Posted by: wildflowerz | May 27, 2012

These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall This is the wonder of devotion – I see the torch we all must hold. This is the mystery of the quotient – Upon us all a little rain must fall.

Oy. Okay, first, I’ll talk about the good stuff!

Em’s last day of school was Friday. I breathe a big sigh of relief and hope for better next year. It’s possible that I’m just spoiled from Kindergarten and 1st. See, in those grades Em had teachers who were very loving and celebrated her accomplishments. Now, I’m not one who believes the sun shines out my daughter’s ass and everyone else should act accordingly, but when Em achieves something big (at least to her), I expect a few “good jobs” and such from the teacher. You know? This year wasn’t like that at all. I mean, none of her teachers have treated her like a special and unique snowflake (as they shouldn’t because that would have pissed me off too, ya know?), but they’ve been very encouraging and always willing to talk to you. This year wasn’t quite like that. It’s not any one thing I can really pinpoint, except that I think we finally got a teacher who was just going through the motions. There wasn’t a lot of special stuff and we felt no real emotion from her. Luckily, Em’s pretty easygoing (unlike me) and she loved her teacher. So, I’m happy to report her end of the year accomplishments my own self!

Friday brought Em’s report card and the results from the practice CRCT. First, the report card: She maintained the grades she’s had (almost) all year. She had Os in Reading, Writing/Grammar, Spelling, Math, and AIM. She had Ss in everything else, including the handwriting that gave her problems in the first of the year. For all the Standard Indicators, she maintained a Satisfactory all year and got Meets Standards for the end (these are either Meet or Doesn’t Meet). Of course, she graduated to 3rd grade. She’s already wondering what her teacher will be like next year!

In second grade they do a practice CRCT. Then they grade it and pass on the results. 650-799 is Does Not Meet. 800-849 is Meets Standards. And 850 or Higher is Exceeds. Em got 862 in Reading, 861 in Language Arts, and a whopping 930 in Math! We really didn’t expect the last one. She’s decent in math (from what we can tell), but reading’s her big love. Em SAYS that she and another girl in the class didn’t miss any on the Math, so I guess she maxed out the Math score? Anyway, we’re extremely proud of her. She was super happy with the Family Kindle Fire we gave her on our way down to St. Mary’s too.

Now, about that trip. Ug. The shower was at 10:30 yesterday morning. So we had to leave right after school on Friday and when Chris got home from work. We arrived around 10:30pm and checked in and slept. The next day we got up and met at Chris’s sister’s house and went to the shower. It was a nice shower. It started off outside and then, thankfully, we moved inside. I’d had breakfast, so I didn’t eat, but I didn’t realize it was going to last so stinking long. By the end, I was famished. She got a TON of cute stuff, so that was great. My mother-in-law fell as we were leaving. Evidently she’s been falling a lot. And she doesn’t have the instinct to put her hands out, so she fell right on her face. I think she’s okay, other than a skinned up nose and being really sore. But it was scary. There were a few games at the shower, but luckily they weren’t the really annoying ones, so that was tolerable. Em played on the Fire most of the time, so she didn’t get annoying. 🙂 We went back to SIL’s house and hung around all day. I didn’t realize this was the plan and we didn’t bring any of Em’s toys or anything. She was bored out of her head. She watched and played (the stupidly named) Cornhole with some of the family and took pictures. There was a bbq later in the evening and I felt bad, but we were all so bored that as soon as we finished eating, we left. We went back and watched half of MIB2 and went to sleep. We’d planned on moving to a beach hotel for Saturday night, but there was a tropical storm moving in. It’s lucky it was labeled that way because it allows us to get our money back from the hotel. It looked to be relatively mild on the scary factor, so we weren’t worried about that, but three days at the beach in the rain didn’t sound like fun. Instead, we drove back home today. It’s supposed to rain here tomorrow and Tuesday, but we’ll be at home with all our stuff and not sitting in a tiny hotel room, driving each other crazy!

So yeah. That was our weekend.

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