Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I've now had a couple of classes under my belt as a brown belt (no pun intended). Before I thought that I was a brown belt masquerading as a white belt. Now, the goal is to become a black belt masquerading as a brown belt. I really enjoy what Macy and I are doing, and I'm glad we have this available to us here in Michigan.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I was very pleased with what I was told. And to think, this all happened on a Monday. Imagine if it was Thursday, and I had a few days of practice for the week?
I'll let you know how it all works out.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Today I took her to school at 8:20 and checked her out at 9:20. Then we met up with the others and went to the preschool for the demonstration.
Macy and Michael (the little boy she made cry during her first sparring experience and the same little boy who knocked her tooth out) were the only kids able to participate in the demonstration.
Macy and Michael did great, and I believe the kids at the preschool really enjoyed themselves, too.
I got her back to school right after lunch, and thankfully she didn't have to miss her computer class (which has been one of her favorite things about school)!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Now, her nap time (in a little more than an hour) is looking pretty good. :)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday at the church picnic, Kelsey told me that she likes to babysit. She has lots of experience with kids of all ages. She's a junior in high school and goes for a couple hours each morning. Then she goes to a tutoring center and works with kids who are behind/learning disabled for a while. After that she goes to another center and works with babies who have developmental delays. She is also taking a class on child development at that center. I was very impressed when I learned all of this about her! She's also kept Bailey in the nursery at church before and did a good job with that. She came highly recommended by a few ladies at church, as well.
So we decided to ask her to keep the girls last night for us, and it all worked out great! The girls were so excited that she was coming and kept asking how much longer until Kelsey would be here. They really seemed to bond with her right away. Kelsey even came with her own little bag of tricks to use while she was here. She brought books, crayons, 1st grade workbook (for Macy), a wooden puzzle, 2 Color Wonder books & markers (Disney princess), and snacks!! I was so surprised. She said her mom always buys stuff for her to take when she babysits. The girls thought that was really cool, and couldn't wait for me to leave so they could have one of Kelsey's snacks! Everyone had a lot of fun, and Kelsey said the girls behaved really well. (I was a little nervous that they would be too wild and fussy and make the night miserable for her. So I was really happy to get a good report when I got home.) They all followed the rules/instructions I left and they didn't destroy the house. It was a true babysitting success!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
push ups (20 5 times)
Round simulator (4 rounds of 2 minutes with breaks in between)
Rd 1 Jumping Jacks
Rd 2 Leg Magic
Rd 3 Wind Mills
Rd 4 Round Kicks
push ups (20 5 times)
Round simulator (3 rounds of 2 mintues with breaks in between)
Rd 1 Leg Magic
Rd 2 Leg Magic
Rd 3 Knee lifts
TKD--good work out
jogged (local track c. 1.5. mi)
push ups (20 5 times)
TKD--light but good
push ups (20 5 times)
push up (20 5 times)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
These black squirrels are all over Garden City. The jokers get big, too. They also come pretty close to you. Have a look.
Food is always the highlight of the picnic. Here are some of our grill gals.
Bailey enjoyed her cupcake.
After all that eating, Bailey was ready to take this dog, Abby, for a walk/run.
Macy and some of the older kids got ice cream from a passing ice cream truck.
A couple of ole missing teeth aren't stopping Macy from remaining the number 1 threat to all ice cream sandwiches--life is good when you have a jumbo ice cream sandwich in your hand (and mouth, and face, and hair, etc.).
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Overall, the day was great! We loved her school and the excitement we felt there. Mrs. Stanchina is awesome. She has taught first grade for five years and has also previously taught Kindergarten and special education. (Her Master's is actually in special ed.) She was so calm and patient with the kids, but she also joked with them and seemed to love having them in her class. We feel very blessed to have such a great school for Macy to attend, and we are looking forward to a great year.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Well, today at Tae Kwon Do Macy was sparring the same little boy she made cry before. In an inadvertent flailing of the arms, Macy's tooth got knocked out. (Of course, it was only hanging on by a thread, anyway.) Actually, this was the best way for the tooth to come out. It needed to come out, but Macy didn't want to let me pull it. At Tae Kwon Do Macy didn't want to cry and freak out in front of her friends, so when her tooth got knocked out, Macy was cool, calm, and collected. She even posed for a couple of pictures.
We met our new principal, Mrs. Pantier, today and she is awesome. She is so happy and positive with the kids. We can tell how much she loves her job and the kids and families she serves. She took us on a tour of the school and answered lots of questions from the kids. She even took the kids into her office and let them look around. Macy found one of the coolest things ever in there. Mrs. Pantier has a "vending machine" of sorts with small toys/trinkets in it. (It's like the ones in the grocery store lobby that you put quarters in for those junky, I mean fun toys.) Anyway, the kids can earn tokens for the machine and go to the principal's office to spend them and get their treat. The principal and teachers give them out at random to reward positive behavior and learning. Mrs. Pantier told the kids that most students come to her office for good behavior rather than bad. I think this is awesome! I picked up very quickly on the fact that she is a very positive person and encourages positive behavior in such a fun way. We can tell we are going to love our new principal!
We also got to meet Macy's new first grade teacher. Her name is Mrs. Stanchina and Macy already loves her. She is young and fun, and she was so sweet to us and Macy. She encourages parents to volunteer in the classroom, and we were thrilled about that. Macy gave her a big hug and said that she couldn't wait for tomorrow. Mrs. Stanchina said she couldn't either!
We also met several other moms (PTA volunteers who were helping with the open house) who have children enrolled at Memorial. They have a very active PTA and all spoke so highly of the school. One of the moms we met is a member of the church at a nearby congregation and her husband used to preach at Garden City! She is one of the "lunchroom moms" and promised to keep an eye on Macy for us. We met another mom who grew up at Garden City and still has relatives in the congregation. Also, one of the members at Garden City is a fifth grade teacher at Memorial. She has been so sweet to us, too. She showed us around a little today and introduced us to some of the other teachers. We also have another member who works at Macy's school in the mornings with before-school care.
We had a great time today and we are really excited for Macy to start school tomorrow. We were a little nervous at first about the transition, but we feel so at ease now. If only we can get Macy in bed tonight and get her to actually go to sleep. She has so much fun to look forward to!