Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thursday, September 06, 2012
This month has been busy. So much has happened. Stuff that started this month will be continuing for years and years to come. It was big. Lots of official changes.
We went to our first triple A baseball game. It was quite possibly the longest 9-inning baseball game I have ever been to. They did cutesy stuff between each inning and during team switches…it was unreal the amount of time they wasted. Not to mention the power blip that caused a 30 minute delay at the beginning of it. Anyway, despite the length of the evening, it was fun and relatively cheap as sporting events go, since we won the tickets and they actually offered kid sized drinks at a reasonable price.
You started kindergarten this month. The school district promptly started the year by providing little to no information on things they wants me to sign off on as agreed to (just sign off here that you agree to the handbook, but no handbook or even a link to the handbook was provided, go ahead and put money on your child’s lunch account, here’s everything but the last digit of the number you need to do that), and several items of information were just blatantly wrong (the cafeteria lady will be available at these times, but she wasn’t, if your child brings cash they will not put the change on their account, but they did). All of that has been ironed out though and it seems like your teacher, Ms. K, really loves teaching. You are doing well in extended day. We had a rough start on the first day of school, but as time goes by you are getting more into the routine of things and are really beginning to like it.
You are a bit perturbed by the homework assignments, not because you don’t want to do them, but because you don’t think they’re enough. They wanted you to practice counting to 20…you said you’d prefer to practice counting to 100. I told you that was fine and to go ahead, it’s always okay to do more, just not less. You sighed and said “nooooo, I’ll just do what my school tells me to do.” They want us to read at least one book a night and they provided a sheet of paper for us to keep track of the titles, we’re on night 2 and have written down 9 titles. The sheet only has 20 lines, and it’s supposed to last us a month! I guess we’ll be adding some notebook paper to it. One book you didn’t want to include, you said it was too short and it didn’t count. So yes, when I got the information about the gifted and talented program, I quickly filled out the necessary paperwork for them to be allowed to test you.
I hope the rest of this month continues to improve, you really do seem to be enjoying Kindergarten and extended day.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
This month went by pretty quickly. Maybe it’s because you spent so much time with your daddy. Which is a good thing. And I promise to always encourage you to spend the time you can with your daddy. So this month, you went to Destin, Florida with your daddy and his family for a week. You left on Mother’s day weekend and came back the following Saturday night. I got a lot of flak from various people about “letting” you go on Mother’s Day weekend. And I want you to know that I’d do it again.
I’m not going to lie, there was some deprograming to be done in the following weeks, but I wasn’t the only one fighting it – your daddy was too. I believe you are back to normal now, so at least there’s that.
Right after I got sprayed off by the fire truck we went home, I showered and we immediately got back in the car to go to one of your friend’s birthday parties. After which we met Catherine and Jack for dinner.
This month we begin swimming lessons. So I really need you to pay attention and do what your teacher tells you to do. I know you can do it.
Monday, May 07, 2012
This month sped by so fast, I swear I looked up and it was already over.
This year we did considerably fewer Easter egg hunts. Just the one at Aunt Kelly’s and the one at home on Easter morning. I managed to whittle down the plastic egg population in the house from somewhere around 60 to somewhere around 30. And to me – that’s an Easter success! You still aren’t quite up to smashing people on the head with the confetti eggs, you’re afraid you will hurt them…probably won’t be an issue next year.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
This month I took you to the rodeo for the second time. This time we took Rhett with us and we went around and looked at all the animals and the tractors. We saw Zac Brown Band and now every time you hear one of their songs, you announce that you know it is Zac Brown because you remember hearing it at the rodeo. This time the rodeo portion was a lot less shocking to you and you didn’t have to be calmed thinking that the animal were being hurt, but really? The animals totally won the rodeo that night. There were a lot of 0 scores on the board. We had a great time anyway.
You also started your second season of T-ball this month. Opening day was awesome, you had quite the crowd there to watch you. And by all accounts, you won! Aaaaaand…it’s been raining every game day since, so there have been no other games and only one other practice, which you missed for being out of town. But hopefully this week you’ll get to play another game…I mean, sure we needed the rain, but it’s getting a little bit ridiculous.
The garden that we planted last month is taking off really well this year. We already have several tomatoes and Serrano peppers growing…and one lonely cucumber. You really love watering it and looking at it. And hopefully now that the soil in there is looser with the sand I put in maybe the carrots will grow better his year and we can actually eat one.
You’ve now lost your two front teeth. I hope these two come in faster than the bottom ones did, but I fear your doctor was correct in that you got your baby teeth early and your permanent ones are on time, so there’s just going to be a lag.
You decided a couple weeks ago that you would now require an allowance. So I decided a couple weeks ago, I’m not buying you stuff all willy nilly anymore…you have an allowance, you can pay for it. In exchange, you have agreed to transporting laundry to and from the bedroom and the laundry room, putting away silverware, and having your room clean on Saturday. The first day we had a brief discussion over what things cost, and why you’re going to have to save a little while to get some things, and also in the real world you have to work for a week or two before your pay check comes, so even though you did a bunch of stuff that day, you weren’t going to see any money until the following Saturday. I’m not evil though, I’m not taking taxes out of it – that’s a real world lesson you’ll learn at your first job. It surprised you to learn that a new DS game is $20-30, and a new Wii system - $200 (I’m not sure why you think I need one in my room and one in the loft, but that was your idea)…I guess it didn’t really occur to me that you didn’t know what things cost, but I think this will help. And now, when you see a commercial and tell me you “NEED” something, I can say, “well, I guess you need to save your money!”
The only thing I want you to work on this month is smacking…I know you can stop, because when you get reminded about it you stop immediately. And keeping your hands out of your mouth – I think that will temporarily stop anyway, now that you don’t have any loose teeth.