Monthly Archives: October 2013

Some fall scenes :)

Sam is the first to go to the doctor. He's relaxing with his cube while waiting for his throat culture. I remember taking Sam to the doctor and laying him down on the exam table to get measured. Eight years have passed and my has he grown!

Sam is the first to go to the doctor. He’s relaxing with his cube while waiting for his throat culture. I remember taking Sam to the doctor and laying him down on the exam table to get measured. Eight years have passed and my has he grown!

Pretty typical containment strategy for about three weeks.

Pretty typical containment strategy for about three weeks.

Ben is the next to go to the doctor. Eagle came, too.

Ben is the next to go to the doctor. Eagle came, too.

Walking my big babies home from the pumpkin patch. I really miss having my boys in the stroller. The big pumpkin is 65 lbs! That is how much weight I gained with Sam. That is funny.

Walking my big babies home from the pumpkin patch. I really miss having my boys in the stroller. The big pumpkin is 65 lbs! That is how much weight I gained with Sam. That is funny.

Harvest Fair creation. Both boys were sick that week, and Sam was out of school so Ben made the creation that morning. It's a patty pan squash from our garden.

Harvest Fair creation. Both boys were sick that week, and Sam was out of school so Ben made the creation that morning. It’s a patty pan squash from our garden.

Out on a jog down Sunrise I spotted this rose. Loved the grey wall behind it.

Out on a jog down Sunrise I spotted this rose. Loved the grey wall behind it.

On a trail which is part of one running route. These mushrooms are very colorful.

On a trail which is part of one running route. These mushrooms are very colorful.

More beautiful Japanese maple leaves in fall color.

More beautiful Japanese maple leaves in fall color.

A farm down near Manitou beach, also on a running route of mine. See the tractor in the background to the right?

A farm down near Manitou beach, also on a running route of mine. See the tractor in the background to the right?

Ben’s parent teacher conference

At the pumpkin patch. Poor guy was pretty sick but really really wanted to go.

At the pumpkin patch. Poor guy was pretty sick but really really wanted to go. Later he told his teacher he didn’t know what a pumpkin was. (huh?) Read for the rest of the story.

Ben is a funny guy. Both boys are very funny in different ways. Sam specializes in physical humor, Ben in verbal wit. His parent teacher conference yesterday is one example. His teacher writes down things he says from time to time (she does for all students) to communicate to parents. When he was asked to help read in a read-along book, he recognized “The” right away and read it. The next word was “cow.” He said “That’s not one of my sight words” and refused to try reading it. His teacher doesn’t know yet that he knows all the letter sounds and could totally sound that out because she also noted that during “zoophonics” time – where the kids act out and say letters, their associated character name and gesture – Ben sits there with his jaw slack, just watching. He doesn’t participate. So she doesn’t really have a good read on what he does or doesn’t know from time to time, even though I shared with her that he’d worked his way through the second level of Fry’s sight words (so about 200 words he can read, and he can sound out pretty well – the word “instinct” the other night, for example). Anyway – Dave and I laughed pretty good at that. It really sounds like Ben!

So tonight I thought I’d just casually find out what the zoophonics characters are from Ben (as a way to see if he knows them and just doesn’t want to engage with the activity for whatever reason). He knows all of them, their names, the letter sounds and the sign/gesture! I asked why Queenie Quail has the little hook sign and he said that is because male quails have that. (But it is a queen quail which is female!) I would be so confused :0

Anyway then I asked something else – like when two letters make a sound together, what is that? I couldn’t remember the term. I said like “ch ch – is that Charlie Choker?” and made a gagging sound. He loved it. I said – so what is that called when two letters make a sound together? Ben said “That’s a biophobatic.” “What? How do you spell that?” I said. (Pause) “B I O F O B A (pause) T I K” he said. Five syllables spelled phonetically. This guy is funny. I asked later – so where did you learn about biophobatics? “Mrs. Pratt. She taught us.” (Mrs. Pratt is the school counselor – there’s no way she said anything like that!)

Do you see what I’m dealing with? We have a big rule in our house about honesty and not lying on big or little things, but he knows the difference here. I really believe he’s just  messing with me and he knows I know. I don’t know how his sweet teacher is going to deal with him this year except for keeping her sense of humor and not believe him if he professes to not know something. He enjoys it when I make things up. Like I asked what a quail was. I said I thought it was a huge balloon and he laughed hard, then corrected me. That is how I get the straight scoop sometimes.

Ben, Ben, Ben. You are so funny!

Two other funnies from a few months ago that I don’t want to forget. We were prompted to ask the boys “Why do zebras have stripes?” So we did over dinner.

Ben first. “Because they are mag-NI-fi-cent!”

Sam. “So that you can tell them apart from other animals. Like donkeys.”

Soooo Ben

At the pumpkin patch the last time we saw the sun. Well, no, I exaggerate. I think it came out yesterday. But we get about an inch of rain a day it seems! Summer ended with a BANG!

At the pumpkin patch the last time we saw the sun. Well, no, I exaggerate. I think it came out yesterday. But we get about an inch of rain a day it seems! Summer ended with a BANG!

This is an email I sent to Ben’s teacher the other day:

From: Alli Krug
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 8:54 PM

To: Ben’s teacher
Subject: Ben’s tall tales

Hi XXXXXX!

So I was asking Ben how school was going and a few things about his day. I think he spun some yarns. J  Perhaps a T/F quiz would give you a laugh?

  1. He reads in a reading group with Eli and Deliah (sp?). They “read as fast as mom.”   T    F  ?
  2. All the students do EPGY in the Art Room on Tuesdays, using laptops. He described it all in detail.   T    F  ?
  3. He never uses a slate (white board) for number talks on the rainbow rug.   T    F  ?
  4. He uses XtraMath – there are smiley faces and a teacher.   T    F   ?

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I saw her today and in passing she said: “Um, the answer is false to all of the above, but I wasn’t sure if you were for real or not at first!”

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In other news, poor Sam has a nasty nasty cold and was home with me today. We had to go to a meeting so he was in a district administrator’s office doing some math games on her computer while I met. She had to disinfect afterwards. Isn’t she gracious? Same office that Ben always went to for meetings with me last year. You can draw right on her wall, and she gives out candy when you leave. She’s awesome. But anyway, say some prayers he feels better soon. Also say one or two for Dave who was up all night last night taking calls and then left at 5am this morning for work. A guy in his office already has the flu. Everyone is asleep right now so I am heading there, too. Mom must stay healthy!!!!