Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday Thirteen 6/20/2013

1.  My daughter's acting teacher told me that she was made for acting and was pleased to learn that she was continuing on.  My daughter had to choose between cooking and acting class.  If was a difficult decision for her, as her favorite friend is in her cooking class and she REALLY likes hanging out with  him.

2.  That friend I mentioned in #1?  His name is Connor and my daughter really likes playing with him.  The first time she met him (he normally goes on a different day than she) she ran up to me and exclaimed that he was her new friend.  Later on that evening, after a meeting at the school, she cried (literally) that she was going to miss him.  Oh.  Em.  Gee.  Daaaraama!

3.  My daughter's preschool class went on a horseback riding field trip.  It was wonderful!  My daughter, with no fear, took to the horses immediately.  She really wants to go back.  I'm even considering enrolling both kids in their horseback camp coming in August!

4.  We attended a performance by the American Youth Symphony on April 28.  It was "Meet the Orchestra" performance allowing those who have never been to a concert to learn the components of the orchestra.  It was a delightful concert and one that we would attend again.

5.  My daughter's preschool had their annual fundraiser titled "Spring Fun Drum".  There was food, music, a silent auction, crafts and games open to everyone, not just the school families.  I worked the sack race and the bean bag toss.  We won a basket full of Italian goodies as well as a gorgeous hand-painted table for my daughter's elegant tea parties.  We wanted to stay longer but we had to move on to #6.

6.  After the Spring Fun Drum we made our way to my daughter's end of the year celebration for her Classical Conversation class.  It was a potluck in the park, and the weather was perfect.  Although we started halfway into the Classical Conversation year, my daughter picked up on it quickly and can't wait for the new year to start.

7.  My son had is annual IEP.  It went relatively well.  Some services have been cut, but we saw those coming and were willing to let those go.  Otherwise, he's getting what he needs and we're thankful for that.  We're thankful for the progress that he is making and that those are the reasons for the services being cut.  That's always great news!

8.  We've been up in the air about what to do education wise for both kids, considering both their special needs and the fact that my son's IEP indicated that he still needs help in areas that I can't cover.  I had been praying about it and was ready to purchase a home school curriculum for both kids when I decided to check my email.  Now, up until this point, GOD had not given me any indication what to do, which is why I was going with the plan of homeschooling both kids.  Everything was in my virtual cart; one click away from being purchased.  That is, until I saw an email letting me know that my son got into one of the schools we had applied for.  GOD works in His own timing and in His own way.  The other marvelous thing about this is that the lottery for this particular school wasn't even supposed to happen yet and we weren't supposed to get ANY news about it for at least another week.  It turned out that there was no need for a lottery and if you applied, you got in!  Praise be to GOD!

9.  On May 16 my brother graduated and is now a Doctor of Physical Therapy!  My parents and one sibling came to watch and celebrate.  We're all very proud of him.

10.  On that same day, May 16, my daughter's preschool held a Mother's Day Tea event.  It was very, very sweet.  The moms were asked to dress up in their fanciest tea attire and the kids made tea sandwiches and served us.  My daughter asked me to bring a dress for her so that she would be in appropriate tea party attire.  I didn't have any of the tea sandwiches (no Paleo menu available), but my daughter and I enjoyed a spot of tea in our pink teacups purchased just for the occasion.

11.  As this is my daughter's last year of preschool she, and other students moving on, had a Moving On Celebration and party.  It was very cute.  The kids sang a couple of songs.  The teacher said something about each individual child and then each child went over a wall to their parent as a sign of growth.  It was, of course, bittersweet.  My baby girl is growing.

12.  For Father's Day, my daughter's school held a brunch feast for all the dads.  On Father's Day, after church, we all enjoyed a nice lunch at Yard House.  It was pretty good.  My husband got to try a few different beers and we all shared a giant s'mores brownie!

13.  Last, but not least, was my son's culmination.  The week of events began with an ice cream social, an autograph party, a class party and then the culmination.  It was a very busy week, as I volunteered for a couple of events and had other errands to complete before the Friday culmination.  Whew!

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