I’ve been slacking with posts with updates

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For no reason really.  I’ve just been slacking.  I have a couple of reviews I’m getting ready to write-up and some come with a giveaway, so keep an eye out for them! I also have a few items coming in for review that also have giveaways.  I do need to get my butt in gear with pitching for reviews.

Most of my weekends are full with working, yes, I’ve gone back to work during the weekend.  However, I don’t know how much longer that’ll be going on with summer coming.  I don’t plan on working during the weekends in the summer because that’s our family time to go out places and I’m not giving that up.

Family Update

Xavier

Xavier is doing good!  Actually, better than good!  He’s off the oxygen during the day and during most of his naps. He still needs it at night-time because he’s in a much deeper sleep, but it’s a start!  We can actually go places (grocery shopping, taking Thaddeus to school, etc.) without needing to bring the travel oxygen and his monitor.  Although I do bring them to the doctors appointments, at least the monitor, so the doctors can check his readings.  He’ll be going in for his 9-month check-up this week, although he’s almost 10-months but because he was in the hospital when he turned 9-months and he’s not need any shots we’re not worried about it.

 

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Thaddeus

Thaddeus is bored with school and it’s keeping him in trouble!  The teachers just can’t seem to figure out how to keep him occupied when he gets done with his classwork before the rest of the class.  They (his teacher) thinks that just because he can go read a book, work on his activity book, or whatever else she allows them to do when they finish their work is going to keep him occupied enough to keep him out of trouble.  Guess she’s not that smart of a teacher to know if you put a child by himself to keep himself occupied he’s just going to do whatever he can to get attention and act out.  I’ve already mentioned to the counselor that maybe he shouldn’t be in the 1st grade since he’s finishing his work to fast and he’s obviously very smart.

Now, I know all parents talk about how their child/children are smart and sometimes this is an exaggeration, but that’s not the case here.  We received Thaddeus’ DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) reading assessment that shows how he was in September and how he was in January. For whatever reason they only have three levels; Benchmark level – on track, Strategic level – below, and Intensive level – well below.  They need to add one for above because if I read these results correctly than Thaddeus is NOT “on track” but above where 1st graders should be.  You be the judge.

Type of Test

Thaddeus’ January Score

January Target Bar

Correct Letter Sounds

135

40-50

Whole Words Read

42

10

Words Correct

90

35

Accuracy (oral reading)

96%

80%

Retell (retelling a story)

24

16 (March target)

Keep in mind that these numbers are just for reading and according to his report card by the end of the year exceptions are lower than what he was at during the last testing and lower than what he was at when they first tested him.

Oh yeah, I finally finished Thaddeus’ room.  The only thing I had left to do was to paint the trim and that is now done!  Almost done with Xavier’s room, just have to put his name on the wall and get him a dresser!

Me & Hubby

21-Day Weight Loss ChallengeI’ve taken some time off school, it was just getting to be too much while Xavier was in the hospital.  I’ve been trying to get back into shape, started a 21 day challenge, but that didn’t go so well!  I’m into day 12 and I have absolutely no motivation!  Maybe we’ll try again next month.  I really thought this would work since I was participating with other bloggers and had to keep track for a challenge.  That didn’t work at all ;( .

Hubby’s doing good, starting up his own business and should be going solo in the coming months.  He’s still got some work to get done, both on the site and for the business before he quits his job.

I think we may do some family pictures here within the next month, if not we’ll definitely be getting some pictures of the kids.

One Comment

  1. paula

    March 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Sounds like things are going well in Michigan. I definitely agree that Thaddeus is extremely intelligent, and little Xavier is just the cutest. Love you all,

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