- relapsing into difficult-ness. I think this has to do with a) the change in schedules b)just growing up and changing phases. The potty picture above is a way a distract her from a tantrum: “Hey Faith! Want to try to go on the potty.” She is NOT potty training.
- saying “Paith duy-it” about everything—putting on clothes, buckling her car seat, getting out of the grocery cart…you name it, Faith thinks she can do. This makes life with Faith even sloooower.
- yelling, daily, from her high chair “Love you, Jane! Love you, Emma!” as they leave for school. She really really misses them when they’re gone. She also says “Seffy at keenergarnen” and it’s the cutest thing ever.
- loving kindergarten, because basically the kid loves everything.
- invited to playdates ALL THE TIME. I would never see him, if I didn’t turn some down once in a while
- kind of whiny and weepy lately and I’m thinking the time away from Mom is kind of sub-consciously wearing on him and so we’ve brought back 9 am learning time…just to have some one-on-one time
- dealing with recurring bladder infections. We’ve been on 5 kinds of antibiotics, had 1 ultrasound, 1 X-ray, 6 doctor visits. We’ve found she has Vesicoureteral Reflux. It’s very minor so we’re trying to treat with a low-grade, continuous antibiotic, rather than surgery. Anyway…it’s been a lot of money and time. And tummy-aches. And fevers. Poor thing.
- a super-star student.
- trying out soccer for the first time. She is on a team with lots of friends, and while still very much a rookie, certainly knows how to hussle.
- always making us laugh, because of how much she makes herself laugh! She also has the funniest imagination and the stories and songs and explanations she comes up, especially when she’s feeling silly, are a complete joy.
- wanting to be involved in everything. I LOVE that about him. He’s doing Webelos, Swim Team, piano, library assistant and will start Math Team soon. We had to gently advise him that maybe 7 am Strings at the middle school might be too much.
- recovering from an apple slicer accident. (I’ve cut my fingers a bunch of time of it…it’s really sharp!) He sliced his thumb bad while preparing his lunch and we ended up in the ER, with 5 stitches.
- meeting his goal of being on time to school. He had a HARD time with this last year and I’m pretty impressed with him track record so far.
- really enjoying middle school. The transition has been smooth. She’s at the middle school football game and will leave from that to attend the Orchestra Party and won’t be home till midnight. It made me feel all funny inside when she called today and said “Hey Mom, can I stay after school and go to the game with my friends and I’ll see you after the party.” (Kind of too-big kid behavior, huh?)
- so tenacious. She was placed in the (for lack of a better word) average class-block this year, which was surprising. She was really dissappointed. After calling and finding out that her test scores were high enough, but they were out of room in the class, she didn’t let up. She made appointments with the counselor and I made phone calls and after a few weeks, someone moved and they let her in.
- amazing with her hands. Yesterday we watched a french braiding demo ONCE on YouTube. (I don’t know how to do it.) Emma said, “Hey, can I try to do Jane’s hair while we read scriptures?” I looked up a few minutes later and she had done it. First try, one viewing! I was amazed.
Ryan and Jessica are
- busy. Really really really really really really really really really really busy.
- still going on dates. We got free last minute tickets (yay for kids old enough to babysit themselves!) to Cirque de Soleil. It was so fun.
- going to Red Robin, but not together. I went with a bunch of friends following the Women’s Broadcast last week. I walked into the restaurant and saw this sight: Ryan decided to take the kids to Red Robin, too. I was a teensy bit tempted to stay with them until I talked to them and 437 hands touched me and then I happily skipped back to my girls table and waved a few times.
- taking kids who finished the Summer Workbooks to the movies. Obviously Summer Workbooks weren’t popular with the older crowd.
- done reading this post.