Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas is starting to take shape

I found a tree finally!! I got a nice one at Hobby Lobby - love that store...
 Fluff girls, FLUFF!!!
 almost there!!!
TA DA - full height up and ready.... 
 Lights and no stars...
 Angela she SO wanted to put on the star....
 PRETTY with the LARGE red balls from Italy that I picked up on our last trip
 Not sure why this one looks so yellow, but it's a pretty tree!
Liz looking through the "delicate" box of ornaments.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Childhood woe's

OK, I said this would be my journal of such. I won't go into detail,
but this week is a sad week for me. This week we have found that Angela
is not handling life and stresses well. There have been times we've
laughed about her antics and pulled our hair out. Case in point the
fear to the point of phobia over spiders and bugs of all sorts last
summer and the summer prior had us wondering if we really needed to seek
outside help to get her past it. It was BAD. Really bad. Grandma even
had her house sprayed in anticipation of Angela coming to see her last
summer. It's gotten better, however there are still out bursts of
emotions. We write those off as hormones and being 13. Which, I'm sure
most of this is, however there is a definite lack of coping
mechanisms.... so it's time. We're going to see if outside intervention
will help in this matter and help her get some coping mechanisms for
stress and life in general. Help her know that the parents are NOT nuts
when we say that a lot of her stresses with school are self-inflicted
and procrastination is the major cause in all this. Maybe if she hears
it from someone outside of the parents it will sink in? Hard to know.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Scholarship Inteviews for Georgia Southern

Some brainiac decided to do the scholarship interviews the weekend of the big rivalry game.  sigh.  This means less hotels available, less choice and let me tell you, the choice we made was HORRIBLE.  La Qunita in Statesboro is horrible!  Oh, well, it was a room to sleep in. 
 
Lizzie getting ready for the evenings banquet where she was seated with someone from the interview panel (just not HER panel, it would appear the next day
 
 All ready to head on out to the banquet
 We had a nice "mingling" session prior to the event and Elizabeth was strong armed by her mom to get a picture with the president of the school :)  This should be in our local paper in the future, just not sure when.  They will also send a copy of it to our house, so I'll share it when it comes in.

We had a nice dinner and and evening of listening to speakers regarding the school and everyones LOVE of it.  It's a nice place and they really are courting these young people.  Some schools just send money, these folks have individuals who are peer mentors - they were calling Liz to tell her when and what paperwork to submit for scholarships, etc..  There is a good side to the small schools of Georgia. Then again, with her SAT scores, she was one of 160 other kids invited at this level.

Dinner was: salad wedge, then prime rib with steamed vegetables and a nice chocolate covered red velvet mini-bunt cake for dessert.  I did have to chuckle, drinks were automatically sweet tea.  Yes, you know you're in the south when your drink is automatic and automatically sweet tea :)

So, back to the hotel, sleep for a few hours, then back again to the event at 7:45 to make her 8:30 interview time.
We were able to wander around and gather information on the different majors in the school.  So, now we wait... they said she would hear something before Christmas.  She was a little bummed as she only had ONE interview and one of her classmates from her school (only three of them that she knew of/saw while there) had three interviews.  I don't know how that works, nor what that means for her, however, we just have to wait and see what happens. 

In the meantime, she has received two scholarships from SUU - one is a 10,500/year renewable academic scholarship and the 2nd came in the day we went to Statesboro - it was the alumni scholarship giving her instate tuition rates - also renewable for all four years.

I'm sure the debates will rage for a while :)