In our lives. Another busy week passed by. We celebrated my birthday on Monday. Anna was very sweet in putting together a goody bag for me. It included a special note to take my pills, some drawings, candy and two dollars. She has such a hard time parting with her money that I had to really appreciate that part of the gift.
School. We had some concerns about the “progress report” that we received during our parent-teacher conference. Basically, it said that Anna is “progressing towards year end-goals” in most of the categories. Since we know that Anna is working well beyond grade in some areas, especially in reading, we challenged the report and were invited for a repeat parent-teacher conference (my husband was sick during the first conference). We left reassured that Anna’s teacher “gets her”, but we also know now that public school progress reporting system is not really set up to accommodate kids like Anna. All we can hope for is that she has good teachers and strong peers, and this year she does have both.
Christmas prep. It was a pretty busy week, but we managed to complete a couple of our “Advent missions”. We donated new books to the library and selected DVDs, sheets, toys and canned food for a shelter donation. We read a couple of books about Christmas in different lands, and we went on a drive with friends to see Christmas decorations in our local park – it’s truly spectacular.
Quote of the week:
- Anna: Mama, is Santa Claus real? He doesn’t really live on the North Pole, does he?
- Me: Mmm… What do you think?
- Anna: I think it’s you who fill out the stockings, but I don’t understand why you act so surprised when you open them. Don’t you know what’s inside?