Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sorry for the lack of posts

My computer has been down for a couple weeks now… so that is why no posts. Hopefully get it back soon and can update more often.

Makenna Reads Her First Book!

So proud of Makenna! She has really taken off in school and is even reading simple books now. I can tell she is trying so hard to figure out the words and even giving advice to Maysie and Jaeli who are not doing as well as she is. They are trying, it is just taking them a little longer. Hopefully they will catch on soon. I can't believe that by May, they will be reading more complicated books and even counting past 100! Crazy!

Christmas Time!

Can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. Had some time the other day, so pulled out all the Christmas stuff and “Jingles” the elf. It isn’t working as well this year. They flip out when they are bad and “Jingles” or as they like to call her, “Sparkles” (She has a first and last name I guess), hears them and they are so upset they won’t get any presents... but then 5 minutes later they are bad again. May be the last year for Jingles the Elf.

They had fun putting up the tree, but they can’t leave the ornaments alone and it’s driving me crazy! Jace likes to put his stocking on as a sock too. I feel like I need to go back to when they were 2 years old and keep everything in the living room where they are not allowed to go. Geez!

Hopefully they get over the excitement soon and leave it all alone.

Jace is always getting hurt!

It never fails with Jace, he continues to get hurt day after day. I don’t remember the girls getting hurt this much at his age. I guess boys will be boys. He busted his lip three days in a row. First on a table at Grandma B’s house, then Makenna’s head at home and the next day on Makenna’s head again. Knock on wood, but thankfully no stitches yet. I am waiting for the call cause I am sure it is coming soon!

This little guy is growing up way to fast. He will be 4 in just a couple months. I can’t believe it. I miss my baby. I ask him if he wants me to have a baby and at first he said yes! So then I tell him that he won’t be my baby anymore, he will just be my big boy. He then changed his mind and since has always said no. Thank goodness… because you would have to lock me up if I had another one! Especially if it’s a boy… I don’t think I could do it again! He and his sisters are everything to me, he sure does make it interesting though and keeps me on my feet. He may be trouble… but I can’t imagine life without him. He will always be my baby and I will probably always spoil him.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Parent Teacher Conferences

They have all been sick so many times since they started school. The biggest thing that sucks the most about going to school. Between rashes, fevers, eye infections and coughs, hopefully they all get better soon. Oh and we can't forget that Maysie stuck a Barbie earring in her ear. So I guess its good that they were sick cause that is how we discovered it when we were at the doctor. Took a few tries to get it out, but finally flushed it out with warm water. If we would not have discovered it, it could have caused some damage.

We had conferences for all 4 of them today and they are all doing so great! They are all where they need to be. Of course they can all improve, but they are headed in the right direction. It's funny, cause they love to do homework every night. How long do you think that will last?

Makenna is doing fantastic! She is doing the best out of all of them, but that is expected since she has always been more advanced. Her teacher, Ms. Amstutz said she is such a great student. She has fun with her. She is even doing well with having a different snack then everyone else. The only thing she really needs to work on is second guessing herself and solving her own problems. For instance, she sometimes questions what to do after she finishes a project or she thinks she is right but not sure so she will not say the answer because she does not want to be wrong. That is Makenna for you! A funny story the teacher told me was that one day they were discussing everyone's names and a little boy said her name was Triplet. Ha! The teacher explanined to him that she is "A triplet, one of three girls who were born on the same day from the same mommy" and that her name is Makenna. So I thought that was cute. Her teacher is into Owls big time and nature. So she is a perfect fit because Makenna LOVES nature!

Jaeli is doing much better now than she was in the beginning. She struggled with eating lunch at school and would just not eat. So after 2 weeks of trying to get her to and not doing it, we started packing all their lunches and she seemed happier for a couple days. But then that turned into tantrums of going to school because she hated gym class. So after many days of crying and throwing fits and asking her why (she would always say she doesn't like to run) she finally told me that her shoes were too small. I still don't know if I believe that is the reason, but I bought her some new Hello Kitty ones, a bigger size, and told her they were special shoes to help her run. She would never particpate in gym and would sit at the wall because she would not run. They finally made her do it and she cried through it. She came home the next day after taking her shoes to school and was so excited. She told me she ran!! So far, so good. We have not had any tantrums since. So hopefully it continues for the better. Ms. Bradford said she makes her smile everyday and that she is so very well behaved. She is shy and talks quietly but does talk for her when asked. She struggles participating and talking in the groups... so we need to work on that. Other than that, she is right where she needs to be on all the other learning stuff! Oh, she needs more confidence. She struggles with that as well. I see her getting better. She tells me, "Mommy, I am going to do my best!" and she does. So that is nice to see. She has a friend, Ella, and they are very close according to her teacher. They do almost everything together. She even plays with all of the girls at recess. All three teachers mentioned recess, how cute it is to see all three girls run right to each other every day.

Look at these pictures! She is going to be a model. I love these pictures! So adorable. So anyways, Maysie is struggling the most but she is still doing good for only being the first semester. She is so shy and does not talk much at all to anyone, even her teacher. Although, Ms. U, her teacher, is starting to see her "sneaky" side. She will ask the class if they finished their project and if not to raise their hand so they can work on it. She doesn't raise her hand. She confronts her about it and she admits it and then does it... but she is being sneaky and trying to get out of it. Sounds like Maysie! She scribbles a lot, so we need to work on that. We were struggling with her on cutting and taking too much time. She is left handed and thought that had something to do with it. Well it did. Grandma B is also left handed but cuts with her right hand so she tried it with Maysie and she does great now! So we pretty much just need her to open up a little and talk more, louder as well. Her teacher did say she is improving and sees her talking to the other kids a little more now. After the conference I checked my email and saw one from her music teacher. She personally emailed me to tell me she is so proud of her because during the last couple classes she has seen such a huge improvement in her participation. So that was great news! So maybe she will like music? We will see.

Mr. Jace is still a handful, but I couldn't imagine life without him! He is actually doing much better in school than I thought. Ms. Deb said he does not talk much except during certain moments when he forgets he is being watched. He does talk to her loud and clear when she asks him a question, so that is great! Maysie and Jaeli would not do that. He knows how to count to 14! What?? He wont ever count for me! He knows a couple shapes and a few colors... thought he knew more, but he has time to learn. So it is great to hear he is doing so well. Two years of preschool, he should be ready when the time comes for Kindergarten. We have been struggling with him at home with going poo in the potty. He does well at school, but at home he gets lazy and if outside, he just goes in the yard and steps in it. He did it twice in one day... that was not fun cleaning all those shoes. Other than that, I am very proud of my little man!

Halloween Fun!

The kids have been having a lot of Halloween parties. We had one at the campground with some friends (pictures below). We had a work party and then we are camping this weekend. They went to the Zoo Halloween and of course trick or treating on Halloween. Oh so much candy!
 Checking out all the decorations and fun Halloween toys.
 Mak and Jace were the only ones who wanted their hair done.
 A Fairy Princess, A Witch, A Pirate and another Pirate!