Saturday, May 16, 2015

Highlights of the Week

Portrait_May14 We had a relatively quiet week. On Mother’s Day, I was showered with presents and cuddles from my daughter. My husband gave me a massage gift certificate (I heavily hinted that this was my wish for Mother’s Day). During the week, I tried to add a quinoa to our stash of grains to serve for dinner. This barbecue chicken quinoa skillet was the best of quinoa recipes I tried so far, but Smarty was clearly not a fan.

School

This week Smarty had “a substitute for a substitute”, so she was not a happy camper. She does not like it when her class becomes too chaotic and when the teachers yell. We made a request with a principal to come over and talk about next year’s placement – it’s funny to see how many of Smarty’s sensory quirks (such as excessive chewing) completely disappeared this year and reappearing now when her school situation has changed. In positive news, this week kids had a “walkathon” – a fun event they are all looking forward to all year long.

After School

Kite Flying The weather was swinging widely this week. Early in the week, we were flying DIY kites and playing tennis. Then we had to bundle up back into jackets and watch another thunderstorm give us much needed rain. It was interesting timing, since we were discussing weather instruments and weather forecasting lately. On cold days, Smarty spent a lot of time in her room reading and playing – she is perfectly able to lose herself in a good book for an entire afternoon.

What My Child Is Reading

Reading_TalkingBook This section contains Amazon affiliate links, for full disclosure click here. Smarty is a very fast reader, and she is now going through Cahills vs. Vespers series averaging one book a day. Good thing our library has them available on Kindle! In addition, we started a Mother-Daughter book club. After a long debate we settled on Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George as our first book. To even out our reading speed, Smarty was only allowed to read it 30 minutes a day, so we both finished the book at the same time. Hopefully, we will get to do some of the book club activities that Smarty generously planned this weekend.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Mother Day Smarty was super excited about Mother’s Day this year. She made some presents in class, but she was also spending time at home making more presents. She surprised me by sewing this baby – mostly, because she was ignoring her sewing kit for months and I didn’t know that she could handle a sewing project without any help on my part. She also made me perfume from flowers in our backyard and many cards. I certainly feel appreciated to be her Mom – she is a very loving and cuddly child, and she tells me that I am the best Mama in the world not just on Mother’s Day but every day :)

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3 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

A substitute for a substitute is a lot of adjustment to deal with all at once. Hopefully things will level back out next year, and she'll love her next teacher as much as her original one this year. I've never even heard of quinoa...something new to try!

Ticia said...

Her baby is so cute. That's one for the memory box for sure.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love quinoa, but I haven't quite won my kids over.

Smarty's Mother's Day gift is wonderful.