If you're a consistent reader of my Carpool Mom posts, you may recall that my daughter desired straight A's this year, but as the 4th quarter rolled around, it seemed as if Math would put a nasty glitch in that master plan.

Thus, today, when my daughter came running from the bus-stop yelling, "Mom! You're never going to believe this!" and then pulled an award for Academic Excellence from her backpack, there was MUCH rejoicing!

"They called my name! I didn't know what to do! I was so surprised! I pulled up my grade! President Obama signed this!!!!!!!!!"

Um, what?! Ok, so she didn't reach her goal of straight A's, but final grades revealed she missed it by ONE CLASS (guess which one?). She managed to pull her Math grade UP enough from the depths of "Uh-oh!" to get a "B". The only "B" she received in her final grades.

She did it.

And then, I handed her a puppy.

No, really. I did.

Once again, if you're up to speed, we lost our dear, sweet Scout just over a month ago. 

Today, our home is no longer dog-less, as we welcomed two pups into our family: Sookie (named after Sookie in The Gilmore Girls) and Neville (for Nevilled Longbottom in Harry Potter). I know. I'm crazy, right?

But really, when else is there a BETTER time to train two puppies? During the school year? Are you kidding me? Think again.

This summer will be full of puppy-love and continual math tutoring, along with some small trips, the pool, summer homework (yup) and laziness.

We're ready! Are you?

 


pittsburgh_momJoline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa JoWorkingmother.com, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.

 

 

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When Mom Gets Sick (And Dad is out of the country)

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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images_20Timing is everything.

And puke just doesn't understand the importance of good timing. It's a party-crasher. Marches to its own beat. Interrupts.

Puke is rude.

This time, however, it didn't attack a kid. It kicked Mom to the curb.

Now, perhaps it DID start with my son being sick on Mother's Day, for less than one week later, just as my husband was waking to catch an early flight to Haiti for a week-long mission trip, the flu hit me like a hammer to the stomach. He didn't kiss me good-bye.

Thank God for electronic communication, for it was via FB and texting that I was able to pawn out my children for my entire 24 hour boxing match with Hell.

What would I have done without the aid of friends?

Those brave friends who hosted my children, risking the possible infection of their own?

I seriously have no idea.

I learned a few things over that 24 hours.

When Mom gets sick, the kids figure out how to make breakfast - out of several boxes of Ritz crackers.

When Mom gets sick, the kids don't make me ask twice for them to clean their rooms - the Medusa-hair and stare is enough to get them moving.

When Mom gets sick, the kids put themselves to bed - via falling asleep on the couch watching Disney.

When Mom gets sick, the kids make an incredible mess downstairs. And then, when mom feels better, it only takes the "look" to inspire them to clean up that very same mess they made while she was upstairs dying.

When Mom gets sick, the kids pray for me.

When Mom gets sick, she forgets to write her post for Pittsburgh Mom and then quickly puts together a story about puke.

I hope you enjoyed it.

And yes, I'm feeling much better now. 

But, in all seriousness, what DOES Mom do when she's down with something as vicious as the flu? How have you coped with illness in the past? Friends? Family? Who covers when Mom is off the grid?

 


pittsburgh_momJoline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa JoWorkingmother.com, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coachand sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.

 

 

 

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When Mom Gets Sick (And Dad is out of the country) (2)

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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images_20Timing is everything.

And puke just doesn't understand the importance of good timing. It's a party-crasher. Marches to its own beat. Interrupts.

Puke is rude.

This time, however, it didn't attack a kid. It kicked Mom to the curb.

Now, perhaps it DID start with my son being sick on Mother's Day, for less than one week later, just as my husband was waking to catch an early flight to Haiti for a week-long mission trip, the flu hit me like a hammer to the stomach. He didn't kiss me good-bye.

Thank God for electronic communication, for it was via FB and texting that I was able to pawn out my children for my entire 24 hour boxing match with Hell.

What would I have done without the aid of friends?

Those brave friends who hosted my children, risking the possible infection of their own?

I seriously have no idea.

I learned a few things over that 24 hours.

When Mom gets sick, the kids figure out how to make breakfast - out of several boxes of Ritz crackers.

When Mom gets sick, the kids don't make me ask twice for them to clean their rooms - the Medusa-hair and stare is enough to get them moving.

When Mom gets sick, the kids put themselves to bed - via falling asleep on the couch watching Disney.

When Mom gets sick, the kids make an incredible mess downstairs. And then, when mom feels better, it only takes the "look" to inspire them to clean up that very same mess they made while she was upstairs dying.

When Mom gets sick, the kids pray for me.

When Mom gets sick, she forgets to write her post for Pittsburgh Mom and then quickly puts together a story about puke.

I hope you enjoyed it.

And yes, I'm feeling much better now. 

But, in all seriousness, what DOES Mom do when she's down with something as vicious as the flu? How have you coped with illness in the past? Friends? Family? Who covers when Mom is off the grid?

 


pittsburgh_momJoline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa JoWorkingmother.com, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.

 

 

 

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Losing a Pet: Saying Good-bye To Our Dog

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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loss of dogIt happened.

Actually, we're two weeks past it, but the pain still numbs us.

We had to put our 4 year old sweet dog to sleep a few weeks ago. And while I wrote about it furiously on my personal blog (it's a three-parter), I just couldn't share it here.

Until now.

I have NEVER witnessed such grief out of my children. Ever. The weeping cut my heart in pieces. I felt their groans in my bones. The hurt and despair when we learned the awful truth, that cancer had taken up residence in Scout's abdomen and had continued to spread . . . to every organ . . . was so immediate, and thick ,and raw, that I seriously wondered if they/we would recover.

But, of course we all would. 

At that moment, however? And during the last hours we spent with Scout before the procedure? I wasn't sure. This was new. For all of us.

A little dramatic?

Not this time. 

I am now part of a special club. And if you are part of that special club, you too know the pain of which I speak.

Only during that worst day, the pain was unspeakable - for truly it was hard to speak. And yet:

George and I had serious parenting chops that day.

The teamwork.

How we communicated to the children.

The ability to comfort them while we were falling apart.

We showed them how to make mature, and yet hard choices on Scout's behalf (that being to euthanize rather than have her live in pain or possibly die at home - risking her hiding and being alone in the end). We encouraged them to harness a courage they didn't know existed in order to sit next to her while it took place. We literally surrounded our dear pet as she passed. The end was sad. But the end was also perfect.

There is no parenting textbook for stuff like this.

Still, I give us a "A+". And so did the kids. And that felt good.

Because losing Scout felt, and still feels, so very bad.

 


pittsburgh_momJoline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa JoWorkingmother.com, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coachand sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.

 

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