Friday, February 26, 2010

Week 8

It has been a full week for us. Gram turned 78 on Monday. We loaded up the whole gang in the car (myself and the kids, plus Mom and Dad) and ran down to her house with cake and presents. Stayed all of 10 minutes. It's hard. I know she loves having us visit but her memory has slipped away so much that the only thing she can still carry on a conversation about is the weather.

Mom and I worked hard on the new quilt for Tyler and finished the top of it. Dari helped me get it on the frame and I am now working on the hand quilting part. I'm sick this week so it's going slowly.

Kaitlyn lost her first tooth! She has been waiting for this for months and was so excited. We took a photo then put the tooth in her tooth box so she wouldn't lose it. She insisted that we print out one of the photos so she could take it to school and show everyone.
The next morning she found $1 and a note from the tooth fairy. The silly fairy must have dropped the tooth because it was still in the box too! (oops!) I think she came back for it later that day.

I thought she was so cute when I found her inspecting the hole in her mouth in the mirror.

I've been really impressed with Kaitlyn this week. She's turning into such a responsible, self-motivated girl. This week she talked me into making her a new chore chart. Yes you read that right - the child LOVES chore charts. I changed it up this time around, using only words (I had been using photos on previous ones but she's also on a "learn to read" kick) this time around, and adding a new line this time - "try a new food." Kaitlyn is a very picky eater and up to this point has been reluctant to expand her horizons when it comes to food. So I was wondering how she would take the suggestion. But she's been all for it! Every day this week (since Tues when we made the chart) she has tried something new, with varying results. Cucumbers and ranch dressing - thumbs up. Burritos (bean and cheese - one of her favs BEFORE she turned picky at 2) - good, but not a fan of the soggy parts the microwave leaves. She decided she did like just plain flour tortillas too. Olives - were first on her list of things to try, but it turns out she thinks they're gross. Oh well. I don't like olives either. And salad - even with her newfound liking of ranch dressing and sunflowers seeds she still had to spit that one out. Oh well. I'm still really happy she's trying!
Kaitlyn had Show and Teach this week too. I had completely forgotten to check the calendar, but she remember all on her own, knew exactly what she wanted to talk about (the theme for this month was "what I love"), and packed up her photos herself (she took her multi-frame one with photos of her family and herself, and the photo of her and her dance class after the recital last year).
She is also making progress by leaps and bounds with reading lately. They only started pushing the learning to read part in January, and even that started out slow. All of a sudden now it seems to be clicking for her. Part of that is because they started a 3 week long reading contest so she's been spending extra time practicing every day. But mostly I think she has started to figure out how it works and has added a lot of words to the list of those that she recognizes. It's so exciting to watch her learn.

Tyler had his first official play date - meaning with a child his age and without me! He went over to play with the neighbor boy for a couple hours on Wednesday. I'm told they had fun. They were playing nicely when I went to pick him up. I hadn't thought about him being ready for friends of his own since he has his sister to keep him company and he plays so well on his own. But he's growing up! I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of back and forth with both kids and the neighbors this summer.

This is Ty on the phone with Grandma. He has started racing me to the phone, trying to answer it himself. Since I saw it was Mom (on caller ID), I let him win that time.

Typical Ty lately. He loves his sunglasses and wears them often, even indoors. He also likes me to take his photo so he can see himself on the camera.

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