Monday, December 05, 2016

Run, Tyler, Run!

Tyler really enjoys running in the Capital area. 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Pierce Family! It takes a lot of work to coordinate a traditional Thanksgiving feast, but I love a good challenge in the kitchen. I started by making the pies, baking the sweet potatoes, and brining the turkey the day before Thanksgiving.

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2 pumpkin, apple, banana cream, coconut cream, and chocolate cream pies. 

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Sweet potato biscuits - one of my favorite biscuits ever!

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The spread! I had the children gather leaves from outside - they were perfect for decorating!

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Our gratitude tree! It was fun writing down those things for which I am grateful on and hanging them up. One of the things that I wrote was that I am thankful for the ability to communicate with others. 

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Dessert!

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We had the Elders over for dinner. We played some Mexican train dominos afterwards. 

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The day after Thanksgiving, I put together a pretty sweet Turkey pot pie - the first that I have ever attempted - and it was a HUGE hit. This pan was 2/3's gone and it's a massively-sized pan.

I am so thankful for my family. I love Thanksgiving - a holiday just to focus on our blessings. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Parent Teacher Conferences

Last week I was sick with a horrible cold. In lieu of meeting with Calvin and Silas' teachers for conferences, they each sent me an email talking about their progress. I felt like it was even better for me this way, as sometimes I cannot remember everything they say during our meetings - so I want to blog them here so I can remember where they are right now. 

Silas:
Hi!
I wanted to start with how happy I am to have Silas in my class this year.  He is a really neat kid and I have really enjoyed getting to know him these past few months.  I feel he has made so much growth in so many areas and I just know that he is going to continue to soar this year. 
To help guide this message, I am attaching a copy of the log that I had prepared to use while we met. (BTW, hope you are feeling better. There is a pretty yucky bug going around)
It is just an outline of the things that I wanted to share with you.
Silas is currently reading below grade level.  As a result he is receiving additional support from Mrs. Rosenberg and she is working on concept of word and other skills that will help him.  I am meeting with him and 2 other friends in a "guided reading" small group to help with other reading strategies.  He is very receptive to these and enjoys the small groups.  During writing, he again works with a teacher just so that we can be sure he is taking his time and has some support to get his thoughts on paper.  with guidance he is doing well.
Math learning is pretty much the same.  He has great background skills and sometimes needs a little extra guidance to show what he knows.
We still have some times when Silas will need redirections with interactions with other children, reminders of behavior expectations during center time or game time.  As the year as progressed though, these redirections have become less frequent. 
He knows that he is always welcome to go to his rocking chair and there are times when I will suggest that he "takes a break".  As  I get to know him, I have been able to be a bit more pro-active with our transition times and other things that may cause him to become unsettled.
I am sorry if this is a bit short in length, I am trying to get to the post office.  Please, look over what I have sent, and have shared.  I will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that you have. 
Have a good evening, Ms T.

Calvin:
Hi Mrs. Pierce,

I'm sorry you're not feeling well! :(
I am very proud of Calvin's progress thus far in the year. He is reading slightly above grade level and can comprehend texts at his reading level well.

In math, he also is doing quite well. He grasps concepts readily and if he ever does need help, he quickly gets back on track.

Behavior wise, Calvin is such a sweet boy who I never ever have to speak with about misbehaving or talking out of turn.

If there's anything you'd like to talk about don't hesitate to let me know. I hope you feel better soon! Ms K.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Chef Keith

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This boy loves his new hat! In his schedule, he has a cooking class that he enjoys. 

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Silas is enjoying his new coloring book from his birthday. He loves to color. 

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Anna loves to snuggle with Maggie. They are two peas in a pod. 

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I snapped this photo of a dog sticking his head incredibly far out of the window. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

2016 Family Photos


Every year we take family photos. I like seeing how our family changes (and GROWS) from each year to year. We are very blessed to have each other. Next year we should have three more kids in this photo and I seriously cannot wait for that! #internationaladoption #bulgariabound #eightkids















Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Birthday Boy

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The balloon fairy came!

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Playing Carcassonne with Nichole and Josh - such fun!

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We love this boy!

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Happy Birthday to my son, Silas! He is now 7 years old and such a joy in our family. He wanted a tractor-themed party and he got one! Silas has changed so much since I first met him at 18 months old and then brought him home at 2 1/2 years old. He is affectionate, thoughtful, sweet, smart, and loves to bless those around him. Happy Birthday, pumpkin!

My Representative

With the recent presidential election in the USA, my mind has reflected upon the idea of a political representative. We have someone who represents what we feel is the right course for the future of our country. I voted for a third party representative this year - the first time my choice hasn't been the republican representative.

As I mulled this idea over in my mind, my thoughts turned to who my representative is to my Father in Heaven. My Savior, Jesus Christ, represents me to Heavenly Father. He is my Advocate, my Support, someone who knows my wants and needs PERFECTLY. He has fought for me and He is still fighting for me. He wants for me to return to Him and to our Father in Heaven.

How blessed are we to have the ultimate representative? Such a powerful thought.