Sunday, March 29, 2009

A few highlights of the month

I have been so busy lately that I have not had a chance to post about anything going on in our lives. I thought I would give a little update since I have a couple hours before church and the house is relatively calm right now. First of all the kiddos are loving their new school. Skyler's teacher is Miss Babbs and Makenzie's teacher is Miss Roche, they are both great! MaKenzie loves that there is a big golden retriever that lives in her classroom, I think that helped her adjust to her class rather quickly. Since Skyler is doing so well in his subjects, he was invited to join the gardening club. He LOVES this, he gets to leave his class for an hour a couple times a week and go outside and move rocks, shovel dirt and plant flowers and vegetables and such. For those of you who know Skyler anything involving dirt, bugs, rocks, is his favorite pastime. I am working full time now, because we really need better insurance since ours from Jeremy's work refuses to cover anything to do with Kenzie's hearing loss. Also with Jeremy's rough health with his seizures and all, we owe thousands to the lovely hospital here. So, it is definitely good that soon we will have insurance from my work, apparently it is extremely good! School for me is going great so far, it is very time consuming, but in a couple of days when April comes I will be able to say "next month, I will have one semester down and four more to go!" I can't wait to learn more, I would not be too thrilled if this was a masters any any other area. I feel that what I am learning now is preparing me for a lot of things I will be dealing with in MaKenzie's education and throughout her life. Jeremy is doing better now, he had a rough couple of weeks following a nasty seizure, but his medication has been changed up again and he seems to be doing better. Let's see what else...Oh Kenzie got a bead stuck way down in her ear. It was when she was in bed one night, she came running out of her room dripping in sweat and crying saying, "MOM I PUT A BEAD IN MY EAR AND NOW IT IS STUCK IN MY EAR CANAL!" My first thought was, "if you are smart enough to say ear canal, you are too big to be putting things in your ear! Anyways, to make a long story short, the DR. at Urgent Care said she would need to go to her pediatrician the following day and have the bead vacuumed out. When we got home Kenzie asked me to say a prayer that she would be OK, so I did, then I got an idea, I would never do this if I thought she wouldn't hold completely still, but Jeremy shone a flashlight in her ear and I broke a bobby pin and gently stuck it in her ear and fished it out. I got it on the first try and didn't even touch her ear, it was a bead that had a hole in the middle, so was able to just pull it right out!!!!!!!!!!! I was so relieved and then Kenz promised she would NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER... put anything in her ears again except for her ear mold for her hearing aid. Lets see what else? Skyler had his first Cub scout day camp and had a blast learning how to shoot a BB gun, bow and arrow, and he also carved a boot out of a bar of soap. The kids both participated in a bike rodeo at their school and Skyler won a $50.00 gift certificate to Mr. B's Bicycle Shop. We have flown kites a couple of windy evenings, we went and saw Monsters vs. Aliens, and have just enjoyed our time together as a family! Well I am sad that this little post is all I have to show for our last month. I feel bad because I used to post about everything, but with working now, and going to school. I feel it is more important for me to play with the kids rather than write about them everyday, I will do my best to recap the months adventures. Hope you are all having a wonderful March, we are so excited because tomorrow is our first day of Spring Break!

Jeremy getting ready to show that dollar store kite who is boss!

Kenzie running like the wind, trying to fly her kite!

Skyler before heading off to the bike rodeo, he was so excited to win the $50 gift certificate!

Skyler enjoying a little tree climbing, he really is half monkey!

Kenzie after informing me that she had a bead stuck in her ear canal!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

So Long Palmcroft, You Served Us Well...

I feel horrible about changing the kids school so late in the year, but I think it will be a positive change. I wanted post pictures of them with their teacher. I think this is the only picture I have of Skyler with one of his teachers, but she is one that will go down in the books. I think I posted about moving Skyler out of is freaky, chemically imbalanced, teacher Mr. Minnick's class at the beginning of the year. Mr. Minnick had really hampered Skyler's learning and had placed some pretty harsh labels on him. So when Miss Townsend welcomed him into her 3rd grade classroom, he rekindled his love for learning and school. She helped him become a much better writer and instilled in him a love of poetry. He can recite many of Robert Frost, and Emily Dickenson's poems, he also has emerged into a little poet himself. He wrote the cutest poem for his teacher, I will have to post it on here one of these days. He is excited to go to the school I am teaching at, but his only concern is that he will never have another teacher like Miss Townsend. Some of the things he LOVES about her is she would give him sea shells to keep, she always gave him hugs when she saw him, and was constantly telling him what a smart little guy he was. We will miss her. We will also miss MaKenzie's teacher Miss Gauna, she has been teaching Kinder for years and really loves her students, she has the patience of an angel and wore her FM System for Kenzie everyday without fail. Kenzie is so excited to start out at her new school tomorrow too. She was saying her prayers tonight and asked Heavenly Father to help her not get nervous or scared tomorrow and that the kids would like her and want to be friends. So hopefully things will go smoothly tomorrow, I am a nervous wreck. Anytime I think about them starting at a big new school, I get teary. I just thought it would be easier to do it now and recognize a few faces next year when they attend there rather than worry the whole summer whether or not they will have nice teachers, make friends, find their way around, etc. Good luck to us all!