Archive for February, 2014

Turkey’s – what you gotta know




In line for santa




First day of school

It’s been a long time

I can’t believe that it has been since July. This is bad. There is a lot going on – some good, some not – but it is what it is.

Nathanael started Cornelia. It’s a good fit. Academically, he is stagnating a bit, but in other ways he is thriving. He is developing terrific leadership and centering skills. The best compliments I get:
>”Your son seems so confident.”
>”Your son checks in with everyone in the class and just has this quiet, kind leadership.”
>”Your son connects on a level beyond most 6 year olds.”

I am sure he will need therapy at some point, but if we can keep him on a trajectory where he feels comfortable with himself, we’ll be thrilled.

K was traumatic for him and us. We did get into the Spanish immersion and had planned on sending him. Two things held us back: he didn’t want to go (it’s very upsetting to see him so upset) and I was having some nasty work shit go down and I couldn’t get my head around it. Probably the driving factor – we wanted him to feel part of a local community and Cornelia is a community school. I didn’t want friends to be 20 minutes away. While everyone is deep in hibernation mode right now, I do see a community building and forming. I love the Cornelia parents. We went to a fund raiser and it was so much fun. The parents were cool, it was nice to step out of the bad work juju (and feel NORMAL) – loved it.

We totally followed the bus the second day. We were so nervous that he would get lost in the big school. It didn’t help that when the bus driver picked up the Lilly and N – he was like, nop – I have no record of K’s here. I wanted to get on that bus and put my arms around his face and speak to him very, very slowly. Fortunately, he eventually found them on the bus list (who knew?).

N is doing basketball. This may be his sport. As he brings the ball up the court, seems like a natural thing for him to do – he passes well and takes good shoots too. He got so many baskets last night that everyone STOPPED clapping which REALLY pissed me off. Hello? Everyone deserves their moment in the sun, let’s give it to a Kinder. N continues to dislike swimming intensely and gymnastics is a maybe.

Christmas was delightful. It was great to be at home for a few weeks and have everyone connect with one another. The down time was amazing. We all just thrived in it. To have moments to breath and just do simple stuff was amazing.

New Years we had friends over, was super fun and the kids went downstairs and played. I feel so fortunate to have so many wonderful people in our lives. It’s amazing.

January hit with a force. It’s been awful, awful cold. Not good. 5 snow days! Never does this happen. Work was crazy and at one point, I realized N hadn’t showered in 2 weeks. But, we are onto Feb now and hopefully things will be calmer.

Little E

This is an outfit we sent him!


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