Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August Craziness

We  have had such a busy few weeks. Work is always crazy busy at the beginning of the year, in general! But this year was especially kooky. I had 37 on my roster in periods 1 and 5 on the first day of school (with only enough seats for 36). Thankfully, after a few weeks we have been weeded down to 32 in those periods and 30 in the other ones. But any teacher will tell you that transitioning kids is super difficult. I also had four students who weren't there on the first day and are now with us (1 was added onto the roster from another school, two were on vacation, and one was in Mexico). So you spend all this time going over procedures, routines, abbreviations for grading, time to get students registered on the online gradebook, etc. only to have new ones come a few days into school or students leave who you've just invested time in. Man-oh-man.

Then, on top of that, we had Casey's wedding, bbq's with friends, birthday parties, back-to-school nights, wacky schedules (Mr. Howard had inventory so he had to be at work from 8pm - 11am one night) AND my entire family was gone in Canada for my beautiful cousin's wedding (which meant my mom, who normally watches the kids one day a week - couldn't watch them). Crazy!!

Needless to say, I'm happy to have some consistency and some calmer moments. School has settled down a bit. I'm in a good routine. Mr. Howard won't have inventory for a whole 'nother year. And he has a long weekend coming up, which will give us time to spend some much needed family time. I am in love with his new schedule because it's so much more time that we get to spend together - but I would love it if he had every weekend off. It's our family goal for the next 5 years. =)

In the meantime, we've been practicing walking a lot. This is us going to the bath last night. I know it's not the best photo of Aiden, but can you see what a good walker he is?
This photo (below) is him standing completely by himself. He practiced stepping between Daddy and Mommy for about 15 minutes. He's still not able to take more than a step or two without falling...but we're getting closer!
Oh my gosh does this photo, below, make my heart happy!!!!!! It's from Sunday night. I mean, this is why you have more than one child. Haha! But you have to catch it REALLY quickly before they start crying or fighting again. I hold onto these moments for the other 99.9% of the time when they are not getting along.
Wait for it. (Below.) Wait for it. Yep. I normally edit these photos out. But this is what it looks like in our house right now. To be fair to my oldest child, he honestly wasn't trying to hurt Aiden. He just doesn't understand how he can stand, but not walk. So he'll try to "help" Aiden (AKA boss him around and tell him where he CAN and CANNOT stand - because apparently there ARE correct places to stand. Did you know that? Yeah. Neither did I. My three-year-old is constantly teaching us new things).
 Isabella Lynn is working on her standing. She'll at least put weight on her feet now and "walk" while holding our hands. Honestly, I think 90% of her problem is that she would rather just be carried everywhere. Why work for it when you just complain and cry and someone carries you? Yeah. We're working on that.

I'm so grateful August is almost over. I'm ready for the beginning of year madness to subside and COOLER weather!!!

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Yes, I remember those walking days (minus the older one trying to help ;) B didn't walk AT ALL until 14 months and he was very much like you describe Isabella. Totally content to be carried around. He's also got a bit of a perfectionist personality where he doesn't want to do something unless he can do it perfectly. He's STILL that way (and I imagine will be for the rest of his life, bless his heart.) Maybe she's the same way??? Glad to hear you've found some calmness now that back to school is over!

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aww, they are getting so big. They will be chasing each other around in not time!

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they are ahead of my what my daughter was! she was even born a week late! she didn't try to take steps until she was about 13 months old, and didn't start walking til almost 15 months. She's just plain lazy, and like you said, would rather be carried around. smart if you ask me!

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