WW: Proud of My Gals!

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at the Farm standing with their school scarecrow.

We had Parent Teacher Conferences last night and I am so SUPER DUPER PROUD of our Beans and Razz.  All glowing praises from their respective teachers!  Razz is pretty much done with the Kinder curriculum (after the first quarter) and her teacher now has to challenge her for the rest of the year.  Beans is excelling all around as well.  It was SO hard for me to contain my smile.

I wonder though, is it wrong to gloat?  That paragraph up there was going to be my FB status.  Then, I thought, is that ok?  Is that frowned upon?  Is it too show-offy?

My FB friends are people I know in real life with the exception of 2 bloggers, but I’ve “known” them via blogs since I was pregnant with Beans (who will be 8 on Sunday!!!!).   Now, we are FB posters, I  mean, my hubby and I post a lot – photos and status updates.  Mostly because our family is on there and our immediate family is in NJ and TX and cousins all around the US and in the Philippines.  It’s a way for us to all keep up with each other without having to do mass emails all the time like before.  Now, we also have friends from grammar school and high school that we may not have kept in touch with if it weren’t for FB.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we all found each other and reconnected, but you know, there are some that we’re just not tight with that are we are friends with.  Who knows, they’re probably sick of us and hid us from their timelines, but anyway, I digress.

Is it in bad taste for me  / us to post how proud we are of our children?  I was wondering, maybe someone’s child is having a hard time and they may take our post in a negative way.

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WW: Thanksgiving 2012

I know, I know…everyone’s on full on Christmas/Holiday mode we are too.  However, I cannot let this Thanksgiving go unnoticed (I’ll probably also do catch up entries on birthdays and Jamaica).

This was our 1st Thanksgiving in our new house.  The rest of our family is in NJ and so it was just us 5 celebrating together this year.  I decided to try to make it “formal” and that way our girls could learn and get familiar with table settings and the proper ways to do things with grace, elegance and proper manners.  Besides, they’re always playing Princess Dress-Up, might as well learn etiquette too.  – side note – I wish they had some type of etiquette / manners courses in schools…how to set the table properly and know which fork does what, etc.  I know we, as parents can teach them, but sometimes it’s received differently when taught by a school teacher.

In any case, pDaddy and I agreed upon what we wanted to eat and so off I went doing groceries (almost everyday for a week, it seemed).  Everything was homemade with the exception of Shrimp Cocktail and Dessert.  I guess I could have  made desserts too, but that’s ok.  Turkey was marinated overnight and everything was ready and prepped for the next day.

I woke up early on Thanksgiving – I think I was just really excited to cook for my family.  I haven’t cooked a Thanksgiving Dinner since ’08 / ’09 and I remember being half-assed about it.  I woke up too early so I decided, to add to the formality of the luncheon, to make some menus.  I found a template on line I liked and I cut and glued and punched away.  I had to cut the papers by hand because my paper cutter was missing it’s blades (I hid them from the baby and I guess I hid them well b/c I still can’t find them).   I wanted to make place cards as well, but I decided not to…no place card holders and I didn’t feel like cutting by hand anymore (spoiled, I know).

So, after that, I got breakfast going and got to cooking our luncheon.  Here’s our Thanksgiving Day feast (no, we don’t do stuffing…I just never had it growing up).   I hope you all had a great one :)

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WW: WYSIWYG – not…

First of all, how many out there even know what WYSIWYG means or is that something common now? hmmm…how many of you REMEMBER when that term first came about? Am I totally dating myself here?

Judging from these pictures, these look to be 2 lil girls having fun on a bike. Truth of the matter is, we just let them take the bike up and down the driveway to enjoy a beautiful, sunny, warm Fall day. Razz is actually walking around with walking pneumonia while the other has similar symptoms, but wasn’t diagnosed w/the same. Both are nebulizing every 4 hours…yes, even through the night. Both are on a 5 day antibiotic regimen. Razz is also on an oral steroid (she has the walking pneumonia and has a history of being hospitalized for asthma) and will need to take a maintenance med (singulair’s finally got a generic brand-woot-woooooo!) after she’s done w/her 5 day doses. So, no, What You See Is Not What You Get in this instance…this is just them, enjoying a beautiful day sans coughing fit…when in reality, they’re doing this every 4 hours… #beingsicksux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WW: 4th of July Weekend 2012

4th of July this year was HOT and on a Wednesday and HOT. I had a love/hate relationship with it. I loved it because WHOO-HOO! Got a break in the middle of the week. Hated it b/c OH NO! 2 Mondays! And it was HOT! Did I mention that already? It was in 100s ALL week and didn’t “cool” off to the upper 80s until Saturday afternoon.

Still, it was a great weekend. I was off Wednesday and Friday and our awesome friends from NJ came by to visit us! We toured them around our new neck of the woods (though it’s all cornfields once you go beyond a 5 mile radius). We also snuck in a trip to Chicago…perfect timing too as we celebrated our 5th Anniversary :)

Buddy’s 1st trip to the city…I couldn’t stop singing “hot times, buddy(summer) in the city” (you know you’re singing it now too).
Hot Times...Buddy in   the City

Our hotel was kid AND pet friendly – giving them all goodie bags and treats. They even had a kiddie hour where they had popcorn and lemonade set up for the kids along with board games and a Wii station too!

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And we had the “Palace Theater” lights as our view…
Palace Theater lights...view from our room
Palace Theater

Saturday, we ate a Filipino Restaurant. OH MY YUMNESS! How I’ve missed Filipino(unhealthy) food! We missed it so much, we had brunch there again on Sunday! I was so excited to eat I forgot the “before” pic. Here’s the after…I wish I had more room in my belly!
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There happened to be a street fest going on so we got to go check it out and the girls even got to go on a pony ride! Excuse me as I am ripping Shrimpie’s top…This must have been one of the times she let go and I had to quickly hold her up / tighter:
Shrimpie Pony Ride

Razz Pony Ride

Beans Pony Ride

Thankfully, it cooled off on Saturday and we got to celebrate our 5th Anniversary without sweating every second of just standing outdoors.

Razz & Beans at the Navy Pier w/Pirates and in front of the Ferris Wheel entrance (holy long line batman):
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Razz and Beans at the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

Here we are in our room before heading out again:
07.07.07  - 5 year anniversary

Grabbing our grub w/Chaprille who drove out from NJ :)
Chaprille came from NJ and spent 4th of July / celebrated our anniversary w/us :)

Dessert – chocolate crepe w/ice cream:
Anniversary Dessert

Walking along Michigan Ave, we spotted our “anniversary” building:
Seven Seven Seven Michigan Ave... 07.07.07 Our Anniversary :)

So, of course, we had to pose in front of it.  Don’t mind my windblown bangs in the windy city…And no, we didn’t mean to match.  I only brought 1 tee b/c I thought it would be crazy hot like the previous days.  He only had this tee to match his sneakers (which he wore this night b/c of all the walking we were planning on doing.  Otherwise, he would just wear his sandals).

777 Michigan Ave - our anni :)

We didn’t take too many “touristy” type photos since we did a lot of that back in February when we went. We didn’t make it to they Skydeck like we had planned. The line was too long and we were supposed to come back, but dinner was so yum and filling that we wanted to walk a bit and then watched fireworks from the sidewalk as the Navy Pier was putting on a show. Sorry, no good fireworks pics here. We were on the sidewalk and had a sign in our view at times.

fireworks from Navy Pier - view from the sidwalk

It really cooled off at night and the Windy City proved why it is called that:
Razz & Beans "windy" city it is

Felt like our stay was too short, as always. Really starting to like Chi-town (though I’m not sure I like saying “Chi-town”…lol).

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WW: Mother’s Day Part 3 – To Jump or Not to Jump…

Um, well, my post has nothing to do with the 4th of July, but Happy Independence Day, anyway! Be safe as you celebrate ;)

Ok, so 1st part of this series is all about how I was on an adventure w/no knowledge of my destination. Part 2 was Training. Sorry it’s taken so long to finish this series…work’s been busy and we had guests and activities and etc…Anyway, here’s the finale…

Training finally concluded.  pDaddy and the girls were there and I was scheduled to be on the 3rd load.  There were 13 students that day and they only take up 2 or 3 at a time.  It was after 12pm.  All I had was coffee, Gatorade and a couple of Doritos that were in my truck.  pDaddy brought me a granola bar to help me from passing out.  I didn’t want to eat-eat until after I was done.

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It was almost, probably, over 90 degrees at this point.  It was my turn to suit up and to say I was sweating bullets is an under statement. Sure, the jumpsuit didn’t help, but I was already sweating before that.  Put my goggles and helmet on and my sweat was dripping into my goggles!  Don’t let that smile fool you.

Finally, it was our turn and I was told I would jump first since it was starting to get windy and they wanted the smaller ones done first so we don’t get blown too far off, just in case…and by “small”, it was relative.  Basically, they wanted the “shorties” to go first.  lol.  Anyway, I was a nervous wreck.

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Thoughts flooded my head…

What if I can’t hang on long enough onto that strut and fall off before  my Jump Master gives me the GO?  (I was told that was ok and just prepare to arch my back so I don’t swirl and twirl too much).

What if my parachute doesn’t meet the “Is it there?  Is it square?  Does it flare?” perfect scenario?  Will I remember all the things I’m supposed to do to handle the malfunction(s)?

What if I land wrong?  What if I lose radio signal w/the Jump Master on the ground that would help us check our chute’s mobility in the air and bring us in for landing?

So.Many.Thoughts.Rushing through my head.  I guess my Jump Master sensed it so he kept trying to talk to me about other stuff and would slip in a “You’ll be fine” every now and then…

That ascent to 3500 feet was the LONGEST ever.  I felt like we were never going to make it up there.  The more time that passed, the more I was ready to back out.

Finally, we reached altitude and the Jump Master yelled “DOOR” to which we had to respond “DOOR” – acknowledging that he was going to open it.

And there it was…

Open fields right underneath us.  How beautiful it all looked!

I said a quick prayer b/c I knew that any second, my JM (jump master) would give me the commands.  That he did…and what I feared was making me feel like I couldn’t do it

the next few paragraphs are commands and such, but I promise, more fun pics after :).

Command A – GET YOUR FEET OUT

I was given the command, but I couldn’t get my arm on the strut (you’re supposed to hold onto the strut as you get your feet out).  I couldn’t fight the wind.  I realized that I wasn’t pushing hard enough so on the 3rd try, I did it.  I pushed hard and got my hand on the strut and feet on the step.  End of Command A.

Command B – GET YOUR WHOLE BODY OUT  (aka the one that feels like FOREVER)

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This meant I had to get both arms on the strut which also meant I had to turn my body (and feet) from rear facing to front facing and start making my way out onto the strut.

So much was going through my mind that I can’t even remember parts of it.  I just know that I did have a bit of a hard time making my way there.  I was holding onto for dear life – literally.  I was making my way over and almost started grabbing the strut wrong – just like they told us not to do (by wrapping wrist around it).  I don’t know how long it took me to make my way over and I know I didn’t fully make it all the way, but I did end up under the mark for where my head was supposed to be (basically, you need to look up at the wing and make sure you are under an orange dot…picture of the plane and where orange dots are in previous post on this).  I don’t know how long my feet were off the step before I turned to look for my JM to give me the next command.

COMMAND C – DOT (aka GO aka thumbs up).

All I know is I finally looked and he gave me the GO.  I looked up at the mark above my head, took a few deep breaths, let go and arched my back as best as I could.

I almost forgot to count 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 – which is when I was supposed to check for my parachute to be deployed and check for malfunctions.

I finally got back to the moment and checked my chute and put my hands in the toggles (handles) so I could steer and do my mobility checks.  Just then, the JM on the radio came in…

Ok Stephanie.  Let’s do some checks.  Right 360.  Left 360. Flare.

And I did it.

Once that was done he stayed quiet except when he would need to bring me on course so I didn’t drift too far off.

I looked down and just marveled at how beautiful it was.  Granted, it was all farmland and most of the crops were still not in sprout mode so a lot of the land was still brown, but it was still beautiful  none the less.  Simply, AMAZING.

plane and me

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I had mixed feelings b/c I wanted to stay up and float around a lot longer up there, but the straps around my legs were starting to dig in and hurt…then there was a point where I thought I was starting to feel nauseous…probably from nerves or not eating or both.  Next thing I know, he was bringing me in for landing…time for my descent.
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and my landing…
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LANDING

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Pictures prove that I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.  I landed softly with a little roll like we were taught to do.  I looked up and saw my class, instructors and pDaddy and my girls.  I heard the cheers from everyone, but none sounded sweeter than my girls.

GO MOMMY!
MOooooooooooooooM!
YEAH MOMMY!

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WHOOOO!

My Cheerleaders:
CHEERLEADERS
2 Saturdays in a row where my girls cheered me on (the previous weekend, I ran 5k).  How magnificent is that?

One of the instructors helped me w/my Chute and I walked back, still smiling, giving the thumbs up signs and just in awe of everything that just happened.  What a rush!

Holy crap.  I did it!  And I landed safely!  And OMG!!! I JUMPED OFF A PLANE!!!  WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Now, will I jump again?

If you asked me that day, I would have given an emphatic YES!

That Sunday, YES.

As days go on, hmmmm….I really do hate that walking and moving up the strut part and fighting the winds and umm…hmmm…so my answer, MAYBE, MAYBE NOT.  BUT, I’ve done this once in my life and I’m happy about that.

Cross this off my Bucket List!

(now do I add free fall solo on there?  hmmmmmmm  that does mean I would need to do this about 7-8 more times so hmmmm)

 

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WW: Memorial Day Weekend – 2012

We did absolutely nothing. Well, OK, I didn’t do much. pDaddy shampooed all our carpets…our rooms are brighter now! Woohoo!

While others were out and about swimming, shopping, beaching, we stayed home and grilled and ate and chillaxed in central air as it was in the 90s all weekend (how did I ever live w/o Central Air before???) and then did it all over again. The only time we left the house was to buy stuff to grill, buy some new rugs and carpet runners and grab some Thai food for lunch yesterday. I have to say though, with the heat, we missed our old pool. pDaddy, Beans and I started to joke around and imagine our pool in the backyard and that Beans just took a dip and got all tan already. Poor Razz just woke up from a nap and thought she totally missed out! She was about to cry b/c she couldn’t “see” it and really wanted to swim!

fireworks display We did play w/sparklers and snaps one night. It was the first time the girls ever saw them and played with them. It wasn’t easy to get those back in NJ (no firework sales). I was baffled when I saw a fireworks display INSIDE one of our stores here. I wish we took pictures, but I was in charge and Marco was carrying Shrimp in one arm and had Buddy’s leash on the other hand. Razz was a bit scared at first, but then loved it. Beans was so happy with the whole experience, she asks EVERY DAY and EVERY NIGHT if we can do Sparklers that night. It makes a good bribe – “be good and we will” :)

At one point, the girls wanted to dance and do some Hawaiian/Hula dancing. I, in the most pathetic way, attempted to show them. Razz and Shrimpie got into it while Beans sat on the couch swaying back and forth. Shrimpie got into it so much, she kept “kembot-ing” (swaying her hips) so hard she would lose her balance! It was hilarious! She added her hands twisting and it was just the cutest thing! We were laughing so hard and enjoying it so much that we forgot to “get out of the moment” and grab the camera to film her. Then, following conversation then took place:

Me: Shrimpie, you’re TOO cute!
Razz: Cuter than me?!?!?!
Me: You’re ALL cute!
Razz: ESPECIALLY me!

Well then…

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I admire these girls for their confidence! I hope it’s something they keep with them forever, but not to the point where they’re conceited…just to the point where they know. Having confidence is not as easy as it seems… :)

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Shrimp’s talking a lot more now and it feels like she really added to her vocab this weekend:
“side” or “outside” when she wants to go out
“How doin” or “What doin” for how or what are you doing?
Hi-Fiiii = Hi-Five!
Shhhhoes - especially when she knows it’s time to go somewhere…She’ll start saying SHOOOOES and then proceed to the shoe closet.
Whoa…whoa..WHOOOOAAAA! – said emphatically as she walks backwards and pretend like she’s tripping or falling.
Daddy’s…Mommy’s…etc. when she sees things that she sees us using. She does this for everyone in the house.
Aaah-boy – When talking to Buddy…saying “Good Boy”
Cickle = Circle. When she wants to write (or steal) my pen.
There-i-iiiss = There it is!
Cheeeeeese…well, for cheese. She loves to eat cheese.
Coookieesssss cookies :)

Speaking of eating. She’s the pickiest eater out of the three. The big 2, pretty much, eat anything they’re given – always. Shrimp, nope, not even close. Of course when it comes to snacks or cookies or anything “junk”, she’s right there waiting for her fair share and she will make it known that she wants some. Anyway, we’ve resorted to giving her Pediasure just so she gets nutrients she’s missing out on from not eating solids and only just drinking milk. She now has some “mind-game” going on because I originally put the Pediasure in a sippy-cup. If I put that SAME drink in a bottle, even if she’s watching me, she will REFUSE to drink it (kicking and screaming optional…though happens more often than not). If I put bottle contents into her sippy cup, as she watches me, she grabs the sippy right away and drinks it. Maybe she’s ready to give up the bottle too? We tried to give her strawberry milk, but once she saw me pour REGULAR whole milk in her sippy and added strawberry syrup, she was NOT having it. Oh my…

What else? Ah yes, Shrimpie likes taking off her diaper now and will be all Houdini about it. She’ll figure out how to take it off even if she’s got pants on and a onesie…she slips it off somehow and Sunday? SUNDAY?!!! She took it off AFTER pooping! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Had little dark red/brown stuff all over carpets (color due to Pediasure). I took her up to the shower and Marco got to scrubbing. Good thing he was already planning on shampooing our carpets too.

Razz had some manners issues. I don’t know what happened, but she’s getting kind of bad w/minding her manners and she’s being pushy. Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to a sassy fourTEEN year old instead of four. We are working on it. BIG time. For example, yesterday, Beans asked if she could have an ice pop. I said what color and Beans says blue. Razz says, “I want a pink Ice Pop”. Um, no little girl. You don’t tell me you ASK me if you can have one first. She’s had a few other moments of getting in trouble for being sassy, but I think (hope) she’s realizing why and how to mend it. Other than that, she’s pretty great…loves to read and always helps me with the laundry. She has such a great sense of humor too. Instead of getting all sore/swoll when we joke around w/her, she’ll joke right back!

Beans is getting used to taking naps again and she LOVES it :) It took some getting used to, but playing w/Buddy outside and whatever else, has made her hot and tired enough to nap over the weekend and she’s napping now as well :) She has gotten SO super helpful and even washes dishes! She does whatever is asked of her and moves quickly about it too.

shrimpie beating up her big sistersThe 2 big girls, when together (at a store, etc.) can sometimes act up a storm, but the 2 girls, together with Shrimpie, is AWESOME to watch. They really love Shrimp and try to play with her and make her laugh all the time. They also try to protect her (from herself). I guess Shrimpie knows how much her they care for her and is ALWAYS giving them hugs. She also loves to beat up on them (as seen in this pic). And the great part is, the girls are very tolerable of her! Even Buddy is! I can only hope they are this good with each other later on in life…

Don’t let this innocent look fool you:
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I really wanted to plant and work on our little patch of a “garden”, but it was just TOO hot! I didn’t even want to walk around nurseries / home improvement stores to check out the plants and such. It is supposed to cool off this week, so maybe then, I will. I also wanted to go through our storage and get rid of stuff (and make room for more stuff). Mainly, I wanted to give up all of my clothes (pre-pregnancy). I mean seriously, I doubt I will ever wear a size 0, 2 or 4 again. I have a few boxes in storage that I should go wash and sell to our local consignment shops or ship to the Philippines. Too bad the closest cargo shipper is 2 hours away. I tried to schedule a pick up in February and they said they were going to come, but they never did. Let’s hope I get some work done this week while it cools off.

Now, to all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to service our country, to those have serviced our country and continue to, THANK YOU.

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School’s Out for the Summer

Last Day of School - 05.23.2012

Anyone else singing that song in their heads?

Well, it seems like, in the blink of an eye, we now have a 1st Grader amongst us.

Today was Beans’ last day of school – all of 1 hour. I don’t know…don’t ask. I picked her up and she looked sad and told me she was teary eyed earlier. 2 of her classmates were bawling…I mean, really, really, really crying their eyes out complete w/huffing and puffing. These Kindergarteners love their teacher and their friends and will really miss each other, I guess…

When I finally got her to liven a bit, she gave me her report card and she did pretty well overall. Looks like she’s even excelling in Math, according to the state/national test she took :) In this year, she’s reading more, faster and better.

Here are her favorites about Kindergarten:

  • Class: Science because she really liked learning new things about animals and insects – especially caterpillars turning into butterflies. Her teacher had that caterpillar / butterfly kit so they were able to see the transformation.
  • Sport (in PE): Hockey. This could be due to the fact that she just finished up Ice Hockey lessons this past Saturday.
  • Music Class: Playing a lollipop drum.
  • Color: Still green.
  • Book: Still “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss (also her fave from Pre-K).
  • Person from History: George Washington because he was the very first President of the United States of America. She learned about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and…? I’m not even sure of all the others, but those are her top 3.

During her last full week of school they had a THEME week where each day, they would dress up or do things as part of the theme. They had HAT Day where she wore my Mickey Mouse Hat from our Disney trip in 2010. PAJAMA Day she wore cloud pajamas from Mama. For CRAZY HAIR Day, I just did a whole bunch of buns (so not creative) and when I realized I should have bought colored hairspray, it’s when I was already driving her to school. They also had STUFFED ANIMAL Day where she brought “Plex” who holds a special place in her heart because she won him all by herself from one of those crane machines. Last, but not least, they had HAWAIIAN/BEACH Day where she wore the dress Mum bought her from the Philippines.

Hat Day, Pajama Day, Crazy Hair Day (I'm so not creative), Stuffed Animal Day, Hawaiian/Beach Day

She’s gotten more involved w/different sports this year too…She’s still in TKD (a red belt), played 2 sessions of Biddy and 1st Grade Basketball and then started Ice Hockey. She will start Softball in a couple of weeks while still going to TKD and starting a second session of hockey. She will skip soccer this year though she loved it last year. Oh and let me not forget that she can ride a bike now! She learned some time in April…Wasn’t kidding when I said we call her “Sporty Spice”.

Anyway, now, it’s summer break. What do we have in store? Well, I’ll have ALL 3 girls home with me (and of course the big 2 are already bickering), but Beans is a GREAT helper and I could always use an extra set of hands. She really has grown into her big sister role like she owns it. She tries to help with dishes, emptying/switching out garbage, walking Buddy (our pup who I have yet to introduce) and soothing Shrimp. No wonder her teacher has nothing but praises for her. Of course, she has her other side where she will say things in a way she knows not to (like answering with “WHAT”. UGH). She also will sometimes not realize that she’s doing stuff she’s not supposed to – like talking loudly while her baby sister is napping…but you know what? She’s still a kid after all and if those are the only things that are a MINUS to all her PLUSes, then we’ve got it good :)

And whoa…I’m still trying to wrap myself around the fact that she will be in 1st Grade next year. FIRST. GRADE. Holy Moly!

PS = Still disappointed that there was no Kinder Graduation in this school. Not even a “Stepping Up Celebration” or “Completion Celebration” or “Kinder Awards”…zero, zilch, nada…

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