Brandon flew to San Francisco this morning. It's just a quick day-trip --he has his final interview for his application to Wharton today. We'll find out next month if he's been accepted into the program. If he makes it? Classes start the end of April. If he doesn't? We try again or look somewhere else. But I have a feeling he'll make it. He's a freakin' genius (not that I am biased or anything!).
So, if you could...maybe...keep him in your prayers today? I mean, I know it's not a huge deal in the eternal scheme of things, but boy! It sure would mean a lot to us if he could do well and be accepted. A lot, lot.
Speaking of school, Brandon and I have been worried about sending #3 to Kindergarten next year. He has a summer birthday, but he makes the deadline by almost a month. So, we figured he would go --but about five months ago, we weren't so sure anymore. #3 has no desire for academics in any form (just writing his name was like torture to him), and socially he was kind of...umm...nutso. Not in a way that would warrant concern or need for testing --he was just immature. And for a four year old boy, that's normal right? Probably.
Well, his preschool teacher and I spoke briefly a few weeks ago, and I again shared my concerns about #3 starting Kindergarten. Registration is next month, and I figured Brandon and I need to make a decision on what we should do. Keeping him back would mean he'd be more mature for school, he'd be older, and maybe in the future he would do better academically (not to mention the benefit of an older body should he choose to do athletics). But putting him in would mean he'd be with friends, he'd probably be average, and that's about it. He'd be average. And still, the idea of holding him back makes me nervous.
Anyway, his teacher told me that his improvement over the last 5/6 months has been vast. She said he is doing very well in math, he knows all his colors/shapes/letters, and even his name-writing has improved. She also said that socially he is doing well --apparently he now sits and listens, shares, and his anger and frustration over simple tasks is gone.
So, Brandon and I (and probably his teacher) still need to go over everything and make a decision, but it's so nice to know that he's improved. I mean, you would think I'd see it at home, right? I do see the behavior issues that have improved (but I chalked this up to age --my experience as a mother has shown me that 3 years olds are HARD. And so, he's been 4 for about six months. That automatically --in my mind --equates easiness. Or much-better-ness.), but it's good to hear it from his teacher.
It's gorgeous here! Lots of blue sky; lots of sun. Unfortunately, even with the snow practically gone, it's still about 36 degrees.
But I'll take the sunshine and cold over the cloudiness any day. I love me some sun! (Plus, it totally saves money because we don't have to use lights or heat during the day.) Sun is my saving grace during these months of inside-ness. Plus, with sun, I can justify sending my kids out in the cold for a few hours. They love it! And the bickering goes waaaaaay down when they get some outdoor exercise, wouldn't you agree?
Have a great weekend, dear reader!