Here is how our January is going so far…
*My resolution to eat more waffles is going strong. Our resolution to run a 5-k is going nowhere. It is not our fault. It is freezing. The waffles are winning.
*Oh my tarter sauce, it has been bitter cold. Cold like the kids at school have not been allowed outside for recess in two weeks cold. Those poor
teachers kids. The news says you can not be outside for longer than 30 minutes or you are guaranteed to get frostbite. That is too cold for this hot, summer loving gal. Beyond too cold. I dropped Kevin off at the bus station for him to get into the city and the bus didn’t come. He waited until the next one came. I think it was longer than 30 minutes. Oops. Thank goodness he still has all his fingers and toes.
*Can we just go back to Christmas vacation where we did not have homework everyday? And speaking of homework, Novalie is on the long division unit in math. They started it on Monday. Wednesday when Novalie came home, she was upset about long division. They had a worksheet of it in class and Novalie did not finish hers and her teacher said, “you had plenty of time to do this, you should have been able to finish the whole worksheet.” Moments like these make me angry and my desire to homeschool comes back. I thought her teacher and I were on the same page when it came to Novalie and math. We have had numerous conversations about it and strategies on how to help Novalie with new math concepts. Ummm…..I think she forgot. It is not acceptable to me to say that to my child when she just learned the concept of long division two days prior. Where it might take one child 10 problems to catch on to the concept, it takes Novalie 100 problems to understand it and do the steps with confidence. Her teacher knows this and like I said, we have talked about this before. After Novalie told me what happened on Wednesday, she followed it with, “I am so dumb at math.” Ugh. It took all afternoon/evening and a page of long division for me to undo that feeling with much praise and showing her she could in fact do it, she just needed more practice. Novalie is good at math, it just takes her A LOT of practice to learn new math. You better believe it will be the first topic of conversation at her parent-teacher conference coming up. NOT ALL KIDS LEARN AT THE SAME RATE!!
Phew….that was a little tantrum….
*I finally put away the Christmas decorations.
*Novalie and her BFF decorated our tree for Valentine’s Day. It is so pretty.
*Novalie’s BFF is here 3-4 days a week. They come home from school and immediately go into Novalie’s room and change into either jammies or shorts and short sleeve shirts. When I ask why, oh why are you creating extra laundry for me, they respond with…”it is so hot and we have to be able to mooooove.” Silliness. But, I see their point because they buzz around like bees.
*Novalie is taking swimming lessons. She is learning the butterfly and flip-turns at the wall. Cool and exciting and makes me smile.
*Novalie’s jazz shoes for hip hop are creating such a problem. Novalie has super wide little feet and those skinny little things are painful. I almost have her convinced to wear them every few days for 10 minutes to get them stretched out. She has until May for her performance. If all else fails, she can put up with the pain for a 3 and 1/2 minute routine. Right? Let’s hope so, but no one understands Novalie’s persistence like I do. Has anyone ever quit hip hop because the shoes hurt?
*Novalie has her BFF and then two other really, really good friends. The problem? Her three BFF’s are all in different “groups” of friends at school. Novalie has always had a wide variety of friends and she could play with a different friend each day and be happy as can be. But, the three friends all want Novalie to themselves. It would be great if the 4 of them could create their own little group, but jealousy is stopping that from happening. Navigating friendship with my passionate, intense, sensitive, need to talk everything to death child is fascinating. After many, many talks while Novalie relaxed in a hot bath and I sat in the bathroom talking this situation into the ground with her, she had the confidence to tell the three of them something like this, “I really like all three of you and I am not going to stop being friends with any of you because the other wants me to. It is up to you if you can live with this and still be my friend.” Isn’t she amazing? And you know what, her BFF has been here three times this week, she is playing with the 2nd friend today (and can I just say, their laughter and loudness is awesome!) and she is going swimming with the 3rd friend tomorrow. I don’t think it will be the end of the jealousy, but Novalie is courageous.
*Novalie and I are reading, “The Care & Keeping of You, The Body Book for Girls” from the American Girl Library. My baby girl is growing up.
*”House of Anubis” season 3 started. We are having a hard time adjusting to Nina being gone, but it is a great little show on Nickelodeon.
*I took Novalie to another new eye doctor for the millionth eye exam and everything to do with her eyes is excellent. This eye doctor recommended a neurologist to get answers for why Novalie turns her head completely to the left and watches t.v. out of the corners of her eyes. I guess it makes sense because the brain tells the eyes what to do. The eye doctors seem to think it is a quirky habit that is comfortable to Novalie. They all assure me it is not damaging to her eyes at all and are not concerned. I guess we will wade into the waters of neurology.
*We have had an up and down January. But, at the end of the day, my family is warm and we are together. There is no one else I would want to go through this bumpy life with.