Surviving 5

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Gosh, it has been forever since I did a Kiddo update.
How are you almost 6 my girl? We are almost a month away. I am not ready. Emotionally, or quite literally.  I guess I should figure out what we are doing and where!

We have been in a very exhausting time in our lives.

We survived Kindergarten. Which, she did very well once she got over the first few weeks.
The only issue she had was boredom – waiting for the class to catch up to her. Thankfully she had a teacher that could help with that.

We are now, on the second year of school. First grade.

I have moved her over to the French Immersion.
Her days are MUCH longer but it gives her a challenge that she wasn’t getting in an English public school.

I just have to keep reminding myself that when I am doing bus runs at 730am and 430pm.
Because, of course, our bus company would not do the logical thing and send a smaller bus out to get all the younger kids in this area so they wouldn’t have such long days.

Instead they drag 5 and 6 year olds through the entire route and pick them up first. I swear the idiots that run our buses are complete morons.  Going by how many kids they lost leaving them at wrong stops and what not the first few weeks, it kinda proves my point.

The principal has been nothing short of amazing. The school has been nothing short of amazing for both of us. Which was a very nice surprise because the vibe I was getting when I enrolled her this summer was kind of scary and off putting.

But we love it. Despite the long days.
The only thing I am not loving is they don’t seem to do anything with scholastic. We are in to the second month of school and nothing has come home.
Kiddo didn’t even have her first library trip until yesterday and no book came home with her. So, I am trying to figure out why they do not push reading more than they do.
There is not even a book fair set up until a few months from now, and that one they call a French Book Fair, and when you are 5 and in your first year learning I am kind of wondering if there is going to be much there for her other than the small read along books that come with a cd.

We have moved on to chapter books for bedtime on weekends – with smaller ones during the week so she can get more sleep. But I don’t read french so that really limits us. (So, I am investigating our options and ways to help myself pick up some more French)

I think their empthasis on reading and what they do to support it is something they could do MUCH better. At least in the first grade.

We also have swimming lessons on Saturday morning. You can’t grow up surrounded by water and not learn. And to all those people that said throw her in she will learn – bite me. As someone who nearly drowned more than once because of that attitude I loathe that attitude.

Sundays, we are still doing church. Kiddo LOVES it there.

It is not unusal to see her snuggled up to the minister during the childrens discovery time – which she is often the only one lol
He has the patience of a saint. 🙂

We have new 6 year molars in her mouth and have had two visits from the tooth fairy in one week. You now, have no front teeth top or bottom.
That pirate look you sported on picture day until that other tooth fell out was very amusing.

We have also had what seems to be our yearly ER trip with you. I was surprised to see that it was almost to the day the last few years that we have ended up there. This time, it was a throat infection.
Ten days of antibotics, that meant removing you from summer school. (Not that, it turned out to be a bad thing that program was just dreadfully run!)

I have also signed you up for your first sleep away camp this July. Pee wee camp. It is run by our Church Organization so you should love it. Hopefully. It is 4 nights, 5 days. So hopefully I can figure out a way to make you okay with me not being there.

You have a temper. Gosh, do you ever. And a bit of an attitude since you started Kindergarten and it has not been fun.
But I think we are finally getting a handle on it thanks to a really awful Thanksgiving.
Not all your fault by a long shot. But we are better off for it.

We know, who we can rely on and who not to spend too much time with.  We are stronger now for it because it has brought us closer.  It allowed me a window in to how you handle big situations – where you are a big part of the issue and lets me see how you handle realizing that you made a very big mistake.

I was proud of how little almost 6 year old you handled a horrible situation and how you apologized for your part and tried to do what was right to make it better.

You are my girl and I am so proud of the lady you are becoming.

Mommy loves you.

xoxo

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It’s been a long week.
The choking incident, I spoke about on Twitter.
IKEA -3 hours. $150 later. I went there for one thing. A DVD stand matching the other book cases. $50.

The rest, toys for P. lol
20 finger puppets and stuffed food items for a play kitchen.
She’s not old enough for it but I didn’t think passed oo it’s cheaper than Etsy.

Got a cute little mobile like decoration to hang from the ceiling.

I also picked out her closet organizer.
Which had to be picked up without us in the car today.

It’s not a bad price $230.
It’s completely customizable, and can grow with her.

I chose doors and drawers in the accent colours of the room.
Pics when it’s all up and installed.

I can’t wait.
To finally be able to get her clothes and things organized.
Not that it’s been cool enough for her to wear much.

Oh my does she sweat. Poor kid gets that from the other side. Hopefully she grows out of it.

Bath time has gotten better.
She nurses through most of it.
It makes bed time easier. She’s cooler and I can sleep close to her without out the sweat smell.

The ceiling fan, thermal curtain, open window or AC also help.

We had a brief storm.
Maybe an hour. Not enough.
Our lawns are dead from the heat and lack of rain.

I withdrew from the free home visitors program. The new visitor was just to horrible to deal with.

Human black cloud.
So no.

Time in this family will not be wasted on things that make us less than happy.

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