how it all started:
Thursday, April 30, 2009
how it all started:
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Today I had an extra amount of time as Nathan took a 2 hour nap. So I decided to pull out the hooked on phonics CD game and play a few rounds of letter sounds with Caleb. He passed the 1st 3 games and I began to think - "Hey maybe this kid could read the 1st Hooked on Phonics book!"
I assure you he has never seen this book before. (and for you sceptics I did not read it to him either) I had him sound it out 1 time before I grabbed the camcorder. I am amazed! He is 2 days past his 4th birthday! (David was reading at 4 also but he had LOADS more mom teaching time)
That hooked on phonics is worth its weight in gold! Thanks Grandpa Paul for forking out the money for it YEARS ago. It still is paying dividends and will for years to come!
Here is the clip:
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Now this one is funny - David and Naomi (no they did not share a bed for the vacation) - just watching a show together - Jon and Kate plus 8 as a matter of fact! - Naomi left when they changed the TV to the military channel and then Noah was in there instead.
Here is one of Nathan - he was fascinated with the fireplace.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Our family went to the WI Dells and stayed in a 3 bed condo with good friends and had a great time. The kids each had a buddy and we had water park and arcade fun, good food and even some relaxation for us adults.
I wasn't awake at the exact 4 year mark of Caleb's birth this morning. (He was born at 1:11 AM on his due date) but I did have a brief moment to reflect on his birth. His birth was just the beginning of us finding out about Caleb. Caleb was born 22 minutes after we made it to hospital - a boy determined to make his desires accomplished in haste. He was our largest baby (9 lbs). He never cared to be rocked - he wanted you to lay him down in the crib and walk away. Mr. independent. (touch has never been his love language)
Now at 4, he is already the child that has made me laugh the most. The best stuff comes out of his mouth. He has a great sense of humor. Many of his greatest hits have been posted right here in this blog.
The best moment though was last night when the activity of a condo filled with people was bustling about us. He had finished his cake and I was wiping up his hands and mouth. I told him how thankful I was that God gave him to be my son for 4 whole years and that I loved him super much. Then he hugged me and gave me a kiss on my head and said "I know mom - I love you too." An unsolicited hug from him is a huge deal - but to have it added by his words of "I know" was a wonderful tribute to the last year I was able to spend with him. (no homeschooling brother - no nursing infant brother = more mom+caleb time)
I am crying tears of joy as I post this - he is secure in the knowledge that he is indeed loved.
Thank you God for the privilege of being this little man's mom. May there be many many more birthday celebrations!
P.S. the cake was a volcano - just like from the rainforest cafe (see previous post)
Here is a clip:
Friday, April 17, 2009
Notice the giggles and high fives - it was grand. Also notice the kind and helpful heart of our good buddy Noah. His mom should be so proud to have such a great kid.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Outstanding in Reading (highest score)
Very good in Spelling, Science and Math. (second highest score)
His teacher made these comments:
David continues to make great progress this year. His reading level is still high above his grade level. Math is also an area of strength for David. He catches on to new concepts while applying the previous concepts. His homework routine is excellent. He has developed a tougher skin, while keeping his innocence and morals.
Recently he has talked more about the class bully at home. He told me in the van ride to school why he thought this bully acted the way he did. He said it was because he doesn't believe in God. I asked him why he thought that and he said that this boy told David that God did not make people and that God doesn't really exist. Then David said: "Well he is wrong, mom."
So I was especially glad to read the last sentence about his innocence and morals.
In addition to his report card he also came home with a "True Blue Character" award from his principal. The character they recognized in David was Trustworthiness. At a recess the week before spring break David helped a boy with a bully. (This bully is not the one in his class but another bully that is in the 1st grade that has picked on one of David's best buddies). Well this bully was not picking on David's friend but was picking on some other boy. So David went over and helped him out and told him: "You can trust me, I will help you." Well one of the recess supervisors heard him and saw him protect this 1st grader and nominated him for the award.
So way to go David! You sure make me proud little man.
As a side note David has told me repeatedly that he wants to be a policeman. I think that would be a good fit, don't you?