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The Sunday Somethings, 21jul13

July 21st, 2013

Something that makes me happy: We had a nice visit from Gabe’s parents this weekend!

Something I’m thinking: I guess I need to start writing Cullen’s next letter – he will be 3.5 tomorrow!

Something I’m hoping: I hope Maddie continues to have great days at kindergarten! She was doing well by the end of the week, but the beginning of the week was rough for all of us.

Something happening around the house: Gabe’s parents are staying this weekend, and we hosted the kiddo book club this morning. Chaos as usual!

Something I’m reading: I finished Requiem, and I started reading Summer Rental.

Something Gabe is reading: Gabe finished Blood Song, and he really enjoyed it. He’s now reading Leviathan Wakes.

Something I’m watching: We are getting ready to watch 42 with Gabe’s parents. They all haven’t seen it, but I saw it in the theater on Mother’s Day.

Something I’m playing: Still playing Letterpress on the iPhone.

Something I’m creating: I ordered the 2011 photobook! I’m looking forward to starting the next one (once I figure out which one is next). I created some things for the kid book club that I hosted this morning. Maddie and I worked a little on R2-D2. Now with school, we don’t have much time in the evenings to work on things like that. I guess I’ll be working on Cullen’s letter this week!

Something tasty: We are starting a little bit of a frozen yogurt habit…

Something about both kiddos: We had the book club at our house today, and both kids seemed to enjoy it! It was a pirate theme, and they made pirate flags, eye patches, and hunted for treasure in the backyard. I had a kid-friendly pirate name generator, but most of the kids didn’t want pirate names. The adults received pirate names instead! At least we were amused. The kids love doing crafts and art projects. They can sit for a while and work on their projects. We did part of the new kiwi crate with Grandma yesterday as well. Maddie also took a wooden rod and a coffee filter and made a flower for Grandma (all her own idea). I love how much the kids enjoy their art projects. They enjoyed having Grandma and Grandpa visit. They are worn out from all the excitement (and staying up a bit past their bedtimes). We took them to a bookstore yesterday, and they had a lot of fun picking out new books. Today, they formed a drum band with Grandma in the kitchen with pots and pans and tupperware and boxes. All 3 of them had a great time! The kids had fun with the temporary tattoos and even gave a couple to Grandpa who wore them proudly.

Something Maddie is doing (5 years old): Maddie had her first full week at kindergarten with her regular teacher. The first few days of the week were a little rough on us all! She was exhausted and whiny. She came home her first day with a lot of disappointments. She said, “I got stuck at the orange table! Not the purple. Not the green. Not even the blue. Yucky orange. I hate orange. I don’t even want to look at it!” She was upset that everyone was calling her Madeline. She was still sad that she didn’t have friends. By the end of the week, she left for kindergarten happy and excited and came home the same way. By the end of the week, Gabe dropped her off and she walked to the classroom by herself. She’s working on making friends. We gave her a mission to find out the name of the other girl at her table, and the next day we urged her to find out something about her. She was so proud that she found out the girl’s name and that her new friend has a sister. She’s doing great with the transition, and I think she’s starting to get more confidence and enjoy herself. She talks a lot about her new playground, and this weekend we took her out to the school so she could show us and her grandparents. She loves Hello Kitty and has been wearing her new Hello Kitty necklace every day to school. Maddie and I finished the Penderwicks, and she picked out a few other chapter books without pictures. She picked out a few new readers as well.

Something Cullen is doing (3 years old): Cullen is having a rough time with Maddie’s transition to kindergarten. I think he misses her at school, and he is a bit jealous about all the attention and new fun stuff that Maddie is getting to do. He’s been a bit crankier than usual and acting out for attention. When the kids picked out books, he picked Clifford, Lego Superheroes, and Cat and the Hat Comes Back. He’s very excited about all of them, especially the Lego Superheroes book (which is in comic book format). Cullen has been very boy lately. He always wants to play Star Wars, Angry Birds, and shoot guns and slash swords. It’s a little intense at times. He cracks us up, though!

Something I am struggling with: This week was harder on me than I expected. I thought the previous week would be the hard part with Maddie’s first day (the staggered entry day), but this week was rougher…maybe because it felt more real. She also struggled a little this week, so that made it tougher on me as well. Things are looking up, and it’s getting easier for all of us.

Something I learned: Lots of stuff about Maddie’s new class!

Something I’m looking forward to: Surprisingly, we have very few plans this week. That’s probably a good thing since this week was so slammed.

Something captured: The cutest pirates ever!

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