"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Break?

I'm not sure how it's possible, but Thanksgiving break is upon us. 

Someone needs to tell Lila. 

While I'm not one to broadcast my children's report cards and test scores, I can't help talking about Lila's unwavering dedication to kindergarten. 

It's no secret that she loved preschool. The teacher and the school were simply amazing. (I still get teary eyed thinking about the whole thing.)

But here we are, at a different school, with a different teacher. And with Lila, it really could go either way. Fortunately, she has not missed a beat and dare I say, it's even better than preschool. 

Every day I get to check this handy little app that tells me how her day is going. This is a snapshot of a typical week with Lila...

Every single day of every single week has been positive. This may not mean much without knowing Lila and understanding that it truly could go either way. 

On Monday the kids came home with no homework. While Piper celebrated, I said to Lila, "I suppose you still want to do your sight words."

She replied, "Yes, and you forgot to do them yesterday."

It was Sunday! Shouldn't we take a rest from sight words on Sunday?

So these next few days may bring a reprieve from the alarms, the car lines, and the schedules. 

But not the sight words...

Definitely not the sight words. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ten Months

Declan has all kinds of skills these days...

Waving and clapping...

Walking with assistance...

And finding cheap entertainment...

And he couldn't be more proud of himself...

Happy TEN Months!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Do Turtles Lose Their Teeth?

After the great tooth debacle last spring, we were excited to pull Lila's tooth at home. And by "we", I mean Michael, because I do a lot of things but teeth is not one of them. 

The tooth fairy was cool and all, but Lila was most excited to be serenaded by her class with "The Tooth Song". 

It took a day or two to get it on the lesson plans but finally...they sang. And a happy girl she was...

If that can be topped, it was belt promotion week at karate. We have been counting down. And by "we", I mean Levi because his interest in karate is completely over the top. 

There was much debate going into it. Do we or don't we test? Piper has had one illness after another and was nowhere near normal. Levi had a fever the day before. We weren't even sure if everyone knew what they were supposed to do. 

However, one boy wasn't going to take no for an answer. And I couldn't bear the thought of counting down to the next one in January. 

So they did it...

And they got their turtle belts. Since they participate in a Taekwondo Tiny Tiger Class, each belt has an animal theme. 

I will say that each one of these kids had to break a board in order to pass.

(I will also say that a couple of them had a few extra tries.)

Nevertheless, they are now turtles. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Tricky Halloween

There was something missing from our crew this year...

Or someone rather. Notice the sick girl looking out the window...

While Cinderella, Spider-Man, and The Flash headed out for treats, Piper had to stay behind with the baby skeleton and Mom...

But it wasn't a total loss. She enjoyed apple cider, popsicles, and our own candy stash while Declan welcomed our visitors...

And at the end of the night, the siblings saved the day...

With more than enough candy to go around. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Costume Castastrophe

Levi had been planning his Halloween. costume for weeks. Maybe even months. It was to be a conglomeration of his Superman clothing and accessories. And I thought it was a great idea. Because those traditional costumes don't always work for my sensory sensitive Levi. 


I made the mistake of going into Party City last Saturday. And taking Levi with me. Of course he saw a costume he just had to have. I quickly left the store in hopes that he would move onto something else. 

But the next couple of days brought a complete obsession with the costume. He was consumed with it. So, since I hadn't purchased anything for his original costume, I agreed to buy it. 

The next problem came when I couldn't find his size. I attempted to borrow one from a friend. When that didn't work, she offered to order it for us. 

And just like that, Halloween was saved by a helpful friend with Amazon Prime. 

In the meantime, however, we had some dressing up to do. Levi needed a costume for music class. It just so happened he was headed to a make-up karate class right after music. 

So ninja it was...

And then there was the party at the library. He decided to go as Batman...

Speaking of Batman, Easton originally wanted to be the Caped Crusader, so I bought him a costume. Then after Levi ditched the Superman idea, Easton starts talking Superman. 

"But I bought you a Batman costume!"

"Ok, we have Superman but you've already been Superman!"

I think it goes against the laws of Halloween to be something twice. 

So he pulls out his Spider-Man hoodie, complete with mask. Honestly this is the best idea for a cool night of trick-or-treating. 

Finally, Levi's long awaited costume came in the mail. 

And completely out of left field, here is The Flash...

In addition to all this costume confusion, we have a sick girl on our hands...

She did get to wear her Hello Kitty costume to a birthday party. But as of Halloween afternoon, it's unclear whether she'll be venturing out to trick-or-treat. No worries though, she's got it all worked out. Piper told me she would just eat the things Easton is allergic to. 

That's a great idea. 

The only problem?

I was planning on doing the same.