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Em
06-15-2010, 04:13 PM
Miss Kaiya began reading Huckleberry Finn last night. This picture reminds me so much of myself as an 8 year old, curled up in a chair with a book. [post28]

http://twitpic.com/1wv3s0/full

Also, Garion was promoted to 2nd grade! He struggled this year in school due to his attention span, but began making a lot of progress at the end of the year. He will begin 2nd grade in a special intervention program that we'd been trying to get him into all this year, and his teacher says that she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's going to do amazingly well. I'm so relieved!

Rum 509
06-15-2010, 05:37 PM
Congratulations! :)

The Blasting Boy had a great year with his devoted teacher, the one that followed him from 2nd to 3rd grade. He went from below to above average in reading, and he's now reading books on his own, ójust because he likes to! RAH!

We're a little concerned about next year, and a new teacher.

And, after a miserable failure in bike teaching, where I ran behind the bike holding the seat, panting desperately, yelling "STEER AWAY FROM THE CURB! AWAAAAYYYYY AAAAAGGH!" The Curly Girl and I went out for another try. She said to hold the seat. I said No. "I'll ride my bike behind you, you have to learn this yourself." It took about 20 minutes. We've been going out for daily rides ever since.

Andrea
06-15-2010, 05:39 PM
That's awesome. I love HF.

FaerieDreamer
06-18-2010, 04:09 AM
Yay for bike riding!! We've been trying to build up Xavier's confidence to take off the training wheels, but it's been going slowly.

Becka
08-04-2010, 01:08 AM
Kiddo swam unassisted for 5-10 seconds at a time this weekend.

Rum 509
08-04-2010, 07:00 AM
^ Congratulations! Swimming's next for us, the kids do ok, but not good enough.

Today, the Curly Girl and the Boy formerly known as "Blasting" passed the bike test I set out for them. 4 miles, through mild traffic, stop signs, gravel trail, pedestrians, dogs on leashes and babies in strollers. No injuries, one spill.

Proof -

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l295/DNathome/Randoms%20For%20At/kidsBikeTrail.jpg

Taken from our camping trip a couple of weeks ago.

ej
08-04-2010, 02:02 PM
^^ Woot! And nice job, Lucien!

Also: The Girl has been doing recreational gymnastics for just under a year. She's on summer "hiatus" now, but has been invited/recommended to join the competitive stream. Her coaches have all said that she's got lots of natural ability and great potential. Me? I think that if you can arch your back far enough to be able to cover your eyes with your feet, that's just weird. ;)

Dave
08-04-2010, 06:45 PM
Sounds painful! But congrats to her :)

Rum 509
08-04-2010, 09:47 PM
I don't know about covering one's eyes with ones feet! :eek: ;)

But that talent for gymnastics is wonderful, enjoy it! :)

Barbarella
08-06-2010, 04:18 PM
Nate went on a carnival ride the other day and Jack and I were sitting there watching. When the ride started up and Nate (playfully) screamed, Jack darted from his chair screaming and crying for Nay-Nay running towards the ride's gate.
He thought that ride was hurting his brother and he was off to help him. [post28]

(it made me teary)

Em
08-06-2010, 11:38 PM
awwwww [post28]

ej
08-08-2010, 02:53 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4870121991_815e32ffcc_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/neur0mancer/4870121991/)

Need I say more? :D

Rum 509
08-08-2010, 05:38 AM
Wow! Are you sure that's not a Photoshop trick? ;)

Amazing.

FaerieDreamer
09-04-2010, 04:07 AM
Xavier, my reluctant to read, easy to frustrate and give up young man, read Green Eggs and Ham completely on his own. It took three nights, but he got through it. And not only did he read it, but he understood it and questioned and just all around absorbed it!

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure he's heard the story before, but it's not a book we own (he checked it out of the library at school) and it's not one that he's "read" before. I am so proud of him and he is proud of himself too!

Also went to curriculum night last night, and his teacher said he is doing so well, and he's already adopting a leader role in his first grade class. YAY!

Becka
09-04-2010, 11:35 AM
that's awesome news! I saw your green eggs and ham status the other day :)

Elly
09-08-2010, 02:43 PM
My son that has Asperger's, who does not do well with loud noises and is sensitive to bright lights but is trying his best to be more active and "fit in" more, tried out for a part in the interactive murder-mystery performed throughout the college library. He wanted to be a policeman (a bobby in the play) but he got the part of the asylum nurse that is afraid of lightning. So throughout the play one of the other characters intentionally makes all manner of loud noises at him and flickers the lights on him to make his character curl up on the floor.

No one, during the auditions or assignments of characters, knows he has this syndrome since he has been trynig to fit in "normally" at the college. He loves having this part to play! He laughed and said - I've never even acted before and I'm being typecast! :) I am so proud that he adopted this humorous attitude rather than being resentful! :)

Barbarella
09-08-2010, 02:45 PM
[post28]!!!

Em
09-08-2010, 03:41 PM
oh goodness. that's pretty amazing!

Becka
11-06-2010, 09:22 PM
Little Dude after his race this morning :) He finished his 1.5k in 14m08s

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1173/5151941191_ccace5ebf1.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/miaouphoto/5151941191/)
2010 ****** Run (http://www.flickr.com/photos/miaouphoto/5151941191/) by miaouphoto (http://www.flickr.com/people/miaouphoto/), on Flickr

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1184/5152550816_44ce64eb04.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/miaouphoto/5152550816/)
2010 ****** Run (http://www.flickr.com/photos/miaouphoto/5152550816/) by miaouphoto (http://www.flickr.com/people/miaouphoto/), on Flickr

Barbarella
11-07-2010, 03:01 PM
Way to go!!!

Nate made the Honor Roll and is above grade level in Reading & Math! I'm really thrilled because it's a new school for him and I was worried he might not adjust very well.

Maeby
11-12-2010, 03:19 AM
Noah's GPA for the first quarter of freshman year... 3.80!
All A's and one B+. :)

Barbarella
11-12-2010, 03:32 PM
Whoop! Good job!

Maeby
11-12-2010, 10:29 PM
What a cutie! Good job on the race!

(THAT was meant for Becka.)

And Barb, I'm glad you little guy surpassed your expectations. These boys can surprise you from time to time.

ej
12-24-2010, 08:25 PM
The boy got his G1 learner's permit today. STAY OFF THE SIDEWALKS.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5207/5288314129_2e2703bede.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/neur0mancer/5288314129/)

Barbarella
12-24-2010, 10:01 PM
Wow!

tivoklr
01-01-2011, 03:22 AM
So I picked up some child-oriented headphones for both of my daughters, one circumaural and one canalbud style. The almost 4 year old completely lit up when she saw hers (the circumaural set) and said "Is this Tori Amos"? This was before I had had a chance to plug them into a source...so of course, I put on some Tori for her.

The Metropole show in the Dam was the first time I'd been away from them for more than a couple of days, and I've been saturating them with Tori ever since. :-)

Stephanie
01-01-2011, 07:58 PM
My boy potty trained in a week :) He has been accident-free (including naps and bedtime) for about a week now! He just turned 3. I was worried it would be a struggle since this kid would seriously sit in it forever and didn't give a shit (pun intended), but it ended up being a breeze! So proud!

Barbarella
01-01-2011, 11:11 PM
Any advice for me?

Stephanie
01-01-2011, 11:17 PM
I can email you the "plan" I used... can I send files through here? It's a PDF. It uses total positive reinforcement (no punishment etc), and advises you go full potty training right away (no diapers at night, etc). I was skeptical, and according to the plan it takes 3 days. It took 7 for us, with the first 2 days being the toughest. I followed it exactly.

Maeby
01-02-2011, 02:37 AM
Any kid that manages the task of potty training that fast deserves a medal. (Mom does, too!)

Mori
01-03-2011, 10:55 PM
I can email you the "plan" I used... can I send files through here? It's a PDF. It uses total positive reinforcement (no punishment etc), and advises you go full potty training right away (no diapers at night, etc). I was skeptical, and according to the plan it takes 3 days. It took 7 for us, with the first 2 days being the toughest. I followed it exactly.


Could you send me those too? My nephew is still too young (he just turned 1), but I'd like to read it for future reference.

Stephanie
01-04-2011, 10:45 AM
PM me your email address and I'll pass it along :)

Mori
01-04-2011, 09:22 PM
thanks!

Barbarella
01-12-2011, 05:19 PM
Guess who's potty trained??? Thanks so much Steph!
The first couple days were hard, but by day 3 he pretty much had it. He's only had one accident since day 3 or 4.
Yesterday was day 6 and we went out of the house for a couple hours with no accidents!
I can't believe it. I'm so happy!!! :) :) :)

Stephanie
01-12-2011, 05:48 PM
Hoorah! Isn't it awesome?! We had a few days last week where he was peeing his pants all the time at daycare, and we just couldn't figure it out, he wouldn't tell us why or what was wrong. After much prying, turns out he found her toilet too big and scary (we use a potty at home, DC doesn't have one, just the toilet with a smaller seat for the kids). So we got him a potty for over there LOL and now he's fine.

Now I have to work on him going in a regular toilet instead of potty, which he does fine with when we're out in public, so not sure what the issue is !! We're going away on a trip without him next week for a week, so I'm going to wait until we get back. I don't want to over traumatize the poor kid :)

tivoklr
01-14-2011, 01:52 AM
There's some weird comfort thing with the stupid training toilet at home. I don't know what it is but I had to "disappear" it one day because I just couldn't take cleaning it anymore...and yes, my daughter had absolutely no issues using a real toilet when out.

On a super proud note, my almost 4 year old learned how to stop and turn skiing today! Freedom to roam the mountain has arrived! My older daughter has been pretty pissed off that we haven't been able to ski together since the little one couldn't come along, and finding childcare (as well as paying for it) is hard up here...

It's like a whole new winter!

Maeby
01-14-2011, 02:22 AM
Yay! for the successful potty training! I am not looking forward to having to go through that for a second time. We will be actively parenting a child (under the age of 18) for the next seventeen years, and we thought we were almost done (freshman in high school) with our first and only! We're going to be in our FIFTIES when this second, unexpected child graduates from high school. SO OLD! I'm tired just thinking about it!

@tivoklr Congratulations on the little skier! My dad got me started cross country skiing when I was four. But downhill? No way! That is one fearless little girl (boy?).

tivoklr
01-14-2011, 03:15 AM
She's a fearless little girl. We went up to the area at the top of Vail where eons ago I taught snowboarding, and after we'd made a few runs on the magic carpet, she insisted on riding the chairlift, so I obliged. Downhill is life in the wintertime here, well at least until I can get both of them onto snowmobiles. Infinitely more fun, but I digress...

Of course, she HAD to ski through the tiny grove of trees in the middle of the run. I'm just going to start saving up for co-pays right now...and yes, I'll be 53 when she graduates from HS, no surprises here though, and I'm tired already ;)

FaerieDreamer
01-15-2011, 04:59 AM
OMG I am so jealous of you both! Miss A is potty training right now, but is still having about 1 accident a day at daycare and then just completely gives up even trying at home. She's SO CLOSE but it's like she's trying to hang onto that last little bit of babyhood you know?

Becka
01-16-2011, 01:10 PM
My mum was 52 when I graduated from HS and knowing of all the things I did in HS was what decided my rule for no kids after 30. I have no idea how she kept up with me.

As for the potty thing, let them pick out their own seat for the adult toilet and get rid of the trainer all together. Was like magic

tivoklr
01-31-2011, 04:37 AM
So the skiing has entered a new level.

My 6yo daughter's first trip on the chairlift alone.
http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i329/tivoklr/sophiesolochairlift-1.jpg
After this she just started doing laps on her own for the next hour or so. I had to focus on the 4yo as she sometimes would stop at the magic carpet (surface lift) and sometimes would just ski past it to the same chairlift the 6yo was riding, which I don't trust her yet to ride by herself.
http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i329/tivoklr/coco-chairlift-1-1.jpg

It's truly amazing to see the changes in their abilities. To witness the total fearlessness of the 6yo riding the chair alone, multiple times, was a huge shift in how I see her, she's much less of a child now. I really trust her to make good choices, as she could have easily skied past the smaller lift to a huge quad and wound up on terrain she's not ready for, but she knows the difference, whereas the 4yo I barely trust with a fork...

ej
05-10-2011, 02:08 AM
It's pretty hard for me to believe that my daughter is turning TEN tomorrow.


http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150250421046420

tully
05-10-2011, 02:16 AM
Um ..... TEN?!?!?!

ej
05-10-2011, 03:27 AM
I. KNOW. Seems like such a short time ago ....

toriMODE
05-10-2011, 03:26 PM
It's hard for me to believe my niece is graduating from high school on May 26th! I was there at the hospital when my sister was having her. Seems just like yesterday!

Becka
05-11-2011, 10:20 PM
Lucien had his first race of the year this weekend :) He shaved 6.5 minutes off his first road race last fall to finish with 8:33 for the 1K :) He has another on the 21st

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/230298_10150598105540704_582450703_18559038_1002334_n.jpg

ej
05-31-2011, 07:53 PM
The young lady will be singing solo in her first talent show at her school in about three weeks. [dance]

Shady Pines, Ma
06-01-2011, 02:28 AM
I don't have kids, but I am deeply in awe of the children I taught for three months. I refer to them as my kiddos; they were in first grade. One particular student that I am so proud of is a Mexican immigrant that entered the 2010-2011 school year with a Pre-K reading level. Her parents worked tirelessly to do whatever it took to improve her reading. They bought her the entire Junie B. Jones book collection and bought her older brother a Nook. At the last computer testing of the students' reading levels, she finished the year at a 2.7. That means that she can read as well as a second grade student in the seventh month of the second grade!!!! From Pre-K to a 2.7 in a year! I'm tearing up just typing this out. I was honored to have worked with her one on one during reading intervention time. She has the heart and the hunger to learn and to do better. She goes home every day and teaches her mother English.

Barbarella
06-01-2011, 01:50 PM
^ Awww, that's amazing!

Everything seems to change with Jack at once. He's started drinking out of a cup without a straw. He's started using big boy toothpaste, he's started peeing standing up and he's becoming very interested in how to spell words and can even spell a few himself.

FaerieDreamer
06-24-2011, 03:42 AM
After a VERY long three and a half years, Abby is finally sleeping in her own bed all night AND putting herself to sleep each night. She's actually told me "I don't need you anymore." And I couldn't be happier! The girl has been miss independent in every area except sleep and now finally at long last we've acheived success.

Bedtime, which used to take up to 3 hours some nights, now takes less an an hour for both kids.

Cairn
06-24-2011, 12:59 PM
Yay!! That is a major deal!

ej
06-24-2011, 02:50 PM
The boy made his Mom a birthday present. :)

Em
06-24-2011, 02:52 PM
whoa! that rocks!

toriMODE
06-24-2011, 03:20 PM
He should sell those.

Jessie
06-24-2011, 03:50 PM
That table is awesome. I would love one of those.

My 9 month old is learning to walk (cruise) right now. He hasn't crawled, which I worry about every day, so watching his cruising progress day by day has been awesome. Anyone else have a baby that never crawled?

Barbarella
06-25-2011, 01:41 AM
The boy made his Mom a birthday present. :)

That's fantastic! I would totally buy one if he makes more. :)

SparkleMotion
06-25-2011, 03:51 PM
Sean got his purple belt in karate last night! He is so proud. Now he gets to spar.

Becka
06-25-2011, 05:02 PM
Lucien finished his race today in 6:20 :) Soon he'll be one of those kiddos with a 3 minute KM pace!

Stephanie
06-25-2011, 08:21 PM
That table is awesome. I would love one of those.

My 9 month old is learning to walk (cruise) right now. He hasn't crawled, which I worry about every day, so watching his cruising progress day by day has been awesome. Anyone else have a baby that never crawled?

Not mine, but I have LOTS of friends who had kids that skipped crawling all together.

Rum 509
06-26-2011, 01:27 AM
My daughter never crawled, she scooted around on her bottom, using her legs and one arm to move her forward. Which seemed really smart, because she had one hand free to carry stuff. From that, she went straight to standing and walking.

tully
06-26-2011, 01:35 AM
My friend's baby scoots all over on her little butt -- no interest in crawling at all. My best friend's niece rolled everywhere, then went to walking, and my nephew hopped on his rear till he walked. Babies are funny.

Jessie
06-26-2011, 02:57 AM
He is funny. He's a roller too. He will get into the crawl position from sitting and rock but if I dare put him on his tummy or in the crawl position he SCREAMS his head off instantly.

SparkleMotion
06-26-2011, 03:08 AM
My son used to, well, worm his way across the floor. He'd be on his tummy, bunch up his legs, and then propel himself forward. He did crawl eventually but this was the preferred mode of travel for quite a while.

Em
06-26-2011, 12:28 PM
My oldest tried to skip "walking"... went from crawl to cruise and then tried his best to run at top speed. whew.

ej
06-26-2011, 07:28 PM
Lucien finished his race today in 6:20 :) Soon he'll be one of those kiddos with a 3 minute KM pace!Your kid can outrun me ... EASILY. *lol*

ej
06-26-2011, 07:30 PM
Last time we had her in the back yard on the trampoline, but here she is in the gym.


http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150299595911420

Becka
06-26-2011, 10:39 PM
Your kid can outrun me ... EASILY. *lol*

He out runs me with no problem. After my 5k yesterday you have NO IDEA how happy i was that he was like I CAN DO THIS ON MY OWN! Fine! Go! See you at the end -lol- I cut across medians and the park (I stayed within sight/ear shot so i could holler at him if i had to) and met him at the finish line *L*


Your girl, she's bouncy :) I love her neon calf sleeves!

ej
07-03-2011, 02:59 AM
Left the house in the hands of my 17-year-old for three days. We came home to a clean house and happy animals, so good on him.

Em
07-03-2011, 01:07 PM
Have him come over and teach mine!

Jessie
08-15-2011, 03:22 AM
My boy is walking now! I am so proud of him. I worried so much because he seemed to have skipped crawling. It's so cute because he walks (runs) somewhere and then claps in happiness for himself! <3

FaerieDreamer
08-22-2011, 02:39 AM
Abby is potty trained, but if we know were going to be out and about with little to no potty breaks, then we'll throw her in a pull up so she doesn't have to worry about accidents. Well this weekend, she spent the night at her grandparents and then we went camping out in a state park where we had to walk down a trail to the restroom. Not only did she not have any accidents, but she wasn't in a pull up at all for the entire weekend except for sleeping. WOOOO!!!!

Andrea
08-25-2011, 01:41 PM
^YAy for Abby!

Today is Tess's PK3 orientation. I'm a bit sad and proud at the same time. She packed and unpacked the supplies she needed about 20 times last night and talked about all her new friends she would get to meet today.

Stephanie
09-02-2011, 02:06 PM
Holden has his first day of school today, junior kindergarten. He was super brave and didn't cry. My baby is growing up!

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6065/6105706517_ca21a3f372.jpg

Jessie
09-03-2011, 06:28 AM
^ cute!!

Becka
09-03-2011, 08:13 PM
OMG my heart just exploded Steph! He's such a cutie! I love his backpack too :)


Lucien had his first "Surf N Turf" race today. Official time for the 550m (50m in the water) - 0:03:23.2


All Marked and ready to go Triathlon style!
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/295857_10150788315750704_582450703_20573012_1653464_n.jpg
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/300334_10150788315825704_582450703_20573014_5627280_n.jpg

And they're off!
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/318877_10150788315990704_582450703_20573017_3679659_n.jpg

Approaching "transition area" on the beach
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/301459_10150788316220704_582450703_20573023_263166_n.jpg

In transition on the beach to the "running" portion
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/314905_10150788316400704_582450703_20573026_6568205_n.jpg

Running with Dad (Daddy needs to unlearn the heel strike! ouch!)
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/300869_10150788316565704_582450703_20573030_2364438_n.jpg

Tough Guy at the end of his race
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/302385_10150788316895704_582450703_20573035_6684406_n.jpg

Cairn
09-08-2011, 12:56 PM
Holden has his first day of school today, junior kindergarten. He was super brave and didn't cry. My baby is growing up!

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6065/6105706517_ca21a3f372.jpg

Oh!!! He looks SO proud of himself and super excited, too. Yay! [post28]

Cairn
09-08-2011, 12:58 PM
OMG my heart just exploded Steph! He's such a cutie! I love his backpack too :)


Lucien had his first "Surf N Turf" race today. Official time for the 550m (50m in the water) - 0:03:23.2


All Marked and ready to go Triathlon style!
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/295857_10150788315750704_582450703_20573012_1653464_n.jpg
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/300334_10150788315825704_582450703_20573014_5627280_n.jpg

And they're off!
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/318877_10150788315990704_582450703_20573017_3679659_n.jpg

Approaching "transition area" on the beach
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/301459_10150788316220704_582450703_20573023_263166_n.jpg

In transition on the beach to the "running" portion
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/314905_10150788316400704_582450703_20573026_6568205_n.jpg

Running with Dad (Daddy needs to unlearn the heel strike! ouch!)
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/300869_10150788316565704_582450703_20573030_2364438_n.jpg

Tough Guy at the end of his race
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/302385_10150788316895704_582450703_20573035_6684406_n.jpg



Also super cute!

Becka
09-08-2011, 02:02 PM
First day of school (and i'm so going to make him do this every year until he graduates. just need to make it a game that he'll humour mom doing when he's 17*L*)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6126695973_5e9a56aec0_o.jpg

Mori
09-08-2011, 05:12 PM
Aidan, my 20 month old nephew, started using a fork and spoon! His aim isn't always spot on, but he understands the use of them. He can also drink from a straw.

FaerieDreamer
01-19-2012, 11:10 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/Aisling_24/015.jpg

This is a self portrait Xavier did in art class at school. WOW! I could so not ever do anything like this. I am so proud of him! He was even explaining that he used three different mediums to paint with, marker, glitter paint and corn dache (not sure what that is at all, my kid is smarter than me at age 8 :) )

Em
01-19-2012, 11:30 PM
Maybe he means these?
http://community.pencils.com/collectors/pencil-library/caran-dache-prismalo-pencils

:)

Barbarella
01-19-2012, 11:34 PM
That's a great portrait! Better than I could do now. :)

Maeby
03-28-2012, 07:59 PM
WOW! He painted that at age 8? I wish I had some of his artistic abilities! Please tell me you framed this and hung it on the wall!


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/Aisling_24/015.jpg

This is a self portrait Xavier did in art class at school. WOW! I could so not ever do anything like this. I am so proud of him! He was even explaining that he used three different mediums to paint with, marker, glitter paint and corn dache (not sure what that is at all, my kid is smarter than me at age 8 :) )

FaerieDreamer
03-30-2012, 04:32 AM
It's not framed yet, but it is absolutely hanging up in our living room right now!

SparkleMotion
04-05-2012, 08:45 PM
Sean designed the winning 2nd grade bookmark in his school's March reading program. I'm so proud of the little guy! Plus last week he earned his brown belt in kenpo karate.

http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af5/evenspark/scan0050.jpg

Becka
05-12-2012, 02:47 PM
I don't have any pictures yet, but I am ridiculously proud of Lucien right now. He just ran his first race of the year and finished his 1k in 0:04:52.3 - placing 16/128 runners, 10/49 for his gender :)

FaerieDreamer
05-15-2012, 11:48 PM
Xavier created this diorama for school a couple of weeks ago. It's a temperate forest. I helped him google and print the picture in the back, and showed him how to make the cave and the river, he did everything else on his own.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v344/Aisling_24/IMG00433-20120506-1611.jpg

Today after school he told me his diorama was one of a handful chosen to be on display in the library for the rest of the school year. <3 I am so proud of him!

Barbarella
05-16-2012, 01:43 AM
Wonderful job!

Stephanie
05-16-2012, 10:36 AM
Beatiful! So creative!

Em
06-20-2012, 12:43 AM
I'm helping my two youngest with their very first blog! A few weeks ago, we decided that once a week each of them would get to pick out a recipe from one of their cookbooks and make something for the family to eat. I've been doing the photos and formatting the posts, but they've done the typing and the cooking so far! We've been having a lot of fun with it, and their friends they've called and told about it seem to love it, as well. Garion was concerned that his participation would mean that he would have to grow up and be a chef for real, but once I reassured him that he still gets to be whatever he wants to be when he grows up, he was all in. ;l

Check it out if you're interested! http://www.twokidchefs.com/

Mori
06-20-2012, 03:33 AM
^that's great!

Stephanie
06-20-2012, 03:54 PM
That's really cool and fun :)

Em
06-20-2012, 04:13 PM
Thanks; we are having a lot of fun with it. It makes me happy seeing them interested in food and learning how to cook; at least I know when they grow up and move away they won't starve or rely on crappy fast food for survival! Kai is making a pizza from scratch tonight [at least it isn't pasta....LOL] .... she previously made this freakin' delish indian rice dish before I got the idea to do photos and set up the blog, so I'm looking forward to whenever she makes that one again. It was simple and crazy good. We'd never had cinnamon + chicken before [well, except for Jerk Chicken], and I was surprised at how tasty it was.

Frangipani
07-19-2012, 04:01 PM
At 2, my boy can read these words:
happy
hippo (our dog)
moon
mommy
daddy
kittens
yeti (its a bike brand)
dog

and its not just rote memorization either. He will sound it out phonetically. I am so impressed!

Stephanie
07-19-2012, 10:53 PM
That is VERY impressive. My 4 yr old doesn't read at all!

Frangipani
07-20-2012, 12:38 AM
Thank you, i think so too! I'm not sure where to go from here...tutors? argh....

Em
07-20-2012, 12:43 AM
Dick and Jane! :)
Is he old enough that he's able to tell you about things you've read to him? I would make sure the comprehension part is developing too. My daughter can read way ahead of her grade level, but is below grade level with comprehension. She's always been a whiz at sounding things out and vocabulary in general.

Frangipani
07-20-2012, 12:57 AM
Dick and Jane! :)
Is he old enough that he's able to tell you about things you've read to him? I would make sure the comprehension part is developing too. My daughter can read way ahead of her grade level, but is below grade level with comprehension. She's always been a whiz at sounding things out and vocabulary in general.

Yes! He incorporates the stories into his every day life. Like when he sees the sun irl , he talks about what happened in the book that happened to the sun (sun took a bath and came out of the clouds...) he recites Goodnight Moon when we see the moon. etc.

I'll try Dick and Jane, thx!

Em
07-20-2012, 01:02 AM
very cool. smart dude :)

entropy
10-25-2012, 12:46 AM
MY KID MADE HONOR ROLL!!! I never thought I would see the day! I am about to burst with pride!

FaerieDreamer
01-15-2013, 04:36 AM
Some of you have seen this on my fb...

Abby who is turning FIVE in two and a half weeks has decided that she does not want any presents for her birthday. Instead, she wants people to give her shoes to donate to needy children! She got the idea from a "The Time I" segment on Disney Channel about a little girl who donated shoes to a Guatemalan Orphanage for her birthday and wants to do the same. I have talked to her over and over about this and she continues to say she does not want presents only shoes for other kids.

I'm beyond thrilled and proud of her. I have NO IDEA where this generosity or heart has come from, because her brother is nothing like this at all. I've talked to a foster agency in town, and the girl I talked to almost started crying when I told her what Abby wanted to do. She said they would absolutely love something like this. I'm going to call the Salvation Army tomorrow and see if they have any other suggestions about where I can donate.

I'm a little daunted by this task but completely proud of her.

Barbarella
01-15-2013, 09:42 PM
I would avoid the Salvation Army, they are right wing nutters if you scrape the surface. Maybe try the United Way?

FaerieDreamer
02-07-2013, 11:32 PM
We went to drop off the shoes today to The Kinship Center (http://www.kinshipcenter.org), a local foster/adoption agency. Abby collected just over 50 pairs of shoes from family, friends and my co-workers. She is so proud of herself and I could not be more proud of her either!

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stillorbiting
02-08-2013, 01:28 AM
<3

Barbarella
02-11-2013, 06:10 PM
Awesomeness! <3

Rum 509
02-11-2013, 06:23 PM
You know, kids get these ideas and then, much like he rest of us, they don't always follow through. Great job, that is really awesome!

tully
02-11-2013, 06:53 PM
YOUR KID WILL SAVE THE WORLD!!!! love abby

JayPeaches
02-11-2013, 07:14 PM
Wow, what a sweet kid :)

FaerieDreamer
03-14-2013, 11:45 PM
I just wanted to post about how proud I am of Xavier. I had his conference today with his teachet and found out that he is now reading at a fourth grade level and has read over 166,000 words since the beginning of the year. He's an active participant in class and helps his peers. He has had to grow up pretty quickly this year and I am just so proud of him.