I'm not doing very well with blog upkeep. Don't have much to say about that.
Today, I had my first parent-teacher conference...ever. Keira will be moving up to the next class sometime in the next month or so, so it was time to discuss with Miss Amalia Keira's progress and needs.
I think the biggest issue we need to tackle is Keira's use of words versus actions, especially when she wants something or is frustrated. She has the tendency to cry or whine when she wants something, and it's pretty darn frustrating. Her meltdowns are no fun, so we need to encourage her to voice her frustrations rather than show us. She's gotten better at sharing with other kids, but can still get pretty demanding when she wants (and doesn't get) full attention.
Miss Amalia has started teaching the kids the alphabet and numbers, and Keira can recognize a good chunk of both. During drop-off one morning, she wanted to show me which sleeping cot was hers (they are all the same) and did so by "finding" her name. We have an eye chart hanging in our house and she could identify the letters and numbers we pointed to.
She's got a pretty good memory and her imagination runs wild at times. Miss Amalia told me that Keira was talking about Rapunzel pull-ups and how she can't wear them anymore. When asked why, she said because she fell down and has a scratch on her head (which she does). Not sure how the two are connected but in her mind, they are. Motor skills are good, although we still need to work on which way the scissors are supposed to be held (take note of the picture above). Thanks to school, she can pedal a tricycle and is pretty good at riding her scooter as well.
I came home from work this weekend, and found her like this. She has never fallen asleep on the ground like this, let alone while playing.
A HUGE milestone that we've finally conquered (and I can't believe I almost forgot this!)...Keira is pooping in the potty!! For the longest time, she's refused to go #2 in the toilet and always insisted on using a pull-up instead. Even bribes of princess dresses and prizes didn't work. But my parents always told me, one day she will get it. It will click and she will do it on her own. Low and behold, she finally did. She did earn herself two princess dresses, a princess Duplo set and a puzzle but so far, no pooping in a pull-up.
as for Mike and I, we've been on quite the Lego kick.
yup, Legos. And of the Harry Potter kind too.
My friend Marissa, by gifting me with Draco and Lucius Malfoy minifigures, started us down the road of collecting Harry Potter Legos. I never really intended on buying sets, just the people, but once Mike got involved, the obsession grew. We bought Diagon Alley Friday night, and started building it Sunday night. By Monday night, all three buildings were done.
then this one showed up Wednesday (which I built today):
we have another set, The Burrows, to build and the Hogwarts Castle is on its way. We cleared out space in our buffet cabinet to show them off, but I think I'm going to need more room :) It was nice to have some quiet time with Mike, playing with Legos instead of parked in front of the tv. It brought back fond memories for Mike, when he played with his brothers building things.
we're still harvesting vegetables from our garden, and this is our first real batch of cherry tomatoes and our second zucchini. The zucchinis are really starting to grow, so at some point we will be swimming in them. We are still waiting for signs of peas and eggplants, and pulled the daikon roots from the ground. Hopefully by clearing out some things, it will give our carrots a chance to grow, as well as some other squash my dad gave us.
with the zucchini, I decided to make some chocolate chip zucchini bread. I think I baked it a little too long, since the outside was a bit crunchy, but it's not too bad anyway. I had a bit of leftover grated zucchini that I incorporated into dinner, and Keira ate it with just a tad of protest.
I think that's it for now. Between working in the garden and scrubbing down the patio, I'm beat and ready for some ice cream. There is still another batch of bread that needs to be baked, so off to finish up I go.