Monday, August 24, 2009

The joys of blackmail.....

I thought I'd take a minute and share a couple photos that are going into Clara's blackmail album. You know, the pictures you show everyone when they reach their dating years that embarrass them and can potentially scare the evil away that is known as boys. These two pictures are of Clara's encounter with chocolate cake at a BBQ we had the other weekend at Annie's. And it was good cake! It must have been, because as she shoveled it into her face, she kept saying "YUM!"

She is now 16 months old. She enjoys the cats, the dogs, balls, balloons, and her most recent discovery: books. She is the busiest little kid I've ever met-more so than Sebastian ever was, but when it's time to read she will sit and listen and help turn pages and point things out, and she will not get down until the book has been read at least 14 times...and then she's off to bring another book. She will be an early reader for sure. I've already started to work with her on identifying letters of the alphabet and working on recognizing short words like "cat" and "zap" visually. I'd forgotten how much fun it is!

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and with that comes the task of getting Sebastian ready for school. He's good to go, I think. We have all of his school supplies, his back pack and the worst chore of It turns out that finding shoes for this child is a miserable feat. First of all, he has to like how they look. Once the shoes pass this test, we have to make sure that they have them in his size. Unfortunately, the shoes he REALLY wanted are not made in his size. The Skecher's apparently stop at size 6, and Sebastian has grown into a size 7 shoe. This caused major drama in the shoe store. MAJOR drama. Then we tried on Heelies...the shoes with the wheels in them. He did not like how they felt-said he could feel something in the heel. In the end I'm not sure which brand we ended up settling on, but if this is a sign of things to come as far as other clothing goes, I'm in big trouble. Oh-and we haven't even really approached the subject of a hair cut, which no doubt will result in more drama, tears and arguing.

This week we will stop by the school and find out who his teacher will be. It turns out that his school did not meet standards for the second year in the row and they gave us an option to put him into a different school, but we decided against it. First of all, it's Sebastian's last year in elementary school. Also, knowing that the school has to work towards meeting standards, I believe that Sebastian can only stand to benefit from the efforts and programs that are used to accomplish this. I still believe that the school Sebastian is in is far better than the one he was in last year. Finally, the biggest area that the school is going to work on is math, which is Sebastian's hardest subject, so perhaps new programs and their extended efforts will help him, in the long run.

Well, I have two papers due today. They're done for the most part but require a little extra love prior to being submitted to the instructor, so I'm off to get them finished.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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