Sunday, June 9, 2013

My Lil' Man

I just have to take a moment and write about my favorite little man.  His name is Xander and he makes me very happy.

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First of all, I have discovered that Xander has an amazing talent.  One day as I was dropping off our friend whom we carpool with at her house, she was very upset.  I asked her why she was upset and she told me that she lost her topper from the birthday cupcake that she got at school.  In a matter of seconds, Xander whipped out his from his backpack and gave it to his friend, whose tears instantly vanished.

I told him how nice I thought he was for doing that and he said, "I like making people happy.  I don't think about myself, I think about others."

That still just makes me smile when I think of that.

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That wasn't the only time Xander made his friend happy.  I've seen him give up his treasure box prize to her because she didn't get what she wanted.  He doesn't think twice, he just does it knowing that he will make her happy.

The other day I was watching my friend's 3 year old.  He was very sad and grumpy because it was early in the morning and it looked like he just woke up.  Xander noticed he was crying and that I couldn't say or do anything to make him happy.  I left him there so I could take care of the other kids.  I came back to find the little boy laughing because Xander was being silly rolling on the ground and making boy noises.  He was making this grumpy boy smile.

Xander has a talent of being able to notice those around him who are sad and making them happy.

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In the mornings when the kids don't have school, Xander is always the first one up.  The next one to follow is always Zoey.  Xander will take care of his sister and play with her while I rest.  He is so cute with her and Zoey just adores her big brother.  He is sweet and kind and so nice.  They play so well together and I'll see them pretending together, laughing and having so much fun.  It's those days where the house looks like it had been hit by a tornado because they have gotten everything out, but were playing so good that I didn't even care.

Sometimes, when I go somewhere and leave the kids home because CJ is there, I'll tell Xander that he is Zoey's babysitter.  Makes it easy for CJ and Xander is actually really good.  One time I paid him a dollar for "babysitting" and he thought that was really cool.

He'll play "school" with Zoey and read her books.  She is so lucky to have such a wonderful brother!

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Xander new interest these days is origami.  Ben found these apps that teach you how to make several origami things.  They are step by step in a video format.  Xander will make shirts, ties, and his favorite is a medal.  On CJ's birthday, he made her a medal and was so proud of it because it was his best one.  It somehow got misplaced and he was crushed.  I finally convinced him to make another one and he did.  He went outside and cut a flower so he could give it to her with his origami card.

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Another thing that Xander has been doing lately is reading a children's dictionary!  Today he asked me about the painter, Monet.  He's been learning things in his dictionary and I think it is so cool that this is his book of choice lately.

Xander is so smart and catches onto concepts easily.  If he doesn't know how to do something, all I have to do is show him once and he can do it by himself easily afterwards.  Homework has been a breeze this year.  He comes home and does his work independantly. I don't even have to remind him.  He just does it.  Man, I love it! 

He is a good example to me and I'm so glad that Xander is part of our family.  

Monday, June 3, 2013

Silverwood Talent Show

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I was in charge of the Talent Show again this year.  I was unsure about doing it again after having such a busy month of May last year, but somehow I got roped into doing it again.  I'll tell you the best part of being in charge. . .it was having Mia and Xander participate.  If you would have asked me a year ago if I could see Xander getting up on stage in front of the whole school and in front of an audience of parents, I would have said, "No way!"  Or two years ago, could I picture Mia up on stage performing in front of a crowd, I would not have been able to.

Mia and Xander are somewhat shy kids.  They get nervous in new situations and take awhile to warm up to people they don't know.  Xander told me he wanted to do the talent show this year and I couldn't believe it.  Last year, a young boy did karate and chopped a piece of wood in half.  Xander was so amazed by it that he wanted to do the same thing.  I found a fellow classmate who was interested in doing Kung Fu and I asked his parents if we could combine the acts.  I didn't know how interesting an act I could come up for Xander alone, but I had an idea how I could make it more interesting with another person.

So the whole act was Xander and his friend trying to show each other up with their moves.  Xander doing Tae Kwando and Aryan doing Kung Fu.  Then at the end, they decide they are both pretty good and decide to do something the same, which was chopping the wood in half.  Xander had trouble during the school performance but for the evening, had no trouble.  In fact, you'll have to see what he does during the evening one. He steals the show!

Mia and her friend Allison did a gymnastics routine last year and had first decided to do something similar this year.  When they got together the first time, the gymnastics routine turned into a dance. Allison wanted to do the song, "Call me Maybe" and Mia wanted to do "Radioactive".  They have opposite taste in music.  Mia decided that they could do "Call me Maybe" and here is their dance.  This is actually the second time, during the first time, the music cut off abruptly for no reason.  I felt I needed to give them another chance on the stage.

I was so proud of my kids doing something that was hard for them.  I think they had a fun time and even though I won't be in charge of the talent show next year, I think my kids will participate.  I am happy that I was able to help them accomplish something like this.