Wednesday, May 6, 2015

6 YEARS!!!!

Birthdays have a funny way of reminding us just how quickly time seems to pass.  6 seems so grown up compared to 5.  The pictures validate this.  Sammy has definitely become more grown up, responsible and mature.  She is smart, funny, kind and thoughtful.  She has grown a lot mentally and emotionally over the last year.  She's only gained a pound but gained some height!  She still calls me mama, though.  May that never change!

At 6:
-is doing really well in school.  We had a bumpy start to Kindergarten but we seem to be over that and she is really excited about going to grade 1 and all that comes with it (full days of school, riding the bus, eating lunch at school, etc.).  She is speaking French really well now, it's incredible how quickly they can pick it up after only 8 months.
-is quickly developing into an incredible musician.  I mean, I'm her mom so I will always think that.  But, I'm also a piano teacher and I really do think she has a special talent that will really flourish, should she choose to pursue it.  She is able to do things technically that are beyond her years.
 -is independent.  New for us is dropping her off at the curb for piano lessons.  She loves having this new bit of freedom but holy smokes, does it ever break my heart a tiny bit to see her skipping off to lessons alone.
-has some tics that have developed in the last couple of months.  I have no idea what they're from but she's always been an anxious kid so I guess they're her way of coping with stress?  They're extremely annoying to watch!!!  Her doctor isn't concerned about them so we are hoping they go away on their own (SOON).
 -is a great reader.  She's reading Level 2 readers now almost entirely on her own.  She's starting to read French and has some sight words.  She's finally printing in lower case after some persuading (she really liked the comfort of capital letters).
-weighs 41.3lbs and is 45" tall.  She wears mostly size 6 clothing but will need longer pants ASAP for her long legs.  Her feet are size 12.  She has lost 2 bottom teeth and a couple of teeth are slightly wiggly.

Favourite things lately:
-riding her bike, playing chase games with the boys at school, rollerblading.
-going to movies.
-stuffies.  Whenever she gets the chance to choose something at the toy store, it is inevitably another stuffy.
-sleepovers with Presley.

Dislikes:
-Hans from Frozen.
-I asked her and she can't think of anything.  I can't either.  She's pretty easy-going.

Things I never want to forget:
-how excited she gets when she works hard at something and finally "gets" it...a hard book, a hard piano song, holding a monkey stand for 10 seconds, etc.
-how she yells Presley's name when she sees her at the playground after school.
-how when I asked her if she could always please be my baby even though she's big now, she said, "of course".
















Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easter Break

We are enjoying a week off of school for the girls and teaching for me. It's giving us a small taste of summer living with go with the flow plans, sunshine and sandals. I don't want to wish the time away but I can't wait for summer!!

Dyeing eggs at school.

Presley's last day of gymnastics (superhero day).
Easter Bunnies on Easter.
Waiting to watch Cinderella.
Playdate with friends.
Enjoying the sun.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

School Blues - The Update

Remember this post and Sammy's anxiety about school?  I thought it was time for an update.  It definitely got worse after this post.  At the very height of the problem, Sammy would be crying and would have to be pried from me.  I spent time crying in the parking lot, texting Shawn, texting friends and crying some more.  Being a parent is so emotional!  It just broke my heart that she was scared to be at school.  But, slowly, it started to get better.  I spent time volunteering in the class so I was a regular presence.  We talked a lot about school and why it was important to go and how safe it is.  I went to the next assembly with her.  She really has matured a lot in the last while.  We have noticed a huge change in her personality, shedding some of the last bits of shyness she has and coming into her own.  She no longer cries at dropoff and doesn't appear to be anxious about anything that happens at school.  I'm happy to report that when I told her yesterday that she had an assembly later that day, her reaction was to shout "yaaaaaaaay!!!" and run around the house in excitement.  She has come a long way!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Readers!

I keep thinking that there are so many things I want to post about. And then the day week month flies by. Anyway, better late than never!

We have made some major progress with reading skills lately. It seemed for awhile that despite working on it every day, we just weren't getting anywhere. They were fine with practicing, but they didn't seem to be getting anywhere. I'm pleased to report that that's no longer the case!

Presley has graduated from the first set of BOB readers and is onto the 2nd series. She is really good at sounding out 3 letter words and has some sight words now. We probably were not working so diligently at this point with Sammy but because Sammy has reading practice, Presley wants reading practice and there's no way I'm saying no to that enthusiasm!

Sammy has made huge gains lately. She is finding the beginner readers too simple and has moved on to level 1. She is also starting to read "regular" picture books (books that aren't meant for teaching reading skills). She picked up Green Eggs and Ham tonight and read the whole thing, cover to cover without help. She was so proud of herself! Right now, she is currently reading books to Presley and I am ignoring the fact that they are supposed to be in bed sleeping!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015

It's been awhile!  I stopped writing because things had gotten so busy but when I look back, I have to laugh because I would think that amount of "busy" to be quite nice these days.  Right before Christmas, I was approached by the University with an offer to become a faculty member as a piano instructor.  I jumped at the chance and quickly accumulated new students.  I went from 3 Kindermusik classes a week to 9 and from 3 piano students to 13.  I'm also still accompanying for the children's choir.  Things are busy but they are great.  I LOVE my job and am so thankful I get the opportunity to do it and to have the flexibility to drive my kids to and from school, take them to extra-curricular activities and volunteer in their classrooms.  As a downside, it means less time for the 4 of us as a family but we are adjusting and finding our new normal.

So, I usually have a whole whack of goals I want to accomplish every year.  I don't find it hard to motivate myself and for that reason and because of our hectic schedule, I happily enter into 2015 goal-free.  We have some financial goals we hope to accomplish with me working again and we'll share those when appropriate.

I wish you a happy, healthy 2015.  I do hope to find my voice here again on a regular basis but for now it remains a hope.  Not a goal.  :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Recital

We had Sammy's piano recital last weekend.  Sammy got a bad case of
stage fright and wouldn't play so I got to "perform" as well, ha!  I'm
glad Shawn got a video because it was really cute.