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.
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 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 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.