Valentines week was also Parent Teacher Conferences for the kids and those all went very well.
Sterling is doing well in his classes although he apparently likes to talk...a little too much. He's definitely reaching that teenage stage where he needs to test limits and see how far he can go before he gets in trouble (note: He doesn't get far before mom and dad crack down) I hope he gets past this relatively quickly and without too much trouble, but I'm not planning on saving him from his bad choices. He's a good kid though and his teachers all seem to think so despite his momentary lapses in good judgement.
Emmy is doing well on her 6th grade math work as well as all her regular work. She is a great student and very motivated.
Joe...well, his teacher said he reads too much! LOL! She even said, "I'm not sure that as a teacher I'm allowed to say that!" Apparently he prefers reading to paying attention, but he still does awesome on all his work. In fact at times when he's reading (and not supposed to be) while she's talking she'll try to catch him off guard and ask him a question about what she's talking about. And without missing a beat he'll answer correctly. Drives her crazy because she can't prove her point that he should be paying attention. He he he!
Cori is also doing awesome in all his subjects. Very smart boy, just like his siblings. All three of them are in the top of their classes in everything. Although Cori is still struggling with appropriate behavior at times. I've gotten more calls about that boy than any of my other kids combined! But he's still doing much better than previous years and hopefully he'll outgrow it soon!
And KK and Eddie are doing great in preschool. They both love their classes and their teachers. They are learning so much! They are both pretty quiet at school but do what they are asked. KK tells me that at school she, "sits quietly, listens to the teacher and follows directions". She has a very strong desire to never get in trouble at school. She is learning her letter and sounds and has very good fine motor skills for her age. She reminds me very much of Emmy at that age.
Eddie can count into the 20's and can recognize his numbers. He likes to sing at school and help out with the other kids. He loves to wear his red, zip up hoodie to school 'cause he "looks awesome" as he says. He is not all that interested in coloring and hurries through it as quickly as possible.
Another (expensive) happening is that Joe and Cori have begun their orthodontic work and will be getting expanders this week. These pictures are from their first appointment. Adorable aren't they?! Rob and I have been concerned that we have too much money so this seemed like the perfect thing to spend a few thousand dollars on...NOT!
And the final event of note was that on February 25th Sterling had the chance to serve as a Page to Senator Vicki Schmidt. His friend's mom set it all up for them to serve together and he had so much fun! Aside from the $5 credit to the snack bar, I think he enjoyed running all over the Capitol building and doing...whatever Pages do. He is, so far, my most politically aware and opinionted child so this was fun for him to see the process up close. And who knows, maybe he'll be the Senator one day with Pages of his own? He did say that Senator Schmidt was "REALLY nice!" and that he'd like to do it again next year, which I think would be great!