Monday, December 31, 2012

So Long 2012

It was quite an interesting year in our house. There was good and bad but overall it was a good year.

The Boy learned how to ride a bike this summer, was close to breaking a school cross country record, kicked butt on the second grade report card and is doing the same in third grade, and went to art camp and made some great pieces of art. There were other things but the kid had a great year.

The Girl had a good year as well. She is reading and writing, is in Academic Excellence program in preschool, is almost swimming without help, went to Angelina Ballerina camp, and recently went sledding on the big hill.

The kids amaze me every day anymore. If 2013 is half as good as 2012 then we have a lot to look forward to.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Clock

It happened partially on accident on Black Friday. I found a Hello Kitty clock for the Girl.

We have been working on her not waking up so early on random mornings and she knows what 7:00 is. For two days this has been fantastic.

This clock is awesome as well. It projects the time on the wall or ceiling. Plus on the projection there is a hello Kitty face. Only thing I don't understand is why the projection part has a separate time control.

Anyway you look at it it has been a good thing as now maybe before she strolls in at 5:45 am she sees what time it is and stays in bed. Now if I can only sleep as I have been up a few times each of the past couple of nights.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


It is day one of break from school. The Girl after being peeled out of bed the day yesterday for school was up at 5:45 am. Needless to say that was not good.

Within the first minute of getting downstairs she was already whining about something. The question is should I start the countdown for back to school? Naw just need to get her to sleep in a bit.

Also no snow day. Matter of fact we got zero inches of snow. Argh!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snow Day?

With Christmas break right around the corner i have been working a snow day for the past two weeks to happen Friday the 21st.  If you ask anyone I really have been working it.  

Today we did a snow dance to "Let It Snow."  The kids had fun are all their belief and will power will certainly help.  

The Boy and I flushed an ice cube, he was putting PJs on backwards as will I.  

Some staff are with me and we are going with the believe as opposed to not talking about it.  But like the Polar Express there are DOUBTERS.  With any luck I will blog with my coffee and backwards PJs in the morning.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


The Boy who is 8 and in third grade gets some extra math enrichment from time to time.  He is a very bright kid but the recent worksheet was surprising.

Basic Algebra from the standpoint of m=3, then the problems would be 3m+12= ?.  There was no explanation of what to do, his initial answer was 45.  After I explained that it 3 x m, he then whipped out the answer 21.  I was quite surprised he got it pretty easily.

The way home from swimming class I thought I would see if he could solve for 'x'.  I gave him 2x=10, and asked what is 'x'?  He got it no problem.  We did a few more and he rattled off the answers.  I took it a step further and gave him the following to solve for 'x': 3x+4=13, within about 5-7 seconds he said '3'.  We did a couple more like that he got them pretty easily.

I was impressed but then started thinking about when I started learning Algebra.  I don't remember starting that kind of math until at least high school, or maybe 8th grade.  Since I got all the way to Calculus 4 in college, I figure he will be well beyond calculus by the time he reaches college.  I can't even fathom the math he could be doing or what it is even called.  Glad for the next year or so I MAY still be able to help him with homework.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The past crazy month, into the next crazy month

The past month has been crazy as I am sure many people have experienced.  With the Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday, School, swimming lessons, school athletics program, and many other little items going on it seems like it has been a whirlwind. 

The next month heading into Christmas however short it is due to the break from school, it will be even more crazy.  There are many things going at school, after school, during school, etc.  Although this also is a fun time of year with all the things going on and being the Holidays.  At least I have a 3.5 pound bag of M&Ms in my drawer at school to get me through.  

The kids are excited as being a kid this time of year is fun, even with school involved.  Granted they both like school so it isn't issue but between two christmas programs, various field trips, and hopefully some snow it should be good times.