February Update

So as per usual, Facebook is killing my blogging. Although despite that fact we’ve been very busy since the new year began, there haven’t been any really big things to report.

Alexei had a hard time readjusting to “normal life” after our vacation and break. He really loved the hotel, mostly I think because of the elevator and his “Transformer bed” (sofa bed.) He also kept talking about what Santa would bring him next and was disappointed at the lights being taken down all over our neighborhood. And his wish list has only gotten longer. Damn you, Amazon!

We finally had the bay window out front replaced. The new one is much nicer. But doing that has started the cascade of Things Which Must Be Done to the house. Gonna be a constructive 2014 I guess.

We’ve been to Disneyland a couple of times already, of course. Even got to ride the holiday it’s a small world before they closed it to change it back. Alexei loved all the lights on the outside, too. Disney must keep Sylvania in business single-handedly. Unfortunately we didn’t get to make one last ride on Finding Nemo! They closed it one day early! We were very disappointed. Going to be really pissed if the rumors are true and they are shutting down this attraction for good. Grrrrr!

Alexei is learning to play soccer now. They had a little six week class in his park near his daycare and thankfully they had enough interest that there will be another class after this one is done! I’m sad that it happens during  the day though as it’s tough for me to go see him play. I did take a morning off to do so though. And I’m really glad. He’s really seems to be enjoying it. So we’ve found something to replace gymnastics, which he’ll be giving up after this month is done. Sigh! He’s just really not that into it anymore, I guess. Oh, well. You cannot force them to like something! He is still having fun at the ranch so we will try to make it up there on Saturday mornings regardless of no longer having gymnastics.

He was REALLY excited about Chinese New Year this year and loved wearing his Chinese clothes to daycare for their little celebration. He has become very interested in many things Chinese. Although he’s still doesn’t appear to have any interest in Mandarin (we play the music and story cds we brought home from China for him regularly but usually he only wants to listen for a short time.) It’s interesting to watch him try to process his adoption story – he likes to tell people he was a baby in China right now.

Warning: political rant ahead. We’re looking into various options for school for him in the fall. I think I’ve already ranted about him missing the public K cut off by ONE DAY! And Ventura county schools are making NO exceptions. So we are looking into private K programs for him. We’re actually hoping to put him in a particular private school that is K-5 (and may eventually go to 8) as it’s pretty clear Common Core is going to screw things up for a while until the bugs are all out – or the Next Big Reform comes along and screws it up again!

As a liberal mom, I feel sorta guilty abandoning the public schools as I do believe in the idea of them. But the so-called GOP have spent a lot of time, money and propaganda trying to destroy our public schools systems and then a lot of grifters have made a lot of money and well-meaning privileged folks with no educational experience have made a lot of press trying to “reform” what has been intentionally broken. NCLB is an abomination and Common Core, as I already said, is going to mess things up again for a while.

So we feel it’s in Alexei’s best interest to keep him out of the storm if we can.

Unfortunately our options are somewhat limited as almost all the private schools in our area are religious. Sigh! The school we are hoping to start him in is having him do a shadow-day with their K class later this month so we can evaluate if he’ll be ready for their K program. I’m also looking into the two local Montessori schools, one of which goes up to 3rd grade, so that would give us a little more leeway.

OK, rant off.

I know y’all only come for the pictures so enjoy!

Love and bright blessings,

Janice

Checking out the exhibits at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum on our trip last month

Checking out the exhibits at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum on our trip last month

Rock climbing!

Rock climbing!

He liked the new chairs at the gym

He liked the new chairs at the gym

Hole in the wall where a window used to be!

Hole in the wall where a window used to be!

And the new window nearing completion

And the new window nearing completion

Alexei and Sazerac approved.

Alexei and Sazerac approved.

Holiday it's a small world

Holiday it’s a small world

Steering the Columbia

Steering the Columbia

Really sad he wants to give this up!

Really sad he wants to give this up!

Making obstacle course for me a Jo

Making obstacle course for me a Jo

A boy and his shadow!

A boy and his shadow!

Helping clear the arena

Helping clear the arena

His Chinese togs

His Chinese togs

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Helping with the presents at our nieces baby shower

Helping with the presents at our nieces baby shower

Breakfast of champions - cinnamon rolls and diet coke. I know, I am Mom of the Year! ;-)

Breakfast of champions – cinnamon rolls and diet coke. I know, I am Mom of the Year! 😉

Mixing our geekdoms

Mixing our geekdoms

Waiting for Toy Story!

Waiting for Toy Story!

Making our wishes for the Year of the Horse

Making our wishes for the Year of the Horse

Happiness is a sword in one hand a blaster in the other!

Happiness is a sword in one hand a blaster in the other!

Paying close attention to Coach Jessie

Paying close attention to Coach Jessie

Practicing dribbling

Practicing dribbling

Check out the mad skills!

Check out the mad skills!

No defenders in sight!

No defenders in sight!

Goal!

Goal!

Puzzle Fun!

Puzzle Fun!

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