August 2015 Top Ten

I’ve decided that if nothing else, I can at least get a monthly highlight post up, right??? So here, in no particular order, are good things that happened this month:

MAM turned 10! Yes, my girl is officially in double digits. We had fun celebrating her day by going to Meet the Teacher Night at school, because apparently school now starts in early August.

She also celebrated by hosting her first ever sleepover with a couple of friends. It was great fun.

A few days later, the first day of school happened – hello fifth and second grades! 

After we dropped them off on the FOURTH day of school, LKM and I hit the State Fair by ourselves– it was so much fun!

Mid-August I also spent a lot of time at the Indy Fringe festival, and wrote a bunch of reviews. I loved it.

One of those nights, Leilan and I made it a date night, and we had dinner between two good shows.

We’re also closing out the summer season at the pool, riding bikes and playing outside.

There was a Raingutter Regatta for Cub Scouts, and the Fox won a few heats. He’s now a Wolf, and oh-so-excited for their first den meeting in a couple weeks.

There was also a quick to trip to Chicago, some back to school gatherings and a the “Live with the Wives” podcast (LKM is on every episode. I”m on episode 11)

Life is full, but it is good. What have you been up to lately?


Third Grade Musings and Kindergarten Excitement

School started for the kids back on August 7th. The new “balanced” calendar gives me feelings, but so it goes.


The girl started third grade, and all of a sudden, it appears that things are clicking. A lot of the “training” that took place in first and second grade seems to be getting put to good use. The homework planner that she’s lugged back and forth just for exercise is being written in daily. There’s now a special weekly log that requires she read every day for 20 minutes. She’s starting to listen to the morning announcements at school- it’s the first time she’s ever come home and told me Friday is spirit day. (Every Friday is Spirit Day. When I asked her last night if she wanted to wear a school t-shirt, she looked at me, exasperated, and said, “It’s required Mom.It’s Spirit Day.” Note, she has never once worn either of the school tshirts she happens to own. EVER.)

There is a sudden awareness of her surroundings that can only be attributed to being eight (moving in head first into the second plane of development, according to Dr. Montessori).

The boy walked into kindergarten on the first day and said, “I can’t believe I am at my new school!” He comes home with tales of morning meetings, chocolate milk and recess. His class is doing the traditional counting the school days, and every day he tells me the number. He’s eight days in, in case you are curious.

Eight days in, and things are going just fine. I’ll take it.