Monthly Archives: November 2008

Thanksgiving in Alabama

Thanksgiving in Alabama is a far cry from the Thanksgivings I remember as a child. No matter how long I live in the deep South, I just can’t get used to 70 degree weather on Thanksgiving and Christmas! That said, it is hard to argue with a day spent eating, fishing, kayaking, and playing with family. It was a beautiful day. We have so much to be thankful for!

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Meeting cousin Benjamin

On the way to Alabama for Thanksgiving, we stopped in Tallahassee to see Aunt Annie and meet the newest member of the family, Benjamin Boon. He is sooooo tiny and precious! It was much too short a visit, but I’m so glad we got to meet him. Fletcher and Lola Gray took turns holding him, and Lola Gray sang him songs and even gave him a bottle!


Thanksgiving Feast!

Today was the Thanksgiving Feast at Fletcher’s school. First the children sang a few songs and then we all had lunch. Lily wasn’t there today unfortunately, and neither was Hailey, but we got photos with some of his other friends. It has been a little odd for me that I just drop Fletcher off and pick him up in the carpool line, and never get to see these children he talks about all the time. It was nice to put some faces with the names.

After school we met our friends at the park, but the visit was cut short when Lola Gray got conked in the head by a handlebar on the ducks merry-go-round. She’s going to have a nice bruise from this one! Everyone is napping now (yeah!) and later tonight we will join Grandaddy Mike for dinner. The tomorrow it is off to Alabama for Thanksgiving . . .

You are driving me crazy!

Perhaps I say this a little too often? To be fair, I always say it in a joking way! Lola Gray’s scary interpretation of my tone of voice cracks me up.

One of these days I’ll take them to see real snow . . .

In search of cool

Fletcher has suddenly become quite obsessed with his clothing and with looking “cool”. Today he came home from school upset because it was too cold to take off his sweater and no one got to see his cool bulldog t-shirt. The kid cracks me up. But it is important to him, so it is important to me. However, cool seems to come at a premium. The Chasing Fireflies catalog has more cool than you can shake a stick at, but it has prices that are way too hot for me. Oh well. I’m posting some of my favorite cool from the catalog, just so you can see the evolution of Fletcher’s fashion aesthetic. Maybe I can pick just one to give him for Christmas . . . Remember when he happily wore those adorable little smocked jonjons and peterpan collared shirts? No more. My boy is growing up!

Yellow light

Fletcher got another “yellow light” at school today. His teacher has a warning system, and first they get a yellow light if they are misbehaving. If they do something really disruptive, they get a red light. So far we haven’t had any red lights sent home (they send home a little circle of colored paper with the reason for the light written on it) but this is now the 3rd yellow light in 3 weeks. Mrs. Hale says it is general silliness and that it has been a problem for many of the children in the class, but I still hate to hear that my child is being disruptive. When I talked to her today, she said she thought part of the problem might be that he is bored. She said they have already moved him to more advanced worksheets because his handwriting is so much better than the rest of the class. Now she thinks he is ready to start learning sight words. Normally they don’t start sight words until they have gone through the entire alphabet. Since they do 1 letter a week, and are just now on the letter K, I think it will be March or April before the rest of the class is up to that point.

Mrs. Hale’s theory is that if he has more challenging work then he will be more focused and better behaved. I hope she is right. Fletcher and I talked this afternoon, and he said that he does get bored at school. I told him that he is going to start learning sight words and since he is already so good at sounding out words it won’t be long before he will be reading. Then, when he gets bored at school, he can just read himself a book. He seemed to think that was a good idea.

It will be interesting to see what happens. If his behavior improves when he has more interesting work to do, then it further reinforces my desire to get him into Charles Ellis Montessori Academy where he will be able to progress at his own pace. . . .