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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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