Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013: A Calendar, A Spider, and A Superman

Mikan has been talking about trick-or-treating as a calendar for months now.  I just put a few holes in an extra school calendar and tied it around his neck.  Unfortunately, it sprinkled the entire time we were out, so the calendar got saturated very quickly and pages started falling off.  He went as a different month to each house when a page fell off.  Oh well, he still had a good time.  This was the first year that he actually wanted to walk up to houses.  After a while he wanted to be pushed in the stroller, but he had some good energy at the start, telling us about each of his school friends' houses that we passed.

Anica was fascinated by the Halloween tradition.  After leaving each person's house, she turned to me and said, "Thank you for taking me to the Halloween party, Mommy."  And at times she would add, "This is fantastic!"

Mikan the calendar.

Anica the spider!

Drexler (at 10 months) fit into the same Superman Halloween costume Mikan wore at 2 1/2.  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mikan and Drexler, the youngest set of Gensic boys.

Mikan wakes up at 6:40, eats breakfast while getting his shoes and braces put on, and is on the bus at 7:08.    Then full day kindergarten.  He gets back home by 2:45 pm.  Then at home ABA therapy for two hours, five days a week.  On Wednesday he has physical therapy in between school and at home therapy.  He then sleeps from 7:30 to 6:40 am and does it all again.   He is starting to do a little non-Gensic boy "one more minute of sleeping" on some mornings.

Drexler is similar, but only has his mom to occupy his time.  He wakes easily in the morning and likes to see Mikan off to the bus.  Drexler is now taking up to 8 to 10 steps at a time. Both get up early, get after it all day and crash early.  If I ever get on the ground, Drexler is the first one on top of my belly with a big fat grin.   This is similar to the grin that he gives as he climbs the stairs and looks back after every consecutive stair.  It is a lovely self-conscious grin that shows our baby is almost not a baby any longer.

The next few years will be a lot of fun with all these kids and few cares in the world.   I am looking forward to it.  Should we add another to the mix?-That's my sense of humor.

Mikan's sense of humor is making progress.  While many of the jokes are potty humor, he is starting to tell jokes about the topics of his interest.  Some of his jokes involve people wearing flip flops in the wrong month, and topics like leaves falling in the spring.  Pretty hilarious.

Mikan has also shone a little bit of Gensic bullheadedness in early kindergarten.  He has assignments that require him to focus on the details of his penmanship.  He could care less about writing exactly like some one else wants him to write.  He'd rather write his own stuff in his own way.  He has had two assignments handed back to him to be redone in a neater way.  I'm wondering a little bit about how to handle this one.  I also am not sure if I am a fan of the kindergarten homework.

I am becoming a fan of  They have descriptions of results and studies done that raise interesting questions about topics like homework and parenting strategies.   One study described compared two groups of early elementary students. One group had regular homework, the other did not.  The only statistical difference between the two groups at the end was that the group that had homework disliked the subject matter more than the group that did not have homework.