School. Anna missed 2 days of school this week due to her pink eye infection, but we got her homework, and she also did this ornament as a Christmas gift for her teacher. It was a multi-step project with waiting for glitter glue and glitter paint to dry, but it turned rather nice. Anna adores her teacher, and we had an interesting parent-teacher conference on Tuesday. Mrs J acknowledged that Anna came to school with full knowledge of kindergarten curriculum and beyond. She gave her full year evaluation that had perfect scores in almost all categories. We asked if it would make sense to “skip” Anna, but Mrs J advised against it. According to her, we would have to skip her 2 or even 3 grades to be academically challenged, but the social challenges that come with this jump is much bigger. Besides – why would we want to shorten her childhood? She loves school, enjoys her classmates and thrives where she is. It just makes me rethink how we want to spend the time outside of the classroom – she definitely doesn’t need more academics that she is already getting.
Afterschool. We took things easy this week. Anna read through a dozen of fairy chapter books and a variety of Christmas books. We celebrated Saint Nicholas day on December 6. Little Wonders’ Days had a terrific idea of leaving a letter for Santa with a shoe. Anna was delighted to see that her letter disappeared, and instead her shoe was filled with chocolate. She wished for a “candy cane, a magic box that makes wishes come true and an iPod that plays games”. Let’s just say – candy cane it is, and maybe Santa has to come up with his own ideas for another present for her.
Work has been busy-busy. I expected December to be more relaxed except performance reviews, but pressure seems to be coming from up above and everyone is feeling the heat. I am really looking forward to my Christmas break that starts next Friday, but a little bit worried about the things that will be left over and new things that will be piled up come January 2. Most of my team is taking only one week break, and some have no break at all, so I am delegating to them as much as I can.
Places we are going. It was a busy week once Anna recovered from her pink eye. On Thursday night we went with friends for a drive through a park nearby that hosts an amazing Christmas lights display. On Friday we went to a cookie party in the neighborhood. Last year Anna was hanging on to me for dear life. This year she was delighted to see some of her classmates there and was off with them until I retrieved her to go home. Yesterday we went to a birthday party for our friend that had many kids as well. Anna really enjoys company nowadays and loves to play with other kids whenever she gets a chance.
Christmas prep. Of course, we are busy preparing for Christmas. The tree is all set up, the house is decorated, and look how my husband’s Christmas village grew! He also put the lights inside of the houses, and this display looks fantastic in the evening. We did holiday shopping for a Holiday Wish Tree Child, but otherwise we are not exactly on track with my carefully laid plans. That’s OK, I’d rather stay as relaxed as I can, especially during the last crazy week at work.
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