We celebrated Tate's 12th birthday this past Saturday. She invited a few friends from school and a few from her soccer team. The girls were so much fun! Tate wanted to play games so we created events and had two teams of four girls that competed for points.
1. Who Can Clear the Plate - Which team could eat the plate of whipped cream the fastest with their hands behind their back?
2. Human Hamster Ball Race - Relay race with the girls switching out at different points.
3. Bobbing for Apples - Which team could each capture an apple with her mouth (no hands!) the fastest.
4. H2O balloon launch - Launch balloons at the other team with a sling shot for points.
5. Shooting Gallery - My son Connor was so pleased with himself. He set up some toy Marines and the girls used his Nerf guns in a shootout.
Then there was the silly stringn fight just for FUN! And of course a good ole fashioned H2O balloon fight. We ended the festivities with a piñata. FUN FUN FUN.
We'll actually celebrate Tate's real birthday quietly on Thursday, April 11th. Love you my sweet girl! xoxoxo
1. LOVES soccer 2. diligent worker 3. awesome student (straight A's) 4. fun loving 5. conscientious 6. competitive 7. amazingly neat 8. craves order 9. prompt 10. driven 11. favorite color right now - turquoise 12. favorite drink - water or gatorade 13. favorite snack item - granny smith apple or popcorn 14. loves to read
tate is our second child. she's so amazingly driven, fun loving and caring. i love her initiative especially for her age. she is brilliant with her academics. she studies hard and her hard work pays off with straight A's and the principal's honor roll. her teachers and coaches kindly compliment her work ethic and integrity.
she is growing into her own little fashionista. she loves skinny jeans, graphic tees and funky jewelry. she's a little tomboy with a little spicy fashionista rolled into one. i love that she will skin her knees up diving for the ball then... she'll ask me to take her thrifting or to the mall for some fashion shopping.
i know tate will succeed in life for she has this innate ability to grab life, to dream BIG and she just goes for it full throttle. watching her unfold her destiny will be a true gift.
tate's birthday celebration with a few friends. april was busy for us. we had many birthday celebrations and easter. we finally had a chance to celebrate tate's birthday this past weekend with a few of her friends. she wanted to see mirror, mirror with a few gals. before the movie, we celebrated with some cupcakes, a surprise visit from the ice cream truck (how convenient!) and of course what party isn't complete without some silly string. btw... mirror, mirror was super cute! happy birthday tee. xoxoxoxo
papa's house on the landing before the garage. love the texture.
my favorite snack. cucumbers.
wally and miss bailey. both are healthy.
went to see we bought a zoo. OMGosh. i absolutely adored this movie. the entire family was in agreement... best movie!
a saturday must.
more reading. this one is the latest from house of night. NO i do NOT recommend this series for tweens. too much for my 12 year old (sexual content, bad language, consumerism and alcohol). but i totally got suckered into it. and i'm anxious to see how the zoey redbird saga continures or ends.
these eyes melt my heart.
salvage yard in mechanicsville.
tulips. love. them. i used my new macro lens for my iphone. a christmas gift from chip - photojojo.
drive through the country. spotsylvania.
a barn in spotsylvania.
sleet/ice storm. no snow for us though.
another january movie. war horse. honestly, this was not my favorite movie. the beginning was slow and drawn out. the atrocities played on the big screen were too vivid for my liking. the story itself is sad but beautiful.
sweet pea rubbing my feet. (heart)
another staple in the mclean household. b l u e b e r r i e s
french onion soup from panera. (another love affair - panera)
a little mardi gras shopping at world market.
our last dinner in richmond. my ABSOLUTE favorite restaurant. mammazu's.
took the girls shopping yesterday. when did they get so grown up?
almost there. two more days. so excited for this next chapter in our life.
my girls roan and tate are on the ODST - okinawa dolphin swim team. they participated in their first swim meet for the summer season. this is tate's first experience with the swim team and her first swim meet. both of my girls did well, had fun and i'm so proud of them.
remember this moment. roan helped tate with the checkin process. she guided her through this new adventure and cheered her on when she competed. and tate too cheered on roan. love to see my girls sharing knowledge and encouraging each other.
carys is doing a great job in 1st grade. she has shown progress in all areas. reading has been a challenge for carys this year. she is pulled once a week for reading recovery. she reads beautifully but is challenged with retelling the story and sequencing... basically reading comprehension. this quarter, she has improved tremendously. if she continues to test well, she will move to being monitored by the reading specialist and not pulled from her main classroom for reading assistance.
connor is doing well with 2nd grade. his teacher praises him for good citizenship. he is well mannered and conscientious of his classmates. i love hearing this.
connor is struggling with spelling and grammar. the teacher and i agree that connor is fully capable of succeeding in these areas but he tends to rush through his work and daydream. he is my little artist. i love to read his journals for he has lots to say; however, sometimes it is very difficult to read for the spelling is incorrect.
the spelling list of 18 words comes home every other week. we receive the spelling list on monday and the test is given on friday. each night we practice. i've tried everything. repetition - write the spelling word 3x each. increased this to 5x each. we have been creative with spelling exercises... we play robot, jump rope, make flash cards, use decorative lettering, make rainbow words... the list goes on and on. however... he is still failing the spelling test. it is very frustrating for connor and me as well. do you have any suggestions to offer???
ending on a positive note, connor is doing excellent in PE, music and culture. he is learning japanese and spanish. he is on target for math and other basic academic studies. his attitude is positive and i love this the most about my little man.
tate is consistent with her work and her motivation. her diligent work ethic has paid off tremendously. she has several A+'s and one A. in gifted education, she scored the highest marks possible. her work ethic and motivation is unbelievable. i never have to remind tate to do her homework. she stays on task and completes her work with enthusiasm.
roan. i have not received roan's progress report. her report arrives through the mail system.
how do you reward your children?
when i was younger, my parents paid me $5 for each A i earned. i'm doing the same. my younger kiddos, carys and connor, do not receive lettered grades, but i basically reward them the same for receiving high marks in the main areas of critique. i also reward my kiddos for improving a mark from the previous quarter. once they receive their money, they have to bank 50% and then they can spend the other 50%.
parenting is one of the hardest jobs. encouraging and educating our little ones is magnificent and sometimes challenging. i'd love to hear more about how you help your children with homework and your reward systems.