Snow, Go Away

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I’m not mad at you, Snow.  I kinda just want Spring here for a bit before Summer brings on her extremely high and dry heat.

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Studying Pays Off

KYREAD0008_600Even at this young age, studying pays off.  I’ve been practicing with Kylie once a day and sometimes twice a day for about half an hour (she used to only handle 10 to 15 minutes) on her reading and sight words and it has tremendously helped her do well on her tests!  Before, I was switching off with husband but I needed to just take control of this and do it all because she was only doing mediocre before.  She has been reading at least 3 books a week and practicing at least 20 sight words per week consistently!  On top of that she is also acing her math (addition) and spelling tests!  She only did badly once on her spelling test and that was during the first week she returned to school after winter break.

This morning, she wanted to do it all:  finish all her math, all her sight words, all her books, spelling practice, and her comprehension bubble map homework, but she accidentally flipped her papers too close to her eyes and got a paper cut in one eye so we had to stop because it was hurting too much.  By the time she felt better it was time for school.

She came home this afternoon and was so proud of herself for doing so well.  She showed me all her stickers for all the books she read and all the sight words she was able to test out of…which was about 3 pages of words.  I read her teacher’s notes and I was so proud.  Never have I felt this proud of Kylie.  She really put in 100% and it showed and she’s only in Kindergarten.

A New Path

FWALK0039bw_640Over the weekend, the family went on a walk with our puppy, Teddy.  We normally walk around the block or will drive to a familiar park.  That day, we decided to try a new park with a nice walking/biking path.

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FWALK0025_600FWALK0026_600FWALK0028_640FWALK0031_600FWALK0020_600We stopped at the playground for a bit so the girls could use up the rest of their energy.  Kylie loves the swings and had begged me to push her but I was busy taking photos so she wasn’t too happy (photo above).  I did eventually push her.

We took some family shots using the timer.  It took 3 takes to get a decent one.

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The Snowstorm

SNOW0409130014_600That snowstorm we were supposed to get earlier this week came and went without much notice.  There’s not a trace of it anywhere…except for the photo I took of it that morning.  Right now, the sun is shining and it’s gorgeous outside.

A Cold Day At Lake Dillon

DILLON0024_640Over the weekend, the family took a drive just north of Silverthorne to Green Mountain Reservoir, but when we got there, it was not what we had expected.  The reservoir was mostly dried up and iced over.  It was a pretty depressing sight.  We then decided to head to Lake Dillon (right next to Silverthorne) so the girls could play at the playground.  It was cold but the sun peeked out long enough for us to stay warm while husband and I took photos and the girls played.

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DILLON_KIKY_640This is what they had fun doing. Spinning on these tilted round chairs screaming and giggling.

BRANCH0029_640It’s Spring but I am not feeling the happiness that I normally do around this time.  Health issues in the family have over shadowed the beauty and excitement of rebirth this season.

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