Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fun at School

Tomorrow is our last day of preschool.  It has been a great year with two great teachers.  It has been so good for Eliza Claire and Ruby to each have their own classes.  They have really blossomed.  God placed each of them with just the right group of children and the perfect teacher.  We could not have had a better year!  

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Heard around Mayhem Mania plus Random Pictures

 A few weeks ago we were leaving the preschool when Ruby said, "look Mom, a mini ambulance!"  I looked all over the parking lot and the street and couldn't find an ambulance anywhere.  I kept asking her where and she kept insisting she saw a "Mini Ambulance!"  Finally, I realized that what she thought was an ambulance was a white Scion xB that belongs to one of her classmate's family.  I have to give it to her, it is white and very boxy in shape and if you added a few lights and stripes to it would look just like a miniature ambulance.

I got the privilege of attending a baby shower recently for one of the ladies from my Pregnancy and Infant Loss group.  Ruby and Eliza Claire helped me pick out the gift.  They did not understand the concept of a baby shower at all!  They of course kept getting stuck on the name of the event.  They also kept referring to it as "your baby shower, Mommy."  I was waiting for rumors to start that I was expecting - I'm not!  One morning after the shower Ruby wanted to know, "who got wet at the baby shower, mommy?  The baby or the Mommy?"  Obviously they still don't get the concept.

Eliza Claire pointed to a mole on Charlotte's neck and announced, "Charlotte, you have an ankle!"  Eliza Claire now knows where her ankles are and what the brown spot on Charlotte's neck is called.

 Charlotte asked me if "stars ever go away."  I explained that they do but that it doesn't happen often and wasn't something she would probably ever witness.  Then she said that her teacher had a "star" on her shoulder.  I was confused.  I asked her if her teacher had a tattoo of a star on her shoulder?  I couldn't really imagine her teacher with a tattoo but couldn't figure out what else she could be talking about.  That is when she said, "not stars, Mommy, stars!"  And that is when I remembered that my daughter is incapable of pronouncing s blends.  She had been saying "scars" all along and I had misunderstood her.  Maybe it is time for speech therapy. 

Michael was doing tongue twisters with the kids the other day.  I think "Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore."  He said "that is a tongue twister."  Charlotte responded, "No it isn't, Daddy! That is alliteration!"

Monday, May 24, 2010

Independent Study

Rehm and Charlotte both had to do Independent Study this year for school.  Rehm's class had each student pick a country to research.  Charlotte's class had each student make up a bug to do a model of and write a book about the bug.

Once again, Rehm procrastinated (I wonder where he gets that from?) until the last minute and I thought I was going to do him bodily harm before it was all said and done.  But just like last year he pulled it all together at the last minute and had an awesome presentation - his board could have been much neater and more detailed but I refused to make suggestions or help unless asked this year.

Rehm is such a natural public speaker.  He did a 20 minute presentation on Italy.  He was an italian chef and explained how Italy was a pizza, where each ingredient represented a different part of Italy - the geography was the crust, the sauce was the government, etc.  He had great audience participation and while his facts could have been more in depth he really did do a great job.

Unfortunately, he has still to learn the value of planning and actually doing the four month project over four months instead of two weekends.  His excuse this year was that he was a "slow typer ."  I tried to explain to him that he actually had to open a word processing program and have something he wanted to type before his typing skills were the problem.  His real problem is doing the actual work and producing actual work product is boring to him as it does not involve playing video games.  He is great at reading the information and presenting it but I can not get him motivated to actually turn that research into tangible results.  I guess that will come, or there will be two weeks every year that I want to wring his neck while he complains about losing privileges while getting his project done.

Charlotte's project turned out adorably.  She did all of her work at school.  She did a wonderful job presenting about her bug LeeLee.  She is also a great public speaker.  I just love the story she wrote about LeeLee.  Hopefully, she will learn the value of planning and I won't have two children driving me crazy every spring.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Water Day

Getting washed off

Covered in Shaving Cream

Yummy Watermelon

Bubble Fun

Water Day Rocks

Love all this messy fun!

Friday, May 07, 2010

A Study in Contrast

In case you haven't figured it out yet, they are very, very different girls.
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Thursday, May 06, 2010

More Softball

Her coach is so awesome she has even made these cute nametags for the dugout. Their box that holds their water bottles and such has a matching nametag. So different from baseball

I think she is having fun. Only the end of season tournament to go.

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