Memories Made, I am so Proud

Last week I made a goal.  I don't want my children to remember me behind a screen, be it the phone or a computer, I don't want them to have that memory.  I would rather they remember me as being a present mother, not distracted by electronics.  As such, the goal I made was to not let them see me behind a screen.

Since they have mostly stopped napping, the opportunity for me to be on the computer has dropped significantly.  Which is both good and bad.  It is wonderful in the sense that I get to spend more time with them, and we create more memories together.  It is cheerless in the fact that I don't really have time to record the wonderful memories we are creating together. But sacrifices must be made.  I would rather they remember me being actively involved in their lives than to read about things we did but not remember them.

Yesterday was the first day of October.  
We had our October celebration.  It was lovely.  The kids were on pins and needles waiting for their dad to come home from work so our celebration could get started.  Meanwhile, we went to the store and picked up some supplies.  Cinnamon sticks, apple cider, pumpkins and donuts.  

When we got home, Jeffrey was already there.  We had our dinner, and then got started on the carving.  First, a design had to be conceived.  While the kids were coloring pictures of what they would like the pumpkin to look like, I concocted a delicious cider.  Apple cider with cloves and cinnamon sticks floating around in it.  Let it simmer for ten minutes.  Pour into a large mug, let the steam rise up and moisten your face, heal your breath, and heat your belly.  Delightful, the whole experience!  

We dug into the pumpkin, Keith especially loving pulling the gooey out.  
We carved it, and Keith named it.  

He always names his pumpkins.  This year, it is named Jack.  As we cleaned up, we sorted the seeds, washed them and laid them out to dry.  
Can't wait to roast them!  Pumpkins are giving and wonderful on so many levels!  While doing all of this, we enjoyed some delicious Halloween donuts.  
What is there not to celebrate about October?!  The autumn delights for one, several birthdays for another, and finally, Halloween.  
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
After the carving, we gathered downstairs to watch a show.  Ichabod and Mr. Toad.  I honestly believe there is no better way to welcome October than with the Headless Horseman.  Well, Daffy Duck and the Quackbusters could roll out the welcome wagon with great ceremony.  

I have been thinking a lot about how to help Keith with reading.  He is a bright boy.  He knows all the letters, all the sounds, he just doesn't really want to take the effort to connect the sounds to read.  It is frustrating for me, and I really don't want to push him to the point of him not wanting to read, but I know my boy can do it!

Today, during Faye's nap time, I sat down with Keith and we played a few reading games.  I was impressed.  Some of the words he didn't even have to sound out, he just knew them.  Next, I pulled out Dr. Seuss's Hop on Pop book.  Keith read the. whole. thing. by. himself.

Let me repeat that.

Keith is reading!!!

Granted, it took about an hour to get through the whole book, but I am so proud of my boy.  He didn't give up or mention stopping once!  I let him take a few breaks when I could see the sweat beading on his forehead and his attention waning, but we pressed on, and celebrated when he finished the book.  I could burst.  My boy is reading!

I need to find other ways to make reading fun for him.  Now that I see he can do it, I really want to encourage it and help him develop the ability to read and comprehend what he is reading.  Since reading is one of my favorite things, I am thrilled beyond words that he is beginning to experience the joys.  He yearns to join the world of words, and now he is beginning to.  Yay!  I am so proud of him.  


Noodle said…
Love the pumpkin =) And Jack is the perfect name for him! I always worry about carving my pumpkins too soon and them going mushy and gross before Halloween... And Congratulations Keith on his super reading skills!!!
Emmy said…
How awesome that he is reading!!
Sounds like a wonderful night--do you carve another pumpkin closer to Halloween as I can't imagine it lasting that long
Natalia said…
Last year we carved pumpkins semi-early in October. Little did we know, that it was a bad, bad decision. Due to the heat here in Las Vegas, our pumpkins were completely shriveled a week later! This year, we'll be waiting until right before Halloween to carve.
Heather said…
Someone taking a cie from Nie Nie? Or is she taking a cue from Amy!? And did I miss the cut and color post? Maybe I recall reading about it, but just hadn't seen pictures. Looks good. I need a changes as well.
Em said…
your haircut is darling.

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