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!

Jace's first field trip!


Jace had his first field trip the other day to Steele Farms in Decatur for preschool. He had a blast! He kept asking to go back. It was just him and I. When the girls went on the same field trip for preschool, Josh and Janna went with them. So this was my first official field trip as well. We had some fun bonding time and went out for ice cream afterwards. I love my little man!! Hoping to go to at least one for the girls each as well as their classroom parties. We will see.

Spaghetti Kisses

he kids LOVE spaghetti and they had a little fun with it the other day. They were giving each other Spaghetti Kisses!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall fun in the warm weather


Took the kids outside the other day to play, it was nice and warm out. Got the sprinkler and little pool out. They played out there for a few hours. It was nice to just sit and relax while they had fun outside. With the fence they can't go anywhere and there is very little fighting... it will be nice next year when we can play outside more... since we will have it at the beginning of the summer instead of the end! But thanks Josh for getting it done!

Bluffton Free Street Fair 2013

 Playing the mouse game.. a tradition!
 The bus is one of the very few "fun" rides they are all tall enough to ride!
 Riding some motorcycles!
The kids had a great time this year at street fair. This was the first year we made them all walk. They actually did pretty well. We went on two of the days for a couple hours and played games and rides each day. It is always a great time and I am sure they will grow up going to street fair every year. It's always fun to see their faces when they play a game and win or ride on a really fun ride!

Oh Jace!

We have play dates often with some good friends of ours and the kids all love hanging out together... usually! The two girls on the ends are Liberty and Eliana and then Jace and Jaeli in the middle. Well the girls are each 9 months apart from Jace, one older, one younger. Eliana, the younger one LOVES Jace, except when she is with him and they fight usually. Love/Hate relationship! She is always telling her mom she is going to marry Jace. Jace really never said anything about it. So the other day when they were over, Jace and Liberty played really well together and were having so much fun. So I look over and see them sitting on the couch holding hands. How cute! Their mom says, hey Eliana, look at Jace and Liberty. She looks over and says "No, I am going to marry Jace!" It was too funny, too cute! Jace likes the attention I think! He is a lady's man! Ha... oh boy, we may be in trouble! (Notice the hand holding and how pissed off Eliana looks... and J.J. just sat their trying to make them all friends!)

Mak & Jace

A few weeks ago Grandma B took JJ and MJ home for the night and Josh and I got to spend some time with Jace and Mak. We decided to take them out to dinner and then to a drive-in to see Planes. They did great at dinner. We even tried a new place for Makenna, which she seemed to enjoy. Something different other than Pizza Hut, M'D's or Bob Evans - Applebees! It's just hard to take her out to eat with her sugar intolerance. After dinner we went to the Huntington Drive-In. I knew they might lose interested quick, but thought we would give it a try. Of course Mak falls asleep soon after the movie started and Jace managed to stay up through it but wasn't really watching the movie. Maybe try again next year.