Archive for July, 2009

Why can’t they stay 4 years old forever?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

This evening, after I picked the kids up from day care, I was heating up dinner, and Anna started talking about wishing she had a pony.  I told her I thought most little girls wished they could have a pony.  She then told me that if she could find a genie, she could have all the wishes she wanted.  I don’t have any idea where she heard about genies, but they seem to find out about such things despite my best efforts.

So, I asked her if she would be willing to share her genie with me if she happened to find one.

“Sure, Mommy.  What would you wish for?”

“I would wish for my little girl to grow up to be happy and healthy, and smart AND wise.”

She thought for a couple of minutes, then she replied,

“I wish we could be best friends forever!”


_I_ wish I had that recorded so I could play it back for her when she’s 14 years old, running to her room, slamming her door, and yelling, “I hate you, Mom!”

Speaking of monkeys (& pirates)

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Our good friend Trish (you all remember Izzy B’s mother – we traveled together to Ningxia to pick up Will and Izzy) has been busily sewing away, and has made a lovely monkey tutu for Anna and a pirate outfit for Will.  They are so cute!  The kids just love them.  I think Will has slept in his hat ever since it arrived.

Here are the pics, Trish!

School’s Out

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

“School’s out, school’s out,

Teacher let the monkeys out!”

The last day of school for our kids was June 4.  They’ve been at liberty for a whole month now, and are busily forgetting everything they learned last year.  Both of their end-of-year parent teacher conferences went well.  After watching Will closely over the second half of the school year, his teacher and the kindergarten teacher both recommended that he progress on to kindergarten next year.  We’re glad to try to make this work because we have been hoping to put him and Anna in different classes.  It turns out that next year’s kindergarten class is quite a bit smaller than Anna’s will be, so he’ll have more opportunity for individual attention.

Will was evaluated by the school district’s Special Ed coordinator and the speech pathologist before the end of the year, and we are hoping to meet with them soon to learn the results.  An early report indicated that he is not showing significant enough delay to warrant an IEP, or individual education plan, which dictates services that the state must provide for a student.  While I want him to have whatever assistance he needs to get up to speed, I’m a bit relieved that his delays are not as signifcant as I feared.  I’ll post an update when we have the results.

In the meantime, here are some photos from the picnic on the  last day of school.

Memorial Day (only a month behind)

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

I’ve just updated my installation of the WordPress software, after resisting for about a year, because of the fear I would have to reset all my templates, etc.  Fortunately, it seems to have gone quite smoothly, and I haven’t noticed any problems yet.  If anyone encounters any difficulty reading anything, or commenting, etc., please let me know so I can figure it out.

We had a bit of a break over Memoral Day weekend, which also happened to be the mama’s birthday, so we headed over to our favorite vacation spot in Wells, Maine.  Our motel had a good deal for a 3-night stay, and the weather was no worse than it has been in the subsequent month, so overall, a nice weekend.  And the mama got to go shopping at the outlets in Kittery, so all was well with the world.  Here are some photos to enjoy.