Friday, June 24, 2011

Contraband Computer

Yeah, so you can disregard my post from yesterday. Remember how I said Riley had agreed to leave his computer (lifeline) home? Yeah well...

He didn't. He came in this morning and said he put it in his bag to see if it was heavy, and it wasn't. I explained again that he could use mine, or Kevin's or the iPad. Apparently he forgot to take it (and the power cord) out of the backpack. We discovered he had it when security busted him for not taking it out of his backpack.

Never underestimate the love of a boy and his computer.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


Riley really likes his routine. He likes to know what is coming up, and when, and for how long. As long as he is aware of things (appointments especially), he does just fine. It is sometime hard to spring a surprise dinner out on him, but he will go along with it.

Riley LOVES to travel. He has no problems with the lack of schedule-or lack of his regular schedule. We keep him informed as to what the plan is for the next day, and he's good to go. He's got his favorite books packed, and is happy as can be. Well, except for his computer (his lifeline). We are not letting him take it on our current trip (Washington DC and New York City). It will just make his backpack too heavy and since everyone has to man their own baggage, we said no to the beloved computer. Kevin has his and I will have mine, so he should be covered just fine. He's pretty excited about this trip! We all are!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011



You can already see the change in Riley. He is a lot more relaxed now that school is over. When asked what his favorite part of 7th grade was, he can't think of anything. He didn't really like any of it. I so hope 8th grade is better.

Today was our first official day of summer. Riley had an appointment at Stanford this morning, with the endocrinologist. He is going to be part of a growth study. He will take a pill, each day. This pill will stop the production of estrogen, which will keep his growth plate open. He will then produce more testosterone, which should speed up the "masculinity" process. The study involves a blood test every 6 months, which is not a big deal. The side effects are very minimal, if any. We really have to do something. His size is a problem for the other students. We really just have to try something to see if we can get him to grow some. Isn't that sad? That he can't just develop naturally? That we have to try and kick-start it because of the creeps in the world. I really wish parents would take more responsibility in raising their kids and teaching them that teasing and tormenting others is not acceptable. Jerks.

*Oh by the way the dogs in the picture belong to my friend from school. We are dog sitting for them while they are on vacation.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Reno Fun Weekend

Riley and I got home from our weekend trip today, by 3:00 pm. I promptly fell asleep on the couch. Riley seemed to have a hard time transitioning back into life with his brother. He was very mean to him, and they bickered off and on for quite some time. By dinner all was back to normal and the arguing stopped.
Riley won this big ball. You know those claw machines? The ones where you have to move the claw and try to pick up your prize? Circus Circus had a giant one, and Riley got this ball, for $2 and on the first try! He was pretty pleased.
Riley actually won a LOT of prizes at the Circus Circus games. He even won a stuffed guitar for Quinn.

Riley really had a good time this weekend. He was smiling and laughing, and being social. He enjoyed playing with his cousins, and liked the beach balls being thrown around at the graduation ceremony. It was good for him to get away for awhile. Only two more days of school. He is looking forward to the long summer break (me too!). We just hope things will be better next school year.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy Riley

It is official, Riley is finished with all of his school projects! He is now an 8th grader!

We are heading to Reno for my cousin's graduation, just Riley and I and my parents.

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Friday, June 3, 2011


Riley is hitting the bottle...

the rootbeer bottle! Perhaps it's a tiny celebration about turning in ALL of his text books today! There are only 7 days left of school. I think he's pretty excited. I know he needs a break. He has an outline/presentation to complete for Tuesday, and an extra credit report to do also for Tuesday. After that, it should be smooth sailing.

Riley has made up his three assignments in PE-every time a student is absent, they have to do a make-up assignment. Dumb. He has completed two make-up mile runs, and only has one more to do. Yesterday, he stayed after school to do a mile run. His teacher had him do just one lap, and doubled his time. I thought it was a very nice gesture. The day before, in class, Riley complained about having a hard time breathing during the second lap. The teacher emailed me and asked if he could have asthma, and stated that he would have him run only one lap and double the time. I don't think he has asthma , but I guess he could. He has had a cough for months, and maybe that's related? I don't have any experience with asthma, unless Quinn is sick-that's when he has asthma issues, and we dig out the nebulizer. Riley has a physical scheduled for next month, so I will ask his doctor what she thinks.

I am looking for ways to help Riley over the summer. He needs help in understanding/reacting to the things the kids say to him. Normal 13 year old stuff, and no it's not always nice, but it's not really bullying, just punks being punks, saying stupid stuff to make themselves feel better by making others feel bad. Riley doesn't get it. At. All. It's just not what he does to others. I don't know whether to seek social skills help for him or not. Suggestions?