I know a lot of things

Posted on October 22, 2010. Filed under: What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Gotta love this. I was exchanging emails with MB’s teacher today and his final note shared a little bit of my MB.

I was doing kinder assessments with MB and I complimented her on her correct answers to the questions and MB said, “I know a lot of things.”

That sums our girl up.

In the lead or control.

Swears she knows more than anyone else.

Absorbs everything she can possibly from conversations, surroundings, life.

Funny how those 6 little words just bring to vision our little girl in a nutshell.

It was good for a laugh or too around the dinner table as well.

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Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall

Posted on September 27, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I, What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , |

How cute is this.

Last night we are getting ready for bed and MB is cleaning up her room. I hear her singing softly “Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall”

I stop her and say what are you singing. She smiles and sings a little louder:

Winter, Spring, summer or fall
All you got to do is call
And I’ll be there
you’ve got a friend?

I smile and ask her where she learned that. She said Mr. Kinder taught me.

Then I got the newsletter. They are starting to study the seasons.

So Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. How cute is that?

Just another reason I love Mr. Kinder.

Teaching my daughter James Taylor and the seasons all at once.

Ahh….the year is just getting better and better.

Now off to find photos of MB in the snow to send to Mr. Kinder– to show the other AZ kids who have never seen a NY WINTER!

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When I grow up

Posted on September 18, 2010. Filed under: What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well we had our first when I grow up conversation. And not a bad first career choice.

MB has decided she wants to be a teacher. She has given it quite a bit of thought.

She has first decided that she will not be getting married.

She wants to be Ms. MB when she is a teacher and therefore will not be getting married so she doesn’t have to change her name.

I choose not to explain to her at this time that she doesn’t have to change her name if she doesn’t want to.

When I asked her if she knew what grade she wanted to teach she said yes she was going to teach 1st Grade.

Why? I asked.

She explained that Kinders were too new and learning how to be away from their parents and what school was all about. By first grade they knew what was up and had the routine down so it would be better to teach 1st graders than Kinders.

I had to laugh.

Guess it is obvious to the Kinders too that they are “adjusting”

I figure it is a compliment to Mr. Kinder that he is able to handle their adjusting. That and the fact that she says she is thankful for him every night during her prayers and comes off the bus smiling every day.

I hear parents complaining that there isn’t enough structure in the classroom…but I think whatever Mr. Kinder is doing is just right. MB loves school, looks forward to it every day- and while it is only the first month I can’t think of a better way to start the very long school career ahead.

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Yellow Light

Posted on September 10, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Color mark from Crayola "Yellow Green&quo...

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Green light= good

Yellow light= warning

Red= time to talk with the teacher.

Every day MB gets the color on a card in her folder.

We have been going 2 weeks strong with just greens. We have heard Mr. Kindergarten doesn’t give out many yellows or reds, but per MB he has had to do a few reds already.

There has been a lot of movement in the classroom seating so we were a little worried Ms. Chatterbox was talking too much in class.

Then Friday we got her behavior report and it looked like we had our first yellow. I was surprised that MB didn’t tell us right away and she was a little taken back to see she had a yellow. Though quickly she had her reason for the yellow, she wasn’t listening to Mr. Kindergarten.

It turned into a minor tragedy of tears, but we talked about the lessons we learned.

1) Always telling the truth

2) Listening to our teacher

3) Knowing that no matter what we love you

Well I sent a note to the teacher just to check in and make sure we knew what caused the yellow light, so we could make sure we reinforce it at home.

Ahh guess what. MB didn’t get a yellow light. Crayola did. It was a green but was some yellow-green color from Crayola that made it look yellow.

There are 3 very very happy people in our house right now. The note said MB was doing awesome. Happy Mom. Happy TB. (Yes he was so happy he sprung the new to MB before I got a chance too!!!) Happy MB.

….untill we get our first real yellow light.

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Going to the nursery

Posted on September 9, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I, What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I keep laughing at MB. She doesn’t find it amusing.

It started when she got off the bus and had lost her first tooth. She told me she had to go to the nursery when her tooth was about to fall out. I waited a minute and said oh you mean the Nurse’s office. Yea, yeah, whatever was the response. We were talking about her first lost tooth- who cares about grammar and the right terminology.

Well as she retold the story again and I again she kept calling it the nursery. I kept giggling. She would glare at me. What did the babies say? She looks at me like I am nuts. Well MB babies are in the nursery. When I am sick or lose a tooth I would go see a nurse not a baby, how about you? Again not amused. But I was.

Last night it happened again. MB was sharing a story. Not a real story. A story that she was making up. Like what if this happened at school kind of story. Someone got hurt and had to go to the nursery.

Oh boy those babies are really good at taking care of hurt kids. Oh, mom, you know what I mean. I said not really. She corrects herself.

Now I sit back and reflect and it still makes me giggle. It reminds me when she used to call the elevator the alligator. Or when she called magazines, maaagaasines. I love those little mis-words.

I know it is my job to correct and teach her the right word, but I must admit I am going to miss when she stops going to the nursery.

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Bento box finally

Posted on September 8, 2010. Filed under: Good Finds, Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well the search is over.

As just after 3 weeks lunches are getting boring I have been on the lookout for a bento box so I could start getting a little more creative. And have less food come home uneaten. After searching Target, Container Store, and on and on I happened upon the prefect items at TJ Max.

We were ready for our first bento. It was a hit and this was just with leftovers. I am excited too.

MB is such an eat with your fingers girl. She is going to eat so much better this way. For example. I set out grapes, cut up strawberries she digs in. I cut up a chicken breast into bite size pieces she devours the whole thing. I leave it for her to cut herself she eats about half. Maybe it is lazy, or probably just distraction. Yet I know the bite size will be a success for the year ahead.

I also found a great blog, Bento Lunch. Everyday they post a new creation. After a few days of seeing the cute cut-out cheese slices I think I am going to have to start looking for cookie cutters. Love it.

This bento is not fancy, but it was our first! So much better than the lunchables she is always begging for too!

Anyone else bento box? What are your favorite things to put in the lunch box? Always looking for some new healthy and fun ideas!

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Can it really change that much in 25 years??

Posted on August 28, 2010. Filed under: What she said | Tags: , , , , , |

After just 2 weeks I am wondering what else has changed since I was in Kindergarten????

Tonight at dinner MB was telling me about what she did in Art Class. We were out to dinner and she was for once being really talkative about what was going on in school. I was so happy. Then we came to a stumper. She couldn’t remember the name of the people who they were making necklaces like in Art class. She said you know those people who were around long time ago and they fought with spears?

I said: “Oh, the Indians?”

“No”

“Do you mean the Pilgrims and Indians?”

Immediately she shook her head. “No, not them mommy. You know the old Americans.”

Old Americans?

Oh, wait I got it.

“Do you mean Native Americans?”

“Yes, mom that is it”

Ok so first Pluto is no longer a planet.

We no longer celebrate Christmas but have a Winter Celebration.

And now it is not Pilgrims and Indians but Pilgrims and Native Americans.

I know it is all for good reason…but kinda crazy to think that 25 years ago we did this all with no problem and now it has all been “corrected”.

Not to mention I am going to have to brush up or MB is going to start thinking I am from another planet.

But that is the least of my worries.

The conversation then turned on to who had a crush on L, another girl at our bus stop. Crush?

We are using the word crush in kindergarten. I would actually rather hear boyfriend and girlfriend…I think.

Oh I don’t really think I want to hear any of it…but we talked about the crushes and fortunately for now MB does not have a “crush” or anyone that is “crushing” on her.

Can we make it through the whole year without a crush???? Probably not likely since she already had decided she wants to invite one boy to her upcoming spa/slumber party. It’s the boy at her table…he is nice…though not nice enough at this point to have remembered his name. At least not yet.

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Colors of the Rainbow

Posted on August 27, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment | Tags: , , , , , , |

So this week at school it was color week. Everyday a different color and so we had to coordinate the wardrobe.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought. We even came up with coffee beans to send in for Brown day!

So not as worried about next week as the colors continue.

Then as I went for my run this morning…a lovely 2.8 miles in below 90 degree weather, which is a real treat after 114 degree temps I saw this great rainbow to wrap up our color week. Sent it to Mr. Kinder for sharing on the smart board. Love email..got a response before we even sent MB off to the bus-stop!

Happy to have the whole clan back under one roof and looking forward to the weekend!

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Review: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

Posted on August 12, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , , |

Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1)Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I got this book as MB was starting Kindergarten and riding the school bus. So I thought what a perfect series to start with her first year of school.

I had hopes that we would be reading this series through the year and growing up with Junie B.

Well I guess I should of read the reviews a little bit before I ordered. I was disappointed. Junie B is not well behaved. She uses worlds like stupid and hate. I found myself censoring as I read. Not what you want to be doing as you put your little one to bed after a long day.

The story was cute and deals with the some of the fears and unknowns of going to school for the first time…but could of done without showing the behaviors I don’t want in my daughter.

Now off to find another series that hopefully will do better.

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What I learned on my first day of Kindergarten

Posted on August 9, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment, Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Well its official. We are now in school. Kindergarten has begun.

A few things I learned today.

1) A million parents will go the classroom on the first day. Cameras, video, and tears. The principal will have to get them all the leave by saying class is starting. However, if you happen to get to see your little one sitting in their chair at their desk in the big classroom. You will cry. I managed the bus stop ok but the little stop in the classroom. The sweet smile when she saw us there, even though it wasn’t expected. It made me realize that she was a big girl now.

2. I am lucky to be sharing this with someone who is just as caught up in the moment as me. I wasn’t the one doing drive-bys at the school in hopes of seeing MB on the playground. Each time he made my heart swell just a little bit bigger.

3. The little things don’t go un-noticed. I put a little I love you note in MB’s lunch box and while she didn’t say anything at first after being home for a while she says to me “someone put a little note in my lunchbox”, “who did that?”, “you did and it was really sweet”. Enter hug and a few more tears.

4. Expect some independence with what they eat. We had to pack lunch and a snack. When I asked what she ate for her snack turns out she ate her PB&J for the snack and ate the carrots, grapes, cheese as lunch.

5. There is no better feeling then every time you tell someone who MB’s teacher is they squeal with delight and tell you how much you will love him. I heard so many wonderful things about Mr. Kindergarten that I can’t wait to see him live in action.

6. That even if your little one goes to school for years it won’t be the same as their first day of kindergarten. I have not been a SAHM so MB has always been in pre-school. We have done drop off and pick up for years. Yet today it was different. I paced, I could never fully focus and constantly was waiting for her to come home off the school bus. There is no preparation for when they really head off to school.

7. That I have wonderful neighbors. From the first greeting of the day telling MB she looked great for her big day, to the bus stop chatter, to the mom who brought popsicles for all the kids when they got off the bus, till the last neighbor who checked in to see how the day was — and all the other’s that followed it on facebook. It takes a village and I am loving our village.

8. Life is good and I officially have a Kindergartner.

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