22 February 2014

Superman is Six

JMichael is six.  I know, I know; he's adorable.  He's athletic and funny and smooth with the ladies.  But he's six!?  He was born just yesterday.  His birth was the main catalyst for beginning this blog.  JMichael was 9 pounds, 14 ounces at birth - which was by c-section.  Since he never got that final squeeze, he was born with what the nurses called whimpy white boy syndrome.  His lungs were still full of fluid and he was not able to breathe on his own.  He was hospitalized for two weeks in a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).  We couldn't even hold him.  With so many people wanting updates, I started a blog to centralize information.  Baby Jay grew into JMichael.
For JMichael's birthday, we had pizza.  We didn't mean to have pizza, but, earlier in the day I was talking to my borhter David about stuff and money or the lack of it, and JMichael's birthday, and stuff, right?  Well as I am driving home, I'm talking to James about what we can do for supper and he says, Who is Dawn Edelen?  I said, that's David's Dawn.  That her maiden name.  He said, that explains it.  I said It explains what?  He said, it explains the five pizzas that were just delivered to our door!  Wow.  Thank you David and Dawn!

Blowing out his candles - except it doesn't show up too much.

JMichael wants to be a soccer player when he grows up.  He is left handed and left footed and loves any game with a ball.  ANY game with a ball.  He can put away his own clothes, unload a dishwasher and count to 100.  He is slightly dyslexic, like his mother and two of his sisters, but he sees a reading specialist at school and is learning to read in spite of it.  JMIchael makes a mean cheese quesadilla and loves to play with his sisters.  At school he is quite the social butterfly, with lots of friends and never a dull moment.  He is the perfect caboose to our family of ladies and we all love him.

17 February 2014

To This Day

Rachel went to a forensics tournament this past weekend and in a field of 72 entries, her performance of a poem took 5th!  Wow!  The piece is a powerful, viral youtube video on bullying and if you want to see the original, and I highly suggest you do, click here.  I don't have a recording of Rachel's performance, but, I can tell you that when she did it for a family friend, just to practice, Rachel had our friend in tears.  Way to go, Rachel!
This is a blurry picture, but, Rachel is the pretty blonde on the close end.  These kids are the six finalists.  Two are from Cabot High School, Rachel is the youngest, as a sophomore.

11 February 2014

The 68 Rooms

Josephine came home with this book - it's called The 68 Rooms, by Marianne Malone.  Her school is participating in a program called "One School, One Book".  The premise is that the school gives each family a copy of the same book and we read it together as a family.  On the morning announcements, the principal asks a question that the students can answer, based on the assigned reading from the night before.  Each student answers the question and all the correct answers are put into a drawing for a prize.  Josephine is loving it.  The book is really very good - I am enjoying it, too - and you can read more about it here.  The book is based on the Thorne Rooms, which are located at the Art Institute of Chicago, and you can read more about the Thorne Rooms here.
I just love that this book has captured my childrens' imaginations and it's based on a place we can go visit someday.  I also love that my kids are excited to go to school to hear the question and get the right answer.  Now if we could only find a project that would excite them this much - but involving math skills - now THAT would be something else!

07 February 2014

Ice = Swim

Our weather has been awful this winter.  It's cold and bitter and icy.  Yuck.  This week the kids did not have school one day because the roads iced overnight.  What do you do when school is cancelled for ice?  You swim.  We literally had the pool at the rec center to ourselves for about two hours.  A few people came and went later in the day, but, we had our own private swim party, complete with a life guard, on an icy winter day.

03 February 2014

Super Kid #5

Presenting.....the Kindergarten SuperKid!  J Michael was awarded the kindergarten super kid (for his class, this nine weeks period) and he was thrilled.  This honor means that he has shown good manners and is a leader in his classroom.  During his 9-week reign as SuperKid, he is responsible for being the guide and first friend to any new student and he is his teacher's helper if she needs anything taken to another teacher, or the office, or any errands that kindergartners can handle.  Way to go J Michael!

As a side note, we are now officially five for five.  I haven't researched to be sure that all five are on the blog, but, all five of our kids were Kindergarten SuperKids!  Yay SuperKid Ball Team!