Saturday, October 06, 2012

Its October?! Whoa!

Seriously, where did the time go? I feel like this poor blog gets so neglected, but I am thinking things are finally getting into a roll and I am finding my groove. Whee!

Its been a crazy few weeks. I found myself focused on things like getting Xander transitioned more with school. I will admit it was a challenge, especially coming from having a child like Ariel who just has never had those sorts of issues. We had to work on people taking toys from him, he would scream as he and Ariel don't tend to fight over toys at home (just the ipad haha). It was suggested by his teacher to have Ariel randomly take things and practice using his words vs screaming. Slowly but surely he started to come around and now he is doing really well. Transitions between activities are coming along too, the more comfortable he gets in the class the better he acts.

What I LOVE is his love for school. He really is an amazing sponge that is taking in everything. He tells me about he loves teacher Pia, she is shiny (she has a bell, haha). That apples have stars in them, leaves help trees eat (they are learning about photosynthesis) and how they sorted animals from the mad math hat. We got to celebrate his birthday at the end of September on party day, and he got a cupcake, which was very special to him. We have also been doing a car pool, as we take his friend Colin after class one day a week to his daycare and then Xander comes home with Colin and his mom the other day. Its been a nice balance and great for Xander to be working with others as well.

Ariel as usual has been a whirlwind of activity and is loving being in grade one. We got to visit her desk during open house. She looked pretty grown up, sniff!

We have parent teacher interviews coming up so I look forward to getting to know her teacher more. Ariel's reading and writing skills blow me away. She is always upstairs writing away at her desk little poems and notes. She had her first homework assignment to make a family poster with photos... and glitter which of course was her way of adding some 'glamour' to it. Ha!

Sparks started up and I am enjoying being a leader and Ariel is loving being a second year. She started selling cookies... watch out for her, she is a good sales person.

Dance is in full swing and so far so good. She LOVES competition jazz class. She gets to open the dance and be the first on stage in the number, which she was SOOOOOOOOOOO excited about. She dances 2 hours on Saturdays, jazz to ballet which has been great, and an extra hour on Monday with her regular jazz class. Its hard to believe next year she starts ballet exams! We just ordered her official dance studio jacket and sweatpants, she promises to model them when they arrive, haha.

Ken and I got to have a REAL date. I got us tickets back in the summer to Roxette and Glass Tiger. SOOO awesome! It was a great show and nice to spend time with just Ken. We got to have dinner out at the Keg on the rooftop patio with a special coupon he had been saving. Great view and delicious food. Yum!

September also turned out to be wedding month, I think I did like 4-5 wedding cakes, which was exhausting. I love wedding cakes, but they are higher stress and I am glad they are done till November! This was the last one I did... along with 260 cake pops... yep that nearly killed me!

Now we are in October and its Thanksgiving weekend. Ken is away all weekend for a speaking engagement outside Seattle. The kids miss him and so do I! However I have had lots to do that keeps me busy and distracted. I finished up the last of Ariel's costumes today, and I must say I am in LOVE with her Mary Poppins dress. I don't think I can top this one, its beautiful! I still have to make Xander's, but since Ariel needs this for the upcoming pageant, I had to bust it out fast. We are going out to do photos in it tomorrow so I will post those soon.

Well, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, we celebrate on Monday when Ken gets back home. Yay turkey!

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