Natalie is doing really well in school. She seems to really enjoy it; she was really excited to tell me that today they learned to spell and read the word "see." She's really good at sounding out letters and if she is patient enough she can spell easy words. She often gets frustrated when we try to get her to read at home with us though, so we're trying to lay off and let her figure out how to enjoy it on her own instead of forcing her to. It's fun for us to see her growth. Parent/teacher conferences are next week!
A cute Natalie quote from the second day of school as we were dropping her off at the front of school with the crowd of other kids:
N: "Oh look! Friends!"
Parents: "Oh, really? You know them?"
N: "Well, they're friends I just haven't met yet!"
We thought that was so cute. She's a good little friend. She loves going to library and playing on the computers, she recently got into Franklin the turtle (yes, the same Franklin we grew up with!), she loves earning prizes from Miss Beck's prize box, and she was really excited to do her first piece of homework last week!
Stockton is doing really well at his school, too. He works with Alex and Janelle mostly, with a few other therapists thrown in. Each day he has a piece of paper with picture prompts that help him tell us what he did that day, who he played with, and what he ate for lunch. "I....ate....purple chips! I...ate...spaghetti! I...played with....pizza planet!...with Alex!" They are proud of him because he is still working through goals faster than expected and really starting to show some great preschool readiness. They were really excited one day to tell me that when Alex left the room Stockton asked with no prompting, "where did Alex go?" He is having a lot of independent conversation/requesting/labeling, and it's really great. He's come so far!
just eating his apple and enjoying the view
|an artistic Stockty shot|
"look! I'm Rippy! Whisker City!"
he loves rocks and sticks - he's such a little BOY
Austin started his doctoral program in audiology. This picture shows how excited he feels about it.
|Natalie likes making sure Kitty is safe too|
|picking out the marshmallows from the lucky charms for dinner....it was one of those nights|
|I've been running the past week or so. 8/8 days!|
|when was the last time you did a puzzle? we did one with friends one Sunday|
night and it was delightful!
|I got this frame for the poster I got in Chicago and I loved|
that the picture inside was the famous one we saw in Chicago!
|thanks to a friend, we now have a sandbox! it is much beloved.|