Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Downside of Summer

One day into summer vacation, and most everyone has already scurried out of our small town to their other homes around the globe. That leaves us with a week left of school, and Sojo's best buddy is already in Ireland. I miss their sweet voices upstairs together, and now I have to find things for us to fill the days. We had a fierce ping pong match yesterday, some library time and a big ol' swim in the pool. Sojo also saw a video of her cousins on a BMX track in Oregon, and that inspired us to go and check out our own BMX track on camp early this morning. We had to get out there early to beat the crazy heat.

She did great for her first time, but we decided that doing it in December would be much more pleasant. 93 degrees already at 7:30 a.m. was a bit much.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Done and Dusted

First day of summer vacation, and we've put her to work...

Whew! Another school year done and dusted. First grade is finished, all Sojo's pants are way too short from all she's grown this year, and the temps are at about 118 degrees daily. We have one more week of work with no students, and then it's off to London and the US for a few weeks. It's been such an amazing school year for her, and I am forever grateful to her teacher for making her love school and love learning so much.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Home Sick

I love to watch her sleep. Today she is home sick with a sore throat and a fever, but it's the kind of sick that just needs lots of rest and ice cream and mugs of chicken broth. My normally not super affectionate girl has told me she loves me about 100 times already today. I also mentioned to her at one point today that I always wonder why I got so lucky in life as to have her as my daughter. Later, she said to me, "I'm still thinking about why you are so lucky, but I just don't know why. You just are." 

So true, kiddo. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Reading in 1st Grade

First grade has been a big leap in reading for Sojo. It happened so gradually in kindergarten, but first grade was full of fast leaps, and I am somewhat amazed at how well she can decode and understand. Happy, of course, as we all love reading. However, Sojo still hasn't reached the stage of wanting to sit down and read herself, even though she can. She adores being read to, but she sees reading herself as homework. I have to be careful not to place my own reading expectations on her, and I think when she finds something that really jazzes her, it might be the switch. Until then, we'll read to her and soak up all the goodness of that time in her life.

Her first grade teacher this year is so kind and wonderful, (think Mr. Rodgers-esque) and we are so grateful for his time with Sojo. He loves Roald Dahl and reads them the chapter books daily, so Sojo has developed a fierce love for his books. We are even heading to his museum outside of London this summer.

She begged us to get her the collection of books from the recent book order, and we agreed. Seems she knows we are suckers for books. They arrived yesterday, and we have already finished one book. We started last night and continued first thing this morning. I desperately wanted a cup of coffee but was not allowed to get up until we finished the book.  I get that. It's someone who really loves books.