back to school. and other musings.

Brandon has finally started back to school. We are crossing our fingers everything goes smoothly and he can get a full week in, something that has not been accomplished as of yet, since we moved here at the beginning of December. We crave routine. Structure in our children’s everyday lives. Something that we have lacked  lately.

Today we had a meeting with Brandon’s teacher to review his report card. He is doing excellent. Excellent at math, reading and science. Spelling too. Despite the missed days, he’s right on track with the other students. Tonight he was doing his homework and creating sentences on paper all by himself. He makes us so proud.

We are starting a task chart, which I am calling “Brandon’s List”, complete with a “Star Jar”. For each task he completes he earns a star for the jar. At the end of the week we will count the stars in the jar and if he has at least 22, he can play the Wii on the weekends. The list is to help motivate him, it includes simple things like eating your dinner in a timely manner, get ready for school, do homework, etc. I think it will work out great.

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Olive has been teething like crazy these past few days. Like chewing on her sleeves till they are soaked. I would attempt to check her teeth but I’m afraid I would never get my fingers back, girlfriend has shark jaws hahah!

(she loves putting  Mr. Potato Head together)

I’ve been asking Olive if she can say certain words, usually when she’s in her highchair and I’m doing dishes, and here’s a list of most of the words she can say so far:

mama

dad

bam

meme(our nickname for Mena, our dog)

ball

bed

purple

yellow

drink

side

flower

eat

color

blue

red

green

food

feet

nose

ears

eyes

down

tigger

mario

snow(no)

water(wawa)

bath

milk

toast

cookie

butterfly(fly fly)

puppy

baby

dolly

pink

grampa

nana

pete

pillow

remote(mote)

Caillou

why

dog

cat

cow

pig

car

cold

bear

love

you

no

yes

olive (i love)

grover

burt(as in Earnie and Bert)

fox

kitty

poop (she is ALWAYS saying “I pooped”, even when she hasn’t.. 😀 )

out

bubbles

toys

shoe

seat

ride

walmart

french fries

elmo

thank you

head

hair

mouth

…..She picks most words up by listening to her brother and if either Dennis or I are holding something or pick something up in front of her, we always say what it is out loud and ask her of she can say it.  We love hearing her talk, it makes us laugh hearing her little girl voice coming through now.

(reading Baby Talk magazine)

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I’ve been working on our family tree. So much fun! I love reading about our ancestors. It’s amazing the research one can do with only a little bit of information. Very addicting.

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We got a new car. This mama loves it.

But I must say, I dig the wheels on this car a bit more. 😉

 

I made ‘the best salad ever’. Seriously. Just had to put that out there.

This beautiful vintage table runner was Grammy White’s.  LOVE.

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In other news, here it is ALMOST FEBRUARY, working on the 40 degree mark in the next few days and we have no snow right now, just patches of ice here and there. So not like Vermont at all.  Of course this can only mean one thing, We will be getting some very very soon and then my friends, we will be able to enjoy all that sledding we promised the kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday Quicky. Mostly pictures.

A quick low-down..

Because this was written last night and I fell asleep before i hit the publish button.

Today was a rare sleep-in-late kind of day.  One of those mornings you wish you could just sleep a few more hours but crawl out of the covers at 9am because, alas, all good things must come to an end and just knowing my favorite Golden French Toast coffee is waiting, waiting for my anticipated morning conversation with my husband, along with two children greeting me with big smiles…so worth  it.

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the sunrises and sunsets here?

Ahh-maaa-zing! And that’s to say the least. Even the mid day views are beautiful.

We can’t wait to enjoy it moreso in the spring out on the back deck.

Breakfast I whipped up for my sweet husband because, well, he rocks my world and I appreciate him so much. 😀

Our snow is pretty much non existent as of this moment, some ice here and there, some grass too. Temperatures are making it feel and look more spring-like than anything. And I have yet to take pictures of our grass, but I will before it is covered by that pretty white stuff again tonight.

All of the photos in this post were taken over the past week and a half.

Olive has her very own mirror, which she loves to look at herself  in and  say hello to “I love” (this is how she says Olive).

Stream of Conscience

So, I hate to do it but I’m going to start off with a rant. Yesterday I had a blog post all typed via my cell phone. Battery was low. I knew it was a bad idea, yet I kept typing anyway, just because sometimes I’m a bad-ass like that. Then, just as quickly as I had wrote, my phone shut off on me. Not saving a draft on it’s way out… Figures.

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Initially, I wrote about how on Friday Brandon came home from school with a rash which I dismissed until Saturday morning because at first it didn’t look like anything to worry about. He had no other symptoms besides rash and itching and it seemed mild. I thought maybe it was an allergic reaction to something he was doing at school and assumed it would be better by the end of the weekend. Saturday morning I took him up to the ER, where he was diagnosed with Chicken Pox, even though he was vaccinated when he was little. Olive has been vaccinated also so I asked what the chances would be that she would catch this. Apparently, when you get vaccinated it only protects you 85%, so there is still that small chance. Brandon must have been that small chance. So, no school until Monday, or until it resolves. Scary because his lymph nodes in his skull are swollen. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it and I was unaware we even had lymph nodes in our skull. In the meantime we will be doing school work from home.

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I’ve taken some photos this past week, which I will post later this evening.

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Olive’s hair is coming in so beautifully. I was just talking to Dennis about how in a few more months she would be wearing barrettes. Finally. I can’t wait. To see her with hair, eep. I plan on purchasing a pretty box this spring for all of her hair accessories.

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Today greeted us with above normal temperatures here in Vermont. A very mild 40 degrees. I see grass. Lots of green grass. And water. Our back yard is looking more like a pond right now.

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I will be back later with new pictures.. Have a great day.