The little (not so little) guy is tackling 2nd grade with a passion. He was in shock initially that the fun and games were replaced with actual learning and hard work. Sure, there's still some shananigans from time to time, but he's learning so much. It's not uncommon for us to find him reading at home. For fun. On his own. He actually like it, I think. He'll never admit it though. Joey is so quick with math and finds history intriguing too. The first 6 weeks have been successful!
These 2 little have gotten off to a good start at preschool. Stella walked in like she owned the place from day 1. She's known by some as the "karate girl". She reports daily what songs they've learned and the Bible stories they've heard. She tells me what she and Samuel play on the playground. They're in different classrooms, but apparently hang out together on the playground. Stella is independent to carry her backpack and gets settled into her classroom quickly. You should've seen the way her face lit up the day we walked in to see friends using...scissors!
Samuel has shocked me from the very beginning. He talks. At school. On purpose. Out loud. For those who know about last year, this is a stretch from the weeks of crying and the complete silence. All those words he had "saved up" during the day last year came out as soon as he got in the car. They may have multiplied at that point too. This year, his daily word allotment must've been expanded as his teachers report that he talks at school AND he talks nonstop in the car. What's funny is that it's not always related to daily living or really anything. Just today, he was asking if I remembered the zoo and the mangos there. Um, we haven't been to the zoo in at least 10 months. And mangos at the zoo? Um, nope! Please jog my memory...if that's even a legitimate memory.
Who killed the banana?
This is an example of the important questions posed by Samuel recently. Please help. We're still trying to figure out who killed the banana!
Lots of Bonding
These guys have spent a lot of time together lately. Joey is eating up that special attention and he's learning so much. Daddy took him to a Hog game vs TCU. Humility...that's what he learned at that game! Or was that the fight song he learned?
They've been running thier own construction company as well. Construction company? Well...is it really a construction company if you only build for your family, occasionally, and you make whatever your dad decides to pay? By the way, Joey's bid was $4 for the shed...$19 if he completed it the day it was delivered. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete it on the first day.
Turning 8 is Great (in September)
Joey decided that Medieval Times would be a great location for our family celebration. His motivation..."we get to eat with our hands." Ummmm, son, I can make you a sandwich so you can eat with your hands! Ok, so the knights and swords were another motivator. The boys were on the edge of their seats. Apparently, Samuel was quizzing Russ with an illegal number of questions during the show. I was sitting by Stella who was certain that all the fighting was not for her. Everyone enjoyed eating with their hands though. And the Pepsi...that was something special for the littles.
This guy is somethin' special! He is so smart and funny. Joey amazes us daily with his Lego creations, his ability to spell (just ask his Dad), the rate at which he completes his math homework, and the speed at which he steps in to help his siblings (strangely enough the same speed occurs when some pestering is necessary). He loves his family and friends and the Lord is surely growing compassion and leadership skills in him. We love Joey for the gift that he is!