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School Photos: Year 2010-2011

Burke and Maggie brought home their school pictures yesterday!

(Remember their pictures from last year?)

Burke

Maggie

Guess Who’s Reading!

Burke brought his homework binder home for the long weekend (the first we’ve seen of it). One of the sheets had about 10 Rebus sentences on it (pictures in place of a word). I wish I had thought to take a picture of the paper, but it’s already back at school (perhaps I will when it comes home again).

To my surprise, Burke read every single sentence! Pointing to each word as he went along. The pictures, of course, helped. And there were colors in each sentence that had been underlined in the right color – I’m assuming during class.

The sentences were all something like:

  • My Shoe is Yellow.
    Where Shoe is the picture and yellow is underlined with yellow crayon.
  • Is the bird red?
    Where bird is the picture and red is underlined with red crayon.

The thought behind the Rebus work is that it helps kids learn the words around the pictures faster, with less frustration, so they’re excited to read and will continue to work on it.

I’m *so* impressed!!

The Proposal

No, not the movie. And nope, not Mike’s to me…

We’ve had quite a few in our family over the past few weeks though. I’ll be in the kitchen and I’ll hear Burke and Maggie in the other room talking about how to best make it so they can both pet the cat. And then I’ll hear Burke say something along the lines of: “Maggie, let’s get married – that way we can share Tiger!” Or we’ll be giving the kids a bath and I’ll hear Burke say, “Logan, let’s get married so we can share that toy.” Good to see he doesn’t discriminate ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  And I suppose I should be happy that we’re teaching them one aspect of a good marriage … it’s all about sharing. LOL!

It made me wonder if he asks everyone at school to marry him as well. And while I haven’t heard any stories about Burke, I did run into the mom of one of Maggie’s classmates at Open House the other night. Apparently Troy* came home the other day and said, “Mom! I have something to tell you!” …but then got shy and didn’t want to tell her right away. After a little while he came out with “Maggie asked me to marry her today!!” Now I have to wonder what toy he was playing with ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I got home, I mentioned to Maggie that I had me Troy’s mom. She calmly said, “Oh, I asked Troy to marry me. He said no.” And that was the end of that.

*Name changed.

First Day of Preschool

Logan had his very first day of Preschool today! He has the same teachers as Burke and Maggie had their first year, so I’m very comfortable with his situation.

I do have to say that because of his age, the owner of the school wanted to put him in the ‘nursery’ room rather than the preschool room…I didn’t want to insult him like that, so I suggested the room he’s in now.

When I dropped him off, he was a little shy…but I told him it was just like speech class: we drop him off, he plays for a bit, and then we always come pick him up.

I picked him up today (Nanny Jessica will probably be doing that in the future though), and asked how he did. The teachers “just want to eat him up!” LOL! I asked if I made the right decision – if he belonged in this class and they said that based on today, he absolutely does (he even used the teeny tiny little potty they have in the bathroom – twice!), but that they’d let me know based on the following few weeks. Good enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

First Day of Preschool

"My Backpack is Bigger Than Me!"

Makes My Monday: Preschool Orientation

Logan had his preschool orientation today! I’m going to take it as a good sign that he didn’t want to leave…School starts tomorrow!!

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes peopleโ€™s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Updates: School, Doctor

School

Today is day 3 of school for Burke and Maggie. I’m happy to report that they’re still happily getting on the bus in the morning. (My gut feeling is that they’re much happier to do that than get into the van to go…so that’s actually worked out well!) And it totally looked like Burke didn’t want to get off the bus coming home yesterday (although, I suspect he just wasn’t paying attention and had no idea that it was sitting outside our house…)

The first day they got home, I saw that Burke still had a full cup of his snack left…and a note from the teacher saying that it wasn’t labeled so they couldn’t identify it as “safe” (no peanut products are allowed). What?! You can’t identify Goldfish … that’s on your “Okay to bring into school” list?? AND Maggie’s teacher was able to..? Ya. Livid. Burke seemed fine though – he got cheese (or maybe cheese Goldfish??) from the teacher and liked it. I went back and forth as to whether I was going to be THAT mom and send an email in to Burke’s teacher…and decided that I’d send her an email (I had a few other questions anyway), but apologize for not labeling his snack cup. (I was under the impression that if it was on the “Okay” list, you could just send it in…) ANYWAY…I’m glad I didn’t go off on her, she’s just doing her job to keep the kids safe – and she’s super nice. But mama bear definitely needed to cool down first to be rational ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’ve had a few nights of homework already…the same homework assignment for both of them – on different nights. Put 3 – 5 items in the paper lunch bag that tell everyone about you. (Maggie’s teacher suggested they decorate the bag.) Burke’s items: one of his McQueen cars, a pink crayon from his beloved art set, and one of his GameBoy games. Maggie’s items: a Cinderella figurine, a pink marker (because she likes pink AND drawing), her ballet slippers, and a microphone-shaped pen (because she likes singing AND drawing). So far, each time they’ve come home, I’ve asked if they shared their items with the class…and so far, each time they’ve said “nope. maybe tomorrow.” Hmm.

Neither of them can remember any of their classmates’ names. (Poor kids – they get that from me.) So, I can only ask if they’ve played with the kids I know to be in the class…cuz if I ask who they played with I get “I don’t know.” Whoo boy.

The thing I hear the most about? Lunch. LOL!

Doctor

Logan had his 3 year Well Visit yesterday. I’ve written a few times about his doctors being worried about how small he is (here and here). Dr. Doctor told me she was reading the notes from Dr. Endo and thought she had read that if Logan is still not growing when he goes back to Dr. Endo in January, they’ll start talking about doing stuff. (I don’t recall her saying that to me…but decided that I wouldn’t be doing anything different right now even if she had, so it’s all good).

But then Dr. Doctor looked at Logan’s growth since the last time he was with her (6 months ago) and decided that while he’s not THRIVING, he’s not doing too badly either.

The Stats:
Height: 36 inches
Weight: 28 pounds

My little blue book (the one the nurses fill out at appointments) says that this is about 3.5 inches taller and 4 pounds heavier than a year ago. They’re mostly tracking height, so he’s now in the 15th or so percentile…which is higher than 6 months ago (about 9th percentile), but still not so high. Although – I was just comparing it to Burke’s blue book… at Burke’s 3 year appointment, he 36.5 inches tall and 27 pounds. Hm. (I know, I know…kids follow their OWN paths…)

Anyway – Logan got two shots. He was just fine for one of them, but the second one did him in. He’s used to a nurse on either side getting him at the same time…no time to think about the 2nd shot cuz it’s done at the same time as the 1st. Ah well…he got over it. ๐Ÿ™‚

First Day of Kindergarten!

Today was Burke and Maggie’s first day of school – Kindergarten! They were so excited this morning…and I was fairly organized and had as much ready last night as I could, so this morning went fairly smoothly. (At least, as far as I know – I’m sure I’ll hear about something I forgot as soon as they get home!)

We decided that they’ll be trying out the hot lunches at school. We’ll see how that goes – but it’s definitely a lot less pressure on me to not have to worry about what they’re eating each day. I’m sure I’ll get a full report on the Chicken Patties that were on the menu today as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

We also decided that they’d be taking the bus (be still my heart), which – I think – was the most looked-forward-to part of the day. The bus showed up just before 8:30 today, but I suspect it will actually be sooner than that going forward…we were warned that the first week or so is quite varied because parents are taking pictures and such. (I know I did!) I thought about following the bus to school…but I just can’t be THAT mom. But I did sneak up the stairs after Maggie got on to see (you can’t even see their heads through the windows outside LOL!)…Burke had taken up a seat right beside another little boy and was deepย  in conversation. Yeah!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Maggie and Burke - First Day of School

Maggie - waiting for Burke to come outside

Without Sunglasses...

Burke's Finally Outside

Burke Getting on the Bus

Maggie Getting on the Bus

Together or Separate: An Update

So…apparently, if you drag yourย  feet long enough, certain decisions are made for you. (Remember the agonizing over keeping Burke and Maggie separate or together in school?)

We received Burke and Maggie’s teacher assignments about a week ago. Burke has Mrs. O. in room 10 and Maggie has Ms. S. in room 6. I think I’m okay with this decision. (This decision that was made for me…) I mean, sure it would be so much easier on me if they were together, but I really think Burke will thrive by himself. He needs to learn how to stand on his own a bit. And Maggie is already saying “WOO HOO!! New friends!!” So she’s going to be just fine.

I did find out that one of the little girls in their preschool class will be in Burke’s class. They weren’t necessarily good friends, but they’re both a bit shy, so they might gravitate toward each other that first week or so. I’m glad he has that. (The preschool is in a different town, so there aren’t many kids from my town who go to it.)

One of the little girls from Maggie’s dance class will be in Maggie’s class. I’m happy about that as well. And another little girl from her dance class will be in Burke’s class – so, not someone he directly knows, but I think after a play date or two over the summer (in all my spare time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), they’ll be all good and she will at least be a face he recognizes.

Wonder if this is as stressful on them as it is on me….

Friday’s Fotos: Tie Dye, Clubhouse, a Garden, and a Handsome Guy

This week was packed full!

Nanny Jessica did some tie dye shirts with the kids. They came out great!

Tie Dye Burke

Tie Dye Maggie

Logan's Tie Dye (he's sick and not available to model it)

Grandpa, Nana, and Aunt Meghan came to see Burke and Maggie graduate yesterday. Maggie loves having a pixie-sized Nana (read: under 5 feet) to fit in the clubhouse ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nana in the Clubhouse

We put our second garden in! Square Foot style: Artichokes, Asparagus, Onions, Potatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers, Cantaloupe, Melon, Peas, Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Lima Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Strawberries, Peppers, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Dill, Sage, Thyme, and Basil. *phew* (The frame is by Frame It All)

Square Foot Garden

And last but not least, Mike had the opportunity to dress up this week. The man cleans up nicely!!

My Handsome Husband

Movin’ On Up

Burke and Maggie graduated from Preschool today!!

Burke 2010

Maggie 2010

Singing

Mrs. Teachers with Maggie and Burke

(1 minute, 30 seconds)

I’m a little disappointed in the quality of the video once I uploaded it to YouTube…might have to look into that.

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And in other news…

I’m movin’ on up to President of my local twin’s club chapter.

President Nancy