So, the kids went back to school almost 2 months ago. So this is my back to school blog entry. I thought I better get it done before the holiday season hit. Or they moved up a grade..... Anyways....
Kaitlyn started 8th grade this year. In Illinois they do K-5th for Elementary, 6-8 for Middle School and 9-12 for High School. So this is Kaity's second and last year of Middle School. Next year she will start High School and Early Morning Seminary! Holy smoly! K really enjoys school. She is a big time smartie pants and has pulled straight A's so far this year. And all of last year. She earned a cell phone with her grades last year and hopes to earn an itouch something or other this year. I'll figure out what she is talking about when she earns it. She is also running cross country again. She has blossomed into a gorgeous (much to her father's dismay) young woman! We are so proud of her. She always tries her best and has such a good attitude about doing things she doesn't want to do.
Blake started 5th grade. He has been mainstreamed this year, which means that instead of the special ed classroom, his homeroom is a regular 5th grade class and he goes out for resource. He has his own aide, Mrs. Joyce whom he loves to pieces. He also is participating in band. The band teacher arranged to teach B some piano basics and get him a keyboard to take home. He really enjoys it! Right now he is learning to play Jolly Old St. Nicholas for the band Christmas concert. They also are gonna let him play the triangle. He thinks he is pretty hot stuff.
Eric started 1st grade this year. He came home every day absolutely exhausted for the first couple weeks, but he is doing really well. He is in Mrs. Kirkwood's class and has a couple of friends from Kindergarten in his class. He REALLY enjoys P.E. and music class. And getting lunch with the big kids. He still thinks that homework is a novelty and enjoys doing it. We'll see how long that lasts!
So, what else have we been up to? K and B took swimming lessons from a client of Trent's. He and his mother teach private lessons in their pool. They were a bit pricey but both kids can jump from the diving board and swim to the side of the pool now, which is as much as I can hope for. So I feel we got our moneys worth.....
|Them goggles is smokin hot!!|
|"Hey Mom! I'll take swimming lessons when I'm 10 too like Blake!!"|
|Grandma and Grandpa Lemon's House|
On Labor Day, Trent and his buddy Trent Lund (yeah, people call them "The Trents") ran in the Oakbrook Half Marathon. My Trent came in like 23rd in his age group and in the low 100's overall. Makes my 2 miles a day look pretty paltry. We do what we can. Or what we want to. :)