Monday, January 27, 2014

another reader in the family

This year Isabel started taking spelling tests.  When I would call out her spelling words for her to practice the night before the test, Will insisted on having his own spelling words as well.  For the past few months I have been able to give him a 2-3 letter word that is actually spelled like it sounds and he is able to spell it.  I was proud of him but never actually thought that he is now ready to read.  Fortunately he has an older sister who forces him to play school regularly wants to be a teacher when she grows up who reminded me about the "BOB" books my mom gave her a long time ago.  They are very easy readers and a great place for Will to start.

It took us a couple of days to actually find the books. (In my defense, we have not used these books in years and Isabel is known for placing random things she finds in one of her 15 million bags/purses and then putting that bag/purse somewhere that we will never look.).  Anyway, Will was beyond excited that he was actually able to read a book like his big sister.  I have to say that I am impressed with how quickly he got it and how quickly he is learning words so that he does not have to sound them out each time.  I also have to say that I may have had some tears in my eyes when he read me his first book.  He is supposed to be my baby, not a 5 year old reading a book and getting read for kindergarten!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

1st semester 1st grade recap

After a 2 week Christmas break plus 3 days off for snow/ice/single digit temps, Isabel and Will finally started back to school.  We all enjoyed their 3 weeks off but I think both kids were ready to get back to school.  I realized that I have not posted anything about Isabel's 1st semester of 1st grade so I better do it now.  I'm sure the rest of this year will fly by and she'll be ready for 2nd grade before I know it!

I am so thankful that Isabel is still loving school. Although we usually have to drag her out of the bed in the mornings, she is happy once she is there.  (Don't feel bad for her though. Her school doesn't start until 8:45 am and she doesn't wake up until 7:45 am. This seems ridiculously early to her 5 days a week but 75% of the time, she is awake before 7:30 on the weekends. I don't get it)  I have enjoyed getting the chance to work in her classroom multiple times a month.  Josh and I also get to eat lunch with her regularly.  She loves it!!

School picture without her front teeth
Isabel is doing really well academically! We were so proud that she made all As on her first report card.  Luckily she was able to get used to the tests in first grade pretty quickly.  I was worried that my little perfectionist would have a hard time if she didn't get a 100 on every test.  Although she usually does well, she also understands that she cannot always get a perfect grade and just needs to try her best.

I helped with her "Fall Party" which was a lot of fun!  The kids did multiple crafts, ate some yummy food and even got their faces painted!

Having lunch with Isabel and her friend, Lillie, on Halloween

Isabel participated in the Bulldog Walk again this year.  The kids walk laps to raise money for their school.  Like last year, it was a cold morning but the kids had a great time and Isabel ran 25 laps!

showing off her laps marked on the back of her shirt
(and Will playing in the background...I'll admit that I got a little teary thinking that both of my kids will be at school next year! I guess I need to figure out how to be with two classes at once!!)

thankful for sweet friends

another fun school lunch! 

  I loved her letter to Santa that she wrote in school one day

Other random pictures from my phone:

loving the Christmas decorations

Isabel loves anything arts and crafts and can also be super goofy she is dressed up as "santa"

Isabel has been working hard to teach Will to read this year.  It is amazing how well she is doing. She still wants to be a teacher some day and will definitely be a good one

Isabel LOVES to play on Josh or my phone.  After playing some game where she can design dresses, dress up fairies (and apparently take pictures with them), I find TONS of pictures like this on my phone!

We love our little girl so much and cannot believe she will be 7 in less than a month.  I'm so thankful for a happy, healthy, smart, creative and beautiful little girl!

Friday, January 3, 2014

A New Year....

We enjoyed our last day of 2013.  After a lazy day, we went out to dinner and then watched a movie together at home.  The kids got to stay up later than usual but definitely not midnight!  It was a nice night.

However, the first 2 days of 2014 were not my favorite.  Ever have one of those days when everything seems to go wrong, everything you touch seems to break, your favorite football team forgets to show up for the big game and you don't feel good?  Yeah, like I said, not so fun.  SO I'm hitting the "reset" button and have decided that Today is the first day of our new year.  (This is my blog and I'm allowed to do that if I want to!)

Like all years, I'm sure 2014 will be full of its ups and downs.  I also know that this year will be full of changes and new beginnings.  Things at our church and Josh's job will change.  Will is going to start kindergarten (sniff sniff).  Hopefully I will be able to start working part time again.  Isabel will finish 1st grade and start 2nd grade and basically just keep growing up way too fast.  I'm sure there are many other changes that will take place that I cannot even imagine right now.

To be honest, change scares me.  It pretty much always has. Even when it is a "good" change, it can still be hard.  However I have decided that I want to make this year different.  I want to look at this new year with all of its changes and new beginnings with a sense of hope and with peace instead of fear and anxiety.  I want to rest in the truth that God is faithful and loving and sovereign and more than ready to carry me and my family through another year of ups and downs. I want my joy to come from God and not my ever-changing circumstances. I know myself and I know this won't be easy for me.  All fear will not be gone simply because I want it to be and wrote it down.  It will take day by day minute by minute decisions to trust God and not myself.  I'm not sure why I'm always surprised when it turns out that He knows more than me when he shows me that truth over and over again.

Most importantly, it will simply take making my relationship with God my priority.  I want Him to be my first thought, not my last resort.  I want to spend time with Him daily so that I am better able to feel His presence and hear His voice.  I want to constantly seek His wisdom as I discipline and teach my children.  I want them to know just how much God loves us and why we need a savior.  I want them to learn to trust Him completely at an early age so maybe they will be able to handle change with hope and faith, the way I want to.

I don't really "do" New Year's resolutions.  Who really remembers those in March anyway?  This seems more important than that.  I know God is working on me and that He will help me in this every step of the way.  I can honestly say that I am ready for 2014 and all that is in store.