Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It's Been Awhile

So, this is not what I had intended to start this post with, but it has me perplexed. It's been way too long since I had an English class because when I typed the title for this post I thought, "Is it a while, or awhile?" So, I googled it and found this:

When “awhile” is spelled as a single word, it is an adverb meaning “for a time” (“stay awhile”); but when “while” is the object of a prepositional phrase, like “Lend me your monkey wrench for a while” the “while” must be separated from the “a.” (But if the preposition “for” were lacking in this sentence, “awhile” could be used in this way: “Lend me your monkey wrench awhile.”)

Sooooo, I typed what I thought it should be, but I'm still not positive! Feel free to correct me if you'd like to!

Back to the real meat of the post....It really has been a LONG TIME since I posted anything. We are having a great, busy summer. We've been skating some, hiking once, went to see "Walking With Dinosaurs," went to Water World and have been playing at Autumn and Judy's daycares quite a bit. I think the best parts of this summer have been visits from friends and family, though. Our friends the Stefans came out for church camp and the kids and I were able to spend most of the day with them before they headed down to Westcliffe. It was great to see Danielle and the boys and it was so nice that the kids fell right back in step with one another. Amazing after not seeing each other for a year! After that, my friend Jen visited with us for a day and then Aunt Suzy and Uncle Ryan came out for a great visit. We all love hanging out with them, but the kids especially think they are a super special treat!

In only 20 days, Zetta will start Kindergarten! We took a bike ride to the school this morning to "practice" riding safely. Zetta did great. I think Grady might be riding in the bike trailer w/ Merrick. I start to feel a little sadness mixed with excitement when I think about Kindergarten. She could really care less. I don't think she's really excited, but not upset by it either. Ooooh, just thought of a way to help her with her #'s from 1-20. We can count the days until school starts on the calendar. She has had a hang-up on the teens since the beginning of preschool! She messed up once and hasn't been willing to count past 11 ever since. She will occasionally try, but she mumbles through the teens and sometimes ends up crying.....ridiculous! I hope she doesn't try to pull that with her teacher! She also likes to act like she doesn't know her letters or sounds, but the other day I pulled out some letter cards and let her put some words together and she can read! Ok, not fluently, but she can sound out 3-letter combinations pretty easily. I didn't push her by trying 4 letters because she probably would have shut down for the year! This is the girl that convinced her teacher that she only knew 5 upper and 5 lower-case letters at the end of the year in preschool......and then when I sat her down and made her try at home, I got about 20 of each! Fun, fun. Should I warn her teacher about her when we go register tomorrow?


agnicholl said...

So, you're one of THOSE parents..."She can do it at home" Just kidding ;) Zetta will do just fine when she wants to be the head of the class!

Meaghen said...

NICE! My sister is tagging me as one of THOSE parents.....I hope YOU have a stubborn little girl!!! Ha, ha! Actually, I don't hope that. I hope she has just the right amount of compliance and determination. :)