is winter hitting anywhere else? it has actually been pretty mild here temp-wise but NO SUN the last few days. and i am FREEZING all the time. which is weird since i usually have the opposite problem but i swear i cannot get warm. it's like my bones are freezing! craziness!
many people have been asking me about Pezza. you may or may not know but i had to pull her out of pre-school AGAIN last year because her behavior was so bad. Then we thought she might be on the Autism spectrum and had that worry. so many of you wanted updates so i thought i'd share.
for starters she is doing really well in school this year. why? i don't know :P could be several things 1. she is in a class of older kids not younger like before, 2. her class is doing more advanced work than the younger set would be doing - it is a little bit more kindergarten-like, 3. the class is VERY small - only 7 kids total. being a november baby she is one of those kids who misses the cutoff date and has to wait a full year to start school. being as smart as she is (and she is creepy-smart) starting a year later is NOT going to help matters and neither will being the oldest kid in the class. so while she is doing very well now, none of those 3 factors will be possible when she starts kindergarten so i am still a bit apprehensive. on top of that i already went through the public school system with a very smart kid and it was an absolute total nightmare. at this point hollyn is reading step 2 books by herself, knows addition and subtraction, basic fractions and beginning multiplication. add in the hyperness and stubborn-ness and we are all in for a wild ride! according to her doctor there is no autism. that's a good thing. we did discuss her "quirks" at length and she says it's a combination of high intelligence, hyperactivity (the H without the ADD) and personality. in other words - have fun with that one :P
she IS getting a bit more self control and self discipline so maybe some of it will get better as she matures...you know, right before she hits puberty and the PMS starts! in addition i have scaled my work load WAY back (as you can tell from my lack of blog posts) in order to concentrate more on her. we instituted a pom pom reward system which has been very helpful too. and then yesterday i came up with something brilliant (can't believe i never thought of it before with the boys). when she misbehaves she goes to her room. then we have to watch the clock and the whole timing thing and go upstairs to get her. last night she kicked her shoe off into the tv so on her way up the stairs she asked how long. i need her to clean her room so i said you can't come out until you have put away ALL of your train tracks. i figure this is a win win situation for me - punishments should not punish the parents! she would either refuse to pick them up and stay in her room longer (more peace & quiet for me) OR she would want to come out so she would get all of it picked up (again good for me). so that is where we are at for now.
on to some crafting - NON holiday of any type crafting :) i have another video sponsored by FaveCrafts.com - it offers tips for working with patterned papers. here is the card I made:
we just completed the next issue of Through the Craft Room Door too so if you don't get it SIGN UP! if you already get it - i think you will really love it! i know i do!