Someone else had a first day of school this week, too…
We haven’t posted anything recently partially because I had a couple computer meltdowns (first my processor fan died, next my hard drive died). Now that my computer is back up and running, we’ll be uploading pics from the summer. It’s almost the new school year, after all, with Gavin heading into first grade (!!!) and Lilah starting preschool!
All four of us got to be at school today for Gavin’s last day of Kindergarten. Lilah was so excited to go that she had to wear her backpack! Gavin gave her a big hug and told her, “I’m so glad you’re coming to school with me.” I was a bit sad that our time in that classroom is over, but I know it will be just as much fun next year.
There was a brunch for all the kids and parents and the kids put on plays they’ve been working on. Lilah ate a lot of strawberries and Gavin drank a lot of orange juice. Gavin was in the Little Red Hen. He was Chick 1 with a handwritten sign on his chest and a little orange paper beak.
When the kids all mentioned their favorite part of the school year, Gavin said the Halloween party was his favorite. There were personalized awards for all the kids so Gavin’s says Fastest Race Car. They have had spotlight words to learn sight words and each kid comes up with a sentence using that word. Most of Gavin’s sentences involved race cars, fast ones.
It has been such a wonderful year and we are so grateful to have so many more years in a community that has a place for Gavin and for us! Here is a story that Gavin told a month or so ago and then illustrated in class.
One day the ninjas were about to fight because there’s a Bone Guy and Sane are Ninja Go. Then they have spears. They are getting closer and closer. They have a little fight.
And I pick up a fire pit. It comes from fire. Sane built a fire pit. He fights the bone guy with his fire pit. Sane wins! Then the bone guy gets bigger and bigger and fatter because the water makes him fat. And Sane’s legs change, they stick together because the water makes his legs stick together.
Sane gets bigger because the waves in the water get him bigger and the Bone Guy turns into a square with arms and legs. Sane gets bigger and bigger and bone guy doesn’t have legs and arms and head. There’s much more water in Bone Guy. That’s why he’s changing and doesn’t have arms and legs and a head.
The stories the kids came up with in class were so fantastic that we have been asking both kids to tell more stories at home. Especially since it was Gavin’s favorite part of the Art they did at school this year. So, here are some new ones:
One time Sane, Kai and two Jays went to Sane Kai Highway. And then a bad guy whose name is Karma Pill spoke and spoke and spoke until he’s all dizzy. And then he disappeared.
Man On Car
Once upon a time there was a ninja with a man on a car. And then the ninja pushed the man off the car. Then the person hit his head his head was warm and disappeared. The carnival for ninjas about to begin. And then the ninjas were about to come in. And then it is time to play in the carnival because it’s nine o clock. And then they were running on cool rollercoasters to Gurj. And then the ninjas say “Hi, Gurj.” And then Gurj say, “Hi, ninjas.” And then Gurj disappeared.
And, one from Lilah:
The ninja girl has some special flyer feet. And then she flew and flew and flew and flew and flew and flew. And also fights the bad guy and then flew away.
And here is a little insight into what Gavin and Lilah will be doing all summer. This creation took several hours and was spectacular. Gavin told me that they were having a birthday party for EVERYONE with a large yellow brick cake.
We got a new bug “house” a few days ago. It’s a clear plastic box with a lid shaped like a roof that lets air in. It has a handle for easy transport of newly made insect friends. Both Gavin and Lilah were very excited and immediately wanted to catch something in the new bug house, so we went honey bee hunting. The kids enthusiastically watched, while I maneuvered a bee into the box. It’s something I spent many hours doing as a kid, so I’m pretty confident and we had a bee in the box in a minute or so. Gavin was thrilled to hear the buzzing from inside and Lilah was excited enough to pick up the box herself to get a good look. I wasn’t at all surprised by Gavin’s enthusiasm. He’s been interested in insects since he was big enough to notice them. Lilah, on the other hand, developed a bug phobia last spring and still hasn’t gotten entirely past it.
We were up in City Creek Canyon last spring on a breezy warm afternoon and there were lots and lots of bugs around, as usual. Butterflies everywhere, caterpillars, boxelder bugs, wasps, flies and mosquitoes. She got stung by something. I’m still not sure what. She didn’t get a welt or anything, but all of a sudden she was screaming and didn’t stop for twenty minutes. After that, she was terrified anytime we came across any kind of flying insects with the exception of butterflies. I tried really hard to help her feel less scared. I really wanted to be able to hike and camp and also wanted her to understand that most bugs don’t set out to hurt people. We talked about it. We read books. We asked Gavin about bugs. Nothing worked. She was somewhere between screaming in terror and whining uncomfortably anytime we went outside and encountered flying insects from that day until the present.
So, I am very excited about the bug house too. I hope Lilah will be able to get more comfortable with being up close to insects and maybe be a little less scared next time there’s a fly near our picnic. Now, off to catch another specimen to watch.