Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This past weekend, Harry was in the play, Aladdin Jr. at our church. It has been a long time coming, as rehearsals started back in April. Last week, he was at the church from 9am-5pm every day putting on the finishing touches. It was a pretty exciting opportunity for Harry because he played Aladdin in the play. Below are some clips of him singing from the play.
Also this week, Harry got the "Justin Beiber" haircut. For those of you who don't have a clue what a "Justin Beiber" is, you can reference old pictures of Donny Osmond in the mid 70's. It's the same cut. I think all these teen stars just tell their hairdressers, "I would like the heartthrob hair, please." Anyway, he is pretty happy with it and I'm happy that he has been more interested in showering lately. I'm sure girls are not far behind...
Next week we will be going on our yearly family vacation with Erick's family up at a cabin in Brainerd. Lots of relaxing, lots of reading ( I plan on reading the girl with the dragon tattoo books), and lots of fun!
Also this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fWsXIPJn6Q
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Obstacles. We all have them in our lives. For some it is getting places on time. For others it might be race, gender or sexual preference. Bottom line is that obstacles affect all of our daily lives in some way. One thing I have come to understand about obstacles; it's not what they are that is important, it's how you handle them.
Today, Bella and I got some results on one obstacle we are facing together; success in school. As most of you know, I decided to homeschool Bella for 1/2 days to give her more repetition on subjects such as reading and math. At the end of last school year, we had Bella evaluated by a neuropsychologist. The results were tough to hear, but not really surprising. She was behind a little over a year in math and slightly behind in reading. There it was...a new obstacle for Bella to overcome. How could I best help her rise above her memory issues and get the skills and education she needed to become a successful adult? After some debating (with myself), I decided to delve into the world of homeschooling. I spent most of last summer researching books and curriculum's that would best fit Bella's needs. Fast forward a year later. Bella had her homeschool testing yesterday. In the state of Minnesota you have to have homeschooled children tested yearly by a qualified tester (not the parent) to see how the child is progressing.
The test she was given was the Peabody Individual Achievement Test. It is presented in a one on one setting and the test is given orally which we thought would be the best fit for Bella. Ironic as it seems, last year's neurological testing showed Bella to be more of an "auditory learner" than a "visual learner." I know, kind of crazy considering she is profoundly deaf without the implants!
Here are Bella's results:
Reading Recognition: 3.2
Reading Comprehension 3.0
General Information K.9
The first number shows the grade and the second number shows the month. For example 3.0 would be this coming September for Bella since that is the month she will officially be in grade 3.
As you can see, she did score quite a bit behind in the General Information part of the test. This had a lot to do with her memory issues and her lack of recalling specific information when it hasn't been presented with a great deal of repetition. One example of a question from the general information category was "What is the name of the story that has a big bad wolf that huffs and puffs?" She remembered hearing the story, but could not remember the name, "The Three Little Pigs".
There was also a writing section to the test where she had to write a story after looking at a picture. She got a score of 8 out of 9!
Needless to say I was super excited with the results! It reinforced that homeschooling Bella for 1/2 of the day was and is the right decision. And (here comes the high fives to myself) I must be a pretty decent teacher!
Now, off to wonder what obstacles I will face next...
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Losing some weight and getting toned up has been on my "to do" list for a few years now, but with the clock ticking quickly toward my 40th birthday, I decided the time was NOW! I wish I could say there was a magic pill, but truth is outside of some help from my little blue pill friend, alli, it was 6 day a week workouts and a strong willpower. Biggest challenge: no cheese!
There were many points when my motivation was deterred: The cheesy superbowl pasta dish I made for the rest of the family sure looked tasty! Oh, and when I hit a few weight plateaus where that darn scale just wouldn't change, no matter how much work I did. I can say that the payoff has been great! New clothes, new energy, and a new ability to put on a bathing suit without fear. Well, without as MUCH fear, I should say.
I will say that losing weight is a bit like fixing up your house. No matter how much work you do, there is always something else that could be done. Suddenly those eye wrinkles become more prominent when you are worrying less about your thighs. Goodness knows why the stars become so obsessed with fixing their flaws. Fix one flaw, and suddenly you discover the 10 other flaws you had never even noticed!
But today, I will just be happy with my accomplishment...
Friday, June 4, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Yesterday, the kids and I spent the day at the pool. It was a gorgeous day! New rule at the club this year: all kids under 12 have to be able to swim 25 yds (length of the pool) by themselves or you have to be within 10 feet of them at all times. Harry passed with flying colors. Bella passed too, but more with stationary colors. She kept bumping into the side of the wall. I was still very proud. I know that having her on the developmental swim team this summer will really help her endurance. She knows all the basic strokes, now she needs to go for distance.
Next week, more craziness and events; including Becca's 8th grade graduation. EXCITING!