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"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"


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Proud Mama

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On June my Grandma came to my house. We had lots of fun. We even got grabbed my Grandma? I love her and she loves me.

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My March Break was awesome because my Grandma came to my house and we went to the mall. And we have fun together. Then we went out for lunch and it was yummy.

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On Mother’s Day. My Mom loves me and I love her too. My family loves her too. We went out for supper and my Mom and the rest of us too had lots of fun.

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On Father’s Day we had supper with my Nana and Papa. We had tacos for supper. And it was my Papa’s birthday. We had vanilla cake and is was delicious. Dad had two pieces of cake. I had one piece of cake. It was delicious.

 

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One day I went out with my Aunt. We went to a park with my cousin Cooper. We had lots of fun. He loved to chase me. We also had Timbits. We loved the Timbits.

This was a bit of a tough year for Isabelle at school. We knew that she wasn’t doing well in the French Immersion and I had wanted to switch her to English before the start of Grade 2, yet we didn’t. We were told by many that it would simply just “click” when she was in the 2nd grade.

There was no “click”.

There was a lot of tears. There was a lot of self doubt. There was a lot of emotions that I personally feel no 7/8 year old should feel. No one should hate school in the second grade. After 3 days of pleading with the principal to let us change her to English half way through the year, I am so happy to say that Isabelle loves school!

We have seen such a wonderful change in the work she brings home. Yes, she is a little behind in some areas but her teacher has been wonderful and working very hard with her. Isabelle should be caught up to speed a few months into the third grade. I am going to do my best to work with her over the summer. Her teacher has given us some great, simple, idea of ways to work with her in ways that doesn’t feel like “work” over the summer break.

I was going through Isabelle’s back pack tonight. It’s the end of year so there is lots of paper work coming home. I found a few things I thought I would share with you.

Isabelle is a bit behind in her spelling. This is largely because they are told in French to sound out the word and just write what they hear. They are taught a little differently in English. She’s catching up but it’s going to take the work this summer to get her where she needs to be.

I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she’s done this year. Most of all, I’m just happy that Isabelle is happy. I should have listened to my gut and had her switch over to English sooner, but thankfully she doesn’t hold that against me!

 

 

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Defeated

According to Google this is the translation.

de·feat·ed
dəˈfēdəd/
adjective
adjective: defeated
  1. having been beaten in a battle or other contest.
    “the defeated army”
    • demoralized and overcome by adversity.

     

This is how I am feeling today. I recently got some really great news, which I can’t share here just yet, and I should be really pumped. However, I am feeling defeated and that’s getting in the way of my joy.

Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day.


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My kids are weird…

My kids think it’s absolutely awesome that there is the slightest possibility that they will be latch-key. To bring you up to speed if you don’t know what Latch-Key is, here it’s before and after school care run by the day care that is associated with the kids school. I believe I have touched on this topic before in a previous rambling…errh….blog post.

The kids are pumped for me to get a job. If I have an interview during the day while they are at school, the first thing they ask when they seem me after school is “Do I start Latch-Key tomorrow?” I’m such an asshole when I say “Nope!” and then they act as if I have crushed their soul and they are about to give up their will to live. It’s rather comical for me, hence the asshole part since I really want to tell them yes only to then say “hahaha just kidding!!!”

Yesterday, tearfully, Madeline told me about a conversation she had with one of her friends at school. She told this friend that I was having some interviews and would be getting a job, thus she would no longer be able to exit the school with her and walk her towards the busses. This friend got a bit upset. This made Madeline upset. So Madeline, with her big loving heart, drew her friend a picture which seemed to help resolve the situation. I suggested to Madeline that she not talk about her being Latch-Key until she is actually going to be Latch-Key. She agreed as she didn’t want to upset any more of her friends.


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Bad Mood Monday

8 year old woke up in a bad mood. Sigh. This generally leads to the rest of us ending up in a bad mood as well. I am happy to report that we managed to avoid this. Hooray. Sometimes I never know if I should try to be calm and understanding or just cut straight to the cut the crap, I’m not putting up with it. Today, it had to be cut the crap. I needed to keep my head in a good place. I needed the 7 year olds to be in a good place also.

dominoesMy kids are sort of like dominoes. When one falls the rest do too.

I have been job hunting for the past few weeks. Today I had a meeting for a job and needed to be calm and relaxed before this. The husband is working days so I have to deal with the kids in the morning, getting them ready, fed, lunches made and then get myself half ready too.

Sometimes the 8 year old just needs to be put in her place. I explained to her, that if she needed to discuss her feelings about this morning we could do so after school. She seemed cool with that idea. Phew.

I am happy to say that this mornings meeting went well. No job yet, but a successful first step towards a job that I really hope to get!


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Emotions

Inside-Out-Meet-your-emotions-3 I need some sort of guide to explain to me what is going on inside the mind of my 8 year old sweet demon daughter. I also need some serious work on patience. I may have to see about a daily yoga class or some sort of road map to inner peace.

We seem to be going through a lot of highs and lows and some serious anger outbursts lately. I am getting the feeling that the 8 year old doesn’t even know what she’s mad about 3/4 of the time. I spent a bit of time walking around the book store last week, sipping my SF ice caramel macchiato and decided to look for some books to read with the 8 year old about her feelings. She is feeling all her feelings at once lately and taking it out on the rest of us.

The 8 year old came home from school last week, she seemed happy when I picked her up, walked in the door promptly threw her back pack down and started barking out orders for her siblings to put their stuff away. All the while hers was just sitting there in a pile. When I calmly asked her to stop parenting for me and asked her to do her own jobs, well…………holy shit. Breakdown of epic proportions.

The 8 year old is also getting jealous of the two 7 year olds. She has accused me of loving one of the 7 year olds more than her because that 7 year old and I like to snuggle. She seems to forget that she does not, yet when reminded that doesn’t seem to factor into her reasoning. So then it’s on to whatever else she can dream up to be jealous/angry about.

I was at Costco the other day and picked up some new back packs for the 7 year olds. I did not get the 8 year old one at the time because I thought that she and I could go pick one out together. She immediately notices the new back packs and that there are only two. Does she give me a chance to explain, nope. None. Immediate blow up. I let her blow up. Then explain my reasoning. The look of “ohhhh, I see” comes across her face and she exits the room.

Honestly, I can’t fucking win. Even if I had bought her a backpack there would still have been a problem or she would have liked the one I bought for the female 7 year old more.

8 year old has said we don’t do anything together without the 7 year olds. I was using this backpack purchase as some time together. Hopefully she will come to understand this as well.

Tonight after bedtime, I will be madly searching the Interweb world for blogs of parents with spawn in my age bracket. Especially girls. I can’t be the only mother feeling this way….can I? So if you happen to know of a great blog to read or even a book or perhaps you have written a manual on raising girls, I’d love to read it!!

The countdown is on for separate bedrooms….the husband doesn’t quite agree. I believe I need to go away for a week’s vacation for him to maybe, just maybe, get a better idea of what is going on.