Monday Randomness

Today is a beautiful beginning-of-summer day in St. Louis! I don’t have any one stream of thought to discuss though. Monday bullet points are in order!

  • Jeremy found an AWESOME accelerated bachelors program through a local university (Lindenwood) that would enable him to finish school with a bachelor’s degree in 3 and 1/2 years, going to school one night a week every week. He is going to pursue Human Resources Management and we are both so EXCITED! AH! Classes start in July (yes, THIS July) and he is scrambling to try and get in. Pray for him!
  • We’ve been making friends with the neighbors in our new home and it’s been pretty fun to get to know everyone. However, the Dad of Cooper’s new little buddy, Tommy is wigging me out a bit. Last night I was making dinner in the kitchen. Our friend’s Amy and Andrew were over with their kids and we were all talking and cooking/playing. All the sudden, my back sliding glass door opens and my neighbor pokes his head in my house yelling “is Tommy here?!”.  What in the world? He came in the gate to my back yard, walked around and just walked into my house? And he didn’t knock or anything? I can understand if you are looking for your child and you’ve tried the other acceptable entrances first, like say, the front door?But come on! How do I handle this really rude intrusion? Besides locking every door in my house at ALL times! SHEESH! FREAKY! I mean really? No knock?
  • I have a new blog post up at She Cooks! today discussing “From Scratch” cooking. Try it, you’ll like it!
  • On a sad note, a friend of ours, Pastor Richard Schumacher, lost his battle with cancer late Saturday night. My heart is so sad for this family’s loss. Richard was a bright reflection of Jesus and a joy to be around. He was full of faith and optimism. Death is so real and so permanent and lately, with all the sickness and death I am experiencing in friends and family members, my heart is just heavy. I hate you Sin. I hate you Death. I am so grateful that Jesus conquered you and kicked you to the curb. I am so thankful that my merciful Savior promises us life everlasting, a life without sickness or sorrow or death or pain if we believe and follow Him. How can you say no to such a promise when such sorrow surrounds us in this life? Live your life like no other today so that you can live a life like no other for eternity. Thank you Jesus for Richard, for Uncle Lloyd and Uncle Sonny.
That’s about all I’ve got right now. I need to run because the day is already escaping me and the boys.  Happy Monday!

Kindergarten Whoas Silenced!

My eldest son’s birthday is in July. Last year, when he turned 5, the hubs and I had a big decision to make: Do we put him in Kindergarten or do another year of preschool?

The 5 year old snorkel master!

His teacher from preschool assured me that he could handle Kindergarten and I didn’t really question that issue. (He is one smart cookie!) My concerns were more like: he’ll be a 17 year old senior, he’ll always be youngest in his class, he’ll be last to get his driver’s license (with his peers anyway) and we knew we would be moving in the middle of the school year. Not to mention that he is a bit of a clown and can have trouble focusing at times.

This is my most favorite picture of him!

With those thoughts in mind, we made the decision to hold him back and wait until he was 6 to start Kindergarten. By grade, he’s a bit ahead of his peers academically, but by age, he’s on track and doing well.

Fast forward to this year. We’ve moved back to St. Louis and it was time to enroll Cooper in Kindergarten. I did all the paper work and got it set up and began receiving some mail about it. At first, I saw the “requirements” for Kindergarten and my heart sank. They were pathetic! I was instantly afraid he would be bored out of his mind. I started to doubt our decision to hold him back. But I reminded myself of all the reasons we established previously to hold him back and I decided to wait until Kindergarten Orientation to really be afraid…

Cooper and Jeremy at Kindergarten Orientation

This past Tuesday, Kindergarten Orientation night finally arrived and my heart is officially at peace! HURRAY! My whoas were silenced. I felt peace about the decision and as if this will be indeed the best thing for my big man. He is a whopping head taller than almost all the kids in class though….

The curriculum looks excellent and it seems like each day will be jam-packed full of activities. Here’s a peak at his daily schedule this fall:

  • morning work/student arrival
  • calendar/shared reading
  • writer’s workshop
  • math
  • recess
  • lunch
  • quiet time
  • handwriting
  • literacy centers/workstations
  • snack/read aloud
  • specials/recess
  • counselor/library/computer lab
  • dismissal

I was so excited listening to all the things the faculty described he will be doing in the Literacy Centers/Workstations, I was thrilled to hear that recess will be BEFORE lunch (my child will choose play over food for all eternity), and I’m thrilled to know that music will be a part of his week. It was almost too much for my heart to handle. Jeremy and our friend’s the McGills (whose daughter and friend of Cooper will be in Kindergarten also!) thought I was very silly. I am simply so happy for Cooper.

I know he’s going to LOVE school and I am so happy to see all the ways he is going to grow and change. I’m so proud of him! HURRAY!