Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hello From Arizona!

It has been a whirlwind around here the last 2 weeks. We arrived on August first and I don't think we've taken a break since. In the last 2 weeks we have:

Found our church building
Bought 2 cars (a Toyota Sienna and a Corolla)
Celebrated 1 birthday
Put all 3 kids in school
Bought cell phones
Gone to the dentist
Gone to the ENT (tonsils and adenoids to come out for J9)
Had a visit to the allergy doctor
Walked through our house that is under construction
Shopped, shopped shopped.

Just imagine doing all of your back to school shopping in 4 days. We got here on Friday and the kids started school the next Tuesday. School has been a challenge to say the least. J11 has settled right in to 6th grade which is fantastic. He is making friends and doing well. The homework is a bit more than we're used to but he's quickly getting a handle on it. J9 started out in 4th grade but we quickly realized he was not ready for 4th so after 3 days we moved him to 3rd grade. The change was really for the best and he's making friends and feeling much better about school now. J6 is in 1st grade. This has been hard as well because she is first grade AGE but she has been in school for 2 years already and honestly some of the stuff they are doing she has done before. Fortunately the teacher has recognized this and she is giving her more difficult work. We will re-evaluate her placement at the end of September.

I'll update you with any new happenings as they come and hopefully I'll get the routine down again to get this blog moving.