Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Thursday Thirteen: A Summer of Learning

12 Days until school starts. I am so sad. It has been such as awesome summer. Noah has blossomed into this amazing kid right before my eyes. Everyone told me that the summer between kindergarten and first grade was HUGE, but I really didn't believe it.
Noah will be starting first grade and be gone EVERY DAY ALL DAY. Aaron will be going to preschool 4 mornings a week. Even though we struggle financially with me not working full time, this summer really taught me how blessed I am am that I can teach in the evenings and be home with the kids during the day. Here are 13 of the things that I was blessed to witness this summer:

13. Noah went from sounding out 3 letter words in June, to being an independent reader

12. Aaron learned to love going to library every week as much as the rest of us. Both boys completed the reading club and got bags of prizes for the success

11. Noah pulled out his first tooth during a story together at bedtime

10. Aaron, at 3 years old, learned to jump into the deep end of a pool and turn around and swim to the side without help.

9. Noah learned to jump off the diving board and swim to the far end of the shallow end with the backstroke, elementary backstroke, and front crawl

8. Aaron learned to write his name (he FINALLY did the "R" last week)

7. Noah learned how to ride his bike without training wheels

6. Aaron got to participate in REAL school at VBS and loved being part of a "class"

5. Noah started piano lessons and is doing better than I expected

4. Aaron is finally starting to match pitch when we sing with him

3. Noah can recite the entire Lord's Prayer without help

2. Aaron learned to pump his legs on a swing all by himself

1. I learned to appreciate every day with my kids for what it is and know that these days are going WAY too quickly.

So if you tune in to this blog in 12 days, September 2, it probably won't be a pretty site/sight. I miss them already.


LaskiGal said...

That is amazing!!! They really made the most of their summer!

Mama, you should be proud!!!

Toni said...

Your positive attitude is always uplifting!

Sue said...

Amen to #1 As the Mom of three and the youngest is going to be 13 this Fall yes it goes far too fast, and you have to savor each moment! Sounds like you all had a terrific summer :)

Happy TT and thanks so much for stopping by!

B Boys Mom said...

Wow what a busy summer you have had! I see you are a mom in MI, me too! The give away was the 12 days till school starts. Have you noticed on many of the other mom blogs that the kid's are already back to school. We are in Howell, MI. Happy TT and thanks for visiting my TT.

Meju said...

What wonderful milestones for your young must be so proud!

Julia said...

Sounds like you had a great summer and your kids achieve a lot.
Thanks for sharing those moments with us, it shows me how important and encouraging even "small" things can be.

Greets and thanks for the visit :)


Karen said...

I recently lamented the fact that summer is almost over. We'll be starting school on Sept 1st and I'm just not feeling ready for it. :)

Loved your list - your boys are blessed to have a mama that loves and enjoys them so much. :)

Courtney said...

You all learned very valuable lessons!

Sue said...

Sounds like you had a great summer! You're right your list is the exact opposite of mine! I had an ok summer, but I'm usually happy when school starts - lol! Thanks for stopping by mine :)

After Hours said...

Days with your kids do go by so fast. I looks like yours have had a great summer!
Thanks for visiting!

Kris said...

What an amazing summer with your boys. I loved reading your TT.

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing list! What a summer!