By way of brief (and thoroughly boring) update, though, we're nearing the end of the second week of 1st Grade. A daily chart comes home, color coded blue for a good-behavior day, yellow for issues. The children (all of them) in the class get to choose a prize from a treasure chest if they can get blue days for a certain period of time (monthly?). Samantha had been doing well until yesterday, when she got her first yellow for not listening, not getting up when it was time to transition (including a fire drill...yikes...), not participating, etc. Both Steve and I have had discussions with her about this since then, and she has told us that she knows she needs to have a "blue" day and needs to listen to the teachers. Usually drilling it in like that, getting her to repeat it back and fill in the blanks as we tell it to her (Sammi, today you have to remember to... listen!) ensures compliance, at least for a few days, and it instills an astronomical amount of pride in her accomplishments as she nearly bursts at the seams to tell us at the end of the day that she listened to her teachers. Praise is quite the motivator.
Other than school,
Okay, now for a few photos left over from St. Simons Island.
A vintage clothing store was just the place to entertain Samantha while we looked around. Hooray for mirrors!
Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
Don't let the gray photo fool you into thinking it was cold. My lens was fogged up from the humidity and it was still only about 9:30am. The water was surprisingly warm.
Can someone please tell me why Dairy Queen on SSI doesn't have chocolate ice cream????? We've asked about it both times we've been there, and they say that the chocolate isn't as popular. I don't know about you, but that seems mighty strange to me. Samantha, fortunately, was flexible enough to have plain vanilla instead of her usual vanilla-chocolate swirl.
I took this photo just to show how loooooong her legs are! I couldn't believe that she was nearly touching the floor! We had her well-child visit last week and she's 44 1/2" (20th percentile on the typical chart) and 54 lbs. (uh, about 80th percentile on the typical chart, LOL). Wow, 44 1/2" - that's a mere 3 1/2" away from 4' tall!! Growing like a weed, she is...