Thursday, September 29, 2011

Not much new to report.

Apparently I've been neglecting my mom paparazzi duties and haven't been taking enough pictures of my daughter.  There are only two pictures of her, the rest of them are of the dogs.  And even the ones with her have Frank in them.  
School is going better for Esther.  She seems to have gotten the hang of it, though last Friday was rough.  She shut a door in a girl's face and wouldn't open it when asked and nagged and whined at the computer users so she could have a turn.  So she spent some time in the thinking chair again.  Joys of parenthood.
Enjoy the pictures of my dogs.


in the car

pretty sure E wasn't trying to flip me off

Car ride in the sunshine

Esther has been really into freezing her toys to see what happens.  Here is a poor little lego guy stuck in the ice.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our blog is really bright! I'll wait while you go get some shades. (Updated: never mind, I changed it)

I got a new laptop because my old one was sooooo slow, and when I saw the background I had picked for the blog, man is it fluorescent! Apparently my old computer was not only slow but color blind. I may have to change it so I don't inflict everyone with a glaring headache!  But not right now.
This week at kindergarten was much better for Esther.  I think she just needed to figure out that her teacher and her parents are all on the same page as far as rules. It helps that I hear any news almost instantly with texts from the teacher.
We had our first parent/teacher conference and Esther is getting almost straight D's! But D's are for "developing" so she's right where she's supposed to be.  There were 3 C's which is for "concern" and they all have to do with cooperation.  Not much of a surprise but she needs work interacting positively with others, respecting others' rights, feelings, and ideas, and resolving problems with peers appropriately.  Basically her report card should read:  "Does not play well with others."  When I was Esther's age, mine said something like:  "Very quiet, shy, doesn't interact with others."  Gene's would have said:  "Class clown, plays well with others, needs to focus on classwork."
Sharing has never been Esther's strong suit, she wants something and thinks she should have it, and have it NOW!  Getting her to empathize with others is hard.  Some of it might be due to the fact that she is an only child but a lot of it is her personality.  Gotta love my spirited girl! She'll get it, it just might take awhile.  
E did get an S for "strength" in developing large motor skills meaning she has great coordination, which we have seen.  The teacher did say that some of the boys in class are a little confused by Esther; she looks like a girl, but plays like a boy, and has boy shoes.
And now for the photos:
Getting some Frankie love!

OK, that's enough.

Esther and her new tiny sandbox, complete with a volcano, dinos and fossils.


Doing homework.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

She might be getting the hang of it!

No "thinking chair" yet this week. No texts from the teacher.
Monday Esther had a dental appointment. She is not particularly fond of the dentist. They have never hurt her but she assumes the worst. But good news to this former dental assistant, her hygiene is good and she's cavity free!

Here's some photos at the dentist, walking to the bus, and waiting for the bus.  Frank fits nicely under Ollie.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Got to say I'm loving school.

Having 3 & 1/2 hours a day to myself is awesome. I get Esther on the bus at noon with the dogs then we go for a 45 minute walk. After that I do what ever I want, which usually means cleaning, but do you now how easy cleaning is with out a 5 year old trying to help? I have to say it again...AWESOME!
Esther did great this week, though Friday she did spend some time in the "thinking chair", after which she was a little angel!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Today was a good day at school.

Last week (yes the first week of school), I got two texts from E's teacher. Esther snatched a toy from a kid and ignored all attempts to work it out. Then she squeezed a girl's hand and wouldn't let go until the teacher intervened. Of course we had a discussion about sharing and listening. I told E this morning that if she wasn't kind and respectful today, I would drive her to and from school tomorrow. No fun bus ride.
I am happy to report that she did great today! I made sure to praise her good behavior a ton!
Her are some pics, one the teacher sent of Esther holding her classwork, & one of said classwork.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Testing to see if I can post from my new phone.