Friday, November 29, 2013

Decorating for Christmas

We are decorating for Christmas tonight, and the kids are having a blast!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Brag Time

I looked up the rules of bragging, and it has been deemed perfectly acceptable to brag about your kids on your own blog.  So here goes. 
 We had Parent/Teacher conferences last week, and Michael is doing well in 2nd grade.  He has a really great teacher again (we have only had great teachers!), and he is learning a lot.  Michael is one of the top readers in his grade.  He receives modified instruction for reading, and he scored a 5.7 IRL (Independent Reading Level) using the STAR Enterprises reading assessment, which is the 99th percentile and equivalent to a 6th grade reading level.  On the PALS assessment, Michael scored a 68, and the benchmark is 35.  Math is also a strong subject for Michael, and his teacher noted that he is very strong in mental math.  He gets frustrated showing his work when he can calculate it in his head.  
His reading teacher noted that he is sometimes disruptive and makes distracting noises during independent work. See above picture.  
Michael likes recess and PE the best (as always), and enjoys having boy classmates to play rough with during recess.  

Kate has the same Kindergarten teacher that Michael had in Kindergarten, which is great because we love her.  She is simply wonderful, and both my kids have adored her and her class.  Kate is doing wonderfully in Kindergarten.  She scored 102 out of 102 on her PALS assessment, and the fall benchmark is 28.  Kate's teacher said she did so well on her standardized testing that she decided to let her keeping going to see how far she could go.  On the first grade reading assessment, she scored 100%.  On the 2nd grade reading assessment, she scored 100%.  On the 3rd grade reading assessment, she scored 100%.  When she got the the 4th grade assessment, she missed a few, so the teacher stopped testing her at that point.  
Kate is my little perfectionist, and I knew she would love school.  She is really enjoying having girls to play with at school, as she is surrounded at home by brothers, and she is warming up to her class, as she has always been a bit shy.  Her best friend at school is Madeline B.

Not to leave David out- he is learning his alphabet and each sound, and he is doing very well.  He can count up to 20, with an occasional skipping around in the 'teens.  He gets to accompany me on my daily chores and errands, but his favorite thing is having Mommy all to himself to play trains, legos, or Hex Bugs.  He loves to watch PBS kids, Little Einsteins, and Cars, and he is really good at playing computer games.  David enjoys Thursdays, as we host a ladies' Bible study here, and he gets friends to play with.  
In the above picture, David practices his squats during a workout.  Good form, buddy!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Evening Routines

Usually before bedtime, Michael is hungry again.  So he usually gets a small snack. 
The reason I love this picture so much is because 1) Michael has such a cute, but mischievous smile, and 2) I caught Kate doing a little solitary dance in the background.  They both made me smile.  
I love spending my days with David, but I'm so glad when these 2 get home from school.  It's a lot louder, but I love being around all my kids.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Turkey Trot 2013

 Both Michael and Kate participated in their elementary school's Turkey Trot on Monday. 
Michael was happy to see us there to cheer him on.  He insists on wearing shorts and a hoodie every day.  I figure if he is cold, he'll start wearing jeans.   

And they're off!  
2nd graders were the first to run the race.   

Michael...well, let's just say that he excels academically.  

Kate's class ran 3rd, so David and I hung out at school for an hour between their races.  

Kate was very nervous that she would not do well.  She did not win, but she ran well.  

Monday, November 04, 2013

Dentist Check-ups and Haircuts

The kids have a half-day today, as tomorrow is election day (with no school for the kids, but parent-teacher conferences), so we made dentist appts and got haircuts for the boys.  
David was doing okay until the hygienist came in and put the spit bib on him.  He said so sweetly, "Mommy, I'm scared."  I held his hand, and the hygienist took about 5-10min to show David every instrument and what it did.  She let him tasted the polish, and she let him touch the suction and the rotating brush.  He did great! 

 But he held my hand the entire time.  
The other two were done simultaneously, and they did great by themselves.  
No cavities for anyone!

Michael and David got haircuts today, too.  Michael wanted a mohawk, so we settled for just a styled mohawk with a regular cut. ;-)  He also wants to go platinum blonde with hair dye.  Seriously, when did this boy get so grown up?!

Mother and Daughter

Kate got her Kindergarten picture, and she looks so much like I did at her age.  
Karen & Kate 


Rocky Pen Run Reservoir

After church one Sunday, we decided to take a drive and see the progress on the new reservoir they are making in Stafford County, Rocky Pen Run Reservoir.  It's weird to know that you are driving through what will eventually be the bottom of a lake.  
At it's completion, the reservoir will be 503 acres, and will hold 5.3 billion gallons of water.

 Many, many trees have been cleared.  

The road that will be at the bottom of a lake. 

No tresspassing!  Oops. 

DOWN, Down, down to the bottom

Here's a cool fly-over of the reservior, if you want to lose 5 minutes of your day and never get it back.