17 October 2010

Isn't the internet wonderful?

My family members and friends are scattered around several different states and in three different countries.  It's difficult for everyone to stay in touch with one another!  So I have created this blog so as to share aspects of our lives with those who live far away from us.

We just got a new computer two weeks ago (our old one was stricken with a virus and died), so I no longer have a wide array of photos on this hard drive.  To make matters even more interesting, I took some pictures yesterday and tried to download them to the computer today, and couldn't get the hard drive to accept downloads ~growls~.  So there will be photo updates in the near future (once Sean gets home and figures out why the stupid thing won't accept pic downloads).

In the meantime, I will give a brief update about the children:

Jonathan is 13 now.  He's doing wonderful in school - getting A's and B's.  On Friday we got some paperwork in the mail concerning his ISAT scores (ISAT stands for "Illinois Standards Achievement Test").  The highest score available was "Exceeds Standards", followed by "Meets Standards", "Below Standards" and "Academic Warning".

If memory serves me correctly, in spring of 2008 Jonathan scored below standards in math, and had an academic warning for reading and science.  But this year he focused and scored "Meets Standards" in both reading and math, and "Exceeds Standards" in Science!  We are really proud of him and took him out to dinner at the Golden Corral to celebrate.

James is eight now, and in third grade.  He is reading at a high fourth grade level, and his math skills are nearly as good.  He loves school and enjoys his teacher, Mrs. Davidson.  He's a bit frustrated right now, because he still hasn't gotten the hang of riding his new bike....but he'll get there.

Jacob is seven, and in second grade.  He is also advanced in reading and is working hard on math and science.  He likes his teacher, Mrs. Tripp.  In fact, he wanted to know if we could invite her over for dinner!  He also is learning how to ride his new bike, but gives up easier than James does.  However, Jacob is very competitive, so I think once James starts riding in circles around him, Jacob will focus hard to get the same skills.

I have more to type, but that will have to come later...it's 7:30 on a school night, and I need to get off the computer and focus on getting the boys ready for bed.  I'll put up another post in a day or two - once Sean gets the computer to accept pics!


Scott said...

cool, can't wait to see the new pics.

patricialynn said...

huh, weird - the site didn't email me to tell me there was a message here. I'll have to figure out why....

Still struggling with the stupid new computer. I got used to Windows XP, and Windows 7 is a LOT different. Still fighting with it. Managed to get a couple pics from my cell phone downloaded, but they are too blurry to make out much detail.

Turns out those SAT tests Jon took are pre-SAT - he took his real ones today. Should have the results back in 1-2 weeks.

Grandma Debbie said...

I am sure Jon will do just as wonderfully on these tests as he did on the other ones. Had a great time celebrating all the summer birthdays at your new home and Chuck E. Cheese. Looking forward to the fun over the holidays. Love you all.