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|Tue, 03-21-2006 - 9:22pm|
Hello! I'm new here! Used to be on the ParentsPlace boards all the time back when I was Expecting my 6 year old, but haven't been on much in years. I was honestly shocked that my old ID still worked (not to mention that I remembered the ID AND password ).
Anyway, to introduce you to my little family, I'm married with 2 girls -- Emma is 6 (12/28/99) and Melinda (aka Molly) is 4 1/2 (7/26/01).
Emma was a little (okay, a lot) ahead in Kindergarten, so we ended up (after 3 months of tests and should we/shouldn't we)skipping her to 1st grade after Winter Break. She's doing well, although she occassionally asks to go back to K because 1st grade isn't as much fun (she was not at all happy when she found out she can't talk or walk around during class, and that she actually needed to concentrate). I would love to talk with anyone who has done this with a child. Emma loves Bratz and clothes and reading (especially chapter books -- a joy newly discovered at Christmas).
Melinda is going to pre-Kindergarten -- pretty much 4 year old preschool paid for by the school system. Every year they say they will cut it, every year they don't. She's reading Dick and Jane type books at the moment, and learning to add. Scares me because last year at this time Emma was only slightly ahead of where Melinda is now... and their birthdays are in opposite seasons. Which means we could be going through the grade-skipping decision agony again next year, even though Melinda's already the youngest in her class. I don't know what the heck to hope for with that whole thing. Anyway, Melinda prefers Barbies over Bratz, playing house or superhero, and attempting to keep up with her big sister.
DH and I both work outside the home full-time and share the mini-van (one vehicle for two adults in Wisconsin is do-able, but I don't highly recommend it). We're lucky to have my family and most of DH's in town (would it be bad to say that I wish my in-laws were like Shrek's -- in the land of Far, Far Away? Wait that would be worse -- visits would have to involve days instead of hours... right, cross off the Far, Far Away comment.)
Anyway, I'm babbling. Nasty tendency of mine. Anyway, nice to met you all!