Saturday, November 8, 2014

Well, hello again.

I've gone back and forth over the last two years of what to do with this blog.  This morning while I was enjoying my coffee after being woken by the dog at 6:00 (oh, we have a dog now!), I was reading past blog posts and being all reminiscent and decided it was time to resurrect the blog.  So...here we are!  Evie is going to be my blog helper...right, Evie?  Let's update on Evie first.

Evie

Evie is now in 3rd grade.  She has done amazing in school so far and has had some really great teachers in her short school career.  This year is no exception.  We are very fortunate that we are zoned for such great schools.  We could not be more pleased.  Evie made her first A Honor Roll this year.  Previously the grades have been number grades, so this was the first letter grade report card.  Evie loves reading and consistently crushes her 300 page a month reading goal (she read over 1700 pages last month).  Evie also loves math and I love that she loves math.

Award ceremony 6 November 2014

We've also moved away from gymnastics and dance and are now into figure skating.  Given Evie's lack of coordination on a normal day, I am amazed at her skating skills.  I am also glad she has found her "thing" and that it's not necessarily what my passion was.  She's been in two competitions and has come in first place and second place.  She is currently preparing for a Christmas program and then will begin learning a new routine for competitions next year.  

John Smith Memorial Competition 20 September 2014, 2nd Place 

Charleston Open Competition 10 May 2014, 1st Place

Christmas Show 2013

Evie continues to have a great and funny personality.  She is smart, funny, witty and sassy, sometimes a little too sassy.  She has some bossy moments and generally hates whatever Kipper is doing, but she is working on being his cheerleader and sometimes I see glimpses of how much they love each other.

Kipper

Kipp has probably changed the most since the last blog posts.  We're going from him being 2.5 to him now being 4.5.  He is such a funny guy!  We laugh with him (at him) daily.  He definitely gets carried away and takes things too far, but he's still funny. 

It turns out Kipper is an amazing ice skater.  He's been hockey obsessed ever since we took him to a South Carolina Stingrays game when he was almost two.  We used this as a sort of incentive to potty train him and told him we would take him ice skating when he used the potty.  This has turned into him being on a hockey team consisting of 4 to 8 year olds.  He started when he was 3 and was the smallest one out there, but he held his own.  

Kipp's first hockey practice, January 2014 

Kipp loves face-off time

This year he is not the smallest or youngest anymore.  He is getting better, but still lacks a real focus.  He is only 4 after all and still trying to figure out what he wants to do.  All we can do is encourage him and let him try different things....like soccer, which he also did this year.  

Kipp the Sidekick.

Kipp loved soccer too, although he tried to check and tackle other kids.  Wrong sport, dude!  Looks like in the spring we will have baseball and hockey going on, along with Evie's skating and life in general.  

Kipp is in 4K now and I still have a hard time with the fact he'll be in kindergarten next year.  He is working on letter and number recognition at home and school and I can definitely see the gears working.  It will be interesting to see how he does in school.  I think he's a smart cookie, but he's stubborn (wonder where he gets that from) and wants to learn on his terms.  We know he is a sporto for sure.  


Letter of the Week Projects

Sassy Cat

Sassy is still around and is still a grumpy old man.  He is 13 years old now and can only eat can food, but he's still pretty frisky.  



Evie says she's asking Santa for her own kitty this year.  I'm not sure what Santa will do, but I don't know if Sassy would enjoy that.  We're able to keep the dog downstairs so they are not around each other and even that was a good amount of stress for Sass.  We shall see.  I hope Santa thinks long and hard about it!

Echo

Echo is our puppy who is not a puppy anymore.  He is a boxer/labrador mix, so two hyper and active breeds.  Even though he is almost two, he still acts like a puppy.  We were fortunate enough to rescue him from a sad situation and he's been a good family addition.  









So that's the update on the littles and all I have time for now.  Gotta go get that run in for the day.  I'll be back.  Promise.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to school!

Getting back in the groove.

Well, we've made it.  We all survived the first week back to school.  It's hard to believe that Evie is in 1st grade already.  She was incredibly excited to return to school.  We were surprised at back to school night, the week before school started, that she didn't know anyone in her class.  That hasn't seemed to be a problem as she's making new friends and sees old friends on the playground.  In that first week, however, I've already been informed, by Evie, that she might be the smartest 6 year old girl in the world.  I've also heard she may be a genius, not from Evie.  And I've received a request to not move her to a gifted school so her after school teacher can watch her progress.  Evie is a very intelligent girl, but at this point she knows it and maybe she shouldn't.  I think I've maybe shared teacher comments with her a little too much.  This is what happens when you treat your 6 year old like a little adult, but with Evie it's hard not to.  I'm excited to watch her blossom through the upcoming year.  We've prepared her that 1st grade will be different than kindergarten, but we've also stressed that she is going to begin learning some really cool stuff.  She loves learning and I love that she loves it.  Here's to 1st grade and new experiences!  Rock on, Evie!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Silly Pictures

Evie's still at it.

My sincere apologies for my lack of posts recently.  I have much to catch up on, but in the meantime, how about a funny story?

Evie has started taking gymnastics classes.  Last night was #4 (as she reminded me on the way home).  Each week she has been positively giddy about gymnastics.  There are huge windows in the lobby looking into the gym, so unlike dance class I can observe what she is doing.  Her excitement is obvious as she cannot stand still while waiting her turn for anything.  She's jumping almost constantly until it's her time.  I made a comment to Jon about it when we got home last night and she told us the following:

"A girl told me to stop.  I asked her why and she said, 'Your hair is getting in my face.'  Later she told me to stop again and I asked her why and she said, 'Because.'  So I kept jumping."

Ha.  So much for making friends at gymnastics!  In all seriousness though this place is hard core.  It is a bit overwhelming to a former dancer to see these girls hurling themselves all over the place and to imagine my Evie doing that one day.  It is also difficult being that I witnesed a girl break her arm at cheerleading camp while learning to do a back handspring.  But Evie loves it, so I'll survive.  First day in she climbed to the top of the rope.  I was not expecting that and neither was the coach.