The Puppy Dance

Before I dive into this post I need to back up a few steps. It’s been a while since I posted and a couple big things have happened.

  1. Scott took a job in Valdez, AK. We are moving to join him when school gets out in May IF we can find a house that works for our family. Right now he travels back and forth week on week off.
  2. I broke down a bought a dog for the family. I promise I thought a lot about this decision before I acted on it. He is a 3 month old yellow lab named Linus. His actual AKC name is LastFrontiers Thin Blue Line.

On with the story.

Kierran goes to a great preschool with great teachers who have become friends. Not only friends but helpers while Scott travels back and forth. I was looking for someone to watch K after school on the days I work and his teachers took on the task. It works out perfectly for me because I pick up K, M and B at the same time at the elementary school. Such a blessing! I don’t have to drive all around town picking kids up and K is getting great care and I don’t have to be worried about him. I do pay them but I’m beginning to think that the entertainment they get out of watching K could be payment enough.

Today when I picked the boys up at the school I got a good story. Miss Tara came by and asked Miss Kristen if she told me about the puppy dance. Kristen started laughing and said no, she had not. Tara says, “Kierran show your mom the puppy dance.” Since I’m too cheap to pay more money a month for my wordpress account I can’t upload a video so you’ll have to use your imagination. Kierran standing upright (thank goodness!) flailing his arms while thrusting his hips. He demonstrated this in the elementary school parking lot.

I would have been mortified if I wasn’t laughing so hard. Here is a picture of our little blanket dancer looking all innocent and adorable.

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Kierran’s First Parent Teacher Conference

The preschool Kierran goes to is the same one we sent Merrick to. It’s our favorite. When Merrick went (4 years ago) we didn’t have parent teacher conferences and we didn’t need them. Every day we picked Merrick up his teacher, a sub or the director had lots to say about him. Never bad, he was a character and kept them on their toes and kept them laughing. Kierran seems to be following in his footsteps.

Kierran is a little behind with writing, recognizing his name, numbers and the alphabet. I blame myself for not working with him as much as I did the other two. I’ll step up my home game. I asked his teacher during the conference to show me what she would consider on target for a 3rd child (I totally said that!). She showed me someone who was similar and I felt good because this kid wasn’t much better with his writing. Then she told me he was 3. Ugh. Today he was tested on his letters, colors, numbers and shapes. He knew all the shapes, got all the colors (there was a bit of confusion because he was looking at the wrapper around the crayon and not the actual crayon but was able to correct it) but missed almost every letter and number. When he was saying his numbers he kept telling the director “I know this! I know this! 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 44, nickel, penny, dime….”. All of it wrong. Letters, same craziness.

Other than the academic stuff (ha!) he’s great. He gets along well with everyone and is very tolerant to the special needs boy in his class whereas most in his class aren’t. He uses his manners, follows directions but is still his clumsy self.  Miss Kristen, his teacher, said it’s like his mind is going faster then his body can keep up. I see that at home and recall Barrett being the same. Kierran and Barrett are both flat footed with turned in feet. It makes for lots of tripping and weird wear on the soles of their shoes. The teacher and the director just LOVE Kierran and can’t say enough kind things about him. He did announce to the class the other day that I was pregnant with a food baby. Miss Kristen had a hard time composing herself and tried to explain it to the class but decided not to and just let him tell his story.Kierran 4YO