So, an update on each kid starting with the oldest. Catherine had a great end to the year. We had lots of struggles with her reading. She HATED it. Lots of tears and crying and running away and compromises. But, we found that she likes reading science nonfiction and suddenly everything turned around. She completed the 8 books she needed to read to get a free book at B&N this summer by reading hard books or long books. I told her she could choose something shorter but she said "no" and we are so proud. In fact, to finish up she read 3 books in one sitting, and they were long ones! She doesn't hate reading anymore because she says she's good at it now and it makes us smile. Her math skills are a different story. She really likes math (and science, of course) and knows a lot of her addition facts already. She loves to do her math workbook and flash cards and math racing game. Though, that last one is probably because of the racing. We introduced her to Mario Kart and the girl is a natural. Sometimes she even beats Dave and he swears he's not letting her win! In December she lost her first tooth and it was quite an event. Her teacher brought her to my class and all the 8th graders congratulated her. It was very sweet. Her teacher really just wanted me to take responsibility for the tooth ;-)
Our budding scientist!
This picture captures Sam's spirit perfectly!
We gave gymnastics a break and did soccer for a while. Cat is once again a natural. Her teacher encourages her to beat the boys in races at school, which she does, and her PE teachers calls her the road runner because she's so fast you can't see her legs. I think she will be good at almost every sport she tries, except maybe mini golf. She gets frustrated and goes too fast and wants a hole in one every time. She plays mini golf like John MacEnroe played tennis. It's not pretty. But on the soccer field she has real vision. She can see where the ball is going and knows her angles on the field to cut off the player, something most kids this age can't do. She's great at defense! On offense we just need her to look up more often to see where she's going before she dribbles right over the end line. Sam was not as adept, but she loved to play goalie and was good at it. She also got better and better every time and had some really good shots and throw ins on her last game, which was her best over all. She was distracted a lot, because she was working on losing her first tooth, still is in fact, and a finger in her mouth wiggling it most of the time. Of course, she made lots of friends with kids and adults alike. Everyone is still her friend, no matter what. Our sunny, positive Samantha. We were so proud of both of them.
Throw in by Sam!
Jake amazes us all the time with his skills. He knows all his shapes, letters, numbers, colors, can count to 10, and his fine motor skills are better than some kids I see in PreK at the end of the year. He'll start school in January and he is so EXCITED about it. He would start sooner, but he's not quite ready yet to sit still and follow instruction for that long a period of time, which is fine, he did just turn 3 last month. He's also starting to sing and he loves to play sports and tackle people. He's built like a tank and we are working on "being gentle". He plays Mario Kart, too, and every now and then he doesn't finish last. I guess he's learning how not to be a sore loser, which is a good skill. He is just 1.5lbs shy of Catherine's weight and he's getting really good at riding his tricycle.
Celebrating the end of the school year at a baseball game. Jake got to see fireworks for the first time and there were 2 home runs to make the bull's eyes light up.
Birthday fun! The girls had an all-girl rainbow paint party and have had the painting bug ever since. Jake's new favorite show is Mickey and the Roadster Racers so that's what kind of cake he had.
Fun family time visiting Clark cousins in Arkansas. Our first trip across the Mississippi. Hannah and the girls bonded, and Jake loved hanging out with Samuel. They had a blast and keep asking when we can get together again. Soon, we hope.