Since I last posted, all three kids finished their years at school, summer vacation began, and I took a trip to Las Vegas for a conference.
Charlotte was the first to finish school. She finished pre-k, although she will now have to do 2 years of kindergarten since she is a December birthday. Her teacher, Miss Tammy, organized a lovely graduation ceremony that started with the kids bringing roses to their parents. Charlotte hammed it up through all of the songs and performances, but clammed up when it was time for her to get her diploma.
She had a really amazing year this year; she made friends with everyone in her class and was happy to go to school everyday. She is ready to read and loves to learn. I feel so fortunate that we have a preschool where our kids get such good care and learn in a warm, loving environment.
|Charlotte with her 3 teachers|
|Opening her gift|
|Friday night at Chanticleer|
|look closely at Benjamin's face|
|Asher ready to serve with his friends Jonathan (left side of the photo) and Luca (right side of the photo)|
Then the boys started their final week at school. I was a room parent for Benjamin's class and helped plan an end-of-year party for his class and teacher. It was a steaming hot day and we were wilting in the sun, but the kids had a great time. I had very mixed feelings about his teacher this year- I had heard she was one of the best, but Benjamin had some struggles with her, and she seemed more focused on his shortcomings than on his achievements at some points. On the other hand, Benjamin's reading skills increased, his writing is impressive, and he did seem to make some good friends (and some undesirable friends, too- he has an affinity for those).
Then, like the good mom that I am, I took off mid-week to go to a conference in Las Vegas, letting the kids finish the week with only one parent. I went to the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists with my friend Molly. We have never traveled together, and it turned out that we were well-matched companions. Neither one of us gambles, neither one of us is a big drinker, and we both like to go to bed early. Neither one of us slept that well, but that is ok, too.
|At the pool|
|Put 3 sex therapists/educators in front of this restaurant and there is no shortage of jokes|
Worst of all, Eric's Aunt Annette passed away suddenly, and he went to Maine for her funeral. She was a kind and generous woman, who I always thought had a great sense of humor. She will be missed by everyone.
|Benjamin with Aunt Annette, Christmas 2010|