Saturday, February 22, 2014

A warm day

Peas are planted. Today warmed up to the 50s, though the cloud cover occasionally makes it feel colder.  Pulled out bikes for a look over.  Knocked over a bottle of lighter fluid and now have to air out the shed.  Bike tires need to be pumped up, but the pump no longer works.  Tricycles and scooters rode instead.
Mud. Icebergs in the sandbox full of melted snow.
Fairy Houses being built.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Thrifting Thrills

I hope to make this a regular Saturday thing, of course that's wishful thinking we all know.  I went to the thrift store today in hope of finding shoes for Drama Queen.  Yesterday we were picking up daddy from work and Mischief wanted to try on shoes, so we headed to the shoe department just to pass the time and Drama Queen asked if she could take her shoes off because her toes hurt, and I said yes, and low and behold, her boots were obviously too small.  Not a ton to small, but a bit - and they are starting to widen it seems. My family has wide feet, so the fact these girls have had such slender feet has bewildered me some, guess it will change as they grow.
I am hunting for size 2s now.  And it is horribly difficult!  What is with this new trend of having foam soles?  I want shoes that will last through three children!  The local consignment shop had nothing, I also looked at Target, Payless, Old Navy, and Ross.  The few size 2 things I found either had characters (I hate licensed wear - except minnie mouse to a degree) were just plain ugly, were sandals, or they had foam soles.  We did get one pair of adorable boots at Target.  The thrift store had one pair of already dead converse.  But despite not finding the main reason I went, I did find two other things on my find it list.  Namely, fabric via sheets and Half Magic by Edward Eager.

An added delight was discovering these two books.  I had completely forgotten about the Ginnie series, and oh my goodness, how did I forget?!  I've read Ginnie and the Mystery Doll SO MANY TIMES!  I'm super excited to read it again.

And I'm totally adding another layer of denim to any of DQ's jeans for the rest of her life.  The knees are fine on these, but I'd like it to stay that way!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Welcome to February

Drama Queen got a glowing report from her teachers yesterday at Parent Teacher Conference.  If she hadn't begged not to do advanced placement testing, I'd totally be calling the district to see if it is too late.  As it is her teachers are doing what they can to help her go further where she is.  She is beyond the cap they have on reading testing.  For on Grade Level the score for whatever the testing was needed to be 28 in fiction, but she is beyond 28 in non-fiction which comes after fiction. The test only goes that far so they are certain she is well beyond that also.  In math she is right where she needs to be and apparently helps her classmates come up with other problem solving strategies. The things they are going to work on with her are using other grammar things such as quotation marks and parenthesis - not something they cover in 2nd grade, but she's already got everything else down.  And the only thing they could suggest to us to do is to help her advance in reading aloud, being able to read fluently and using expression then checking comprehension of it.  I don't know what the current tests are but I assume the NWEA testing is something similar to the STAR testing they did when I was a kid.  For that the score kids at her grade level are supposed to have is 186, in the Fall her score was 189 and the winter testing her score advanced to 201 - apparently a 10 point increase is really good, and she went up 12 points after already being ahead 3.
I'm quite pleased to have a quick and good learner!
Her teachers also said that they love having her for a student.
She's the sort of kid who hangs out with the teacher on duty during recess - but still has friends.  Which is good.

Today we took down the snowflake curtain and put up our valentine envelopes (do you like our 'stained glass' window?  A blanket over the window in addition to plastic over the window really does help!)

The girls then decided to make it snow