Sunday, February 22, 2009

Busy Weekend

We enjoyed a fun weekend with Aunt Becca, Uncle Mike and Liam.

Kevin is writing his first big report in his school career. What a lot of work that is! Kevin HATES writing. It is like pulling teeth to get him to sit down and work on it. After getting him to work on it, he constantly asks, 'when can I be done?' and tries to negotiate his way into shortening the time he has to spend spend on it. But I can see his handwriting improving as we work on it.

Scotty and Kevin are at that wonderful phase of CONSTANTLY trying to get on the others nerves. I don't know how many 'he pushed me first' arguments I am breaking up a day. Fun, fun, fun!

Scotty has been saving very diligently for one of those Air Hogs remote control cars that can drive up the walls and ceiling. I have been really impressed because he just donated all of his birthday toys to St. Jude's treasure boxes. They were empty again when Kevin, Eric and I went in January. But none the less, Scotty saved and saved to get one of those Air Hogs cars and when he only had two dollars more to go he asked me if I would give it to him. No way, no how, but I told him he could earn it by doing something above the normal chores that are expected of him. One of those things was helping me fold the laundry that was sitting in a basket near the couch. I went to go make Jake something to eat and returned to find all of the towels already neatly folded!!!!! At first I was in disbelief. But there wasn't anyone beside me, Jake, Kevin or Scotty home. Kevin, I adore him, but clearly has no clue how to fold. So now I am thinking JACKPOT!!!! I hope he needs to earn more money soon. I have clean clothes in the dryer. Now if only one of my kids would pick up on putting the clothes away. Kevin is good with cleaning up toys. Maybe Mike will pick up on making dinner and life would be good! ;-)


Sunday, February 1, 2009


Quick update regarding all the aforementioned (prior post) activities this weekend. Kevin did a marvelous job with his joke telling at the school's variety show. The crowd, parents and kids both laughed throughout. Of all the times he practiced, including rehearsals, his best performance I saw was the big one. The Pine Wood Derby went well too! He didn't place, but his car was plenty fast, finishing 12th out of 30. The highlight for him was that he won 1st place in one of his heats (6 cars race every heat). This was his first derby, and he really enjoyed it. Scotty's b-day party seemed to go well too. Kevin really liked the cartooning artist they hired. I'll make sure to order some cartooning booklets from the guy. Scotty had plenty of friends there, and eveyboy seemed to have a good time. Finally, Kevin got his report card, and he did very well! I think his teacher may have been a little generous (or forgiving, perhaps) with his writting grade. However, he is making solid progress in that area too, according to his teacher, tutor, and writting resource specialist who sees him 3 times a week.

I hope everybody is enjoying the Superbowl. I played some cards during the day, but decided to go home and watch the game quitely by myself (Kevin's at his mother's house). I think I was ready for something low key, after such a busy weekend.

Take Care,