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It’s that time again…Katie has started ABCMouse!

So, Katie has been doing “homework” lately—we bought her a workbook like Owen gets for his Summer Slide and she has fun with that, plus she also has a few educational iPad apps that she enjoys. She saw a commercial for the other day and asked if she could have it on the iPad again.

First, huh? She remembers? It hasn’t been on the iPad for probably two years now!

Second, well, why not? Owen really enjoyed it and if she wants to do it…it certainly can’t hurt! (And in the back of my mind I keep wondering if maybe that’s one of the reasons why Katie is a touch behind as compared to Owen—even though I know I shouldn’t compare the two.)

So the thought was in my mind but on the back burner since we’ve been busy. So imagine my surprise when out of the blue I get an email from someone at ABCMouse saying my site came up as one that linked to them and—long story short—would I want to become a full-fledged official referral source. Well, sure, why not?

So Katie was EXCITED to start her “homework” and she kept asking to do it. Before I knew it, she was 14% done with the pre-k level. Hopefully her excitement continues! And hopefully I make some money off referrals!

Both proud and upset—the joys of parenting.

Owen just came upstairs and told us he was ready to learn to light a match. (He was interested a few months ago and I tried teaching him but he got too scared.) After I told him we could try later today, he almost immediately admitted that he had been playing with matches downstairs. After the prerequisite (and repeated) talk about fire being very dangerous and me being disappointed in him, he then admitted that he actually lit one then blew it out. So, I was completely proud of him for fessing up AND actually being brave and lighting a match…yet obviously upset that he did something he knew was dangerous. #joysofparenting

Look what I just saw on Twitter from last October!

Tom taught Katie something new today. 

It was either this or have her completely in the way helping to push the cart. :) 


Learning about Veteran’s Day

From the school’s Facebook page:

Halley 2nd Graders are buzzing this morning, thanks to some very special visitors at school today. Our students are learning about Veterans Day, and today, several Hornet staff and family members shared their experiences with us about what it means to serve in the military. We learned so much, and we are looking forward to commemorating all of our nation’s currently serving military and veterans in our ceremony tomorrow! Thank you, Ms. Demers, for these pictures!

Can you find Owen?


How about now? :)


Katie started swim lessons at British Swim School one year ago today!

I’m amazed at how much she loves the water and how comfortable she is in the pool! She jumps in regularly (with and without goggles), does cannonballs (complete with holding her knees), and just taught herself to retrieve rings from the bottom of the pool. She turns four in a few days. #proudmama

These are all rehashed photos, but it’s what I posted on Facebook. :)


He loves martial arts more now that he has the uniform.

And he’s so cute in it…


But…we’ve decided against continuing. And oh, the guilt I feel as he excitedly runs around practicing his kicks and showing Katie his moves and repeating his instructions and replying yes, ma’am to me. That said, the guilt just isn’t worth $160/month for 12 months.

Katie just asked him to do something and he said “No, I have to practice.” :( And then he just bowed before he went into the bathroom and then into Katie’s room. And he’s been giving me yes ma’ams all night.

And this is what he did with his uniform:


I know he’ll get over it soon enough…I just hope I will. 

Katie’s doing workbooks!

I cleaned out the coloring books and whatnot and found Owen’s old pre-K and kindergarten workbooks…and she was somewhat interested! Yay!

Katie counting bunnies

She has to count out eight bunnies to play the game. Apparently they have to be in s certain order as well. :)

Katie’s afternoon challenge

She’s done a handful of letters at a time but never the whole set…but she’s very good at it so I dumped them all out and left her to it.

She did quite well until a little more than halfway through when she started whining that it was useless and she couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to help her too much, but I arranged them a bit and tried to put wrong letters in wrong pieces which got her interested again (to tell me I was wrong).


Putting them away!


Katie learned to swing!

I’ve been trying to reach Katie how to pump for awhile, but she just got it today. Yay!

And some climbimg and sliding.


Learning to ride a bike is hard.

So you all know how much I hate potty training, right? Well, I hate teaching the kids to ride their bikes tenfold. It always ends up with whining and pouting and refusal to try because it’s too hard. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. But I keep trying.

So Katie finally got her reward for pooping in the potty! 

Unfortunately, as usual, she forgot that it’s hard to ride a bike and it wasn’t any fun when I stopped helping her. So there was whining and pouting…and she had to drag her bike home. (Well, part way home down the sidewalk—I’m not a monster.)

Helping Katie play Uno

Our amazing little jumper!

Katie did amazing at swim class today! (We were here on a Saturday for a makeup lesson.)

And Owen actually had a one-on-one lesson so he got a lot of practice in—and did well with his side-breathing.

Teaching Owen how to play Sorry!

We taught Owen on the exact game board Gramma Jean taught me to play on 35ish years ago!


Guess who just made Turtle 2?

About mid-way through his first lesson today, the instructor said he was ready to advance! Yay Owen!

Post-Dinner Pool

It was still really warm and humid after dinner so we took the kids to the pool. Katie was in a new bathing suit. :)



Owen practicing his swimming!

Owen’s Summer Reading Challenge

The school wants to prevent “summer slide” with the kids (what happens when young minds sit idle for three months) so I decided to create a reading challenge for Owen. If he reads 100 books in 100 days (we’re starting before school ends to get a nice 100 days) he’ll get a reward. He suggested 150 books but we’ll start with 100 and maybe give him a bonus if he reads more!

I’m also considering a 1st Grade Prep Challenge which would include workbook pages from his old kindergarten books and his new first grade prep books. 

Owen leveled up to Turtle!

I wanted him to practice floating before his lesson…but it took some bravery to actually get in. He loves the water (and he could touch the bottom) so I have no idea why he was so nervous.

So the lesson started and I was poolside, half watching him and half talking to another mom. It looked like he was doing all the same things he’d done at his last lesson, so I wasn’t watching THAT closely. Then all of a sudden he’s in front of me with the instructor and he’s holding a red ribbon and a red swim cap and she’s telling me that he passed into the next level! (To do this, he had to successfully jump into the pool, flip himself over, and float for 15 seconds…three times.)

Then as a new Turtle, he started to learn actual swim strokes! He was actually in class with his friend Gavin!