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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Creeps or Fairies

I know 2 roads in this town. 1st: The road to Target and Costco. 2nd: The road that takes you to the ferries.

So far, I'm pretty proud of myself about that.

On the first road, I always see a sign for a children's park that looks like it leads directly into a dark, dreary grove of trees where there most definitely is not a park, but instead creeps hiding out waiting to attack.

But, this morning, I was determined to see what this park really had to offer.

Turns out, there were no creeps hiding out waiting to attack, but instead a group of retired men and women who come every Wednesday to maintain this adorable children's garden that is "Home to a number of magical fairies."

When this sweet lady started talking about the fairies that live here, my oldest, who is 8 beamed. It was as if she went back in time to her obsession with fairies when she was 3. She started talking about a book she had read back, "When I was much younger," that told her all about them - their names, what they like to eat,  their personalities, the best time of night & month to catch/spot one (full moon if you're wondering.) She was so excited to talk about it with her baby sister and Jocy became quickly as gitty as her big sister was. 

"Mom, I'm sure I still have some of my fairy dust in my box of knick knacks from my room. When do we get our stuff? I want to bring Jocy here for that so she can find one like I used to. I was the best at it."

Thankful for fairies and not creeps. 

And did I mention that these NOT creepy people let us pick and take home some fresh green beans too?

Bummer is I don't have a kitchen to really prepare them properly. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Thingy

She came to me right before primary started today and asked, "Mom. Is it okay if I did family home evening this week on the First Vision? I need to do it for my book thingy."

So, she did it for her book thingy - Faith in God for Girls. 



From start to finish: opening prayer, opening song, object lesson, scripture, activity, closing song, closing prayer, and treat (both in food and movie form)

She amazes me.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Jack's Kindergarten Graduation




Jack will be a second grader in just a few short weeks. 

That's depressing, I know. 

I'm currently researching every school in the areas around our home (again), jumping through every hoop I can (again), calling in the reinforcements (again, but with my sister-in-law this time who is a principal in a completely different part of Washington), just to help make sure this boy is in a good school.

So while I'm stressing over being a parent and trying to do what's best for my children, I'll just look back at these pictures from his kindergarten graduation from a good school with an AMAZING teacher. 

Ms. Higley pushed Jack to try & do hard things, be creative, and want to learn more. She encouraged him to be a leader, helper, and an example to others. She praised him for his hard work and positive attitude. She instilled good school habits and life lessons that have helped him to become the kind, smart, young man that he is today. She really did set the bar pretty high, and I love her for that.
Jack will be a second grader in just a few short weeks. 

That's depressing, I know. 

I'm currently researching every school in the areas around our home (again), jumping through every hoop I can (again), calling in the reinforcements (again, but with my sister-in-law this time who is a principal in a completely different part of Washington), just to help make sure this boy is in a good school.

So while I'm stressing over being a parent and trying to do what's best for my children, I'll just look back at these pictures from his kindergarten graduation from a good school with an AMAZING teacher. 

Ms. Higley pushed Jack to try & do hard things, be creative, and want to learn more. She encouraged him to be a leader, helper, and an example to others. She praised him for his hard work and positive attitude. She instilled good school habits and life lessons that have helped him to become the kind, smart, young man that he is today. She really did set the bar pretty high, and I love her for that.

 

"She just gave it to me for free because it was my special graduation day. That's pretty nice of her. (Whispers under his breath) I wonder what else I can get."

(Clarification: I love both of my school-aged babes and want them both to be successful in a good school. But, I also know of their personal strengths and what could help benefit them the most. Afton will survive in any school setting because she is outspoken and not afraid to let her teachers know that she is already capable of doing. Last year she sat alone at table to teach herself multiplication and division - thankful to have had a teacher that recognized that she could. She will asked to be challenged and engaged. Jack is so chill and non-confrontational, that he will just quietly go along with whatever he's learning, even if he's already worked hard to learn it. Last year Jack's 1st grade teacher made him count on his fingers to do his math facts because all the other kids had to. He had memorized, passed them, and continued to practice them through the summer so no fingers were necessary. But a "requirement" instead in his teacher's class. Ugh.)

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