Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
(I started this yesterday and wanted to finish it but I fell asleep at 9:00. 9:00! This time change has been tiring.)
He is so stinking adorable that he has to be a little rotten for it all to balance out.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
She is doing so well in Kindergarten! Her teacher pulled me aside one day while I was there volunteering and told me about how all the kids don't really believe that is 6 because she is so small. Then she shared how one day while at reading group the teacher was introducing color words to the kids and Lucy was the only one who knew them. She said the kids' eyes got huge and they looked shocked. Thank you Miss Joanne!
So far I have only heard good reports except that she sometimes has trouble with transitions: lining up on the playground and leaving play center. She is doing better though. We have conferences next week so I'm sure we will get a better picture of how she is doing.
He is doing really well in preschool. This year he is at a new preschool and they do a lot more writing. Its been fun to see him spelling and writing his numbers. He still asks so so many questions. He is curious about how the world works. He also loves to say, "that's odd."
He loves living here on campus and loves the students.
We started potty training Ian when he was almost 2 1/2. He has learned the quickest and is dry most mornings, but has had more accidents than Simon and Lucy combined. This event from potty training describes his personality in a nutshell.
So for Simon I had a couple pairs of plain white undies that he would have to wear if he had an accident. It worked like a charm. When Ian kept having accidents I remembered the underwear trick and pulled them back out. I explained to him the process and for the next couple of days what underwear did his choose to wear to start of the day.... the white ones.
He has had to stay on the motivators (gummy worms) much longer than the other two. He knows exactly what he is doing.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
He is such a good doctor. He listens and I feel like we work together to do what's best for Lucy. I know that it's a busy office but I always feel like he gives us the time we need.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
As I've cracked its pages I find my brain waking up and stretching itself around the beautiful language and craft.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Then I looked at the calendar.
In one week.....one week... Lucy starts Kindergarten. I've been so excited for her. She's been in preschool for 3 years and I know she's ready. She is just such an important part of my day and now she'll be gone from this great thing we've got going. I haven't cried about her going until this moment. Our routines will feel off without her.
I'm trusting Mrs. Thrift to create a new rhythm for her. One where she will grow and flourish more than she would here. Books and art and music and play dough and a group of kids, all different, growing and learning together. It's hard to be sad for too long. I'm so hopeful about what this year holds for her. I hold on to that when I feel sad for us left behind.
We will create a new rhythm. One that includes quiet afternoons with just Ian and I.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thankfully July brought some answers. A job came open at MVNU. Kevin applied, interviewed and the job was offered. So instead of moving to Oklahoma or Florida we got to move down the road. We thought about putting our house up for sell but it didn't look good. We found some great renters and have moved on campus to Oakwood Hall. This also has give me the opportunity to resign from teaching and stay at home for these last few years. In some ways the decision was easy and in other ways it was a sacrifice. I truly love teaching and love the job I had.
We've had the normal July celebrations... fireworks, picnics, playing at the park, and trips to the zoo.
Now that we are moved and settled I hope to return to keeping up with the blog.
Today the first group of students are moving back on campus. Soccer players. We've answered questions, handed out bed pegs, and welcomed fresh faces. I'm so excited for each of them.
More to come...
June brought more waiting on the job front... we'll let you know in about 2 weeks turned into 8 weeks.
Lucy graduated from preschool for the 3rd time. Simon has his first preschool graduation. We also learned that Miss Laura will not be returning to their classroom. We have been very blessed to have her has Lucy and Simon's teacher.
We also celebrated Lucy's 6th birthday. Where has time gone. She's 6 can you believe it?
April brought the IEP season and Kindergarten registration. Thankfully we made it though successfully. With only a few rookie mistakes. Lucy will be attending Kindergarten at Twin Oak... her home school. She will be there all day. In our district there is half day K. So for the morning she will have full inclusion and then will receive therapies and some special instruction in the afternoon. We feel so lucky to have her at Twin Oak.
Here are some pics from K registration: She was very impressive!
Such a big school for our little peanut!
Showing off to her OTs and teacher.
Monday, March 21, 2011
So much has been going on it's impossible to capture it here. Today I'm just thankful that I have a reason to celebrate and I'm extra thankful for those that celebrate with us.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Lunch at McDonalds with the Parrys.
Friday, January 28, 2011
I don't know why she is getting sick so often. The meds she takes for her JRA are immune suppressants and they haven't made that much of a difference before but I'm beginning to wonder if for some reason they are causing her immune system to be extra weak. We are almost to a point where we can stop the meds but she's not quite ready. I wish we could just stop.
I'm feeling more worried for her and really wondering why she is getting sick so often.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Once we got in the back she changed and then headed to the toy room to pick out a toy. She chose a Snow White puzzle. She didn't want to sit on the bed so we turned on Disney to help. She was really curious about how the sound come out of the hand held speaker.
After doing the puzzle a couple times they came back to get things rolling. Everything went smoothly. When she woke up she was a little weak but returned to normal within an hour or two. We never got a direct answer about when we would hear the results so Kevin called Children's on Monday and a someone let him know exactly what we wanted to hear. Everything was normal. Big sigh of relief! So it looks like that's just the way her eyes are.
We were so proud of her though everything. She was such a good patient and a very cute one!