Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pinball








(Checking out the scary clown haunted barn at Bloomsbury) 

This kid never stops. Never slows down. Never tires. He is like a human pinball, bouncing from one activity to the next.

 I saw a shirt the other day that Brody needs to wear that read, "My parents are exhausted."

Amen.

Parent teacher conferences were this week and both boys are doing great.  Brody loves preschool and is right on target, knows all his letters and most of his numbers, along with writing his name and drawing stick figures with boobies.  He needs to work on colors (anyone know of a simple test to see if your kid is colorblind, I really think Brody might be!) and his birthday/address.  We got to go on a field trip yesterday to Bloomsbury Farm with his preschool class....I was more exhausted than he was!

Baylor is doing well too, he is finally adjusting to being at school all day and is making some new friends.  His drawings included dinosaurs, bloody battle scenes, hunting scenes and attack scenes.  All boy, all the time. We're going to work on punctuation and sentence structure at home, along with simple math patterns.  Unlike his mother, he said he loves math and is pretty good at it.  I love hearing about what he learns at school, but think it is so very important to work with your kids at home.  Learning is constant and it involves lots of time, patience and energy.  You have to be willing to get a little dirty (and let them get dirty) in the process.  This makes the teacher's job easier! It helps that we have great teachers and that we stay in communication with them about anything and everything.  Too often, I hear of parents complaining about this and that, when really all they need to do is GO TALK TO THE TEACHER.  Don't expect the teachers to do everything for you.

On a completely different note, our brass band will be competing at the US Open Brass Band Championships in St.Charles, Illinois the first weekend of November.  We're very excited, but along with excitement comes hours of practice.  I am very blessed to be part of a group of very talented musicians.  Most of them are so dedicated by their love for music that they bring their horns to work with them to practice over their lunch hour.  You may call it nerdy, we call it devotion.  They come from all walks of life and all professions......from band directors to IT people to engineers to teachers to sales to garbage men to stay at home mamas.  We don't get paid, we don't get instruments....the only perk we get is being part of one big dysfunctional family that comes together to make beautiful music.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  So if you're in the Chicago area and want to see us perform, you can go here: http://usopenbrass.org/ or visit our other website: easterniowabrassband.com.


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