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Sunday, September 5, 2010

First Two Weeks In School

Last Friday, when Doods and my three nieces picked me up from where my carpool buddy dropped me off, a wonderful surprise greeted me, Miriam's Star Student of the Week Certificate was clipped on the window of the passenger seat. Whoa

Most of you already know that my three nieces (Becca-12, Cate-11 and Miriam-9)  have moved in with us from Arizona to attend school here in Houston. It has been an unexpected blessing. Doods and I really appreciate and welcome the change. Of course, there's still much to learn about "instant parenting" but we enjoy having the girls around.

Since the girls were going to be new students in a competitive school, we were a bit worried that it might take them a while to adjust to a new environment, new school, new classmates, new system.. new life. We were not so worried with academics, they are all good in that area already. Each one loves to learn and are excited and eager to go to school. We were more concerned about the social aspect of the move. With stories of bullying here and there, who wouldn't be! We just want them to fit-in like normal kids, to belong, to have "real" friends, and just feel happy, secure and comfortable with school. Well, what do you know, in two weeks time, new-student, Miriam (4th grade), was chosen as the first recipient of the Star Student of the Week Certificate. (Thanks, Mr Mitchell!) It's just a simple certificate, but it means a lot to us. It allowed us to let out a long sigh of relief. The girls are happy! Things are looking up! We can sit back, relax, and just let life happen.


Becca (7th grade), she had their Goals Night in school last Friday. Doods and I were able to meet all her six teachers. All her teachers were nice and accommodating. Of the six, Becca seem to like Mrs. Elkins the most. Mrs. Elkins teaches Intro to Broadcasting. I like Mrs Elkins too, she was very pleasant and appear to really enjoy what she's doing.

Meanwhile, Cate, asked for help last Wednesday, to choose a gift for her new-found friend (fast becoming bff) Courtney. Cate wanted something personalized, so she and I worked on a macramé friendship bracelet. She did a good job.

Life is good! We do not ask for much, but that they be happy. Happy students learn better, and do well in school with very little effort.

As a reward for two weeks of hard work, we took the kids on a three-hour drive to Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio. Celebrating life any way we can!

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28 comments:

Tekkaus said...

Agreed. As long as we are happy...any other stuff are considered as bonus. :D

Ann said...

Wow, star of the week. Good job Miriam :) Nice bonus for all of them getting to go to Six Flags too

VanillaSeven said...

Star of the Week! Congratulations!

George said...

It definitely sounds as if the school year has gotten off to a great start. Congratulations to the girls, to Doods and to you.

Self Sagacity said...

Wow. First, instant parenting can be a challenge. You guys are awesome. Secondly, the girls seemed to adjust very well, star student, bd invitation already? It must be the new parents' charm rubbing off. Smiles.

Carletta said...

From a retired teacher it sure sounds like all three are off to a great start and so are instant 'Mom and Dad'! :)

Icy BC said...

This is good to know, and I'm glad that your nieces are doing so great in a new environment.

Lin Floyd said...

thanks for visiting my blog...what a gift to be able to raise 3 cute nieces. Would love to sell you my book for them. It's self published so you'd buy it from me. Just email me lin at sunrivertoday dot com for details on how to do that or go to paypal with the same email address. Cost is $15/bk plus postage probably $3-5 for three books or you could buy one for them to share.

Melissa said...

Tes, as someone who homeschools, I can certainly understand your concerns about socializing. It is the number one issue for homeschoolers, or so it seems. I think their education needs to come first, with lots of socialization mixed in. Your nieces sound like they are doing just fine.

ruthi said...

congratulations Miriam. I could feel your job sis.

betchai said...

wow, congratulations to Yam, Tes. I am so glad to hear your nieces seem to be fitting in so well and smoothly in Houston, so happy for them, and for you.

Sylvia K said...

As a mother of four and a former teacher in San Antonio and Montana, I do understand your concerns, but it does indeed sound as though the school year has gotten off to a great start for your nieces! That's wonderful! And fun for all of you. And a trip to Six Flags is always fun for everyone! I know both you and Doods are feeling good about their success as well you should! Thank you as always for your visit and comments, Tes, they're much appreciated! Hope you all have a great week!

Sylvia

Carver said...

Sounds like a great start to the school year and a fun weekend trip to Six Flags.

Myrna R. said...

Tes,
Thank you for visiting my blog today. I've been looking over yours and love your photos.

I think you are a most courageoud person. Taking on tree children is no easy task. Yet, you seem to be doing very well. Best of luck.

eden said...

Wow, Congratulations to Miriam.

Thank you for the visit and nice comment.

ewok1993 said...

that's so wonderful. so happy for you and your nieces.

Life Ramblings said...

way to go Miriam! hope the kids had a blast at the Six Flags Fiesta.

Anne said...

It sounds like they are settling in nicely. It can be very tough to start at a new school.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Tes: Its nice to have a star student.

Cheryl said...

Oh how wonderful a surprise your niece receieved Sounds like your nieces are settling in well with their new school, making friends and enjoying themselves. How wonderful that you and your husband have taken in three young girls...imagine life is very, very busy now!

maiaT said...

Congratulations to Miriam and to the instant parents too.
Nice start with the new family, thanks for sharing!

Shey said...

Wow congratulations! Sounds like they are really adjusting well. Good for everyone. :)

Diane AZ said...

Hi, that's wonderful news that the girls are happy and off to a great start of the school year. Sounds like you really do enjoy having your nieces around. :D

rosevillegas said...

Hurray to the great tita and tito! I'm sure that you two, are one of the reasons these kids are doin' very good in school! You are an excellent guardians for these talented kids! Miss you, Tes and Doods! Hope to see you again in the near future...God bless!!!

Dave said...

congrats and glad to know the girls are fitting well in their new school.

thank you very much for the lovely books that you gave Ysabelle, she cant stop reading them at the moment.

Tammie Lee said...

I love this: We do not ask for much, but that they be happy. Happy students learn better, and do well in school with very little effort.

You are so wise! And loving!

Ebie said...

Wow! Tess, the kids sure did well in their adjustment. Congratulations to all your talented nieces.

P.S. I have been on blog break for a while.

Ayie said...

good job! enjoy school!

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