I realized today that I've only done one post that wasn't recipe related since the beginning of the month. Oops. Things have been busy around here I guess!
Nash started piano at the beginning of January. Now I have 2 kids that have to practice! He's doing pretty good. Unfortunately, he wasn't born with the innate rhythm like his older sister was. I told Travis I think it's because he didn't play his guitar much while I was pregnant with Nash or for about the first 2 years after he was born (we lived on the third floor of an apt). He seems to be enjoying it though, which is what I was hoping for!
Samantha is getting quite good with her piano. I'm impressed with how much she's learned in just under a year. My thanks to her piano teacher! I have taught her very little - what do I know? I'm just the mom! She's still enjoying dance too. I did have to tell her today that if she didn't start listening better I'd tell her dance teacher she wouldn't be able to go to Disneyland. Not sure if she believes I'll do it or not. Hmmm...better figure something out there!
Caleb has been loving preschool. He's not quite so clingy when I drop him off. Don't get me wrong, he still has his days where he semi freaks out if I try to leave before he's ready. But, for the most part, drop off isn't too bad. I'm surprised by his growing vocabulary. Not sure if it's from preschool or listening to his older siblings. I realize it could be a combination of the two. Either way, the boys is getting a very LARGE vocabulary & it generally catches me off guard when he throws a big word out and uses it in context. Caleb is finally out of nursery and a Sunbeam. Should be interesting to see how that works out. He's quite particular about who he'll stay with and acknowledge!
Brookelyn is growing way too fast. She is still toothless - although, I think I can FINALLY see one of her bottom teeth & occasionally feel it. Perhaps before February she will have a tooth. She is so slow to get teeth compared to the other three. Maybe that means she will have better teeth than the older two? I had her in the dr.'s office the day after Christmas and she had an ear infection in her left ear. I took her back in almost 10 days ago because she had been pulling at her left ear for a week and a half. She had also had diarrhea for two weeks and had spent part of the week throwing up. Her left ear was infected (again or still?). The dr. at Instacare said, "She's had four prescriptions in about six weeks. She might end up needing tubes." Yes, yes I laughed at him. I then proceeded to tell him just how close of relationship I have with my favorite ENT. The first two prescriptions she had were for sinus infections (reminiscent of Samantha) and the second two were for ears. I think I'm seeing a familiar pattern here. They gave her an antibiotic she hadn't tried yet. She's quit pulling at her ear and I'm still crossing my fingers that she doesn't break out in hives any time soon. So far so good, but, I'm not holding my breath that I'll get a kid that's not allergic to penicillin! She is up to 20 lbs 9 oz and feels it! I told Travis we need to take her out of the infant seat & put her into the upright rear facing. Girlfriend is too heavy for me to pack around much longer! She isn't full on crawling yet, but she will be any day now. She gets up on all fours and she will move one knee forward before she plops down and army crawls. Not sure if she doesn't trust herself (yes, she has had her face meet my wood floor) or if she knows she's faster on her belly. We did buy another baby gate last time Travis was home and I did bust it out last night. Won't be too much longer before it becomes a permanent fixture around here.
I am loving my job more and more every week. The kids are fun to work with. The schools are all really good schools. The teachers and the principals have been really good to work with. Next week in parent teacher conferences (at least at one school). So, I've written up a short note for teachers to give the parents. All but one of my schools has done their presentations for their research projects. I can't believe the turn out we had. Parents showed up and every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher brought their class to hear the presentations. The SEM kids were thrilled that their classmates could come and listen to their presentations. I was thrilled that the teachers would take the time out of their day to bring their whole class down to listen to and see what just a few kids in the class had been working on. Just about every kid had a parent there too. That was nice because I got parent emails so now I can email notes home. I also finally got my uen website modified for the SEM job and emailed parents the link to it. I think that will be very handy. Next week I am going to the UAGC conference in SLC all day. That should be interesting. I've never been to one of their conferences.
My poor kids can't decide whether to wear shorts or sweats lately! It has rained for days and days. I told Travis that the field next to us had quite a bit of water in it and I was hoping it wouldn't venture over to our property. So far, so good. Today after it finally decided to quit raining, the snow started. The kids were sooo excited to play in the snow. Brooke was a good sport (kinda) and let me put her in her walker all bundled up out in the garage while I shoveled snow. After I was done (and she had ventured out onto the wet driveway) I realized that her little shoes were getting quite small and are not the best for wet weather. So, sister got some stylin' new sneakers when we went to Walmart tonight. I wish they had them in my size!
Travis comes home tomorrow and we are all anxiously awaiting that. Monday is a short day at school and there's no school Tuesday. On Friday Travis and I are going to see (our favorite) Brad Paisley. I'm so excited! Sam's totally bummed we aren't taking her this time. It just so happens that the concert is the same day that I have to be in SLC all day for the UAGC conference so Travis is going to have to meet me there. Hope that works out ok and we don't end up late to the concert. And on a completely random note: I've become totally addicted to the game Words With Friends! I totally blame my husband! Now if I could just quit getting spanked on just about every game I play, I'd be happy! Guess I need Caleb's vocabulary!