Tuesday, September 19, 2017

November bember...(yes, still in 2016)

November started off with a BANG!  And by that, I mean with sick kiddos...

as daddy says, "sad panda"

November was odd.  I still had some tomatoes coming in...weird!

A turning point was saying good-bye to the crib, and converting it for Jeffrey.  He was more than ready...Mommy wasn't...I cried before and after, although only Christopher saw it...everyone says, "time to have another" as that somehow soothes the pain of letting the ones you have go...



The days go by....I can hear 'em flying like a hand out the window as the cars goes by...

Mystro guarding Jeffrey patiently....for years my Maine Coons have stayed closely by when the littlest ones were taking a bath...

Christmas cookie making started...I am so happy to have helpers now!

Yes, I bought him.  I caved.  I love Rudolph!!!

We had an exceptionally warm early November as I recall, and Mystro was out enjoying it....

Finished cookies!

Nathan had to hide a turkey...this took him quite some time!  I don't know if the teacher was impressed or not, but I was...

I went on a work trip to Florida...ridiculous timing, the day before the election we flew out...oh how we all were dreading being a company wide session the day after the election, listening to the back and forth of it all.  I thought I was sick of hearing about it back that...ha!  You can imagine my feelings now...

Evan really starting to love school in the pic below...just like Nathan, things started off difficult.  Chris and I just wonder if our boys tend to not be good test-takers.  Evan was immediately "flagged" as needing help with reading/letters/phonics, and was being pulled out almost everyday for tutoring.  Well, this "tutor" would send home the most ridiculous homework in the world...Evan was so bored, and so were we.

I ended up talking to the teacher about it at conferences and sharing my frustrations, and to my surprise, she agreed!  She said she thought that the whole program was ridiculous, especially for kids like Evan, but that she had no power.  Ahhh, this seems to be a recurring theme with teachers...they want what is best for each child, but don't have the power to enforce it.  WTF.  I requested that the homework stop, which it did (and if it didn't we were no longer going to do it), but they (school officials) refused to pull Evan out of the program until he met his year-end kindergarten goals.  I was like, "why don't they pull him out when he is clearly caught up?  None of the other kindergartens have met their year-end goals yet?"  They had no answer for this (which still amazes me to this day), but told me it was their "policy".

Well, the joke was on them, because a week or two later, Evan passed his entire kindergarten grade level...and so they had to pull him out.

I learned a lot from both Nathan and Evan from these experiences.  First, your wiggly kid that doesn't care about school or seem to pay attention?  Well, he can excel as soon as he decides to...Second, the best teachers tell you what they think, and then are honest that they can't always do what they want.  I think Evan's teacher last year was the BEST elementary teacher I have worked with so far.  Everytime I see her I remind her to please try to get Jeffrey in her class!  Third, the people making these "policies" obviously aren't the boots on the ground, and just another reminder about how bureaucracy isn't good...

I took the boys to a carwash...Jeffrey's face was precious....

For the first time in years, Auntie Karen wasn't working, so she came over and made cookies.  Cocktails and Cookies!






Nathan made deviled eggs for dinner...

My godson....



Christmas presents completed early....a Blaze pillow case!

While Daddy was gone one weekend, I enrolled the boys in an art class.  They said they would love to do something similar again, but unfortunately I haven't seen any additional opportunities at our school.  Nathan also took a Minecraft class...


the tree went up, of course....

My kids at my small group class at church...

We made turkeys out of pinecones!  there was new leadership last year and the curriculum started to suck, so we had to improvise.  Hopefully things improve this year; I, however, took the year off.

Swimming lessons....


Pikachu Christmas pillowcase for Nathan...done!


Mommy made her own decorative pillow case

Tree fully decorated!

50th day of school celebration for Evan...back to the 50's!

Took Jeffrey into doctor...again...thought this was hilarious:

Hail again?

and finally, SNOW!

And Ken teaching Jeffrey how to HOLD a beer....

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Halloween and the rest of the October...

Hanging out with Edwin....


Jeffrey making me dinner....

Uh, yeah, the pancakes....they finally are PERFECT!!!!

Hot damn!!  The kids now tell me they are BETTER than Perkins...muhahahahahahaha!

Playing in leaves....



We went to Festival Foods' Halloween party...the kids really liked it!






Nathan and a magician...this was hilarious!!!  I have video of it hahahahaha....

Carving pumpkins!






Evan's parade at school!


The big night...Jeffrey was in a funk!



Off they go!!!