Saturday, February 9, 2008

"Just" another week

Another week has gone by, and it doesn't seem like there is a whole lot to report. We had a conference with Evan's teachers and got a good report. He is pretty much ready for kindergarten, so we will proceed with that in the fall. He is apparently more independent at school than he is at home, so I will try to "help" him be a little more independent at home, too (ie. snapping his own pants and zipping his own jacket). He seems to be ready to read, and is interested in it, so we will start working on that a little more diligently and purposefully at home. His teachers said that he already had a few sight words down, which I didn't know.

Joel is still trying to be just like his brother. He is talking up a storm and understands more than we realize. We were watching The Little Mermaid the other day and when King Triton appeared for the 2nd or 3rd time I asked Evan who it was, just to see if he remembered. Joel quickly said, "Santa Claus!" (In case you don't remember he has long flowing hair and a long white beard.) He also thought that the bad pirate in The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything was Shrek. He was a fat gourd with warts and the same shade of green as Shrek, but that didn't really make me feel much better when Joel yelled, "Shrek!" every time the pirate came on the screen.

Steve has gotten to enjoy his guitars a little more lately. In fact, he pulled the electric out for the first time the other day. Evan was so excited he said, "WOW! Who's guitar is this?" He wanted to know when Steve had gotten it and from whom. He was very taken by it. Steve even let him play some and here is a little video of it. By the way, Evan let his monkey play, too. We call this movie Evan the Guitar Hero.

I have been working on Valentine's cards more than scrapbooking. There are only 4 other kids in Evan's class, so I helped him make their cards. He also made a card for his dad all by himself, which I think he enjoyed more than having me help. The boys also made some Valentine's shirts the other day, and today we made Valentine's rice krispie treats. So to share the Valentine spirit, I thought I would share a picture of the boys. (Joel is trying to hit the "tickle stick" that Dad is using to help me coax some smiles.)


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