Like when we are in the middle of the Pacific ocean cruising to a tropical location and two of my kids are acting like absolute brats fighting with each other. Like when one kid had a fit because their one gift at Christmas wasn't as good as the three another sibling got. Like when I have mountains of laundry, dirty dishes in the sink, a full dishwasher, poop on the side of the toilet and not one kid will offer to lend me a hand. That would require putting down their electronic device and noticing what is going on around them, and let's face it, most kids are oblivious to that. Heck, most parents are!
Then, there are moments when I feel like I'm nailing it and everything will be okay.
Emily got all A's on her report card. They only do semester assemblies, so we don't go to one for her again until the end of the year. But, we are so proud of her. All of her academic classes are honors courses and she's really stepped up and has excelled.
Noah got mostly O's and a couple of S's. They don't start letter grades until 3rd grade, but he's come leaps and bounds in his reading this year. He started the year still reading little picture type books, and over Spring Break he read Diary of a Wimpy Kid! That's a huge jump in 6 months! They also don't do assemblies for Noah until 3rd grade.
Ben had his assembly yesterday. He was called up so many times, he should've just sat on the stage.
Here he is for Principal's List (all A's). There were only 7 kids in all of 5th grade to get all A's!
Here he is being called up for Perfect Attendance. He hasn't missed a day or been late all year. This makes 2 years in a row as he had perfect attendance in 4th grade too.
They acknowledged the kids from Honors that did the Wright Flight program.
And he also got Student of the Quarter:
And prior to the assembly his teacher came over to David and I and said how impressed she was with Ben's recent essay on Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. She said his deep thinking and writing should be published! Last week when Ben wrote it, I asked David to look it over for punctuation. David read it and asked if I helped Ben write it, nope, not a word. The only thing I did was suggest he make paragraphs since he had it as one giant paragraph. But, the words were all Ben's. Honestly, I couldn't help him if I wanted, Ben's already surpassed me in his writing skills.
I'm going to copy it here, just so we have it always.
Here's the actual poem if you are not familiar with it: