We had our official parent teacher conference for Ripken today.  Kirk and I both were prepared to go into the conference and get bombarded with everything that Rip did wrong on a daily basis (based on our experiences to date with his teacher).  Thankfully we were surprised with a lot of positive feedback.  Academically, Ripken is doing fabulous.   I wouldn’t sign him up for Harvard just yet, but he certainly is doing fine with all things learning.  As for his level of maturity, the teacher even mentioned that over the past couple of weeks she has seen him get more focused and spend less time being ‘silly’ or getting mad at her.  Probably the only upsetting piece of information had to do with Rip’s lack of participation during PE.  As a matter of fact, he participates so little that the PE teacher couldn’t even evaluate him.  We still need to follow up with the teacher to get more information but overall aren’t too concerned as he’s definitely started participating in all other areas school related.

I just finished reviewing my timeline for training charts.  So far, things have progressed pretty well and I’ve hardly put any effort into it!  Most notably, Riley is practically dressing herself.  Of course this really only happens when SHE wants it to happen.  If she isn’t ready to get dressed, oh boy, the clothes come off pretty quickly.  Some days she shows interest in picking out her clothes.  Other days, she couldn’t give a hoot.  And tonight, she totally surprised me by putting toothpaste on her toothbrush all by herself!  I’m talking, no mess, not too much, not too little and she did it rather quickly.  I don’t have her doing this for 3 more months!  Ha!  Silly me!

Rip is a little less interested in progressing so quickly.  I need to put more time, effort and planning into training him.  Will be pondering that tomorrow and this weekend.

Couple other updates:

1.  It was a ‘test’ day at Rip’s karate lesson tonight and he had 2 stripes removed from his belt….yes, this is a good thing.  He only has 5 more stripes to come off before he advances to the next class.

2. Rip started drawing classes this week.  He totally loved it!  It’s the first lesson/activity he has done where he came out saying ‘it was too short’ and this was the longest lesson yet.

3.  Going to officially start some serious potty training with Riley tomorrow.  She’s fighting the diaper thing way too much.  Makes me think it’s time.  There have been some other signs too.  Should be a fun day tomorrow 🙂

Riley helping herself to something

The master fisherman