About Me


Southern New Jersey

I am a Mom to 2 amazing and fun daughters and wife to a great guy and a wonderful father!

My Complete Profile

Email Me

Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

Our Daily Reads
On My Nightstand
Photobucket Photobucket
Mothers Day 2009

Thursday, October 01, 2009
Back to School Night
Tuesday night J and I went to back to school night for the girls. We had to split up since they’re both there now. And since Kayla’s teacher was not there the first half of last year I didn’t want her talk to be skipped. J went to Kayla’s classroom while I went to Alysa’s. Once again I was very impressed with Alysa’s teacher. She’s very animated and fun and sweet. She has taught in traditional schools and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree and then was trained at a Montessori Academy in New York. She became a Montessori teacher because she believes in the philosophy behind it which is what I want in a Montessori teacher. The Montessori Method is very important to me and it is what I’ve always known I wanted for my kids. I believe this is only her 2nd year as a full teacher but she has been at the school for at least a couple years more than that as she did her Montessori internship there. All the kids in Alysa’s class were asked to draw pictures of their family or parents and then we, the parents had to guess which ones were us. I did correctly guess as she drew J with no hair and a beard. :) I was told this morning that I have to hang up her picture. Did I mention I’ve run out of room to hang up all that Alysa brings home from school? One thing she also said that really hit home with me was at the end of her presentation she thanked us for bringing out kids there and said she really enjoys our children and she said, “they are my children as well”. I remember my Mom telling me I had a teacher once who told her the same thing. This really warmed my heart. If someone has my child for hours each day I want to know they love and care for them and truly enjoy not only what they do but my child specifically. And believe me from what I was told by her teacher and assistant they are definitely enjoying Alysa. I was told she is fun and they love her. Her teacher was not surprised at all when I told her Alysa started reading last week just one day after Kayla started. She said Alysa’s concentration and focus amazes them. Nothing distracts her from her work and her teacher can see the concentration on her face and that she is absorbing what is going on around her. If Alysa is sitting near the teacher while she’s helping another child with reading, she can see Alysa kind of looking out into space but deep in thought/concentration as she absorbs and listens to her teacher. We were also told her fine motor skills are excellent. She said the only thing we need to work on with Alysa is her love of the child-sized potty. Apparently 3 weeks has not been long enough to make the novelty wear off. She will go to the potty very often ‘just because’. So I will be adding daily conversations with her about how you only go to the potty when youreally have to into our daily routine. But hey, if that is their only issue with her I’ll take it. Otherwise it seems I have a wonderfully engaging, intelligent, funny and loving 3 year old (almost 4 year old). :)

I can’t give as much detail about Kayla’s teacher since I was not there. But J said it was a good presentation. She is almost done with her Montessori certification which makes me happy. I was very weary when she was hired mid-year last year with no certification. But thankfully she has been wonderful and believes in Montessori as well. Not to mention Kayla adores her. And when I say she adores her, I mean it 110%. Kayla is constantly inviting her over to our house and on outings, etc. It’s so cute. I have actually invited her over for dinner in October. She was very happy to accept and Kayla is just beside herself with excitement. I was told Kayla is doing wonderful with lunch and is handling it very well both practically and emotionally. I also spoke with Kayla’s other 2nd teacher. They combine the Kindergarteners in the afternoon so Kayla is then with her teacher and another one. Kayla is warming up to her pretty well and last week gave her her first hug. J was given a poem with blank lines to fill out what things he thought Kayla would say – favorite things to do, etc. They will then ask the kids the same questions and we’ll be able to compare them. I’m looking forward to that.

While I was there I ran into the Mom of one of Kayla’s old classmates. Her son is now in First grade, so I stopped to talk to her and ask how he was doing. She then proceeded to tell me how her daughter talks about Kayla and will tell her Mom during activities, such as making brownies, that Kayla can’t eat them because she’s allergic to dairy. Her son is allergic to peanuts so she does get the allergy thing. I thought it was cute but was a bit surprised her daughter remembered Kayla. Her daughter did join her brother for Kayla’s party in August but that was because the parents were away and the Mom offered to pay to have her come if I didn’t mind since their babysitter would have both kids. But I was surprised she would remember Kayla. But in talking to her Mom I found out her daughter is in class with Kayla in the afternoon as her teacher is Kayla’s 2nd/new teacher. Then as I was getting ready to leave the light bulb went off over my head. Her daughter is the little girl Kayla has been talking about. A girl it seems Kayla is really bonding with – her first from school actually. And this little girl talks about Kayla all the time too. It makes me happy and it’s so ironic that it’s Kayla’s “old” friend’s sister and how she was actually at her party in August and Kayla didn’t even realize it. And then her Mom said how when Emma talks about her, her son will say, Kayla’s my friend. Hey – you can’t have too many friends, right?

So it was a great night and we really enjoyed ourselves. I love getting to see their rooms and what they do. And to top off the night I came home to Kayla who readily read me a new Bob Book - #5 in the series. So her excitement of reading is growing and so is her confidence. Such an exciting time!!!

posted at 9:43 AM  

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Blessed said...

It sounds like your girls are doing wonderful! We plan to homeschool, but if we have to do something different I'll be looking for teachers like these.

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

It does sound like it was a great, informative night!


Post a Comment

<< Home


Make your custom magnet at SupportOurRibbons.com
Blogs I Visit
Allergy Moms Blog
Are We There Yet
Big Blueberry Eyes
Check My Tag
Food Allergy FAQ
Fruit In Season (my Sister's blog)
Go Dairy Free
I'm a Drama Mama
Irish Triplets
My Daughters' Site
No Whey Mama
Our Story
Parenting a Child with Food Allergies
Parenting Solved
Pink Explosion
Principled Perspectives (my Father's blog)
Tuesday's Child

Blogs I've Designed
Fruit In Season
Principled Perspectives

Digi Scrap Blogs
Digi Treats by Pamela
Lindsay Jane Designs
Peppermint Creative
Sworda Scrappin
Tracy's Scraps


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Family Friendly Blogroll []

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Sat Phot Hunt Blogroll []

Recent Posts
My reader
She's a hoot
First day of school - FINALLY!
DC Trip
My jump into activism
Ringing Rock Park
When honesty stinks
Welcome Fall
Daddy’s Girl
So true my little chatterbox

August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
January 2009
February 2009
March 2009
April 2009
May 2009
June 2009
July 2009
August 2009
September 2009
October 2009
November 2009

I'm Proud Of
Photobucket Photobucket

Mom Blogs The WeatherPixie
Subscribe with Bloglines

Blog Design by:

Image from:

Powered by: