It’s been a long time since I posted last – we’ve been a bit busy – but I did get it together enough in time to make our Christmas card & newsletter to hand them out at Daddy Bug’s family’s Christmas Eve party & with presents on Christmas Day. I only just mailed them yesterday, but it’s a real improvement from last year!
I won’t do too much updating in this post, but read the newsletter & you’ll get the major highlights from 2013 & a few more recent updates as well.
I suffer from double guilt during the school year – am I short changing my students when I spend time with my son at home instead of grading their labs? Do I short change my son when I’ve used up all my patience on my students before I pick him up from daycare? This blog post from Working Moms Against Guilt brought me a lot of comfort. 🙂
(Yes, I’m ramping up for the start of the school year. I’m back to work in less than 3 weeks, eek!)
Daddy Bug has done a spectacular job of planning, planting and caring for our backyard garden. He’s using the square foot gardening method. Daddy Bug has assisted the bees and other pollinators by “painting” as many of the vegetable flowers for as many of the plants as he can. He just uses paint brushes to do this.
We are so excited to have our own little green space! We had a small garden in our apartment when we were first married but it was a mostly shaded area and had several nasty bushes that we weren’t allowed to take out. Only certain kinds of flowers would grow there, and we had a moss overgrowth as well. The back of our house faces south so we get full sunshine almost all day. Our sunroom faces the same direction, my favorite room in our house!
I forgot to take an up close picture of our zucchini plant, but so far no fruits and, unfortunately, it has blossom rot. We think it’s a calcium deficiency though and we’ve been treating it. Fingers crossed!
Here are a few photos from this past school year! My goal is to take more of them for 2013-2014. I don’t know why I didn’t think to take more last year, but with my school district’s more relaxed digital device policy for students, I’m more comfortable taking out my iPhone to document fun labs. Note there aren’t any photos of the students (not their faces, anyhow). Must protect their online rights!
June marked the end of the school year and the beginning of finally having time to do things to our house! None of which are finished yet, so pictures and details about those projects will come in a future post. Bug started going to daycare on just Tuesdays and Thursdays, which freed up more time for those house projects. It also meant that he wouldn’t have a huge adjustment period in August, going from no daycare to daycare full time. Stubborn child! Not a huge fan of change, just like his mama.
A few things from this month:
- We swam at the YMCA for the first time and loved it! Until we found out about Bug needing a swim vest to go in the big pools, both inside and out. Teaching a kid to swim in a vest is no fun. But he adorably calls it his “splash backpack” and is mostly good about putting it on. Just doesn’t love swimming in it…
- The smell of wet bathing suits and sunblock drying outside on our deck made it feel like summer had officially started.
- We started potty training Bug. He was very excited about it and was pretty familiar with the process as he was introduced to it previously at daycare. (Another positive about kids going to daycare!) It’s still a work in progress but he’s getting better. Our goal is to have him trained by his 3rd birthday, so as not to pressure him too much in the beginning. We’re following daycare’s foot steps and giving him one Skittle every time he uses his potty successfully.
- Bug has embraced singing! He sings parts of a few popular songs from the radio and has even invented his own song about one of his favorite snacks, Goldfish. He likes singing some traditional kid songs like the Alphabet Song, Mr. Sun, The Wheels on the Bus, and Rain Rain Go Away.
- I had a difficult time with a few nasty students on the last day of classes, but received an unexpected sweet note from a nice student and a visit from a newly graduated student who already has experienced success before leaving for college! It all evens out in the end. And hey, I survived a pretty challenging school year and still love my job, coworkers, and students. 🙂
- Daddy Bug organized and ran an in-service day for his music-teaching colleagues, but included all kinds of current and former students, musician friends, and professional musicians he knows. This also included me… I hadn’t played clarinet in at least 3 years so it was quite the experiment! I hadn’t lost the ability to read music and picked up playing without too much difficulty. (Thank you Mimi and Pappy for encouraging this skill in me, even at the expense of your own free time and sanity!!!) I hope I helped more than I harmed!?!
- Bug learned to say “oh geez!” anytime (and every time!) I slam on the brakes in my car. It’s all my fault, I didn’t even realize I said that. He also says “tickle tickle!” and wiggles his fingers before he tries to tickle us. And “ef-fu-gee Mama” when I’m in his way (“excuse me”). One morning he said to me, “Color wif Mama? Mama pink!” (Will you color with me Mama? Use the pink crayon.)
- Bug’s imaginative play has really taken off. His toy cars go on trips to Wawa, the grocery story (“go to the grosa-grosa-grosa?”), and Mimi and Pappy’s house. He also reenacts his favorite Thomas movie with his trains, repeating the lines and scenes from memory.
- Bug started climbing stairs using just the railings, instead of crawling or holding our hands. Oh boy!
Bug finally got over his fear of climbing playground equipment and going down slides on his own!