I almost forgot that tomorrow Anna is having her MRI done up at Valley Children's Hospital. Good thing they make reminder calls. Poor thing doesn't have it scheduled until noon so I told her drink up like a camel before bed.
Adam and I both went to the dentist today. Ugh..... I hate going to the dentist. I love the scraping part, it's about as close to a massage as I am going to get, but I dread the possibility of being told, "You have a cavity." And even after being told by the hygienist what beautiful healthy teeth I have..... how do you have the time, I still ended up with a cavity..... two in fact. Double ugh! And Adam owes me 10 bucks. Looks like we'll both be coming back in to see Mr. Drill.
Dennis continues to amaze us everyday. Who knew he could be such a ham....... a turkey....... my little tomato. Honestly, what I would give to know what is going on his mind. He is just so smart and to watch him explore and do so many new things, I shudder to think how he would be exactly the same as when we first met him back on June 23, 2008 had we not brought him home. I guess thinking about that is water under the bridge now... what matters is that he is home.
He thought to stand on this basket so that he could get a better view of the piano keys. He might just be the best two year old pianist I know.
Andrew when given good direction can play and play and play and focus on doing whatever it is that he sets his mind too. I just have to remember to redirect him more or he will quickly turn wild and get into mischief. Christine, make a mental note to self------- have a new activity for Andrew to do everyday and he will not drive you crazy.
Homework is done immediately after school in our home. As soon as the kids get home, I expect all of them to sit down and work on it. Sure, they will have a snack--- yogurt, top ramen, peanuts, or something, but their focus has to stay on homework. Every day I go over everyone's homework and sign progress reports. I often give numerous spelling tests to Rachel and Sveta. I initial all of the younger kids' homework in the upper right hand corner so that the teacher knows I looked it over. I read with Andrew, Sveta, Anna, and sometimes Rachel. We are still learning this school's homework routine, but it is getting easier each day. I like that Anna and William have the same packet. I like when the kids will bring home one packet for the whole week for them to work on a little each day. Now that Wednesday night church is starting, I can have them do that night's homework on Tuesday.
Despite Dennis' cleft palate, he is such a good eater. When we first brought him home he would sit completely still with both hands flat on his highchair tray as if he was trained to do this. It was sad how he didn't even want to try to pick up a spoon or cookie even when we encouraged it. Thankfully this didn't last and now he is feeding himself Vanilla Wafers, graham crackers, Cheerios, and even small Cheetos Puffs. I know I am a bad Mommy for feeding him that junk, but he sees the other kids eating it and wants some too...... is there really any harm? I used to worry about it getting caught in his cleft, but it is actually pretty shallow and small and he sogs up his food real good before he swallows, that all I can say is Dennis is one amazing eater.