Monday, October 17, 2011

School (School, School)

This fall, school has hit this household like never before...........and I for one, think it's GREAT. 

Here is the run down:


For those that may not know, Rob has decided to go back to school this fall.  After the fall of real estate and his subsequent move into the wood refinishing business, he has decided that redoing cabinets is not what he wants to do for the rest of his life.  This fall, we moved in with his dad, Rob bought a wood refinishing franchise, and has enrolled in full time school at UVU.  He is getting a nursing degree, planning on taking it into hospital administration of some variety.  The wood refinishing is going to keep him pretty busy we think, as will school of course.  We have the idea to sell the business when school is over and be able to move on into something better, but it is a great opportunity for now that really kind of just fell into his lap.   So far he is finding his psychology class a bit dull but is loving English and Nutrition.  This is adding a new element to the family schedule, but is something I am really excited about and is working out good so far.  


Scout started the 1st grade (in a new school might I add) this year.   1st grade is a big step-- all day, eating lunch, real school work, etc.  I am happy to report that all elements are going really good.  She has made some good friends already, I know that Sam was irreplaceable, but she seems to be doing fine without him and has found about 4 little girls to take his place.  They don't play Mario and Bowser at recess though.  *Mom bragging about her smart child alert*  --Sorry, but Scout is my only child that has the ability to be an "academic", so all my proud-mom-book-smart-eggs are in her basket, so I am really proud of her.  I roll my eyes as much as the next guy when moms brag incessantly about how smart their child is online, but like I said- she is my shot, so indulge me a little (or skip this next little bit).  We just had our first parent/teacher conference and her teacher beamed about Scout.  She is good in class and follows the rules, she is getting math concepts really well, has gotten 100% on every spelling test so far (except the first one, she didn't write anything for "I", -I can imagine she spaced for a second and didn't hear the teacher, cause I am reasonably sure she can spell "I"-).  She also at the first of the year, tested as high in reading as they test 1st graders, so they put her in a 2nd grade class for reading time along with 4 other students in her class.  *Ok, bragging over, it's safe again.*
First day of school.  she was pretty excited- while walking with me down the hall to her class that morning, I was worried she was really nervous, but then she turns to me and says, "this is the best day of my life".

Later at a school "Cougar Walk".  She is playing a cake walk kind of a thing, but the winner wins a school shirt.  She played that game with strangely intense purpose in winning a shirt.  I am happy to report that her efforts were successful.


Elinor has started two weekly classes this fall.  The first one we go to on Thursday mornings.  It is a motor skills class (fine and gross).  We start with free play where the therapists that run it visit each child and interact, help them find an activity that is good for them, and see how they are doing.  Then we sit in a circle and sing songs with actions.  Then we go to the "ball room" and practice gross motor skills.  They have a lot of equipment for kids to strengthen the areas they need to and be able to play while doing it.  Then we have snack time, honing our fine motor skills again under supervision to get tips and advice on their particular feeding skills.   The above pic is Elle during free play, she is playing a little piano very Schroeder like- I love it. 
This is a great class and once again, I am impressed with Kids on the Move.  Some day, if I have a lot of money, I am going to donate a lot of it to them.
Then on Friday mornings, we head to Highland, and go to a horseback riding class called "Courage Reins".  It is a center that does therapeutic horseback riding for people/kids with disabilities.  It is really awesome!  When it was mentioned to me, I just went -Sure!  Sign her up- as many things like this that help the better I say.  But the first few minutes she was on the horse that first time, I could see what a great thing this is going to be.  I am amazed by what horse back riding could do for her.  It is hard work staying steady on them, and she did really well.  I think before we make too much progress on Elle's gross motor skills, she needs to develop more trunk strength and not just in the abs, and this riding once a week is going to be great for that.  By the way, no- Scout has no idea we do this every Friday.  She is at school and I figure that what she doesn't know that goes on- is just me being a nice mom.

Waiting for her turn to ride

I love this pic (I had a hard time getting a good pic that day, this was as good as it got).

Riding backwards- extra tricky.  Betsy works that girl good.  (Betsy is her PT (in the tan shirt)- she has a Sesame Street shirt she wears just for Elles sometimes.  We like Betsy.)

We were dropped off that first day, and walked to Kohler's to wait for dad.  Almost the entire walk, Elle held her legs out like this.  I don't know if it had to do with her 20 minute horseback ride or not- either way, it cracked me up.

She spent a period with just one leg up at the end there.  So silly.

 We saw a katy-did on our way and took a picture of it to show Scout.  Least I could do considering the horses and all.  Mommy really feels guilty little sis gets to ride horses every week.  I really do.  Hope I can keep it from her forever.  We'll see.


Nope.  Mom did not join the school ranks.  (Unless you count the fact that she tries to keep the kids and the house quiet while daddy studies and supports him any way she can so he can do his best.  Walks Scout to and from school every day, sits down with her every night with her homework and helps Scout read and attends her book club group and joined the PTA (and packs her school lunch when the menu reveals that today's entree is gross).  Takes and participates in both of Elinor's classes and supports her as best she can, doing Elle's little homework everyday, and attends and participates in each and every one of her 8+ appointments every month.)

Phew.  School is hard work for mom, even when she isn't the one going.  Love it all though.  I'm even finding a way to love the fact that Scout got put in the early schedule and has to be at school at 8 and comes home at 2:15.  I really wanted the 9:15 to 3:30 schedule, but it was not to be.  Gets my butt out of bed and dressed early every day, and that really is a good thing.

Can someone please explain how people do this with 5 kids?


The Holdaway Family said...

Phew! I don't think there would be room in your schedule for you to go to school!

That is super awesome that Scout is doing so well and that there are resources for her to help her succeed!

Elinor will only continue to improve. Kids on the move sounds like a fantastic program.

As far as how people do it with five just do it. It's not like all five kids were dumped on my lap all at once. They came one at a time with activities one at a time. You manage and prioritize

Haley said...

First of all, I think that is so cute that her PT wears a sesame street shirt for Elles! I love that. All this school is so great! I'm glad Rob is liking his classes. Maybe it's just his Psychology Professor because I thought General Psych was so interesting! Anyway, glad everything is going well. Sounds like you are really busy! I'm so glad Scout likes her new school. We moved from California to Wyoming while I was in 1st grade. I remember walking into my class and wondering why there were so many white kids. My best friends in CA were from Trinidad and Mexico. :) Glad she is making new friends and enjoys it. That made me laugh so hard about her missing "I" on her spelling test! Too cute. Glad Elles is getting all those growing experiences. Great stuff!

Sue said...

I agree with Haley, the fact that her PT wears a Sesame Street shirt for Elles sometimes is too cute! This is a great update, sounds like you guys are very busy. Are you doing all this with just one car? I would love to watch Elles with the horses. I sometimes have Friday's off. Next time I do, I'll let you know. She looks so cute on that horse. I think it is a smart move not letting Scout know about it. I love those pictures of Elle's legs sticking out, too cute.

I also LOVE that first picture of Scout. I love her pose and her shoes are really cute. Her legs are so long! They are longer than the rest of her body. I'm glad she is adjusting to the new school. Too bad Sam isn't there, but glad she is making new friends. Will she still be able to see Sam at soccer?

And Haley, I talked to Rob about school and he complained to me about his Psychology class. From what I remember it is the other students that annoy him the most. Psychology is a very interesting stubject, but it is a subject that can lend itself to a lot of know it all's who waste a lot of class time with their examples and anecdotes. Everyone seems to have an uncle with Schizophrenia or a cousin with Autism, and they waste classroom time, time that you are paying for, with their uninteresting stories. I also seem to remember Rob saying the other students in that class are just so young, he cannot relate to any of them.

Cute picture of you and Lola Em!

Emily said...

I am sure that you adjust to more kids, and I am sure I would be able to fit it in my life. I'm not THAT busy. It does boggle my mind sometimes how people do it though. I kind of like my semi busy/semi relaxed life.
Sue was correct about Rob's class. He gets annoyed at the very young point of view where they think they know everything and take certain issues with this idealistic view and no life experience. Gets annoying, but maybe Rob and I are just grizzled 30 somethings that forget what it is to be young.
How do we do it with one car? Scout's school is within walking distance, Rob's school is done every day by 10 and he has Fridays off entirely. All of Elle's therapy sessions are at our home, so we don't have to go anywhere, we walk on Thursday mornings to class (it is about a 35 minute walk- perfect amount of time for a good walk and Rob picks us up (he is home by that point). Friday is the Highland thing and Rob keeps those mornings open so he can do homework at home while I take Elles. He is home working or doing homework for a fair part of the mid day, so I can take the car and do errands as needed (alone usually, if I do it while Elle naps). Also, we schedule everything we do on google calender, we both have access to that sends us reminder emails of all the events happening one hour before they happen and also sends both of us a email of the day's schedule. It is working very smooth, to tell you the truth. Rob is very close to buying a work van though which will be REALLY nice especially as it gets colder and brisk walks will seem less and less pleasant.

Elles does look pretty dang cute on a horse. That would be fun if you could come some time, there seems to always be a grandma or a friend or husband around that comes to watch. There is a little boy in her class with downs syndrome and he is the cutest little thing ever. I have totally fallen in love with him.

Haley said...

Oh I can relate to students being annoying. Especially in those general level classes. Marcus and I have had many conversations of how annoying they are, and we are younger than you guys! I can completely understand why Rob feels that way. It will get better as he gets past those general pre-req courses. My dad always says most of your college degree is just dealing with lots of crap. It's so true. :)

Haley said...

Oh and I love how you have worked out all your schedules only having one car. We have only had one car as well. The summer isn't too bad but winter really messes up things with not being able to walk anywhere, hope you can get the van as to make winter easier.


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