When you only have sisters:
Emily: "We watched this movie at school today about bad behavior and there was this one part where they showed three boys in the bathroom and there was a urinator."
Me: "Aaaaah, do you mean urinal?"
On getting along:
Me (to Rich): "They've been really, really good today. The most well behaved ever."
Allie (very seriously): "Well, yesterday, Anna said that she was going to kill me."
Allie: "No, really. She said that she was going to kill me and then I was laying on the floor and she came over and was doing push ups on me and danced on my stomach."
Anna didn't deny.
We've pretty much been snowed in these past three weeks. It's been extremely cold (as I type this at 11:00 AM, it is 10 degrees outside, without the windchill) so playing outside for more than 10 minutes isn't possible. Never mind that it's kind of hard to play in snow that it is 4 to 5 feet deep. I'm still fighting electronics here. The girls can use my laptop or iPhone for short time periods but I still think they are too young for actual ownership. I had briefly thought about getting them kindle fires (especially when I see them on sale on amazon) for their upcoming birthday but I still don't feel that it's necessary at their age. I continue to push creative play and reading. For math practice, we use old school flash cards or what I've found most effective is to sit and go through examples of their timed tests (100 problems) that come home from school. We haven't yet found online math facts practice that exactly meets their needs. It's either too easy or well beyond what they need.
Emily brings home books from her classroom Monday - Wednesday to read as part of her homework. Her teacher has books grouped based on reading ability and has assigned kids to a specific group. She's supposed to read a chapter or two, if they are on the short side, each night.
Emily, my mini-me bookworm, usually reads an entire book in one afternoon/evening.
Math homework. I secretly share the girls' dislike of "explain why" in math problems. This one made me laugh.
Allie then explained that she wrote that because she didn't know the answer so she had to use the calculator. "But you know what 9 plus 7 is." "I know but I couldn't think of a problem where I would need the calculator." "Oh, that's easy. How about 348 plus 289?" "No, Momma. My teacher said nothing over one hundred."
We are in the process of moving desks into the girls' rooms. I need to do some furniture painting but the weather won't allow for that for another few months.
We were slammed by another blizzard this weekend. I hope to have those photos up tomorrow. My throat starting hurting Saturday night and I thought I was okay yesterday but it all went downhill in the afternoon and I crawled into bed very early last night. Very happy today is a holiday. More snow tomorrow! Looks like we are in the range for 3 - 7 inches, which normally would be considered "not much" but when you have a snowbank that's nine feet tall at the end of your driveway, it becomes a "where do I put it" game.
Remember when Rich and I went to Turks & Caicos? I was dreaming about that today. Get passports for the girls . . .