Report Cards

Well, over the Christmas break, the Semester 1 report cards came in the mail.

Matthew: 2 A, 2 B, 1 C, and a Pass

Isaiah, All A

This is Isaiah’s freshman year in high school, and he has definite plans on what he wants to do when graduates. He is very goal focused, and wants the high grades for a better shot at secondary education after he graduates.

Matthew is a Junior this year, and is working to catch up on what he missed last year, as he did a lot of slacking while in the online school.  We are really proud of how he is doing. He is also a member of the Marching Band, so that takes up a lot of this time as well.

We’re halfway through the school year, and things are still going great.  Hopefully it stays that way for the rest of the year!

​David

Have I Failed My Kids This School Year?

This year, both boys have been enrolled in AZ Virtual Academy, an online-based Charter School.

In hindsight, this was probably not a good idea.  With me working nights, I was not available to work with them during their school days. And on my days off, I couldn’t keep my eyes open enough to be of much support, either.

Part of my responsibility this year was to make sure that they stayed on task, and on target throughout the year.  My Grade…D-

Now they are rushing to catch up with what should have been done earlier, and I need to shoulder most of the blame for them not being done.  To the kids, school is something that needs to be done before they can go off and do other things. With dad only at 40%, it was easy to do the minimum and then let it slide.

Well, they have 48hrs to finish everything up. Where did the year go? Why didn’t I do more? I know I should have, and could have.

So, did I fail my kids this year?  Yeah, I’m pretty sure I did.

And I’m not proud of that fact.

Timeline – December 8, 1941, 12:29

The President, still on his son’s arm, enters the Chamber of the House, is introduced briefly by Speaker Sam Rayburn, and receives a thunderous ovation. For the past nine years, Republicans have shown little enthusiasm toward the President when he has addressed a Joint Session of Congress. This time, the Republicans join in, signifying the nation’s sudden unity.

Solemnly, he begins his speech: 

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

Timeline – December 8, 1941, 12:20

A heavily guarded black limousine pulls up to the south entrance of the U.S. Capitol.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt gets out of the car and enters the Capitol, assisted by his son Captain James Roosevelt, who wears the uniform of the U.S. Marines.

The chamber of the House of Representatives is jammed with members of both houses of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, official guests, and onlookers in the galleries.