Thursday, September 18, 2014

bit bit

This has been a long week - and it's only in the middle of it.
Esme has a sleepover at a friend's this weekend... and there were things to get ready there, arrangements etc...she had to have a sleeping bag, we had to make a plan for the timing with my work etc etc...

And I barely get to see her this week because of work.. and she has been on 'bad behavior' report at school although it is mostly for talking while the teacher is.  This is a disconnect for me - it is first grade, and what do they expect them to do?  I am still just glad to have her talking  - and sounding more and more complete and grownup all of the time. In fact, I've come to the thought that maybe we are just sending her to public school for the talking to other kids- the very thing they are saying she is in trouble for every day - and everything else she is actually challenged on is happening at home.  Their idea of reading and math consists of things she has known since she was three.  There are a few challenges in English and spelling... she needs to write more, and learn noun/verb/adjective.. and her comprehension/memory skills need challenging.  I really can't truly homeschool with my schedule.. and she couldn't learn about other children and social day-to-day at home.. so, here we are.

 She is 'ready' for much more than what they are giving her in school...which is addition practice up to ten.  I complained some and she got longer reading assignments, they were painfully short and were asking us to repeat them three times over if she finished them early... I know complaining is going to be bad for her in the long run.. I feel it, actually, not know... but it is so tough when she is, for them, nowhere near their 'norm'.. but for us, she is right where we expect her to be.  Mark and I have discussed where we would like to take her with reading... doing lots of library books, leading up to starting some longer books like Mark Twain.  I want to get her another Franny book or another Magic Treehouse at the library next time.. she is going through level 2 readers now in a fair time, ten to fifteen minutes.  We have studied South America some, kicked off by some National Geographic kids stuff and wanting to find something that isn't in and/or out of step with their curriculum to spark her interests. 

I paged through her Kindergarten math book that was on our table for something to occupy while I brushed her hair this morning.  Nothing of use... so we started talking about equations a little, worked out several and she wrote one for me (2x)3+100+10x=___ if x= 10.  She writes 'the hard ones' for me and I wondered when and where she would ever stop *ha* writing it so I could answer.   I had to remind her about the parentheses between the 2x and 3, and that is going to take some explanation because she has forgotten what we worked on months ago there.. she knew what I meant and put them in where I asked...which was good.  The next time I have more than ten minutes with her for it we'll go over that and order of operations.. if I feel her multiplication has reached a good enough level to rely on it.  I've only taken her up through fives by fives really...

I need to be doing more in my workshop.  But, there is just not enough of me.  Some days I want to scoop it all up and clear it away.. others I know that eventually I will get back to it and do something good there.  Work days have been long and boring at times... inventory coming up and lots of little tiny tasks and digging in dusty areas - with my allergies going off right and left.  I'd love to just stop sneezing for a day.

Working towards the weekend.. and the days and nights are already feeling like Fall.
Someday soon I'll probably be knitting again... then we'll know it is fall.

///finished the entire Harry Potter series.
//read an English history novel 'The White Princess' by Philippa Gregory
//have ordered the first book in the witches series by Deborah Hawkness, since the library had all but that one - try it out and see if I can get into it.  Fiction is so hard for me to find something I like and can commit to, and my brain is too skipabout lately to work on anything deep...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Green zig zag dress

Extremely wet hair but all smiles as she tries on her new dress - it is like a princess :)  Daddy said it was like a Swedish dancing dress, mostly because of all the ruffles and the bow in the back.  I took in a lot of room at the neck zipper to make it fit better (because of the issue I spoke of earlier with the pattern and my inattention to the zipper/button area), and that actually worked out nicely with extra pleats and ruffles in the skirt.  The tie back strips make a pretty bow and that draws it in just a bit more.

Daddy was making funny faces at her and she did a beautiful smile

Not the best picture for the back - but she was twirling so much it was hard to catch one at all ;)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A box and markers makes a fun filled afternoon

Every once in a while I bring home a box from work - because it says it can be something more.  This one was a portal, a car and a puppet-box (last picture) slash TV station box.

She took her markers to it and made a window and controls.
She said she was driving to Florida, with Spud, the dog.

Esme the Scientist show - which shows you how to build Lego toys.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The odd collide of first grade values

Don't know what it is about this year - but Esme is just getting hit from left and right with ideas that are so clearly nowhere close to hers... And, I know that will happen.  But, wow.  She comes home one week convinced she can't read, or cut, or write.. comes home the next happy as a lark, then she is in trouble for another and feigning headaches, then she is spitting in someone's face, now she "doesn't want to be a princess" but be a blue bird instead.. and is still in trouble, but doing fairly well on all of her subjects and homework, when she takes the time to look at things and not just blow them off as unimportant. 

The teacher is trying to accommodate with me on some of the AR work for her.. but I know that the main work is still boring to tears in some places, tough and 'why do we do this?' in others, and the social wading is just something she will have to get through on her own, in the class, at lunch, on the playground... on the bus...  I've made a deal about going to town - which she wanted to do today since I had it off -- but we are NOT going if she gets red (or worse, she reminds me) tomorrow.... she will stay home with Daddy if need be and I will take Grandma to town.  I don't want to have that happen...

I made her a pair of pants a few weeks ago, but did not get to the dress.
Made it today, on the same pattern as the last raglan - but only after I looked through everything else, and finding that pattern again by accident... chose to run with it.

It has ties in the back so it can be drawn to the right size.. and I hope I put the zipper in the right amount.  I had originally cut it (being that it is a 60s pattern) for the buttons as shown and forgot to adjust for the zipper facing being smaller.  So, I just bent it back and kept it all underneath. 

And looking at this dress Esme said she couldn't wear that - it would be like a princess.. and she couldn't be a princess just now.  But then, just before bed - she said she would wear it tomorrow.  We'll see...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bits and bobs

Good news, George was adopted and he is now called Snowball :)  I hear he and his new little boy are getting along very well and that he already has learned a few tricks!

This week has been full of other things, too - trying to get some better schoolwork for Esme, as she was being bored to tears by a few things and, because of her speech being the way it is, they had no idea just how much she really knows.  I'm hoping I won't have to push as much along now that they do know just how well she can read and do math... give another few weeks to see how it is all panning out.

Aunt Dot sent some clothing for Esme, and most of it fit.  I still have not made the zigzag dress for her I had planned - but I should make a few more pairs of pants soon.  I have one nearly finished on the desk from a week ago that still needs its pockets.

Labor Day is Monday - and no school that day.  I am working.  I have a good stack of books from the library to keep her entertained, and Grandma has her for the night for a sleepover.  I've gotten into the middle of the last book in the series and am feeling like I'll be missing an old friend once I'm done.  I started reading them in February, just after I had heard my mom had died.. and am almost finished up now with the seventh? book.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Park, sugar cookies, and a return home for George

We all went out to town this morning, to print pictures for Aunt Dot, go to the park, and then return home.  Esme and I were planning to make some cookies, as Mom really needs the practice before her birthday rolls around again.  Then we were surprised by an elderly man we had given George, (above), to last month.  He had brought him back saying he had too much energy and his wife said it was her or the dog, she couldn't keep up.  Oh my :(  But, of most of the puppies we had - George was an easygoing soul and he proved that by settling right in with all of the other dogs within just a few minutes.  They rolled him on the floor, told him to calm down, not be a puppy etc etc... and then Esme came in and everyone said 'Oh, and she likes you, too.'  So he went downstairs with Esme for a good while.  Mark gave him a bath, and he is shivering on a towel at her feet while they watch TV.  And he is so happy to be 'home'.. which is sad, because we will probably rehome him in the coming weeks, if we can.  We already have several males - and although everyone seems to get along, not sure how that would work out.

It is very true that Catahoula puppies are energetic, active - and they need a 'job' or some sort of fit for them in the world, or they will just find themselves one.  George had apparently taken to - according to the man - guarding the family garbage can from the garbage collector - and the man's wife was afraid he would be hit by the truck and die.  Our dogs do similar things - one of them watches the chicken house, one of them decides he has to be with Esme wherever she goes on the property etc is just part of owning Catahoulas.

I have a meeting with Esme's teacher on Tuesday.