Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
He can now open his locker and make it to all his classes without a hitch. He got all A's on his first 3-week progress report yesterday. He is trying desperately to get into the advanced language arts and 8th grade math, but they wouldn't make a move until they got his school records. Now that they have his records, they won't do anything because his records don't contain his 6th grade WASL (which we won't receive until the end of September). He is doing well enough in his classes though that his teachers say they will move him up at the end of the 9-week trimester as long as his grades stay high. He's still frustrated that he'll miss that much of the class though.
The Girls and School
The girls were the ones who had the school switching dilemma. They started the first day at Sango Elementary, but then they ended up going to Glen Ellen Elementary. Glen Ellen is a great school and they both lucked out with very good teachers. We went to the open house last week and talked to their teachers a little more. I was really impressed with all of them--they are a lot of fun and very organized. Here the schools do 3-week progress reports for all schools on the same date. Yesterday we received their progress reports, and they both had straight A's. I was very proud of them.
Jesikah has Mr. Dahl who teaches Math and Science and Mrs. Nix in the afternoon that teaches Social Studies, Reading, and Spelling. They are learning a lot about the cell. They made a cell out of jello(cytoplasm) and whoppers(nucleus) and other things. Jesikah loved that. She has made a new friend, Lexy, that she had a playdate with yesterday. She is a nice girl.
Jesikah hass been enthralled in reading Spiderwick chronicles lately. She has been very excited about reading since school started
Tessa's teacher is Mrs. Harned. Tessa called her Ms. Hornet the first week, but we worked with her to get it right. She is SO nice. Tessa says that she never ever yells, and I believe her. She calls Tessa "sugar". Tessa is making lots of friends, even some "girl" friends(she tends to like to play with boys), and she loves school. When I pick the kids up from school here, everyone has to have an official tag that goes on your rearview mirror. There are 3 lines of cars waiting. They call out the number and then an escort takes them to their car. If you want to take a friend home, you have to have the tag with the friend's number too in order to get them. It actually is very orderly and safe.
Tessa is excited about discovering a crab pincher in her cereal!!
The One Left Behind
Poor Jarem feels like he is the one left behind. He is extremley disappointed that he is not going to school. Every day he tells me, "We need to find me a preschool today." He wants to go SO bad. We have looked around for preschools, but we haven't found anything that I'm excited about. Besides, I'm not sure that I'm ready to let him go yet. He still takes a nap about 12:00 everyday, so I have to be home getting him lunch at 11:30. I think for now that we are going to make little excursions like going to the library story time and probably the YMCA and see if that can count for preschool this year. He has gotten really interested in letters and numbers lately. Today I couldn't understand something he was saying and he said, "It's H-C-Q-E-A" or something like that trying to spell it for me. I will spend a little extra time with him this year learning his letters.
This is Jarem #2 with what Alex calls, "his demolitionist smile". He does this smile whenever Alex tells him to do his "demolitionist smile". He scrunches his nose up while he smiles and Alex thinks it means he is up to no good.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Eric likes his new job as a radiologist at Blanchfield Army Medical Center in Fort Campbell, KY. The hospital is much smaller and less busy than Madigan. People keep bringing things to work like pecan pie and apple crisp which have added a little excitement to his days as well. He is most excited about having his OWN office to read in where he can use HIS OWN CELL PHONE. I can now actually get in contact with him in the middle of the day! (At Madigan, he wasn't allowed or able to use his cell phone in the Radiology area of the hospital because it interfered with the equipment.) It was pretty exciting for him when he got his name plate (or name paper)next to the door saying STAFF RADIOLOGIST. He has finally graduated from the title of "peon resident", but he is still the low man on the totem pole.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The kids room set-up with double bunk beds.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Some of the scenery in Wyoming
Finally a break at Little America
Eric added a little excitement to our trip by shaving his beard into a goatee. Having a few weeks off from the Army, he decided to do a little experimentation with facial hair, but he's clean shaven again now.
5 days, 11 states, and several hotels later, we finally made it to Clarksville, TN.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
During most of July, Eric was finished with work in WA and the kids were out of school, so we took the opportunity to visit some of the places that we had meant to visit while living in WA and hadn't before moving away. We went to the Great Wolf Lodge, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Lynden, and Vancouver B.C. We went everywhere but the Wolf Lodge with my sister, Brenda and her two kids, Colton and Kadie. We had a lot of fun!
Although we had a great time at each one, I think our favorite was Vancouver. We spent most of our time at Stanley Park visiting the aquarium, the pool, and the sites there. We also made it over to Granville Island which is where we bought the parasols for the girls and had lunch at the best fish and chips place. We also took the Seacab to the Science World where we enjoyed an IMAX movie on the Alps and lots of "experimentation". The kids were fascinated with Science World and would have loved to have stayed even longer. They had to almost kick us out at closing.
Brenda and I found a station where you could lead music and the music playing would follow your beat and tempo. That was fun for us.
We enjoyed a different type of food every night. The kids tried some new things, and actually enjoyed most of them. They were excited about the Canadian money too. We walked everywhere while we were there, so they were ready to crash by the end of each day.