Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wrestling...

Today was Nick's first wrestling meet...we got up early. Way early. Too early. And we left for the school before I even had my coffee. I had to wake up Delaney and Sam and drag them out of bed. It was ugly. It was rough. But we got there and walked into the gym. Nick made a beeline for the bleachers.
"No...Nick. You need to go and sit with your team."
"But...they're wrestling," he says.
"Well, yeah. That's what the practices are for."
"But I don't want to."
So, we find a spot in the bleachers and get his wrestling shoes on.
"Why don't you go down and sit with your team?"
"No."
Okaaay. How about we just sit in the bleachers at this obscene time in the morning and watch all the parents drink the coffee they were smart enough to buy on their way over.
"Can I play the DS?" Nick asks.
Sigh.
"Nick...we are here so you can wrestle. Not play the video game."
He's quiet for a minute.
"I don't think I'm ready for this kind of thing yet," he tells me.
Yeah. I don't think I am either.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Miracle of a Hat

I've been on a hat kick lately...I wear them all the time. I've discovered that with a hat, I don't even have to brush my hair. I get up, pull a sweatshirt on over my pajama pants, put a cute hat on and I actually look presentable enough for the bus stop. I may still have slippers on, but if I'm wearing a hat, I feel put together and fully dressed. From the waist up, anyway. It's a great trick. And fortunately, I haven't had to get out the the car yet. And now that we've had our first snowfall (YAY!), a nice warm hat becomes even more necessary for cold mornings. And bad hair days. And days when your hair might not be so bad, but you don't want to take the time to find out. And days when the alarm says that you have to get up and you don't want to and then you realize that if you wear a hat, you can sleep that extra minute or two that it would take you to brush your hair. See? Hats are amazing.

The Winter Hats Boutique website has a ton a cute hats; hats for kids, men and women. They have Winter Hats and Women Winter hats. And they have so many to choose from. Delaney will wear a hat if I have one on, but only for about 10 minutes and then she rips it off and I find it in the bathroom sink or on the floor in the car. Which is too bad, because look at this one...

 It's painfully cute.  And this one...
So darn cute.  Really. I'm tempted to have another baby, just so I can buy this beanie hat for him.You should check out some of the amazing hats on this site...adorable.

I have a pair of pajamas that would go quite nicely with this one...
I think I know how to start my Christmas wish list this year...and  it's going to be a long one!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween!

Granted, Halloween was almost a week ago, but like usual, I am a bit slow. It didn't help that my Internet was down for. Four. Days. FOUR DAYS! It was terrible. I actually got laundry done, I cleaned bathrooms and changed sheets. Horrible. Thankfully, it's back up and I won't have to do any of that stuff again. So, of course now that I'm back online, I have to present the obligatory cute kids in costume picture.

Nick was a pirate (like that sneer he has going there?), Delaney was a princess and Sam was "Superman". We tried to tell him he was actually Spiderman, but he didn't believe us. We went trick or treating around the neighborhood and there are a few houses that were decorated a bit scary. I worried about how Sam would react, because when Nick and Delaney were that age they were terrified. The first scary house had a skeleton guy hanging in a tree and Sam stopped short and stared at it. "Uh oh," I thought, waiting for the crying or screaming. But no...he spits at it.

"Spit at scawy (scary) guy," he said. And then he spit again. Superman, indeed.

Then we came home to find the dog laying in the middle of the living room, surrounded by lollipop sticks and candy wrappers. And that can make even the toughest of kids cry.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Nick's parent/teacher conference was last week. I've volunteered in the classroom several times, so I knew the teacher and her assistant and already had a pretty good idea of where Nick stood in class.

Or so I thought.

In preschool and kindergarten, Nick was always at the top of his class in all the subjects they were learning at the time. Apparently, within the first few months of first grade, his reading level is no longer at the top of his class, but has dropped so far below grade level that the teacher recommended sending him to the special reading classes the school offers. Now, I have to admit I was a little taken aback. While I am not opposed to anything that will help him out, I just question the judgement of his teacher. At the conference, I had a few questions for her that she couldn't answer. I wasn't impressed. They have these math sheets that are all simple addition problems. But the kids are timed. They have two minutes to fill it out. Looking at Nick's work, I can see where he starts to get stressed out and just starts putting in numbers so he won't be left with an empty page. To me, this seems really silly. They're just learning this stuff. Do they really need to be timed? I asked the teacher what the benefit of this was. She stuttered around and little and then told me that she didn't really know. "It's just the way we always do it. " She lost all my confidence, right there.

I am going to put Nick in the special class and see if there is an improvement, because it can't hurt, but I doubt the necessity. She told me he is advanced in math and sciences but needs to work on his spelling. Which brings up another issue...when we go over the words at home, he can get every single one of them correct. Then he brings home his test and I find that he has missed nearly all of them. I can't figure that out, either. I wonder if he's just a bad test taker and what, if anything, can be done about it.

I have a feeling school is going to be harder than I thought.

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