My fifth grader won their school’s spelling bee! I did not pay much attention when he said he was his classroom’s representative for the school-wide spelling bee. I did not think it was important, to be honest. Then he told me the date they were going to compete and I asked if it was okay for me not to attend. He said it was fine but that he would be happy if I was there. One of the reasons why I did not want to attend was I did not want to see him lose. I do not want to see my child’s disappointment if he did not win. But I realized that if I did not go and he lost then there will be nobody to cheer him up. So, I went. And I am very glad I did because even if I was a nervous wreck every time it was his turn to spell, I get to see him try his best. I waved at him to let him know I was there and he waved back. He did very good. I could tell he was nervous. As was I. He did very good considering he did not even study the words on the list that was given to all contestants weeks prior to the contest. He said there was no need because none of the words in the list was going to be used. Where he got the idea, I did not know. But I believed him so I did not force him to study. I am not sure if it was pure luck or it was because he has read so much the last few years that helped him but we were (and are still) very grateful he won. We are very proud of him. He will be off to the regional spelling bee this March and the whole family will be there to cheer him on, win or lose. We do hope he wins though. 😀
Got company coming over? What about getting your home ready for the holidays? Whatever you are facing, getting your home quickly organized is a must. If you are on the slightly disorganized side of things you are probably already suffering the effects that come when you live a chaotic lifestyle. If you have ever had to stop what you were doing just so that you could find what was missing than you are a disorganized person. If you ever went into your closet for one thing and ended up finding something else that did not even below there then you are a potential candidate for getting your space organized. According to an article on decluttering and organizing, it is suggested that before you can get organized you need to first know the difference between decluttering and organizing. Decluttering means that you are taking a second look at each and every item and deciding right then and there if it is even important anymore. Being able to throw out unimportant items will make room for those items that are important. Organizing means that everything has its place and can be easily found when needed. Ultimately, you need a plan if you are going to be successful with your organizational endeavors. First thing that you need to do is to determine the goal or purpose of the room that you are looking to declutter and get organized. First, figure out its limitations and then sort out everything. Afterwards, you can paint the walls and or install shelving before putting the room back together. The end result will be a more organized and decluttered home.
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I am blessed to have smart kids. I just came home from a parent-teacher conference with the little girl’s teacher where I was told that her DIBELS test showed she is advanced in all areas tested. She is also currently doing second grade level on Lexia Core 5. I am very proud of her. The husband and I bought second grade activity workbooks for her to work on weekends because she already finished all lessons on a couple of first grade workbooks we bough for her. She loves to learn which is a good thing because it is for her own benefit one day. Her brother who is in gifted and talented is showing consistent grades and tests scores (all 99th percentile on standardized tests). I am so lucky and very grateful for having kids like them. True, they are a handful sometimes but so are a bunch of kids out there. I hope that they continue to want to learn more and that they grow up to be good people.
Normally, the first thing a person who wants to buy a car does is research. Mostly read reviews, car specifications, possible problems, and any and all information that relates to the year, make and model of the car they want to buy.
The advantage of knowing what car you want to buy is for your smooth transaction whenever you will go to a car dealer. When you read specification and features of the vehicle that you like to buy, it will perhaps help you greatly with your car purchase. Also, reading good reviews from car owners will surely enlighten you.
One of the things that I would really want the little man to do is learn to play the guitar properly. Oh, he does practice on it every now and then using tutorials online or from reading a music book that we bought for him years ago but he does not seem to be very interested enough to agree to a guitar lesson with a professional. Yet, he keeps on talking about wanting an electric guitar with a possible headphone amp at guitarcenter.com. It is very frustrating! I would buy an electric guitar for him, maybe even accessories, but I want him to learn playing an acoustic guitar first. I am afraid I am raising a child who thinks he can dabble on anything he wants without really mastering something. I seriously hope he gets serious about learning to play musical instrument because I really think he has potential. If only he will listen to me.
Whenever I get upset over the little girl’s antics, I receive little notes from her. Sometimes it is as sweet as the one above, often times it is more graphic in telling how mean I am to her. There are times it even tells what she wants to happen to me because I am mean. Lol! She is such a handful. She has always been very expressive of her feelings, unlike her older brother who I have to use my interrogatory skills just so he will tell me what he thinks. She also loves to draw. She could use a whole ream of print paper in a week if not supervised, mostly drawing cats and writing me and his father little notes. Have I mentioned she just turned six less than two months ago? I am sure she will be something to deal with when she gets older but we love her nonetheless.