And especially these ones:).
When children are in certain phases I think we all stop and say, "what a cool stage of life!" Even amid the intense moments, there are so many 'wow' moments that make it all worth it.
We had one of these tonight. Wes' teacher has requested the kids learn to tie their shoes. I'll admit I didn't really take heed because Wes' shoes are velcro strapped. I figured we'd do it sooner or later. Well sooner (and later) came tonight. Wes is a very responsible child and so he was in a bit of a panic when he remembered they were practicing tying shoes in class tomorrow.
So we pulled out his shoes that have laces and within 2 minutes (and me reminding him there's no whining, giving up, saying I can't, etc.) he had it. Then Kate races around the corner and says, "I wanna try." And another minute later and she had it too. Who knew how rewarding and fulfilling tying shoes could be ... not to mention watching the mysteries of the world peel back layer by layer to them every day. I love being a mom.
Just a side note ... Wes read an entire scripture verse by himself tonight, with if I remember correctly, no prompting other than 'sound it out' encouragement. There was much whooping and hollaring by a certain mama:).
He's really great at sounding out words and is gaining so much confidence. The best thing about it is it encourages Kate along too. We always thought she'd be the speed reader, but she's too busy loving life (and everyone in it) to be bothered sometimes;). Love that girl.
Another side note. The picture above is of Wes and Kate at a LEGO competition in December. As you can tell, we're LEGO novices around here, but Wes has since caught the fever. His principal encouraged him to enter and so he did, and true to form, Kate wasn't about to be left out.
They were supposed to design and build their favorite cartoon character's home, all on site; no building it at home and taking it to the competition. Good Grief. What were we supposed to do with a theme like that? They'd barely even touched real LEGOs at the time of the competition. So we went to pbskids.org and looked at Word World. For those not familiar with Word World, the letters make the shapes of the words they are (does that make sense?). If you look closely, Wes' house is Dog's house (that spells out HOUSE), and Kate's is Sheep's (that spells out HAY):). It was very fun.
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