Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Normally, I try to do these for half birthdays. That didn't happen but I figure the beginning of summer is as good a time as any to do updates on the girls...
So here it goes:
It's interesting that if I look back to Elyse updates from past years, I would be able to say pretty much the same stuff about her today.
She's still the thinker, my idea girl. She watches a show or reads something in a book and decides she's all about it. For example, she watched an Arthur show the other day where the kids created their own country. Later that day while playing outside with friends, they created their own "World." After they came inside, Elyse stapled some papers together to create passports for her and her friend. She also reported that she was in charge of designing the flag. She takes all these projects very seriously.
Yesterday, she asked me how a book gets made. I told her that the author sends it to the publisher and the publisher decides if it should get published or not. She put on her thinking face for a few minutes and then responded, "I'm going to write a book." For the next hour, she worked on her book about the "Mystery of the Missing Books." It's a chapter book, she says. Admittedly, that book has now been abandoned for the next idea. Follow through is a bit challenging as a six year old.
These ideas and plans sometimes cause some stress for our girl. Like her mom, she's a planner. If plans get changed, the girl has a hard time being flexible. I can relate. She also has a hard time dealing with teasing. We do our fair share of teasing in this family (nicely of course) and she can usually handle that. She does have a hard time if another kid is teasing her. Something to work on.
Elyse excelled in kindergarten. And loved it! She is convinced that her teacher Mrs. Flower is the best teacher in the world (I can't argue that point). I'm happy to say that she got in the car each day excited to tell me stories of school. Music was her favorite special (I'm not surprised...the girl has always sung out loud and proud!). She seemed to make some nice friends there.
Academically, Elyse is reading, writing, and completing the kindergarten math without issue. It's great to see what she can write now. I think the best thing ever is to teach kids how to write. She comes up with such cute stuff. She can read just about anything we put in front of her. She takes chapter books up to her room to read and flies through them. I'm not completely sure about comprehension but she seems to do pretty well.
I was a little worried about the summer and how everyone would get along but now I'm so happy to have this girl home with us. For the most part, Elyse and Maddy are having fun together. She also helps out a lot with Sam and pretty much anything around the house. Actually, Dennis taught her to do laundry and she knocked that right out for us (with agreement to be paid per load). It's still quite a deal for me.
I've also set up chores they have to complete this summer and Elyse is the one who gets them all done right away. Love that!
Elyse favorite saying, "I'm so excited." Sometimes its for something happening later in the day. Often though, she'll say something like, "I'm so excited for April." When I ask her why, she'll say something like, "It will be Sam's birthday and I think we should make him a mint cake." Details and plans she is all about them.
I may not let her go back to school in September. I really enjoy having our girl around.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Madelyn has been taking dance the past few months and is in absolute LOVE! Her recital was a few weeks ago. These pictures are all from the dress rehearsal. It was adorable. The girl has skills. She wants to be a ballet teacher when she grows up and I think she has a great chance.
They danced to two Lion King songs, The Circle of Life and I Just Can't Wait to be King. There's a video I'll try and add here soon.
Summer is in full swing here. We're into week two of summer vacation and I can honestly say I'm enjoying having these little people home with me. Dennis has three weeks off too, so we're getting lots of good together time in. We haven't had any big adventures. Just trips to the pool and the library. I'm working hard not to be bothered by the clutter that comes along with three kids home all the time. The girls are getting along (for the most part) and Sammy boy is just along for the ride (although he gets into everything and requires constant supervision). Happy Summer!
|Madelyn with her awesome preschool teacher Mrs. Roseberry. We love her.|
|Last day of kindergarten. Frog was a gift from Mrs. Roseberry and is now named Mrs. Roseberry.|
|At the children's museum in Fredericksburg.|
|Maddy and I went on a date to Michaels, Target, and Sweet Frog.|
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Truth be told, these two love each other. Yes, they bicker. They complain when things aren't fair (aka completely, exactly, totally the same). They nag and annoy each other. But they are the best of buds.
With school in the picture, the girls miss each other. I can tell because on the weekends and in the evenings, they are all about playing together. (No, they probably wouldn't admit it). In the past week, they've each gone to bed without the other and complained about being lonely.
If one gets a treat, she requests a treat for her sister. They make each other laugh. Madelyn asks me to open the car window when we drop of Elyse so she can yell bye. Elyse praises Madelyn's writing attempts.
There's competition. Madelyn asks why she can't run as fast as her sister. Why she can't write and read. Why she's not as big. It's tough to be the little one.
Elyse gets jealous when Madelyn does something fun during school, or sleeps in my bed.
But at the end of the day, when they're up in their room together and doing something silly like karate lessons (Madelyn teaches Elyse) or horse rides (Elyse is the horse) or secret spy plans, I'm so thankful these two have each other. And that we have them.