Sorry for the long delay in writing! I’ve been going through one of those “dry spells” where I just haven’t been in the mood. We’ve been fine, just the usual business, and all, and but I haven’t felt much like writing. But I have a little spark of writing in me today, so I decided to throw something together while I have 1/2 hour (hopefully!) of time.
I finished standardized testing with Nathan last week. It went quite well and I was very happy & relieved about that. I expected him to do pretty good, but he did better than I expected. I guess I impressed on him enough how important it was that he focus and do his best and he did. It’s one thing to know the subject matter, but it’s another to do well on a timed test. Nathan did great and I attribute that to our traditional school curriculum. And the fact that he is pretty smart. (Sorry I can’t help bragging a little once in a while!) So that’s done and behind us, and I’m looking forward to getting his scores back.
We have about a month of school work left and I am finding it hard to believe that Nathan is almost finished with 1st grade! He’s a fantastic reader, he reads just about anything now. He even picked up my Bible the other day and started reading it. He reads novels and all sorts of science books or “discovery” books as he calls them. He’s already well into his 2nd grade math book – we’re actually about 1/2 way through. Nathan is really smart in math. I introduced subtraction with borrowing last week and the curriculum had me explain it by saying “You can’t subtract 5 from 2 can you?” (because most kids would say no, right?) Not Nathan. He looked at me and said “um, yes, you can, Mom. It would be negative 3.” What do you say to that? He was absolutely right. (And no, I did not teach that to him. He picked it up from an advanced math program/game online. And from some of his own figuring that he likes to do. ) So I gave up following the teaching curriculum and just gave him one of the problems to do. He did it without hesitation. He finished all of them on the entire page without any help and got all of them right. The first time. (This, after the curriculum said that “subtraction with borrowing” usually takes students several lessons to get the concept and there would be lots of review to make sure they understood it.) Well again, not Nathan. So we continue on with his 2nd grade curriculum, doing 2-3 lessons a day, and he loves it.
Nathan has been taking karate lessons for about 8 months now and he loves it. He is finally starting to really pick it up and is learning good form. His teacher said he is ready to test for his white sash (the kung fu side of his studies – he has his white belt, which is the karate portion.) His teacher sent him some information about the different kicks/punches/stances, etc. that he knows/is learning how to do and it is really fun to help him practice and see how well he is doing. I think we are finally seeing the fruits of all the hard work that’s been put into him – and I absolutely credit his teacher with that – she is Amazing. (And yes that’s with a capital ‘A’)
Miss Emily is just as much as ever my little princess, my little girly girl. I try to explain to her that bugs are not yucky and while she agrees verbally, it’s another story when a bug is actually crawling on her. She screams at the top of her lungs, with that ear-piercing little girl scream, which I’m sure the entire neighborhood can hear, when a bug gets on her. This morning she picked a dandelion and next thing I know, my ears are ringing because an ant crawled on her. The other day, I found a worm in the garden and showed it to the kids. Emily was brave enough to hold it (I was proud!) but then she cried and screamed when “the worm poop in my hand, Mommy!” She was horribly offended over that.
She is so cute and my little helper. Last Friday, I took her to the outlets with me to get a few things and she was so thrilled to go shopping with Mommy, just us girls. As we were walking along, I mentioned that we were going to Gymboree to look for some spring & summer clothes for her. She got so excited and squealed “Gymboree for ME, Mommy?! That’s my FAVORITE!” Yep, that’s Mommy’s little girl. As Nate would said “She’s not your daughter at all!” =)
(I did get her quite a few adorable outfits from Gymboree at some fantastic prices!)
Joshua is doing great. He is now 10 months old (I know, I can’t believe it either!) and is crawling everywhere and now pulling up and trying to stand by himself. He is now starting to walk along the couch while holding on and I know it won’t be long now before he’s walking by himself. He’s able to eat more foods now, which is great. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat myself – I am so relieved it appears he’s outgrowing his food “intolerances.”
It appears our crappy Maytag washing machine has finally given up and I’m not very happy about it. It’s only 5 years old, although that’s probably pretty good considering the fact that we’ve had issues from the beginning. There is nothing but horrible reviews about it online.
For months, it’s refused to move from the agitating cycle to spin automatically. I hear the washing machine stop and think I have a load of clean laundry, only to open the lid and find it’s full of soapy water. So then I have to manually turn it to spin and it does spin, but then get stucks again on the agitating rinse cycle. If I’m keeping a close watch on the laundry, I can manually turn it mid cycle so it doesn’t waste too much time, but the reality is I’m super busy and so my laundry takes quite a big longer as a result. Today, it’s quit working altogether. Even during the agitating cycle that usually works, it agitates VERY loudly for 30 seconds and stops for 20 minutes, doing absolutely nothing. And then all of a sudden, it will agitate very loudly again and stop. It’s been doing that all day. I’ve been hoping that it would at least finish this load, but it appears not.
We really hadn’t wanted to have to get a new washing machine, but with 3 kids, we need one. I think we’ll probably buy a cheap old one on Craigslist and wait until we finish the next step in our Dave Ramsey plan – finish paying off our van, which hopefully shouldn’t take us more than a few more months – and then buy a new one. We could get a new one now, but I really want to get our van paid off first. I have to say, it really is amazing how Dave Ramsey changes the way you think.