Friday, August 30, 2013

Seth is in Kindergarten

Seth's kindergarten teacher asked us to write her a letter about him, to help her better understand him and help her be a good teacher. I tried to really capture his personality, and so I have decided to post the letter here as well. Here it is.

Seth Michael Boivie is a truly terrific kid. I think you are so lucky to have him in your class and to be able to be his first teacher. There are so many wonderful things about him that it will be difficult for me to keep this letter short, but I will do my best to be brief. Seth has a very vibrant personality. What I mean by that is that he is hard to miss. When he is in a room, you can always tell. When he is happy, which is most of the time, he is tremendously happy. He lights up a room. When he is sad, he is very sad. For him almost every day is either the best or the worst day of his life. He does not live life in the middle.

Seth has the desire to be great. He always wants to do hard things. In fact, one of his biggest challenges is that he is only five. He has an older sister and an older brother, and he does not like it when they can do things that he can’t do. He wants to be able to do everything, and do it now. For instance, he is starting to get frustrated that he can’t fully read. He wants to read books, and he doesn’t like that other people have to help him. He also doesn’t like it when you tell him he can’t do something because he is too little, or too young. He is proud of the fact that he got to go to school a couple of days a week last year to work on his speech, because it made him feel like one of the older kids.

Seth is very helpful around the house. He is almost always willing to help when asked. Seth is also very funny and full of joy. He loves to laugh and make jokes. As he will tell you, at times he can be mischievous. He often comes up with very elaborate plans about how he could trick or prank someone, but luckily we are usually able to talk him out of actually implementing those plans.

Seth likes to play outside. Even though he doesn’t formally do any sports, he really likes whatever sports he tries. He loves to be moving. At home he has a hard time sitting down the whole time when he is eating because he has so much energy. He also likes movies and video games, but he only gets to do those a little bit. He really loves to build with Legos and to play games with his family. He is quite good at a lot of card and board games, even ones that are geared towards older kids.

Seth is also kind and loving. He has been a great big brother to his little sister Maren. He loves to hold her and play with her. He tries very hard to teach her how to do things. He also really likes being around people and other kids and makes friends wherever he goes.

I hope this tells you a little bit about Seth, and I hope you enjoy having him in your class as much as we enjoy having him in our family.  

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of School

We had been starting to feel like it was a long summer and all of us were looking forward to school. We got school supplies and schedules and met teachers....but then it felt like it came up quickly. Over the past few days it has been good to talk to the kids about their excitement as well as their worries. I am thinking of them now as they face this first day in a new place, new school, with new kids and teachers. I hope they are happy - I think it will be a good place for us but the beginning is hard...

Yesterday Steve gave all the kids father's blessings. He was able to use the priesthood to let them know his impressions as their father and from our Father in Heaven about things that will help them this year. It was particularly special this year.

One funny moment yesterday as I was reading to Seth and Steve said he thought Seth would just love reading once he sort of put everything together - Seth said, "Yeah, I think it will just take me 1 day of Kindergarten to learn to read. Maybe 2." We will see - maybe this was an amazing day!

This morning Steve got us some breakfast from Kolache Rolf's (kolaches are all over here - we had never heard of them before). I am letting the kids pick what to put in lunches this week so I packed what Seth asked for for all of them. The others will take turns the next few days. Seth was so excited and bouncy all this morning. Then we all walked together - I am so excited that we/they can always walk.

 We went in the front doors. All the grades have their own hallway area with a big meeting space in the middle. As we got to the kindergarten hall Seth turned and said, "I know what to do now - you can go." Cracked me up. And he did - he has grown up around school and is so social and fun I think he is going to love school. I hope his fun personality comes out in class. We did walk him to class and give him a hug and he headed to his table to start.
Then we walked Rand to the 3rd grade hall. I think it was good for him that the teacher had instructions up and so he knew what to do. It feels like both of them have good classes with smaller groups of kids so I hope they will really enjoy learning here. Then we walked across the field to the intermediate school. Here elementary is K-4, then intermediate has 5-6. Rhianna turned back for a hug before heading in to the cafeteria with the other 6th graders - it is a much bigger group of kids per grade and she had to sort of jump in only knowing about 3 kids from church.

And now it is just me and Maren at home. We went to the library. We played (which usually means we go room to room pulling objects out of cupboards or off of shelves). We ate lunch. And now it is nap time. For me too - yeah!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

10 Months

Maren turned 10 months old yesterday - and this was her first time eating Rudy's! She had some creamed corn, turkey, banana pudding and peach cobbler. Man that food is good. It was also Grandma & Grandpa's 47th wedding anniversary and our friend and architect Wes was in town. So it was a good day all around. Maren is sleeping good now and eating most things just in small or smushed up form. She does now drink from a sippy cup besides still nursing about 4-5 times a day. She has a great smile and laugh and fun personality. We have been watching videos of the others kids when they were little and it is super cute and silly. And now Maren is doing more and more.

Just a few other tidbits - Early in August we went up to Dallas and Rhianna actually stayed a week up there with cousins. It will be fun to get together regularly. The kids have played and built Legos (see a few above by Rand) and done well this summer, but they are getting bored (though sometimes this leads to creative ideas like Seth making Maren a skirt out of crepe paper) - it is definitely time to get back to school. We bought school supplies, Seth was super excited to get a new backpack, and Rhianna just got her schedule last Thursday. The boys will meet their teachers this Thursday and school starts Monday, August 26. We also made great strides on the house this weekend. We have pretty firmly settled on our design and home layout with Wes. We walked around the lot and figured out how we will place the house on it. We talked with and looked at houses by 4 builders and so are narrowing down that choice. The lot will officially be ours when we close on September 6.