Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Letting Her Do It

I'm determined to let Prima do her school work and her projects by herself.  She is so creative all by herself that she doesn't need me to interject my own ideas about how things should look when it comes to her schoolwork.

Prima's teacher assigned a very detailed project to her class: research facts about any animal not found around us and create a diorama for the animal.  Prima chose the Hawaiian Monk Seal.

Of course I helped a little, Prima is only 7 and she doesn't know how to find information on the internet by herself.  So I found the websites and she wrote it all down.  I made sure she knew everything her teacher wanted her to know about her animal.  These are Prima's notes:

She wrote down everything and anything she could find about the Hawaiian Monk Seal.  She loved it! It was so cool to watch her take notes as she read about her animal.

This is the diorama Prima decorated:

She did a great job of picking out the pictures and drawing the palm trees!

Prima turned in her diorama a week early, but we kept forgetting to send in her notes.  I figured that even though the project part was early, her teacher would wait until the following week for Prima to do her presentation.  Nope!  Prima gave her presentation from memory!

I was so proud of her!  She enjoyed doing the project and really learned about her animal.  And she did it all on her own, an accomplishment she can be proud of herself!

I can't wait to see what her teacher has to say about Prima's presentation. :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Small Steps...

Two weeks ago I began again and took my first steps towards becoming a runner.

My first run was....hard.  A full backpack in the seat next to Terzo, in a stroller not meant for running at all, let alone on a gravel path, the wind blowing at me no matter which way I turned.  I'm pretty sure I looked more than a little pathetic as walked more than ran the first two miles since before the crazy snow buried us.

But it was a start and, more than that, it was freeing!  Finally, finally I was lacing up my shoes and getting outside for a run, a real run!  Finally, I was not just saying I should run, I was actually doing it!  Ok, more walking than running, but I got out there. :)

It was enough to motivate me to sign up for my first 5K of the season.  In November of last year, I ran a "fun run" and had a very eye-opening experience that turned me off of more silly runs that don't really benefit anything or anyone.  I made a promise to myself that when I ran another race, it would be for a good cause.

I'm running with Girls on the Run, a great organization that gets girls out and running, while mentoring them along the way.  If you feel so inclined, you can donate to my fundraising page here.

If you are taking your first steps towards a new goal, I applaud you for getting out there and wish you the best on your way!  Let me know how it goes! :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Grateful Friday: April 18th, 2014

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." - William Arthur Ward

Sunshine and Blue Skies:
I am pretty sure my super bad mood from last week has literally melted away in the sunshine.  We've had more days with sun than without this week and it has been so good for my spirit and each of my kids' spirits.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wasted Time?

I just spent over an hour reading around the internet tonight.  A blog post here, another there, scrolling through various people's websites and reading all about them.

Most days, when I finally come up for air from the internet pool, I lament the lost time.  I think "How could I have spent so much time doing nothing when there are a hundred things that have to get done today?"

Tonight, I felt as though this was something I needed to do.  I needed a break from my reality, a little time to peer into someone else's world.  Things around here have just felt really hard.  Prima is yelling at me over silly things, Segundo is having nosebleeds because of the crazy weather, Terzo is screaming when he gets frustrated.  We are all recovering from a nasty bout with a cold and being back to school is throwing everyone off and all I want is a break.

So I took a break and I read.  I read about other people's lives and what they find important to write about.  I read old posts from two years ago and looked at About pages to learn what makes the authors tick.  I took a step back from my world, related a little to each person's musings, and felt so much better.

Now, I can fold that mountain of laundry that has patiently waited for me tonight and when My Other Half wakes me tomorrow morning I will be in a better place.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Grateful Friday: April 4th, 2014

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." - William Arthur Ward

Audio Books: We have been listening all week to How to Train Your Dragon on the way to and from school.  It's been so nice to hear Terzo ask about Hiccup in the car.  Segundo has been asking great questions about what is going to happen next and remembers what Hiccup and Toothless have been doing!

This Teddy Bear Sunflower:
Prima is growing this on our windowsill.  It's a great reminder on these cold, dreary days that spring will come.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Terzo and His Glasses

Terzo is two years old and has been wearing glasses for about 10 months.

At his very first ophthalmologist appointment back in May 2013, he had a complete and total meltdown.  Understandable, of course, as this was the first time Terzo had ever met this doctor and the doctor was shining all kinds of light into Terzo's dilated eyes.  My Other Half basically pinned Terzo to himself while a nurse held his eye open so the doctor could examine Terzo.

The verdict came back that Terzo was significantly farsighted and in danger of losing the vision in his right eye.  Glasses were prescribed with the hope that they would correct and strengthen both eyes.  And they have!

Terzo has responded so wonderfully to his glasses!  He always wants them on, except when he is in tantrum mode, and they are working to balance and strengthen both eyes!!

Fast forward ten months, and several ophthalmologist appointments later, to a recheck of Terzo's prescription.  My Other Half and I were anticipating a repeat performance of the meltdown from the first visit, so we called in the reinforcements (my sister) to watch Prima and Segundo, and My Other Half left work to meet me at the appointment.

Terzo was amazing!  He let the nurse put in the eye drops, he played contentedly while his eyes dilated, and he let the doctor examine his eyes!  Terzo sat calmly on My Other Half's lap while the doctor shined light through lens after lens after lens, checking and rechecking to make sure he got the most accurate reading from Terzo's eyes.

The verdict this time was that Terzo is still significantly far-sighted and his astigmatism is more pronounced than the doctor originally thought.  The doctor believes this is due more to the fact that Terzo was a disaster at the first check and he wasn't able to get the most accurate reading.

I am hopeful that this new prescription will smooth out whatever blurriness Terzo still sees and give him a lot more confidence in new environments.  I am so proud of my baby boy!