this week was full of parent teacher conferences. the opportunity to speak with both max's teacher and bear bear's teacher were much anticipated for me. so much happens outside of my little world with the adorables. for max, school is his main stay for his days, he spends most of his time there during the week. i know and love our time spent together, but those hours at school remain a mystery despite my most insightful and persistent detective work.
brad and i began the conferences tour on monday evening with a 5:20 date with mrs. pitcher. i was seriously excited. probs no less than four moms have come up to me since school began telling me that their son/daughter talks exclusively about maxer. with good stories. max always has a smile when i pick him up from school and does give me a detail or two from his days. so i had a great feeling that mrs. pitcher would only have goodness to share about my big boy.
bopa came to watch the adorables and brad and i arrived right on time to be whisked into the world of kindergarten. amidst the tiny tables and mini chairs, mrs. pitcher unfolded the "i'm not lion, max's been tryin" book housing the efforts of our boy. as we hungrily looked through paper after paper, we discovered max is doing great academically. but even more awesome is that he is doing superb behaviourally. mrs pitcher stated he is loving and respectful to everyone. hooray max! recently, mrs pitcher started rewarding the kids with a blue ticket for every day they did not need to move their clip (her classroom management technique). max has earned a ticket every day and already got to choose a prize for saving up 5 ticks.
my other fave part was looking at some of the artwork. when asked to draw a person, maxer did. he drew brad, as is evidenced by the fact that the man had side hair around his head but not on top. precious.
our time with mrs. pitcher ended much to soon. brad voiced his opinion that perhaps i mentioned the fact that i was a kindergarten teacher for my student teaching much to frequently. that might be true. things get a little wild when i am excited or anxious and talking.
we returned home beyond proud and poured on the praise to max. he responded, "wow, i did not know how happy you guys were gonna be!" love that little man
then, on thursday morning, bradley and i got to attend bear bear's conferences. i was as apprehensive about this meeting as i was confident in maxwell's. weston is every bit as amazing as his big bro. his behaviour just varries drastically from max's, which is quite cool to witness when it does not manifest itself in hysterics because he does not want to wear pants to school, only shorts, in the 38 degree weather.
i think brad had similar concerns about bear bear's school experiences so he was able to arrange his work schedule so he could accompany me in a chat with miss brittany. turns out, our trepidation was unneccessary. wes is doing awesome in school, both academically and with his action and attitudes. miss brittany told us wes is eager to answer questions, plays with several different groups of children, and listens to directions the first time. brad literally asked if she was sure this is weston meiste.
congrats wes! we were equally proud of this little pumpkin. as a reward, max got a darling (in a manly, farmer way) john deere camo jacket and weston got a spiderman halloween costume. even though those were both things i would have purchased anyway out of necessity, it was perfect to gift the boys' something special for their hard work at school.
we spend thursday afternoon celebrating at tunnel park basking in the suns warm glow, working on some excavating, sand sledding, and enjoying one another's company.
so blessed are we!