Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas 2007

Christmas was, well, Christmas. Warm and family and wonderful. Nothing more we could ask for.
Well, other than I'm writing this on our BRAND NEW LAPTOP!!!!!
Shawn's parents....
I don't know how to say Thank You, other than

His 'favorite' gift (there were MANY) from Anna.
"I've wanted this all my life!", said Cole

Our Christmas at home.
Can you feel how anxious he is to open more??

"Ooooooohhh!", something Spongebob, of course.

Uncle Sean & Cole playing "Rock em Sock em Robots"!!!
(we heart vintage)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

December 18th photo

Another photo from a day in the life of, well, us.
Cole and Shawn making TACOS!!!!!
One of our favorites, I swear we eat it once a week :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December 17th photo

Ok, so I haven't been the best at posting photos, but it's Christmas time.... we're all busy.
This is Cole & Anna knitting.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

December Photos

Nothing major here in our world. Getting ready for Christmas, work, school and homework.

Cole and I had our parent/teacher conference the other day and it was a mix of emotions.
For the record, I *heart* his teacher, Mrs. Chester, BIG time! She's very 'old-school', a teachers-teacher, like the kind of teachers I had growing up. As she told me at his last conference (and I hope I don't get her in trouble for this) "Sometimes..... I like to just shut the door and teach."
So when she talks, I'm all ears.

"First off, Cole is a GREAT kid. He's very polite, friendly, courteous and well-mannered. He always says his pleases and thank you's and tends to correct other kids when they don't. He's just a nice boy." she says, Mama beaming proudly :)

She goes on to say that he's having trouble with his reading and writing. Not severe, but he's in the lower end. For those of you that know me well, you know that this is a tough one for me to admit. I mean, who wants to admit failure, of any sort, as a parent?

Some factors to consider: he's a boy (yes, it does play a role), he's about the youngest in his class (summer birthday) and he was only in 1/2 day kindergarten. She says they all attribute to this but that's not the only reasons. Needless to say, if things don't improve in January, that's when they become 'concerned'. For now, it's no-biggie.

(insert SIGH here)

Another Plus: He's in the 99.9 percentile for math! She said he's her little math whiz :)

W O O - H O O !!!!!

After having my little 'down' moment at home, Shawn (aka: miracle-worker, savior, etc) put my mind at ease like only he can do and broke it down like this:

"It's FIRST Grade. He'll eventually learn to read, he'll learn to write. Shoot, they can teach adults to read. What's most impressive is what she said about his character. That he's a good kid. That he's polite and listens. You can't teach that."


Cole practicing his writing

Thursday, December 06, 2007


There really are no words to describe what's going on just south of us here in Washington.
I think the pictures speak for themselves.