Thursday, September 30, 2010

Starting to learn

Hannah has started learning how to read.  First she'd randomly point out sight words that she was familiar with.  Then she'd pick them out randomly from a group of other words, asking why it said "...." there.  Now she's starting to sound out words for herself.  I'm so proud of her, and have to admit that when she read the street sign "Chicopee, next 4 exits" out loud to herself, I was a bit shocked.  It's very cool to watch her learn.  I'm so proud of her.  Speaking of reading and asking questions, she just came over to the computer and said "Mommy, why did you write Chicopee next 4 exits?"  Soon she's going to be reading over my shoulder, and then I might be in trouble....

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Crazy came to town

Hannah has been totally nuts today.  I don't know if her deal is something to do with waking up at 4am coughing and needing her nebulizer.  Or if it's Kindergarten, or if it's Wednesday.  I don't know.  She was totally insane.  Crazy, and miserable.  And worst of all, not listening.  There were lots of problems this afternoon with listening.  Finally I figured we needed a change of pace, so we got word from our friends that they were going to the park.  Thankfully dinner came together fast and both girls ate some, and then played happily at the park for over an hour.  It was lovely.  So it's wonderful that we can get out of the house and get a little less insane.  I'm sure that some people would say that taking them to the park is rewarding them for their craziness.  I don't see it that way, sometimes you just need a break.  Before you break.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekends go fast

Even faster now that there is school and work.  I can't believe that it's already Monday again.  Seems like I just did this.  We had a very nice weekend, reasonably quiet and fun.  At Grampy's we took a walk to a park, and ran into someone I went to highschool with.  Then yesterday we stayed home mostly, with the exception of getting my phone replaced AGAIN.  The send button was broken, thankfully it was still under warranty, so the replacement was no problem.  Of course now I've lost all my pictures, videos, and ringtones, but  I guess those are easily replaced.

Hannah's already not feeling well.  Two weeks into school and she's sniffly, coughing, and a bit under the weather.  No fever, and not totally miserable, so off to school she goes. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I mad at you

"I mad at you, you NOT my Mommy" 

Two year olds are such a joy.  Insert eyeroll.  Drama personified, that is Norah.  She yells and screams far more than Hannah ever did.  Hannah was very passive in some ways, where Norah is the exact opposite.  She means to let you know exactly what's wrong, and in some cases, to tell you just how to fix it.  She's also shy and quiet around people she's unfamiliar with.  One of the mom's at Hannah's school is just taken with how cute she thinks Norah is.  She talks to her every morning, and the only thing she gets in return is her trying to get closer to me and whispering "I love you mommy".  Because that is the answer to everything.  At least for Norah.

Hannah seems to have the adjustment to Kindergarten pretty well down.  As we walked up to the school today, one of her friends in her class was behind us, so she made sure that we wait so they could walk together.  I'm glad she's making friends, I worry about that the most.  It's hard anytime in life to have few or no friends.  More when you're little I would guess.  So she has a few, and so far she has been enjoying herself.  She did complain to me this morning that they have to do "morning work".  She seemed confused that she wouldn't get to play all day every day.  Such is life little one.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I need more info

I don't know how she manages to do it, but Hannah tells me very little about what goes on in her school to HER.  I hear all about who got a yellow card, and orange cards.  Who had a ham sandwich for lunch, and who had to go to the nurse because they fell down.  I do not hear what her very favorite things are, what her teacher does with them, or anything else useful.  I'm hoping that as it gets to be less of a novelty, she'll offer up more information on her own.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day one, down.

Hannah successfully finished her first day of Kindergarten.  Not that I thought she wouldn't.  She had fun, made some new friends, and found a couple she knew from preschool in her class.  She kept saying she didn't have enough time for things.  So I don't know what to think about that.  Not enough time for lunch, not enough time to finish her picture... etc.  So I guess we'll see how it goes as she gets the routine down.  She ate most of her soup at lunch and picked at the other things I sent her.  I think she doesn't want to ask for help, so she didn't eat the cheese stick that I thought for sure she would eat because she couldn't open it.  I had hoped the protein would fill her up, but she snacked like she was starving when she came home, and then ate three plates of dinner.  Pictures to come.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Hannah came running into our room this morning.  "Mommy, MOMMY!  You forgot to give me a bath last night so I can be clean for school"  She absolutely refused to believe that today really was only Sunday, and that she's welcome to have a bath tonight.  It didn't seem to phase her that at 6:15, we were all still in bed trying to sleep.  Normally at that time, Steven's either in the shower, or already out of it.  I love that she's so excited and ready for it.  I worry for her that she'll make friends, eat all her lunch, listen to her teacher, and not be sad that she's gone "all day".  I'll miss her bunches, and hopefully she'll be having too much fun to miss me. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Food confusion

Hannah is a great eater, I can't argue that.  But as school gets closer, I start to worry about what she eats for breakfast.  I want to be sure she eats something healthy and filling, but she loves cereal and poptarts (not that I buy them often) and other less filling things.  I've been making myself oatmeal for breakfast most mornings, and cooking real oatmeal and adding yummy things makes it easier for me on the days I can't eat lunch because I'm working.  Last night she told me she wanted oatmeal for breakfast.  We've tried this before, and the last time she actually ate a LOT of oatmeal was when she was still eating baby cereal.  So um, 4 1/2 years ago there about.  So this morning I cooked her oatmeal, just enough for her.  Milk and some sugar in it, and M&M's at the bottom so she could dig for treasure.  I don't know how much she's eaten, but she's still sitting at the table and is stirring it.  So I'm thinking it was yet another time it didn't go over well :(

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Less than a week to go...

Today I'm taking Hannah to her new school for her Kindergarten screening.  I'm not really sure why they wait until the last minute, as her first day is next Monday.  There's also a parent orientation on Friday, but I won't be making that since I have to work, and so does Steven.  I'm a little in denial that my big girl is starting Kindergarten already.  Seriously wasn't she just a baby?  Didn't she just go to EI?  Didn't she JUST have her first day of Preschool.  No one is kidding when they tell you time moves faster as you get older. 

Today one of my favorite people takes her girls to their first day of Kindergarten.  I hope there are pictures, and that she holds it together, so that at least one of us can say that we did.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Away

Labor day weekend, traditionally the last long weekend before school, or around school.  At least for us adults.  I have to work today, but it's Steven's last day of vacation before going back to work tomorrow.  So I'll go in for a couple hours later, and maybe we can do something fun later.

Yesterday we went to Six Flags.  We used our free passes from the Cure Kids Cancer walk, but unfortunately they are closed during the week, so our original plan to go on his vacation was scrapped.  We got there yesterday just as they were opening, and it was basically crazy after that.  We spent a couple hours there riding rides, and listening to Norah whine.  Then we headed back to the car to eat lunch.  At that point we all agreed that there were too many people there and it was too crazy.  So instead of using our stamps to get back in, we headed out to go mini golfing instead.  And honestly I think that was a bigger hit.  Norah got to play too, and it was hilariously adorable to watch her put her ball just inches from the cup and tap it in, congratulating herself heartily afterward.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Little Better

My girlies seem to be feeling better.  Hannah's not running a fever anymore, and her sniffles and coughing have decreased.  Norah's hardly sniffly at all, just completely full of attitude.  Not sure if it's because she's Norah, because she's Two, or because she's sick.  I guess only time will tell.  She also had a couple nights where she had night terrors.  Completely terrifying for me and for Steven.  She doesn't have a clue, and honestly if she wasn't bothering Hannah, I know leaving her alone is the way to get it over with the fastest. 

Among other issues, I have a nasty stye.  It's gross, my eye is swollen, and I look like someone punched me in the face.  Clearly that's not what happened, but I can't make it go away any faster.  It's slightly less painful than it was yesterday, but I'm trying to avoid reading and watching too much tv. 

We had a great third day of vacation.  Hannah had her 5 year visit to get her ready for Kindergarten.  She is 44 1/2 inches and 42lbs.  According to her doctor that's right at 50% for both, which is wonderful.  She's exceptionally average I guess.  She also got her flu shot, which was a combined seasonal flu and H1N1.  So she's good.  Norah goes back next week for her flu shot.