After much harassment encouragement, I entered the blogosphere to document the delightful (or otherwise) and unexpected moments of my younger daughter's life. Hannah was born in 1998. She surprised us with her extra chromosome, and continues to surprise us with her humor, intellect and obstinacy. She takes our breath away. As my elder daughter once wrote, when Hannah was born, our family went from ordinary to extraordinary.
May 5, 2009
So far so good for today
For those of you awaiting the outcome of Hannah's "challenging" Girl Scout troop, I have good news!
I just got an email from the field supervisor (whatever that is) and she has a new troop for Hannah! I have not yet spoken to the troop leader, but I am excited for a new beginning for Hannah. Here's hoping for a fresh start!
It's pouring down rain (again) today, and we're holed up awaiting the refrigerator repairman (problem with the water/ice dispenser). We had a good morning of school, which we've been neglecting for quite a while. Hannah is making good progress with her GS badge requirements. She is also working on counting money, so we set up a penny candy store (M&Ms and fruit snacks) and took turns with a handful of change. We've been working on skip counting as well (2,4,6,8, etc), so it was a fun activity to pull everything together. I think we'll set up a grocery store soon to review 10s and dimes.
Yesterday Hannah received a package from Maman (my mother). It was a set of books--The Pet Fairy books. Hannah was SO excited! Kate recommended the Rainbow Fairy books for Hannah because she babysits a girl who just loves them. They are beginning chapter books, similar in difficulty to Magic Tree House. These are the first chapter books that Hannah will read independently. She still prefers to read chapter books together, but she likes these fairies' adventures so much she will read by herself. She's just now starting the first of the Pet Fairy books while I'm on the computer. If I leave her waiting long enough she might just read the whole book!
Today is Chris' last day of classes at the community college! He has two exams on Thursday and then he's done! He still has to work on his German (on the computer), but he is pretty close to completing everything!
Kate has just a couple of weeks left of school (lots of papers and exams...ugh...I remember it well, even though it was 23 years ago!). We are in the early stages of preparing for our trip to Minnesota for her graduation over Memorial Day weekend. Hannah is very excited to go to the Mall of America to see the American Girl store there. She has been saving money and gift certificates since Christmas. I guess we'd better bring an extra suitcase for the doll paraphernalia. Also on Hannah's list is visiting Kate's boyfriend's house. Hannah has been wanting to play an electric guitar for years (Thanks Murray Wiggle) and John has a few...he plays guitar in his bandBright Lights and Heroes. When Hannah first asked for an electric guitar I told her she had to be a teenager first. So she's been counting down the months. 22 to go. Save me.
I've got bread dough rising in the warm oven--makes for a cozy house! It feels like a weekend, but it's only Tuesday. How does that happen?