Saturday, March 26, 2011

Everyone Loves Tori

We met with Tori’s teacher, and she had nothing but good things to say about Tori. She is a real delight, and all of the first grade teachers want her in their class next year. She has mastered most of the skills and is working on her numbers to 100—moving from one group to another, 69 to 70, and saying them backwards. We were thrilled to find out how well she is doing and got Chinese for dinner to celebrate.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dancing Queen

DWTS started last night, and Tori couldn’t wait. She was all excited when the first pair came on and danced her way around the living room. Huts and I looked at each other at one point and said she needs to be in a dance class. Today I am going to look into some dance classes. I might find her one soon. She also wants to go to camp this summer, so we’ll see.

Friday, March 18, 2011

That's Just The Way They Are

Christian and Tori go to latchkey run by the Y every morning and afternoon. With Mom living with us, they could ride the bus, but they don’t want to. They like going to latchkey; the people there take good care of them.

The kids receive an afternoon snack at latchkey, and yesterday, Huts and I brought in drinks and cupcakes in lieu of their usual snack. The kids loved that, and the staff was all over us. Guess we’re the first parents to bring in snacks. They were so grateful that Tori and I are going to do it again for Easter.

Apparently when the staff was passing out the items, one of Tori’s teachers was there. She told the Y people that “that’s just the way they are.” Tori’s teachers always call us generous. Huts and I never thought much about it, but I guess we drop by a lot of stuff from wipes to play-doh to cupcakes to goody bags for the party. Just goes to show you that the smallest efforts mean a lot.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Miss Wants-A-Lot

Tori has now decided that she wants another dollhouse, the Manor, so that she can separate her dollhouse families (one white, one black). The Easter bunny was going to bring her a handheld game, but now it looks like he will be bringing her another dollhouse. This one is two stories with a purple exterior—how lovely next to the pink and green, three-story Victorian dollhouse she already has. This smaller one is less expensive—a good thing for the Easter bunny’s wallet. Two dollhouses seem a little excessive, but at least now, Tori will be able to put all of that dollhouse furniture to use.

Of course, Tori has a jillion other things on her list, including all of the Monster High dolls she does not have. Those can wait until her birthday, and lucky for us, she will never remember everything she asked for this Easter. If she did, we would never hear the end of it!

On another note, we brought in drinks and cupcakes this morning for the latchkey kids. Nothing green about them—more springy that anything, but they will have to do. I couldn’t even find green plates—
just blue and yellow. And the cupcakes have confetti on them. Oh well, no one seems to care they have nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. They are just glad to have a cupcake and a drink. Usually all they get is a bag of crackers as a snack.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Bed Full

Tori has so many stuffed animals we strung up clothesline around half of her room for her to hang them from. Last night, she decided to take all of them down and throw them into the floor. I was going to put them back up this morning, but then I decided to just pile them on her bed and leave it to her to do tonight. That should keep her busy for a while! She’s always looking for something to do, and tonight she will have plenty to do!

Last night did not go smoothly with Tori either. She has several goals she has to complete for kindergarten. We have been practicing and made it through much of them. Then she lost focus, and that was that. She just started guessing on her sight words, and words she had read just moments before became something else entirely. At this rate, she is never going to get those sight words down pat!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The More Girl

Christian has just a couple of collections, Legos and Bionicals, whereas his sister has many. Tori likes all kinds of things, and every time we go out, she tries to get a toy out of us. Like this weekend when we went to K-mart for a new microwave. They all looked at toys, and Tori decided she wanted another monster doll. She already has two, which she rarely plays with, so that wasn’t going to happen.

When she figured out that she wasn’t getting anything, she changed to the Easter tune. Can you put this on the list for the Easter bunny? (The kids usually get a couple of toys for Easter.) She has quite the list going, but lucky for us, she will forget most of it and be happy with whatever the Easter bunny brings her—the last two mini LaLaLoopsy dolls and a handheld game.