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I am blessed to have smart kids. I just came home from a parent-teacher conference with the little girl’s teacher where I was told that her DIBELS test showed she is advanced in all areas tested. She is also currently doing second grade level on Lexia Core 5. I am very proud of her. The husband and I bought second grade activity workbooks for her to work on weekends because she already finished all lessons on a couple of first grade workbooks we bough for her. She loves to learn which is a good thing because it is for her own benefit one day. Her brother who is in gifted and talented is showing consistent grades and tests scores (all 99th percentile on standardized tests). I am so lucky and very grateful for having kids like them. True, they are a handful sometimes but so are a bunch of kids out there. I hope that they continue to want to learn more and that they grow up to be good people.
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One of the things that I would really want the little man to do is learn to play the guitar properly. Oh, he does practice on it every now and then using tutorials online or from reading a music book that we bought for him years ago but he does not seem to be very interested enough to agree to a guitar lesson with a professional. Yet, he keeps on talking about wanting an electric guitar with a possible headphone amp at guitarcenter.com. It is very frustrating! I would buy an electric guitar for him, maybe even accessories, but I want him to learn playing an acoustic guitar first. I am afraid I am raising a child who thinks he can dabble on anything he wants without really mastering something. I seriously hope he gets serious about learning to play musical instrument because I really think he has potential. If only he will listen to me.
Whenever I get upset over the little girl’s antics, I receive little notes from her. Sometimes it is as sweet as the one above, often times it is more graphic in telling how mean I am to her. There are times it even tells what she wants to happen to me because I am mean. Lol! She is such a handful. She has always been very expressive of her feelings, unlike her older brother who I have to use my interrogatory skills just so he will tell me what he thinks. She also loves to draw. She could use a whole ream of print paper in a week if not supervised, mostly drawing cats and writing me and his father little notes. Have I mentioned she just turned six less than two months ago? I am sure she will be something to deal with when she gets older but we love her nonetheless.
I concede that as the kids get older, their needs/wants do not get cheaper. Although my kids do not ask a lot but what they ask sometimes gives me acid, lol. Gone are the days of plastic and battery operated toys. They want electronics or musical instruments and, yes, they want specific items or brands please. It is a good thing that we find 0% interest on instruments at musiciansfriend.com or online stores have sales going on almost on a daily basis. And if you are a parent, I am sure you know how to bargain hunt. I do. A lot of times. Because as much as I love my kids, I would really rather that I do not pay too much on something they need for school. I am grateful for the sales, discounts, and coupons that every store provide to their customers because every dollar saved is a big help to us.
The little girl has always been fond of cats. She is afraid of dogs and gets upset when one gets close but she runs after cats just to pet them. She has asked several times if we could please get her a cat but I do not think she is old enough to be responsible for a pet at 6 years old. So what does a kid do when she cannot have the pet she wants? She draws them! I have amassed a good amount of cat drawings in the last few months. Cats winking. Cats playing. Cats with hearts and painted nails. Even cats with wings. I bought her cat stuffed toys just to make her happy and she does seem happy but still asks every now and then if she could have a pet. We have agreed to get her a pet kitty on one condition and I promise to uphold my side of the bargain when my condition is meet. Until then, we will have to sit and wait and contend ourselves with cat pictures.
The husband and the little girl have this thing about playing Youtube videos loud. The kind of loud where you can hardly hear yourself think. For real! Fortunately for me, they only do this at certain times. Unfortunately, I can never tell when it happens. I think they get bored. The little man and I like it quiet in the house. The kind where you hear any and every sound there is. Even the house settling. I dread the days when those two do their thing because I have nowhere else to go. If there is one other thing I am grateful for is that we do not have the qsc kla12 speaker, instead we have cheap ones that does not sound too good when it gets too loud. Also, they do not do it for too long. About a half hour and they are ready for some quiet again. I was told that they are just trying to get rid of bad spirits that is why they do what they do. Yeah, right!
Merry Christmas! The little girl is excited to see if Santa’s reindeer ate the “food” she scattered in our yard last night. She was so worried about Santa not being able to bring in her presents because we do not have a chimney but her worries were unfounded when Santa came in days early and left the presents under the tree while she was at school. She opened those presents days before Christmas that the husband had to buy more presents to put under the tree last night. Lol. She is a character for sure. The little man has a new wii u which they already are using. We are having a good Christmas despite of the husband being sick. We should have been either in Florida or VA Beach this Christmas but we did not get to go because daddy was sick. We had to stay home and enjoy the holidays as much as we can even if the plan was to go on a short vacation somewhere. We are fine though, as long as we are together. Perhaps next year everybody will be okay health-wise so we can travel. I hope that everybody is having a good time with friends and family this season.
We have been busy rounding up items for the little girl’s wishlist. The husband and I agreed that we are not going to go overboard with gifts. Thankfully, the toys that the little girl wants are mostly on clearance. Way cheaper than the little man’s list three years ago. We have most of the stuff for her but we do not know what to get for him. He knows there is no Santa. His father talked to him about it last year on one of their talks. He knows that if he gets a present for the holidays, it is from mommy and daddy. He is fine with it. He does not tell his sister this fact though. We want her to believe for as long as she wants. Anyway, the husband saw a drum set at one of the stores we went to and asked me if the little man will like it. I said absolutely not. It was cheap and made for younger kids. I told him his son would more likely like gretsch usa custom drum set. He is very picky and knows quality unlike most kids who are happy with whatever is given them. I did remind the husband that drums equals noise. That stopped him from doing anything more. Lol! I may just buy him a game console since he talked about wanting a wii u months ago. We will see if he has not changed his mind yet.