Friday, January 29, 2010

Tween Already?

Abby is very passionate about a lot of things. When she gets her mind set on something and then it doesn't turn out the way she expected, all her little tiny emotions erupt into big shiny tears and sobs heard around the block.

Today it was one thing after another. I picked her up from school and she asks if she is going to the dance tonight. There is a fundraiser at school. It's a father daughter dance, for $30 per couple. Paul and I talked about it a month ago when the flyer came home and we decided it's better to go when she's older and might appreciate it more. Well we should have consulted her first!

She burst into tears right there in front of her classroom when I told her she was not going. "But H. is going!" sob sob sob. H. is her teacher's daughter and somewhat of a celebrity around here. It wasn't enough that it could have been a quality evening between her and her father. No. She wanted to go because H. is going.

Once we got home she was reminded that I threw her snow white toothbrush in the trash bin because I forgot to take the trash out of the bathroom today even though I knew as soon as she got home she was going to wash her hands and see snow white in the trash bin again. I bought her a shiny new toothbrush yesterday, but alas, it does not have Snow White on it. She sobs, "Mom! What if I change my mind and I want to use my Snow White toothbrush again?" sob sob sob. This being the toothbrush that is so worn the bristles do not stand at a 90 degree angle anymore, rather a 180. *sigh*

I heard her continue to mumble as she was washing her hands. I went into the bathroom to try and calm her down and she says to me between her tears, "Mom we need to move." sob sob sob "This house is too old! It's so boring." (the house was built in 2004) "We need to buy a house closer to school." (because we live 1/4 mile away from school right now.) "You know that long sidewalk?" (less than 2/10 of a mile long) "I hate that sidewalk!" sob sob sob. I picked her up as she clung to me like a little monkey and just said, "ok."

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mishaps in the Rain

On our way to school this morning Tom slipped in a huge slippery puddle and we had to go back to the house to change his pants. That's how awful the mess was! Lucky for us this puddle lives only two doors down, so we didn't end up being late to school. From now on, we will be avoiding that bit of the sidewalk and walking around it to be on the safe side. It's got some mossy goo on it that makes the rain and sprinkler run off quite slick. The better solution would be to go take a shovel to it and scrape the goo free, but that would take some work and we all know, I'm not one to volunteer for yard work, let alone in front of my neighbors house.

In other news Tom has been turning around his sight word lists very quickly. In fact just last night he memorized sight word list 18 and got the new list, number 19, today in class. The teacher mentioned to me that she's never had a student turn them around so quick and she wants him reading books as soon as he's done with all 20 lists... which will be tomorrow evening. He did read two whole stories out of one of his early reader Thomas the Tank Engine books that he got for Christmas tonight. Once this kid gets a grip on something he just takes off! He'll be reading my blog in no time, in which case I guess I better stop writing such embarrassing stories about him.

Abby said the cutest thing the other day. We were talking about Tom's wiggly tooth and he was all worried that the tooth fairy wouldn't get notified in time. Like what if his tooth falls out one afternoon? How will she know to come to his house that night? I told him we can write her a letter, but he knows how the mail works. It might take a day or two to get to her. Abby suggested we email the tooth fairy. I think we'll be composing that email soon!

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's Raining It's Pouring

We've had buckets of rain here in the Sacramento valley this week. Once the gale force winds died down the twins squealed with delight upon using their umbrellas to walk to/from school in the steady drizzle.

Tuesday was particularly blustery with 60mph winds so I actually drove 1/4 mile to the school to drop them off. We sat there in the parking lot before school as the car got pounded from side to side with wind and rain. "Is the car supposed to shake like this?" Tom asked.

We prepared for our exit outside the car. I instructed them to get out and start walking toward their classroom. Easier said than done. They kinda wandered behind me in all sorts of directions at the wind pounded us from the front. Abby had a particularly rough time walking in the wind, barely able to keep pace with a snail. But we made it, all 50 steps into the classroom. I really should have taken video. It was quite a sight!

The rest of the week was less windy, therefore we walked with umbrellas and the twins were so so pleased about this. Abby has an obsession with stepping in the gutters because there are better puddles to splash in there. Maybe I should have invested in rain boots for them?

Friday, January 15, 2010

15 Going on 16

In Kindergarten the twins have these sight words lists which are to be learned at home. They get 1 list at a time and each list has 10 words on it. The first few weeks took awhile for the words to sink in, but lately Tom has been some sort of memorizing machine. It takes him about 2 minutes to learn all 10 words. Basically I give him a chance to figure it out, and if he doesn't get it, I tell him what it is, just once, and then he commits it to memory. Sounds simple if you're an adult, but for a 5 year old that doesn't know how to read yet, it's pretty amazing!

He turned in list 15 this morning. That means he's committed 150 sight words (common first reading words) to memory. He came home with list 16 tonight and he already knows them all. Too bad we have a 3 day weekend. He's not going to get the next list until Tuesday.

Not all the Kindergarteners are like this. The goal is to learn 50 words by the end of June. Abby has already passed that mark as well. Now if only I could get them not to cheat in class......

This is an actual conversation Tom had with me after school yesterday, except the names have been replaced with letters.

Tom: "I know why Ms. W moved C to a new spot."
Me: "Why?"
Tom: "Because he was copying off J."
Me: "You know you're not supposed to copy, right?"
Tom: "Yeah, I know, Ms. W didn't move me because I copy off R."
Me: "No! You're not supposed to copy off R or anybody!"
Tom: "But Ms. W didn't move me to a new seat."
Me: "You never copy on exams, do you?"
Tom: "No."
Me: "OK, good. But you know, you should never copy because you should always do your own work."
Tom: "But R told me it was ok to copy."
Me: "No, it's never ok to copy in school."


And that was the extent of our lesson for the day.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

RIP Shawn

I just heard the news that Shawn passed away last night. CF really sucks.

RIP Shawn.

She will be missed.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Day I Volunteered

Against my better judgement to stay in hibernation during flu season I volunteered at the twins' school today. I have to say I wish I could do this more, but seeing as there were lots of kids coughing and sneezing and spewing all sorts of viral yumminess all over me today, i think it's best I lock myself in an underground germ free safe zone the rest of the winter.

In the first classroom I got put to work marble painting. What? You've never done this? I ended up with swirly colorful paint all over my clothes. Awesome. You're totally missing out.

In the second classroom I put my BS in Mathematics to work by trying to teach long division to fourth graders. I had 4 students that needed extra practice with me in the back of the classroom and all but one of them really got it. At least I had a 75% passing rate at the end of the hour.

In Tom and Abby's class I got to sit at the math table once again. This time though, there was no long division and there were nearly knock down fights as to who got to sit next to Ms. Telford. I feel so loved. All the little chitlins wanted to sit next to me. They weren't even wise to my antibiotic/compazine combo sleepiness and low blood sugar grumpiness because being five is so innocent. I love it.

And let's not forget my rockstar mom moment when I walk into the twins classroom and realize Tom's got his shirt on backwards. There's clearly a pocket in the back that's supposed to be on the front. Brilliant.

Tomorrow I'm going to Target. I haven't been there in 3 days. I miss my second home.

And for your enjoyment, this just overheard from the twins in the living room.

Tom (pauses video game) "Abby! What are you doing?"
Abby (out of breath) "I'm doing my workout."
Tom "Can I try?"
I come around the corner to see what all the fuss is about. Abby's doing bicep curls with her Little Tikes basketball hoop.
Abby "Tom, No! I'm doing my workout so I can be as strong as you. I want to be as strong as my big brother"
Tom commandeers basketball hoop anyway.
Abby runs to bedroom to get her toy double stroller, comes walking down the hall out of breath and into my room:
Abby: "Mom! Look at me! This is a workout. It's heavy" (as she bench presses her double stroller)
Then she asks me, "Mom, is running a workout" and proceeds to run up and down the hallway as fast as she can giving herself a pep talk the whole way.

Good times at the Telford household!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Reverse Gifting

At the request of a fellow blogger I bought some preemie clothing to donate to the Sutter Memorial NICU in honor of my own daughter that stayed there for 5 days, as well as to celebrate Gwyneth's second birthday today! I wasn't actually able to find "preemie" clothes at my Toys R Us but I did find "newborn" which is supposed to fit 5 pound babies. I'm sure they will be well used. Since I have a boy and a girl, I got a cute little girlie sleep n play with cherries on it and a cute little long sleeve onsie for a boy.

Happy Birthday Gwyn!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Oh lord.... my son wraps gifts just like his old man.

Step 1. Place item on tissue paper

Step 2. Fold tissue paper around item

Step 3. Roll item into a ball

Step 4. Two points for tossing item into gift bag

These images are not brought to you by a crappy cell phone, rather a great camera with a crappy photographer.

Speaking of gifts.... Tomorrow is Paul's BIRTHDAY!!! The old man will be 33.

Monday, January 04, 2010

December 2009 Monthly Update

December started out with dusting off our Advent calendar and stuffing it with chocolate goodies. The twins get to alternate nights on opening the doors. There were 4 treats in each door, 1 for each of us. I asked Tom if he wanted odds or evens. Tom sat there for a long while and asked which one had more doors to open. I lied and told him they were both the same. Then he saw the number 25 door in all its larger than the rest of the doors glory and simply asked if 25 was odd or even. After I told him 25 was odd that sealed the deal. He gloated the entire month that he gets to open the largest door on the box when Christmas finally arrived.

One Sunday morning Abby was perusing the toy store advertisements and found stuffed dogs for sale. There were 4 of them in the picture so she got it absolutely stuck in her brain to insist on asking Santa for 4 stuffed dogs. If you have seen her bed you would know why I was hesitant to encourage this behavior. Her bed is FULL of stuffed animals. They take up more room than her little 35 pound body does. Well, Santa heard her loud and clear and obliged. I have to say, she hasn't let them out of her sight since. She teaches them to play fetch, feeds them, makes them take naps and dresses them. They certainly are her favorite gift this year!

Click here for pictures from December 2009.

Sunday, January 03, 2010