Early Spring Ramblings . . .

(Note: this is Paula’s post; not Sean’s)

This semester has been my busiest so far. I can’t believe months have gone by since my last post, but this is the case. I know this is an ancient reference, but Ellie did get the cowboy boots for school shoes and she has just about worn them out. Fashion is definitely an interest for her and something she uses to express herself. I’m already worried about the teenage years. I picture my little sweetheart with multiple piercings and at least two or three tattoos. Maybe it won’t be that bad! And, certainly there are worse things. She is planning for her 7th birthday. She plans to have a science and engineering party this year. We’re going to build kaleidoscopes and make structures with toothpicks and mini marshmallows. Should be interesting. Hmm, I’m starting to imagine an alternative-type engineer. Do they make tie-dyed pocket protectors? Gee, she’ll fit in well.

Ellie’s sixth year has been a great one. She has had a fantastic experience with first grade (thank you Ms. Heiler!!) and has grown in so many ways. She’s a reading and writing fool. And, she’s a great thinker. I have a book about teaching philosophy to kids, and she’s always asking me to ask her questions from that book. We’ve had great discussions about the meaning of love, the value of individuality, and what it really means to be a friend. The other night in the car we were talking about how love brings joy and that money can never really make you happy. I told her how much I agreed with one of her statements and she said, “well mom, when I get a little older, you can call me the wise one.” I just thoroughly enjoy her company.

Her and JD have been getting along great lately too. They have their moments but for the most part are good siblings. JD really knows how to get under her skin though and he does it in such a stealth way. She’ll be working on something and he’ll walk by whispering, “mess up, mess up, mess up.” It makes her so mad! Other times, he draws her pictures and brings her special treats, so I guess it all evens out.

JD has taken a big interest in math. He sits up in his loft at night and on many evenings when I check on him, he’s flipping through some flashcards Santa left in his stocking. On many of the addition facts, he’s faster than Ellie, another things that upsets her. He’s interested in reading too but not quite as much as math. He did complain recently that the preschool teachers haven’t taught him to read yet. He assumed that would be part of the curriculum! He’s also starting to really enjoy his two sports of choice, basketball and tennis. He’d play everyday if he could and has enrolled in three sessions of basketball class. I think it’s so cute, but can’t let him know that as he’s quite serious about his mad skills.

JD and Robert are still best of friends. Robert is a great kid and pretty hard to beat as friends go. JD hasn’t found many boys, if any at all who meet friendship standards as set by Robert. They are very much like brothers and a lot of fun to have around. They even let Ellie join in, which works for her, because their play is so enjoyable.

As great as the school year has been for the kids, I think we’re all looking forward to the summer. I know I am. We all tend to slow down to enjoy the best season of the year! I will try to write more often and share specific stories. In the meantime, enjoy the spring. There is something energizing in the return of the birds, the popping of the early spring flowers, and the opportunity to open windows for some fresh air.