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Back to school.

Ready for her first day of fifth grade School is back in swing here. Laurel started fifth grade at our neighborhood elementary school on Monday and has made a few friends already. Preschool started for my nephew today too, and it was quite nice to be able to walk in nice weather, see Laurel across the bus loop to the main building and hang out on the preschool playground with my niece while my nephew got signed in for the day.

We also got back to ensuring that cars are actually going to stop at the crosswalk when the light is red before stepping into the crosswalk. This morning we watched a middle-aged woman in an SUV drive through the red light well above the posted speed limit while we were waiting to cross and head into our neighborhood. (I don't know where she was going in such a hurry, but I hope she made it there safely.) Later that morning, drivers stopped at the crosswalk in both directions without us pushing the signal button. We appreciated that.

Laurel might be doing Girl Scouts this year as a Juliette; I'll be jumping back into Cub Scouting with Join Scouting night next week helping with rocketry and whatever make-and-take I come up with between now and then. She brought home the first-year band and orchestra information today and wants to play violin, so we'll see what we can swing there -- based on a neck-to-mid-palm measure, we're looking at a 1/2 or 3/4 size violin, which we may be able to borrow from local friends instead of coming up with $100 for school year rental.


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Aug. 26th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
She has grown so much taller in the past year that I think she'll be taller than me by sometime in middle school. I'm not ready for the boys to notice her, but being here in Evergreen is good since we have my family and so many friends that will happily let the boys know not to try anything untoward with her.

My only advice on potty training is to find a method that works for your kid and stick with it. I tried a lot of methods with Laurel and nothing worked until she decided she was good and ready to do it herself. My mom says it's easier for younger siblings to pick up on potty readiness and I can see it with my niece, who sits on her little potty after her brother goes to use the bathroom.
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Aug. 26th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I hope she does, too! Music taught me a lot of self-discipline and -- as she's learning now -- a lot of my friends are people I share some musical history with.

It's a lot more of a stretch than the flute, which we already have at the house and both of my sisters could offer her help with. Thankfully between relatives and local friends, it looks like we can borrow both 1/2 and 3/4 violins as she learns. (I don't mind budgeting to buy her a full-sized violin down the road when she's ready for one.)
Aug. 26th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
She's grown so much.
Aug. 26th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
I remember when your daughter was about that size and Laurel was tiny.
Aug. 26th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Cutie! Dang! I was much more awkward-looking by that age.
Glad you both seem to be in a place you both can flourish!
Good luck!
I remember reading " nothing's fair in the fifth grade" at her age, and agreeing. It was good preparation for life In general.
Aug. 27th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I hit my apex of childhood cuteness around four years old and kept the same Dorothy Hamill wedge haircut until middle school, although it wore out being cute somewhere around third or fourth grade.

We are waiting for decisions on the combined state aid application, but I am confident she'll be accepted for the state children's health insurance program. Who knows how the rest of the programs I've applied for will turn out, but this time I am hungry (not physically) enough to sit through hours on hold.

I bought used paperbacks of Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You for Laurel this spring. I saw the cover of Nothing's Fair and it took me back to when my sister and I bought them from book orders and it was antsy taking turns with the books. There's a fourth grade prequel and two high school sequels to them, but I haven't read them. (The high school ones do talk honestly about sex, so odds are we'll have them available to read in a few years. I read Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes and Forever in middle school.)
Aug. 27th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
:) happy for you and Laurel!
Sep. 29th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
How crazy is it that our kids are old enough to go to 5th grade?!

How on earth are you? You mentioned FB, I am AM Jenkins on there. If you wanna rap, that'd be the best place.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
oh, hon, i do so remember you going through potty training with her! (bet she would be just THRILLED to know that!) but oh, she is so lovely. *hugs*


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